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Photography: Around the Black Country

Sunday 19th October 2014 around the Black Country (72)

The settings on modern cameras are great, just set it on landscape for landscape photos and the camera does the rest. You can get technical and set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO yourself for better photos. The important thing is to point the camera at something interesting and try to keep it still.

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The Sunday Ramble: changing seasons

This was Forge Mill Lake in February; I wonder what it looks like in Autumn? I might find out today. The seasons change and the landscape changes with them. Our lives are like that, people come into our lives and leave with the next season. We look for permanency in our lives, but everything  is  really temporary.

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The review: I want to be different

Wednesbury Pool

The reason for today’s picture is that I want to take the same picture this weekend to see the changes in autumn. I want to try different camera settings too. I don’t have grand ambitions, I write, take photos and see things differently. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Halloween preparations

The Aldi super-six this week are chantenay carrots (500g), parsnips (600g), cauliflower, leeks (500g), mild onions (4 pack) and baking potatoes (4 pack). They are all 69p. Those offers continue until next Wednesday.

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Photography: Autumn events

Manor House vintage fair -  12 October 2014 (63)

Now it’s Autumn there are fewer events to photograph and the weather is even more unsettled. This was a vintage fair at West Bromwich Manor House at the weekend and was partly outside and partly inside. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: they are among us

The Manor Hospital copyright: Mike Maynard

This week Walsall Healthcare NHS trust was fined £120,000 for delays in A & E and long waiting times. When we are sick, we expect to be seen fairly quickly and although 88% were seen within 4 hours, that still means some people waiting over 4 hours. (more…)


The review: Manor House vintage fair this weekend

Swans on Forge Mill lake

I’ve used a photo from the summer today, but Autumn is still quite mild. This weekend at West Bromwich Manor House they have a Vintage Fair with 40 stalls from 11am until 4pm. I still have flu, but if I feel better tomorrow I’ll go to that. (more…)


Thrifty Thursday: Autumn food bargains

The Aldi super-six this week are chantenay carrots (500g), parsnips (600g), cauliflower, leeks (500g), mild onions (4 pack) and baking potatoes (4 pack). They are all 69p. Those for useful for winter stews. (more…)


Re-thinking values in society

I watched Professor Brian Cox on T V last night, looking at the enormity of the universe and our part in it. He said something about the human brain being like a computer with 80 billion neurons. He also talked about how knowledge is passed down from one generation to another. (more…)


Photography: creating illusions

1 sepia

I took this photo in January out of the window. I was warm, but these guys on the horse and cart were freezing.  I’ve edited it by converting the colour picture to sepia and I blurred the background a little more to highlight the subject. (more…)


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