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Photography: PhotoScape editing

I took this photo in the summer of 2013 and then edited it with PhotoScape for an artistic picture. I had it printed on a 30 inches wide canvas last year for a Christmas present. I use Windows Photo Gallery for a lot of editing and PhotoScape for the more artistic edits.  (more…)


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 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…)


The review: signs of autumn

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It’s been quite a mild autumn in England this year, but the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the seasonal illnesses are starting to appear. I have a horrible cold and although colds make us feel terrible with fever, there is no need to seek medical help. (more…)


The Review: Tipton Canal & Community Festival

Tipton Canal

It’s Tipton canal and community festival this weekend. I’m going to try to get there tomorrow. I am trying to publicise local events and businesses using my writing and photography, so I don’t want to miss this one. (more…)


Heritage weekend

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It’s heritage weekend and lots of museums will be open and have special events. We all have different ideas of what our heritage is. I had an appointment at the hospital this week and the remainder of the old workhouse is still at the end of the car park.  It’s derelict, but that’s an important reminder of the past. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: referendum

Wednesbury skyline

I have some new readers today, so I thought I would remind everybody that I live in the heart of England, here in the Black Country. I have some readers overseas and so I should explain that the United Kingdom consists of 4 parts. (more…)


The review: Do speed cameras help?

Woden Road South pool scene

Today’s scenic picture was taken in Woden Road South. Wednesbury was named after the Anglo-Saxon God, Woden. We have four roads named Woden Road, North, South, East and West. The general idea was to build wide roads around the town and then join them all up to make a ring road. This makes sense.. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Me an amateur?

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I dragged myself out of bed and went to photograph this Charity Bike Ride in Darlaston yesterday. I’m not really a morning person, but if they can get up and do something to help others less fortunate than themselves, then I can make the effort too. Besides, I think they can be proud of themselves today. (more…)


The Review: Birmingham floating market

Narrowboats floating market at Walsall

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Last weekend I photographed the narrow-boats at Waterside Place in Walsall. This weekend they are in Birmingham doing a floating market.  Try to take a look at that this weekend, you could even take your camera! (more…)


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