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Photography: Out in the Black Country

The River Tame

On Sunday we went out in the wilds of the Black Country. This is Sandwell Valley Country Park and the canalised section of the River Tame. I was using my 300mm telephoto lens which gave me the opportunity to zoom in on subjects. (more…)


Photography: A grey weekend

Sandwell Valley

Swans on Swan Pool, Sandwell Valley Country Park

When it’s not raining we still seem to have grey skies. It’s the summer solstice on Friday and so maybe things will improve with the coming of summer. This picture shows clearly how the grey sky reflects on water and makes that grey too. (more…)


The Review: Life is so complicated

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Today’s picture is of the River Tame. Those flowers are dying off now, but it always looks good in May. The Tame is the subject of a heritage project now and they need a volunteer to help.The application seemed a bit too complicated for a job where you don’t actually get paid. (more…)


Photography: Bloody weather

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We British moan about the weather. This weekend was a bank holiday weekend and so it was dark, miserable and wet. So what choice did I have but to take some ‘atmospheric’ photos. This wide avenue has  a fine church at the end. (more…)


The Review: The Vine, Darlaston

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I have been trying to photograph local events recently and publicise them, but I also wanted to publicise local businesses. The more people spend money in the local community, the more it will thrive. I passed by The Vine pub in Darlaston and decided to stop and photograph it on the way back. (more…)


Neodigital Art: editing in sepia

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I went to a Boer War battle re-enactment on Sunday which gave me some ideal pictures for artistic edits using sepia. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Thoughts of time

It’s Sunday and so my day for a Sunday ramble through my thoughts, before I cook lunch. I’ve had time on my mind just lately. The next General Election in the UK is on the 7th of May 2015. We already have some of the parties starting to prepare or should I say panic? (more…)


Photography: More spring photos

1 Geese flying over lake

This is probably my best shot this month. I think I’ll call them Maverick and Goose. You have to be a Top Gun fan to understand that joke! I like the colours, they are the colours of early spring. I also got the action by using the sports setting on my camera and shooting lots of shots to get this one. The focus should be set on continuous too. (more…)


The review: A nice little war?

As we live in our own little worlds we tend to forget what’s happening in the wider world. For as long as I can  remember, the forces of capitalism and communism have fought it out; usually in someone else’s country. (more…)


Photography: Different directions

1 River Tame

The sun came out a little last week and I took advantage of that to take this photo of the river. I’m shooting in a westerly direction, the sun is southerly and to my left. You can see it shining through the trees and giving an interesting effect. (more…)


The Review: Setting up a blog

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The Black Country isn’t the prettiest place to live or take photographs, but I manage and get a lot of interest in my photography. So if you’re blogging adding pictures to your words, can get the message to your readers across a lot more effectively and you don’t really need fancy equipment for online photographs. (more…)


Experts and education

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Did you remember to change your clocks this morning? Yes, we changed to British Summer Time here in the UK, this morning. I was up an hour earlier, but the heating didn’t come on to warm the house before I got out of bed. It was a bit chilly… (more…)


Clocks forward this weekend and a full moon…

You are probably wondering why today’s photo is of a electronic fly catcher. I decided to photograph the things I see, with my phone; just one a day. The patterns in this photo are interesting and you also get a glimpse of my garden. (more…)


Photography: landscape photography

Woden Road South July 2012

I took this photo in 2012 with my Fujfilm S5600, since then I’ve moved on to a Nikon DSLR and have more experience. I think my style of photography has also changed. The scenes change too and the weather changes with the changing seasons. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good shots or to experiment.

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Black Country photography

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It makes it a little more interesting to add words to the pictures. This is the Midland Metro coming into the station. They have a new tram that I want to photograph soon, I’m told it’s longer. I hope it’s a lighter colour too… (more…)


The Review: The end of winter

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It’s the Spring Equinox on Thursday; winter is finally ending. Some weather forecasters are saying we will have a heat wave again like last summer. The ones on the BBC have said Spring starts on the 1st of March; so we’ll ignore them… (more…)


Photography: Black Country landscapes

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It’s still winter for another 9 days in, but the sun is coming out a little now. The light for this shot was quite good, but the sun was low in the sky and so lots of shadow. It’s the canal and shows two 18th century bridges. (more…)


The review: Local community and events

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I’ve had a strange week. I did finally manage to get to the hospital for my blood test. I was in and out in 10 minutes, which left 20 minutes on my 30 minutes parking. At a pound for 30 minutes, it seemed a shame to waste it. The car park was quite full though and so I decided not to join the Costa Coffee crowd, although the Taste Cafe was a little tempting. (more…)


The Review: A week of floods

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We haven’t been affected much by the floods here in the Black Country. The River Tame flooded a little and I managed to get a photo. It probably flooded a bit in Sandwell Valley Countryside Park too, but the excess would go into Forge Mill Lake. Maybe they need a balancing lake on the Thames?

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Photography: Preventing blur

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Today’s photo isn’t particularly interesting, but there is a lot of detail. You can see the fine branches of the trees and the ripples on the water.  The image could have been much sharper, but I managed an interesting effect with a filter. I also kept the camera very still and used quite a fast speed. (more…)


Photography: Sandwell Valley

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The Black Country isn’t known for beautiful landscapes, but I only had to go about a mile and a half to take this photo. I added a border and title with PhotoScape. The winter colours were interesting with the sun quite low. (more…)


Photography: Competition Photos

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I took this photo yesterday when the sun came out. It looked like a great shot, but it was into the sun. The tow path was damaged and uneven and I was on a very narrow part next to the water. You need to be careful in such locations! (more…)


Living life in a balanced way

Loxdale bridge 2

The present and the future are connected to the past and partly determined by it. If we have prepared for the future, we will have a better future. That might mean guarding against the bad things that might happen in the future by driving carefully, taking precautions and saving for the future. We just have to find a good balance between our present and future needs, so we can enjoy both. (more…)


Photography: Trams and trains

1 Virgin Train

I took this photo on my last outing, the weather since has been terrible. The camera speed was too slow for a fast train, but I like the effect. The train and the station in the same frame! (more…)


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