When I first started photography, I took some shots here on a sunny day. Yesterday it was cloudy and a little misty, but I quite like the result. Many of the trees are still developing their leaves and the water rather than blue is reflecting the grey sky. I also shot towards the sun for an unusual effect. (more…)
I’ve visited a few art galleries in the past year. This is our Victorian art gallery and museum here in Wednesbury. I’ve also visited Bilston Craft Gallery where I was impressed with an exhibition there. I was less impressed when I went to West Bromwich and went in the ‘Public’ with it’s pink neon lights. (more…)
Imagine medieval knights trying to find their way through the English countryside. They might follow the river. This photo might not look too much like the river, I think it been made deeper here and canalised. I can now reveal that beyond those trees, ‘treasure’ was found once! (more…)
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…)
I think before we can decide where we’re going, we have to consider where we’ve been. Nostalgia is popular, people like to look back and they like to keep mementoes as reminders of happier days. Wednesbury has a history page on Facebook where we can share such memories. It has over 3000 ‘likes’ and goes from strength to strength. Having something in common, makes us stronger. (more…)
The new Aldi super six, starting today are lemons (3), swede, leeks (500g), Mangetout (150g), fun-size pears (8) and carrots (1Kg). They are all 69p, except the carrots which are 49p. Lots there to make a nice winter stew.
At first glance this photo looks good, but it’s slightly blurred. It would have been good if I could have held the camera perfectly still. The other option is to use a faster shutter speed. You can see the frost on the tow path of the canal, so I was shivering a little! A faster shutter speed was the obvious answer. (more…)
Are you thinking about making New Year resolutions? Setting goals in life, whether it’s to lose weight and keep fit or something even more challenging can be useful. Try writing some things down and thinking about what is achievable and how you might achieve it. I have a few goals that include more photography. (more…)
This isn’t a great photo. I took it out of the window, trying to get my settings right before taking photos in wet cloudy weather. This was taken with my Nikon D3200 DSLR. It has a larger sensor than a bridge camera or compact camera and so is better in low light. Bridge cameras have a good zoom, but if you double click this picture to make it larger you can see that the definition is such that I can zoom in and read the number plates on those cars easily. (more…)
I photographed the Midland Metro yesterday, that was a grandiose scheme meant to bring wealth to Birmingham and the Black Country. They want to extend it to Merry Hill, another grandiose scheme that started with a tax free enterprise zone. They always want grandiose and iconic schemes. (more…)
I found out this morning that some of my photos are on the website of the local newspaper. I was asked if I was from the Express and Star when I was taking them. Newspapers are fighting for survival and have to adjust to the new era of digital communication. Advertising is changing too with Google dominating. (more…)
I didn’t have many new pictures last week, but this week I have lots! I went to photograph the switch on of the Christmas lights on Friday and got lots of photos. It took me 24 hours to thaw out afterwards though.
This couple asked me to take their photo on Friday when I was photographing the switch on of the Christmas lights in Wednesbury. This post will probably be syndicated on the YamYam and so maybe they will see their photo. Earlier two rather rude women asked if I was from the Express and Star, the regional newspaper. They walked away uninterested when they realised I wasn’t.
I’ve been photographing graveyards and Gothic churches for Halloween to get spooky pictures, but this one isn’t at all spooky and one of the better ones. I used the ‘cali’ 8 border in PhotoScape and gave it a vintage look with colorize.
“Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” is a quote attributed to Mandy Rice-Davies. She actually said, “He would, wouldn’t he?” She was referring to what Lord Astor had said in denying an affair. The same quote could apply equally to a member of the House of Commons as a member of the House of Lords. They will all say what is expedient, rather than the truth. (more…)
It’s Sunday again and the weather doesn’t look too good. I try to have a day out on a Sunday taking photographs, but the weather often lets me down. I thought about heading in the direction of West Bromwich to photograph buildings again. I could have another go at getting the whole of The Public on to one photo. (more…)
Today’s picture is of the Tame close to Bescot, it was a bit overgrown when I took this one. This is close to where Elwell’s forge would have been years ago. That’s the fascinating subject of the History of Wednesbury blog post this weekend.
Today’s picture is of the Art gallery and museum in Wednesbury. It’s ornate and Victorian, but it’s not very iconic is it? The Public in West Bromwich is iconic, a big box with pink bubble shaped windows. It must be iconic. I suppose the new college with it’s wave shaped roof is iconic too. Is the civic centre in Oldbury iconic? I’ve never seen it; but it must be better than our town hall, which isn’t at all iconic…
Bonjour! I’ve just found out, I have a couple of readers in France, so I thought I would say hello. For the benefit of my overseas readers, I’ll remind you all that I live in the heart of England. The Black Country is a just North of Birmingham and includes the City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. (more…)
According to the ONS, we are now much happier, cheered up by the Olympics and the Jubilee last year. Married couples are happier than single people, apparently. I can imagine some graduate researcher knocking the door of an unmarried mother in the Black Country and asking if she’s happy, just after she’d applied the Anusol to her latest tattoo.
What’s it like to live in Wednesbury? This is a question I’m asked quite a lot. People overseas think it’s great because they see photographs like the one above. That’s the canal on the west side of town from me running through an industrial estate. That bridge goes across to Moorcroft Wood. There was a teddy bear’s picnic for the kids in Moorcroft Wood this week. (more…)
I went to Sandwell Valley on Sunday afternoon. It was windy as a storm was coming in. It was my second choice, I intended to photograph the historic vehicle show, but I was late for that and then my car battery was flat and i had to charge it for an hour. So I ended up here. I have decided to do a collection of river and canal pictures for a competition and maybe a summer exhibition.