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Winter editing

This time last year, I was driving through floods. The floods weren’t too bad in the Black Country, but the River Tame did flood in places. In winter you can still get interesting pictures. Bare landscapes with trees stripped of their leaves can look quite spectacular in the winter sunshine. (more…)


Editing for a better picture #photography

In the old days of film photography, any post shoot editing was done by a technician in the processing lab. Now we can do our own editing on the computer. Editing has become as much a skill as the photography with every laughter line getting edited out of portrait photography! (more…)


Experiments in photography

I think the best way to improve at anything is to keep practising and experimenting, photography is no exception.  I constantly try new things and learn. I also listen to others. (more…)


Creative Black Country launch

CREATIVE BLACK COUNTRY (47)

Last week I went to visit a food bank, this week I ventured into West Bromwich for the launch of Creative Black Country. It’s supported by the Arts Council to promote creativity in the Black Country and part of a national initiative. With 2 million in Arts Council funding they hope to ‘engage’ the people. (more…)


Photography: creating a picture

A well known photographer once said you don’t take a picture; you create a picture. Some photographers think of it as art, not just a working skill. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: the Man in the Sky

1 The Midland Metro - The Sunday Ramble

If you are a regular Sunday ramble reader, you’ll know I like to go out and take photographs on a Sunday afternoon.  It seems people are copying my Sunday ramble idea. I have to try to make my post search engine friendly, so you can search for my Sunday ramble, but mine aren’t the most popular… (more…)


Christmas Eve: Dickensian thoughts

Manor House Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and during Christmas, I tend to think of the year that has just gone by and the one that is about to start. I write articles here on WordPress and on a Zillion ideas and some of those get featured on the Express and Star website (my local newspaper) and these get syndicated on The YamYam. (more…)


Photography: Christmas edits

Merry Christmas

This is the time of year when you can dig out the snow pictures and edit them for Christmas messages and effects. These edited pictures can make your Facebook Timeline look cool or if you have a blog,  you can change to a Christmas header. (more…)


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: autumn pictures

Autumn 2014 (8)

I usually go out and take photographs on a Sunday afternoon because there is less traffic and I can drive around more easily. Things didn’t go according to plan this week and it rained a few times. I managed to take a few pictures though. (more…)


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