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Spring and summer #photography

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Through spring and summer there will be a lot more opportunities for me to take photos. I want to do more events this year and I did one on Saturday night. In this picture, you can see the church that dominates the skyline. There was a fund raising show on Saturday, to raise funds to repair the ‘Woden’ window. (more…)


Creating a Black Country image #photography

I’ve been using pictures of daffodils lately, to signify spring in my recent articles. I’m not sure where the quote ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ comes from. Some say it comes from a Chinese proverb. It does sound Chinese… (more…)


Spring renewal #Sunday #ramble

SPRING DAFFODILS

Spring is a time of renewal as nature bursts into bloom with a colourful display of flowers and new leaves on the trees. Even us mere humans sense a time of renewal. In China, they celebrate for a week at the Spring Festival, which we in our ignorance call Chinese New Year. It’s a good time for change in all respects. (more…)


First day of spring #review

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Yes, it’s the first day of spring. Yesterday it was the spring equinox, the solar eclipse and there was even a super-moon, I didn’t see the super-moon, it was a bit cloudy. These things are events like Christmas and birthdays. (more…)


Stock photos #photography

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Today’s photo of a daffodil isn’t very good, because I took it in really poor light. Notice I have added the copyright notice so it can be seen easily. I’m going to start taking ‘stock’ photos and will add a copyright notice to them. (more…)


Creative Black Country? #Sunday #Ramble

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I read this morning that here in Britain we aren’t very good at creating technology, but we are good at using it. There is no British version of Microsoft, but we have lots of creative people using computers to create art, photographers using digital cameras and of course trendy writers. (more…)


A Wednesbury Goose

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I went to the other side of Wednesbury this week taking photos of the geese. This photo will probably be my best one this year. I would have liked the goose in the middle of the frame, but I had to be quick to catch the shot at all. (more…)


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

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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

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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…)


The Sunday Ramble: Wonderful Walsall

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Last week I went to Walsall Art gallery. I read a suggestion today that they should put old photos of Walsall on display in the art gallery for local people to go to see. Get real! Walsall council cares nothing for local people, the art gallery is a statement. It is the politicians showing off, nothing to do you common lot! (more…)


The Review: Sex and Drugs

It seems the European Commission is asking the government for 1.7 bn pounds because our GDP is more than they thought it was when they add in the illegal sex and drugs trades. It works out to over £500 for every worker in the country. (more…)


Photography: focusing

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On digital cameras, you press the shutter release button part way down, until the camera has focused. Many cameras will bleep to tell you it’s focused. Most bridge cameras and DSLRs have focus points to help you focus. My D3200 has 11 focus points. They show up as red dots through the viewfinder. (more…)


Photography: Around the Black Country

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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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Photography: creating illusions

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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…)


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: Does art need to reach out?

I’ve started with one of my more artistic pictures today. I’m thinking of visiting an art gallery this weekend. I often talk to young people and they’re quite interested in photography and art, but never visit a gallery or get to handle a decent camera. Perhaps the galleries aren’t reaching out to young people? (more…)