I haven’t posted on WordPress for a while, but it’s the Wednesbury carnival today. You can still read my posts on A Zillion Ideas, I post every day or nearly every day! I’ve noticed a lot of people getting more involved in the community lately. (more…)
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The end of spring and through the summer is the events season for me and I hope to do a lot more this year. The first carnival is next weekend. I’ll still do landscape photography, but will be photographing people more and so I’ll try to either get close to them or zoom in with a 18 – 105 mm lens. (more…)
Welcome to another Sunday ramble when I take you on a wander around the less trodden pathways of my mind. It’s the pathways up my nose that are concerning me today as my sinuses get blocked with spring pollen. (more…)
Just about everyone has a camera now and so professional photographers complain that it is hurting their business. I think the professional can still get much better shots and so will be used for weddings, but these days news photographs and stock photos often come from expensive smart phones. (more…)
The Aldi super-six this week are red onions (1kg), sweetbite peppers (150g), chestnut mushrooms (150g), rhubarb (400g), Jersey Royal new potatoes (500g) and green beans (220g). They are all 59p each and the offer lasts until Thursday 4th of June. (more…)
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…)
Welcome to my Sunday ramble, when I ramble on about whatever happens to be on my mind. I was out at the local church hall taking photos for a charity event last night and so I’m struggling to stay awake today. (more…)
I’m not as young as I used to be. I look at things I can’t change and become resigned to it. I appreciate many things more as experience has taught me they are valuable. I saw a comment by a young driver who thinks all old people should be banned from motorways, because to him they hog the outside lane. (more…)
Most cameras are really smart now, they can recognise subjects and have built in light meters to help you get that perfect picture. They can’t do everything though, what if you want a dark mysterious picture? Then you have to set the camera yourself, rather than relying on auto settings. (more…)
My picture today is of a lock-keepers cottage. It looks like an old picture, but in fact it’s quite recent. I removed the satellite dish and television aerial. It looks quite picturesque, but demonstrates nicely, that you can’t trust your perceptions these days. The truth is out there, but buried in a pile of ONS statistics. (more…)
My first picture today sets the scene, you can see the soldiers and their tents, but you want to see more. This was an American civil war re-enactment that I photographed on Sunday. It was hard to get close to the action, but I tried to zoom in as much as I could, despite the explosions! (more…)
I took today’s photo a year ago at West Bromwich Manor House. The Boer War re-enactment group is there again this weekend for a re-enactment of an American civil war battle. The bank holiday weather isn’t good. As usual, we have rain. At the moment it seems to have stopped and we’re British, we just go on! (more…)
The Aldi super-six this week are butternut squash, green beans (220g), button mushrooms (200g), sweet potatoes (750g), pineapple and fun-size pears. They are all 49p each.
As we move through spring, everything changes for landscape photography. There are amazing floral displays as the trees blossom and the light seems to change every day. There is now a better chance of getting good light and dramatic effects in the evening now the days are longer as we approach the spring equinox. For some photos you need the morning light. (more…)
Today’s picture is of the Walsall Canal as it passes by Moorcroft Wood. Someone said it could be the English Countryside. This is what I see when I’m taking photos, others see the graffiti and a much more scary place. They see symbols showing support for nationalist EDL and the tags that say I’m someone, when they are really no one. No one of any importance anyway. (more…)
Time doesn’t stand still, the leaves are coming on the trees and many are covered in blossom. Nature changes and we have to change with it and adapt. Nature does fail to adapt to extremes, the frost often kills off plants. Nature likes gradual change and so do we, we can adapt to that. (more…)
Yes, it’s St George’s Day today and so maybe you’ll want to cook something typically English or treat your family to fish ‘n’ chips. You don’t have to spend a fortune, if money is a bit tight; sausage, egg and chips is just as English. (more…)
It’s St George’s Day on Thursday, but the events were last weekend. This is the Stone Cross St George’s day parade in West Bromwich. When I’m photographing an event, I try to tell a story in pictures and then add words to the story. (more…)
The whole concept of being English is based on codes of behaviour. We talk about knights in shining armour who are chivalrous. Men who know how to behave and are courteous and gallant, especially towards women. This is where the values of the typical ‘English gentleman’ come from. (more…)
It’s St George’s Day on Thursday and will be celebrated as St George is the patron saint of England. There is an event at West Bromwich Manor House today and it’s the Stone Cross St George’s Day parade tomorrow.
The weather was quite stormy and windy on Sunday. I had looked at this scene before and thought it would be a good shot, but the weather wasn’t ideal. The ideal time for this shot would be about 5am on a clear morning! I won’t get up at that time, but I’ll bear the shot in mind next time I’m there. (more…)