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The Saturday Review #Blackcountry

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The sun came out a little bit on Tuesday, so we went out to take some photographs. This is Farley Park in Great Bridge. I’ll be using more pictures that I took on Tuesday for my weekly photography lesson on Wednesday. (more…)


End of winter #photography

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Living in the middle of the Black Country means the roads are always busy, so I like to go out to take photos on a Sunday. Being in the shadow of the Welsh hills means we get a lot of rain too. It rained again on Sunday! (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…)


Bridge or DSLR #photography

I took this picture at the Oak House West Bromwich in 2012 with my Fujifilm S5600. It shows you can get a good picture with a cheap bridge camera. Having a good subject and good light helped a lot too. (more…)


Looking forward to Spring?

Retailers always have another way to get us to part with our money. The latest one seems to be ‘pay-day deals’. I wonder how they know when we’ve been paid. It all sounds very Orwellian to me. (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…)


Changing times

Change

Things constantly change and we welcome some changes like improvements in technology. Scientific discoveries lead to new drugs and better healthcare. Some change is based on political ideology, religious fanaticism or is fuelled by hatred and we see no sense in it. (more…)


Moorcroft Wood landscapes.

I took this photo in 2012 with my Fujifilm S5600, which shows you don’t need an expensive camera to get a good shot. It was on a narrow aperture through the bars on a bridge over the canal and that’s Moorcroft Wood on the left. (more…)


Valentines Day review

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It’s Valentine’s Day today when people reaffirm their closest relationships. Humans have many rules and traditions relating to relationships. These include etiquette, social rules, good manners and polite behaviour. (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…)


Shooting in winter #photography

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Photography can be quite challenging in mid-winter. I took this shot last Tuesday of the frozen canal. I tried to get the rail around it and the reeds to give me some depth. I made it lighter in editing to try to make the whole picture lighter. (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

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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…)


Focus keyword for photography post

Focus keyword

Today I’m going to look at how to do a photo blog, because many of my readers are bloggers! I’ve started with an image from my media library. This saves uploading another one and saves server space too. There is no alt text yet, I want that to match my focus keyword for SEO (search engines). (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Life in The Black Country

The Black Country

You probably think writing a blog like this is easy; it’s not. There are lots of technical things you have to know. It’s no good me writing this stuff, if no one finds it and reads it. Is it? I have to optimise it for the search engines like Google and Bing. Today, my focus key phrase is “The Black Country”. (more…)


Photography: EXIF data

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Exchangeable image file format

The EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) can be found in the properties of a image. I’ve added it to this image for a reason. I’m starting a series of posts on a Zillion Ideas tomorrow, about all the settings you can use on your camera. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: getting about

I’ll be getting about this afternoon, taking photographs somewhere. Sunday is the only day when the roads are reasonable clear. The congestion on the roads gets worse in the Black Country and finding a place to park is a nightmare. (more…)


Photography: Winter pictures

Sandwell Park Farm

It’s the beginning of winter in the UK, but you can still take landscape pictures, if you wrap up warm. The buildings in the distance of this picture are Sandwell Park Farm. There were a lot of people out braving the freezing cold on Sunday. (more…)


The review: carousels

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Christmas is over and although we didn’t have a White Christmas, Boxing Day gave us a little snow. The street light isn’t working in the street outside my house, so it was very dark when I took this photo. Aren’t digital cameras marvellous? (more…)


Boxing Day: more Frying Pan photos

I hope everyone is enjoying Christmas. It hasn’t been a white Christmas here, but it is getting colder; it was freezing outside when I woke this morning.  Today’s photo was taken in 2011. I think we had snow quite early that year. (more…)


Christmas Day: Life and soul

I hope everyone is enjoying Christmas. Some people seem to enjoy it more than others; they are the life and soul of the party. They seem confident and loud.
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