Year Two (37) – Abstract Art

The topics for the Old Bakery are sometimes obscure and a little odd, sometimes you instinctively think that you know what you can create based on that theme,, others a little but more challenging – partly because you have to take all your equipment and props with you, and partly because it is how you incorporate the subject. Continue reading


Year Two – January

I am going to keep taking photos… but instead of blogging, I am going to share a photo from everyday I have managed to capture one or edited one throughout the month … add them to this blog whilst I can and share them on the last day of the month!

Limiting myself to just sharing one photo a day is much harder than I thought – I have to choose the best one for that day and although limiting myself gives me more time to edit, and allows me to develop a theme – it makes me think a lot more about the photo I want to share. Very much a new challenge! Continue reading

December Highlights

December- twelve months done!

Happy New Year … this is the last post for now… my 365 is done! I am going to keep taking photos though … but a different project … I will no longer be posting everyday … just sometimes as I continue to share my images.

I just loved this Christmas message from one of the camera groups I am involved in….

“We had a good 2015 lets make it an even better 2016, Thanks for all your support especially Sue for the cakes, secretaryship and support,( is that a real word even)Tim for the tutoring,John for his knowledge in lighting and Helen for being,well Helen and showing us all what enthusiasm really means. You are all a great bunch of extremely professional and fun photographers and in 2016 we will all go up several levels of that I am sure. “

I hope I can continue being me in 2016 … and that I can keep the enthusiasm flowing!

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Day 365 – The end

Thank you for joining me on my 365 project … what a year, a year that has challenge me, provided me a host of new opportunities and a year when my photography blog has taken on a life on its own… I have had a blast … but this is my last daily blog for a while….

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Day 363 – Christmas Photoshoot

I was delighted to take photos of my neighbours grandchilden for her over Christmas – a chance to try out my new round flash and on the whole I think it works really well, it enables me to move the catch lights where I need them, essential for working with young and active children and to help control the light.

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Christmas 2015
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Christmas Fun
Chriistmas fun 2015 - cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Christmas fun 2015 – cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Chriistmas fun 2015 - cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Christmas fun 2015 – cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
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And I am off…
Chriistmas fun 2015 - cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Christmas fun 2015 – cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Chriistmas fun 2015 - cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.
Christmas fun 2015 – cousins Freddie and Faris on Christmas Day.

It was lovely spending time during their first Christmas with these two cute young men!

Day 362 – Christmas Walk

A great way to blast the cobwebs out and to burn some calories for the Feast ahead is a walk along the coastline – this two mile stretch of Shingle bank is a place I have offered photographed this year… so I am back again to capture the grey skies and winter atmosphere.

I have not used my 28-300mm lens for while, so I decide to make that the lens of choice and take only that with me… it is was interesting to see how not using it for a few weeks impacted on the images I created.

View to the Needles - ISO400, f13, 1/400sec
View to the Needles – ISO400, f13, 1/400sec

The view to the Needles – the above image is in colour, just as I took if in camera but with grey cloudy skies, the island in mist and the grey skies being reflected in the sea it is almost a black and white.

Hurst Castle - ISO200, F13, 1/80
Hurst Castle – ISO200, F13, 1/80

The dull colours meant that there were no shadows on the castle, and as I approached along the shingle bank I was able to capture the scale of the castle alongside the lighthouse. I quickly worked out this was the lowest I could push the ISO too if I wanted to have an image with a fast enough shutter speed to reduce any camera blur.

The fishing nets - ISO2500, F6.3, 1/640sec
The fishing nets – ISO2500, F6.3, 1/640sec

Round the back on the castle there was some fishing net caught up on the groins, the waves splashing through the net I felt would make an interesting image – so I knew instantly I needed a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the water, and a shallow aperture as I did not want all the net in focus, a quick change of settings and I was really pleased with the result.

The uncpvered shore - ISO800, F11, 1/250sec
The uncovered shore – ISO800, F11, 1/250sec

Round the back of the castle a lot of the beach had been eroded away – so this is more a record shot of the new shoreline, but I did think about my positioning an end crop so got quite low to the beach so that the Island behind was on a separate layer.

The Lighthouse - ISO800, F3.4, 1/3200sec
The Lighthouse – ISO800, F3.4, 1/3200sec

The Lighthouse, but thinking differently I choose to focus on the beam and rocks in the foreground, hoping yo just give an impression of scale. I had to use a fast shutter speed here as I was precariously balanced.

The fishig buoy - ISO800, F14,1/125sec
The fishing buoy – ISO800, F14,1/125sec

My final photo before the blustery walk back – I just had to capture the fishing buoy which had been washed ashore against the castle behind. A view that not many people would think to capture, although I think I cut the top of the picture a little too tight!

I hope you get out to enjoy a walk over the Christmas period and get to take some photos too.


Day 360 – Planning your holiday

Happy Boxing Day.

One of the traditions of Christmas seems to be a look ahead at the New Year and with that in mind people often begin to look ahead and where they are going to holiday in the nest year.

In the last couple of weeks I have been working closely with some local self catering accommodation and I was commissioned to take some new photos of their facilities that could be used in their advertising and promotions for the New Year.

If you are interested in more details about this accessible holiday accommodation in the New Forest – please visit their web site:

Day 359 -It’s Christmas

Poinsettia is a plant that I associate with Christmas, so almongst the fun of Christmas Day photos, unwrapping presents, sharing moments with family and friends… I thought I would share a photo of Christmas cheer….

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Day 358 – Christmas Fun

Not a perfect selection of portraits by any means, but a great team of people who I am lucky enough to have in my life and who really know how to party hard.

Today’s blog – the Christmas party highlights!

Merry Christmas everyone!