Photo a Day 2015 Week 29

Where shall this week take us?  We’re definitely past the half way mark of the year now, it’s rapidly heading towards August which is mildly scary, I can feel the evenings starting to change (no knitting without a light on at the oh so late time of 9pm this week).  Actually, this week was a little eventful, the doggy had a bit of an accident and tried to inhale some barley on Saturday.  This is a bad idea as not only are grasses irritating (cue lots of sneezing), they can actually germinate inside the body and cause significant damage.  Monday was therefore a little stressful with a trip to the vet, anaesthetic and a rhinoscopy (nose job) to remove the offending piece.  She came home a little the worse for wear and promptly fell asleep on the sofa with her tongue sticking out ….. not the best photo but I wanted the memory.


Tuesday to Thursday were less eventful.  The dog was on “short” walks while she recovered so I took advantage of this and just mooched down to the river.  Here we have a flowering bramble (some are just about producing fruit already as well), a slightly older moorhen chick and something that is pretty and purple and I’ve not yet identified.

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Then suddenly it was Friday – where had the week gone?  We were very lucky on Friday to be out with good friends for dinner in one of the (many) old mill buildings where we live.  I’d like to go back and try to photograph it properly – the wrought iron work is really nice, as is the facade and there are so many features to look at and with the light at a co-operating angle it could be brilliant.  This image just does not do it justice.


Saturday, unsurprisingly was a day of recovery – as such, I resorted to one of the hanging boxes in the garden for inspiration.  Just wish I’d taken the image earlier in the day when the light was less flat.


Finally, this image is overdone – you see it about quite often on social media etc but it was so nice and sunny that we felt we deserved an ice cream so took the dog through the cathedral grounds to the good ice cream van (the dog got an ice cream too).  It was too tempting to not try for this pic myself.  I’m fairly pleased with it.


And there you have it …. firstly bad grammar as I started not only a sentence but a paragraph with the word “and” but also another week of images.

The next week is slightly up-in-the-air as we go on holiday on the Friday and I’m debating whether to bring my laptop or not.  I’d sort of like to leave it behind but I’m quite enjoying playing with photographs at the moment and have no idea how to work lightroom on the ipad yet.  We will see.  It may mean photo a day blog posts are delayed but seeing as I can be fairly erratic with this anyway it doesn’t really matter.

When back (it’s only 2 weeks, not exactly a big thing really is it?) I have some ideas for a few weekly themes …. I quite like this idea of challenging myself to actually focus on something, even though I do like chronicling local flowers.  So far my list is:

  • Portraits
  • Flash photography
  • Architecture
  • Monochrome
  • Landscapes
  • Wildlife.

We’ll see how it goes.

Photo a Day 2015 Week 28

Back to wildlife, well, flowers this week.  They don’t ignore the camera, pull funny faces or regard you with suspicion for trying to photograph them.  Monday I was still recovering from the previous week so the first two images are from Tuesday and Wednesday taken on dog walks of some of the random flowers and the selection you can see when you just look down at the ground.  The first one was particularly lovely in that it was a field of purple.  The second was taken out at Stockbridge down and at first glance it looked like open scrubland until you saw the variety of plants all living together.

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Thursday I had the fortune to get out for a dog walk with a friend.  Where I’d hoped to stop and take photographs turned out to be a bit of a dud – the local college are draining their bit of the river – whether for dredging to improve water flow (managing potential future flooding risks via a side tributary of the main river which carries most of the water volume?) or to improve their rowing route I doubt we’ll ever know but it did make it look a bit like a scar on the landscape rather than the beautiful river it normally is.  As a result, I went for the footpath further on instead and quite like the dappled shade on the path.


Friday and Saturday were acquired close to home.  The thistles are just coming out and are stunning and then I was captivated by this back to front strawberry in the garden.  The strawberry is not as sharp as I would have liked – lesson learned, don’t wait until the light is fading before taking your photo of the day (or go upstairs to get the tripod) – I ended up at ISO 3200 with an aperture something less than 4 (it may have been 4, it may have been 2.4 – my brain doesn’t remember) to get the shutter fast enough to avoid much shake.

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The final shot of the week was of the dog waiting not very patiently by the front door to be taken outside.


I’m debating having a few weeks where there’s a theme as I seem to revert back to my favourites of macro flowers at every opportunity.  I might start this after the summer holiday in a couple of weeks but first, I just need to get through the next 8 working days to the two weeks off.

Photo a Day 2015 Week 27

This was a hard week – it was always going to be.  Travelling up on a Sunday (to save a 6:30am train on the Monday) followed by conference set-up on the Monday and three full days of conference Tuesday-Thursday.  I got through it, possibly better than I expected but the after effects are still ongoing a week and a half later.

Unfortunately it also makes for some fairly boring photographs as Monday – Thursday I was either in the conference centre or at the hotel resting.  Turns out finding exciting things at conferences to photograph is a challenge, the view from the hotel room was slightly better but the most interesting thing was the water droplets on the shower wall (scraping the bottom of the barrel here).   I’d been all excited about this being the week we reach half way through the year and one of the conference photos was taken on our booth at the appropriate time and really the old railway hall should have been good for some more interesting shots but I just couldn’t find them.


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Friday was a better day – coffee with friends and their weans so I’m including a triple here, one of each of the children.

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Saturday was back to my favourite muse but she still does not seem to like me pointing a lens in her face so lots of ignoring me and this is the only shot of her even looking towards the camera (whilst regarding me with suspicion). I don’t think portraits are really my thing (not without a lot of practice).


Sunday was a bit of a write off due to being exhausted and sore and having to fly home so only the six days here …. a bit of a let down to be honest for the half way point of this project.