Photo a Day 2015 Set 42

Just to buck trends, I’m trying to stay up to date and managed to take multiple pictures every day.  This may will not last.  In another break from tradition, I appear (with one exception) to have gone landscapey for the week.  The berries are reaching the end of season, there are fewer flowers and the colours / views looking up at the wider picture just appealed to me this week starting off with trees resplendent in their autumn colours compared to just down the road where it’s almost all still green and by the river where it’s a bit of a mix.

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From this, I spent a couple of days looking at some of the local buildings which is another departure from the norm.  We’re so lucky with a lovely high street and looking up towards the rooflines you can often see lovely buildings.  The church photo was acquired on a dog walk – another spot I’ve not made it to in a long time.  Think that’s the last of my usual haunts now within reach which is fantastic.

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Combining the theme of changing countryside and local churches, this was taken from the fields further north by my MIL’s house.

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Last but not least is the non landscape image – this was when I’d managed to go out with the dog, accidentally leave the camera behind, miss capturing a sparrowhawk hunt (even if I’d had the right camera, I’d have had the wrong lens as it’s been the 18mm wide angle all week, not the 60mm zoom).  Then I managed to not do anything for the rest of the day and just managed to take this as the light was fading – phew!

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Next week … well – all that needs said is that life will change, just hoping I can keep up with the photos …

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Photo a Day 2015 Sets 40 and 41

Oh look … a second slight cheat for the year and combining two into one.  This may make the post lengthy as I actually have 11 images or so but I’d like to catch up.  It’s interesting getting behind and then rushing to catch up  – looking at lots of images at once you do work out where your comfort zone is (flowers and plants and then random household things).  When things get to a new normal, I do really want to try different things.

That said, week 40 was a bit of a mix … the week started out lovely which meant lots of images acquired during dog walks.  My favourites were some late clover, the sun on the trees on a dog walk and a beautiful rose from some flowers in the house.

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Then there was a slight change – the piano tuner visited and I got wonderfully distracted by the piano.  This instrument has been in the family for something over 50 years … we think it’s over 100 years old – it’s got marks where the candle sticks were when it was new!  Trying to capture the wood inlay was a bit of a challenge and it’s amazing how different piano keys look when you photograph them from different angles.

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Last but not least for week 40 – it’s been getting colder so photographs of hand knit socks and the first fire of the year were called for (photographing fire is so satisfying with a longer exposure time).

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Now onto week 41 and I only managed 4 images this week … well, there were more but not on different days.  I find cloudy days difficult as the light is so flat, but then again bright days are not exactly easy as the colour is bleached out.  The contrast of the grey skies to the vibrant yellow of the flower appealed to me.  The tree was turning yellow as well – just glorious.Day-279 Day-280 Day-281

Finally, another grey day beckoned so I took photographs of the mess on the kitchen table.  I am not tidy when in the middle of something but actually it reminded me a little of the staged images from the photography course, just a little less staged and a bit more stuff strewn everywhere.  Now I’m just wondering what next week will bring.Day-282

Photo a Day 2015 Set 39

This week didn’t go so well.  I had visitors and somehow, for lugging the camera round lots just didn’t manage to take many shots at all.  I managed 3 days during the week – pretty poor.  That said, the images I did take were on dog walks I could not have managed earlier in the year and being out and about was just amazing so maybe the pics count more because of that?

First up, we visited Hurst Castle (well – we walked out to Hurst Castle and didn’t go in).  It’s at the end of stony spit of land with a great view of the Needles on the Isle of Wight.  Last time I was here I was walking with a stick and needed rest stops en route.  This time, no stick, no stops and a lovely windy walk.  We did get the ferry back and someone enjoyed herself standing at the bow.

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Next up was a walk up St Catherines Hill which overlooks the city.  I’d not been up here in I think 3 years. Not a spectacular pic but good to have been up there.

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Finally was a walk along Farley Mount with my DH to a random monument where someone has built a memorial to their horse.  Stunning weather and I just liked the contrast of the white against the blue sky.

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I had been going to combine this week and week 40 but I appear to have taken more pics the following week so am keeping this one short and sweet!

Photo a Day 2015 Set 38

You would think that with finishing work, and being at home all day with very little to do apart from cups of tea, lots of cake and waiting for bump to make an appearance, keeping up with the photographs would have been easy.  Apparently it’s not and I lost motivation.   Not sure I have the motivation back yet but I’m feeling a little guilty at having got this far so will just pootle onwards and try to catch up.

Week 2 of the photography course was interesting in terms of looking more at the exposure triangle, where you pick your focus points and staging shots.  It suited me a little more and the best part of a month onwards I’m still trying to think about composition more. With hindsight however, I think I possibly didn’t choose the best course for me as I’m not really trying to develop a creative style to market myself, just trying to take better pics and really I should read the description more than going “ooohhh shiny”.

I’m not going to group these into day by day but …. firstly a composition shot of flowers from the kitchen … I was playing with depth of field and some of the shots were better than others.  This one I just liked for the vibrancy of the colours even though the focus is not quite right.

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Here are a further five where I was playing with mostly the depth of field (and I won’t bore you by showing the entire series of photographs going from f2 to f18), occasionally ISO and in the last one, just getting the focus point not quite right for the dof I was aiming for.  I went back to my comfort zone for these and looked to the garden and dog walks I go on.

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Finally, not related to any of this – I made a quilt!   I keep thinking I should actually write about the things I make (it’s a way to keep me sort of sane due to my preferred hobbies of running, cycling and swimming no longer being an option) and maybe I will get round to it but this was something where I’d seen the material, loved it, decided it needed to be a quilt and then worked out that I had no idea where to start.  It’s taken a while but I’m quite pleased with the end result.

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