Bus Lane…

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Just an observation, the bus lane leads into the city. On you’re way home from work you’ve just got to sit in traffic…

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52 Faces, We Are Stardust… But, bloody hell!

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Art is subjective, you can love it, hate it or even a bit Meh! It’s completely up to you and that is the great thing about art… Street furniture on the other hand is a completely different ball game.

We are the universe observing itself but I think we keep missing the obvious…

DSC_1221Thank you Photoshop  for your assistance and to the architects of Solstice Park… WTFF?The hotel didn’t help either!

And, a little side note, The Human Universe by Prof Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen. A great listen.

For Lucy!

Turners Preference…

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There’s a story around these parts that once Sir Henry Hoare (The Magnificent) had completed the gardens at Stourhead he invited the renowned landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner down for a ganders and maybe a painting or two… Unfortunately Bill was not impressed with Harrys’ arrogance with regards to the new gardens and chose to paint the second lake down. not part of the gardens and known to this day as Turners Paddock. I’m not sure how you give the bird in 1799 but that seems pretty close to me.

On a personal note, the fishing is good (permit from the Gillingham angling club required, mine elapsed 30 years ago…) and I used to catch Jack Pike here when I was a lad and will never forget when a Starling murmuration passed overhead and they all poo’d at the same time… The fishing kind of die a death after that, apparently Starling poo tastes better than maggots… I’ll take the fishes word on that!

52 Faces #4 Four Score Years And Ten

DSC_0564Meet Ernest. Ernest has always been known by most as Ernie and next week he will be 90 years old. Ernest lives on his own, eats 3 square meals a day and can, at times, be a cantankerous old sod. Ernest, is by his admission, one of the best drivers in the world and regularly proves this by driving to Tescos and back without killing anyone.

Like I said, most know him as Ernie, I on the other hand, know him as Grandad.

And, just for the record, negotiations are ongoing with regards to the car…

Happy birthday Grandad… (The scooter is coming that I can promise)

 

 

52 Faces… Charlotte

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Landscapes are easy, they just present themselves and I wait for the light or lack of… So technically the sun, moon, clouds are in charge and I just stand there like a numpty with a camera…

People on the other hand, the photographer might think they’re in control, they’re not. It’s all about the model. I’m just a numpty with the camera… Thank you again Charlotte (I think I’ve said that way too much over the last week) Points noted and lessons learnt!

 

I Am Not Ashamed…

Right, long story short… I’ve read an instruction manual! There, it’s out in the open and 50% of Humankind can slap their collective (probably receding) foreheads and utter a collective groan!

But, and here’s a message to all, you might think you know… Take it from me, you don’t.

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My wonderful, amazing, beautiful wife, Sandie has treated me to a bit of an upgrade for my birthday (Tomorrow 6th Feb if you’re wondering) and I’m now the proud owner of a Nikon D750 complete with a Sigma 24-105 f/4 and it’s a monster, a beautiful, beautiful monster… Stepping from the phenomenal D3300 (I don’t care what anyone else says, that camera got me to where I am today and I will always be in its dept, lifetime review to follow at some point) to the D750 is like stepping off a scooter and into the cockpit of a 747… It’s kind of daunting but really, really exciting and my scooter had a HUD similar, which helps… Hold on peeps, it’s going to be interesting!

Just a bit of a shame I knocked 300 quid off the resale value by bending the pages….

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Ruff!

DSC_1533Happiness is organic, namely sodium, H2o and whatever elements go into a stick…

Big day today, I have gained an addition and am now a proud owner of a Nikon D750. Please note, the addition bit. I have most definitely not traded in, swapped or otherwise thrown in the back of my cupboard the D3300. That camera has a special place in my heart and D750’s will come and go… (or maybe the odd 850 or two, I can always dream) But that camera has enabled me to become what I am today. Entry level DSLR, kit lenses ( apart from the 35mm 1.8), one exhibition under my belt (and one currently underway, see below) and a few hundred calendars across the globe.

I’m proud of me, so proud I’m like a dog, with a stick on the beach and the sea’s just there…. All that wet!

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All taken today in St Helens and Portsmouth Harbour.

Don’t you just love great Fridays!

Peace Peeps! XXX

PS, I’m showing off here!