How useless am I…

I have neglected you… The countdown fizzled out on here but kept going in the real world and I am now 4 days into my first little exhibition and it’s been amazing. My images have been so well received and all feedback has been extremely positive. I think this could possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done…

And it’s now *Little Green Man season in Wiltshire too… Good days!

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I think I’m going to do a bigger post closer to the end of the week with details and pics and I might have a spin around and get some shots of the other participants… There’s 330 of us. If you fancy a ganders at what we’re up to have a look at the Wylye Valley Art Trail website.

And if you’re local, pop along. It would be great to see you. If you’re not local, still pop along, it’s well worth the visit and this part of the world is looking gorgeous at the moment.

*Artists with planks and grumpy farmers Season

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19 Days and Counting…

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Prints are printed, mounted, signed and framed and I should be sitting here thinking about prices, descriptions and worrying about Peeps through the door but, man, tonight’s sunset was just spectacular! The light was changing by the second and this composition has been begging for the right light for months!

And, if you’re wondering what I’m blathering on about in regards to prints I’m exhibiting at the end of May in a local art trail. I’m really looking forward to it. Have a ganders at my website for more info and forgive me for going on about it over the coming weeks.

See more at focalthingy.co.uk and have a look at the other contributors to the Wylye Valley Art Trail here

Why?

DSC_0364-Pano-EditWould you put an exhibition dedicated to the First World War in a crisp, clean gallery?  All white walls and straight lines… Na, better to put it at the top of a hill, surrounded by mud and open to whatever the elements throw at it. You want to see it? Then you’ll have to endure a tiny fraction of what they went through, just slipping and sliding without the threat of immediate and filthy death and, when you get there, it ain’t pretty.

DSC_0351-EditIf you’re able, take a walk around Stourhead, and have a ganders at Scraptors Sculpture Trail, they take some finding and they’re not in the pretty places…

Lest we forget Peeps…

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There are those who take a short cut across Salisbury Plain and make it… Me! Tada!

And then there are those who don’t… Him!dsc_3398-editIt’s going to take a bit to buff that out. Still, nice setting and moody skies, I can see a career in car adverts looming! ;o)

Right, down to the serious bit of closing this challenge down. If you’ve been following me for a while I’d like to think that you’ve noticed that the photography has improved. My confidence in myself has come on leaps and bounds and I’m happy to say that I’m proud of what I’ve done.

Over the next 19 days (The 20th will be my viral post) I’m going to choose one particular subject per day. These subjects will be an element of photography that I’d like to think I’ve come to grasp or not and the shot will be a new shot demonstrating or outlining this subject.

The altruism I have experienced over the last 12 months has been mindblowing and the next 19 days is just me giving a very small amount back.

And, before I go, A massive shout out to John at P-U-G great to meet you Fella.

You can view Johns’ work here.

Peace Peeps! x

 

Manual 365/206 Plagiarism

DSC_7047-Edit.jpgArt imitating beauty or beauty intimidating art?

I have no idea… I’m just a photographer cataloging moments! ;o)

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Whenever I shoot other peoples work I always feel like I’m cheating, all those hours and hours of effort and I catch it in a 320th of a second. I will always be in awe and always respect and always, always thank you!

Upfest, You were spectacular!  Thank you!x

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Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/163 (late) When Is A Door Not A Door?

When it’s been turned into a stunning, huge canvas for a Polar Bear.

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Seen here in the studio with a collection of other works by the lovely Tanya Hinton

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Both her and her partner, Nick have an open studio at Bull Mill on the first Saturday of every month and it’s a glorious setting to view some of their incredible works.

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Thanks for the coffee and the opportunity to practice Guys!x

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/120 Heros!

There are numbers, great big numbers of fellow human beings who take that little bit of time to do that little bit more to help those that need it by volunteering. No pay, not a lot of recognition and an awful lot of work… But, occasionally, they do get chance to paint!

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The natural human condition is to help, it’s evolved into us and eventually it will overcome.

Thanks to all the Volunteers, Trusties and most importantly, Organiser, (Sandie) at the Rosemary Goddard Centre for the good they do in the community and the pleasure they bring to their guests and letting me wander about with my camera.

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Peace Peeps! x

 

 

Manual 365/101 Release The Bokeh!

Over the last week or so the scenes have been huge so I thought I’d pull it in a tad, a quick coffee with some friends and then a bit of a wander around some quite woods.

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And, much as I love the sound of crashing waves the birdsong and rustling of a woodland in Spring comes just about level on the perfect scenario scale. I did catch a glimpse of what might have been a Muntjac Deer  (It could have a been a dog but there were no walkers near so I’m going with the deer) so went into *stealth mode for a bit but the constant shrill alarm call of some unseen and obviously upset bird kinda blew that for me.

So off came the 55-300mm and on went the trusty 18-55mm stock lens (the longer lens works well for macro shots but the camera shake at slower shutter speeds can be a real pain.)

I paused waiting for the woods to erupt Snow White style with critters and birds now that I couldn’t zoom in tight on them but no, just my pissed off little feathered friend continuing to announce my presence and stubbornly refusing to show himself!

So onward through the undergrowth. One thing I have noticed now that I’m actually taking the time to really observe the things around me is that nature don’t half drag her heels! I’ve been looking forward to Bluebell season for ages and still it’s not here… It is close though…

Budding “Blue”bellDSC_238455mm @ f/5.6, 1/60th Sec, ISO 100 Boken blurred further in lightroom and inverted radial filter to increase the clarity around the flower head

Old Moss HippyDSC_235842mm @ f/8.0, 1/40th sec, ISO 100

Old Fungus New IvyDSC_237518mm @ f/3.5, 1/40th Sec, ISO 100 very slightly blue graduated filters bought in from top right and top left to drop the exposure of the blown dapple effects and green filter from the bottom to bring up the greens on the ivy without affecting the top leaves.

At the beginning of my blog I briefly mentioned a couple of friends, Tanya and Nick both of who are established and extremely good artists. The woods I was traipsing around is just behind their studio.

Tanya has been a supporter of my blog since the beginning and often comments here and retweets my links to her massive following on Twitter. Tanya paints wildlife on recycled wood and I adore her work, one of her pieces adorns our living room wall. You can see her work at tanyahinton.jimdo.com (Our piece is the Owl second from the top! ;o)) and she tweets here

And Nick, where do I start with Nick?… Honestly, I have no idea where to start, he is prolific. Tell you what, go have a look:

He paints

He blogs (And he is sooo much more eloquent than I),

And he exhibits…

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Thanks for the coffee guys! x

And my final effort from today

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Back to work tomorrow… Booo!

*6ft, slightly puffing and dressed in blue kinda stealth. Not recommended…

Peace Peeps! x