The Pied Piper’s Legacy…


I’m sure you’re all aware of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, well, did you know there was a Pied Piper of The Isle Of Wight?

The small hamlet of Newtown on the Isle Of white, once known as Franceville (Freetown) and was a prosperous natural harbour, beaten up by the Danes in 1001CE and again by the French in 1377 never again to be as  vigorous apart from a little bit of favour from Elizabeth I in the 16th Century and her effort with a tad of vote rigging but I digress and before I go further a note from my “sponsors…”

The Legend:

“There are stories of a pied piper, hired for 50 pounds to save Newtown from an excess of rats, which are similar to the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Germany. He is said to have played his pipe and led the rats into the Solent, where they drowned. The townspeople refused to pay the agreed price, and gave the piper 20 pounds, so he then led the children away. The town lost an entire generation, so had no young people to defend it when the French attacked in 1377.”

This post has been bought to you by Wikipedia… Ain’t the World Wide Web (aka cut and paste) a wonderful thing! 

On a genuine note though, it was flat and grey this evening but the wealth of wildlife that is evident within this beautiful setting is stunning and I spent a good hour watching them as well as working on my composition and judging my exposure. Six seconds @ f/16 ISO 100 with a sky that flat I knew I had to work on the subject, the Boat House was the obvious as were the brooks of water, I wanted to make sure they were flat like the sky, hence the long exposure. The leaning posts that obviously once served a purpose were a little bit harder to judge and it took a little bit of wading to get into the right place but I like the lines, I like the flatness of the image and now I’ve done a bit of reading up on the location I’m a huge Franceville fan and believe me, there is so much more to see there I will be returning.





I drive through Bath regularly but I’ll be honest, I’ve never really walked around Bath, but today I managed to grab an hour on my way home from work and… and wow! Ok, there’s a lot to be said about Gentrification but Bath’s been doing it for the last couple of thousand years so I’ll let it off and it’s a great place to start out with Street photography which, at the best of times can be challenging and daunting. I’d put in the same category as Glastonbury and that’s a great place to be.

I’ve got a Street Photography workshop coming up at the end of April in Bristol, just a stones throw away but, believe me, it’ll be a different world! I can’t wait!


(I’m still getting used to the distortion with my Sigma 24 -105mm and a panorama like this just accentuates it but this shot I like!)

And, as I write this post “Brilliant Mind” starts playing… How good is that? ;o)


Manual 365/350…

dsc_9643-edit-editToday has been a wall, I manage to get a total of zero shots and I’ve been sat staring at my keyboard for the last 2 hours with no photo and no clue what to write. Now it’s got to 20 to midnight and I’m buggered if I’m going to have a blank space this close to the end so I’ve revisited one of my favourite shots and added a bit of retro in Analog Effex . I do keep meaning to go back to this place and take a little more time and make a little bit more of an effort to get everything right. But, in the meantime, Solsbury Hill in Bath… Again! ;o)

Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/293 The Critic…

DSC_8882.jpg“Your composition’s shite!” offered the Husky to the photographer balanced on the concrete weather station beside the A361 between Devizes and Avebury…DSC_8915-Pano.jpg“What do you know, you’re a f**cking dog!” Retorted the photographer 2 hours later when he eventually got over the shock of meeting a dog that can appreciate the rule of thirds and thought of a response…

Hursts, Earthworks and sky

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/181 It’s Not Lenor…

DSC_4233-2.jpg Just a simple fern backlit by the (Rarely seen at the moment) sun. The bokeh is to my satisfaction and I love the fact it gives you the illusion of the plant falling off into the distance while most of it remains in focus even though my lens was wide open at f/4 @ 25mm.

But here’s the crux, in the original photo (before I rotated it in LR) the fern went from right to left…DSC_4233I spent ages looking at it, very nearly loving it, but there was just something. An itch that didn’t feel right.  I even asked Sandie for her opinion and she thinks I prefer the chosen shot because I spend my life writing and reading from left to right so am conditioned that way… Me? Conditioned? Never!…

Now, if there are any Southpaws, Arabic, Hebrew or Syriac readers / writers out there let me know your favourite. I might have to investigate this further! ;o)

Peace Peeps! x