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!

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Boa Vista…

Ok, I have a confession to make…. I awoke this morning to the best sunrise of the holiday…

And then the beach, bar and sun kind of distracted me so I didn’t manage to get to Rabil but hey, as they say in these parts…

Home tomorrow… I’m going to miss this place….

Thanks Fatima, for the bracelet, it’s going to be my motto for 2018!

The Sandbox…

Things happen for a reason… Nope, things happen because of external forces exerted, or not, upon them and things, for good or for bad, just happen.

Take this evening for example, I had already decided that I wanted to try again with the Alum Bay cliffs and I wanted to do it during Blue Hour, the light’s low and defused and I was thinking the natural colours of the chalk would look great and sure enough, they did…

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I’m not even going to talk about the sunset images I managed to delete by accident, just share the one that remained.

DSC_5236.jpgThe fact I would have spent more time on them and probably passed over this image is immaterial… Honestly…

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

11 days to go…. Simple…

DSC_2088-EditPrints are in situ and now all I need to do is arrange where the hell I’m going to hang them all… The nerves are kicking in slightly and I’ve got so much to do. Best I sit here have a beer and edit a photo from a couple of weeks ago in the Chalke Valley then… I am so my own worst enemy…

I WILL have them in place and everything’s going to be amazing! ;o)

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….16…..

DSC_4181-Pano-Edit-Edit.jpgAs you can see I’m really working on my soon to be (really) here exhibition…

This was the view from my office this lunchtime while I was doing my real job, pesky real job, putting me in all these wonderful locations around Wiltshire and distracting me so much that I need to get a 4 photo panorama of Roundway Down near Calne. A neolithic hill fort with commanding views across Devizes and a large swathe of the Wiltshire countryside. The light was hard, hence the B&W edit but I like! ;o)

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

From Fairytale to Horror Story

dsc_8443-pano-editI’m getting lazy!

Problem is, when you’ve got so many wonderful locations just a couple of minutes away, lazy is tooo easy!

dsc_8431-editWell, I’m going to snap out of it! There’s a new month approaching fast and another birthday just over the horizon which will involve a nifty 50 (the lens, not my age, though I’m getting closer!!!) and me trying to develop my photography further. I love landscapes but, and I’ll whisper this, Landscapes are easy! Shhh!

I want to start telling stories and the best way to do that is to become involved and there’s no easier way to become involved than fitting a prime lens and zooming with your feet.

Fun times ahead! ;o)