52 Faces… Charlotte


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!



dsc_8636Well, I can safely say I am well out of my comfort zone, 12 months plus of muscle memory reaching for the zoom ring twitching every time I pick up the camera. A DoF so shallow that a knats eye would be sharp but his arse would be bokeh’d to buggery! And all of my shots were shite, all of them… Apart from this one. My son, Reece, just off to Cadets. f/1.8, 1/125th sec ISO3200…..  Hats off to my D3300, at that ISO I would expect the noise to be phenomenal but it’s not that bad, if anything it’s added softness to the background bokeh.

Ok, I’ll admit, I was tempted to reach back into my bag for my dummy (18-105mm) but if I can get at least one shot a day like this with my 35mm I’ll be happy and things sure are going to get interesting! ;o)

Manual 365/21 The Eye Of Sauron… in Aylesbury…

I have already said to myself there are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days… Today was a bad day…. Today was a very very bad day…

Let me start at the beginning:

Up at 4am and as expected, cloud cover. None the less, I get packed up and head off up the hill, maybe it’s just foggy and I could get above it, not a chance, Nothing, not even the ISS, let alone the planets is going to show through the vale of cloud hidden in the darkness and it was very dark, so dark I actually got the hebegebes… Back to the van…

Then it was off to Telford and the browny grey greeness returned, it was dire but not to worry I thought, I’m off to Buckinghamshire for the night and I know there’s quite a bit of fancy architecture, some night street shots maybe and it started well, even thought the shots weren’t that good. some long exposures using a rice filled sock (Thanks Andy) as a tripod and then the eye fell upon me…

“Oi, he’s f**kin’ takin’ photos!” Obviously a shortage of “G”s in Buckin’hamshire and the verbal abuse rained down. I don’t know if it was because I was still wearing my works clothes (All high viz) and they thought I was trying to get pictures of them my last shot was in their direction but most definitely not of them or if it was something else.  But their (There were 5 or 6 of them, I can’t be sure) shouts and demeanour told me that if I was to retort I would probably end up cameraless and in a heap on the floor. So after that deduction I tucked my tail between my legs, walked (I wasn’t going to run) away. There are times to confront and stand your ground but this was most definitely not one of those times. The Eye moved on and I escaped unhindered if not slightly unhinged!

But now I can tick the following off my checklist:

Wanker – Check
Spat At (they were on a pedestrian structure that crosses the Morrisons Car Park, it is quite impressive) – Check
Shat meself – Check and check again!

Absolutely no pictures worth posting so I’m going to post one of the first pictures I took with the camera when new and still one of my favourites…

Finding Ursa Minor Using Orions Belt


Here’s to a better day tomorrow.

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