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)

Manual 365/69 I Miss The Hat…

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”- Terry PratchettDSC_8872.jpgI am sure that the late, great man spent some time at Avebury (he lived in Wiltshire) and I’m equally sure that some element of the Disc World was inspired by this place!



At long last I’ve got a RAW reading PC at my fingertips and have seen the shots I got on Monday morning. My only self critique would be I should have used a smaller aperture, all the shots were taken at f/3.4 to f/5.2 so some of the background isn’t as sharp as maybe I’d like but, other than that, I’m quite happy with the results.

And now for a first, a poll, which do you prefer,


Or Black and whiteDSC_8848

Answers on a postcard please and please enclose a stamp addressed envelope so that I can return any that are unsuccessful… Oh, hang on, that was Take Heart…

Comments will do, here or on my Facebook Thingy, or on the Twitter or if you really want to email me; focalthingy@gmail.com

And the (nearly) final world goes back to Mr Pratchett;
“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

Peace Peeps! x



Manual 365/3 Muddy Boots and Lynchets

Not long left before the working routine retakes over our lives! I did manage to snatch a few hours on the Downs behind where we live this afternoon. Fortunately the sun was shining even if it was soggy under foot, unfortunately my futile fumbling’s with settings didn’t bode for many acceptable pictures, finding the balance it seems, is key! I did however get the shot below which I do like.

Winter Sun On Stubble PuddleWinter Sun on Stuble Puddle

Focal Length: 48.0mm

Aperture: f/13.0

ISO: 200

Shutter Speed: 1/1250

White Balance: Cloudy

Flash: no

(Notes; No post production, cropped)


My only other decent shot on manual was this one:

Burst BaleBurst Bale.JPG

Focal Length: 55.0mm

Aperture: f/5.6

ISO: 200

Shutter Speed: 1/320

White Balance: Direct Sunlight

Flash: No

(Notes; No post production, no crop)

There is a great system of Strip Lynchets in the area I was walking and I feel the need to post some pictures of these, the light was good and these were mostly shot in Landscape Mode or Aperture Priority Mode.

Ashwell and Aucombe BottomDSC_1623

Mere Down LynchetsDSC_1594

Warminster Hollow With Views of St Michael’s and Castle HillDSC_1607

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