Ra

DSC_0833.jpg

A finicky god, converting (Hydrogen into Helium) 24 hours a day but constant, in solar terms. It demands no worship and will not hold anything against you. I like Ra, or  Helios or Sol or whatever the hell you want to call it, it’s made me who I am today! ;o)

Advertisements

Manual 365/218 That A303 Friday Feeling…

It’s that time of year. The kids are off and the weather is bordering on not raining so hard working and long saving families from the bottom right of the country load up their cars, hitch up their caravans or strap the surfboard to the VW and head off to the bottom left of the country with visions of sea, sand and soggy! I know the trip, I have traveled it many many times. It goes:

M25 Hell,

M3 Bloody hell it’s busy but we’re moving… Just,

A303 Still moving but slower, “Hey Kids, only 3 miles to Stonehenge…”

2 hours later and 1/2 a mile further on… “I don’t care about the stones anymore, is there another way round? Turn right on the last roundabout? Too late, that’s half a mile behind us… And who the hell sells cherries on the side of the road?”

Stonehenge, *Spitting cherry stones out the window “Oooo look, quick, get the camera out and get a picture, I’ll slow down so that you…”

I think you get the idea.

Now, me being a yokel and knowing my way round chooses not to look at the stones but rather to look at this…DSC_7913.jpgThe River Wylye , as it meanders past Sutton Veny.

So, here’s my gift to you. Turn right at Countess, left at Durrington, right in Shrewton and left across the tank tracks, enjoy the view across the plain but don’t miss the turning for Codford (if you do the junction at Knock Camp can be a bugger on Fridays), right on the A36 and ignore the Warminster by-pass and head to Sutton Veny, stop and enjoy! After that, you’re on your own! ;o)

DSC_7917-Pano-Edit.jpg

Have a great weekend!

Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/110 Symmetry /\ yrtemmyS

Of all the towns I’ve visited Milton Keynes is the weirdest. They worship things there. Take the car for example,  the grid system and the amount of parking is staggering. Shopping comes next and then there’s leisure. Even driving along the busy but surprisingly clear highways you only have to turn off and park up to take a walk around the numerous lakes, parks and estates to see some really quite remarkable sights.

The Peace PagodaDSC_2920-Edit.jpg

DSC_2922

And the One (slightly battered) World Tree…DSC_2895-Edit

The one thing I must admit though is that it works, it really does!

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/108 Spaced Invaders and Roll Ups!

One discipline I am really itching to get into is street photography. I have tried it in the past to varying degrees of success the best in Portugal the worst in Aylesbury. (See previous blogs Parcel Tape and feathers and Eye of Sauron) So I’ve been scratching my head for a place to go close by that would tolerate some long haired Herbert wandering around with his camera and then it dawned on me; Glastonbury and I was right, I fitted right in!

Buskin’… Man!DSC_2884-Edit58mm @ f/5.6, 1/160th sec, ISO 100

Even though it’s only a short drive away I’ve only actually been to Glastonbury a couple of times so it was good to get a feel for the place.

Café HarpDSC_2869-Edit
105mm @ f/5.6, 1/250th sec, ISO 100

TeepeeDSC_2882-Edit125mm @f/5.6, 1/160th Sec, ISO100

The FamiliarDSC_288055mm @ f/5.6, 1/100th sec, ISO 100

And I think I will be returning, some when around the festival methinks!

All black and white shots were edited in Silver Efex Pro2 the Familiar was massively under exposed so has been bought up in Light room.

Focalthingys’ Twitter

Focalthings’ Facebook

Peace Peeps!

Manual 365/88 HDR? Don’t Mind If I Do Nik, Thanks!

Occasionally things drop into your lap for free, sometimes you’ve got to go hunting but every now and then The Lucky Kipper slaps you right in the face. Take yesterday for example. The drive to the shoot on the Severn Estuary took just over an hour so I fired up my trusty iPhone and started listening to my usual podcasts, one of which being the PetaPixel Photography Podcast with Sharky James and he happened to mention that the Google owned Nik Collection is now free to download. It used to cost $500 (about 350 quids) but Google are now giving it away.

Well, I thought, this is too good to miss so when I got back last night I downloaded the software and started watching a few videos on you tube to get a general idea of the beast.

And what a beast it is. Have a look here for more information. But the one thing that really stood out was the HDR Efex Pro2 and so todays mission was born…

Now, where does an old Heathen like me go to launch his HDR journey?

DSC_0291_HDR.jpg

Yup, St Michael’s Church in Mere. Godless I may be but I do appreciate the beauty and heritage contained within our churches, cathedrals and abbeys and St Michael’s is a particularly impressive church (I am bias).

The photo itself is a amalgamation of  10 different shots, from

1/125th secDSC_0291

Through to 3 secDSC_0300

Apart from the shutter speed the other settings were: 18mm @ f/6.3, ISO100

And then Nik did their stuff! I am well impressed! And that’s just one of the applications.

DSC_0302_HDR.jpg

Same settings on this shot through 5 shots and a built in pre-set used to bring out the textures in the stone.

Really, I can’t say this enough but if you use Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture this free plug in is too good to miss!

Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px

Not affiliated to Google in any way at all… Honestly!

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/82 Serenity…

The world is such a beautiful ugly place and we are all such fragile beings, a moment is all it takes to change everything…

DSC_9719.jpg

I’m not a religious fellow so can offer no prayers but my thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by this mornings heinous acts in Brussels and, as ever, with those around the world who live with the daily threat of tyranny in what ever form it chooses.

DSC_9793.jpg

The world does keep turning and some will continue to hate but they will never prevail.

Peace Peeps! xxx