35×35 Beyond Perimeters…

DSC_9597-Edit-2Weather sealed?…



You bet!

Tucked away in it’s nice little baggy away from harm?


No chance! If it’s going to bugger up then let it bugger up doing what it should be doing.


Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to find a couple of bags of rice!

35×35 This is not guilt…

I felt a twinge, a faint feeling of failure that I’d started this latest challenge and then hadn’t posted every day… I got over it…

Anyway, in the mean time…. Drizzle!

DSC_8958Surprisingly hard to photograph unless back lit… I thank you again, Mere Fair!

Manual 365/168 Don’t Do This At Home…


What do you do if you’re me and a rare thunder storm awakes you from your after work, long hard drive through bright sunshine interspersed by curtains of rain drive snooze?

You grab your camera and get to the highest point you know to catch some shots of the wonderful skies that we’ve been experiencing here over the last few days. A “few” years ago I was indestructible and wouldn’t have noticed the hairs standing up on my arm as the thunder rolled around the valley, now, I was wondering if this decision might have been slightly miss judged and the leader was dropping from the maelstrom above my head to earth with my very destructible body. I must admit I only ducked once when I’m sure I heard the old cast iron fence next to me buzz… I think.DSC_2960-Pano

The real prize was after the storm, all three shots were take withing half a mile of each other within the hour!


Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/94 Donalds’ A Wanker!

Ah, spring continues to march its way northwards and the sun now offers long awaited warmth and life begins to burst forth. Buds on trees begin to unravel, lambs prance across lush green fields and ducks turn into complete arseholes! We’ll Drakes do anyway. A short wander around the estate we’re staying on in Cornwall proved that fact beyond any shadow of a doubt.



I don’t know how long it had been going on but when I came across the group 2 of the drakes were harassing the hen and the other two were tearing lumps out of each other.



The chaos lasted for at least 5 minutes with the hen being held under the water for long stretches at a time. I suppose it was a small blessing it was only the two drakes bothering her and not all four. And then it was all over and calm returned to the lake… I don’t think it’s going to last though.

All of that said, it wasn’t very spring like this morning with the continual rain but I managed to lure a Rook close enough to get a shot off from the door and the suns come out now so, finger crossed it stays that way.


I’m getting used to the constrains and advantages of the longer lens too. All I need now are something other than birds to shoot!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Peace Peeps! x

Manual 365/61 Boing!

It’s Spring People! And to celebrate the fact here’s some rain…

DSC_8400.jpg55mm @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 100 Manual focus which I rarely do. I like the fact the building is reflected in each of the drops, you can see if you zoom in. I’ll post the picture on my Flickr account where it’s easier to zoom in close. Just a note on focusing, I’ve started using back button focus and I have to admit, they’re all right. It does make things easier. If you’re wondering what I’m on about click here to watch a short video explaining the pros of back button focusing.

Moments were few a far between today, I’ve already kicked myself for missing some amazing skies over Peterborough but it’s only 20 days until the Equinox and then there will just be so much more light!

Here’s a couple of shots from yesterday:

DSC_828618mm @ f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 Graduated blue filter in from left added in post

DSC_8351.jpg55mm @ f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 100 converted to B&W with blue graduated filter from bottom and under exposed from top and very slightly green highlights in post.

Just a few observations on the Thames Barrier. The pictures were taken from the Visitors Centre, I was there a bit later in the afternoon and is was very quiet, there’s ample parking (it’s 2 quid to park) and you’re right on top of it. Well worth a visit and I will be returning very soon.

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Peace Peeps! x