Murmuration of Leaf…


I knew that this was going to be beautiful.

It’s just a small spot on a river on the outskirts of Salisbury but as the water passes beneath a bridge cause a “calm” area where, to the normal passage of time, the water looks almost still. A series of 17 shots  3 seconds apart and then blended in photoshop illustrate that it’s anything but…

Manual 365/344 Hit Or Miss

There are those who take a short cut across Salisbury Plain and make it… Me! Tada!

And then there are those who don’t… Him!dsc_3398-editIt’s going to take a bit to buff that out. Still, nice setting and moody skies, I can see a career in car adverts looming! ;o)

Right, down to the serious bit of closing this challenge down. If you’ve been following me for a while I’d like to think that you’ve noticed that the photography has improved. My confidence in myself has come on leaps and bounds and I’m happy to say that I’m proud of what I’ve done.

Over the next 19 days (The 20th will be my viral post) I’m going to choose one particular subject per day. These subjects will be an element of photography that I’d like to think I’ve come to grasp or not and the shot will be a new shot demonstrating or outlining this subject.

The altruism I have experienced over the last 12 months has been mindblowing and the next 19 days is just me giving a very small amount back.

And, before I go, A massive shout out to John at P-U-G great to meet you Fella.

You can view Johns’ work here.

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/ More: Dear Mr Photographer…

…It’s just a photo of you, taking a photo of me, taking a photo of you…

But I have two things to tell you:

One, My view was better and two…dsc_2267-editTell that grumpy bugger to your right to lighten up! dsc_2267-edit-2

Oh, and three, my view’s definitely better than yours! DSC_2312-Pano.JPG And you now know that I’ve got to trawl Instagram to try and find the picture he took!…. (If you find it let me know, it’ll be of a long haired hippy hanging about in a posh churchyard… Looking smug! ;o))

Peace Peeps! xxx

Manual 365/10 Steeples, Gargoyles and A Shed Load Of Frustration!

It’s official, I hate Manual setting, I hate it with a passion.300+ pictures taken today and most are blown, fizzy, dark, bright, out of focus or just generally shite! And I think I know, no, I know the problem… Me, fluffing and farting and f*cking with the settings, rather than looking, thinking and taking some time to set up before going for the shot.

Today I’ve been across Downland, squelched across flooded water meadows and tramped through Cathedrals, that said, I did enjoy the trip out so I shouldn’t  complain too much and it is a learning experiment!

I am going to break one rule though, The first picture was taken in Aperture Priority mode rather than manual but I like the shot and it’s my blog so phaph!

Salisbury CathedralThe Spire

This building is magnificent, it’s been years since I’ve been this close and even with my Secular views I can recognise the significance of it. The size and scale of the engineering and work that must have gone into building a behemoth this size in the 13th century is almost unimaginable!

The west front contains no less than 73 statues of the great and the good and countless Gargoyles of all descriptions. I really did miss having a longer lens today. (These next three pictures were taken in Manual mode so back on track!)

From The East GateDSC_2542.JPG

The Great And The Good…The West Side.JPG

And the Poor UnfortunatesThe Gargoyle.JPG

It’s free to wander about inside unless you want to give a small donation (I gave 2 quid) but it’s very dark inside so I think a tripod and some real hard thinking will be required next time.

Location here

I am going to include a few shots of the other locations even though I’m not too happy with them.

Quilted Field (Manual Mode)


Cropped, Cropped and cropped again and over exposed too!

Location: Willoughby Hedge


Flooded Water Meadow (Manual)



Flooded Water Meadow (Auto)

Water Meadow.JPG

Broken (Aperture Priority Mode)


Location: River Nadder, Barford St Martin

Thanks for looking and the usual apply; RAW files are available. Comments and critique wanted.

I still Tweet (Thanks for the RTs, they mean a lot!)

I have more pictures…

And I am now on Google+ and National Geographic, Your Shot but I haven’t completed my profiles yet so links will follow.