Hard To…. Swallow!

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It’s bloody freezing out there and it’s only a couple of weeks ago that we had nearly a foot of snow but a chilled Sunday evening walk around Stourhead with a couple of cans of Thatchers has reassured me that summer is really on its way. The surface of the lake was alive with feeding Swallows and their almost depth defying aero acrobatics.

The light was low and I had to jack up the ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action. That twinned with my 24-105mm f/.4 I didn’t have the reach to get close chrisp shots and burst mode was a must and out of a hundred or so shots I got… 2

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I’m not complaining though, the spectacle was amazing.

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24… Hours…

Last night in Clevedon… Muddy

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This afternoon in Devon Road, Bristol…  #street Pampas grass nom!

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And this evening, Stourhead

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I’ve got a feeling, once I get the hang of it, I’m really going to love this camera! D750 Baby!

 

Turners Preference…

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There’s a story around these parts that once Sir Henry Hoare (The Magnificent) had completed the gardens at Stourhead he invited the renowned landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner down for a ganders and maybe a painting or two… Unfortunately Bill was not impressed with Harrys’ arrogance with regards to the new gardens and chose to paint the second lake down. not part of the gardens and known to this day as Turners Paddock. I’m not sure how you give the bird in 1799 but that seems pretty close to me.

On a personal note, the fishing is good (permit from the Gillingham angling club required, mine elapsed 30 years ago…) and I used to catch Jack Pike here when I was a lad and will never forget when a Starling murmuration passed overhead and they all poo’d at the same time… The fishing kind of die a death after that, apparently Starling poo tastes better than maggots… I’ll take the fishes word on that!

Well I never….

So, this is getting real. It’s less than a week until my next photography exhibition. The prints are done and ready and there’s no going back… I can’t wait (Ok, ok, I know, it’s just me showing off but hey, photography still rocks!)

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And here’s a thought I’m going to leave you with, the small cluster of stars in the top of this image are The Seven Sisters, Pleiades (and not Ursa Minor as I’ve thought over the last 45 years… That’s embarrassing) and they’re 444.2 light years away which means that the photons I’ve captured in this image left the source 120 years before Stourhead was even imagined… that’s mindblowing!

The print should be in situ within the next few days and I’ll post here and on my Instagram account to keep you up to date @focalthingy if you’re not already there.

 

Neglect…

It’s a hard word and I have no excuses so I won’t bother trying.

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Sorry I haven’t been about folks. I do have every intention of including my blog more in my everyday life which I’ll admit has been fairly busy recently (see, the excuses had to start) But, there have been some developments.

I am now one of the founding members of the Mere Photography Collective (aka Meretogs) A small local collection of photographers who will being meeting in the pub and sharing their knowledge, experience and tips over a couple of beers!

I am also honoured to be featured on The Ink Pot Online Gallery a great little charity that enables disadvantaged and upcoming artists to get their work out there. Feel free to fill your carts Peeps! ;o)

And also, still taking photos… And that’s the important bit! ;O0

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Peace you beautiful people! xxx

Dial Up…………..

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I need to call my sanity after my computer decided to reset and I lost all my recent files, fortunately I’ve got all my backed up RAW files and the edits from last year but I’ve lost all of this years edits! ;o(

Modern life is goodish until it goes wrong and then it’s just shite!

Back it up Peeps! x

Why?

DSC_0364-Pano-EditWould you put an exhibition dedicated to the First World War in a crisp, clean gallery?  All white walls and straight lines… Na, better to put it at the top of a hill, surrounded by mud and open to whatever the elements throw at it. You want to see it? Then you’ll have to endure a tiny fraction of what they went through, just slipping and sliding without the threat of immediate and filthy death and, when you get there, it ain’t pretty.

DSC_0351-EditIf you’re able, take a walk around Stourhead, and have a ganders at Scraptors Sculpture Trail, they take some finding and they’re not in the pretty places…

Lest we forget Peeps…

Winter’s Going…

DSC_0017-EditAnd I can genuinely say that I’m going to miss it… A bit. Now, I’ll admit that February’s been a bit of a dull one but on the whole, this winter has been amazing (apart for the lack of snow but, hey, you can’t have everything), from misty crisp mornings to stormy rolling skies it’s had pretty much everything… Apart from the snow… DSC_0055-Edit.jpgBut now, the Daffs are in full swing, the trees are starting to bud and I’ve been neglecting my camera… So Spring… Bring it on! ;o)

Shot this evening in Stourhead Gardens, I still can get over how quiet it is there in the evenings. That’s when the magic happens!