Port Out, Starboard Home!

Sometimes I hit the convert to black an white button way to quickly…DSC_9261-EditYou can see how I nearly passed over this great shot from Weymouth in February on my Instagram account

I’ll admit, in the original shot the orange hue from the streetlights dominated and that instantly screamed black and white to me but after reviewing it today and involving individual colour desaturation in my workflow this edit works so much better. I also like the motion blur in the people (0.8sec shutter speed) and the grain from ISO 800 on my cropped sensor D3300! All good! ;o)


Footsteps… Ripples

dsc_9261One does not necessarily lead to the other… Unless you’re a T-Rex… And  I can safely say there were no (living) T-Rexes in Weymouth tonight

And on another note, I was going to go on about how much of the world just is, no matter what you do but that’s a bit deep for a Friday night… Night Night Peeps! X

The Wells Of Silence

dsc_7982-pano-edit“Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence…”

Guess who’s been Rock Banding! ;o)  And going through some more of the shots from Osmington Mills, this one was looking over towards Portland, the land mass on the left.

Manual 365/198 Pebbles, Lots And Lots And Lots Of Pebbles !

Casting off a beach in the changeable British summer. I’ve actually stepped foot on Chesil Beach for the first time ever.DSC_6027.jpgI sat for an hour, just soaking in the bustle of a multitude of people fishing, bbqing and setting up for the evening…  Next time I’m taking a tent!

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/46 Wings Stay On, Wings Fall Off…

You can thank Gary Larson for the title; I’ll try and hunt down the offending cartoon for the end of the blog.

A long and tiring day with not many chances for shooting but we were lucky to; one, deviate slightly from our expected route and make land fall over the UK via Portland and Chesil Beach. Two, The weather back home was clear and crisp so I could see the afore mentioned places and three, I had a window seat thanks to the kindness of a fellow passenger who gave up her seat for an empty row in front.

The pictures aren’t that clear due to shooting through glass and the reluctance of the pilot to let me step outside. But I have cleaned them up in Lightroom a bit.

DSC_6959Flickr link to the photo here if you have trouble viewing from the blog

I’m not sure of the horizon distance at 36,000 feet but I do know that sometimes it’s little observations on a massive scale that can change an entire viewpoint. I little while after taking the above picture I was trying to get a bearing on where we were so that I could get a shot in the general direction of home. (About 30 miles North Eastish of Portland) I saw a built up area I thought was Dorchester… It wasn’t, it was Bristol. I know it was Bristol because I got the following shot.

DSC_6982Flickr Link: The Severn Crossings

And if I craned a look back I could see Portland in the retreating distance but I would need the largest fish eye lens ever and an end of wing seat for that shot!

The time between each shot was 11 minutes, that trip by car would take in excess of 2 hrs on a good day. 30 minutes later we were landing in Manchester and it took just over 3 1/2 hours to eventually get back home to Wiltshire.

The world is such a massive tiny place!

Tech details, both shot in manual mode using my stock 18-55mm lens, I have cropped both pictures and cleaned up in lightroom but no graduated filters have been used. Both shots taken at f/18, 1/60th sec, ISO 100. RAW files are available, PM me on my Facebook link or email me at focalthingy@gmail.com

And as promised, the offending cartoon!


No link for this one but Google Gary Larson if you don’t know his work. He’s brilliant and I think about him every time I get on a plane!

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Peace Peeps!