Archive for August, 2011

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The Abyss

August 28, 2011

Two weeks ago my wife, kids and a couple of friends rented a lovely converted barn in Kent. This made a nice base from which to visit the local area where I finally got to visit Dungeness and, maybe more importantly provided me with no light pollution at night, which allowed me to get involved in some interesting photography. 🙂 I get pretty bored taking photographs of scenery etc… what’s always been my favourite genre for photography is experimentation, playing with speed, playing with lights, creating an interesting setup for a photograph and it’s great to finally get back into doing these things.

Before I went away I bought a few fairy lights and the photo below was done using them. I got a lazy susan, arranged the lights roughly on the thing, focused, spun and clicked a long exposure (of around 5 seconds).

Have a great week… 🙂

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Wildflowers

August 21, 2011

On my drive to work for the past few months I’ve noticed this small patch of beautiful flowers  within the gates of a private property. A few months later a sign went up indicating that this property is in fact a business. So, a couple of weeks back I drove in and was confronted but a huge field of wild-flowers, not just a small patch. I left and came back the following day before work with all three of my lenses. I think I spent about an hour there taking a few hundred photographs, the following three are some of my favourites. This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful field of flowers I’ve ever come across, a stunning place. My morning of photography was unfortunately interrupted by the security guard, I hadn’t really thought about the fact that photography on the premises my not be allowed, so, when he asked why I was there etc… I was honest with him and showed him the photos, and thankfully he was fine with this and allowed me to take more photos before I left. 🙂

Have a great week 🙂

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Thumbs up, Two Thumbs Up…

August 14, 2011

On a recent trip to Whipsnade (the same day that I discovered the poppy field) I also past these beauties. So, I had to take the kids there to pose for some pictures for the annual photobooks that their grandparents receive 😉

Have a great week 🙂

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Poppies (finally)

August 7, 2011

For about a year or two, I’ve been searching for a poppy field. I’ve seen many beautiful photos of poppy fields and I wanted to capture one for myself. Every time I pass by one of these beauties, it’s always on the side of the motorway where I can’t easily pull over and get out to take photos. Frustrating. Anyhow, last weekend whilst driving I passed by one due to my navigator taking me on a slightly different route than usual. I quickly stopped, reversed and pulled over in what I’m sure was a private field. There was no chance I was going to miss the opportunity and so, whilst my kids and wife patiently waited in the car, I snapped, and snapped and snapped and snapped and snapped. Now, the poppies where exactly at their best, looking a little ‘manky’ but, I didn’t care, it was a bunch of poppies together.

Next year will be different, I bought many poppy seeds from the garden centre this weekend… I’ll grow my own field next year… HA HA HA… 😀

Have a great week 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canary Wharf

August 1, 2011

This is a photo I took a few weeks ago from within the tube station at Canary Wharf.  Not much more to say… had a busy weekend at Legoland and the zoo.. a lot of walking, totally zonked now! 🙂

Have a great week…