The Delightful Mr F and I had a few days of recently. With the sun shining, we headed down to the coast for some sea air. I thought I would take the opportunity to experiment some more with Intentional Camera Movement.Read More
The Delightful Mr F and I had a lovely Christmas Day. We like a peaceful yuletide, and so post present opening we headed off to the local woods for a walk.Read More
We hadn’t planned, it but last Saturday evening the Delightful Mr F and I looked out the window, and saw clear skies, ripe for a spot of astrophotography. Grabbing our kit, we made our way to a nice remote spot with low(ish) light pollution* and set up. Being terribly efficient, we arrived at the start of the golden hour, so I took the opportunity to capture a few nice sunset shots.Read More
Imagine, if you will, that time before the UK heat wave hit, a time when it rained. Yes, water fell from the sky, and there was no requirement to carry factor 50 sun block with you. That was a period when I was working silly hours, long days, and weekends too. There was no time for personal photography and I was sad, dear readers, yes, I was sad. One Sunday afternoon when I had said “pah!” to work and was lounging around the place, I saw an advert for a Light and Land London workshop on my news feed. “That”, I thought to myself, “is the tonic I need”, and so booked a slot pronto.
Light and Land is celebrating its 25thanniversary, founded by Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop, it has a pedigree all of its own.
Last Saturday, with the weather app on my phone telling me that it could hit 31C in London, I braved the trains* and tube and made my way to meet the group. There I met our tutor, Paul Sanders,** and the rest of the group. We also had bonus tutors, Neil Wake, and Shanice, of Fuji UK, who had kindly lugged half of the Fujifilm equipment stores into London for us to play with. I got to use the XT2, which I may well have fallen for.
Anyway, enough gear talk, Paul set us off photographing the marvellous staircase in the hotel. This made me very happy indeed; you know how I love a staircase.
After that we headed for the Tate Modern, taking photos as we went. We then headed along the South Bank of the Thames over the Millennium Bridge towards St Pauls, shutter buttons happily clicking away. Lunch was upon us and we stopped for a break and some photographic natter. Fully refreshed, we headed for the city, where we were able to shoot the amazing architecture.
It was a really great day, Paul, Shanice and Nathan were brilliant, always ready to help. It wasn't rushed either, it was a healthy wander around, camera in hand seeing what we could see. I hate being marched from one location to the next and told to "be creative" on the spot. Check out Light and Land for similar courses, and Paul and Nathan on Instagram below:
@wiggys (Paul Sanders)
@nathan_xp1 (Nathan Wake)
*South Western Railways was on strike again, oh, the joy!
** So, this is slightly embarrassing, but I spent the first half of the day thinking, “Blimey, this Paul bloke sounds so familiar, can’t place him though”. It wasn’t until we made it to the Bank of England I realised he is one half of the marvellous Togcast, of which I am an avid listener.
Whilst the Delightful Mr F and I were on our summer holidays we visited The Mumbles on the coast of South Wales, UK. The Mumbles* is a beautiful stretch of coastline, with a pretty town and lovely views. We visited about 15 years ago and I took a photo of the old lifeboat launch building, built in the late 1800s. I was never happy with that shot, it was slightly off centre and not quite straight, but had so much potential. This has been bugging me for over a decade, and so before we could do anything else, I wanted to get that photograph right.Read More
Complete disclosure here, this post has no theme or coherent content whatsoever. Life as been a whirlwind of hectic meetings, work and other miscellaneous life admin, and so my photography has been sporadic. I have been grabbing opportunities, sometimes of just a few minutes to take some shots.
So herewith, random things I have photographed over the last couple of weeks.Read More
It is currently raining in the vicinity of Fennell Towers, and has been for quite some time and according to those lovely folks at the Met Office, it isn't going to change*. There are always shots to be taken in the rain, but today I am revisiting some of my shots from the StreetSnappers course I did a few weeks ago.Read More
Last week The Delightful Mr F and I went to Edinburgh for a short break. I will admit to being, annoyingly excited about this trip. Firstly, I love Edinburgh, I met the Delightful Mr F when we both worked in Scotland, so it has lovely memories. Secondly, we went on the Caledonian Sleeper Train. This has been on my wish list ever since I read Murder on the Orient Express. I simply couldn't imagine anything cooler than getting on a train in one city, going to sleep and waking up in another.Read More
Fennell Towers is located in North East Hampshire in the UK where the climate is pretty benign. It is never really too cold or too hot, too dry or too wet. Until this week. This week saw The Beast From the East, as the tabloids had it, meet Storm Emma coming in the other direction. Cue the temporary end of British society, as we know it.Read More
The Delightful Mr F and I were down in Devon just after Christmas, car boot packed to the hilt with books and camera gear.Read More
This morning, for reasons I won't bore you with, I had to take my car to the garage in the next town. It was an early drop off, 7am, and by the time I had caught the train home, the sun was just starting to rise.Read More