Bluebells and a new adventure

Recently I’ve been thinking about more about ways of improving my photography. It can be quite a solitary pastime and one of the things I would like to do is to meet up with other photographers. After looking around on the internet for groups to join, I found Yorkshire Photo Walks, a local run enterprise offering photography tuition on location. I decided to sign up for a walk in a nearby wood with the promise of “Beautiful Bluebells”.

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It was a really rainy morning, but thankfully the rain calmed down and did eventually stop. I really enjoyed the photo walk, it was great to meet with Tom and to be inspired by his enthusiasm and knowledge. He made us think about what we were taking and why we were taking it, trying to steer away from the idea of just creating “nice” photos.

The woods were quite dark and the bluebells created a kind of purple mist on the forest floor, it had a very magical feel to it and I had wanted to recreate this. We talked about leading lines and having interesting things in the frame. He had brought along a torch which we used to isolate a bluebell to try to create studio lighting “in the field”.

Here are the photos I took from that morning, click on an image to view them all in full screen.

This is a month of new things, as I have now joined Flickr to join up with the photo walk group, so I’ll have to see how that works out.

I am hoping to go on another of his walks later this month, so watch this space!

Some more eclipse pictures!

Go on, you’ve not seen enough eclipse photos yet have you?

The sky went dark(ish) and it got a bit cold, a few people came out to see the eclipse. Here is what it looked like from our corner of the world in the North of England. Well it never really got this dark, but this is how the camera saw it!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favourite Things – Verse Two

Cee’s fun foto Challenge this week is: My Favourite Things, Verse Two “…Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels. Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings. These are a few of my favourite things…”

I’m cheating a little bit here as these are gulls, not geese and they have sun on their wings not the moon!

Here we go…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Industrial

For Cee’s fun foto this week the challenge is Industrial. Here is the chimney and the main building from the very beautiful and imposing Salts Mill, a grade 2 listed building completed in 1853, towards the later part of the Industrial Revolution and initially used as a textile mill to make cloth from alpaca wool. Now renovated and a tourist attraction containing art galleries, cafes and bookshops.

Switching on the Lights

Christmas carols and mince pies accompanied the switching on of the Christmas tree lights outside Victoria Hall in Saltaire.  A chance to try some outdoor photography for a change. Is it too early for Christmas photos?

This last one I tried out in black and white for Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness. I hope you can still feel the atmosphere despite losing the colourful Christmas lights.

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