Wednesday, 12 December 2012


I started off this year with dark monochrome images, maybe I had some sense of what was to come.  I  am finishing this year with images dark and rich with colour and light.  Maybe its a sign of good things to come next year.

Thursday, 6 December 2012


This morning I went to see an eye specialist. I paid for it as the NHS seems a bit slow if you say you want to see some one in particular. I thought I may have problems. Having bought a new camera it seemed silly not to make sure my eyes were working OK. However, he said I had nothing to worry about and we went on to discuss the merits of the 2010 vintage claret.


Had about half an hour of good light to get these views.

Sunday, 18 November 2012


It has been a bad year for tomatoes, but a good year for ducks.


I entered four images for the Belgrade International Salon.  I didn't really expect to get any accepted so was surprised when I was told I had three accepted.
I entered the section for 'City Life'.  There were 959 images in that section of which 284 were accepted.
To my surprise, and amazment, one of my images was awarded the UPI Gold medal.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


I have been informed that I have had a print accepted for the Bromsgrove Exhibition and I did two panels of four prints for the Yardly exhibition and they have been accepted with commendation.


Small gap in the clouds, so I tried to make the most of it.  Got down to Salthouse and decided to go further would mean lossing the light so I stayed there.

Its a big world out there.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012


Tried to get some images of our local steam line as distinct from the engines.
Didn't quite work, may have to go back again

Friday, 14 September 2012


Came across this whilst sorting some old papers.

Very Hot Summertime.
The lawn looking like a flattened haystack,
flowers wilting, longing for their evening drink, not too much, must save a drop, for the
tomatoes outdoors, we think.

Sultry days, housework too tiring, less cooking,
more cold drinks and ice cream.

Unable to enjoy much sun bathing, warnings every where, on radio and TV screen.

Must keep bird's bath and drinking water filled at all times.

First wasp sting, very nasty, some like it hot, others do not.

Words by Mum, image by me.

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Earlier this year I entered some images for the London Festival of Photography.  This for street photography.  I never got any accepted, but hadn't really expected any to be.
Today they sent me the feedback on my entry.

'I hope you can see these comments as constructive, they are the view of the judges, and expressed only within the context of the judging requirements for the International Street Photography Award.

Overall your images are strong. You clearly have a good eye, and are an experienced photographer. The tonal depths and quality of your images are beautiful - often a challenge in digital photography. You have captured some interesting characters and snapshots of London life, nicely avoiding the usual tourist clich├ęs, and as a series, they work well together. Technically they are good, and the compositions are balanced and considered. I would suggest trying to crop more in camera, rather than afterwards - it's a good habit to get into and will make your work even stronger.

It would be nice to see a little more confidence in your approach - most of your subjects are unaware of the camera. This distance, as you mentioned, makes it easier for you as the photographer, but it would be good to challenge yourself to get a little closer to your subjects. This will also allow you more freedom to experiment with different angles and get the shot you really want - rather than trying to hide in case your subject sees you. Take a look at Bruce Gilden's work for the opposite extreme - I'm not saying you have to take it that far - but it's good to push yourself sometimes!

There is nothing wrong with your images - my only issue with your submission is that I think you have taken images similar to those that many photographers submitted and they are too obvious. We are looking for fresh, world class and inspiring photography for this award and your work just didn't stand out far enough above the rest of the tough competition.

I think some of these images would look great in an exhibition and I hope you continue to practice photography, aim to experiment more and perhaps strive for a more unique approach to make sure your work really shines out. '

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


Managed to get a shot of the loco 'The Black Prince' on a wet Sat.  The day before was fine and I got a shot of our local street artist.

Watching the paint dry.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Managed to get three prints accepted for  East Anglia Members Print Exhibition and also got three prints accepted for the Great Barr Photographic Society Open Exhibition.  Think the standard of the images is going down, or there are less people submitting!!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


I'm putting this on my blog in order to remind myself, especially after having been given some stupid marks, or what I consider to be stupid that I do occasionally take a good one.

Statistics from RPS, regarding the International Projected image exhibition.

3,822 images were submitted by 732 entrants worldwide, with 2,482 submitted in the General category and 1,340 submitted in the Nature category. 228 images were selected in the General category and 185 images were selected in the Nature category.

Friday, 24 August 2012


A couple of days ago I went to Upper Sheringham to photograph the corn and came back via the windmill in Weybourne.

This is the road to Upper Sheringham.


Good grief, there was I bemoaning what I saw as the take over of the graphic image rather than the straight image, when I am told I have an acceptance for the RPS International Projected Image Exhibition.  Its a picture of  a little dog outside a butchers shop.  Nothing graphic about it.  I'll shut up!!

Friday, 17 August 2012


Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day

One with a painted look.

Sunday, 12 August 2012


Went to get the eggs today and thought how old world this is.  In other parts of the country I would have expected the eggs to be smashed and the money gone.  Or am I getting old and cynical!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Done for fun.

What a lot of people dont know is that the Sheringham park a time portal.

Thursday, 2 August 2012


Managed to get out for a few minutes this morning.

Called into our local deli and they come out in the new Union Jack gear for a photo.

Friday, 27 July 2012


I normally take heed of advice given to me, about an image, by my friends and colleges.   This before I place credence in what a photographic judge would say, unless that judge was very good.
On this occasion my friends wanted me to remove the CCTV camera on the wall and I got called cantankerous for not doing so.
At our photo society's recent (judged 25.07.12) exhibition we had two judges and both awarded my image first place.  I admit to being cantankerous...............

Monday, 23 July 2012


Went to Sheringham Park this morning.  This Park, that was laid out by Humphry Repton, is famous for its views and its rhododendrons.

Sunday, 15 July 2012


Roy came out of Hospital.
Two days prior to that my new camera had arrived and I was out early morning to try it out.
This is one of those.

I called it 'A quick walk for the dogs before the end of the world'.

Saturday, 7 July 2012


Roy got rushed into hospital early morning.  That afternoon my new prime 24mm lens arrived.
Wednesday morning, having understood Roy was in safe hands and not getting worse, I took myself and the new lens out.
Nothing spectacular

Did one with buZZ, so why did I buy a new lens.
Daft as a brush!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Saturday, 9 June 2012


Went to Happisburgh and although I have seen dozens of images of the light house, I had to have ago.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012


The first brave paddler in the sea this year.

To go, or not..........

Sunday, 3 June 2012


Managed to get out with a camera in my hand.
Forgotten how to take a picture.


Friday, 1 June 2012


South Birmingham Open Exhibition 2012.
Don't usually go in for these, but I entered ten prints.  Seven got accepted. One Commended, One Highly Commended and a ribbon for one other.
May do this again.

Saturday, 12 May 2012