Thursday, 29 October 2009


will be starved of any funds from me.

This is a part of an e-mail just received.
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If anyone is relying on FeedBlitz e-mails to follow this journal please note that I am unable to afford the charge they are now levying for this service.
I am removing the option from my sidebar and I expect within the next fortnight that the service will be discontinued.
Those on Blogger can always follow updates via their dashboard.
If there is anyone not on Blogger who would like me to send a private e-mail notifying them of any new post please e-mail me with your address and the journal/s you follow.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all followers especially those that take the time and trouble to comment.
I value every comment highly and they help me to understand the effect my works have on others.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Trick or Treat?


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Carly has asked us for a photograph celebrating Halloween.
She wanted a photograph of a ghost…

I managed to capture three pictures last year; unfortunately I had not purchased a ticket to ride…

The Bus

From Home~the Journey

From Home~the Journey

Or the Train

From Colour Contrast Continuity

So I am still here asking, " What do you want, trick or treat?"

From Colour Contrast Continuity

Thursday, 22 October 2009

I'm Learning how to Photograph a Waterfall

This is my attempt to learn from Tips and Tricks by Greg. A. Kiser:
How to Photograph Waterfalls

I have tried to follow your directions.
I did not have access to a natural waterfall and was severely limited physically to find a place to put your teachings into practice.
I would love to be able to learn this technique so that I might justify a drive into Wales where I know nature is waiting to show me water falling in beauty.
Or to Chester where I was born and grew up and the River Dee creates a great picture as it runs over the weir and under the old bridge. This is the same river that runs from the mountains in Wales and carries the songs of that country to the sea.

This is a weir on the River Mersey.
I could not get near the fall, as the first photograph will show.
I used my Tamron 18-270mm lens in an attempt to gain a closer view.
I feel like an alien in this land where I live.

I feel unable to capture the magic you have at your fingertips.

I used Canon 20 D with circular polarizer and neutral density 8 filters. I was able to take a tripod to this site.

The first pictures are taken in normal mode and show the scene.

'THE WEIR ON THE RIVER MERSEY' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'FALL OF LIGHT' From Colour Contrast Continuity

Then I played

'WAIT FOR IT' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'SLOW FALL' From Colour Contrast Continuity

'CLOSE FALL' From Colour Contrast Continuity

I welcome any comments and accept criticism with an open mind, as this is the only way I can learn to do better.
I feel like an infant entering school for the first time.
I did not feel able to take charge of my camera completely. I only used Shutter priority in order to increase the time of exposure.
Please do not hesitate to speak the truth.
I am not satisfied with the pictures I obtained and I want to learn how to do better.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Lost for Words

I would like all followers of this journal to go to Home ~the Journey
And support an artist who at the moment is fighting to see in the darkness that seems to surround her, yet has captured the light in her photographs for all to see.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

A Walk on the Wild Side

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot

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Carly has asked for photographs of weeds and for extra credit a picture of one that would look good in a floral arrangement.

A weed is only a wild plant growing where it is not wanted.
I have no photographs of any weeds, only wild plants growing where they will always be wanted by nature and anyone who can see the beauty they give to our world.

‘I capture light for the darkness’, the Bramble that will produce a blackberry claims.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Do you like butter?’ Asks the Meadow Buttercup.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘I am Lady’s Smock,’ declares the Cuckooflower.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Look but don’t touch’, the nettle cries.

From Colour Contrast Continuity

Oops-a daisy! ‘I love to decorate your lawn’ this cheeky plant sings.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘When in a crowd, look up for the light to see your way’, says the Oxeye Daisy.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘I’m only the first of many’, says the Red Campion.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Some hog the limelight while others learn how to shine’, replies the Hogweed.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

I did not have to choose any of my photographs as the one for extra credit, as one plant produced an arrangement totally by itself although I think it could benefit from the addition of an equally wild companion.

‘I give you a bouquet’, says the Wild Carrot.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

‘Och, but it canna compare to my gift!’ replies the Thistle.
From Colour Contrast Continuity

So what are weeds? Plants that have virtue that is yet to be discovered.

I have written a song inspired by this theme that can be seen on Visual Counterpoint here~
On the Wild Side
Illustrated by the photograph I have chosen from the above to describe my thoughts on this subject.