Photographers Choice


It’s a late post for the photo blogging Challenge this month, I work in retail as an independent sales representative and if I’m not busy in October by December I’ll be overwhelmed with the Christmas rush. I also wanted to get out and about with my camera this October, as Autumn is a great time for photography, so I accepted an invitation to go on a 5 mile walk along the River Erewash and canal with a friend from my tennis group.  Here are my 5 images for the theme Photographers Choice:

The first image I shot at the beginning of our Autumn walk as I was crossing the iron railway bridge in the morning light.  I was attracted to the Autumn colours of the shrubs and trees either side of the railway track. When I looked through the old iron bridge lattice it was like having a glimpse into a past era when the countryside was left unspoilt and allowed to flourish.

1. Railway Bridge view.

Railway Bridge
Old Iron Railway Bridge, Trowell, Nottingham.

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Summer Fun

Summer Fun On The Square

I think it might be a bit late for summer fun now.  I’ve been busy with other stuff these past few months so the summer has passed by without my attention. We had some sunny days here in the uk, but not as many as I hoped.  The weather is so changeable one day hot the next not so hot, then I think it’ll pass by soon but the dullness continues for the rest of the week or two.  I didn’t go away on holiday this year nor have I for the past 7 years so I really wasn’t expecting to either. Maybe thats the problem I’ve resigned myself to not having a holiday as it seems too stressful to organise anything. Continue reading “Summer Fun”

A Different Lens

This months photo blogging challenge theme is to shoot 5 images through a different lens or camera.

I recently bought a new lens and was pleased with the theme this time as this was a good opportunity to try out my new Sigma 10-22mm f/3.5 lens on Canon 7D.

Chapel Window

I bought this lens because I photograph a lot of buildings and interiors and I needed the ultra wide focal length 10-22mm to allow for the latitude in my images of buildings and to give freedom in the composition of internal structures and dereliction sites. Here are this month’s five using my Sigma 10-22mm lens… Continue reading “A Different Lens”


This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge theme ‘Colour’.

I was hoping to try and use my new ultra wide lens this month but I got sold a Nikon fit by mistake and when I realised it was too late, so I used a different lens instead – my Canon 24-105mm f4L on 7D camera.

It has been a colourful April for me due to some sunny days and better weather.  Most of my photos relate to tennis in some way or another (apart from the image of the yellow sale stickers at my now closed down local supermarket. )

Here are my five:

Tennis Balls – red and yellow

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Photo Blogging Challenge Theme ‘No.4’

I don’t really think about numbers much, I tend to use the right side of my brain which focuses on visualisation, creativity and daydreaming.  The only time I choose to use numbers or logic is when its a step towards a creative output, such as when I’m using my camera to calculate an exposure or using fractions when tessallating a composition.

For my five images this time I decided to try and use composition to show four parts within each photograph to work the theme No.4.

I shot my first two images at a demolition site where a closed down school for children with hearing difficulties has been knocked down.

1. The rusty gate railings  split the picture below into two parts, one half being the horizon in the background and in the second half the railing itself creates three parts in the foreground, making a total of 4 parts within this image.

2. The square holes in the sheet metal gate below along with the gap between the padlock chain and the ajar gate, partitions this photo into 4 parts.



This image of a deteriorating wall is divided into four parts by varying textures and tones.  I’ve noticed that there’s a lot more decay and depreciation occurring in my home town probably due high repair costs and the recession. Continue reading “Photo Blogging Challenge Theme ‘No.4’”


This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge theme – Love.

To find out more about this challenge or to join in please visit  A’ lil hoo

img_4635-clone-sharpwmThe image is my favourite this month. I spotted this ornament at my friend’s house one day whilst we were having coffee. I think it was the red beads contrasting with the gold that caught my eye and I loved the fact that the Buddha seemed to be having an afternoon sleep . It made me feel relaxed and connected to the world. Continue reading “LOVE”

Express Yourself

This is my entry for this month’s photo blogging challenge. The theme this month is ‘Express Yourself’.

I had a good start to the new year as I attended a book launch event for an anthology of short stories which includes one of mine.

However now, my low mood from Christmas has returned,  perhaps its because of the bad weather and lack of sunlight.  I’ve got some deadlines approaching which are adding to my anxiety levels.  I think this has effected the way I’ve approached the theme for January.

Anyway, all that aside here are my five:

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20 Days of Chill


Day 11 of A’lil HooHaa’s 20 Days of Chill

Today’s prompt is:  Selfie Nation

I’ve always liked taking selfies, even before I got my iphone I would put my DSLR on tripod and timer, then I simply guessed what the selfie photo result would be like. Admittedly it was a lot harder to get what I wanted without the live view from mobile phones.

I often don’t like photos of myself taken by other people. I think it’s because I’m difficult to photograph. When I take photos of myself I like to be able to manipulate the lighting, angles and exposure to suit my face. I also like to have full control over how I appear in images.

I think people generally use photography to capture memories and moments with close family and friends. I do this to some extent, but this is not the main reason why I do photography or take selfies. Continue reading “20 Days of Chill”

‘Tis The Season

Disney Tree

Christmas for some people is enjoying a feeling of festivity, whilst appreciating time with family and loved ones.  ‘Tis the season for giving and receiving, celebrating peace on Earth which brings good will to all men.

For me,  I find christmas to be an intense build up of anxiety and pressure, with far too many expectations. It reaches it’s peak then plummets downwards into a flow of disappointment as I realise I’ve been fooled yet again and that Christmas is just a commercial facade.

To prevent myself from reliving these feelings every year I choose to deal with Christmas in my own way and think of it as just another day like Sunday.

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I was feeling sad on the night of 31st October the eve of All Saints’ Day celebrated by ancient Celtics during the festival of ‘Samhain’ (pronounced sew-in).

Samhain is the time when spirits and ghosts are set free from the land and are sent on by the Lord of the Dead to their new incarnations. The celebrations are to honour the dead who are allowed to rise from the other world, but not all souls are chosen by the Lord of the Dead, some have to remain on the other side.


The wearing of frightening costumes symbolises the release of souls into the physical world. However, not all souls were respected and some fear that they will return to haunt the living who may have done them wrong.  This is Halloween.

Black And White

Every month I take part in PJ Harmer’s photo blogging challenge.  At the beginning of each month we are given a photographic theme to interpret in any way we want. At the end of the month all the partcipants publish a blog post including their five images which they took during the course of the month. This month the theme is Black And White.

Usually I shoot and compose photos for colour.  Then on my computer during the photo editing process I flip through my shots and I occasionly pause at one photo and wonder what would this image look like in B&W? 

After trying out a few B&W presets I either choose one, or decide to leave it and settle for colour.

For this challenge I decided to shoot in a different way. Before composing an image I thought about the content of the image and will it produce a good B&W?

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