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October ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Friday, 1st November 2013

I haven’t been on many dedicated photo outings this month, but have managed to keep up with various projects including another three Face Down Tuesday shots – Down With The Ducks EditionStalking The Wildlife Edition and Falling Off A Log Edition.

This time of year is always great for Finding Fungi and I’ve had several very successful forays to local woods in search of various specimens. This little group caught my eye in Swan Wood on 19th and nearly made it for Day #2119.

13 Little Soliders

13 Little Soliders

I’ve also made several new 50@50 images while out on my travels, #38 at Sandford Mill, #39 one evening in London, #40 and #43 on Galleywood Common, #41 on my way to work and #42 on an evening walk in Hoxton.

I’m always a sucker for some Glorious Graffiti with another visit to the Chelmsford Wall as well as finding some great pieces in Shoreditch on my way to work.

Arrow End - Wharf Road

Arrow End – Wharf Road

I was attracted by The Bright Lights Of London Town too – now it’s getting darker just as I leave work, it gave me the opportunity to make some attractive dusk shots during the Blue Hour.

Pink Puddle Abstract

Pink Puddle Abstract

I also went on another evening street photography walk in Hoxton with my nocturnal friend from GNPC. It’s always good to see a bit of night life!

Cargo Lights

Cargo Lights

Finally, this month saw the RPS adjudicate on my Fellowship application. Sadly it was a no, but it has given me the opportunity to prepare my 2000 Days of the Seeing Eye project, which I hope to have an exhibition with in the future. Watch this space!

The Final Treasure

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 29th December 2012

This year’s Treasure Hunt has seen me looking for 80 different themes. The first twelve, unlike 2011 and 2010, have not involved visiting a chosen location every month, but instead I’ve been doing my Face Down Tuesday self-portraits in silly places, the last of which I made on Christmas Day:

Face Down Tuesday 2012

Face Down Tuesday 2012

To be honest, the rest of the 80 look fairly normal by comparison!

Treasure Hunt 2012 - The Rest

Treasure Hunt 2012 – The Rest

Facing Down My Fears

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 17th January 2012

This year my monthly shot won’t be a landscape image like it has been in previous years:

Scenic Location 2011 - Sandford Mill Lock

Scenic Location 2011 - Sandford Mill Lock

Spring Chicken

Spring Chicken

Instead, I am going to force myself into taking a self-portrait every month! Don’t all faint with surprise, you know how I hate them. So they are not going to be your average self-portraits but something which will fit into the Face Down Tuesday group. Yes, each one has to be taken on a Tuesday and I’ll be face down – showing my best side!

I’d been thinking about this for a few days and so decided today that I had to make my shot for January (I’ll be away for the last Tuesday in Jan) as I had a good idea for a location locally.

I woke up to a frosty start, donned my warmest hat – and trotted off to the local park… Where I shot some pleasant winter scenes such as Spring Chicken (left).

Thankfully there were only a few dog-walkers about, off in the far distance:

Tree Silhouette With Dogwalkers

Tree Silhouette With Dogwalkers

Nobody was in the playground so I snuck up to the top of the slide and scouted for my first shot. Originally, the idea was to take my wireless triggers so I could set the camera off remotely from my chosen location. I had packed camera, tripod, transmitter, receiver, fresh batteries for both (it was cold and they could have failed) and I thought all was fine.

I set up the gear, plugged it all in and then realised I’d left one vital cable at home – the one which takes the receiver signal into the camera shutter port – so no remote triggering! Rats! It would have to be self-timer after all. Several shots later, I eventually got this one:

No Head For Heights...

No Head For Heights...

However, I wasn’t too happy with it as I appear to be headless and that wasn’t what I wanted. Also, I nearly killed myself a few times trying to get up from that position – I was just holding on to the slide by my feet, and its sides were very slippery as the frost was melting in the sun – so trying to get up proved very difficult and somewhat un-ladylike!

My real location was the other slide in the park – about twice the length and the other side of the hill, in the shade. So that meant lots and lots of frost on it. No chance of sliding from the top (I would have just stuck). So I went for the following, shot as if I’d already come down:

Face Down - January

Face Down - January

Dief with my camera

Dief with my camera

Quite a lot of work and a little pain and suffering was involved, but it was fun to do and in the end it was very satisfying to get the picture I was after. Even so, I won’t be indulging in this silliness once a week like some of the other Face Down Tuesday crowd!

I do have an idea for February (to be taken while I’m away) but after that, we shall see! The only other thing to note is my lovely hat – Diefenheader – who seems to have a life of his very own. Mustn’t leave him unattended with my camera again, you never know where he’ll go with it!

I’m also very relieved that nobody was about whilst I was shooting it – I might get the reputation of being a mad-woman. Oh, OK, probably too late for that!