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January ’14 – Review

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 1st February 2014

Despite one of the wettest Januaries on record, I managed lots of great picture opportunities to start the year. First of all, I enjoyed a great Birthday Outing for lunch with Alistair on 1st Jan:

Capstan Red

Capstan Red

The next day, we headed to the Essex coast at Shoeburyness to find a few geocaches and tried not to get blown away. The outing also provided me with images of Stranger #32 – Tracy and 50 @ 50 (2014) #1 as well as some great seascapes:

Groynes And Cloudscape

Groynes And Cloudscape

All the recent rain has saturated the rives and watercourses, as we found at Paper Mill Lock on 3rd January. The water level was very high and rushing over the top of the lock gates:

Floodwaters At The Lock

Floodwaters At The Lock

A couple of days later, we were back at the canal but this time all the way downstream looking for Abstracts at Heybridge Basin. Here’s another:

Blue And Yellow Hull

Blue And Yellow Hull

On 8th Jan I found 50 @ 50 (2014) #2 - I’m always a sucker for the lighting pavement at Whitecross Place and the rainy pavement was a perfect reflector for the lights.

At the next weekend I ventured up to Norwich to buy a couple of things from Wex Photographic and decided to stop off at Southwold on the way home. Here’s Southwold In Sepia, as well as a view of the lovely sunset:

This Way To Sunset

This Way To Sunset

A couple of days later I embarked on a major new project – Underground Overground. The destination for the day was the Bakerloo Line. Here’s one from the day’s shoot:

Warwick Avenue - Lovely Old Info Booth & Clock

Warwick Avenue – Lovely Old Info Booth & Clock

The next day, I took it a bit easier after my frantic rush around London. Back to the calming waters of the canal at Beeleigh Lock:

Weir Through The Branches

Weir Through The Branches

I also found a rather nice mono image there, Thy Lock Overfloweth.

The pace of photography slowed in the second half of the month, with work, my tax return and the weather taking over. But I did find some more great mono images:  Marble QuadrantsFlooded FieldsThe Morning Mist and Triangle And Cross as well as another 50 @ 50 (2014) #3 before the end of the month.

Finally, I closed with a review of some of the Self-Portrait out takes for January. Tee hee.

Buns For Eyes

Buns For Eyes

Let’s hope February brings us some sunshine!

November ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 1st December 2013

November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.

Colours And Shapes

Colours And Shapes

A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.

Southend Sundown

Southend Sundown

The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.

Wet And Green

Wet And Green

I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.

The Little Fishing Fleet

The Little Fishing Fleet

The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.

A View From The Jetty

A View From The Jetty

Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.

The Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge

We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.

Light Through The Trees

Light Through The Trees

Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:

Peeping Over The Wall

Peeping Over The Wall

As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:

Rainbow In The Gutter

Rainbow In The Gutter

I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:

Staircase Symmetry

Staircase Symmetry at Lacock Abbey

The Vortex

The Vortex

The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.

I have managed several more 50@50 images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember  again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.

Mersea Meander

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 10th November 2013

I enjoyed a great walk on Mersea Island today, in some fantastic late Autumn light. It was bitterly cold but I didn’t mind. I’ve not been to West Mersea in ages, so it was great to potter along the beach and poke amongst the boats.

At The Sharp End

At The Sharp End

The Golden Sail

The Golden Sail

Grasses Waving In The Wind

Grasses Waving In The Wind

It was tough to chose my picture of the day but colourful boat reflections won out for Day #2141. Meanwhile, I chose another view of the brave wind surfer for my 10th MoNovember ’13 shot. And a boat bit attracted my eye for 50@50 #46.  Here are the rest of the images I made during the outing:

Sunny Stroll At Paper Mill Lock

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 9th January 2013

I manged to nip out for an extended lunch break today to take a walk along the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation at Paper Mill Lock. It’s a location I’ve visited many times before, but there’s always something new to see – especially with the low winter light we had today.

Moorings At The Lock

Moorings At The Lock

Lock Keeper's Cottage Reflection

Lock Keeper’s Cottage Reflection

The Bridge And The Shadows

The Bridge And The Shadows

You can see the full set of images I took today on Flickr. I chose a pretty little cottage for best pic on Day #1836.

November ’12 Review

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 1st December 2012

November was another busy month photographically. I love the autumn colours, so when time allowed I was out and about photographing the lovely leaves with my fantastic new macro lens. I’m very impressed with the results.

A Little Window In The Ivy

A Little Window In The Ivy

The dark nights made it easy to get out and do some more light painting. Here’s one which I liked from a session out with the GNPC folks at a very dark churchyard!

Light Swirls Panorama

Light Swirls Panorama

When it was too wet to wave the lightsabres around outside, I indulged in some indoor light painting with various different tools instead, and also had my first go at spinning physiograms – trickier than it looks!

Lenser Twirling

Lenser Twirling

Orbital Decay

Orbital Decay

Purple Splash #4

Purple Splash #4

More studio activities involved testing out my new Splash Art Kit on various occasions.

It produces some great results with a much better valve and pressure tank than my original  Camera Axe setup, and I’ve also bought some great flash brackets for getting better background colours.

I look forward to playing with it more over the coming weeks and months – I’ll certainly need some practice as I’m giving two talks with live demos about water splashes to clubs in the near future!

The Splash Art system also seems a bit more rugged and more easily transportable compared to the delicate electronics of the Camera Axe, so it should be much better for taking on the road to various places.

I enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting a friend at the seaside in Kent mid-month. Saturday was pretty grim, but we had a gloriously crisp, sunny autumn day on the Sunday. There was some amazing light in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.

Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Talking of the seaside – I witnessed another fantastic sunset in Brightlingsea a few days ago. I was there re-acquainting myself with the qualities of my 100-400mm zoom lens, which I’d just collected from being repaired.

Orange Glow Over Mersea

Orange Glow Over Mersea

Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Having been a loyal user of Nik Silver Efex Pro for a couple of years, this month I treated myself to Nik Color Efex Pro 4 as an early Christmas present.

I haven’t really had much opportunity to play with it yet, but I have found that it can make some stylish borders for pictures.

This triptych of beautiful stones in the sand at Broadstairs is finished off rather well with the additional edging.

My ongoing love for mono photography was once again fuelled by taking part in the annual Monovember challenge on Flickr. I am pleased with my thirty images, and feel that I did the group justice. However, I will be glad to go back to just needing to make two images a day for December, rather than three!

And so that brings us to the end of the month – and December is upon us once again! Watch this space for the next installment.