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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.

Exploring Bath & Lacock

Posted by Caz on Monday, 25th November 2013

Last weekend I took a trip to the West Country with Alistair to visit Bath and the pretty village of Lacock. Bath is full of Georgian spleandour with plenty of architecture and landscapes to provide interesting photo opportunities.

We arrived late on Friday evening and took a wander around the town, seeing some golden light on the Abbey and purple illuminations on some of the Georgian buildings.

Look Up To The Tower

Look Up To The Tower

Purple Hues

Purple Hues

The next morning we took a walk along the river into town from the hotel, looking for some geocaches on the way. It’s always an attractive stretch to watch for wildlife and colourful boats:

Pidgeon Promenade

Pidgeon Promenade

Towpath View

Towpath View

The afternoon was spent at the RPS looking at some successful Fellowship panels – all useful information for planning future projects. We had a great dinner in the Brunel Brasserie in town, where I found an excellent shot for week 47’s 50@50 image.

Sunday dawned rather grey and cold so we decided to head to Lacock to visit the village and the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey – former home of photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot.

Three Windows

Three Windows in the village

The Golden Nikon

The Golden Nikon at the Museum

Circle In The Roof

Circle In The Roof of Lacock Abbey

Elegant Georgian Room

Elegant Georgian Room in the house

Having not visited Lacock in many years, it was great to go back and have a proper look around the house and museum, something I missed out on last time.

As I was walking round with my top spec digital camera, I thought how far photography has come in the last 170-odd years. I’m sure Fox Talbot, who was clearly at home with “new technology”, would have been delighted and astounded with what we can now achieve.

50 @ 50 (2013) #47

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 23rd November 2013

Brunel Brasserie Bokeh
Title: Brunel Brasserie Bokeh
Location: Bath, Somerset
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: After a long walk around Bath today, we went to the Brunel Brasserie in the Royal Hotel for dinner. This stained glass was next to my seat at the table. I loved the way the Christmas lights beyond were distorted in its wibbly surface.

September ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 1st October 2013

September has turned out to be a very busy month! I still spent much of it working up in London but I still managed a few interesting events and walkabouts. One of my first outings of the month was an evening photowalk around Shoreditch for some Street Photography. It was a very fruitful shoot. Here’s one from the evening:

Two Pints On The Town

Two Pints On The Town

I was back in London a few days later but this time during the daylight. It was another productive outing around Aldwych, Shoreditch and Camden:

Granary Square

Granary Square

On 20th September I took my portfolio down to the Royal Photographic Society HQ in preparation for my forthcoming FRPS distinction assessment in October. Then I had a lovely potter around Bath with my camera before getting the train home again.

Below The Weir

Below The Weir

Another four 50@50 pictures were captured, with #34#35 and #36 found during London walkabouts, while #37 was one I spotted at Bletchley Park during this year’s Over The Air conference. I even did a presentation at OTA on my Face Down Tuesday images, which went down very well.

Big Windows In The Mansion

Big Windows In The Mansion

I managed just one more FDT this month though, the Foggy Barbican Edition.

There were also plenty of opportunities for Mono images this month, including Fleeting ShadowsStainless StrutsDiamonds And SteelBox SectionsNumber 69The Happy BearLeonard Street ShadowsGeorge Street Steps and The Library Window.

I’ve had a great couple of months working in London during August and September, finding many interesting shots on The Walk To Work – here are a couple of examples:

The Maltese Cross

The Maltese Cross

Ceiling Colours

Ceiling Colours

A Weekend In Bath

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 31st October 2010

It’s ages since I’ve been to Bath. It’s a beautiful place, and I have spent many hours in the RPS Darkroom over the years – a resource long-defunct, sadly, but often didn’t see much of the city itself.

The last weekend of October saw the third annual BarCamp in Bath – otherwise known as BathCamp3. So we took the opportunity to stay over on Friday night as well as having a photowalk on Saturday and Sunday during the BarCamp, in between the rain showers.

Incidentally, the first BathCamp in 2008 was directly responsible for Alistair’s Duck 365 Project, and therefore indirectly responsible for my Daily Dragon shots. These folks have a lot to answer for! 😉

Here are the weekend’s best shots: