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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.

Playing With Fire

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 14th April 2013

I enjoyed an evening with some folks from The Essex Massive Flickr group in Colchester today. We were photographing some of the more intrepid members doing some fire spinning (burning wire wool), and I also took along some of my lightpainting tools for a quick swirl. Here are the best shots of the session:

Ribbon Colour

Ribbon Colour

Purple & Colour

Purple & Colour

Purple Wave

Purple Wave

Sparkler Spin

Sparkler Spin

This one nearly made it as best picture of Day #1931.

Tunnel Of Fire

Tunnel Of Fire

 

Sunset At The Seaside

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 24th November 2012

Yesterday afternoon I had to go to Colchester to collect my lovely 100-400mm EF f/4.5-56 L IS USM lens which had been repaired. It cost me rather a packet, so I thought I would cheer myself up by going to the seaside to give it a run out.

Brightlingsea was close to hand, so I headed to the Promenade and Bateman’s Tower, where I manged to catch a brilliant sunset:

Sunset Ripples

Sunset Ripples

And I also did a bit of light painting just for good measure:

Wavy Line Purple

Wavy Line Purple

Here are the rest from my shoot:

Indoor Light Painting

Posted by Caz on Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Drawing With Light

What is Light Painting? Basically, it’s a long exposure photograph taken with the camera mounted on a tripod (or at least, held still), whilst various light sources such as torches are waved about in front of the lens.

The complexity of this can vary greatly. At its most simple, we have something like this, which illustrated my Day #308 shot on the left.

Aurorae Caesaromagi

Aurorae Caesaromagi

I didn’t have another go for some time, until seeing some fabulous shots by my Flickr contacts Pikebubbles (David Gilliver) and ~ jules ~ (Julian Marshall). They both used an LED lightsabre to make some of their effects. Now out of production, I manage to pick one up from eBay at a reasonable price.

When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to use it outdoors, but it was very wet and rainy, so I began my experiments indoors, making this wavy auroral shot for Day #1530.

I also bought a fan with four LED lights on it when I was in Japan recently. I used this in a darkened room to play about with various exposure times and movement.

Fanning About

Fanning About

Indoor light painting is great for the short winter days when perhaps you don’t finish work until it’s dark outside. All you need is to be able to make the room as dark as possible, and then start waving light sources about. It can be great fun to create some chaotic abstracts. If you want a more coherent approach, then Physiograms are the way to go.

Newcastle – March ’12

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Mid-March saw me head north to Newcastle to stay for a few days again. Despite there being no Maker Faire this year (shame), it was Science Week instead. There were various events arranged during the week. We visited the Botanical Gardens, attended a lecture on Astronomy and heard Alistair Campbell speak about the science of decision making.

Unfortunately, towards the end of my trip I managed to pick up a nasty throat and ear infection, which put a slight dampener on our outings. I was well enough to go to Beamish outdoor museum and see friends for a Newcastle Photowalk around Whitburn and Souter Lighthouse. Alistair and I also indulged in a bit of night time light painting, with my newly-acquired LED Lenser V24 lightsabre. It was great fun and I’m pleased with the results so far.

Ribbon Visits The Quayside

Ribbon Visits The Quayside

Here is a selection of images from my trip: