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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.

April ’13 – Review

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 2nd May 2013

Wow, I hadn’t realised just how busy the month was for photography until I looked back over the blog posts! For starters, I found four more  50@50 images – #14, #15, #16 and #17 this month, plus three Face Down TuesdaysPolitical FatigueMoving Out and Lost Its Sparkle editions. On 30th April I also made another dozen or so FDT’s around TVC but they will be published sequentially over the next few weeks – watch this space!

The beginning of the month saw me reviewing a Cactus LV5 Laser Trigger for use with high speed photography. But I’ve also been on several group and individual photoshoots. The first was a bit of light painting and fire spinning with The Essex Massive in Colchester. Here’s another one from the session:

Tunnel & Star

Tunnel & Star

Next up was an evening walk around Westminster with a friend; we met up after I’d finished work for the evening at Millbank. There was plenty to photograph and the bright lights of London Town didn’t disappoint:

Charing Cross And The River

Charing Cross And The River

I paid another visit to the Graffiti Wall in Wharf Road this month too. It’s changed yet again. Here was a tiny section of one of the tags:

Dripping Details

Dripping Details

I went to Southend for a street shoot with some friends from the GNPC one Sunday. It was cold but fabulously sunny, so there were plenty of characters to see along the seafront (one of the dodgiest was one who we brought with us!)

Walk The Bulldog

Walk The Bulldog

Cool Customer

Cool Customer

The final Sunday saw me out and about again, this time on Chelmsford Photowalk #46 to Coalhouse Fort. As well as the usual static exhibits, there was also a special display of Military History and re-enactors around the place. Some of them posed for a picture for me:

Re-Enactors' Portrait

Re-Enactors’ Portrait

I treated myself to a new lens a few days ago too – the lovely Canon 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye. I have been testing it out as much as possible, and I’ll write a proper review in due course, but in a nutshell, it’s fab! Here is one of the first pictures I made with it in Chelmsford Cathedral:

Mixed Light

Mixed Light

I’ve been working in Television Centre again for the last couple of weeks of April, and exploring various eerie corridors and locations during my lunch breaks. Almost everyone has already moved out, so the place is semi-deserted, it’s very strange. But I now have a huge backlog of urbex stuff which I hope to sort and post during early May (again, watch this space). Here’s a quick taster for you:

Scenic Artists' Workshop Lies Emtpy

Scenic Artists’ Workshop Lies Emtpy

As you can see, the fisheye has been earning its keep again!

Finally, as this year’s Mono MayHem approaches, I’ve been doing a little practice with a few mono images over the last month.

So there you have it – all quite busy. I wonder if May will turn out to be as manic?

October Outings With Friends

Posted by Caz on Friday, 12th October 2012

At the beginning of October Alistair was staying for a week or so. We managed to get out and about for some geocaching and I took a few interesting shots along the way. These two were from a blustery day on Southend Pier:

Afternoon On The Pier

Afternoon On The Pier

Layers Of Grunge

Layers Of Grunge

And these two monos were from a walk around Great and Little Braxted:

Big Sky Clouds

Big Sky Clouds

Tiny Plane Up High

Tiny Plane Up High

The next week I played host to long-time Flickr friend Ken Scott (touchingthelight) who was in Essex for a short lecture tour. We grabbed a bit of light when we could, making some pleasing shots in Maldon and around Writtle/Hylands Park closer to home.

Miksang Blue

Miksang Blue

Screens And Shadows - Writtle

Screens And Shadows – Writtle

Light Through The Leaves

Light Through The Leaves

Ken Makes A Tripod

Ken Makes A Tripod

This shot nearly made it for best picture on Day #1747:

Oak Light

Oak Light

Photography can be rather a solitary past time, so it’s always good to get together with like-minded friends from time to time.