Title: Beech Tones
Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: Copper tones and turning leaves in Swan Wood.
Title: The Little Black Bridge
Location: Little Baddow Lock, Essex
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: This is the footbridge across the canal just downstream of Little Baddow Lock. Its piers have collected lots of flotsam from the recent storms – by the looks of the weather forecast, there will be more to come over the next few days.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 Quadrants, Flooded Fields, The 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.
Let’s hope February brings us some sunshine!
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.
A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.
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.
I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.
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.
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.
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.
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:
As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:
I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:
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.
Title: In The Bleak Mid Winter
Location: Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, near Sandford Mill Lock.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: I did a 10-mile walk in the snow today, from home to Sandford Mill Lock and then back into town via Chelmer Village. It wasn’t quite as cold as this image suggests, but I was wrapped up well. I liked the rippled reflections in the canal waters.