Here we go again…

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Three people on three benches in three different worlds
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‘Yeah, I should be doing that’ thinks the road sweeper man, watching the young couple working out.

Well. As the jokes have all dried up, although the ranting continues, (mostly behind the steering wheel!), I have decided to try a new tack. I am slowly morphing into a photographer & so thought, if anyone out there wants to see what I’m currently doing, learning & taking, I’d use me old blog page to put some work up, so you can!

I’ve already uploaded some images, but then had to take them down again as, this silly site that I can’t work properly, wouldn’t let me add any text to tell you what they are! So I’m going to write first & add pictures later. My first four pictures are from London. Anyone heard of Ala.ni? She’s a great new solo singer. She has musicians accompany her as well though. She was a backing singer for people like Mary J Blige & Damon Albarn et al. Now she’s stepping out on her own & my partner & I went to London to see her. the first picture is of her & her band. the next three pictures are some attempts at ‘Street Photography’. I am told that it is perfectly legal to take pictures of people in the street (Like Vivian Maier) for example, this means people going about their everyday business. Not closely focusing on them, like in bedrooms or anything personal obviously, but, well, you’ll see what I mean. If I offend anyone, they only need ask & I will gladly delete any photos of them, that they aren’t happy with. Although I don’t even have to do that, but if they ask me to stop, then I will, but if they say OK to keeping their picture(s) that I have already taken, that’s the best scenario for me. So here goes. I will try to add a little caption to say what’s going on in them. The three pictures were taken in Russell Square Gardens in Camden, London back in June of this year. Please feel free to tell me what you think of them. There now, two pictures that should have been down the bottom, ended up above the other two. How on Earth does this site work? If anyone likes this post & wants to see more. Then more there shall be. I take pictures in all categories, although portraits are rare & don’t expect to see any ‘nudes’ for some time to come! I hope to hear from you all soon… In case you were wondering, all photography on this page is my own work. Promise!

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Ala.ni & her band
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Smiley girl on phone & young couple (noticing me) behind

I wanna scare ya!

Okay. I know it’s not really scary but, trying to become a better photographer, I’ve been updating my ‘tweaking’ skills. You know, playing around with a photo and coming up with something completely different. Well almost. I took a few pictures of a local Cathedral’s cloisters and kept messing around with one of them until I turned it into this:

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(It’s quite a nice Cathedral, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourite haunts). I tried to get it finished in time for Halloween, but missed out by a whole week! Never mind. I still have a long way to go learning wise, but I got loads of likes, peer awards and praise for it on a photo sharing site, so I’m pretty much on cloud nine at the moment. No wonder I’m missing out on blogging so much! Hope you like it.

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I have recently discovered why I am not a better photographer than I am. This is partly due to the above photograph that I took last night. It is a picture of the remnants of sunset, as I sped along towards Norwich in Norfolk, UK and was taken through the car’s windscreen. I hasten to add that my partner was driving, so no need to worry about this photographer living dangerously! As you can see, in the picture, there are two of our local telephone lines atop a telegraph pole. The pole was built and erected sometime during the last century, probably pre-1960! This is the problem. Although Norfolk has loads of great pictures just lying around waiting for people to take them, I can’t seem to find any new ones and so usually end up with something like this. On a photo-site that I subscribe to, there are many of the worlds great sites, taken from many different angles & tweaked to perfection by their ‘takers’. As great as Norfolk is, we don’t have a Golden Gate Bridge or huge rocky outcrops, there are no ‘Uluru’s or Sydney Opera Houses. No Amalfi coastlines or great Hagia Sophia type temples. So all I can do is take pictures of the things we have locally. Some people are lucky to live near many great views or architecture. Norfolk is beautiful, I don’t deny that, but I have just travelled abroad recently and it will be quite a while until I can do it again. So Norfolk will just have to do for now. We have a pier at Cromer from where this photograph of mine comes: DSC00670 But once you’ve taken it as many times as I have, it becomes a bit ‘samey’. Maybe I’ve lived here too long and need a change? I see many people who enter photo competitions have the same pictures as each other. Obviously they can manage to travel to the worlds top photo sites. I am usually too busy for that though. We can all take pictures of the moon though can’t we? DSC00512 (2) Yes, that’ll do and there’s no need to travel. I recently took a few shots of it while in Mallorca, but couldn’t see any difference. So to be a ‘top’ photographer, you need ‘top’ money and the time to spend travelling around. I don’t have either of those and so will just have to make do with what I have here and the odd trip out to different places. Please excuse the title at the top. I haven’t forgotten to add one, just that somehow “Enter title here” fits perfectly, as I have no idea what to call my post this week. I also think that my camera hinders me a bit, as somehow a DSLR makes everything look better, so maybe I’ll go back and take all the same old pictures of the same old things, but make them look better, when I get my first one, hopefully soon. I’m currently trying to get into portraits too. So maybe this new direction will open up new photographic opportunities. I never take ‘selfies’ though, I can’t afford to break the camera I have just yet!

Okay. Now hold that pose, smile and say smelly old English mature cheddar CHEESE! See you next week.

A big rock in Mallorca

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I went here the other day, to look at a lighthouse (Cap de Formentor) and to look at this big rock (Es Calomer). I climbed up (and down) a truckload of precarious looking concrete steps and pointed my camera at that there rock and because I did, you can now look at it too. I also realised that I don’t like heights like this, especially when people are coming and going past you in all different directions and I could very easily have ended up in that very water you can see below. I therefore declare this sight ‘Beautiful but deadly’. The photo is all my own work, but I think from now on, I’ll take pictures of things a lot closer to the ground!

I don’t just write stuff you know!

Hi! It’s me again! Well, who else would you think it was, on MY page? As my most recent choir has once again gone ti, sorry er…belly up, I thought I should find something new to do. I have recently had an old, broken down camera replaced and with a lack of suitable hobby, I thought I should (re)take up….wait for it….Photography! Yay. So this is my feeble attempt to add a few of my paltry photos and maybe solicit some kind of comments, on just how awful they are. I find that a lot of photographers way better than me, (that’s probably all of them actually), seem to get famous by photographing things that are already well-known landmarks anyway. So that beautiful hill they took a picture of, has been there for millenia! Oh yes, I know that the right time of day and lighting has a lot to do with it. Then they go off and ‘tweak’ it and add some things and take some others away, thereby almost making it a completely different image than the one they started with! In light of this (see what I did there)? I shall put on a picture of mine, that I just took a few hours ago, of a famous local landmark. Then you can all marvel at the wonderful description of it (Pulls Ferry, Norwich, UK) where the stone was brought into Norwich, in order to build the big, even more famous, Norwich Cathedral. There, now you know that, you can stare at the image for a few hours and slowly begin to realise, that I must be the next David Bailey or Ansel Adams. I’m tired and can’t be bothered to find out what type of pictures they take, but it’s probably women or some such, while I’m trying to do landscapes! Ho Hum. Anyway, I’m off to bed now, so please (Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwnnn), no, that was not an instruction, that was me yawning, I told you I was tired. So please enjoy this amazingly good picture of an old building, reflected in and next to, an even older river. (You should be able to click on it, to make it even bigger)! Please feel free to comment and to pour admiration, all over me. Thank you! Thank you! (Bows and leaves for the bedroom).DSC05562