• Never Say Never

    High speed flash photography challenge Something different! At my photographic society, we run a few challenges each year to persuade members out of their comfort zone. The challenge begins with a lecture on the subject, tutorial or demonstration, usually by one of our own members. A few weeks later, members present their examples at a meeting, where they are discussed and enjoyed in a non-competitive atmosphere. This high speed flash photography is the first challenge, over many years, when I have said “I won’t be doing that…not interested…can’t be bothered” and so on. Now I have to say “Never say never”, because I was one of only six members (plus…

  • Don’t Photograph the Landscape

    Beginning Landscape Photography I have never been recognised as a landscape photographer and yet it was my first love and has always been my greatest love in photography. I had my confidence destroyed in early club competition, by judges who said or implied that I was not a landscape photographer and never would be until I got out before dawn. Otherwise, I might have specialised. When I was about 5 years old, my Dad first let me use the Leica that he had brought back from Germany after the war – he had been stationed in the Military Government in Hamburg. He obtained a Leica by trading cigarettes and other…

  • Summer Birds

    My lock-down diary continues...with galleries of adult and juvenile birds in the garden, summer 2020, in the 5th and 6th months of isolation. I am not sure if it's the reduced air pollution or how I'm feeding them that is bringing so many birds to the garden this year.

  • A Few Minibeasts

    Insect photography can be frustrating…it’s not the right temperature or it’s too windy or it’s too wet and, above all, I prefer someone to go out with me! So, this year, opportunities have been far fewer than usual. Some subjects have been harder to find locally, apart from a surfeit of small skipper butterflies, as seen in my previous post. Oldham and its environs have been in local coronavirus lockdown measures, from 22nd August, and we’re forbidden to meet anyone from outside our own household, even outdoors, until Covid-19 comes down again. In this post, I’ve collected together some more of my favourite edits from recent weeks…but for now, it’s…

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