My Sunday Photo: 26 March 2017

Gorse - BacklitYesterday, as I found this gorse bush in full flower, I felt cheered up – it’s a plant I love for its vivid colour. But a photo seemed just very ‘ordinary’ at first. Then I remembered something I often tell other people; lighting is everything. I moved round, and shot almost into the sun, so that some of the colour is from transmitted light (not just reflected light) and the background is much darker. I found the high contrast suited the subject.

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My Sunday Photo: 19 March 2017

Double Heading With a Teddy-bear!Yesterday was, for me, the day of the teddy-bear. This has nothing to do with soft toys, or Chinese New Year, or anything like that. Let me explain:
‘Double heading’, where two locomotives pull the same train, isn’t uncommon. What is uncommon, here, is the almost laughable difference between the two locos. The rear one is powerful but nothing very unusual, but I’d never seen anything like the front one before. You’ll notice how much like a small steam loco it looks! Their diesel engine growl earned these small locos the name ‘teddy bears’. The idea was that they would replace many ageing saddle tank steamers, enabling branch lines to continue to operate.
A certain Mr B. had other ideas. Don’t get me started…

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My Sunday Photo: 5 March 2017

Rainbow in Rough WeatherNo, not a flower picture today, although I’ve seen a few more spring flowers this week. This picture is more meaningful to me just now.
Yesterday (Saturday) I was out doing ordinary things, like routine shopping, and happened to be feeling rather despondent about  a few things, when this lovely rainbow came into view in a very grey sky. It cheered me up – a lot. You know, you can’t just order a rainbow, or go and buy one. they just come when the conditions are right. As far as I was concerned, it was exactly the right time.

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My Sunday Photo: 5 February 2017

Evening SnowdropsYes, it’s that time of year again – almost spring! I’ve always loved snowdrops, and I probably post a picture a bit like this every year. This time, I’ve given you the whole frame – the image hasn’t been cropped after capture. Also, this picture was taken with a prime (fixed focal length) lens, actually a 100mm macro.
By the time I arrived to take this shot, the winter afternoon light was already fading. I wound up the ISO setting to 3200, selected f/5 and shot at 1/15 of a second – relying on a dose of help from the camera’s shake reduction system!
I’m mentioning this as an example of what I’ve tried to explain before: newer and more expensive equipment won’t improve your skill as a photographer, but what it can do is extend your scope. One particular improvement noticeable on recent camera models, both DSLRs and others, is that good image quality is attainable when using high iso speeds – a great advantage in low light conditions!

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My Sunday Photo: 29 January 2017

Flowering CurrantThe continued erratic weather patterns are still giving us surprises; I found this flowering currant in bloom just today. It seems that in winter these days, we aren’t left entirely without flowers, even though there are sometimes very few. I have a few dianthus blooms and winter pansies braving the cold!

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That Firefly Phil bloke, still knocking out photography and other stuff.