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My Sunday Photo: 16 April 2017

Magenta TulipsYes, it’s another tulip picture – even though I posted one only two weeks ago! The main excuse for this is the colour of these ones. Some of you know already how much I love magenta. Green, incidentally, is its complement, in terms of the physics of light and colour, as magenta combines red and blue.
I’m not too sure of the composition, here (I’ve given you the full frame, as shot) but my main intention was to capture the delicate look of the thin petals in the evening sun. In think the shallow depth of field, and hence the blurring of the background and most of the blooms seems to work, though.

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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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