At the start of July I was in London for a couple of days for a conference on a research project. Naturally I booked a seat on a coach arriving stupidly early in the morning (6:15AM) and took my camera. I spent about three hours wandering a circuitous route from Victoria to the conference hall in Millbank, just behind Parliament, via Battersea on the south side of the Thames. Fortunately, it turned out to be a pretty gorgeous morning. Here are the best of the photos I took.
This month’s first photo album comes courtesy of a trip home in June. Mum’s garden is in fact in even fuller bloom now, but in the late afternoon light that day I got some nice shots. Summer really is a relentlessly green month, so I’ve been more creative with the colour correction in these to try and accentuate different shades and moods.
After getting back to back punctures (arrghhhh!!!), my bike is waiting for a new tyre to arrive, so the only option for me to enjoy the sun at lunch is to walk. The upside of this is that I’ve got some new photos for my blog!
You can see in a couple of these the rapid pace of development all over Exeter’s eastern suburbs. While I’m sad to see the inexorable spread of concrete, steel and cement over our green hills, it’s still nothing against what is happening to China, and I would also like a house of my own to live in.
I’m fortunate enough to have an hour for lunch every day, and work at an office on the edge of Exeter. Although the local area is just one development project after another, in various stages of completion, for the moment, green fields and country lanes are just a stroll away.
When the weather’s this good, come midday I can’t wait to get out of the office, stretch my legs and compose a few photographs.
As anyone in the UK will know, we’ve had a glorious run of late spring weather lately. Walking back from work a couple of weeks ago to the house I’ll soon be living at in Exeter, I was struck by all the new life blooming around me. I couldn’t help but try my hand at photographing some of it.
Since January I’ve been volunteering at a local charity shop. Having now secured full time, paid employment, I’m winding down my hours and don’t know how much longer I’ll be there. The shop is a beautiful old building that used to be a local bookstore, and before that a post office, and as you’d expect is filled with trinkets and all manner of photogenic eccentricities. Queue some photos.
Two months ago, in January, I accompanied my mum on a Dartmoor walk, and naturally snapped some photographs.
Last night was the first clear evening for weeks, and a full moon to boot! I went up to the fields behind my home to try out the long exposure and bulb exposure modes on my camera for the first time. I discovered two things: a full moon is far too bright and I had no chance to capture the milky way, and I’d need about a 400mm equivalent lens to fill the frame with the moon. The shot I got was taken at my maximum 100mm equivalent zoom. It’s not bad, but still lacks any real detail.
A grey and windy day.