Friday, 17 July 2015

Windy Day Challenge

It was a windy day but I wasn't going to let that stop me. I challenged myself to take photos despite the wind.

Trying to demonstrate how windy it was

This one wasn't hard, water lilies don't move too much in the wind.

One method I used was to try shooting in
the slightly more protected woodland areas

Not part of the challenge but who could resist?
(Shame I didn't have a different lens with me for this one)

There were momentary lulls in the wind.
A case of focus and snap quickly

Was waiting for butterflies when I looked up
to see a few of these lovely juvenile long tail tits

They were on the edges of a fairly sheltered piece of woodland.

Again there was a momentary lapse between gusts

Upped the shutter speed for some shots

Of course, as well as the wind there was also the fact
that butterflies sometimes don't sit still for long

Not a brilliant angle for this one but hey, it's eye is in focus

Another momentary lapse in the wind.
This one shows just how tiny those skippers are.

Well? Did I succeed or not?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Global Rhythm Ipswich

We usually go to Music at the park in Ipswich, but decided to give it a miss this year. Instead, for the first time, we went to the following week's event, Global Rhythm. It's a festival of world music and it's free. It's a much more low key affair than Music in the Park but never-the-less very enjoyable. There was a wide range of music and musicians from Klezmorim, to Afrobeat, Steel drums, Reggae and more. All this across two stages. Oh, and there was a mad marching drum band marching between the two.

One thing that you can count on in Ipswich is that they can put on a good free event and that people will get up and dance, and dance they did, people of all ages and dressed in all styles. It was a truly multi-cultural day, and to top it all the sun shone!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Worthing, Veterans and Good Friends

A recent holiday in Sussex gave me the chance to catch up with a very good friend of mine. We actually "met" some years ago on an online forum and have since become good friends, in fact there are a few people from those days whom I now call real life friends. Who says you can't make friends via the Internet?

Anyway we decided to meet up in the West Sussex coastal town of Worthing, a place where neither of us had visited before. We did lots of catching up and lots of chatting as the sun shone on us. Another really nice thing about the day was that London Taxi drivers had given up a day's work to take war veterans on a trip to Worthing on the same day that we were there. Chips, ice cream, a walk along the pier and a nostalgic catch-up with old friends Such a lovely event to photograph and a lot of smiling faces.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Pride in London 2015

Apparently this was the biggest ever Pride in London parade. There were so many characters it was difficult to know who to snap next. Spent the whole day at the start area of the parade and took so many photos it's taken me while to sort and upload them. A few of these have appeared on my Flickr account but I took so many I decided to put all of my uploads here (3 albums).

Everyone was just having so much fun, there were so many corporate floats/walking groups but then why shouldn't LGBT folk who work for these employers also celebrate their freedom to be themselves? It was a super day, a day of full of fun, laughter and people just enjoying themselves.

Pride in London 1

Pride in London 2

Pride in London 3

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Walking with friends

One of the nice things about photography is the lovely people I've met online who have gone on to become friends. One such is Mark Mansfield, a great photographer and a good friend. We periodically meet up for a bit of street photography. Earlier this year we did just that, we had both been in the doldrums photographically so we were hoping to inspire each other. We started with a wander around Bury St Edmunds, then we moved on to Ely. Did we inspire each other? I'll leave you to make up your mind,s but we enjoyed ourselves, which is what it's all about. The titles in the slideshow below document our day.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Camden Street Art

If you wander off the tourist route at Camden there's some super street art to be found. This isn't simple graffiti, it's Art and we were even lucky enough to meet a couple of the artists at work.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Norwich and District Trades Council May Day Event 2015

On May BH we headed off to Norwich to take a look at the Mayday event held in Chapelfield Gdns. The event was organised by Norwich and District Trades Council with input from several unions and supported by Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts.

Unfortunately it was a grey and damp day which probably deterred a lot of people going along, the weather and poor light also took its toll on my photos which aren't brilliant. However this close to the election I feel that the effort the organisers put in needs to be shown.

Shame we couldn't stay longer but the steep car park prices in Norwich meant we only had a limited time there.