Tuesday, 22 September 2015

City Diversions Festival, Chelmsford 2015

Once again the streets of Chelmsford were filled with weird and wonderful creatures, machines and people. It's such a bizarre yet fun spectacle. Mind you, it's very surreal watching people go about their normal Saturday shopping whilst singing nuns, weird creatures and strange machines go whizzing by. All in all it was a very enjoyable day.

There's also some video on my Youtube Channel. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos...

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

1 Big Multicultural festival, Ipswich 2015

Once again the Ipswich Bangladeshi Support Centre put on a superb free festival in Alexandra park, Ipswich. Some great music and sport as well as information and food stalls.

There was a great atmosphere with lots of people who were so obviously enjoying themselves. I particularly enjoyed watching the Kabbadi matches, and trying my hand at photographing this fast moving game, with various degrees of success, as you can see

Just a shame we had to leave before the end, which means I missed some of the acts.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Colchester Free Festival 2015

29th of August, the first day of Colchester's free music and arts festival. We arrived early (too early for much to be happening.) stayed most of the day but had to leave just as things were getting interesting. I by no means caught all of the acts, not helped by the fact that things didn't always seem to run to time. But I did manage to catch the #TankertonTown residents #PollyPreacher #MattCalderbank #MonsterFlorence #TheDownsetters and more. (Do hashtags work on Blogs? I've no idea.)

A good time was had by all, from tiny tots to people like me. (Oh OK then, old people.) As usual I've tried to get the flavour of the event, including lots of the people who were there having fun.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Brick Lane, Street Art,Graffiti, and Street Photography

Recently visited London for the day. First stop Spitalfields Sunday market, described on the internet as "where art and craft meet fashion and food." Have to say that description is spot on, we enjoyed browsing the wide variety of stalls there, some of them not too pricey either.

We then walked to Brick Lane, another eclectic mix of stalls, galleries and shops. Brick Lane is also know for it's Street Art, the place is full of it, in every side street was a new discovery. It's not mere graffiti, it's art! Where possible I've added the artists name either in the title or in the tags.

Finally we walked through Petticoat lane market as we made our way back to the station, have to say we weren't so impressed here. But all in all we enjoyed our day, despite the rain.

All photos taken with a Pentax k5-iis and Pentax SMC-DA 18-135mm lens.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

A Day in Cambridge

The nice thing about the Internet is that you really can make friends there. Over the years I've made a few and met up with a few. One such is John Kortland, who is a superb street photographer. We recently got together again for a day in Cambridge in order to indulge in a bit of street photography (and a very nice lunch with cake!) A very enjoyable day indeed.
Johns work can be found on Flickr:

Friday, 7 August 2015

Kentwell Hall Tudor Midsummer 1588

Back in June, thanks to the generosity of Tamsin Lewis I got to spend a wonderful day at Kentwell Hall during their Tudor Recreation weekend. Have to admit I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Loved how, wherever you went , there were people completely in character. A lovely place to visit, recommended!

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?