No posts for a while.  Sorry, but I’ve been busy.  Posts will probably be a bit thin for a while but here is a quick one just to try and keep things going.  I’m sorry, but I’m not keeping up with reading and commenting either.

This is a first try at photographing a bubble, attempted last night with the YPG photo group.  The intention was to illuminate a Union Jack with flash and capture the reflection in a bubble.


Too many light sources in the room me thinks!  There were several photographers trying to get a shot and with ‘off camera flash’ it was inevitable that someone would be using a simple ‘slave’ setup.  Hence, when my flash fired, then so did theirs.

I’ll try again in a more controlled environment.

Thanks Derek, for providing the setup.  Thanks also, for the many ‘bubble blowers’ that puffed through the evening.

Lyme Regis – Lines

Lots of lines.


Detail of a mainsail on a sailing dingy at Lyme Regis.  The masts of other dinghies in the park can be seen through the sail.

It is interesting to see how the sail making technology has changed since my days on the water.  The most important requirement for the materials used for sail making, is that they should retain their shape, or perhaps change shape in a predictable and intended manner, with changing wind strength and point of sailing.  As technology has allowed it, it has become much more common to see larger transparent panels, even whole sails, whereas in my day, most sails only had a relatively small transparent panel through which the crew could view converging boats.

The end result is that the sail reinforcement and batten pockets can make for some interesting abstract images.

Abstract 4

Maybe not really an abstract?  My excuse for posting it is that I took the shot during our Club ‘Abstract’ evening.  I have also very much changed the colours, using ‘colour temperature’ and ‘saturation’ in Lightroom.  I think this makes the image pretty well conform to the definition of abstract photography.


I hope you approve.

Abstract 3

This post is the final one with abstract images of this object.  The previous ones can be seen here and here.

Like the last two, this next image is also a colour image, but in this case I lit the subject with a LED light.  The extra light has concentrated attention on the closest surface of the object and put the rest into shadow.


As it looked like a B&W image, I thought that I might as well make it completely B&W, to see whether it was any more appealing.


It wasn’t and I still prefer the version in the Abstract 1 post.

I promised that I would reveal what the object was.  On Facebook, Jane described it as ‘her little metal ornament’, which she only brought to the session as an afterthought.  I’m glad she did.  In fact it was an ornament representing a cat, with a ‘wobbly’ head on a spring.  It will never catch mice Jane, so I’m glad we found another use for it.

I also promise that this was the last shot of the ‘cat’.

Abstract 2

In my last post, I presented an abstract image that I produced earlier this week.  Since nobody has offered a suggestion of what the object was, here is another image of it.  Today’s image is obviously of the same object, and the texture of the foreground material may make it a little easier to judge what it is, or at least what type of object it may be.  I don’t, however, like it as an abstract image, as much as the previously posted one.


There is one more post of this object to come before I say what it is.  Fancy a guess?

Abstract 1


This week, our Camera Club held a ‘member’s evening’ where the subject was Abstract Photography.  Thanks to Jane, there were lots of ‘props’ that could be used to generate ‘abstract’ images.  Attending members were able to circulate, and attempt to produce some abstract photographic art. I’m not much af an artist, so didn’t expect to do very well, but one object immediately suggested itself as a good place to start. Before I show the resultant image, I thought I had better check on what Abstract Photography actually is.  A very quick search with Google found this definition.  It seems that shape, form, colour, pattern and texture are important.  I think I have ticked some, but not all of the boxes with this effort and I did quite like the sense of confusion that it gave.Of course, some of the enjoyment of viewing abstract images, for me at least, is trying to work out what the image is a part of.  Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes it isn’t.  I guess it depends on whether you have seen one recently.  No clues at this stage, but I may post another image of the same object soon.  All may be revealed then.

Low Tide

Because we are spending some time with our Grandchildren, I’m afraid that I may be even shorter on posts for the next couple of weeks.  I will still try to offer the occasional photo, if I can find the time.

During the week before last we took an opportunity to spend the afternoon in Lyme Regis, one of our favourite spots on the Dorset coast.  Here is a shot which may be a little too abstract for some, but which I also hope will be appreciated by others.  It was taken at the east end of the beach at low tide.  I did think about cropping the sea out altogether, but in the end decided to include just a ‘sliver’ of water to provide some context.

I found the rock formations quite interesting, though it may be difficult to appreciate this from this crop.

Low Tide Rocks

I may well have a few more images of Lyme Regis for you in coming days, and one from the past can be found here.

Those Magnificent Men 4 – BERP not Burp

No men in this picture, which is actually pretty abstract.  There were, however, many Magnificent aerodynamicists and engineers from both Westland Helicopters and the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), involved with the design and development of the series of BERP (British Experimental Rotor Programme) rotor blades eventually to be productionised for Lynx (BERP III) and Merlin (BERP IV) helicopters.  This blade tip was seen on a Merlin Mk3 displayed at the Merryfield Open Evening in 2010.


The previous post in my ‘Those Magnificent Men’ series can be found here.

The Screw

A while back I was hunting around in my garage, looking for anything that I could photograph for a club competition which was themed as ‘mechanical’.  I found a number of items and took a few photos, but in the end wasn’t happy that any were suitable for a competition, so I entered the ‘open’ category instead. Continue reading

Following artistic advice

Even though I don’t think Dee would necessarily agree, I like to think that I am always open to considering suggestions and advice.  I might not always feel able to agree with these suggestions, but I will always think about them.  One blogger who has kindly offered me suggestions is Adrian Lewis.  He has a distinct style of his own and if you haven’t yet visited his blog, then you should try to find the time. Continue reading