I take part in an occasional photography competition on Flickr called the f64 challenge. It’s just a bit of fun and I normally get knocked out pretty early…but there has been a change in the rules meaning that your have to photograph to a theme…and I’m in the 3rd round…so I had a bit of fun with the theme of “mealtime”


I have a lot of pictures to process and then publish from the last week…but here is today’s…a bit of light painting


It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of small torches and some silver foil.

For those of you who don’t know, bokeh is a Japanese word that describes the blobs of out of focus light in the background.


Some more bulb work here following my earlier electric light bulb shot the other day…there may have been some Photoshop shenanigans going on again 😉


We both work from home (lucky us) and all was well this afternoon until all the power went out. It’s always somewhat relieving to discover that it’s the whole town that is without power…but annoying when all the shops, including the Post Office, have had to close becasue noting works.

Still, I cracked the whip and ensured workhouse rules applied for Debbie as she ploughed on with making her purses that are on their way for people’s stocking fillers at Christmas – if you are interested in picking one up – you’d better be quick and visit her Etsy shop at The Crimson Rabbit.


That was fabulous darling…do you mind if I smoke?


My Sony NEX7 and a bit of light painting


A couple of weeks ago a friend from the Bishops Stortford Camera Club gave me this Praktica LB camera and a couple of lenses as I was keen to give film photography a go. Film (black and white) was purchased along with a 28mm f2.8 lens to go along with the 50mm and 80-200mm f4.5-5.6 that came with the camera.

I’m half way through the first 36 exposure film and am really enjoying the whole process of slowing down and working out the correct exposure and (hopefully) getting the composition and exposure right in camera…only time will tell how successful I have been.


We tried for ages this morning to get this set of items photographed for an auction my wife is doing with a couple of Etsy friends. The weather wasn’t favourable (chucking it down) so we tried to use a couple of flashes to light the items. This worked well, but we couldn’t get the composition we liked, so it’s back to the drawing board!


Another night out with the Bishops Stortford Camera Club. Our regular firestarter and general “ask me to do something & I’ll do it” helper Steve came up trumps with his collection of replica guns and military garb. He posed in all sorts of awkward positions for us, but it was when the sun had gone down that I think we got the most atmospheric shots.

Despite what the camera exif information states, there was a flash involved, off camera at 1/64th power zoomed into 105mm.

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