Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club had a day out down to the River Orwell and Pin Mill today and I got some shots of the abandoned boats.

Conditions weren’t ideal as it was blowing a gale and was heavily overcast all day so I decided to to shoot HDR shots all day (which I haven’t done for a while).

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These aerials were full of starlings until they spotted me, then there was a mass exodus…these three returned though

A small group of hardy Bishop Stortford Camera Club members braved the inclement weather and visited Hatfield Forest for the last of the summer programme get togethers. It was cool and pretty blowy…but the clouds did eventually start to break up for the first time of the day.

A second job interview found me mooching around the Suffolk coast again this afternoon. This is a shot taken on the edge of the River Stour in an area called Holbrook Bay. I was hoping to get some long exposure shots…but those clouds weren’t moving…at all!

See the top left in this picture – that colour is not the sun (well, at least the sun isn’t there, the sun’s somewhere to the left off the picture at around the roof line height) it’s some interesting defraction going on – that’s what I was trying to capture, along with the lovely cloud formation. I’d have probably got a better composition if I hadn’t been hanging out of the window trying to shoot it 😉

According to a follower on Flickr this is a sundog – from Wikipedia – “A sun dog (or sundog), mock sun or phantom sun, scientific name parhelion (plural parhelia), is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.

The sun was just breaking through as we approached Rowney Woods giving us those great sun beams…big sky as well!

I’m always a sucker for clouds like this 😉

A black and white HDR photograph from Saturday, just before the big thaw.


192/366 The Dome

Sometimes, it’s just not going to be your day…and today was not my day to get anything sharp. Having had a pleasant enough day weather wise, whilst cooped up in the office, I had great hopes of a pleasant evening wandering the streets of Bishops Stortford taking part in the camera club colour challenge. We met up in the pub as arranged and received our instructions, stepped outside, and the heavens opened. Now I don’t mind a bit of rain, but this was torrential…we retired to the bar 😉

Upon leaving it was now dark and still drizzling, and I had a go at a couple of shots, one of which follows…but don’t be looking for anything sharp today 😉

The Dome


Crossed Lines

I was out shooting the sunset over Thaxted last week and the aircraft trails, along with the wispy clouds caught my eye.

Crossed Lines


Sunset’s Behind You

I liked what the sunset did to the clouds here, despite the fact that the sunset was happening behind me.

Sunset's Behind You