Hertfordshire

That’s it, I’ve had enough…I’ve seen more bluebells this year than I have in the rest of my life put together and I’m officially bored of them now…for at least the next 11 months anyway!


We took a quick trip out to Perry Green this afternoon to see how the Bluebells were doing. Whilst it’s still a little early in the season, I can conform they are doing well but there are still more to appear!


We drove out to Broxbourne Woods today for a walk. We hadn’t been for a few years so it was nice to see again. The Infra-Red camera got another outing…not as successful as previously, mainly because there wasn’t much new green life yet, but I still enjoyed this selection of shots…

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It was so nice to get out of the house, if only for a couple of hours this afternoon for the sole purpose of photography. I drove across to the far side of Bishops Stortford, towards Little Hadham and took a gentle stroll around a bridleway through Cradle End picking up a few pictures here and there. I drive past here on my way to work and there seems to be a maze of bridleways and footpaths so I think I’ll be returning at some point.


Every year I take part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk – groups of photographers meet up in towns and cities around the word and go out and take pictures – proceeds go to charity. So far I have photographed Bishop’s Stortford, Ozford, Much Hadham and this year Hertford.

I drive through Hertford three times a week but I’ve never visited – the most I have seen is the daily traffic jam on Gascoigne Way. So it was nice to have a look around the town – a town, as it turns out, that is steeped in history. Because of that history it felt right to give this picture a strong vintage feel.


Oops. somewhere along the line I missed posting week 28’s photo…not sure how that happened!

So, the Bishops Stortford Camera Club had an opportunity to get to the top of the spire of St Michael’s Church in Bishops Stortford. Getting up there meant a long spiral stone staircasr to the bell ringing area followed by two sets of ordinary ladders which got you up to the bells themselves…I looked at the next, very long, open ladder that led to a narrow beam that had to be crossed to get out of the spire…and came down…there was no way my vertigo was allowing me up any further.

I retraced my steps, shaking, just in time to see the cupboard containing the churches clock workings being opened up and caught this shot – its a miracle it’s sharp I was shaking so much!


At Bishops Stortford Camera Club tonight we had a photo challenge and we had 30 minutes to take some pictures, process as best we could and then show one of them.

This was my shot, which I originally converted to Black and White in camera. This is re-cropped and converted via Nik’s Silver Efex.

You’ll gather it was chucking it down and blowing a gale, hence the water splash on the image.


18Dec

353/366 T-Junction

Camera Club finished for Christmas last week but a few of us gathered in Spellbrook to take some light trail pictures. Well, OK, we went to the pub as well 😉 I liked this one because the lights make the T of the T-Junction…if that makes any sense 😉

T-Junction


17Oct

287/366 Autumn’s Coming – The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2012

Back in 2010 I went on my first photowalk which was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk around Bishop’s Stortford. Since then I have been on umpteen walks but I can count the good shots on 1 hand. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy these photowalks…and that’s the problem – dash off a few shots and spend the rest of the time chatting tends not to be the best way to get great shots…but is very enjoyable nonetheless 😉

Autumn's Coming


15Aug

227/366 Windswept

Tuesday night is Camera Club night and so it was we congregated in Bishops Stortford for a photowalk. Last time we tried this the heavens opened and we had to retire to the pub. This time the weather was very pleasant and, following a stroll down the River Stort we came across a very attractive wild flower area, from which this comes:

Windswept