Archive for July, 2012

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
― Elbert Hubbard

The typical English weather is back – and I know I nearly always mention weather and more likely rain in my blog entries, but it is becoming a way of life! Today on my travels we dropped from temperatures of around 20 to temperatures of around 11 in the space of just a few minutes and a few miles. Admittedly the car was parked in the sun and then it was rained on, but still! However the weather made for some intriguing captures.

I’ve written about Combe Gibbet before and some of these shots were taken up there at Gallows Down but the majority were just a few miles away at the foot of the majestic hills. It was peaceful, the odd cyclist seemingly off track from the tour de France and a few cars trundled through during the hour and a bit we were snapping but it was generally quite quiet and calm.

The weather offered us a bit of everything – well, almost everything. There was sunshine, clouds, rain and then when we began to pack up the photography equipment and move on – thunder echoed through the hills. It was atmospheric though, and meant fantastic clouds were in abundance!

The weekend has been a breath of fresh air, with perfect company and almost perfect weather. I’m ending catching up on some law reading with the Olympics on in the background. With permission from William (who has been teaching me the technical side of photography) I am sharing his rather moody shot from the day too.

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“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare

Today was different to any ordinary weekend. I had company for the most part which meant that losing myself for a few hours on the meadow became a lot more interesting than usual, especially when accompanied by somebody who knows things about cameras and photography!

Sadly though, photo-graphical opportunities did not present themselves as often as they could have done probably in a better season and with warmer weather. The bout of British Summertime that we have had has very quickly disappeared as it starts to cool down and become almost Autumnal with the breeze!

After a late night watching the Olympics opening Ceremony on the television it was nice to chill for the day whilst snapping away at random leaves and dead (ish) ladybirds. It started off dead and then became alive halfway through the shooting session. So if anybody says that Photography isn’t healing – they’re lying! Back to the Olympics though, and I was suitably impressed by the efforts made and taken to ensure that the opening ceremony went successfully. If you get the chance to search on youtube or check out BBC Iplayer I urge you to do so!

William, my partner in photo-graphical crime for the weekend, also allowed me to practice my portraiture work. Although I didn’t plan it all that well – rookie mistake, chopping part of somebody’s head off!

Aside from the random collection of images, the sun – when it made an appearance, was enjoyed as well as the setting on the meadow. For Day 210 it hasn’t been at all bad!!

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