Standing Tall

The long shadows of Autumn cast their presence now and the light is the photographer’s dream. I used this in a creative way here, to create an ironic self-portrait, just for a little bit of fun. We are often taught to avoid taking photos that show our shadow or reflection, even if in a tiny part of the photograph. It is considered to be clumsy. However you can have great fun with it, if you do so deliberately!

I am loving the colours this year, they seem to be really strong compared to recent years but I know they will be gone in next to no time for time doesn’t wait for anyone.

 

The unexpected Swans

I was crouched over my tripod down by the Basingstoke canal, just outside Farnborough where I live, observing some beautiful reflections on the water and an interesting sky developing overhead. I had already taken a few frames when these two swans came over to see how I was getting on. I changed my shutter speed and nudged my graduated filter up a touch in the lens mount, so that I could expose for them as best as I could. I just wasn’t expecting this shot to happen and considered the arrival of the swans as a real bonus. I was a little worried that they would be too dark in the frame but given the fact swans normally over-expose so easily, this shot actually works really well.

I reckon they know me, which may sound daft, mad even, but we often visit this spot during the year and have been watching these two swans for a number of years. This year they had two young, after two years of little, if no success. The cygnets were around and I got a nice shot of them swimming off into the sunset…

 

This site is now back up, kind of…

I had to rebuild this site on Sunday, as a virus was reported to me by my hosting provider. So as a result of this, things aren’t quite normal here but most things should work though. The banner images aren’t mine, they are the standard photos out of the box with WordPress. I will gradually find time to change things over the week where I find time to do so. Above all else, rebuilding the site shall hopefully have weeded out the security hole that had occurred, even though I am not sure what it was or how it came to be there. Really not funny these things, anyone who gets pleasure out of creating viruses, should be, as Jeremy Clarkson once said famously on the “One Show” be shot…

…in the bum.