Happy New Year

I hope this finds you well and recovered from the excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We had a fairly quiet Christmas and saw the New Year in with friends. Considering that I had a poor nights sleep the night before I did a sterling job of staying awake long enough to see 2015 in.

Today we went out for a while (the first proper time since Christmas I think), the weather was pretty murky and on the way home I got this picture. IMG_3172

I am really happy with this shot. It was taken on my iPhone 5S and I have simply made it black and white and blurred the edges. What do you think?

I was going to put it on my Flickr album but I have forgotten my password and thought I could log in through Google but this is being discontinued as is Facebook login and the link took me to a page in chinese or japanese and I am not sure if this is legit or not! So for the moment I think Instagram is the place for me!

Can I get instagram on my macbook? i need to go off and check that

Anyway enough for now. Happy new year to you all and see you soon



Macro photography

The theme for tomorrow #fmsphotoaday is macro. Now this is a form of photography i really enjoy tinkering with. This photo is of a sunflower taken with my Canon Powershot on macro mode. I also really love making pictures black and white as I think they really add to the picture. I am aware that some people think that black and white detracts from the beauty of nature in all her glory, each to their own!!!
Anyway I am very pleased with this picture.

Playing with Colour

Seriously hoping I haven’t bored anyone yet but I am discovering so many things with my camera. And what about this for an effect then?

ImageI bought Photoshop when I got my Mac and honestly I struggle to understand it and one of the effects I have always wanted to achieve was the “shot of colour in the black and white photo” look. Couple of button presses and you can achieve this. OK so it is not perfect, if you look closely you can see other tinges of colour, I think this is where the grass was a little brown or the ground was visible and it registered on the spectrum of colour I set but nonetheless what an awesome effect and with no photoshopping in sight.

This is what I am trying to aspire to. I want to be able to take a photo and present it to my audience with minimal electronic fiddling. Call me old fashioned, call me boring. Isn’t the setting up and the composition and the right moment what taking a good photo is about? Yes Photoshop definitely has its place but the skill in photography and the art of setting up that shot is getting lost in the electronic wizardry. I realise those comments may upset a few people and don;t get me wrong I will learn how to use Photoshop but I also want to be able to take a good picture without any electronic help. Is that so wrong???

Anyway enough profoundness I am off an important football match and good friends await my company.