Today I wore a black tie. It’s the first time it’s been out since my father’s funeral over six years ago.
And it’s the smartest I’ve looked for about three years. I was at the funeral of a lady who it turns out was very well liked. The church was packed . In her husband’s speech I learnt a lot about the couple and the lady’s charitable nature. She was a pillar of the community. We seem to have less of these these days and I’m as guilt as the next for not even really knowing my next door neighbour, let alone the people in the community.
Although the person is not directly connected to my family, I shed a tear at the stories being relayed about a couple who had been together for 50 years and, through the guys career in the RAF, lived all over the country and parts of Europe. A very moving ceremony on a freezing cold day.
My photo365 shot today is a reminder of my black tie…hopefully it will not surface for many years to come, but the day, and in particular that speech, will be a lasting memory.
Taken with window light using the Olympus EP2 hand held. To align the shot I using the reflection of the LCD in the window. It took about 10 shots to get the tie straight and the camera central.
This evening I was out at twilight and photographed the Worksop town centre clock with Barclays bank in the background.
The camera is easy enough to handhold at slower shutter speeds and the exposure is quite accurate. I had the 17mm lens attached.
The old Worksop library closed a few months back when the new two story modern one was opened. It cost 8.4m to build and has state of the art features including a self loan & return system, a cafe, an internet area and modern but almost clinical bookshelves.
When it first opened it was regularly packed. Full of noisy kids treating it like a playground, adults taking a look at what all the fuss was about and regulars just wanting to get back to their usual habits after a few months closure, between change over.
Officials apparently hoped it would bring 1000 people a day to the building – it even opens Sunday! It’s the fist in the country to do so. And they did everything to make it interesting. To me it felt wrong hearing kids screaming and shouting. I’ve always found a library a place of calm, noise free and tranquil, but here noise echoed around like a swimming baths.
I went back tonight to see how things were going and take some interior shots to combine with a set I did of the old library a few years ago.
There were no kids, the place seemed like a ghost town, an empty feeling that was nothing like those early days, the calm had returned, but it didn’t feel comfortable. Too much open space and an unlibrary like feel.
I took a few shots and left. As the automatic doors opened I saw the old 1930s library in darkness, a sad looking building, but in one of the windows was a reflection of new. And interestingly in the foreground to the left is a cross.
It became the setting for my photo of the day.
I’ve never been one for routines, but I’m now forced into one… daily medication. In one way it’s frustrating, in another it’s critical..well that’s what I and many other who’ve had a heart attack are lead to believe. And not only for the heart…according to recent research an aspirin a day, when taken with milk, “helps cut cancer risk“. Well that’s one bit of research, in another, done a couple of years earlier, “the risk of harm largely cancelled out the benefits of taking the drug“.
One minute red wine’s bad for you, the next it’s good, same with coffee, cannabis, salt, etc.
So while I ponder those thoughts and wait for my aspirin to dissolve I took the daily photo from my Photo365 project.
I set the tripod up over the top of me and pointed the lens down into my lap. I had no idea how the shot would be framed, or if the focus would get the right spot. With the first shot I missed the glass, and this is the second. It’s as taken – no cropping. An accidental composition!
I’ve been out on a meeting today and the time didn’t allow me to take any pictures during the day but I am in the process of testing the new Tamron 18-270mm superzoom. And I have an Olympus EP2 that I’m enjoying the company of, so what better to shoot a product shot in the form of a still-life using a lens that might not be best considered for product photography.
An interesting slant to my Photo365 Project.
I can do that in the evening in a gap after tea and before Holby City – which I’ve grown to enjoy. I had 30mins to set up the dining room as a mini studio and arrange and take a still life.
I spotted some Hessian placed it on the table, and angled the camera on top. It looked boring and then I spotted some pot-pourri which, by pure coincidence, was a similar colour to the Hessian and would work well. It’s amazing how easy things come together sometimes and on other occasions you can be fannying around for ages.
I arranged the bits over the Hessian, any gaps would look red thanks to the Hessian. I then placed the camera on top and arranged bits around it to look natural. I moved the light around so the softbox reflected in the shiny surface (above and slightly behind the camera) and gave a wonderful sheen. I placed some kitchen foil as a fill round the front so the silver lens trim had a glow all the way around.
The shot was taken from above hand held with the flash ensuring everything was frozen sharp.
The lens has really proven itself. What a belter! The detail is incredible for a lens with this super focal length range. I’m well impressed.
My colleague Nik asked me this morning if I had any photos of droplets – the type you take with a subject behind and focus on the droplet. I didn’t have any decent ones so that was my cue for today’s Photo365 image.
Tonight I arrange two chairs back to back balance a sheet of glass between them and dribbled a couple of drops of gelatine onto the glass. I then placed the object I wanted to appear in the drop on the floor and lit it with a single studio flash with softbox.
It was all going well and then I nudge one of the chairs and the glass came crashing down.
As always it’s good to try and take advantage of the situation I notice one of my splodges had dispersed as it hit the ground so I had an interesting shape. I used a fragment of the glass to pull a few more strands out from the blob and then photographed it with the light coming down from above and to the back of the glass.
The shot may be no good for Nik, but it suits my Photo365 project…
Probably my favourite photo from my Photo365 series so far. Almost like a present following the heavy week I’ve had. It’s a Highland cow taken on Baslow Edge in Derbyshire I was out testing the new Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Nikon D90. I’d gone to photograph a sunset and although the sun broke through a couple of times it had totally clouded over when needed.
I got up pretty close to the cow and went for a low angle. I used the Nikon’s built in flash and underexposed the background. I was impressed with the ability of the little internal flash, it certainly lifted this one.