I Give My Imagination a Buzz With a Personal Project

Using my imagination on mini projects gives me a buzz. My projects vary from on going to ones which I can complete in a short time.
You can shoot what you want when you want, that is the joy of shooting your own personal project.
Today the wife was busy, I had a couple of hours spare. It was either finish the gardening or clean the house.
I managed to get the old grey matter working and instead decided to shoot an hour long personal project.
I will sweet talk her and win over when I return, again another use of the imagination as I pick my words carefully while finishing her project of cleaning or gardening.
I prefer shorts projects, so an hour is all I gave myself, I can then look forward to getting the duster out on my return!
I live in the small market town of Kington and decided to shoot some obscure images of subjects that people pass every day……………………but probably won’t register and recognise in the images.
It was fun and gave me a buzz as I wondered around the streets with a camera, using various angles to challenge the viewer.
None of the pictures have been airbrushed, a few have been posted in black and white as the colour of the buildings may have given the game away!
Here are ten images from the shoot just to give you an idea, the rest I have posted on Facebook for a bit of fun.pic-o

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Have a good Christmas and thanks for following my blog.

Don’t Put the Camera Away….It Is Well Worth a Gamble

Its always worth a gamble while taking pictures. While driving through my home town of Kington last week I noticed how lovely our Christmas lights were. I parked the car up, grabbed my trusty Nikon D300s and looked for a good angle.
There was only one problem, I had no tripod in the boot.
Not put off, I gently lodged the camera against a wall, gently breathed in and squeezed the shutter button. Half a dozen frames fired at 1/6 second aperture F5.6.
Four of these were fairly sharp considering the circumstances.

Kington Town clock lit up at Christmas.
Kington Town clock lit up at Christmas.

Owls By Moonlight and Why I Love A Challenge

I love a challenge, and the invitation to take pictures of Owls by Moonlight (okay torchlight for me!) could not be passed.
I used a prime 50mm lens with the setting on F4 and a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second/ I gently pushed the lens against the wire mesh fence to keep it steady and squeezing the shutter carefully while holding my breath.
Here is one of the images from the set of 16 taken and the caption which has already been printed in a newspaper.
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We all know what goes on at night in the cities during the festive build up but an excellent chance to witness what goes on in the countryside in the dark, can now be seen.
A magical chance to see our feathered friends at night can be enjoyed at the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre’s ‘Owls By Moonlight’ evening near Kington in Herefordshire.
All six native British Owls can be seen along with 26 other breeds from around the world when they are at their best -after sunset.
‘It was certainly a unique experience seeing and hearing these beautiful birds. And along with the informative talk by the centre’s Alice Pond it gave me a completely different perspective on life in the countryside’ said photographer Andy Compton.
The next ‘Owls By Moonlight’ group experience, which includes refreshments, will be held on December 10th, please ring 01544 231109 for further details.