A fungi to be with (part 2)

After my last blog post about fungi in Savernake Forest, I went back a week later and had another fungi-spotting wander with a friend.  We were walking back to our cars when my friend spotted this delicate little clump of Mycena fungi amongst the fallen beech leaves.  I immediately got my bin liner out again […]

No “fungi to be with” jokes here…

Yesterday I went to the wonderful Savernake Forest in Wiltshire.  It started out as a socially-distanced lockdown autumn colours walk with a friend, but ended up being a fungal foray photography fest! I was hoping we would see some fungi, so I prepared for it.  I took my Olympus E-MD5 MkIII fitted with the superb […]

“The subjects in the photos go round and round…”

Are you looking for a subject for your images?  If so, think about round things.  There are plenty of circular subjects in the world and they fit nicely into a square or near-square crop. This dandelion is a case in point.  I was out walking and had my macro lens on the camera.  I saw […]

Where is the light coming from?

Yesterday afternoon, as it was a lovely day, I went for a walk round a local country park.  I took my Panasonic TZ-100 travel-zoom compact camera, as it’s small and light. The sun was quite low in the sky and it was reflecting well off the large lake at the park.  How that light looked […]

Mobile with my mobile

Having tweaked my right foot a few weeks ago I needed a longish walk to see if it was working OK. I chose an area between Avebury and Devizes in Wiltshire.  There’s a fabulous walk in fascinating landscape full of the signs of human occupations going back  thousands of years.  I didn’t want to be […]

Abstractions in the human-made landscape

That title sounds a bit pretentious, but the subject is a good one.   In the human-made world there are many structures that, when carefully composed, give us images that are abstract arrangements of colour, shape, texture or “all of the above”. This diving board and pool is no longer about the reality of what was […]

When is a mask not a mask?

As CV-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world, life somehow must go on.  In order to protect ourselves, things that we would have scoffed at in January are now a habit.  Photography can be used to record them for posterity. Until 2020 my main use for masks was when editing images in Photoshop, but […]

This is turning into a natural history website!

Lockdown has given me lots of extra time to examine my Oxfordshire* garden and its wildlife, more specifically the life that feeds or lives/dies, on my eryngiums. * Yes, I know I have a Wiltshire postal address, but that’s a quirk of Royal Mail’s systems. I’ve also had a chance to try out my Olympus’s […]

Heading towards unlockdown

In the UK we are still in lockdown, though we are now heading towards July 4th.  On that day we can do some things that we haven’t done for ages, such as stay overnight at someone’s house, or go to the pub.  We still have to observe “social distancing”, though the rules are getting very […]

By way of contrast, it’s black and white.

Sometimes an image works in black and white.  When we say that, most of the time we are really talking about an image with many shades of grey rather than just black and white.  This post is about images with just those two tones.  I’ve used Photoshop with all these images to take away the […]