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Queenswood Arboretum

I had a lovely day out at Queenswood Arboretum, in Herefordshire, last weekend. It was the October meet for the Shropshire Community flickr group. We went to see the Autumn colours. The sun may not have particularly shined much for us, but the trees were lovely. In fact it rained a little, but that just made the leaves sparkle. Here’s a few of my pictures.

No particular focus



Autumn's finest

Red and Yellow



This week I made my first entry to show photos at an exhibition. It’s the idea of the tutor of my photography courses this year (Christophe Dillinger). The exhibition is in Grenoble in France, and is called “Square in Grenoble”. This is because the theme that all photos must be submitted in a square format, and the idea is you will show 9 photos in a square layout – 3 by 3.

I was interested in it as soon as he told us about it – but he did actually ask me to have a go as well – so I have. I fully expect not to be selected, but hey – gotta give it a whirl eh?

My tutor picked a few of my photos (from ones that I’d brought in as ideas for the coursework) and then said he wanted to see some more of the same sort of thing. So I’ve picked a few – after much agonising – and put my entry in one day last week. The closing day for entry is today.

So if you’ve been following my flickr stream and wondering why you’ve been seeing square mosaics appearing. That’s why! This one is my final entry.

My creation


My new macro lens has arrived. I’ve been having a little play with it this evening.

 Bottle top

Corona beer bottle top

I think we’re going to get along just fine! ūüôā

Here comes the bride..

One of my cousins got married yesterday, and they asked me if I’d like to have a go with some photos. I very much consider myself still a beginner, but they’re not too bad I hope.¬† Here’s a few, and as I have 600 pictures to go through, no doubt I’ll be clogging up my flickr stream with more over the coming days…

The bouquet

I know I’m biased, but I reckon she looks absolutely beautiful.

The blushing bride




It was a lovely, lovely day.


If all else fails, hug your teddy bear

I saw that motto on a car bumper sticker the other day on my way into work and it sort of sums up how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m sort of stuck in the glums¬† lately – especially at work – and when I get like that¬†it ends up being a right effort to be bothered to do anything. Felt particularly demoralised at work this week. I really don’t know what to do about that at the moment. So naturally¬†I’m doing nothing! LOL. I¬†just hope that life, the universe and everything will sort itself out eventually.

That’s not strictly true. My latest hope (no doubt inspired by my ¬£50 win last month – first ever*) is that I’ll win the big one on the premium bonds so I can jack in the job, invest the dosh, live off the income and maybe earn a bit more income doing something I actually enjoy. My latest rose-tinted fantasy is to spend my days pottering around¬†a plant nursery. (I’m sure it would be warm(ish) in the greenhouse during the winter months). So to increase the odds of that happening, I took proactive action and purchased a couple more of the bond thingies.

Or maybe pursuing the web-design thing. Or perhaps even the photo thing.


At least it was a nice sunny evening today – and breezy.¬† (Bit on the nippy side for June really.) I’d been wanting to play with these windmills for a while and it was just perfect for that. Who could stay miserable with colours like that? By the way, for the uninitiated¬†– it’s MEANT to be blurry! It’s called motion blur. (Would have been a cracking example for the old photography course, but alas – I’m too late for that. Never mind…)

* And I’ve had them since I was 2 years old…

Arrghhhhh! Inspiration needed

I’m doing a digital photography course at the moment, and right now this second it’s making me want to scream very loudly.

Part of the course is producing a portfolio of 12 photos divided into two ‘themes’ of 6. Every photo must include people/a person and every photo must undergo at least one bit of digital manipulation. There is a short list of suggested ‘themes’ but you can also do your own thing if you like.

The damn themes are making me want to pull my hair out in frustration. I am completely struggling at the moment. The idea is to try and use your imagination to come up with something that’s not too ‘bog standard’ – and so you don’t up with a load of very similar photos.¬†The suggested themes are buildings and statues, shapes, change and¬†distortion, the marketplace, family (possibly one or two more – I can’t remember) and your own personal theme.

Having had no (or very little) inspiration with any of the suggested themes I came up with one theme of my own – films. The good news is the tutor agreed that could be a theme and¬†sort of liked the one photo I’d done. The bad thing is the ‘sort of’ thing. Basically I have to re-do what I’d done so far. He wants to see a ‘contact sheet’ for each final photo – so you’re taking lots of photos of the same thing and choosing your favourite. He liked the idea I’d used (well…I think he did…), just not the clothes my subject was wearing, or the location.

The thing that is making me go ‘aarrrgghh’ is that all¬†this assumes you have unlimited time to think of stuff, set up stuff, find locations etc, and¬†an endless supply of willing¬†“models” who don’t mind posing for numerous photos.¬† I’m taking a little bit of reassurance that I’m not the only one staring blankly back at the tutor.

Definitely feel a bit dispirited at the moment.

I’m somewhat lacking on the family side of things, which severely limits the number of people I feel I can pester so I¬†can’t tell you how grateful I am to my friends. We had already arranged to meet up again this weekend for a bit more. I’m going to have to break the news to them that it needs to be a bit more involved than what we’d done so far.

This is the one photo I’d done. It’s meant to be ‘Singing in the¬†Rain’. ¬†(Actually….I’d done two, but he thought the other one was a bit corny so I can’t use that at all. Double arrggghhhh!)

Singing in the Rain

It’s making me feel a bit anxious right now. I just wish I could get some inspiration for my second theme. I’m thinking about ‘the marketplace’, but I want to do something a bit different from the immediate first thought of ‘fruit and veg’ market stalls. I was maybe thinking my friends could pretend they were ‘on the market’ so to speak. LOL. But….I don’t know. God… this is so hard!

*praying to the inspiration gods*

Le ciel en feu

We had such a gorgeous sunset today that I just had to share it with you.

This is a two minute walk from chez Nez. I’m a sucker for all the silhouettes…..


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