Photo a Week Challenge: Great Outdoors

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Three views of the great outdoors taken here in Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London – even in a big city like London, we still have our own little oasis of open space to let us spend time in nature 🙂

Photo a Week Challenge: Great Outdoors

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequence II

A fun sequence of artistic London views (cloaked in a multicolour filter effect to jazz things up a little bit) – as well as images of Tower Bridge, St Pauls, and the London Eye there is a perspective shot along the length of the inside of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, and also the entrance to Leytonstone Tube Station (where I live) and the exterior of The George Public House in Wanstead (where I work) 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequence

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequences

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A Scottish sunrise in sequence, taken from various points around my mum and dad’s back garden one really cold but beautiful winter’s morning in mid-December 2018 ❤

The great benefit of winter sunrises is that you don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn to capture them – these were all taken over 15 minutes between 9.10 and 9.25am! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequences

On a Swing and a Prayer

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Even now I’m firmly in a my mid-fifties, I still love to swing whenever I get the chance. Sadly I no longer fit as easily as I used to, clumsily wedging myself onto the swing seat, middle-aged thighs pressing tightly against the creaking chains… But even so, once I’m comfortably positioned I just love that forceful feeling of freedom it brings, swinging strongly back and fore in the clean fresh air with wide open skies high above you 🙂

Holding on tight you give one big push off from the ground to begin, swinging your legs back as you lean slightly forward to move back, then pushing your legs out in front and lying back looking up to the sky to swing forward. I love the natural rhythm it brings, that simple yet effective repetition of increased movement that moves you faster and higher each time, hair streaming in the breeze. And I love the flow of the air catching my breath and the latent laughter that bubbles up from my soul every time… swinging for me is always a sheer joy ❤

Word of the Day Challenge: Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

Between Motion Blur and Camera Shake

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While out for a winter woodland walk in Inverness last week, I took a few shots of a fast-flowing stream (or a burn, as we call it in Scotland – this one is the Holm Burn). It looked so lovely from where I stood looking down from the little low bridge crossing over it I thought it might be fun to try an impromptu motion blur effect with a slow-ish shutter speed, but I didn’t find it as easy as I’d thought…

I had no tripod with me (as I was just out for an everyday walk) so everything was taken hand-held, with the helpful support of the bridge structure itself.  The first ‘ordinary’ shot was taken at f5, 1/50 sec, and the second ‘motion blur’ shot at f14, 1/5 sec – but trying to keep the camera steady for even that short period of time was surprisingly hard, especially in the freezing cold weather.

I took several different shots, trying several different settings, but this was probably the best of the lot – finding that fine line between motion blur and camera shake was a frustrating blend of trial and error – and without a tripod I’ve found it’s all a lot harder than it looks 🙂

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Easy