Heading Home

Heading home from a frosty, early morning walk a few weeks back – misty in the distance – you can just make out the spire of St Mary’s Church at Shipton-under-Wychwood (slightly right of centre amongst the trees).  You can also just see Sparky heading impatiently to the next gate! Originally in colour, this photograph…

Shipwreck I

Well, less of a shipwreck and more of an abandoned boat, left to the elements…certainly, it has seen better days! Found this boat on Braunton Sands near Barnstable on a short break in late August 2016 – I love the faded paintwork and the colours – it looks like it has changed colour several times during…

Sunset at Wellington Monument

Happy New Year! And here is a slightly quirky photograph as my first of the year – taken at sunset at the Wellington Monument, Somerset. It was considerably colder than the last time I was here in June 2015, and muddier under foot!  We stopped here to let Sparky stretch his legs on our drive to…

West from Reading Station

Looking West from Reading Station, on platform 9 while waiting for my train home (I was working between Christmas and New Year) – had seen a similar sunset the night before, but was a few minutes too late to take a picture – I left the office a few minutes earlier to be able to…

Two swans

Two swans on the River Thames on a very cold morning near Reading a couple of weeks back.  Some mist on the river, superb colour in the sky – a glorious river view! Technical details: Fuji X-E1;26mm(XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS);f/3.2;1/25s;ISO200; Handheld; Edited in Lightroom 6 DSCF47781611303937

Animated Window Lights

Animated Window Lights, Reading, UK – Station Hill a couple of days ago as I was going to catch my train home – the building has been recently refurbished and has multicolour lights in the windows playing an animation. Resting the camera on a wall, a long (0.9s) exposure shows the movement of passers-by. Curiously,…

Thames Reflections

Reflections in the River Thames at Reading – looking west, near to Caversham lock (behind me), with Reading bridge just visible in the distance. The photograph was taken on Friday during a lunchtime walk alongside the Thames – I had just walked across the weir and Caversham lock (picture to follow) and saw this house…

Shipton Down at Dusk 2

Taken a few minutes after Shipton Down at Dusk 1. the clouds had taken on a delightful pinkish hue – more stunning colours (tweaked slightly in Lightroom…but not by much!)   Technical details: Fuji X-E1;6.5mm(Opteka 6.5mm; manual);f/3.5;1/18s;ISO200; Handheld; Edited in Lightroom 6 DSCF48351612053994

Shipton Down at Dusk 1

Dusk on Shipton Down – Took Sparky for a walk up to the top of the hill yesterday – I had my camera but was about 20 minutes too late to see the sunset. I was still able to get some shots with dramatic colour, however – It would have been better with a tripod but…

Gasometer at Dawn

Gasometer at Dawn – another photograph taken just before dawn of the gasometer between the River Kennet and River Thames in Reading, Berkshire.  Taken from a footbridge that crosses the River Kennet. Because there was so little light, the shutter speed is rather slow – thankfully the OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) in the lens works…