Photo of the month: April 2021

Two PotM posts in a row rather suggests I haven’t been doing much writing recently. I’ll blame that on the election and promise to improve now that’s behind us.

This is a photo, one of the first, taken with my new camera, that’s a Sony Alpha 7 III. It was taken with an exposure of 1/2000th at f1.8 and ISO 100 with a 50mm lens.

I took it low down so needed to crop it to bring it back to vertical but there’s been no other post processing. How could you improve those colours?

Photo of the month: March 2021

I was stuck without a DSLR for a couple of weeks as I was trading up. That meant I resorted to my perfectly good Sony WX-350 compact.

This is a photo of Ros Hathorn who’s standing as the Lib Dem candidate in the county council elections to replace me. She’s an excellent candidate and will make an excellent councillor. We needed a shot of her in Orchard Park with visible context so here she is in Unwin Square in front of Tesco.

As I said it was taken with my Sony WX-350. 1/100th at f5.0 and a focal length of 12.05mm and ISO80. I confess to a little light work in Photshop to add a tad of blur to the background

Photo of the month: February 2021

It’s not a usual shot for me, more for artistic merit than a part of the story of my life, but it seems to work. Camera held low down, shallow depth of field frosty morning.

This photo was taken with my Sony A77 II DSLR, 1/80th at f2.8 and ISO100 using my 50mm prime. There’s been no post processing except to give it a ‘non-standard’ horizontal crop

5 life (career) changing decisions

Everyone’s life is the result of a mix of chance and decisions. You can’t do much about chance but it’s the decisions you make which map out your life. I reckon that there’s five decision which I’ve taken which, successively, have meant that I didn’t become an academic, a long term oil industry employee (and very possibly an American citizen God forbid), an old Asian hand, a senior Dow Chemical manager or a salary man through to retirement. 

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Photo of the month: January 2021

It’s not been a great month for photography and it came down to a choice from one from a sunny morning or one from a cold and misty one. The latter won.

This was taken with my Sony WX350 pocket camera, 1/400th at f3.5, ISO 80 and no zoom. There’s been a little post processing to accentuate the black of the tree and to remove a couple of headlights.

The subject tree is the magnificent one that stands outside the Holiday Inn close to the junction of Cambridge Road with the B1049. During the worst of the A14 destruction of the trees in the neighbourhood of the A14/B1049 there were rumours that we would lose it. They were of course unfounded and ridiculous but it is a fine specimen and stands proud as you enter our community from the south.