Feb 19: photo of the month

2019-02-10 16.49.14Another good photo month but I like this one because it was formed out of necessity. We were off to the cinema and with no photos taken so far in the day I needed one. We were walking across Parker’s Piece and I just snapped this. It’s clearly been cropped but that’s why I think it works.

The photo was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1 1/50th at f2.

Parker's PieceI’ve also posted another version of this shot with an even more aggressive crop and a little post processing in Lightroom to highlight the people in the foreground. It gives it a sort of Lowry look which I rather like.

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I’m Welsh. Does it matter?

Welsh flagI’d written this piece for my writing group which was due to meet 1 Mar 19, Dydd Dewi Sant (St David’s Day). Sadly our host for the day has a family medical emergency so we had to postpone. Given the timeliness of the piece I thought I’d post it anyway and write something else for our re-arranged event. Here it is:

It’s a frequent conversation. ‘Are you English?’ ‘No I’m Welsh’. Continue reading

Twin peaks of happiness

1963According to the Resolution Foundation people are at their happiest when they’re 16 or 70. It’s an average of course and does beg the question ‘what about people who die before they reach 70?’ but it’s worth some thought. Its research also suggests that people are at their least happy in their 50s which I can understand: kids still hanging around, long way to retirement, body in slow decline etc. Continue reading

Jan 19: photo of the month

no puntingIt wasn’t a bad month for photos but this one came in on the last day and I really like it. I was heading into Cambridge for an 0800 breakfast before an early meeting at the County Council and this shot was just there. It is of course a Cambridge cliche but I reckon it’s pretty OK for all that.

The photo was taken with my Sony Xperia XZ1 1/50th at f2 and a modest foreground crop. There’s been no other post processing.

If you want to check out the other photos I took in my ‘take a photo every day’ blog go to http://jdjhiston.tumblr.com/archive.