Nov 18: photo of the month

DSC02277Lots of choice during the month but this is both evocative and emotional. Previous night I attended an old school reunion and on Saturday morning Juni and I headed off into Mid Wales specifically Dyffryn Ceiriog. Our first contact with typical scenery (green fields, sheep, hills) was when we entered Llandegla en route for Bala. I couldn’t resist a quick photo.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 35mm, f8 at 1/125th. There’s been no post processing.

 

 

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Days of my life

2018-11-16 20.56.43 docIt was the last session of my ‘writing class’ on Friday and I wrote the following. I thought it paled by comparison with the efforts of the other attendees but they were nice about it and our teacher said it was ‘excellent’ which is even nicer. We will be continuing to meet informally as a group so I should continue to post these posts. Continue reading

New York, New York

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Here’s a second piece which I’ve written as a contribution for this week’s ‘Writing about your life’ session at Histon library.

‘The winter of 1973/74 began with the Yom Kippur War and ended with a miners strike. The first limited petrol supplies and the second gave rise to the three day week and led to the fall of Ted Heath’s government. It was a pretty grim time to be in the UK and early in 1974 I flew for an interview with Mobil Oil to New York. Continue reading

Oct 18: photo of the month

DSC02225October is nothing if you don’t get a few rainy days and so it was on Sunday the 14th so lots of cliche photo opportunities. I like this one because it’s just about right, subject in focus and nicely standing out from the background, although maybe I should crop in a little from the left.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 70mm, f5.6 at 1/125th. For some reason I’ve increased the shadows a little in Lightroom.

Sep 18: photo of the month

DSC01344Lot’s of competition for September’s photo because I was in India for nine days and have multiple candidates but I chose this one, of a bicycle rickshaw driver waiting for a fare,  despite its flaws viz the tassles and the man’s hand. One of my good friends suggested that I should have framed the shot to eliminate the former. Well ‘yes’ but it was an impromptu shot and he’d have moved before I could do that! Fortunately the hand doesn’t cover any of the face.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 280mm, f6.3 at 1/500th. For some reason I’ve increased the blacks a little in Lightroom.

There’s an album of 54 photos from my India trip at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmosF5EU

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.

I grew up in my grandfather’s house. He was a butcher.

IMG_20181019_0001I wrote the following for my contribution to today’s ‘Writing about your life’ session at Histon library.

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I grew up in my grandfather’s house. He was a butcher. I seem to say this quite often and it’s generally in connection with a conversation about food. It’s used to establish my right to comment on the quality of a meat dish on the one hand or to explain my diet on the other. But it also raises a question. Why? Continue reading

Aug 18: photo of the month

DSC01172-2I’ve got a little catch-up to do before I have to choose and publish September’s photo so here’s a shot of the brook by Harding Way after the end of the summer drought. Lots of water and greenery and I especially like the hints of purple.

The photo was taken using my Sony alpha 77 II with the zoom on 180mm, f6.3 at 1/320th. I confess to using the ‘auto-correct’ in Microsoft Office which adds a little contrast.

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.