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Today was a visit to the Black Country Living Museum.  The last time I was there nearly a year ago, it had snowed and I got some very nice images. Today however there wasn’t any of the white stuff  although it was very cold and as the day went on it got even colder.

The BCLM do a great deal whereby after the first visit in a year you can go as many times as you want after that free of charge.  So today was my last chance to

  1. use the ticket before it expired and
  2. once more partake of their delicious faggots and mushy peas for lunch.

I find the museum a very evocative place and there are always plenty of photographic opportunities, despite the hordes of children on school outings. The site is nearly thirty acres, so in reality it has never really seemed too busy when I’ve been there.

I took the Nikon D800 and the 50mm f/1.8 lens ready for the low light that a British December day can bring.  Even with this fast lens, at times I was shooting at 1600 ISO – it’s great that the Nikon can give superb results at this ISO.

There is a turn of the 20th century fun-fair on site and in the fading afternoon light I used the illuminations and colours that appear on the stalls and rides to have another bash at some multiple exposures. once again I used 3 frames and no auto-gain.

This one I think gives an impression of the movement and activity of a merry-go-round, even though at the time of the photograph, it wasn’t actually moving.



Today I was in Dudley at the Black Country Living Museum. A great place where you can see how people lived and worked in the Black Country from the start of the industrial revolution. The museum recreates a black country industrial town of over a hundred years ago over 26 acres, which include shops, houses, industrial businesses and a canal. There are volunteers on hand all dressed in period costume and suitable Black Country accents to give you information should you require it.

When we arrived at the museum there was an inch or so of snow on the ground, which provided a great backdrop for the industrial housing and businesses that have been recreated on the site. The wind was bitterly cold and although the sun was out at the start of our visit, when it went in later in the afternoon it went even colder on the site. The people who work in the museum, dressed in the clothes of the day, coped with the freezing weather superbly. Much kudos to them.

Racecourse Colliery

Racecourse Colliery

I took the D800 today and armed myself with only the superb Nikkor 50mm f1.8 standard lens. Despite the weather, we had a great day, with which I am sure the faggots and mushy peas helped at lunchtime.


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