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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 Worcestershire just outside Bromsgrove visiting the Avoncroft Museum. The museum is home to over 30 different historic buildings that have been rescued, dismantled and debuilt in 19 acres of countryside.

I took the D800 and the 50mm f/1.8 standard lens with me today, as I thought that I would need the speed of the 50mm lens. I wasn’t wrong.

The shot below was taken in the medieval townhouse, in which tables were set out for dinner and a volunteer in costume was making pottage over an open fire. The light was through large windows covered in a gauze which gave a nice soft light over the scene. The photograph was taken on manual at 1100 ISO, 1/100 second at f/1.8 and +1/3 stop.





This was a tough one.
I had a couple of ideas which revolved around movement which didn’t work out in practice and also some things that I was eager to get done. Carol kind of pre-empted with the latter but I went ahead and took some images of the brochures we have been looking at for this year’s main holiday.
I wanted to enhance the brash colours and so saturated them and increased the contrast by using curves.

This image is not meant to be subtle and isn’t! But what it does portray I hope through the colours, is the eagerness with which we anticipate booking the holiday.





I set up a cafetiere with a packet of coffee behind it and took several images at different exposures and focus settings. I liked the almost sculptural feel of the curves on the coffee pot and the hazy reflections off the glass. I eventually, after testing a few times, decided on having the packet in focus and the cafetiere not. On processing I ran the finished image through Nik Analogue Efex, Wet Plate.

Nikon D800




A lens is a piece of transparent substance having two opposite surfaces that are both either curved or one curved and one plane.
In this image, I decided to substitute the normal lens for a crude form of the apparatus – a glass brick. I set up the camera in front of the brick and set it to timer. I focussed on the nearest plane of the brick to the camera and then stood around the other side and let it take my picture through the uneven surfaces and defracted light of the glass block.
I took a few images with this set up and was intrigued by the different effects and distortions that were available.

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