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Friday, 12 April 2013

April Showers.

April Showers.



At least something is normal with our weather in the UK now, we've got April showers big time.

I love looking out from the cover of our veranda when the sky is dark, the rain is falling and the sun is shining through our wonderful flower laden bush in Springtime. Some people don't like the rain, but I love it, always have. I remember as a boy skipping along in a really heavy shower in Scotland, getting soaking wet and yet I felt real joy in my heart. Of course when I arrived home I got told off for not wearing a coat.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Night Shard

The Night Shard.


It was like taking a step into the unknown when I visited London at night, so much changes here all the time. Getting to my location was no easy thing either, the way they keep modifying the traffic routes, it almost got me into trouble with the LAW. Where once I could go happily down a street, now, at the end, there was a barricade to stop vehicles going through a bridge. It would have been difficult to reverse and turn around, but fortunately there was no one around, and I could see that my car could just squeeze through the gap in the barrier. Phew...

However, when I eventually wandered onto Tower Bridge the scene before me immediately grabbed my attention and said, "You need to capture me". This I proceeded to do and a few more of my originally intended scene. However, when I got home and looked at the results I was not too happy with what I'd got. Just looked so bland and ordinary. So left it alone, as I sometimes do, rather than deleting them.

Then a couple of weeks later I returned to the file of photos and prayed for inspiration; "what can I do with you I thought?" I knew there was something there. So in Adobe Lightroom I began playing with the settings and low and behold the image you see below. I'll also include the original just so you can see what I've done to it.

It's amazing how a few days apart from your work can give you breathing space and a little inspiration to be creative.

What does the Shard do for the London Skyline?

I was wondering if anyone likes or dislikes the Shard?
Personally, I think it's wonderful. It does tend to dominate, but I don't think it's a blot on the London landscape as some people imagine. I remember when the Gherkin was first unveiled and the City Hall with it's weird off centre shape, but now both of them just seem to be a natural aspect of city architecture. In fact the Gherkin is being dwarfed by other huge box-like buildings that I'm not that keen on. The Walkie Talkie (pictures soon) is a weird building that dominates all around  it in an obtrusive way, I'll try and show you what I mean with pictures soon..

Back to the Shard::::

Lightroom Adjusted Image:



Original Image:

If you look closely at the original you'll notice quite a few differences to the final image. For instance, there are quite a few dust spots (must get my sensor cleaned again), must have been changing lenses in a dusty room. 

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Just got back from Plymouth

I'm Back Posting Photos Soon.
Just thought I'd let you all know that I'm back again from my travels. We've been down to the Westcountry: Plymouth and Devon. Attended my son Joe's wedding. He's now married to a beautiful bride Laura. Will be posting photos soon.


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Lighthouse Collage

Lighthouse Collage.

Remember you can see these images much larger by clicking on them.



Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, Devon.

Returning to one of my favourite subjects today: Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse. It's located on Plymouth Hoe and is an iconic landmark of the City. Today I was playing around with Photoshop and wanted to see what could be done to show the Lighthous off in a unique way. Hope you like this one.

We've got a wedding this weekend in Plymouth and I'll be staying in a hotel close to Plymouth Hoe, so I'll get a couple of days to capture the early morning light. I'm praying for great weather, but you never know in the UK. Must go now and get all my camera gear ready and batteries charged, cards formatted and tripod cleaned. Oh and I must not forget my polarising filter too. Pray for safe travel on the roads, I'm driving down from London with my daughter and grandchildren... Fun and JOY. For the Wedding, we'll be wearing kilts again, and no jokes about what does a Scotsman wear under his kilt? I'll be keep that well under wraps in this cold weather. 

Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse Collage.

To make this image I used a template with blank black boxes and frames.



Smeaton's Tower Original.

Rather than taking in the whole lighthouse, for this shot I focused in on the details. Notice the date the tower was constructed. 


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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

April Fool Oak Tree

April Fool Oak Tree.




Yesterday, it was sunny, but ohhhhh soooo cold. Though this picture looks warm, the sun was shining, but there was a bitterly cold east wind here in London. Our oak tree in the garden isn't even showing any sign of buds yet. Keeping them ready for the warmer weather. That wise old Oak is no April fool :-)

April Fool Oak Tree



Good Friday

Good Friday Walk of Witness.

29th March 2013.



On Good Friday Christians from all over West Norwood in London gathered at Tulse Hill railway station at 11.45am. It was bright and sunny, but an unusually  cold day so late in March. As the small band gathered, they shivered, greeted one another and prayed and then began singing songs and hymns of praise. The mood was not sombre as you'd expect, but full of joy and happiness. Why were they so happy singing about the death of the Lord Jesus? I asked one man and he said, "It's because Jesus died so that we could be forgiven and set free from sin, satan and death. Praise the Lord!"

More and more people gathered, then, led by the Cross carriers, they slowly made their way along West Norwood Road, stopping every now and then to let the group stragglers catch up. As they processed more and more people joined in the throng and just began singing along with the others. They stopped outside the Salvation Army Chapel and were joined by the Captain who let a short prayer and they all sang together again, their excitement and joy seemed infectious. Next it was up York Hill to All Nations Church where the Pastor was blessed and the church prayed for and again more singing and praise.

As they slowly processed together in the sunshine, I couldn't help but marvel at the diversity in this group; black, white, brown, African, Jamaican, Indian, English, Scottish. There were rich and poor people all walking together and so happy. They ended up in St Luke's Church gardens and gathered in a circle around the cross, prayed for Christians all over the world, prayed for the Nation, the City of London and West Norwood. Then such a moving song of Joy about Jesus dying upon the Cross. Finally they were all invited inside for something warm to drink and Hot Cross Buns to eat together. It definitely was a witness of their faith and trust in their Saviour and Lord, but it also demonstrated so clearly that there is real and genuine love between these people from many different congregations who follow their Jesus Christ: There's a power here!












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