Been an age since I posted anything – so here’s something totally different. Some artwork. I’ve always enjoyed looking at art and so recently have started working my way through Bert Dodson’s Key’s to Drawing book in an effort to be able to do some myself.

What a marvellous and amazing book this is. You really don’t want to see my output from Chapters One and Two, but I’m now getting towards the end of Chapter Three – the chapter on measuring, finding the midpoint, vertical and horizontal lines, looking for relationships between shapes and points and all that great stuff, and suddenly I’m starting to come up with a few things that I’m not too unhappy with.

In parallel to the Dodson book I’ve also been working through a few watercolour lessons that Stan Miller has on YouTube. It’s early days, but I have tried to combine the two – i.e. using the exercises from Dodson’s book as the basis for a few of Stan Miller’s exercises.

Anyway, all great fun. Following Dodson’s order of exercises I started with some straight on heads, then some profiles, then three quarter views, and now I’m just getting to a few of the odd-angle / foreshortened views.

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x100s Goes to Eastnor

Was lucky enough to do a rock’n’roll gig at Eastnor castle last weekend. I took the little Fuji x100s along to grab a coupe before we started:

The load-in part 1

The load-in part 2:

Pre-gig sandwich room:

The Castle

The Castle Again:

The Set-Up:




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Photo-Walk Around Manchester

It was a rainy few days, but I took the x100s (interiors) and the D7100 (exteriors) for a wander around Manchester. I took in the Rochdale Canal, Castlefields, the Central Library, the John Rylands library, the Cathedral, the Art Gallery, the Science and Industrial museum, and various streets. Didn’t take photos in all those places – the museum and art gallery I simply enjoyed as a non-photographing tourist. Both were great. Anyway, here are a few of the snaps.




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Bike Ride…

A few images from yesterday’s bike ride around England and Wales. All taken on the tiny Lumix GM1.

Set off from Gloucester as the sun rose:

Here you can see Gloucester Cathedral if you look closely:

The River Severn:

Tea break at The Old Station, Tintern:

The old bridge at Tintern:

On the old bridge – a tad rickety!

Obligatory bike shot to prove I was there:

Tintern Abbey:

Heading back into England:

Severn Bridge:

Arty Severn Bridge & the muddy waters of the Severn:

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A Plant…


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Went for a wander down by the river with the express purpose of trying to capture some birds in flight using the Nikon’s continuous focus thingamajig. It was quite successful inasmuch as the camera (D7100) did indeed lock onto birds in flight. But there were no photographs of note. It was just practicing.

That said, I did end up with a nice little series that I call “Simplicity”:



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A Few Days in Dublin

Had a quick trip across the water and a wander around Dublin’s fair city with the D7100 and a 35mm lens in hand. A marvellous time was had by all 🙂

River Liffey

Grand Canal Basin

Jameson Irish Whisky!

The Long Room # 1

The Long Room # 2

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol # 2

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