Wednesday 20 October 2010

Bullrushes - # 87/10

Ham Common Pond - Autumn.

Tuesday 19 October 2010

The Mandarins are back - # 86/10

We are still lurking around Ham Common Pond, because it's close and very attractive at this time.  This pair of Mandarins recently appeared.  A pair (most likely the same pair) have appeared for about three years running, but never stayed to make a nest. They obviously like the area but something isn't "just right".

See how the male is so magnificent and the female is relatively hard to see and so dull and well camoflaged.

I did not have a telephoto lens mounted, so the quality is a bit scratchy. I've cropped this and heavilly enlarged the fragment using Genuine Fractals.  The original was taken at 70mm (35mm equivalent) at f6.3 ISO800 1/30th sec on an Olympus 14-35mm f2.0.

Sunday 17 October 2010

Four trees with two figures - # 85/10

These days I'm forced to find "a good photo" in the near vicinity and work with what's available when I'm available. That makes you look harder and try to see things in a certain way, or style.

So, everything here is as carefully crafted as I could make it: the perspective, the grouping, the tones, the scene, the shadows, the exposure etc.  But to begin with I saw it and thought "That looks nice. I wonder what I can do with it".  For you it might not work, but for me it's approaching the quality of what I call a "gut wrenching" B&W.  It's not quite there, but near enough and it's all I've got time for at the moment.

Thursday 14 October 2010

After school - # 84/10

Relaxing on the way home from school, enjoying the last superb days of October before November comes.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Catching the sun - # 83/10

The pumpkin sucks in the last rays of energy as the Autumn sun warms the skin.

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Emerging green - # 82/10

Softly defocused, the impression is enhanced.  Holly will become green for Christmas, but now its going through delicate ivory, gorgeous pink and deep green stages.

Monday 11 October 2010

The other side of the wall - # 81/10

Step through the gate and you move from yesterday's east facing B&W image of shadows to the west side of the wall, moving from the formal garden of Ham House to the delightful and fully used Kitchen Garden, where vegetables for the restaurant are grown.

Sunday 10 October 2010

Shadow play - # 80/10

Late Autumn sunshine, fallen chestnuts, old walls, gravel avenues and ancient trees.

Friday 8 October 2010

Two more Sultans - # 79/10

Let's enjoy another close crop of some more musicians in the Great River Race 2010 band - this time as a high(ish) key B&W. I've just cropped it out of the large photo of the whole band and converted it to B&W.  In this crop I'm also looking with some amazement at the sound system and the number of microphones and where they are.

Thursday 7 October 2010

Sultans of Swing - # 78/10

Do you remember the Dire Straits song about the pro-am band The Sultans of Swing and the line ".....he's alright, he's got a daytime job."?

Here's an extreme close-up crop, homed-in on two of the excellent jazz/swing musicians playing at the landing of the Great River Race.  They were good, and swinging along well. But look at the concentration.

Wednesday 6 October 2010

First sight of Autumn 4 - # 77/10

A couple of years ago the The Arcadia Project within the Thames Landscape Strategy restored the 17th C Great South Avenue leading from Ham Common up to Ham House. The House lies at the very, very extreme end of the photo, about a mile (maybe less; but almost) away.

The young replacement saplings have suddenly turned brown, from one day to the next.

As you can see, RuT is, for a while at least, returning to basics, and simple things.  This is still the best I can do under the cirumstances. The more exotic images I was once striving to achieve will have to wait until the consequences of the fall on the ice last December, have totally cleared up.

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Seasonal bouquet - # 76/10

Chrysanthemums: one of my favourites.

Sunday 3 October 2010

First sight of Autumn 3 - # 75/10

The heavy rains of a wet Summer have eroded the bank leaving interesting root patterns. Man must now work hard to repair the damage Nature has done.

Saturday 2 October 2010

Nicer than yesterday's - # 74/10

On reflection, this is the one I should have chosen yesterday.  Same impressions, but a better expression?

Friday 1 October 2010

First sight of Autumn 2 - # 73/10

Walking across Ham Common I was attracted to the appearance of the water under the willows, the reflections, the shadows and the knarly exposed roots on the eroded bank. The willow leaves have not yet turned brown.  The green reflection in the water was startling. The camera has captured it quite well.