Water Drops – First attempt at home

Today I got the CameraAxe out and used it for the first time. This was at attempt Water Drops. The below pictures were taken using water only. No thickener, nor milk (that was supposed to be the next test, but didn’t get to it. There were a few issues with the equipment to start with, but in the end things started getting sorted out. Take a look…


































Walking the Crane River – Part 1

Today was a walk and a half… It was part 1 of the Crane River walk, which started at Headstone Manor, and ended up in Hillingdon. Worked out close to 7 miles. Doesn’t sound that far, but we were walking along the banks of the river, and through the streets for a bit, then more banks and parkland, then marshland. We had it all. At Headstone Manor the river is actually called Yeading Brook. In fact even down to Hillingdon it was still called the Yeading Brook. Eventually it wil change its name to the Crane River, but not yet. There were more than 20 people showed up for this walk. Some of these pictures may end up on the London Wildlife Trust website, so keep your eyes over there to see if they do.





























St Albans

I had to go into the office to pick up some business cards, and have my ID Card photo done, so while I was there, I decided to take a little tour of the town, I guess city (as it has a cathedral). The weather was definitely changeable, one minute it was sun, then next rain. But I was able to get a couple of shots with blue skies. Basically, I didn’t take many photos of the city, as it was a flying visit, a better session will be done some other time. So, really it was grab a pasty to eat, and head to the cathedral, then to the office. Most of the pictures are around the cathedral. As I didn’t have a spare battery, the GPS was turned off, so sorry, guys, you’ll just have to look at google maps to see where it was. Next time I’ll take my proper camera rather than the P & S – which didn’t do badly with the pictures.






















Light Painting with the Chalfont Snappers

On Saturday evening you would have found me in Windsor, in the shadow of the Queen’s Windsor Castle. We found some arches under a railway that gave us the perfect location for some light painting, except for the light pollution from the car park. If it wasn’t for the car park lights, I think we would have had better light. This was the first Light Painting session I have run, but it went well. Some of the pictures weren’t as good as hoped. We had some issues with one of the orb tools, it kept cutting out (I am going to have to check the cabling for that one), but the others held out. This was the first time for some to LP, and I think everyone had a good time. There are some take-aways for me, to see what I can do with the LED Lenser V24. It’s the first time I have played with it, and like what it can do, although it seems that though it needs a very dark environment. With the car park lights the V24 seemed to lose its punch a bit. It was also raining most of the time. The weather didn’t spoil the fun. We were visited by the “boys in blue” three times. Not sure we can use that phrase any more, especially as one car had two policewomen in it. We were asked what were we doing, but once we explained things, everything seemed fine. I have learnt that you don’t need much wire wool when spinning it. The first one, I used too much, and the picture was very over exposed. So, you didn’t get to see that picture, as it was too over exposed. I will be back to that location in Windsor, as I also saw a Spitfire (it might have been a Hurricane) fighter plane, and the view from the river with the castle at night was really nice. On a clear night this would make some good photography. I’ll be back…