Up

Looking for a new direction in some of my familiar locations and the only way is up. These are three drone shots from sunset in Dunorlan.

I’m still getting used to the camera which is much lower quality than I use for my normal pictures, but I’ll get there!

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Can you stalk a Church?

_DSC4048-copyIn 2016 during Open House Day I shot around the churches of Tunbridge Wells with ridiculous speed, but somehow managed to miss St Mark’s.

This frustrated the collector in me and so during the last year I must have tried to get in about ten times. I’ve essentially stalked the church, popping over when I have been close by, trying to find surprising times when it might have been open, but never doing anything as logical as actually looking on line to check when I could get in.

Of course, none of this worked and so I had to wait until this year’s open house day to see it.

It was worth it- a really graceful church with tasteful, restrained decoration combined with a wonderfully over the top carpet.

I just wish it was open more often.

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Alien on the common!

I posted some infrared shots from Dunorlan last week and now I am back again with the same, strange alien looking shots from the common yesterday.

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An infrared camera for me works best with the pictures converted to black and white with strong contrast and the bizarre white of the infrared glow from anything living screaming loudly.

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I am only just learning to do this properly after about ten years of trying- some of these I love- others are a bit too OTT, but that is what it is often like when I am in an experimental stage.

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I’ll calm down soon.

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Alien Experiments in Dunorlan

Sometimes, if the weather is nice, I head out to Dunorlan determined to take the most beautiful conventional shots I can, but on a cloudy day like today, I am just as likely to go freaky with a comedy camera or, as today, two.

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The black and white shots today are with an infrared camera- this sees the light which is invisible to us and misses what we see. It works even better in harsh sunlight, but I thought it worth a try.

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The psychedelic colour pictures are with a lens that I have modded myself- turning around one of the bits of glass at the back of the lens to stop it from focusing properly and to bring out its inner Monet. Although probably without his taste!

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I’m not sure yet whether these have worked- I’ll probably look at them in horror in a few months, but for now, here they are.

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Dappled Things

Photographing in woods is a bit of a nightmare- one of the things that makes them so attractive is the dappled light which is horribly difficult to capture because of the limited range of a camera- you either end up with the shots being too dark or the light being all burnt out.

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I’ve done my best to strike a balance with these in some familiar favourite places on the common.

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…And then out into the open to look at some flowers:

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… then finally a flowerbed in town:

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