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Summer on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal:



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This is another of my favourite modes of transport. Time to relax and take things at a slower pace. Great photo Martin.

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Thanks Dave.

This evening's walk around Hartlebury. First signs of autumn colours, although it seems very early in the year for them.

After the recent horsey discussion, I liked this:



It breaks the composition rules, the horses should be facing into the picture, not out of it. But the sunshine was very fleeting, so I had no choice.

I liked this too:



But I'm not sure if anyone else will. Often when I show my pictures to others the response is "what did you take that for?" :)

Fortunately the car driver had the sense to park in almost exactly the right position, and facing outwards. 6ft further to the left of the picture would have been even better, but you can't have everything. I sometimes try photoshopping such things, but it rarely works convincingly. Any more cars would have spoilt the whole thing. 

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Sunrise 13 years ago yesterday!



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That is a great photo. I love the way that you have caught the horses in the mist with the foliage giving a sense of depth and perspective.

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A lower viewpoint would have been better. I have far too many photos taken from 5ft-6in  above the ground.

A lower viewpoint today, and I'm happy to confirm that the snow has now melted:



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There are thousands of pictures showing this view of Worcester Cathedral, taken from that side of the bridge.

But not so many looking across the bridge to include the city coat of arms on the parapet. Yesterday I found out why. With 4 lanes of traffic and a constant stream of pedestrians between me and this shot, I was standing there for a good 10 minutes before I could get this: 



Here is the Google view: https://goo.gl/maps/pZFAv3FesSo

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What a great playground they had - summer school holidays 1969, in the sunshine. :)

See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088q1ml/iolos-great-welsh-parks-series-3-3-padarn-country-park


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Evening sunshine yesterday:



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A couple from today's walk:








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Just curious Martin - that last photo of the gate - it does not seem to have a purpose and the gate looks in pretty good condition.
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John Durbetaki wrote: Just curious Martin - that last photo of the gate - it does not seem to have a purpose and the gate looks in pretty good condition.John,
Gates are often put in first and the fence ( or wall ) is then built up to it. The gate appears to be new, it hasn't got all it's hardware in place yet.

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HI Martin,

I'll bite. What are you giving up on?

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John Durbetaki wrote: Just curious Martin - that last photo of the gate - it does not seem to have a purpose and the gate looks in pretty good condition.Hi John,

Those mysterious gates are quite common along public rights of way on access land. When livestock is on the land, electric fence wires are attached to them. You can see the next post in the picture.

No marks for whoever made those gate posts -- they should have an angled top. With flat tops, rainwater will lie on them, enter the end-grain of the wood, and they will rot.


Rob Manchester wrote:The gate appears to be new, it hasn't got all it's hardware in place yet.It's been there for a few years now Rob, along with several others on the site. The gate latch has gone missing -- either needed elsewhere, or maybe stolen. The gate was swinging open when I arrived. Judging by the long grass around it, it hasn't been used recently.


Matt M. wrote: I'll bite. What are you giving up on?Taking pictures -- when I saw that one come up on the Radio Paradise slide show. I'm not going to match that, am I? :(

Mike (the RP picture editor) now has over 50,000 pictures in his database including about 200 of mine. He accepts about 50% of the ones I submit. Some of mine do come up quite often on the slide show -- I noticed this one was on tonight:



It's pleasing to see your pictures being shown to the world. To submit your own, go to:

 https://www.radioparadise.com/image_upload.php

RP is a non-profit radio channel, with no irritating advertising between the music. They rely entirely on listener donations. Here's the music/slideshow link:

 https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2s.php

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Thanks Martin,

I'll have a look and listen.

There are less salubrious parts of Slovenia that can be photographed.
I don't think Lake Bled is a fair example of the average.

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We took our trailer (caravan) to Canada this week. View from the campsite about 20 miles North of Lake Louise. It was a bit chilly too :)



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Martin Wynne wrote: OK, I give up:



Linked from http://radioparadise.com

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madscientist wrote:is that real or photoshopped Real I think. Looks like Lake Bled.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Bled

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I cheated a bit. This is the view in wide-angle. I was playing with the zoom on our Nikon B700.




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Chirk, 1997:




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Stands the church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?





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Charles Orr wrote: Honey's off dearI wonder how many on this forum are old enough to know where that came from. :D

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Jim Guthrie wrote: Charles Orr wrote: Honey's off dearI wonder how many on this forum are old enough to know where that came from. :DWatch to the end:



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This is the version I remembered.
I certainly owned this vinyl LP.




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Worcester Cathedral again:




Bewdley, SVR:



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The sort of thing I used to get up to, all year round. No mobile phones or playstations in those days.
No health and safety either. :-)

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What a great playground they had - summer school holidays 1969, in the sunshine. :)

See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088q1ml/iolos-great-welsh-parks-series-3-3-padarn-country-park



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interesting , GWR signals , I always thought they favoured having the balance weighs down the main pole but clearly not here
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Given up on the Companion for tonight. Found these:















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Excellent pics. Were these film or digital?

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Nigel Brown wrote: Excellent pics. Were these film or digital?Thanks Nigel.

Menai Bridge 2004 and Bewdley 2015 are digital.

The harbour picture (Cemaes 2001) is film.

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This is on the approach to Galena Summit (8,700 feet) last week. Fortunately the weather was great but it can turn really nasty up there PDQ, at any time of year. That's the Sawtooth mountain range to the West.



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Martin Wynne wrote: Jim Guthrie wrote: Charles Orr wrote: Honey's off dearI wonder how many on this forum are old enough to know where that came from. :DWatch to the end:

:)

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Balham University of Mathematics - always at the bottom of the academic ratings :roll: but at least the park is nearly half an acre.....

Good to see Robbie Coltrane gets around a bit in the film.

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Walking around Abberley yesterday.

Green lane with boat:










(Abberley was always the first entry in the AA Book -- for those who can remember an AA Book. :))

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I can remember the AA patrolmen saluting you as you drove past an the black and yellow AA boxes. In the ealier days of motoring you often had to rely on a patrolcar spotting a broken down car and stopping to assist. They used a lot of motorbikes for patrol duties as they were cheaper to buy/maintain and could navigate through traffic easier. I read somewhere that they got 90% of breakdowns going again at the roadside - no engine management faults as such like back then:)

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A couple more in the colour reference for modelling category.



And full-size from the camera:






There's something strange about the resampling in that one. It looks ok at full-size:



(X100F 1/340th at f/5.6  ISO 200)

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Up at Cornbrook this afternoon I had my woolly hat with me, but I didn't think I would need my gloves. I was wrong.




60 years ago at school I was forced to play this game against my will, and hated it. From the amount of noise they were making, this lot in Tenbury Wells today seemed to be enjoying themselves:



With a bit of Googling I could tell you who was playing whom, and who won. Over to you. :)

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Tenbury against Stourport, The home XV is in black. The website isn't updated with the result, must still be in the pub:) You wouldn't have needed the gloves if you had been playing today :D

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Rob Manchester wrote: Tenbury against Stourport, The home XV is in black. The website isn't updated with the result, must still be in the pub :) You wouldn't have needed the gloves if you had been playing today :DThanks Rob. I will give them a ring on Monday and offer my services. :)

It's 12 months now since I acquired the X100F and I'm really pleased with it. It took me a while to grow into it -- at first I wondered what I had let myself in for and whether the difference in my photos would ever justify the cost and complexity of the X100F. Now I don't really care about that, I just enjoy using the camera so much. It has rekindled my interest in photography back to the days of using the Konica rangefinder in the 70s. I don't know now why I ever got a heavy SLR with all the extra stuff in a cumbersome bag.

I thought perhaps I should update the lens cap deliberations, for any other X100F users out there. :)

I found that a Lidl jam pot lid clipped over a collapsed 49mm rubber lens hood wasn't always as secure as it might be. A couple of times it has got knocked off while I have been clambering over a stile, exposing the lens to risk of damage and more seriously falling in the mud. A muddy lens cap is not a good thing to put on a lens, so I have been carrying spare lids. Also its size does rather get in the way if you want to slip the camera into a jacket pocket:



Observant readers will note that I changed from Marmalade to Blackcurrant Jam. :)

However, I recently found that with the replacement 49mm filter/hood ring and a 49-55mm adaptor ring in place, the lens barrel is extended sufficiently to shield the lens from flare in most situations. Which is great news, because my old Konica 55mm lens cap is a nice snug fit over the 55mm adaptor ring, and the camera fits in my pocket easily:



It's very pleasing to be still using and have with me a bit of the old Konica when I'm out and about. Every time I put it on the lens the 40+ year gap falls away and I'm back in the hills with the Konica. How daft is that? :)

But there is more. I don't want to be fiddling with adaptor rings in the middle of a field, so I now needed a 55mm lens hood instead of the 49mm one. Cue several 55mm lens hoods from Konica and Canon days. One of which is a rubber hood which had a bad split between the collapsible part and the outer ring. So I removed the outer ring entirely and found that it still collapses just fine. What's more, a lid from Haywards Piccalilli is then a perfect push fit over it, and clips on much more firmly than the Lidl lids. It's also smaller:





I can use both these caps easily wearing gloves, which is not the case with the fiddly clip-in type of lens caps.

p.s. the 49mm filter/hood ring fits the camera either way round. If you never* intend to use the clip-on lens hood, it's a good idea to reverse the ring. It is then much easier to grip 49mm filters or the 49-55mm adaptor when you need to remove them.

Also, with the filter/hood ring reversed, the original X100F metal/felt lens cap fits over it very nicely (much better than onto the focus control ring as intended as supplied -- which is where I came in).

*The clip-on lens hood doesn't allow a fit-over lens cap, the only option is to fiddle about inside it with a clip-in type of lens cap. Which for me makes it pretty useless for outdoor conditions, even without gloves.

(Another disadvantage with the usual fiddly clip-in lens caps is that they engage the filter thread. If the cap has got a bit grubby with handling or in your pocket, you are potentially injecting dirt into the fine thread every time you use it.)

Should I be posting this stuff on a serious photography forum somewhere? :)

cheers,

Martin.

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