Monday, 22 July 2013

Family Time

G and I just got back from a beautiful long weekend down south in Tonbridge, Kent, spent with my lovely in-laws. We had a most memorable time, our barbecue last night being just a small part of it. I thoroughly enjoyed a warm summer evening in the gorgeous garden and in the company of three people who mean so much to me.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Cockerel

One of the reasons I only take photos of scenes that do not involve motion is that I am very slow and deliberate at pressing the shutter speed. The composition and technical data in the viewfinder have to be just as I intended them to be and if I do not have time to check everything I simply do not take a picture. But recently I have decided to start photographing farm animals because they fit in well with my usual country and rural themes. I also see it as a little new challenge much needed from time to time. So off I went to the Goodall's ice cream farm in Tong village which I drive past every day on my way to and fro work. I loved watching the animals and taking the odd photo, but  it was only at the end of my visit that I finally found patience to stay long enough with an animal, well, a bird on this occasion, to produce some worthwhile shots. I watched and followed around this cockerel and his hen until he started crowing. And then he crowed a few times as if just for me!