Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Walks With My Dog - Tong Valley 23/05/2019

Tong Valley is a beautiful West Yorkshire rural countryside on the border of two cities, Leeds and Bradford, only about twenty minute drive from my home. I'm so excited at the prospect of exploring it and getting to know it better as it is a perfect place to take my little pooch for a marvellous walk as well as simply enjoy the beauty of nature.

That evening, on our usual quick bedtime outing, the sky was stunning the sun having set just minutes before.......

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Walks With My Dog - Gotts Park 17/05/2019

"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
~ Edwin Way Teale ~

Horse chestnut in bloom  

Gotts Park Mansion framed by blossoming hawthorn 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Walks With My Dog - Golden Acre Park 30/04/2019

"The year's at the spring,
The day's at the morn;
The morning's at seven;
The hillsides' dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snails' on the thorn,
Gods' in his heaven;
Alls' right with the world."

~ Robert Browning ~

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Walks With My Dog, Local 11/05/2019

It was a day of springtime showers that were more like persistent rain. All through the afternoon I gazed out of the windows watching the rain and hoping it would relent for just a bit, so Midge and I could have not too wet a walk. It wasn't to be, but on the second walk, in the evening, it did brighten up, and as we were returning home the sun was out and setting, casting a glorious light around us.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Springtime Reverie Still Life

Time for a seasonal still life. I cannot let any season pass without creating an image through which I express how I feel about the season and how I generally feel at the time of making the image. This is why still life work is very important to me, and why I continue pursuing it; no other genre of photography gives me quite the same amount of freedom of expression.
Classic still life image is what I usually go for, and this time there is no exception. However, there is something essentially new in my new creation: for a first time I have used only plants and flowers that I have picked myself. Since I started walking with my new puppy I have enjoyed foraging and bringing nature into my home. I decided to get rid of any artificial flowers and decorations and only use real ones. I also intend to learn how to preserve flowers etc for home decor as part of a new hobby.
For the image below I used bluebells picked in the local park, fallen pink rhododendron flowers from my front garden and for the jug, various shrub twigs that I cut on my walks with the dog. I really like the difference in impact the colourful twigs make compared to the more conventional use of flower stems.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Walks With My Dog - Gotts Park and Raynville Rd 29/04/2019

A rather atmospheric, misty and fresh morning; kept my eyes peeled for colourful spring growths and blossoms; enjoyed myself using a newly installed plant identifying app on my iPhone - PlantSnap... 

Douglas Maple 

Gotts Park Mansion, built by Benjamin Gott, one of the UK greatest 19th century industrialists. He filled the house with paintings, statues and books. I am still to find out about the interior of the house at present times.


Blueblossom peeking through a fence.
Azalea shrub with horse chestnut blossom in front 

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Walks With My Dog - Local 25/04/2019

It was a fresh, rather chilly early morning, but standing under the white blossom tree watching the beautiful light and pastel sunrise colours in the sky warmed my heart and put a smile on my face. It was a good start to the day! 

Monday, 6 May 2019

Midge, The Puppie's First Day on Brontë Moor

It was a special day for all of us; it is hard to say who enjoyed themselves more - the pooch himself or G and I watching our little baby exploring what is going to be his new home territory soon.

Midge in Brontë Chair with Brontë Bridge in the background :-D

I posted landscape photos and videos of the day here.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

A Spring Walk to Brontë Bridge and Top Withens, Haworth, Brontë Country

Last Thursday I was back in my beloved Haworth after more than two months of absence! What a joy it was! G and Midge, the puppy, were with me too, and it was a special day for Midge with it being for him the very first time in Haworth and on the moors. Little did he know this is going to be the ground he'll be walking every day soon, when we move here from Leeds. We walked from Cemetery road to Brontë Falls, and was more than enough for an 18 week old puppy; here I parted with the two of them; G and Midge walked back to the car park, and I carried on to Top Withens, the ruined farmstead the location of which is thought to be chosen by Emily Brontë for the location of the Earnshaw house in her "Wuthering Heights" novel. I shall post photos of Midge's first day in the Brontë Country in my next post, and in this one I am sharing some of the scenery images and videos I took on the day.
It was mainly a dry day with some light rain showers, but also plenty of sunny spells too, especially in the afternoon. The light and the skies were great: moody and dramatic; very fitting for the kind of place, which I was grateful for.
All photos and videos were shot on my iPhone. The videos are completely unedited, and I gave the photos a tiny tweak in Lightroom. The photos really didn't need editing...I must say I'm very happy about how my iPhone xs Max handles the contrast between highlights and shadow, white balance and the way it records detail in the sky.

I made a point of taking quite a few videos. It is something that does interest me, but I haven't done virtually any of it so far. I want to explore how sound and movement can add to the visual experience of an image. I would also like to try my hand at creating short movies from video clips and still images, and it is with this idea in mind that I worked with my iPhone camera today; I hope to use these photos and videos for practising movie making.

I couldn't possibly come to Haworth without visiting Brontë Parsonage, the home of the inspirational and brilliant literary sisters. As I'm lucky enough to be in a position to visit quite often I don't stay very long and concentrate on one room at a time. That way I always have something different to look at. I love taking photos inside the Parsonage, and each time I'm there I try to come up with a couple of photos I haven't taken before (and preferably not seen before either). 

The grandfather clock which Patrick Brontë wound every night around 9 o'clock on his way to bed.

The Apostles' cupboard which Charlotte Brontë saw in a house in Derbyshire, and which she describes in a scene in "Jane Eyre"

Detail from Branwell Brontë's room installation

Mourning bracelet made of Emily and Anne's hair worn by Charlotte after her sisters' death and tortoiseshell box with a plait of Anne Brontë's hair

After pottering around the Parsonage churchyard and the top of Main street I rounded off the day in a usual way - with a glass of wine and a light meal, this time at the Fleece, the pub which is popular with the locals. As I set off back to Leeds it suddenly got very dark and pouring rain set in. Just at the right moment thankfully, I thought. I don't mind a bit of rain, but torrential rain is hardly conducive to traipsing around the landscape and taking photos. I was so pleased I had a very good weather and a most enjoyable day.