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Spy Shot

The place I call Home sits at the bottom of a shallow valley. So if I want to go for a nice walk in the countryside I first have to walk up hill. The same goes for cycling – which is bloody hard work. It is the reason why I bought a motorcycle. But that’s by-the-by. Recently, as I sauntered casually along a narrow path, with my dogs, at the upper edge of the hill, I chanced to notice that (from a very restricted angle) it was just possible to discern my abode from those huddled around it. So, whipping out my X50 zoom Sony, I ‘zoomed’ in on it…

Oh dear, thought I. Any ideas of nude sunbathing next Summer will have to be put on perminent hold. With a really long lens someone will be able to see my willy!

Photography: Different Day = Whole Different Look

Because I have a tendency to re-walk familiar ground, I’ve noticed subtle (and not-so-subtle) changes in my environment. We all do it; but some of us do it a lot more than others. I’m one of the latter. In fact I do it so much that sometimes I’ve been known to photograph the same bloody thing two or three times. Not at the same time, you understand: but over a period of time. You know, back in 2012, when I first arrived here in the English countryside, I actually went back to the same spot once a month for a whole year. It looked an awful lot like this…

That’s the July shot, by the way. Then some bastard went and cut the tree down! But I digress. Sometimes it can be quite interesting to compare photos of the same subject taken at different times or under different lighting situations. Like this bunch of holly berries…

Nice, aren’t they? But look what the passage of a couple of days did to the same scene…

Yes, bloody horrible, isn’t it? Imagine,then, what two weeks might do. Regard this pleasing autumnal sunshine…

Now regard the same scene after two weeks of miserable November rain has been at it…

I read, somewhere, that a good photographer should be able to shoot good pictures in any conditions – even when it’s pissing with rain. In fact it was recommended. Guess I’m not a good photographer: my wet-weather shots just keep coming out drab. And drab is like cars painted silver: boring. Still, it hasn’t been a total waste of time. Remember that post I did recently, titled The Wisdom of Tooty: Motorcycling Makes Your Eyes Better? Well, just the other day I went on one of my wet-weather photo jaunts. As usual I was rushing, despite a total lack of time constraint, when half way through it, as the rain fell in cascades and the wind blew up my metaphorical kilt, I realised that I’d forgotten my specs. And, wouldn’t you know it, I’d been snapping away merrily – altering the light balance and all that technical stuff – and I didn’t even notice! I could actually see the tiny on-screen icons. Yippie! So, not only does motorcycling make your eyes better; but it makes taking pictures in the rain easier too. Look, just to prove it – here I am standing serene and majestic after negotiating some nasty slippery roots…

P.S Despite the rain and the umbrella, I neither danced nor sang whilst doing so. I may have broken wind though. That’s quite possible.