Here's a picture I took about 10 years ago with my first DSLR, a Nikon D50 - being a cyclist I like going to the usual cycle shows.
Also a member of the local photographic society and this will be an entry in the next monochrome competition - the original was in colour and just a grab shot. Hope the judge will be generous!
My previous biking image didn't do that well in the competition - 14 out of 20 max points - too much nit picking by the judge.
Anyway, today was a nice day after all the rain we had and my first cycle of the month, just 20k but I felt it!
The Chilterns always nice when the sun is out - my regular stopping place - straight out of the phone:
Gone a bit quite in the photo section ....
Anyway, I was looking at my small collection of cacti and succulent plants and only just noticed that my Lithops cluster is in flower again this year. Quite reliable for flowering one year even twice. Just on the iphone with a bit of auto treatment in PS Elements. I still need to put together a setup for black background, this was just a piece of thin card.
Winter is coming - time to break out my Afghan bunnets - more correctly Chitrali hats - most people associate them with the Afghan Muj - in the good old days - when they were fighting the Russians - a more practical hat - you will not find in my experience. I got my first one in Jalabad in the mid-nineties - and have never looked back. The top one in the picture - is of the very finest felted wool - nice. Shaved from the baw bags of mountain goats - Marco Polo sheep - actually - I just made that up. The lower one - is my everyday hat in cold weather. I recommend them to you - although - not perhaps - going through security at airports - you tend to get pulled - where is your destination sir? - paradise - Allah Akbar - get it up you - ya prick. . I.
I've rekindled my interest in photography, prompted by a successful strip and service of a couple of vintage lenses (although one has oil on the aperture blades now, which I'm reading up on) ... and a foray into macro, starting with reverse macro:
The original picture is not mine - it's an image on my computer screen, but the effect is to then photograph it and introduce dynamism to the image. I'm hoping to use this technique to work on some fencing photographs which are literally just pictures, taken at wide aperture and fast focus. They're static snaps and need some flow.
You could almost certainly do this in Lightroom or Photoshop, or something, but working with an actual camera to re-take the shot after the fact lens a certain randomness into the effect which clinical darkroom software would never be able to reproduce.
Needless to say, it felt a lot like pot-luck to start with but I think I'm starting to hone this as an actual skill.