abstract Drink Food Photography Poetry


#Napowrimo #Photo #Cup #Coffee #tea

Fairies rising (Image by Inky)

What’s that coming out of my cup of chai ?

colorful things rise and fly

up and down and round about

following the trail of the steam spout

far into the air they fly and rise

like colourful luminous butterflies

captured by the camera’s eye

before out of the kitchen they do fly

Garden Insects Poetry Seasons Spring

Bumblebee Bokeh

Salford 27th February 2019

#Spring #Bumblebee #Photography

Bumblebee on a purple flower, taken with a bokeh lens, slightly out of focus so attention drawn to the bumblebee
The bumblebees are back!
bokeh shot of a bumblebee by inky

The message is out

It’s getting warmer out there

as stripy furry workers

head for the sticky sweet pollen

hidden in those colourful flowers

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Out of Focus

Salford 19th June 2017

in response to wordpress photo challenge Focus

Blurred Church

Here’s a Pic of A Greek Chapel, in Crete taken during a recent family holiday.

I played around with the depth of field in this shot – concentrating the focus on the chapel and the bench outside.

Being a chapel – I couldn’t take a shot of the inside.  So i concentrated on the area around it!

Camera used was my Trusty Digital Stills Camera from Sony, additional tweaks to the Depth of field was done using Adobe photoshop elements.

And for those who wanted to see the original pic of the chapel – here it is….



BASIC Home Music Photography

Musical mayhem and culinary capers

Brain and Spinal injury centre, Salford

17th march 2017

another fun session and close ups with objects with Basic Clicks.

continuing with the bokeh theme, we set up shots with various different objects, from spoons to a guitar.  The guitar worked nicely with last weeks shots, as we used a backdrop of musical notes again.  I liked the images I managed to create in the session.


Fretwork – (p) Brian F Kirkham March 2017


Imitation of an Album Cover (p) Brian F Kirkham March 2017


Spoon Spiral (p) Brian F Kirkham March 2017


Shadows (p) Brian F Kirkham March 2017


Shadowforks (p) Brian f Kirkham March 2017


Guitar Notes (p) Brian F Kirkham March 2017


After the session, I enjoyed a lovely steak and onion panini with a side salad in the centre café – “Food for thought”, washed down with a lovely cup of tea!








BASIC Colours Learning Memory Photography

Bokeh and Scotch Pancakes

Salford, 25th February 2017

I’m feeling rather happy today.

There’s a reason for this.  As people know, I’ve been participating in photography classes whilst I get back on my feet

The classes take place at the Brain & Spinal injury centre off Eccles New Road, close by to the Neurological wing at Salford Royal Hospital (Hope)

Subject of the day : One China Cup – Soon to be lit up

I used my Sony Cybershot in the session – and the class put together a series of shots which (I thought) would look good on the screen.

Teacup / Lights  Bf Kirkham

Some came out blurry, whilst some – didn’t come out at all

Snowflake lights – B.F Kirkham

I did this test shot, to make sure my camera was working with the lens filter.  I quite like it, as it looked like it was snowing indoors!

eventually though – the lights began to appear through the lens.  Having thrown the image off focus – the effect was finalised using a photoshop filter – glowing edges which created the colourfully lit bubbles rising from the teacup.

I was looking for rainbows today – and they appeared – thanks to a little bokeh magic.

I celebrated my achievement with a plate of scotch pancakes….but there will be more like this soon, so watch this space.

Lightlit Bubbles - Bokeh.jpg
Rainbow lights from a teacup – B.F Kirkham


Behind the Camera

Salford, 24th May 2016

Regular readers of my blog, will know i’ve been taking photography classes at the Brain and Spinal injury centre in Salford , Manchester (UK)

Over the past few months i’ve learned a number of techniques – from setting up still life images with a number of objects, to Garden and Landscape photography

I’ve even worked on Close up and Abstract photography in a number of places using my three cameras….I’m particularly proud of my lighting effects from a coffee cup

Lights from a coffee cup (BASIC, 2015) Brian F Kirkham.

I particularly like taking Landscape shots, as i don’t see the greenery much living close to Manchester City Centre (Unless i go on an excursion)






“Everybody dance into the light”….Dance into the light – P.Collins, 1996.

A Mug of something magical – normally my mug of hot cocoa from whittards!!!

Teacup with lights (created by B.F Kirkham)

(Photograph : Brian F Kirkham)

It’s said that a black hole swallows up every last bit of light around it.

The same can be said for a Bokeh effect Lens

We’ve been making these Lenses from Black Paper / Card in our photography sessions at BASIC in Salford.  The Image is concentrated on the amount of light going through the lens, producing some rather delightful effects.  The shape of the lights is changed by the lens, and due to the light source being thrown out of focus, you can make the simplest of lights turn to teardrops, butterflies or even stars depending on how far away you are from your backdrop.

Looking at the picture it looks like the lights are ‘dancing’ around the coffee cup.

And the key to getting these effects, darkening the surroundings of the subject so the light is concentrated through the shaped lens on the camera.

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Playing with Bokeh

Salford, 23rd March 2016

I’ve been busy in BASICs photography class today – practising the art of Bokeh.

Bokeh’s where you throw your light source out of focus on your camera to create an effect.


A Coffee Cup of Stars – Created in BASICs Photography Session

This picture was taken with my Samsung WB-250F.

In order to achieve the effect there had to be adequate distance between myself, the coffee cup and the “Stars” which were hung carefully from a backdrop to look like they were leaving the coffee cup.  It was achieved by creating a makeshift filter for the Samsung camera lens, which concentrated the light on the lights and the coffee cup