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Art Gallery Arts Canalside History Media Museum Photography Studios Theatre Waterside

Out with the Samsung

Shots of the Mediacity & Quayside taken on a Walkabout of the Quays in Salford.  Camera used was my Samsung WB-250…the one I use as a backup for Panoramic Shots.

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IWM North
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Media City – BBC Salford
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IWM North
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The Lowry
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IWM North from Bridge House and Pier 6
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Bridge House, BBC Salford Mediacity UK
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Mediacity UK Studios, Salford
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Dock House, Media City UK
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The Lowry
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Panoramic from Mediacity
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Panoramic of Mediacity
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Second Panoramic of Mediacity
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Lowry & IWM North
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Mediacity & IWM North
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Digital World Centre & Lowry
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Erie Basin View
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Detroit Bridge
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Anchorage
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Photography

Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ready, Set, Done.”

I’ve heard it said , that camera’s capture a moment.

Whether it be analogue or Digital – the Image is kept on media

but in order to catch that moment…you have to be there

The film has to be fresh – or card clean – so the pictures can be captured on them…the timer has to be set just so and of course the lens settings have to be the way you want them.

Then, there’s location – do you really want that tree sticking out of your Uncle’s head ?  Reflections are everywhere and sunspots dont half look daft on a supposed “Perfect Shot”

You can spend hours waiting…while you wait for the shot to arrive.

And then – regardless of conditions, times, subject –

Its time to take the shot – and light hits film or sensor.

And that moment in history is captured.

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Learning Photography

Photography @ BASIC Ed2

With my new camera acquired the other day , I took it along to BASICs Camera class where we had a session of picture taking out in BASICs Garden – “The Enchanted Garden”

The Aim was to find some abstract art in and around the garden – whether it be in the plants, the trees, the flowers or even in the buildings that made up the garden

My favourite pic this session?  The Path of Leaves!

Really enjoyed this session as I get to grips with my new camera.

No Session next week – but i’ll still be busy – as I look for five things to capture

Something Red, A Portrait, Water, A Reflection, and an Old Building

and as a bonus challenge – I’ve got to do a compilation of all five items

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Animals Summer

One word photo challenge : Summer

The Ducks of Oledeniz - taking cover from the sun
The Ducks of Oledeniz – taking cover from the sun
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Autumn Poetry Seasons

Autumn Leaves

The squirrels are a scurrying
amongst the fallen leaves
searching out the conkers
hiding in the trees eaves

Carpet, multi coloured
paints a walker a scene
an autumnal view, that carries a few
colours, of red, gold, brown, green

And as bird watcher goes a twitching,
the animals go have some lunch
As the watcher goes round, he cant help but make a sound
as the leaves underneath him go crunch

But lets give our thanks to the Autumn,
who’s colours are warm and so bright,
as Winter arrives, the frost and snow thrives
turning the leaves on th’floor white

A piece inspired by the picture, taken on an autumn morning in Ordsall Park , Salford

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Photography

My Latest Purchase

Yesterday, I finally went and did it.  Readers of this blog and my twitter feed will know about my palpitations I experienced when I walked into Jessops photo store in Manchester’s City Centre recently –

Well I decided to bite the bullet on Friday Night and purchase a camera worthy of my fellows in the camera class.  Thing is, I didn’t go unprepared – as i’d done some serious trawling of the websites before setting off towards White City in Old Trafford – the home of my nearest Curry’s Superstore.

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My Samsung has served me well this past twelve months – and I’ll still be using it on holidays and the like

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My New Sony Camera has a greater range of zoom and a much better lens.

I purchased the Sony having used many of the functions on my mobile phone, and having used it for the first few hours after purchase – I cant fault it – its best feature is its panoramic mode.

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BASIC Food Photography Water

Photography Class @ BASIC, Salford

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Another Day in BASICs Photography Class – and today we’ve been doing a spot of Motion Photography.  It basically revolved about slowing down the speed of the shot to capture the movement in the picture.  The cameras were kept steady using a tripod or a flat surface and the shutter speed was brought up to a fast speed in order to capture the action of the water entering the glass and the bubbles it created.

It was a really enjoyable session as all the group worked as a team to achieve some brilliant photography

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The motion photography is part of a ‘food’ theme we’ve got running throughout our lessons – we hope that some of the pics will be used to decorate BASICs Café – Food for Thought.

 

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BASIC Nature Photography Poetry

Rock to Sand

 

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Seaside scene created at BASIC in Salford, photo by inkdrop

 

mother nature’s art
created on our island
for everyone’s eye

the rough sands of time
eat slowly away at rock
carving a coastline

aided by the wind
and the foam sea in the west
the sand carves the cliffs

fallen rock is smoothed
by the foam of the sea
and pebbles shimmer

little tiny rocks
gather with the seashells
to create soft sand

and in a moment
time passes as shore grows
as sand in timer moves

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Photography

Lessons with a Lightbox

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On Wednesday, I took part in BASICs Photography Class, where we learned about creating still life’s using some basic items and a light box, which we were also shown how to make

Using Fruits and leaves, provided by our marvellous tutor, Maggie – I managed to create some great patterns –  The fruit board and the pic of the two leaves were created using a table lamp as the light source and worked just as well.

Funny thing is – I did these shots on my Xperia Mobile Phone.  Happy the way they turned out , I particularly liked the fruit board I set up!

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IWM North Museum Museums Photography Places Poetry Transport War

The Little White Car

The East German alternative to the VW
The East German alternative to the VW Post WW2 – The Trebant

The little white car,
sits in th’ museum with pride
sitting on a plinth, sat up tall
The car built on the other side of the wall

The Red brigade closed VW down
In East Germany, the owners just sat and frowned,
As the little white car rolled in to town

You had to be creative with a shortage of steel,
but East German workers, would go without meals
as they waited in line, for a vehicle to drive
The Trebant was something, for people to strive.

And as for this car – design you couldn’t knock
the car that was made for the Soviet Bloc.
From Poland to Slovakia they all gave their aid,
in order for the little white car to make th’grade.

As a bit of a Kit – Car, it had fits and starts…
but a positive came from its changeable parts
An engine from Lada, Exhaust – FSO
Just add in some sparkplugs – away you would go

And those with VWs on the west side of th’wall,
would laugh at the little white car most of all.
As a symbol of communism – there in the east,
the little white car – was a toothless beast.

But each owner of one, would sing and rejoice
even if car, was not one of their choice.
as car raised their status – each one raised a voice,
Their little “Trebant” – was their own “Rolls-Royce”