Another day of learning…

On Friday just gone off I went on another photography workshop being run by Daniel Bridge. Todays workshop was held at a local plant/flower nursery about 6 miles from where I live so an easy journey for me. Because of where it was being held the emphasis would be on taking photo’s of plants and flowers. There was a poly tunnel made available for us and we were free to either go out into the nursery with tripod and camera and take photo’s or to find plants in pots that we could then take back into the poly tunnel. We could set up the photo in a composition we wanted with the aid of coloured backdrops etc. and believe me I took full advantage of this as it was so lovely to have many plants of different colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.

As there was quite a strong breeze around I found it easier to do all my photography indoors and it was such a lot of fun setting up the plants to create a composition that I liked. I could then also play with different settings etc. without having to worry about the breeze. Daniel was of course on hand with his usual help and advice.

I must say I came away yet again having learnt a little more about taking a photo.

So here are a few I took including the one at the top of this post…

Thanks for looking and I’ll be back soon.


Catching up…

so we’ve still been going away and having some days out over the last week or two and of course lots of photo’s taken so I thought I’d better get posting and let you know where we’ve been.

My last post told you about our visit to Norfolk, well the following weekend we had a super day out at the National Gardens at Hyde Hall which is about 10 miles from where we live. It really is a beautiful place to visit and of course at this time of year if you love plants and flowers well it’s a paradise and of course just the place to go to take loads of photo’s!!

When we went through the entrance gate the lady suggested to us that we should not miss seeing the ‘wild flower’ meadow and we were so pleased she told us about it. What a wonderful site it was and although I took some photo’s they really do not do justice to the flowers and colours that we saw. Here are a couple of photo’s showing part of the meadows that we walked through and a close up of the poppies.

It was very difficult to decide what flowers I wanted to take a piccie of and also bearing in mind that although it was a lovely sunny day there was quite a breeze.With my photography I am happy and comfortable to stick with aperture priority but if I was going to take any photo’s this day and hand held with a breeze then I needed to start thinking of ‘shutter priority’ a complete unknown for me…but hey that’s part of the fun to try out new things.

Ok I took lots of photo and yes quite a lot are ‘ok’ but this one I was very happy with. We came across the rose garden and of course at this time of the year it was at it’s best. There was one area that was just a mass of pink roses and to take the photo as it was wouldn’t have done it justice so I decided to concentrate of finding one of the roses that wasn’t fully opened and hopefully with the pink in the background it would work…anyway I’m quite pleased with my result..

Here’s another couple of flowers and then I’ll leave you for now.

Thanks for coming along and I’ll be back soon with the next trip out and more photo’s


A nice break…

We decided a short while ago to have a break away with a couple of friends and go to the county of Norfolk which for us is about 90 miles north of where we live. Our friends had found a lovely recently renovated Hotel in the town of Wroxham an area that they know well. So after all the horrible weather we have had, we set off on Sunday morning in beautiful sunshine which stayed with us for the 2 days we were away..

Here is a link to the Hotel and in particular the suite we had chosen to stay in Trafford Suite and if you’re ever in that area it is a Hotel I would highly recommend and of course it does have an excellent chef who puts together an interesting and tempting menu together with a superb wine list.

So after arriving and checking in off we went to Wroxham Barns a very charming and interesting place to visit to see many local crafts being made and for sale!

On our next day we decided that we wouldn’t use the car at all and besides it was such a lovely sunny warm day so we walked down to the main center where we took a trip out on the River Bure. We spent a most enjoyable couple of hours gently meandering down the river looking at the wonderful countryside, all very relaxing..and here are a couple of photo’s showing you just how pretty it was.

After our trip on the river it was a quick walk up to the station where we then caught a great little train which does a round trip of 18 miles between Wroxham and Aylesham on a 15inch gauge track. Ok taking photo’s of trains is not normally my style but I did think the signal box and the train itself were so pretty and of course I knew you would want to see a photo’s so here they are:

and of course you might want to read all about it just in case you should find yourself in that part of the world…Bure Valley Railway

A most enjoyable couple of days away in lovely company, great weather, beautiful countryside, superb Hotel and food what more could anyone ask for!!

Thanks as always for visiting…I’m off now to work more on my web page which I’ve decided to recreate using Dreamweaver software and not Frontpage. It is of course a much harder learning curve but I think the final result will be better and more flexible – hence the reason why it’s taking so long plus the fact that I keep going out but, in the meantime I will of course keep updating my blog.


A Day out in Essex..

Now I’ve lived in Essex for some 40 odd years and I do know my way around the County quite well but as a County is doesn’t do a lot for me other than it’s a convenient place to live for getting to the Airports, Sea Ports, London and the motorways which when they are working well allows one to get to other places in the UK at a reasonable speed!!

Where is this all going you let me tell you. The Ladies Probus Group I belong to had organised a coach trip called ‘Hidden Essex’ a couple of weeks ago and I thought ‘what the heck’ it’ll be a day out with friends and a ride around parts of Essex I hadn’t been to for a long time. WOW what a trip it was and so interesting, I discovered lots about Essex that I didn’t know about. The history of our ‘flat, boring’ land is quite amazing.

Anyway after meeting up with the coach and fellow Probus ladies our first stop was at a pub in Danbury no alcohol drinks but coffee and biscuits were served..this is where our guide for the day met us and we started our journey onto our first stop which was St. Peters on the Wall and for a short history on the Chapel you might like to visit this site St Peters Chapel
Here is just one of the many photo’s I took – this is inside and shows how small the chapel is. The rest will be in my Photo Album in due course!!

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Ok we then moved on to Burham-on crouch for lunch and again for those of you interested this is a link to again a very interesting town right on the waters edge Burnham and the Hotel we sat outside for our very relaxing and enjoyable lunch…


After lunch we then moved on via the country roads back to Danbury and to Paper Mill Locks where they had hired a canal boat to take us down the canal towards Maldon and we were served a tea and cakes on board..very yummy! So a link to Paper Mill Locks for you to read all about it Paper Mill Lock
and here’s a photo I took from the front of the boat..

So a super day was had by us all with great company, lovely scenery, and a little more knowledge about the county I live in.

I did take over 200 photo’s on the day and with everything else that is going on in my life I’m afraid it’s taking a while to get through them but I will and they’ll be in the photo album via the link from my web page in due course.

Many thanks to everyone that has followed me across to my site and for leaving your lovely comments, much appreciated!

See you all soon