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A Time to Stop and Stare

It was great to share our handsome visages last time, and keep the encouragement flowing. And a relief that we are all okay and surviving the cabin fever. Our standing ‘house-joke’ is, “er, what shall we do today- decorating, allotment, walk, allotment or even decorating?”.

Personally, I’ve appreciated being unplugged from ‘doing’ and embracing ‘being’. Some inspiration came from a book on landscape photo technique: it made me think about how can I make a picture speak rather than just be a recording. Yes, the book was aimed at art undergraduates. This led to trying some online study. The ‘Shaw Academy’ course ended up being a device to milk our limited income although it was certainly thorough. The ‘Udemy’ courses are my current favourite; the Close Up Photography was a giveaway at £14. And of course everyone wants to show you precisely how it should be done on You Tube.

And thanks to Neil’s tip ages ago, there’s plenty of periodical issues to read via RBdigital/ your local library membership- for free…steal the march on Manuel’s upcoming presentation on astrophotography (!) by reading latest issue of Practical Photography. So when this crisis eases, I may just get round to stopping the ‘doing’ of all this research and ‘being’ a photographer!

Happy snappin’.

PS: Image from ages ago found while rummaging through the archives. I recall it was an attempt to capture autumn-ness in a shot; all comments very welcome

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May 19, 2020

Very good Graham. Thank you for posting. Aside from working from home Monday to Friday I have been decorating!! Not something I enjoy but it needs doing and lockdown has been perfect for that so far.

We have another Resound Camera Club Zoom session on Thursday (21 May) so we can all meet up again which will be great - particularly after the success of the first one 2 weeks ago.

By the way I love your autumn photo of the leaves dappled with a bit of sunshine across them. Those crunchy brown leaves look just about perfect. It's always good to look back in your own photo archives as its so easy to forget shots like this. Thanks …

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