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November ’13 – Review

November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.

Colours And Shapes
Colours And Shapes

A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.

Southend Sundown
Southend Sundown

The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.

Wet And Green
Wet And Green

I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.

The Little Fishing Fleet
The Little Fishing Fleet

The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.

A View From The Jetty
A View From The Jetty

Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.

The Blue Bridge
The Blue Bridge

We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.

Light Through The Trees
Light Through The Trees

Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:

Peeping Over The Wall
Peeping Over The Wall

As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:

Rainbow In The Gutter
Rainbow In The Gutter

I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:

Staircase Symmetry
Staircase Symmetry at Lacock Abbey
The Vortex
The Vortex

The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.

I have managed several more [email protected] images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember  again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.

November ’12 Review

November was another busy month photographically. I love the autumn colours, so when time allowed I was out and about photographing the lovely leaves with my fantastic new macro lens. I’m very impressed with the results.

A Little Window In The Ivy
A Little Window In The Ivy

The dark nights made it easy to get out and do some more light painting. Here’s one which I liked from a session out with the GNPC folks at a very dark churchyard!

Light Swirls Panorama
Light Swirls Panorama

When it was too wet to wave the lightsabres around outside, I indulged in some indoor light painting with various different tools instead, and also had my first go at spinning physiograms – trickier than it looks!

Lenser Twirling
Lenser Twirling
Orbital Decay
Orbital Decay
Purple Splash #4
Purple Splash #4

More studio activities involved testing out my new Splash Art Kit on various occasions.

It produces some great results with a much better valve and pressure tank than my original  Camera Axe setup, and I’ve also bought some great flash brackets for getting better background colours.

I look forward to playing with it more over the coming weeks and months – I’ll certainly need some practice as I’m giving two talks with live demos about water splashes to clubs in the near future!

The Splash Art system also seems a bit more rugged and more easily transportable compared to the delicate electronics of the Camera Axe, so it should be much better for taking on the road to various places.

I enjoyed a lovely weekend visiting a friend at the seaside in Kent mid-month. Saturday was pretty grim, but we had a gloriously crisp, sunny autumn day on the Sunday. There was some amazing light in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate.

Trappings Of A Working Harbour
Trappings Of A Working Harbour

Talking of the seaside – I witnessed another fantastic sunset in Brightlingsea a few days ago. I was there re-acquainting myself with the qualities of my 100-400mm zoom lens, which I’d just collected from being repaired.

Orange Glow Over Mersea
Orange Glow Over Mersea
Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych
Beachcomber I, II, III Triptych

Having been a loyal user of Nik Silver Efex Pro for a couple of years, this month I treated myself to Nik Color Efex Pro 4 as an early Christmas present.

I haven’t really had much opportunity to play with it yet, but I have found that it can make some stylish borders for pictures.

This triptych of beautiful stones in the sand at Broadstairs is finished off rather well with the additional edging.

My ongoing love for mono photography was once again fuelled by taking part in the annual Monovember challenge on Flickr. I am pleased with my thirty images, and feel that I did the group justice. However, I will be glad to go back to just needing to make two images a day for December, rather than three!

And so that brings us to the end of the month – and December is upon us once again! Watch this space for the next installment.

October ’12 Review

Although October couldn’t possibly live up to the photographic potential of September, I’m still pleased with the images I made during the month. I really enjoyed having friends to stay who were sympathetic to spending time with a camera.

Hinge, No Bracket
Hinge, No Bracket

It was great to give something back with my coaching session in London and a mini photowalk afterwards.

Drinking Fountain Details
Drinking Fountain Details

I managed to reorganise my studio, which desperately needed tidying up. And the Chelmsford gang got together again for some autumnal colour at Mark’s Hall.

Little Lenses On A Leaf
Little Lenses On A Leaf

And finally I splashed out on a new toy – which always tends to re-invigorate my photography somewhat!

Finding Myself?
Finding Myself?