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Assistant collections management services manager (I buy books), Double bass player, songsmith and keen photographer. I play a bass called Tallulah in a band called Kantref (www.kantref.co.uk) that plays French and Breton music for dancing. Occasional Roleplayer, Wargamer and boardgamer

Pink tint – Sunday Stills: Honoring #Pink

This week Teri  challenged us with:

I look forward to you all filling up the pages of WordPress with your pink images!

‘Pink tint’, Dunster Castle, 2019.
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And given Teri’s post is to raise awareness, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – perhaps I can get away with a cheeky edit of the above – I hope people see the fun in it.

‘Cheeky edit’, 2019.
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Please whatever your gender, remember to check yourself, and if you find anything, please do seek medical advice, if it turns out to be nothing, they will be happy also, you waste no ones time by talking, and getting examined.

Ken

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Once magnificent – Photo for the Week – 42 – Windows

This week Bren challenged us with:

The theme for this week is Windows.

A once magnificent window at Fountains Abbey, I could just imagine the light streaming through stained glass.

‘Once magnificent’, Fountains Abbey, 2019.
Once magnificent
Ken

Inside, Outside, Upside down. – K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Inside Out/Outside In/Upside Down.

Each week, K’lee and Dale offer  prompts for us to consider as the latest challenge.  This week it was Dale with:

choosing to turn everything; Inside out/outside in/upside down for a change.

Well I tried my best to get all three  into this one image,  so here is a photo of an inside, which is within a picture of the outside, it is upside down, and itself within a photo of an inside – pretty meta!

‘Inside, Outside, Upside down’, 2019.
Inside, Outside, Upside down

Ken

Dejected – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tourism

This week Frank challenged us with the topic:

I thought that it might be interesting to scour my photos from the frequent travels to the Netherlands for some more material. As a result, I thought that Tourism might be an apt theme for this week!

I feel the mermaid looks a little dejected in this photo, like so many other tourist spots, this was filled with people taking the ubiquitous selfie.  Spare a thought for the feelings of the mermaid, she was once the sole object of peoples focus, and slowly she became the background to peoples shots, a smiling family, recorded for posterity with their childhood story. Now she is relegated to the out of focus fuzzy celebrity that people want to be seen with, the focus squarely on themselves, in the search for the cult of self.

‘Dejected’, Copenhagen, 2017.
Dejected

Slow down, take time, spare a thought for others around you. This Thursday it was #World Mental Health Day, we all need a little help sometimes, the struggles people face are not always black and white, they are mostly invisible, spare a thought for others, spare time for yourself.

Ken

Floating – One word Sunday Challenge: Sepia

This week Debbie has challenged us with the following:

Welcome to One Word Sunday, and over to all of you to join the challenge with your own sepia post.

Sometimes a photo screams to be in black and white, sometimes it needs a little colour, and sometimes you just want to bend it to your will.

I am not sure why I chose this photo, it was a mixture of just wanting to see what I could do with it, the incongruity of using what is seen as an old technique on an image with very definite modern elements, and an awareness that the sepia would pop on the highlights of the wet-suits.

‘Floating’, Sennen cove, 2019.
Floating

Ken

Smiles & shakes – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #67 – Candid

This weeks challenge from the Lens-Artists is:

Taking photos of people or animals when they have no idea that you’re doing it is called candid photography. One of the beautiful things with photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It adds natural life to your pictures. Even if my choices here are mostly in B&W, of course feel free to use what you find most suitable for your shots!

So, this week I thought we would go for candid photos of people or animals – Have fun with the challenge, and we are looking forward to seeing your candid finds!

This sort of challenge is hard for me, I rarely ask people if I can photograph them, friends are usually aware I have my camera with me, and so even if at times they are unaware that I am taking the shot, is this true candid photography.

Sometimes I find I have taken a Candid photo quite by accident, and where the figure is identifiable I am left with the quandary of  what to do with the photo, can I use it, as I did not subsequently ask their permission to use it.  Animals are eaisier they nearly always give their meow or woof of consent.

Anyway here is a photo from a recent trip to St. Ives when I walked around with Focus set manually to a few feet and snapped away, in search of interesting street scenes.

‘Smiles & shakes’, St. Ives, 2019.
Smiles and shakes

Ken

As far as you can see – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #67: Sky

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with ‘Sky’

Yes I think it is fairly correct to say that I am also obsessed with the sky, purely from a photographic view point I often spend a long time getting the sky ‘just right’, sometimes to the determent of the rest of the photo as the sky then becomes the focus!

Sky and skies often appear in the lyrics of my songs, and when I am out walking, moor, hillside, fell, countryside, it amazes me how big the sky is, and how small we are in comparison.  Even when walking in wood or forest you occasionally see the sky, and then when you come out of the trees, bam! there it is, stretching away before you.

Only in cities and towns do I find myself bereft of the sky, as buildings close in from all sides, yes you can look up, but look up too long at your determent, and urbanity will bite you.

Anyway a photo from a recent trip to Dunster castle, I think it is safe to say my focus was more on sky than building and landscape here! A three photo stitch where the focus of the middle photo is mostly sky.

‘As far as you can see’, Dunster Castle, 2019.
As far as you can see

Ken

 

Pick and read! – Photo for the Week – 41 – Books

This week Bren challenged us with:

The theme for this week is Books.

So a Photo I have used before, of some of the shelves in our house, but edited in a new way.  It is sometimes hard to choose what book to read next, I live in a house surrounded by books, I work with books, and sometimes the choose seems daunting, indeed I sometimes walk through a literary desert where I do not read for a few weeks! In fact I am thirsty, and parched now, this is something that stresses my wife out :).  But then I will return to the  haven of the pages sometimes immersing myself in the safety of 2 or 3 imagined worlds at a time, or the imagined truth of ‘fact’. However it is easy to slip from thirst to drowning, to loose oneself entirely, and I cannot swim! Sometimes I need to come to the surface and breathe.

‘Pick and read!’, Photo for the Week – 41 – Books.
Pick and read!

Ken

Door cubed – #SundayStills: All #Lined Up

This week Teri  challenged us with:

October kicks off another month of Sunday Stills photo challenges, but did you know that Becky B, square photographer extraordinaire, is back to hosting her squares challenge this month? October’s theme is “lines and squares.”

Why not join in for Sunday Stills this week and post some lines and squares for both challenges! Think of it as photo blogging squared!

So given this entrant is for both Sunday stills and Becky’s lines and squares, and given I have used this photo before but un-cropped for another challenge – Bound, I thought I would take it to the third dimention and give you…

‘Door³’, Dunster Castle, 2019.
Door squared

Ken