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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

 

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How does my garden grow – V.J.’S Weekly challenge #51: Green.

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

Well it is not actually my garden, it is a friends, but it is certainly green, and this abundance of green life is one of the reasons I love gardens.  There is something calming about all of that life in those thousands of plants, something humbling, but something to connect to.

‘How does my garden grow’, Crowdecote, 2014.How does my garden grow

Ken

 

Found at last – V.J.’S Weekly challenge #40: Things my father says.

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with ‘Things my father said’

This week I have taken the liberty of slightly altering V.J’s wording, as my father is still saying many lovely and annoying things.

There are a number of things my father says that I find quite challenging, little stock phrases that can turn me from an adult to a teenager in a matter of moments.  The weather is always ‘Bitter, its bitter’, and ‘are you sure’.  One phrase I know some of you will be aware of from you own lives, and may or may not use is:

‘Have you looked in the last place you had it’, or its alternative, ‘it will be in the last place you look’.  At this point I could turn rant mode on and ask what do these really mean, but instead I will leave you to think about them yourselves.

Just under three years ago we moved into a new house, as always there are little knick-knacks that you cannot find for a while.  However there was one, a small wooden huggle that had eluded us until last week.  Here it is below, we missed it and wondered where it had gone.

‘Found at last’, 2019.Found at last

Anyway last week we found it!  At the bottom of a vase.

‘I was in here’, 2019.I was in here

It was certainly in the last place we looked (is that not always the case, can it be any other?), and in fact I am not sure there was anywhere else we had not looked! But was it in the place we had it last, had it accidentally fell in here?  or had we put it in here for safe keeping during the move.

Ken

 

Unplugged and broken – V.J.’S Weekly challenge #39: Unanswerable

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

So how to answer the unanswerable?  I have been thinking about this since V.J. posed this problem on Monday, and I am usually pretty quick in knowing what I want to use.  However this week I have to admit I was stumped.

However as I was just about to turn my laptop of and do some sewing on this chilly Wednesday morning in Wales,  I was struck by a sudden bolt of inspiration.  Leaping into action, the camera came out of the bag, and the shot was posed, and taken.

‘Unanswerable, unplugged and broken’, 2019. VJUnanswerable

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”  – William S. Burroughs

Ken

 

Pictures without film – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #38: What’s in a name?

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

As I type up each week’s summary, creating links to various blogs, I am struck by how different blog names are, and compelled to ask: what’s in a name? Specifically, your blog name.

So what is in the name: ‘Pictures without film – Using photos to capture life – Ken Humphreys Photography’

Well I started this blog about four and a half years ago.  I had just bought a new camera, a sony a6000.  At in its very basic sense, this blog speaks for the fact that I was using a digital camera and not a film camera.  I had owned digital cameras before, however this was to be my first interchangeable lens digital, and a mirrorless to boot! While I had owned SLRs I have sort of skipped DSLRs in favor of the CSC.  And so this blog was to chart some of my progress.

The blog became a place to post pictures, the occasional quote, and my photographic observations, I generally save other rantings for different social media platforms.  Over the years it has also become a place to make friends and find community, digital community that unseen bond that the modern person now shares with people thousands of miles away, who they are never physically likely to meet, but we feel we are in someway sharing part of the path our lives with.  To not so ancient humans this would have seemed strange, a magical undefinable realm, a place to which we journey without ever actually visiting.  Of course our communities of shared interests have always existed, but never have they been so visible, so tangible, and so perhaps it is magical in its own way.

Of course I mainly blog here by posting my answers to the various challenges that some of you host.  I use these to hone my photographic skills, when I am out taking pictures and at home in the digital darkroom.

The subtitle is an important part of my blog title – ‘Using photos to capture life’,  Or more specifically my life.  My photos are, as so many peoples are a visual diary of what I have done, where I have been.  Taking, editing and blogging with just a few of these, allows me to share a little of my ‘captured life’ with you.  Of course this is the way I see the world, and not the way you see it, it is not about changing your perspective merely allowing you an insight into the ‘other’, which in this case happens to be me, though the interface of my photos, provided to you not on paper with chemical fixing agents, but though a stream of ones and zeros!

So what is in a name?  It is about using my camera to capture the world around me in all of its beautiful and marvelous shapes, recording a small part of my life through a subjective lens, and it is about me sharing this perspective of the world with you.

And given that this blog is generally about photos, I better finish with a subjective view of the author of this post, a photo taken specifically for this blog, which I used as an avatar when the blog was created.

‘Photographer’, 2014.VJName

Ken

 

Yule pie – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #37: Story

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

‘Story’ – There are many ways we might approach this challenge: dig up a story from our timelines, tell a story about the future, offer a story through images, or even uncover the story of another.

I really was not sure how I was going to do this, so I sought inspiration in food as is so often the case, and then I remembered taking these pictures of the Yule pie I made.  So here is a story for you entitled ‘Yule Pie’ – it has a fabulous conclusion even if I do say so myself.

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VJYule

Ken

 

Love at first sight – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #36: Wild card

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

This week, I am giving you a carte blanche…well, sort of… there’s a catch.

Go back over the last week’s worth of posts or so, and notice any words or phrases that repeat themselves. I’m talking adjectives, or verbs, maybe nouns.

Well given that my blog is mainly photographs this is an interesting challenge, in fact challenge and challenged have probably been the most common words used, when it comes to the most common shots they have been landscapes featuring ancient monuments and trees, and recently Long Meg and her daughters have featured a good few times.  Hmm I could challenge myself with attempting to take a challenging shot of Long Meg and her daughters but as I live nearly 300 miles and nearly 6 hours away, this might have to wait for my next visit.  Archives also appears quite frequently and therefore I have chosen to use the first shots I took of Long Meg.  This is a 5 shot stitch taken on the old Minolta dimage z3 and never before edited!

‘Love at first sight’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2011.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Ken

 

Dancing boats and trees – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #34 – Reaching.

For this weeks challenge V.J. asks us:

What is it you are reaching for? Maybe it’s a lens drawn (as mine often is) to line that stretches… or is it something stirring behind your words?

This week, let’s follow our instincts, or impulses, and try to capture that for which we are reaching.

Well I reached out to the archives for this one.  My first picture of A boat in Portreath harbor, with chains reaching out to seemingly constrain, but only to keep it safe.  This is the way we so often treat ourselves, we just need to remember that sometimes it is safe to be without our chains holding us back.

“Held”, Portreath, Cornwall, 2015.ReachingBoat

And the second photo, taken at Bakewell day of dance, of dancers who have definitely let go of their constraints for the day and are reaching out to each other and to us.

‘Come join us’, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 2014.ReachingDance

And finally to complement V.J.’s post, this tree at Knightshayes Court, majestic reaching to the sky.

‘Touching the sky’, Knightshayes Court, Devon, 2016.ReachingTree

Downside-Up – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #33: Upside-Down

For this weeks challenge V.J. asks us to:

turn things upside-down, reach for a new understanding or perspective.

On our recent trip to the Lake district I took this shot, I am looking up at the underside of the ultralight helicopter passing over head.  Perhaps not really Upside-Down, but certainly Downside-Up from me.

‘Downside-Up’, Lake district, 2018.upsidedown