Tree in the Morning, West Sussex

Tree in the Morning, West Sussex June 2020

Another morning walk picture. How has being in lockdown affected you? What do you do differently to before?

I was going to write that I get up earlier, but that’s not true. I used to get up at 5am before, but then it was because I had to get ready for work, where as now, I get up early to avoid people during my walk. I can’t believe how much I do to try to avoid other people.When this pandemic has passed, I wonder how quickly we will settle into being around eachother again?

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex

Tree at Sunset, West Sussex May 2020

Whether through design or cirumstance, seem to be photographing sunsets lately. In the UK, we have had sunshine for most of the lockdown period, which has made for some golden sunsets (see above).

I’m wondering if the air is a little clearer because there are fewer cars on the roads – in the evening, there is very little traffic these days – bicycles seem to be the most popular form of transport.

I don’t know when lockdown will end – could be June- but I have the feeling it may be a while, I am looking forward to pictures of people, but I think I will miss quiet walks and clear skies.

View from the Shinkansen, Japan

Mt Fuji, Japan 2018

This is just an a photograph of Mt. Fuji from the shinkansen going to Kyoto from Tokyo. On the train, you catch a glinpse of it quite early and the train takes you closer and closer – until – you have this view. If you fly into or out of Narita airport, you also get a good view (I might post that view at some point). Looking at photographs on line, you can see that Mt. Fuji has a little cloud for a hat. It is bigger than it looks and commands its landscape, silently challenging.

I believe it is possible to climb Mt. Fuji at certain times of the year – and right now – I would really like to go there and give it a try.

Flag, Charleston, USA

Charleston, SC 2000

I have the feeling, this could become one of those “When I was young…” posts! I took this picture almost 20 years ago, when I used to live in the US.

In the Summer, on a Friday afternoon, I would race home from work, to find a friend already waiting outside, engine running ready to drive to Charleston- or sometimes Wilmington for the weekend. And off we would go… a long drive, I think quite often we would pause in Augusta for coffee and doughnuts. A really long drive, with nothing but the radio (we all had rubbish cars back then), but it was what we did.

Technical Details. I took with with a very worn Olympus OM2n and a 50mm f1.8 lens on Kodachrome 64. I really like the colours in this picture and the contrast between the red and white with the blue sky (didn’t Paul Simon sing about Kodachrome blue skies?).

Spring Festival, Hangzhou

Spring Festival, Hangzhou 2011

Hangzhou is a large town located a couple of hours (by fast train) from Shanghai. It is popular because of its large lakes and attractive green scenery.

On this occasion, I visited during the Spring Festival and it was very busy. Never the less, I had a nice time. It was lovely to sit by the lake and watch groups of people flow by.

I believe I was using an NEX5n with the little 18-55mm lens, which I think did a nice job with little fuss. As I look at it now, I wonder what a tighter crop with just the ox and bridge would have looked like.

Leaf in the Park, Horsham

Horsham Park, October 2018

Another one of those “as I was wandering past” photographs. October in West Sussex was particularly mild this year, with a number of glorious sunny days. Horsham Park is pleasant green space near to the station where I often wait before catching a train.

I think there are two types of  photographers: those who photograph leaves and those I don’t. Can’t resist them myself.

Technically speaking, I took this with my iPhone (a 6s Plus). I am really happy with the colour. In good light, I find it takes excellent pictures. It focuses quite close. My only issue is missing focus on slightly moving objects (I think I held the twig this leaf is on to keep it still enough.