Category: Photography

Upstairs, Downstairs Part 2

Better late than never as they, although due to circumstances beyond my control I had to delay writing this post. Now that I’ve finished the unexpected re-decoration of our bedroom at home I can finally get around to writing this post. Sage green, nice colour, once you get used to it.

Continuing the story of Attingham Hall, In later years Attingham Hall was used as a hospital between 1914 and 1918 for wounded soldiers from World War 1. After the Second World War, Attingham was used as an Adult Education College for 23 years so not a lot remains of the downstairs furnishings. Room that you see are typical of the time but I’m not sure how accurately they reflect actual life below stairs. So let’s get started.

This is the kitchen and of all the rooms below stairs this is probably the most truest representation. The lady was actually putting together the ingredients for a carrot soup when we visited.

The Kitchen

The smell of fresh lemons permeated this room. Attingham has an education program for school children and it looked like they had just finished a lesson in cooking. Pancakes I think….

Training

This room could have been the scullery it’s very close to the kitchen and would be where the pots and pans would have been washed and cleaned. No modern aids in here. Hard work and elbow grease was the only way to get anything clean.

Scullery

This room was laid out as the staff dining room. The plates you see on the table explain who would sit where. For instance on the nearest plate is the inscription

Head Coachman Frederick Nash, the highest ranking servant wearing livery. Employed for his skill driving and caring for horses. 35 gns per year.

A guinea was worth 1 pound and 1 shilling in old UK currency before we became decimalised. Nowadays that would be 1 pound and 5 pence. So in todays currency GBP £36.75 (USD $46).as an annual salary.

Staff Dining Room

Just behind and to my left from where I was standing, there is a set of stairs that lead straight up to the front door of Attingham . The dining room windows also face the driveway and the front of the hall so staff would be able to see any callers to the great house.

Right that just leaves the Silver Room which has a large vault like door to secure the house silver which you can see in the cabinets

Silver Room

That’s it. The rooms are not as ornate or decorative. Plain and functional as you would expect for an downstairs in a great house.

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Sometimes you just get lucky and find a potential subject to photograph without even thinking about it. But you have to have your camera with you to get that photograph, although nowadays, that’s not too hard, as most people who have a cell phone have a camera with them.  According to Mylio

….it’s estimated that about 7.5 billion people will be living on our planet in 2017. Let’s say 5 billion have a mobile phone and approximately 80% of those phones have a built-in camera. That comes to about 4 billion people who can take photographs with their phones. It’s further estimated that on average they each take 10 photographs per day – 3650 per year. That’s a whopping 14,600,000,000,000 photographs annually…or to put it another way, just over 14 trillion photographs.

So when Ralph Gibson said in 1972;

Traditionally, photography has dealt with recording the world as it is found. Before photography appeared the fine artists of the time, the painters and sculptors, concerned themselves with rendering reality with as much likeness as their skill enabled. Photography, however, made artistic reality much more available, more quickly and on a much broader scale.

Ralph had no idea of the impact that cell phones would have to the world of photography. Certainly, photographs can be made available much more quickly, one click of a button and you can share a photograph with the world. And with so many people using the camera in their cell phones, there’s no doubt it’s on a much broader scale. But how many of those 14 trillion photographs are artistic…….

To this weeks challenge

Several years back I had the good fortune to be in Universal Studios, Florida. It was coming up to Halloween and the props guys were setting up some special scenes in the streets.

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I’ve got a feeling they both had something to do with Terminator, they were still setting up, so it’s hard to be sure.

Street Scene

 

Anyway, that’s it for this week. here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Die and Dazzle – Fill and Feel
On the road through my lens – And the penny drops…
Steps A Round – Kimberly Balles Photography
Deep in Thought- The Road Taken – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
Louise-in-Btween- Embracing the Day Sunrise Road
Jackobo’s Photoblog The Road to the Top
Simply Photos Mule Train Route
Anvica’s gallery The Road Taken
The Yorkshire Dales  – Elaine’s Journey of Spiritual Awakening
Weekly Photo Challenge- The Road Taken – NJClicks

Against The Odds – I’m Struggling

An ideal subject for this weeks challenge would be the Kingfisher I captured some weeks back and featured in It’s A Kind Of Magic. But I don’t want to show you that, instead I’m going to show you, nothing. Let me explain, at the time of writing this, Saturday 12:07 pm UK time, I’m sitting in my office thinking of what I could show you this week. And my mind’s a blank. I can’t at the moment think of anything that would fit the bill. Mainly because I plan my days out, taking photographs. I know where I’m going. If I’m on the coast, I’ve checked the tide times. In the mountains it’s the weather. I don’t really do spontaneous, instant capture type of photography, even when I’m out on the streets. So this really is going to be a challenge this week, unless I go out with my camera and wait for something to happen…..is that really “against the odds”.

Of course I could just throw some photographs in, write a story around them to make them fit the theme…..now that’s an idea.

Right Fast Forward to Monday 20th, it’s 15:44 UK time (that’s 3:44 pm) and I’ve got my photograph.

Breeding Common Toad

Against All The Odds, sure was. I nearly stood on the pair of them as I was wandering by the river looking for something to photograph. This is a pair of Common Toads, the female is the larger of the two. Now the male is smart. He’s “piggy backed” on the female as she makes her way to the breeding ground. But he may not be the one to finally mate with her as more often than not there are more males than females. If he manages to stay with her for the several days required then that definitely is “against all the odds”

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge

Photography Journal Blog Weekly Photo Challenge- Against the Odds
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Against the odds- The Photo Challenge – I scrap 2
Spirit of Dragonflies WPC – Against the Odds
Photo Challenge- Against All Odds – Tricia T Allen
Ed Lehming Photography “Against the Odds”
Following Him Beside Still Waters Fortuitous Frog Find
Smith Creek-Against the odds photo – Thoughts from an Alabaster Beach Girl
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Against the Odds

I Can’t Think Of A Title This Week

Saturday saw me at the UK National Cycling Championships held in the magnificent Manchester Velodrome, part of SPORTCITY and home of British Cycling since 1994. Now you might be thinking at this point “what’s this got to do with this weeks theme” Previously the site was in use as industrial land and Bradford colliery.

It seemed the perfect excuse to have a go with the Olympus 75-300mm lens, especially as you can walk around the spectator area of the velodrome and find a good spot. During the time trials the cyclists get a push to start them off then they have a couple of laps to get up to speed before the timing starts. They need a good time on record before progressing to the later race stages.

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They get a fair speed up so you have to lock the focus and make sure you track them as they go around the track, excuse the pun. Fortunately the Olympus E-M1 camera has a Continuous Auto Focus with Tracking function. It’s not so good for bird photography, because it sometimes strays away from the intended target, but with larger objects like cycles and planes I get a good hit rate. Is that another pun…?

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I like this type of race. Team Pursuit. At the opposite side of the track is another team. They both set of at the same time and in simplest terms the object is for one team to catch the other. However it’s more likely to go to timing and it’s the third persons time that counts at the end of the required amount of laps. That is of course unless one team catches the other, then it’s all over. does matter how many laps have been run. That red contraption is the timing equipment.

 

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Round and Round they go. Faster and Faster. This will never catch on…..

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Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze. – Alfred Stieglitz – in 1897.

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Now a big race, 60 laps, riders gain points at set stages in the race for being in the leading positions. Of course there’s a lot of jockeying for position and riders at the front are constantly looking behind them to see who is challenging.

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Sometimes it all goes wrong and a rider, or even a few will crash out. Ouch! That hurts…..

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There’s even tandem races. In this instance it was Paracycling. The rider behind is visually impaired, The rider at the front is not.

Jack and Jill have just climbed Le Alp de Huez on a tandem: “Phew that was a tough climb” said Jack “Thought we were never going to make it“. “Yeah good job I kept the brakes on” said Jill “or we’d have slid all the way back down!”

Seriously though both the riders do a good job and work together as a team

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Well that’s it for this weeks challenge. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Winter’ – DirtRoadWife
Estelea’s Blog Repurposing on the road, Filipino Style
Freddy’s Photo Project Out of the deep
The Linda Life Repurposing and Presenting Bubble Wrap
tornin2’s Blog Repurposed lights
the Ordinary Hiker Repurposed- O & E Towpath Trail
The Land Slide Photography On The Road
Half a photograph Repurposed
Doodles Collections Countertop Pathway
It’s The Little Things We Have Everything We Need If We Use Everything We Have

 

Talacre Dunes

Another post, using the new theme and the WordPress servers to host the photographs. Most comments said everything was OK but “It’s Just A Theory” reported having problems displaying the photographs. So could you please check and let me know if the images are displaying with the post and that you don’t have to click a link or a thumbnail to see them. Thanks in advance for checking.

So this week it’s Graceful. Those people in Automatic sure pick some weird themes at times but here we go.

The sand dunes at Talacre have always been my goto place when I want to test new equipment or a particular method of taking photographs.

Talacre Sand Dunes

Wandering amongst the dunes gives me plenty of scope to photograph wildlife, like this jay which was sitting on one of the trees that are dotted around the dunes. Beautiful birds, very intelligent and this photograph in winter plumage really doesn’t do the colours justice.

Jay

And wherever you go your sure to find little Blue Tits at the edges of the dunes, hiding in the trees. Although not this one, quite cheeky, but very nervous and surprisingly this one came quite close.

Blue Tit

However, back to the dunes, There are certain areas were a lot of conservation work is going on so you will find these areas fenced off.

Dune Protection

It may be for a rare species of plant or wildlife. Sometimes it’s just to protect the ever-changing infrastructure. Sand dunes are very susceptible to damage by us and of course the wind. I never question it. If it’s fenced off, it’s for a reason, so I see no need to enter, even if it means I have to go a longer way round.

Finally you can’t go to Talacre without taking a photograph of the abandoned lighthouse. But this time rather than go onto the beach I’ve stayed in the dunes to give me some foreground interest.

Talacre Lighthouse

Is it graceful? It might be but hey, my post my choice of photographs. Do they fit the theme….of course they do.

As usual, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Yvette’s photography Graceful
PhotosbyGoldie Graceful in Repose
Photoessayist The Blog Graceful- A Richard Serra Sculpture
A Certain Slant of Light Photography Underwater Grace
Flight of a Seagull
Anvica’s gallery Graceful
Half a photograph Graceful
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Vietnamese Girl in Ao Dai – Nes Felicio Photography
Sara Doolittle Gracefulness, air, and water