Category: Say It With A Camera

This Should Be Fun

So as I’ve decided to move away from Flickr I though I’d better test if writing my blog posts in this new regime was actually going to work. I’ve always used Windows Live Writer for writing my posts, for once Microsoft have created a tool that actually works, even if they don’t support it anymore. So like I said “this should be fun”

My main objective in this post is to see if I can WLW to embed the photographs, that will be uploaded to the WordPress servers instead of Flickr. So here goes.

First up is a photograph I took in Germany whilst travelling on the River Rhine.

One of the many castles and vineyards on the Rhine

Now for another one, this is all about getting those photographs on, so not much talking today. This time we are on a canal in Amsterdam, Actually I’m standing on a bridge above the canal, but you get the idea.

Cruising on the Amsterdam canals

Let’s try a night scene this time from Koblenz in Germany

Monument on the River at Koblenz

Finally another one back on the river

Onion tower shaped building on the river side

I’m not sure, there’s a lot more work involved doing it this way, well not that much but it does seem slower. Also I have to cut the file size down, otherwise I would soon use up the measly 3Gb allowance that WordPress give us for hosting our photographs, so it will be interesting to see what the quality is like. That’s if they even get to the WordPress server.

Right then, here we go, I’m pressing that “Post Draft To Blog” button to send everything from my computer to WordPress. See you on the other side……

I’m on the other side, using the on-line editor from WordPress. Looks like the photographs transferred successfully. So time to go Publish and see what the final quality looks like.

 

A Mountain Path–Back To My Roots

Regular readers will know that I am a great fan of Ansel Adams and his amazing Black and White photographs taken in the Sierra Nevada’s, his spiritual home, and in America’s great State Parks. You might also have noticed that in the last few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of bird photography, which I have a bitter-sweet relationship with.

Like Ansel Adams, I’m more at home in the mountains taking landscape photographs….and so that is my path for next year. Go back to my roots and spend more time in the mountains. Now obviously I can’t go to the Sierra Nevada and in a country the size of UK there really isn’t any great wilderness left. There are some areas where you could go walking and not see anyone else but in truth you are never really that far from civilisation.

However the Snowdonia National Park has some great areas to photograph and that’s where I’m going to be next year.

Old House

I’ve photographed many places in the National Park but this time I’m going to be looking at it differently. For a start I want to try to get it right in Black and White, medium that I’ve dabbled with before, mainly for street photography

Ask yourself, “Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?” Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful. How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level. – Ansel Adams

Lone Tree

Ansel Adams once said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”, and I want to you to see what I see, the stark beauty that can be found in the National Park.

This lone tree in the photograph above sits at the side of Llyn y Dywarchen. Why is it there? When you consider the landscape all around it’s amazing that it has grown to such a size and survived especially through it’s early years as a sapling. This is sheep country a tasty morsel like a new sapling would have gone down well to the sheep that roam this terrain. Yet it survived because it is growing against the side of a wall which stopped the sheep gaining access to it.

The Valley

Of course it means I have to be more prepared for walking the hills and getting off the beaten path. Where previously I would visit several locations in a day I think I need to research a location and stick to it. It’s all too easy in this digital age to press that shutter button and just keep taking photographs. But a more refined approach is called for.

The ‘machine-gun’ approach to photography – by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good – is fatal to serious results. – Ansel Adams

So that’s my path for the coming year. I hope you will join me – Mike

Snowdonia National Park In All It’s Winter Glory

Well that was the plan. But I hadn’t anticipated two things. One the weather and two “She Who Must Be Obeyed” having Christmas week plans that did not involve photography. So I’ve not been out in the National Park and the weather has been very mild. So no snow, not even a frost to speak of.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. What photographs to include in this weeks post?

Like doctors, photographers work with what is present. I suspect our chief emotions are anticipation, frustration, and patience, balanced by a marvellous sense of elation when things go right–when we think we’ve captured within a photograph some missing feeling, some sense of beauty, or bit of mystery in the fabric of life. – John Loengard

Before “She Who Must Be Obeyed” put the embargo on photography I went back out one more time on the Saturday to try to capture those elusive Waxwings. They were there again, but very flighty. They fly near the Rowan trees with all the berries but just wouldn’t settle. But all was not lost. This beautiful Thrush was having a good time and so was I.

Thrush

At last it happened. Good light, bit of sunshine and one of the more daring Waxwings settled long enough to get a photograph all from birds in the wild.

I photograph all my birds and animals in the wild, in their natural environment. Some photographers will cut branches from nearby trees and bolt them to a small table. They’ll then put food at the bottom of the branches and sit back, behind a blind, with a long lens, and wait. To me, that may be bird photography, but it isn’t wildlife photography. – David Young

Waxwing with Berries

Meanwhile the Thrush was making regular forays from the trees behind me to hit those berries.

Thrush with Berries

…..and then a real bonus. A Redwing, first time ever seeing one and obviously first time ever photographing one. I know the wings aren’t red, but trust me, I asked a man who knows birds to identify this one for me.

Redwing

I’m on a roll now and to finish off, another Waxwing, this time with a berry.

Waxwing with Berry in Mouth

That’s it, I wasn’t anticipating getting the Redwing, or the Thrush for that matter, so I’m happy.

Here’s what other blogger are saying about this weeks challenge. These are blogs I’ve visited and liked.

Photograph – Santa Claus – MINDING MY P’S WITH Q
Innocence – DirtRoadWife
And We Wait – Live Younique Photography
Waiting… – Margaret writes about life and everything else
Books, Music, Photography, & Movies WPC- Anticipation
Anvica’s gallery Anticipation
Indira’s Blog Anticipation- Weekly Photo Challenge
Waiting to Hatch- Anticipation – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
WPC- Anticipation – Christine’s Blog
Anticipation – Photo Challenge – Ladyleemanila