Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Another busy week, I’m only getting around to writing this post, even although I took the photographs last Saturday……..and there’s the first connection. All of the photographs for today’s post were shot on the same day.

See how easy it is to make a photograph or photographs fit a theme.

The Wedding

Last Saturday I was in Liverpool, just walking the streets, trying to capture some interesting photographs. Street Photography is so different from the landscapes I normally do, but it’s a something that I’m really beginning to enjoy.

After intensively exploring many genres over the last 30 plus years I have, in recent years, focused on Street Photography as an outlet for my photographic energies. Street Photography is somewhat of a misnomer as it can be practised anywhere people are photographed in the environment in which they are found. For some, myself included, being a photographer is as much a state of mind. – Michael Dubiner

I'm Getting Married

A lot of people go with their friends to Lennon’s Pub and the famous Liverpool Cavern Club which is a short walk away from here on the same street. It’s perfect for street photography. Just hang around and people sort of pose for you and best of all most of the time they don’t even register you are there. This lovely young lady was calling her friend to join her, seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

I love photographing people, especially tribal and indigenous people. Before I begin photographing I hang around a while to establish some contact, then work closely to illustrate the connection… – Rosanna Pennella

Here’s another connection. Well two actually. Both photographs are Black and White, one is from a wedding and this lady is on her hen night.

For those of you who don’t know what a “hen night” is here’s an explanation from an American linguist in the UK  who makes some  “Observations on British and American English”.

Mickey and Friend

Busted! She saw me just as I clicked the shutter. It’s not so obvious that I’m taking photographs because I’m shooting from the hip almost. I don’t hold the camera up to my eye or anything like that or press the shutter button. No! My camera is paired to my smart phone via a Wi-Fi link. My smart phone is in my pocket and I use that to fire the shutter on my camera.

The Gallery

I think you’re either going to like or hate the photograph above. I’ll leave you to decide….

Every part of the photographic image carries some information that contributes to its total statement; the viewer’s responsibility is to see, in the most literal way, everything that is there and respond to it. To put it another way, the statement the image makes – not just what it show you, but the mood, moral evaluation and casual connections it suggest – is built up from those details. A proper ‘reading’ of a photograph sees and responds to them consciously. – Howard S. Becker

I’ll leave you with this final photograph. Four young girls out on a shopping trip. Totally unaware that I had just photographed them.


Well that’s it. But I’ll leave you with a question. Is Street Photography an invasion of privacy?

As usual, I’ve included links to other bloggers who are sharing their connections.


The Grumpy Old Man And The Young Whippersnapper

It’s been a while since the Grumpy Old Man put in appearance in Say It With A Camera but he’s still around. Today a young whippersnapper decided to pay a visit and I’m honestly surprised that Grumpy has put up with him…….to a degree that is.

Mr Grumpy 1

The young whippersnapper thought it would be a good idea to show Grumpy who was boss and started off by running round and round Grumpy who totally ignored him. Emboldened by the perceived indifference from Grumpy the young whippersnapper pounced, moving in for a quick nip.

Oh foolish child. You’ve been suckered in. Grumpy is old and wily, he knows you are young and impetuous, that you will venture too close to him eventually.

And so he did. With a growl and a snarl Grumpy saw him off as only a senior dog will do.

Mr Grumpy 4

Undeterred the young whippersnapper came back for more  and this time Grumpy decided to tolerate him.

Mr Grumpy 3

Puppy Love! The Grumpy Old Man is happy to take the attention from the young whippersnapper.

Mr Grumpy 2

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


52 in 2015 Week 34 Glass

Only one photograph this week along with a very short post.

52 in 2015 Week 34 Glass

In the grounds of Arley Hall stands a tea house where the ladies would sit and have afternoon tea. The windows look out onto the magnificent gardens of the hall.

Afternoon tea originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840’ s  and Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is widely credited as transforming afternoon tea in England into a late-afternoon meal.  By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes.

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar. The sugar and caffeine of the concoction provided fortification against afternoon doldrums for the working poor of 19th and early 20th century England, who had a significantly lower calorie count and more physically demanding occupation than most Westerners today. For labourers, the tea was sometimes accompanied by a small sandwich or baked snack (such as scones) that had been packed for them in the morning. For the more privileged, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge).  Source Wikipedia

That’s it! I hope you enjoy the photograph.

52 in 2015 Week 33 Monochrome

For this weeks challenge I thought I’d go back in time. Well not quite. But I do have a Photoshop filter that simulates old style photographs. Time to experiment.

52 in 2015 Week 33 Monochrome.

My own personal choice is mainly to photograph in colour. I’ll occasionally use Black and White for a street photograph or sometimes when I have done a long exposure and i want to add emphasis to the clouds but I’m definitely a colour advocate.

Why would anyone want to photograph an indisputably colourful world in monochrome? If colour film had been invented first, would anybody even contemplate photographing in black and white? – Russell Miller ,

Saying that, this week I am experimenting.

Old Print

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Rhyl Air Show 2015

This years Air Show, two days of great air displays,  took place on the August Bank holiday which has just gone. Main attraction for me this year would be the Vulcan Bomber on one of it’s last flying days before it’s grounded for good.

All photographs were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the excellent M Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R lens. Camera settings: Manual Mode, f5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 200, C-AF Tracking.

Just click on any photograph to see a larger version

First up the Hawk T2; a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft, used not only for training but also by the Red Arrows.

Hawk T2

Mainly based at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey the Hawk is often seen flying through the valleys in Snowdonia. Don’t half give you a fright sometimes when they come screaming right over the top of your head when you’re not expecting it.

From fast jests to something more sedate. A pair of old pre WW2 biplanes also used for flying training.

Bucker Jungmann

Seen here in the livery of the Spanish Air Force the Bucker Jungmann or Bü 131 became the  basic trainer for the German Luftwaffe. Later it was adopted by the Spanish Air Force where it remained in service until 1968.

And now for something completely different. Supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft the Calidus is an Autogyro designed and produced by AutoGyro GmbH of Hildesheim, Germany.

Calidus AutoGyro

Now for some more WW2 aircraft who all put in an appearance at the air show.  The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota (RAF designation) is a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War 2.

Douglas Dakota C47

The Fairey Swordfish was a biplane torpedo bomber designed by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War 2. Built in the 1930’s and despite having an out-dated bi-plane design it remained in service throughout the war in Europe  Designed as a naval attack aircraft, the Swordfish was later used as an anti-submarine and training craft.

Fairey Swordfish

There’s nothing like the sound of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine; combine it with the airframe of the Spitfire and I’m in heaven. It’s a beautiful aircraft, one I love to see and hear flying.


Right! Let’s shake it up a bit….literally. Our next performers at the air show provide spectacular displays of aerobatic flying. They really use the sky to perform some great stunts.

Flying two Pitts Special S-1D Biplanes,  the TRIG aerobatic team are sponsored by Trig Avionics. Regarded as one of the legendary light aerobatic aircraft it was designed by Curtiss Pitts in 1944. The design was so successful, famous teams like Rothmans and Marlboro adopted the Pitts are their display aircraft in the 1970’s.

Pitts Special S-1D Biplanes

Another Pitts Special, this time in a red and white livery.

Pitts Special S-1D Biplane

The Extra 260 was designed and built in Germany by Walter Extra, an aerobatic pilot.

Extra 260

My final aircraft and star of day 1 of the show is the Avro Vulcan (officially Hawker Siddeley Vulcan a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. After retirement by the RAFXH558, named “The Spirit of Great Britain” was restored for use in display flights and air shows.

Vulcan Bomber

But sadly, this year 2015, is the last year of flying. There are several reasons for this. The airframe and systems are 10% above the hours flown by any other Vulcan. More importantly the expertise required to maintain the excellent safety record is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

That’s it! I hop you enjoyed the photographs.