Tagged: Photography

No Entry

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.

No Entry

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

Is Flickr Dying?

If you read this I really would like your comments on the quality of the photographs which are being stored on the WordPress Server rather than my usual Flickr versions

Over the past couple of weeks or so I have been picking up rumours on the web that Flickr as a service may well be terminated since it’s sale to Verizon by Yahoo. I sincerely hope not as I host all of my blog photographs on Flickr. In fact for me it would be a downright disaster as there would be so many broken links on Say It With A Camera, making it almost unreadable.

I was never happy with the way WordPress handled my photographs and the let’s face it the 3GB limit is measly in comparison to the 1TB that Flickr allow. I know, I know, some of you will be saying “what do you expect from a free service?” But here’s the thing. The ideal size for a photograph on my current theme is 994 pixels wide on the longest edge, and ideally you should keep the file size to between 60 and 150kb, whereas when I use Flickr my file size is 2048 pixels on the longest edge. Now that doesn’t really matter as WordPress will display the Flickr photograph at 994 pixels, but click on it and you will see the larger size photograph in all it’s glory.

Also for convenience when I write my blog, I do so of-line using Windows Live Writer and the very excellent Flickr plugin from Tim Heuer. WLW allows me to write my blog in slow time, I can save a copy on my hard drive as well. With the Flickr plugin I can embed photographs without worrying about resizing or positioning as it’s all taken care of in WLW.

So anyway as an experiment  am going to use the WordPress Media storage option to try and see if it has become a better viable option for storing my blog photographs. You may have seen these photographs before, but this is just an experiment so bear with me. There won’t be too much of a write-up as this is about the quality and placement of the photographs

First up this wonderful bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow

Over The Bridge

Followed by Rhyl Harbour with a sunset.

Rhyl Harbour

Now we have a Black and White of wind turbines off the coast of Prestatyn

Wind Turbines

What about this shot with a 300mm Olympus lens?

Stonechat

If you go to Berlin you can see one of the two Soviet War Memorials, this one was in the west when Berlin was a divided city.

llyn Ogwen

Right, what else do we have? How about a nice sunset at Talacre Beach?

Talacre Lighthouse at Sunset

Finally let’s finish with another sunset, this time at

Orange and Blue

That’s it. I really would appreciate it if you could take the time to comment about the quality of the photographs after WordPress has done whatever it does to them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

Over the years I have written about many of the places I have visited in North Wales but never really shown you much of where I live; Prestatyn. It’s a typical small town bordered on one side by the sea and on the other by a range of hills, which are supposed to protect us from the harsher winter elements. Do they? Don’t know, but when all around gets snow we don’t see a lot in Prestatyn. But there again we do live by the sea and that’s always good, too much salt in the air for snow and ice to settle.

Anyway to the photographs. Prestatyn High street is typical of many small towns you can find, some empty units, some that never seem busy and some quite bustling. What more can I say.

High Street

There is evidence that the area around Prestatyn was settled in prehistoric finds with artifacts found in caves nearby. The Romans were definitely here as there are still the remains of a bath house to be found situated in the midst of a housing estate. No other Roman buildings exist, probably because the land they may have been buried under was excavated and built on. More on that later.

High on the hill above Prestatyn there lies a bronze sculpture of one side of a Roman legionnaires helmet. With the existence of the bath house it is thought that Prestatyn was probably the site of a Roman fort on the road from Chester to Caernarfon.

Roman Helmet

The sad thing is most people in Prestatyn probably don’t even know it exists , especially as it’s sited an area that very few visitors to the town would venture to. Still staying with old Prestatyn. Up until the arrival of the railway and holidaymakers in the 19th and 20 century the population of Prestatyn was very small. But Prestatyn had something that city dwelling Victorians considered very healthy; fresh air, clean seas, fantastic beaches and promenade entertainers. Prestatyn suddenly became a very popular place to visit.

Nowadays most of the tourists have gone but we still have fresh air, clean seas and the fantastic beaches that stretch for miles and miles. We also get some amazing sunsets….

Long Beaches

If you look in the photograph above you can see to the right a small object sticking up from the sea. It’s a marker for part of the sea defences which become submerged when the tide comes in. But when it goes out you can walk out to those markers and sometimes beyond. So not only are our beaches long, they’re also wide.

Beach Marker

However, we also get exceptionally high tides several times a year and our sea defences have to be able to cope not only with the high tide but also a storm surge if the wind whips the sea up even higher, Unfortunately a couple of years ago the defences were breached just a little bit further up the coast and many houses were flooded.

Stormy Seas

Although Prestatyn is a small town the surrounding area is very rural so we sort of have the benefits of both worlds.

Evening Sunset

 

Dechrau a Diwedd

Back to the sea again, it’s the best part and those sunsets….what more can I say.

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

Sky Blue Daze How to be a street performer
Shots and captures Weekly Photo Challenge- Local
Fife Photos & Art Greenside Cottages, Leslie
The Photographer Smiled… Our celebrity
DAVID OAKES -IMAGES. Colours of Autumn.. (Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Local 2)
Penne 4 Your Thoughts Exploring the Waverton coal loader
Photocracy Sukkah
Gwyncurbygodwin’s Blog LITTLE RED CHICKEN HOUSE
Coffee fuels my photography! So Local they made themselves at home! (WPC- Local)
Weekly Photo Challenge- Local – Angela Kay

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

I’m afraid this is going to be a quickie. I’m safely back from my trip to Germany and The Netherlands, Had a great time, got some amazing photographs but now it’s back to reality. Got to sort through all of those photographs and at the same time prepare for a talk I’ve been asked to give about some of the abandoned buildings I’ve photographed over the years. Meanwhile my beloved Olympus E-M1 has gone to Portugal for repair. It developed a fault whilst I was away, fortunately it didn’t compromise photograph quality but it means I will be using a small point and shoot camera for this Saturday’s Liverpool Photowalk. The good thing is Olympus have a great repair service. DHL pick up the camera, it’s sent to the European Repair Centre in Portugal, where it’s repaired, cleaned, usually within 10 days and then sent back to be delivered by DHL again. All done free under Warranty.

Anyway to this weeks challenge

Reflections

Reflection of a Liverpool city street from last years Photowalk….

Gotta rush – Mike

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Better late than never, but having only just got home I’ve been struggling to get this weeks challenge completed in time, especially as I really wanted to show you some photographs from Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. So a quick compromise. One photograph taken several years back during a photowalk around Liverpool.

Photograph Me

That’s all folks, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

Jubilant – The Lounge
Through the Lens of my Life Jubilant!
The Good Life Jubliant
R and P Photography Weekly Photo Challenge – Jubilant
PUTUJUĆI blog Great moves on the streets of Manchester
Jennifer Sawicky Photography 2016-05-24- WPC Jubilant
O’Neill Photography & Design
Jubilant … – Nenny’s Corner
Jubilant – Cassie’s Stories
Chasing Serenity with a Lens Weekly Photo Challenge- Jubilant