Old man with his head down.

Due to a leg infection I have had to change my plans for the weekend – in short I have to rest my leg whilst the antibiotics go to war.   After two days I am starting to go stir crazy!   Now those of you who know me will know that I don’t go out a lot but the fact that I can’t somehow made me want to get out and do something!   Instead I am stuck around the house catching up with things in this case some more image for the Ironstone project.

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Pushing the envelope

Last night I watched a video about what a DIT is and I found it fascinating just the amount of care and attention that goes into producing digital video images before it is reworked in post production.  One of the key skills that a DIT brings to the production is providing advice on the correct technical equipment to use to capture the images for the movie/advert etc.   This struck me this morning whilst I was chasing pollinators in the garden this morning.   The 24/120mm equivalent lens on my Sony camera body is great as an all rounder lens but when the envelope is pushed you suddenly realise that you need better equipment.  The above photograph is a case in point.   Great photo as far as it goes but when you compare it to  an image I captured in the garden some time ago using top end pro photo gear you see my point.

Of course I could spend the money on a macro lens for my current camera, which is light years better than the Canon 1D Mk 3 I used back in 2010, but it really wouldn’t be worth it given my current photographic practice.  Nonetheless to get the best photo you need the best equipment – something that a DIT would have advised I am sure.

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We Live In Strange Times

Yesterday I was out walking in the nice warm sun around Melton Mowbray and the Eye Valley – today I am taking antibiotics for an infection in my leg – although the walking isn’t connected with the infection I probably got that on Monday  when again I was out walking – see all this exercise isn’t really any good for you (haha).

Yesterday saw a return to the Ironstone Benefice project that I am woking on with my good friend David Manley (He’s calling it Paint the Town Red) and so we visited the ancient market town of Melton Mowbray, Wymondham, Edmondthorpe and Burton Lazars.   In truth the sun was far too bright to help the production of photographs but I managed these three anyway.

The other thing about this area is that in the forthcoming election they don’t count the Tory vote they weigh it – the last MP and current Conservative candidate won with a 22,000 majority.  Up until the launch of the Conservative manifesto the campaign had been really boring and it looked like Theresa May, who apparently all the Conservative candidates are working with, was cruising to a comfortable victory.  Then came the dementia tax and the Andrew Neil interview and things started to unravel very very quickly.  The Manchester incident* then put a halt to campaigning and it allowed Theresa May to resume her role as Prime Minister rather than the Conservative candidate for Maidenhead and leader of the Conservative party.  Normal service has resumed and somehow Theresa May is starting to look a lot more vulnerable than she did just a week ago.  Apart from the continued problems with the dementia tax awkward questions are beings raised such as  the true reason for 1000 troops being put on the street – is it because of the increased security threat or is it to cover for the number of armed response police officers who have been cut by the then Home Secretary Theresa May?.

I guess the one crumb of comfort for the Tories is that they are facing a divided Labour party whose leader has many many skeletons in the cupboard, many of which we are about to see the light of day over the closing two weeks of the election.  Will this negative campaigning have an effect – I suspect it will and I still can’t see Jeremy Corbyn winning but I think things are going to be closer than was once thought.   What this election has really demonstrated is that Theresa May perhaps isn’t as strong and stable as she is made out to be and how that will play out in the forthcoming negotiations with the EU over Brexit is anyone’s guess.   Certainly the good citizens of Melton Mowbray have no more of an idea that anyone else.



*I refuse to discuss the details out of sympathy to those who have lost loved ones and that doing so also aids the terrorist’s agenda.

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Freshly Squeezed

Another beautiful day and what better way to start the day than to walk amongst the flowers whilst the air is still cool – simple things are usually the most rewarding.

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Thrill Me

Another beautiful day in the garden.

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The Sign

Why are clowns so creepy?   Too many zombie movies ?  Perhaps.

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Away from the madness of the world

With so much craziness going on just now I thought I would spend a while in the garden just capturing some images of flowers.

Peace on us all.

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