Monthly Archives: February 2016

Frosty Playground

Hiya 🙂 Hope you’re all well and have had a good couple of weeks. This time around I’ve got a few random shots but focussing mainly on some photos of a frosty playground which I took last Friday morning after we had a bit of a frosty start to the day.

First off is a photo I took last night of the Snow Moon. I only found this out last night but apparently each full moon has its own name. Last night’s has a few; Hunger Moon, Snow Moon and Bone Moon. I had just left the house to walk Maya when I saw it just above the horizon. I was a bit gutted I couldn’t just grab a few photos of it there and then but had to wait until I got back before I could capture it, but which time the colour was draining and it had risen above the treeline so I couldn’t pull anything into the frame as an anchor…

Hungry Moon

The shot below was really just one of several practice shots with using my macro lens, I took a few with different exposures and merged them to create a true HDR shot. I was playing with the depth of field, hence the foreground being out of focus (yes, it is intentional, honest 🙂 )

Yellow Flower

The 2 shots below were taken in Beech Hill a week or so ago…

Yellow Sky

Beech Hill

The first shot was a zoomed in shot from where the sun appears just behind the tree line, whilst the second shot was taken using a wide-angle lens and zoomed all the way out to show the fields and road.

Sulhamstead Pano

The photo above is made up of 2 shots stitched together and was taken in Sulhamstead as the sun sank behind the house. I love these kinds of silhouetted shots, especially with such warm and inviting colours. I reckon the would look amazing as a print.

Sunrise

Playground

Swings

Roundabout

And, the final 4 shots were taken at the little recreation ground in Burghfield, just near the Hatch Gate pub. We had had a bit of a chill the night before so the colours in the air were pretty crisp and sharp. I thought the frosty playground looked kind of cool.

As always thanks for your time, I hope you liked this week’s offerings. I’m always keen to get any feedback you have, so feel free to post a comment, let me know what you think.

And, as I’m sure you already know if there are any photos you’d like to buy as prints then let me know. Normal prints look great but canvasses and aluminium prints look amazing 🙂

You can either let me know directly which ones you’re interested in, or click through from the Prints to Buy section and order direct 🙂

Until next time, take care.

Mart

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Out and about

Hi again and thanks for visiting my website, where recently I was able to get out and about during the very brief spell of rainless weather…lasted all of a day hehe 🙂

So last Sunday was actually a decent day with some blue sky and a slight hint and tease of the promise of Spring.

In the morning I took our dog for a walk along the canal. On the way back was a guy with a Harris Hawk. The guy was’t too friendly to be honest but I did coax him into letting me take a quick photos of the hawk. It’s at times like these I really wish I carried my proper camera around with me all the time, had to take this with my iPhone!

Harris Hawk 1 Done

Apparently these birds of prey are actually all too common and as such end up living in cages in falconry centres. A shame as despite being so common they are still amazing animals in my opinion.

So after walking Maya I decided to get out with my proper camera as the day brightened up a little.

The first place I stopped off at was Mortimer, the next village along from Burghfield. I took this whilst standing on the thinnest strip of pavement on the railway bridge…

Mortimer Railway

My current journey to work takes me through Beech Hill, a quaint little village which you might have seen me post photos of previously. There is a nice little church on the main road through the village, St Mary the Virgin church. On the odd occasion I’ve driven past in the morning and the sun was rising, the reflection in the stained glass windows is really pretty. I only got to the church a little later on in the day but I do want to catch these reflected rays at some point!

This church was built in 1867

St Mary the Virgin tmlr

St Mary the Virgin 2 tmlr

From here I drove back down the the A33 and headed toward Hartley Wintney, a village we pass through when visiting friends in Churt, and actually a place I knew from when I lived in Farnborough many years ago.

Mainly I wanted to go there to take some shots of the park they have as there but this house caught my eye once I parked up;

Hartley Wintney House tmlr

I then took a wander through the park and got a few more shots;

Reach for the Skies tmlrint

Hartley Wintney Trees

St John Church tmlr

I’ll leave you with a couple f concert shots from the many I took last Friday night when me and the Mrs went up town to see Massive Attack play at the O2 Brixton Academy, the first shot is of the support act, Young Fathers who were a pretty decent opener.

Young Fathers

Massive Attack

Thanks as always for taking time out to look at my photos of when I was out and about. And as always feel free to leave comments below, it’d be great to know what you think of the shots I post up 🙂

Mart

 

 

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