Just back from a quick trip to Prague and Budapest (2 days in each). Had great weather and a lovely break despite having a cold and doing a lot of walking. I have just posted the first section (Prague photos) - more to follow over the coming weeks !
I have just posted a couple of new pages - one on Buckland Abbey and the other on the Poppy Wave sculpture at the war memorial on Plymouth Hoe. Enjoy!
Later this week we are off to Cardigan for a few days and the following week to Prague and Budapest, so posting will be delayed until we return.
Apologies for delays in posting photos - too many photos to edit and also it is summer in the UK so we are travelling a lot. Next batch of photos will be of the Newcastle (IUK) area including the beautiful wildlife on the Farne Islands, a bird protections area, Newcastle city and the Angel of the North statue. Should be able to load them starting Wednesday 16th August - I hope !
Apologies for not uploading for 2 weeks - busy on other things! I will try to post some airshow and zoo photos this week.
I have added some photos of West Bay (Better known as the setting for the ITV detective series "Broadchurch") taken on our way home from the cruise to the Norwegian fjords.
Also new is a page showing our trip on the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman. This was a 70th birthday present form my daughter and it was a really wonderful evening. I hope you enjoy the photos - not may as we were dining for most of the evening!
Next up will be some photos of the 2017 Torbay Air Show, featuring among other attractions, the RAF RED ARROWS. Some special photos coming up!
Just back from our Norwegian cruise and I am busy editing the results. I have begun with posting a new page (slideshow) and have uploaded Stavanger photos. I will be away over the next few days, so next week will resume posting. Enjoy !
Coming up after that will be some photos of West Bay, Dorset - famous as the location for the ITV detective series Broadchurch.
Unfortunately when touring on a package tour, we often find ourselves on an organised guided tour. There is probably nothing worse when trying to take photos! One tip I have learned over the years is to position myself either at the very front of the group or the very back. If you are at the front, you often have the opportunity to take a couple of photos before the place is swarming with tourists. Likewise, if you hang back from the group they will move on allowing you to photograph before the next group arrives.
As a (almost professional) tourist, I take lots of photos of places that are new to me. As a stranger in a strange land, I have the luxury of looking at things with a fresh eye. So what do I do? The first think is to look around to see what attracts me about a particular place. Any number of things might make a first impression on my eye including shapes (of buildings or landscapes), lines (roads or paths or walls), colours (items or clothes or scenery), patterns (objects or landscapes) and texture (objects, buildings, trees). Having decided on what makes a scene attractive, I then decide on what element of that I want to focus on. For example, in Amsterdam bicycles are a major feature of life, so I might want to take a photo of a bicycle or bicycles. But a photo of a bicycle would be a bit boring, so I look for some feature of a particular bicycle like it's location or a part of a bicycle that is interesting. I have included three examples - the first is an unusual bicycle, the second is an unusual feature and the third is a bicycle traffic sign.
I hope this helps you take more unusual and interesting photos. Happy clicking !
I am a retired IT professional. I use my spare time by travelling and taking photographs. I love wildlife and history.