Issue No: 159
Summer time and the weather is freezing! Typical
UK weather we all love to talk about. Spring is here, we've just entered
British Summer Time (BST) and the weather has sunshine tinged with cold.
Hopefully over the coming month and the Easter Weekend we will have loads of
sunshine, merriment and lots of Easter Eggs for the children. There are loads of
activities going on up and down the country for you to enjoy and photograph.
World Pinhole Photography Day is on the 30th and
is a modern day activity encouraging photographers to have a go and experiment
using an old technique which is believed to have originated in the 1850's. In
1890 a pinhole photograph 'An Old Farmstead' won the first award at the annual
exhibition of the Photographic Society. A pinhole camera is basically a device
which has a very small hole in it, opposite the recording material, and as light
travels through the hole it exposes the image onto the recording material
whether that be paper or on today's digital cards. We have a whole section on
Photography, which covers the technology as well as how to adapt your existing
camera to get the same effect, or have some fun by making your own, out of a 'Pringle
There is also a gallery of a series of images we took of
Stanton Drew Stone Circle
in Somerset, using a Nikon digital camera with an adaptor.
Staying with photography and history. If you
want to step back in time and visit photography of the past, then you
could pop along to the
Hardman House and Photographers Studio
Rodney Street, Liverpool. Here the terraced house has been preserved in
the 1950's and is on display how it was when the Hardman family lived
there. It is now in the hands of the National Trust and available for us
all to see.
It is a fascinating
insight into how photography studios worked in the first halve of the 20th
On first sight it looks like any ordinary
terraced house in a residential street of Liverpool. It was the home and
renowned portrait and landscape photographer, Edward
Chambre Hardman and his wife,
Margaret. Inside it is a like a 'tardis' and across its many rooms you
have the studio, where the photos of paying clients were taken, there is
an onsite darkroom where they developed all their own photos, as well as
the finishing room where staff would put the final touches and in some
cases hand colour the photos ready for the client.
There are also exhibition rooms with
photos they took of the local area in their time, as well as photographs
in a number of rooms of both their work and play/holiday time.
As well as Britain's Heritage and the many places
we have on this island to represent that and therefore loads of opportunities to
photograph it. My other passion, photography wise, is flower and
love the intense colours produced by the flora and fauna of our countryside, the
and opportunities to use
photography and in most cases like buildings the subject doesn't move at the
last minute. Obviously outside you cannot always guarantee it won't move, just a
sudden breeze will move the head one way or there other, but most times you can
overcome this. Whether you're visiting a typical English village during the
summer, or your favourite woodland, the local park or even your own garden will
have something to inspire. If like me you're not up on your flora/fauna as far
as identification goes then we do have a
Guide to Common Wild Flowers in the UK
Where to Photograph UK Wild Plants
to find links to other resources on this website that will help you to identify places to find
them. See also our
section for more information.
A Cotswold Cottage
once nearly driven to extinction, these birds are now a more common
site across the UK. When driving about the countryside, especially where we live
in the Cotswolds, there are many trips when you will see an odd one either
soaring above the roadside verges looking for pray. Occasionally you may even
spot one taking a breather on an overhead cable or post on the edge of a field.
As well as information on
we also have a
Red Kite Gallery
which carries many more images of these magnificent birds. These
close up images were captured when we visited
a Red Kite Feeding Station, in Powys. Here at 3pm each afternoon during the
summer months, March to October, hundreds of Red Kites come in to feed each day.
They have both general hides and specialist photographic ones available around
the feeding area, so you can get up close and personal with those flying in.
Take a look at our
Girgrin Farm Gallery
to see some of what we captured on our visit.
As long as the April Showers don't get in the
way there are many opportunities to get out and about and lots to see and
photograph within the English Countryside.
Take a look at our diary pages for more events
than you can possibly manage to see, across all interests and photographic
opportunities. Don't forget the wildlife calendar to help you spot what wildlife
is abundant this month. On top of that throughout this whole resource there are
lots of ideas for places to visit, explore and photograph.
We are continuing to upgrade this
It is taking
us some time, but in the background we are continuing to move from a Microsoft
based website to something much newer and more flexible, run on our Apple
systems. Our Windows computer is often difficult to start and should it
fail, before the new system is live, we will allow a gap of a month or two
to occur rather than waste time setting up outdated systems as a temporary
measure. So if we go missing for a while please check back regularly as we
will be back.
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