#208 – Roy Chadwicks* Finest Hour

Back in the 1980’s I was a teenage air cadet and mildly obsessed with anything aeronautical, and particularly obsessed with anything Vulcan related. On my bedroom wall was a large poster of XH558, the last surviving flying Vulcan, which was at the time the RAF’s Vulcan Display Team The highlight of my visits to the…

#207 – Steam On The Isle Of Wight – Part 2

  As I was on a holiday day trip, rather than a day out photographing trains, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the line and look for some good vantage points. That said, railway photography in summer doesn’t always yield the best results as the warmth tends to result in a poor exhaust and…

#206 – Steam On The Isle Of Wight – Part 1

I last visited the Isle of Wight in 1977 when I wasn’t very old at all, and if I leave it another 34 years to go again, I’ll be in my early 70’s. To that end I thought it wise to take a look at the Isle Of Wight Steam Railway while I was here…

#205 – Mobile Landscapes

I’m a member of a Flickr group called Mobile Landscapes which is for landscape photographs taken on mobile phones. In some respects this is a faintly ludicrous concept, as landscape photography is traditionally regarded as a contemplative art, where you take your time in choosing the optimum composition, wait for the best light, and often…

#204 – ticket to Ryde 2

OK, here’s a few more of the PS Ryde in the Isle Of Wight. I’d like to have taken a longer, closer look, but that just wasn’t possible in the circumstances unfortunately. The hull is in a terrible state. Note that it’s rusted through in places – mind you the ship was built in the…

#203 – ticket to ryde 1

  As I drove onto the crunchy gravel car park of the swish, modern marina near Newport on the Isle of Wight, it occurred to me what an odd location this was for the beached, rusting paddle steamer PS Ryde. The futuristic harbour control centre, million pound yachts and motor cruisers seemed a world away…

#201 – before and after – articulating your vision photographically

“It is impossible for a photographic print to duplicate the range of brightnesses (luminances) of most subjects, and thus photographs are to some degree interpretations of the original subject values. Much of the creativity of photography lies in the infinite range of choices open to the photographer between attempting a nearly literal representation of the…

#200 – 200 not out (time for a holiday)

2 years, 200 posts. I’ve somehow managed to make an average of 2 posts a week for 2 years, no idea how (OK, the first few were reposts from my old blogspot blog, but let’s overlook that…). Mind you, I’ve been places and done stuff that I’d never even heard of  two years ago, so…