Monday, 27 October 2008

Barton Stacey, Hampshire

Barton Stacey, Hampshire
Barton Stacey, Hampshire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I was on my way to a meeting in Salisbury this morning when I stopped to take this photograph. I was fortunate with the weather which was clear and sunny with cloudless blue skies. I needed to take a photograph for Project 365 and knew that it would be difficult later as it would probably be dark when my meeting had finished. I have took several photographs of this church and will upload more of them when I get home tomorrow. This one was uploaded from my hotel room using a 3G connection.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Ring of Fire


Ring of Fire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

As the dark nights draw in, it is time to try some low light, long exposure photography. Otherwise I will never get Project 365 completed. I have about ten weeks left during which time the days will get shorter and shorter. I have to take most of my photographs in the evening after work and so this is a real problem.

The idea for this photograph came from reading an article in the November 2008 issue of Photography Monthly. I took the photograph using only the light from the gas burner. The exposure was 45 seconds at F16 with an ISO of 100.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Coventry


Coventry
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

Coventry Cathedral was bombed during World War II. A new cathedral was built alongside the old when the war was over. It has become an important symbol of peace and the futility of war. This photograph shows the east window of the old cathedral captured in late afternoon yesterday.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Leicester


Leicester
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I took this photograph of the Highcross Centre in Leicester this morning. While I was taking photographs, I was approached by a security guard who informed me that it was illegal to take photographs of the Highcross Centre. When I said that I was mostly taking photographs from a public road, she said that that did not matter. Taking photographs of the Highcross Centre was illegal no matter where they were taken from. She did say that the management of the Centre might give me permission to take photographs if I asked them. I did not argue with her as she was polite and was presumably only following orders.

It does seem that some property owners are getting a bit above themselves if they are claiming that it is illegal to take a photograph of a building from a public place. They may be justified in preventing people from taking photographs from within their building but I cannot see how they can claim jurisdiction over what people photograph from a public place.

This is one of the photographs that the security guard said that I should not take. It was taken from Freeschool Lane and shows the roof of the part of the Highcross Centre that includes the cinema.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

London Eye


London
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I have been going through my old photographs today and cataloguing them in Digicam. I came across a series of photographs that I took in September 2007 when I went on the London Eye. Most of them have a blue cast as you can see in this example. I have dusted a few of them off and put them on Flickr. I especially like the photographs of Charing Cross and the Houses of Parliament. I would like to go again at night and see how London looks then.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Squirrel


Squirrel
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I took this shot a couple of days ago in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. The squirrel was scampering around the gardens but would halt briefly from time to time. Much to the amusement of onlookers, I followed it around trying to snap it when it stayed motionless. There were a lot of failed shots but I am pleased with this one. It is actually cropped from a much larger frame. I was using a mid range zoom and so could not get close enough to fill the frame with the squirrel.