Oxfordshire in autumn

Oxfordshire in autumn

landscape, photography
An autumn walk in Oxfordshire. The trees have not yet reached their colourful peak of golds and reds. The weather can be very changeable, with dull greys skies suddenly turning blue. The rainbow picture shows a rapidly moving heavy shower crossing across a clear sky. Within minutes it had come and gone. The top-right picture is a very grainy image of a deer feeding in a field of tall grass. It had seen me and stood motionless for several minutes as we watched each other silently. As with almost all the photographs in this blog, they were taken on mobile phones. While I'm often amazed at the sheer quality of modern smartphone cameras, their limitations do show in subjects like the deer picture, which I could only get by using…
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Autumn fungi

Autumn fungi

photography
Fungi are amazing organisms. This small collection were all photographed within the same week but across four different locations. The inkcaps (3rd and 4th, top row) were found growing out of a mix of hard gravel and stones between a concrete wall and a paved footpath. The bracket fungi were all on the same rotting tree stump. The large parasols, about 10cm across, (1st and 2nd, top row) were in a garden. I think that the cluster of fungi shown in the bottom row, last image, is honey fungus, but I'm not entirely sure.
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Play misty

Play misty

photography
These images were taken in early-October about an hour after sunrise. On two consecutive mornings, there was dazzlingly bright sunlight shining through a low-lying mist that combined to produce some wonderfully atmospheric images. The effect didn't last long and within an hour the mist had cleared. All these images were taken on a Moto 4G phone. I am constantly amazed at how brilliant mobile phone cameras are becoming.
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Shooting pool

photography
I was recently commissioned to photograph a couple of pool and snooker clubs [Hurricane Rooms]. One was an old establishment with an endearingly faded warmth that was the hangout of loyal locals. The other was a newly built chic interior with a rather more hip appeal. I wanted to capture something of the atmosphere of the two places and in particular the way that light plays such a crucial role in creating a sense of place and mood. I used long exposures and just allowed the light, the people and the movement to create the picture. Here’s a few of the results.      
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Bums on seats

design, photography
I spotted these handsome pair in a restaurant during a recent trip to Greece. Given the context, they may well be derivatives of a rather more rarefied original, nevertheless, they are undoubtedly good fun.
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