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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

A photo of 2 side profile head shots of Geese with the one at the back in focus and the one if front out of focus.

As ii’m registered blind, this weeks photo challenge “Focus” is very interesting as i don’t have any focus and need to use the camera’s autofocus! 

I chose this photo as the lens was going crazy trying to focus on each of the birds, so in the end i pressed the shutter and got this shot! 🤣 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Buildings

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising main stairs

Castle Rising 2

Castle Rising 4

Castle Rising 6

Castle Rising 7

Castle Rising 9

I thought i would use “Castle Rising Castle” for this weeks “Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Buildings

While on holiday at the lighthouse Me, Sarah & Brother Ben took a day trip to Castle Rising castle. I gave Ben my big Nikon as Sarah & I were doing an audio described tour provided by the ticket office for £1. It was a fun tour as the audio description was dramatised! 

I still managed to shoot the shots above with my little compact camera! 🤣 


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Meet Rafael

This evening Sarah & i went to visit our brother & sister in Christ Ben & Rosie, and got to meet 5 hour old Rafael, beautiful! 🙂

Rafael

⇧ Rafael ~ “God Has Healed“⇧ 

Father  Son

⇧ Father & Son! 🙂 ⇧ 

Me  Rafael

⇧ I got to hold Rafael for a minute! 🙂 ⇧

You’ll Never Believe This…. (Part 3)

Wow, Part 3 already! If you’re wondering what i’m talking about pleas see my older posts (Part 1 & Part 2). 
I’ve just sent my exhibition entry form with descriptions of the photos etc and i’m doing my video interview this Sunday in London. Also Sarah & i have booked our Hotel for 7 nights with flights in Florence, Italy for the opening meet and greet. I’m a little excited! 🙂
I thought i would share with you which photos were chosen and my descriptions & aims of the images for this Florence exhibition in December.
Please comment and let me know what you think, as i’d love to hear your feedback on my descriptions, aims & photos! 🙂
 
My Exhibition Photos
 
Image 1: ‘Stormy Bay’ – Ilfracombe, Devon, England

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Brief description: Photograph taken in a huge storm with my iPhone 4s camera. (I wouldn’t get my Nikon camera out of it’s bag as the weather was too bad). I’ve applied a grayscale effect to bring out how I felt on the day (very wet, cold and shivery). A great memory of the English southern coast on New Years Day.

Aim of the work: I felt the strength of the storm (with howling winds and lashing rain) and wanted an image that captured the moment. Using dramatic black and white I wanted to draw people into the strength and power of the elements so they could feel the strength of the storm for themselves. 

Image 2: ‘The London Eye’

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Brief description: Stood close the Eye looks big but through the wide angle lens of my Sony Alpha a100 camera it felt like a huge bike wheel in the sky ….very sureal.

Aim of the work. Looking at life from a different angle.

Image 3: ‘Arches’ – Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Brief description: One of my very first photos taken as blind photographer. Taken with a Fugi F10 camera. I was visiting Hampton Court Palace and was struck by the contrast between the heat in the sunny parts and the cool in the the shadows when walking down this corridor. I wanted to reflect this in the patterns made by sunlight playing though the arches. I used black and white in this image to capture this feeling.

Aim of the work. To demonstrate the amazing effects sunlight can have on it’s surroundings.

Image 4: ‘Life on the water’ (canal boat – Heartfordshire, England)

Canal Boat

Brief description: Walking along a peaceful, tranquil path by the canal I was taking shots of different things around me with my Sony Alpha a100 camera. I heard the rumble of this boats engine and took photos as it passed. On returning home and zooming into the images with my computer this one stood out, as when seen in detail there was much more in it than I had first thought. It captures a story of the man with his dog living a laid back lifestyle on the boat … all the materials of his life surrounding him. The photo I felt encompassed this mans life and told his story whilst also conveying the peace of the day and tranquility of my surroundings.

Aim of the work. A single photo that tells the story of this mans life – the more you zoom in the more you see.

Image 5: ‘Portsmouth Cathedral’

Portsmouth Cathedral

Brief description A dramatic image of Portsmouth Cathedral on a hot but cloudy day.Taken with my iPhone 4 camera at a friends ordination ceremony.

Aim of the work. The ceremony was very grand and I wanted to capture the feeling of the spendour and grandeur of the ceremony and Cathedral in a photo. From experience I know that using black and white on architecture creates a dramatic feel, especially on a cloudy day.

Our Friends “The Wigley Family” Part 2

Here are some more photos of Ella, Georgia & Abbie! They’re so lovely and fun to be around, i hope you enjoy! 🙂

Ella Tree 2

⇧ Ella enjoying chilling in the tree ⇧ 

Georgia pushing over the tree

⇧ It looks like Georgia is pushing the tree down! 🙂 ⇧ 

Georgia

⇧ Georgia and her amazing hair! 🙂 ⇧ 

Ella 3

⇧ Ella ⇧ 

Abbie in the sun

⇧ Thought i’d add this shot of Abbie, as she looks so peaceful ⇧ 

Georgia  Ella

⇧ Almost sat still long enough to get a shot of them together! lol ⇧ 

Ella Flower 2

⇧ Ella picking Daisy’s ⇧ 

Georgia

⇧ Georgia picking daisy’s ⇧  

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Our Friends “The Wigley Family”

On Saturday (day #1 on our 3 day trip) Sarah & i met up with our friends Rob, Shelley, Abbie, Ella & Georgia, and we went to Darley Park in Derby to take some photos! It was a lovely sunny day and we all had lots of fun!! 🙂

Ella sat in a tree

⇧ Ella playing in a tree ⇧

Georgia  the stick

⇧ Georgia fascinated with a stick ⇧ 

Ella stood with a flower in front of a huge bush of flowers!

⇧ Ella found the flowers! ⇧

Georgia Flwers

⇧ I love Georgia’s hair! ⇧ 

Ella  Georgia picking flowers

Ella & Georgia picking flowers and making chains ⇧ 

Rob  Georgia

⇧ Georgia with Rob ⇧

Shelley sat on the bench

⇧ Shelley ⇧

Shelley  Abbie

⇧ Shelley & Abbie ⇧

My Sisters Wedding

Sarah & i travelled back up to Derby over the weekend for my Sisters (Charlotte) wedding. It was a blessing to be there for her & Marcellus and share their special day. We loved being around family and also got to catch up with others i’ve not seen in years! 🙂 All photos were taken using my iPhone.

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⇧ Marcellus & Charlotte ⇧

Marcellus  Charlotte 2

⇧ Marcellus & Charlotte 2 ⇧

Marcellus  Charlotte Kiss

⇧ The Kiss ⇧

Me Marc Charlotte  Ambber

⇧ Me, Marcellus, Charlotte & Ambber (my other Sister) ⇧

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⇧ Family & Friends ⇧

Friends

⇧ Marcellus & Tony ⇧

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⇧ 🙂 ⇧

C  M Wedding 7  Taylor

⇧ My Niece Taylor (right) & friend ⇧ 

C  M Wedding 4  Saff

 ⇧ My Niece Saffy ⇧ 

C  M Wedding 12  Saira

⇧ My Niece Saira ⇧ 

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You’ll Never Believe This…….

You’ll never believe this……Some of my photos have been chosen for Several exhibitions around Italy, starting 4th April in Ancona.

Info taken from website:

5 – 27 April 2014
Openig 5th April 5.30 pm
Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona

The exhibition presents sculptures, paintings in various techniques, bas-reliefs, pictures, installations and video clips realized by 30 blind artists from 6 different countries, as well as full-sensorial fruition works crafted by sighted artists.

I’m so honoured to be chosen and i still can’t believe it! This first Ancona exhibition, my photos are presented on a forex panel with 3 photos they chose from the iChristian ‘Blind Photographer” page….see image below.

Photos on forex panel for Ancona Exhibition

Photos on forex panel for Ancona Exhibition  

 For the final exhibition in Florence, Italy in December, i’ll be sending them 6 mounted & framed images and we’ll be actually going to visit the exhibition and meet the people etc at the museum. As you can imagine i’m really excited! 🙂 

More Info…

I SENSI DELL’ARTE| ART SENSES 2014

AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO CANNOT SEE

 

The exhibition ART SENSES 2013, dedicated to blind and visually impaired people, starts in Ancona 4th April 2014, and then Tuscany, region in Italy, on October 26th in Massa Marittima, and it ended in Grosseto on December 3rd, with a conference on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

More than sixty works by 28 blind or visually impaired artists – out of them 15 are from other countries – became part of the art exhibition reserved to them, that includes a wide variety of languages and media.

The thirteen Italian artists mixed with the fifteen from England, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Slovenija, thereby showing a community geographically distant, yet close due to the desire to participate and get involved. 

Among all the works selected for the exhibition, six artists was chosen by a technical jury, as

Award winners

The aim of this artistic path falls within the overall significance of the event, that of appreciating, producing, living art with our other senses, participating together and closely to the experience of those who just cannot see, especially now that the world is increasingly dominated by visual messages. 

ArtSenses starts just from there, and invites everyone to explore “other” ways to experience the creative reality.

 

THE TRAVELING EXHIBIT in 2014

The exhibition will then travel to other exhibition halls, as the OMERO Tactile State Museum in Ancona, Italy, from the 4th until the 27th of April 2014 placed into the important Mole Vanvitelliana; in December 2014 the prestigious PALAZZO MEDICI RICCARDI in Florence. 

This event thus creates the chance to take the concept also beyond national boundaries and it becomes a source of cultural growth and of social and ethical participation, demonstrating the interest in a project that can be regarded beyond the standard canons of art.

 

INVITATION

The UK blind or partially sighted artists are invited to participate to the exhibition from the 3nd until the 15th of December,in FLORENCE, Italy, within the Galleria delle Carrozze of the PALAZZO MEDICI RICCARDI, one of the most famous historical buildings of the city. 

The works selected will be exhibited from 3th to 15th December 2014 in the historical centre of Florence, Italy, within the Galleria delle Carrozze of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

 

Concept and organization

Associazione culturale Art@ltro

in collaboration with

UIC- Italian Blind Union

 

Info:  

www.artaltro.it  – facebook: Artaltro Associazione culturale

info@artaltro.it  – artaltro@gmail.com 

Daily Prompt: The Outsiders

Abbies Photo

Today’s daily prompt “Tel us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that. Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE

 Thought i’d use my photo of Abbie taking a photo of big Ben. I’m on the outside looking in, and we’re both outside too! 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

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share a photo which means LAYERS to you!

Lissie

My Thoughts 💭

I took this photo of brother Ben’s dog ‘Lissie’ a few month before she sadly died. When I saw this weeks challenge was “Layers” i immidiatley thought of Lissie and her layers of fur.

 More of my Weekly Photo Challenges

Thinking Of You Mum

My Mum

My Thoughts 💭 

Today would’ve been my Mums 64th birthday. Some of you who have read My Testimony or my About page may remember that she died in the same month i was registered blind 13 years ago. My family & i miss her lots, so i’ve added some of their facebook comments below,

Paul (my brother) Today would have been my mums 64th birthday. Not a single day goes by that I do t miss and think about her but it’s special days like today that still hurt the most. If you see a loved one today tell them you love them cos you never know what the future holds and missing that chance to say how you feel stays with you forever. Happy Birthday Mam xxxx

Saira (my niece) RIP nana, happy 64th birthday!! She will be so proud of my mum Ambber Williamson and also laughing at her she’ll me so proud of my uncles Paul Stevensonand Steve Rebus and my auntie Charlotte Karyn Tidmarsh we all love you nana!!♥

Amy (my niece) Got my dates confuse yesterday lol…. But would like to wish my nanna a happy birthday… Wish she was here to celebrate but truly know that she is always around… i was told she was one of my guardian angels & know that she was right as a year ago today i found out i was carrying our littlest baby… Lori Valerie-Ann,…. Love you lots Nanna.

Daily Prompt: Community Service

The Daily Post Logo DP

 “Photographers, artists, poets: show us COMMUNITY!

Easter Community 1

Easter Community 2

My Thoughts 💭 

As soon as I read today’s daily prompt, I thought of this years easter “Walk of witness“. The walk happened in our little town and being part of the large community felt really special.

Sleepy 2

A black and white photo of a boxer dog looking sleepy as he lyes slumped over the edge of a sofa. The image also has a frame.

Description

This photo of dearly missed Bruce was taken in January 2005 on my Samsung D600 mobile phone before I had any compact or DSLR cameras. I have just stumbled upon this image and didn’t even know I had it (thanks Time Machine backups) 🙂

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V8 Pickup

Pickup Truck

Description

While on holiday last year in Hunstanton, Norfolk I kept hearing a fat american V8 driving around the town, and one day it was parked up so I could snap it with my camera!

My friends dad always had american cars  and vans and I’ve enjoyed them for most of my life, so I was excited when I could finally put a picture to that beautiful sound.

Camera Used ~ iPhone 4s

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Brooklands Museum

 

Our Balloon Flight

Balloon Flight From The Inside

Balloon flight filling up the balloon

Balloon flight thruster

Balloon in flight with sunsetting

https://steverebus.com/2013/04/25/our-a-balloon-flight/

Balloon Flight 2

Broccoli

Balloon flight landed

Description

A few years ago for Sarah’s birthday present I booked a balloon flight as she has always wanted to go up in one. There were a lot of cancellations last minute due to poor weather but finally one weekend we got to go. The weather as you can see was not very clear, but it was amazing!

Unfortunately I only had my compact camera with me 😦Camera used ~ Samsung WB550


The “ColorStrokes” App

ColorStrokes logo

 

 App 4 2day!  –  “ColorStrokes” for iMac, iPad & iPhone

Description from iTunes app store:

ColorStrokes makes ordinary images pop with colors. And brings you creative photo tools that no similar app has.

My thoughts…

After some amazing comments on my photos I thought I would share this fantastic app with you. I use this to mess around with some of my photos to get some great effects. 

I really find this easy to use as it has a clean and simple interface which is great for me as I have no idea how to use photoshop or lightroom etc! 😀

Please have fun , go check it out!

Also please could you let me know what apps or programs you use and/or like, I am just interested and curious to know how you all get your amazing images! 😀

Rainy Ilfracombe

 

Ilfracombe 2

Description

This is another photo from our new years holiday to Ilfracombe. I took this while in the most powerful winds I have ever expierienced and it was raining really hard too, which is why I used my iPhone! 😀

Camera used ~ iPhone 4s

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Portsmouth Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral

Description

I took this photo of Portsmouth Cathedral when we travelled down for our friend Lynda’s ordination.

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, commonly known as Portsmouth Cathedral, is the Church of Englandcathedral of the Diocese of PortsmouthEngland and is located in the heart of Old Portsmouth. It is the seat of the Bishop of Portsmouth.

The Anglican cathedral is one of the two cathedral churches in the city, the other being the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth which is located about one mile to the north. (Read more)

Camera usediPhone 4

St Martin of Tours Parish Church Building, Epsom

 

St Martin of tours parish church building

St Martins Time Piece

 

Description

These were the first photos I took with my first DSLR, the SONY Alpha a100

A Christian church in the Church of England Diocese of Guildford. Part of Epsom Group Ministry and Churches Together in Epsom

 

Smile! 😃

 

📖 Verse 4 2day! 

Psalm 118:24 (NLT)
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

A photo of a smiling insect from underneath through a glass tank.

Description

Photo taken on our day trip to London Zoo.

 Camera usedFuji F10

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The Storm Clouds

Hunstanton 1

Description

I took this photo on our annual holiday on a not so sunny day in Hunstanton, Norfolk. Hunstanton is nicknamed “Sunny Hunny” and is usually really sunny and warm (for England anyway!) 😀

 

Me Playing My Dean USA Razorback “Rust”

Me playing my Dean Razorback Rust USA

Description

I really don’t like to be on the other side of the camera lens as I have very poor blurry sight and no central vision, so I can never see the photographer or look into the camera which normally results with my eyes looking weird! lol, but after Sarah took this shot of me playing one of my favourite electric guitars and after I added a “Dramatic Black & White” effect she loved it and wanted me to post it for you guys to see.

I always find it funny looking at me playing guitar, as it looks like I am watching my fingers but I can’t even see my hands or guitar! 😀

 Camera usedFuji F10

© Sarah Rebus 

Cacti

Cacti

Description

A photo of our old cacti which I also fell victim to while trying to reach across it and got stabbed! 😀

After that I just had to get a macro shot.

Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Brooklands Museum

 

Brooklands Motor Museum

Brooklands 1

Brooklands 2

Brooklands 3

Concorde

 

Description

Shots taken during a day trip to Brooklands Museum.

Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd operates the independent Brooklands Museum as a charitable trust and a private limited company incorporated on 12 March 1987; its aim is to conserve, protect and interpret the unique heritage of the Brooklands site.

The museum is located south of WeybridgeSurrey and was first opened regularly in 1991 on 30 acres (120,000 m2) of the original 1907 motor-racing circuit. It includes four Listed buildings: the 1907 Brooklands Automobile Racing Club Clubhouse and Members’ Hill Restaurant buildings, the 1911 Flight Ticket Office and a 1940 Bellman aircraft hangar. Surviving sections of the 1937 Campbell Circuit, the 1907 Finishing Straight and Members’ Banking (the steepest section of the former racing circuit), the 1909 Test Hill and a WW2 ‘Bofors‘ gun tower are all important parts of the Brooklands Scheduled Monument which was extended in 2002. The entire Brooklands site having been designated a Conservation Area by Surrey County Council in 1989. The Brooklands Trust Members,[1] formed in 2008 after the Friends of Brooklands Museum and Brooklands Club amalgamated, and is the official supporters’ organisation for the Museum….read more….

 

Camera usedNikon D2Xs

 

 

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Christ Church Epsom Common

 

Christchurch Building

Black and white photo of the tower.jpg

 


Description

Photos taken during a walk around the beautiful epsom common. 

Quote from websiteWe are a Church of England (Anglican) parish church in a beautiful area of Epsom, Surrey. We are part of the Guildford Diocese, which covers much of Surrey and part of North-east Hampshire. We also have responsibility for Christ Church on the Wells, our church plant, which meets on a Sunday at the community centre on the Wells estate (the part of Epsom where Epsom Salts once came from!)

We are also part of the Epsom Group Ministry, a confederation of Anglican churches in Epsom, which includes the churches of St Martin with St Stephenon the Downs, and St Barnabas. Along with the Group Ministry, we also have a very good relationship with Epsom Methodist Church, in the centre of Epsom.

Our beautiful Victorian church (do have a look at the slide show or the photo gallery!) has been home for many years to a lively Christian community. We hope that, if you are able to visit us, you will find space here to discover more about God and the Christian faith, time to pray and reflect, and also the opportunity to make new friends.

Click here for website

 

Monkey! 😃

Portrait of the knitted toy Monkey from the TV Adverts

 Description

Just found this whilst looking through some old photos and thought you might like it!

Sarah loved Monkey so much she even knitted his own roll neck jumper so he won’t get cold! 😀

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Alfie in colour laughing wearing a red t-shirt with guitars on the front

Description

A photo of Alfie taken while enjoying a game of rounders on Old Hunstanton Beach.. 😀 

Cameras usedNikon D2Xs & Samsung WB550

 

Ashridge Forest

Ashridge Forest Tower

Canal Boat

Ashridge Lake Sunset

Description

Photos taken during a day trip to Ashridge Forest, we also visited neighbouring towns and villages. 

Ashridge is a country estate and stately home in HertfordshireEngland in the United Kingdom; part of the land stretches intoBuckinghamshire and it is close to the Bedfordshire border. It is situated in the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about two miles (3 km) north of Berkhamsted and twenty miles (32 km) north west of London. Surrounding villages include AldburyPitstoneIvinghoeLittle GaddesdenNettledenFrithsden and Potten End.

The estate comprises 20 square kilometres (5,000 acres) of woodlands (known as Ashridge Forest), commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. It also offers a good choice of waymarked walks through outstanding country. The estate is currently owned by the National Trust.

 

Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

London Eye & Big Ben

London eye 7

The London Eye 2

London Eye 6

The London Eye

Beg Ben

Description

I have been on the London Eye a couple of times and it has rained both times! lol 😀 

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in LondonEngland. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft).

It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually.[5] When erected in 1999 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world…..read moe

 

Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising main stairs

Castle Rising 2

Castle Rising 4

Castle Rising 5

Castle Rising 6

Castle Rising 7

Castle Rising 8

Castle Rising 9

Description

While on holiday at the lighthouse Me, Sarah & Ben took a day trip to Castle Rising castle. I gave Ben my big Nikon as Sarah & I were doing an audio described tour provided by the ticket office for £1. It was a fun tour as the audio description was dramatised! I still got to get my compact camera out and shoot the shots above! 😀

Castle Rising Castle is a ruined castle situated in the village of Castle Rising in the English county of Norfolk. It was built in about 1138 by William d’Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, who also owned Arundel Castle. Much of its square keep, surrounded by a defensive mount, is intact. It is currently owned by Lord Howard of Rising, a descendant of William d’Aubigny.

Castle Rising is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is best known as the location of Castle Rising Castle, which dominates the village. The village is situated some 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north-east of the town of King’s Lynn and 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of the city of Norwich.The River Babingley skirts the north of the village separating Castle Rising from the site of the lost village of Babingley.[1]

 

Camera usedSamsung WB550

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