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Daily Prompt: The Name’s The Thing

Today’s Daily Prompt: The Name’s The Thing

“Have you ever named an inanimate object? (Your car? Your laptop? The volleyball that kept you company while you were stranded in the ocean?) Share the story of at least one object with which you’re on a first-name basis.”

I don’t normally have enough to say to participate in the daily prompts, but this one got my attention. I quickly asked Sarah the question, and she doesn’t name objects, and i could only think of 2 objects that has a name:

1, Big Bertha!

This is what i call my Nikkor 80-400mm zoom lens, especially when i have to carry it around and wish i just had my iPhone!! 🙂 I can’t ever remember calling it anything else!

Me sat taking a photo with big bertha, my nikkor 80-400mm zoom lens

2, Toni

This is what i’ve always called my 1995 Taylor GAWS (Grand Auditorium Walnut Spruce)acoustic guitar, because the tone this thing produces is just fantastic! I remember 6 years ago when my guitar teacher and i went to buy my first pro spec acoustic guitar. As soon as i played & heard it among all of the others, it was mine! 🙂

Taylor GAWS

Taylor GAWS Fretboard

Taylor GAWS Sound Hole Rosette

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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 ⇧

Calm Like A Bomb!

A bowl of the Chick pea salad with a wooden guitar spoon

My lovely wife Sarah has just cooked and tried out the “Chick Pea, Potato & Spinach salad” (with Chilli Turbo) for RNIB’s magazine diabetic recipe section. They wanted me to take the photos for the magazine. They didn’t use this particular photo (my fave)  as they didn’t like my sick wooden guitar spoon!  It tasted great and i’d definitely have it again, but was almost too spicy as it nearly blew my head off! I would rename it “Calm like a bomb”!!! 😀

You’ll Never Believe This…. (Part 2)

Me taking a photo with sony

After all of your lovely comments and encouragements (more than i could reply too) i thought i would keep you up to date with a second post. 

My photography received a warm response and they have asked if i would like to be apart of another exhibition in Estonia 2015 (Yay!!) Also they would like me to do a video interview (maybe next month) trying to explain how i go about taking my photos etc.. This will be really interesting for me too as i really don’t speak much, i much prefer to listen, and i also don’t really know how i manage to get most of my shots! Lol! 🙂

More Exhibition Dates:

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

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! 🙂

Anyway i’ll keep you up to date with anything else that may be of interest to you regarding my photography. Thanks again for all of your encouragements. I’m so blessed to have such fantastic group of friends on here! 🙂

See also: You’ll Never Believe This…..

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

 This weeks photo challenge: “On The Move

Hedhog on the move

⇧ This lovely tiny hedgehog really was moving!! 🙂 ⇧ 

Sarah  Bruce on the move

 ⇧ My lovely wife Sarah & Bruce ⇧ 

Bruce on the move 1

 ⇧ Bruce moving really fast right towards me!! ⇧ 

Tori on the move

⇧ Tori playing rounders on the beach ⇧ 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising main stairs

Castle Rising 2

Castle Rising 4

Castle Rising 6

Castle Rising 7

Castle Rising 9

My Thoughts 💭 

I thought i would use “Castle Rising Castle” for this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned.

Description

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 got to get my compact camera out and shoot the shots above! 😀


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Daily Prompt: Fly on the Wall

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SNEAKY

📖 Verse 4 2day 

Proverbs 5:21 (NIVUK)
For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.

This daily prompt instantly reminded me of how alert Bruce used to be. If you tried to sneak anywhere, as soon as you look up, he is stood watching you! 😀

Sarah also sneaks photos of me and my camera too!

Bruce Sneaky

⇧ Bruce catching me sneaking up the stairs! 

Me taking a photo with my Nikon

⇧ And I thought I was the one taking the photos! ⇧

Tranquility Lane

Flowers from our garden

Blue flower from our garden

Description

Havein a relaxing day off today from church building duties. So thought I would share a couple of the flowers we are blessed to have in our garden. 

Camera Used ~ Nikon D2Xs 

Lens used ~ AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

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Radley Dog

A photo of the radley dog tleather tay lay on top of a bright red handbag

Description

A photo of one of my wife’s favourite dogs. I think its because you get a handbag with it! lol 😀

This was the first ever macro shot I took with my Big Nikon.

Camera used ~ Nikon D2Xs

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Marco & Lissie

Bruce THE Boxer

 Animals

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RNIB Supporter Receptions

Ageas Bowl panoramic

Yesterday Sarah & I attended an RNIB supporter Reception at the Ageas Bowl in Hedge End. (image above taken using the panorama option on my iPhone 4s)

As part of Sarah’s work as a legacy marketing officer at RNIB and editor of Outlook Magazine, she gets the chance to attend some of RNIB’s supporter receptions, held all across the UK at some amazing locations. She interviews people, finds case studies and learns more about the ever changing new technologies and services that RNIB provides to help transform the lives of blind and partially sighted people and offer them a brighter future to look forwards to. On a personal level we also like to speak with the people to inspire them and more importantly, for me, break their misconceptions of what a blind person should look and act like. (as a blind photographer I often inspire a range of questions which I am happy to answer)Sarah interviewing

Portrait of one of the lovely ladies who help support RNIB and Action for blind people

Portrait of one of the supporters Sarah interviewed

Candy enjoying helping and chatting to James

Sat listening to the speakers

One of my memorable moments was when John walked to the front and said:

Today and everyday  in the Uk alone 100 people will be told by specialists that they will lose or have lost their sight and there is nothing that can be done. Yet 80% of those 100 people could have avoided it, see Spot The Signs

The reception ended with this moving video.

It was a great day and we always learn so much, meet some lovely people and leave feeling well informed on all of the amazing services and work that go on behind the scenes to help blind and partially sighted people have a brighter future!

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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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The Arches – Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Description

Taken during a day trip to Hampton Court Palace. I only had a compact camera as this was just before I bought my DSLR’s. I would like to go for another visit and take some more shots with different lenses! 😀

 Camera usedFuji F10

 

Marshall

A framed black and white portrait of Marshall

Description

Meet Marshall, one of my brother-in-laws.

The photo effect is from a new Mac app I am experimenting with at the moment so please be patient with me! I am trying to do more black and white photos as I really struggle with colours as i’m also colour blind.

I am really enjoying creating life from my old images though! 😀

Camera usedNikon D2Xs

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Bruce (fisheye)

Bruce through a fisheye lens

 Description

Taken on Old Hunstanton Beach after purchasing a fisheye lens. I remember having fun trying not to get wet nose prints on the lens glass! 😀

 Camera usedNikon D2Xs

 

Surf Border

Spring Border

Description

While sat on old Hunstanton beach waiting for a possible beautiful sunset, Sarah pointed out this Border Collie really enjoying itself so i pointed my camera in the general direction and started shooting! 😀

 

Camera usedNikon D2Xs

The Old Hunstanton Lighthouse

The Old Hunstanton Lighthouse TIF

 Description

This photo of “The Old Hunstanton Lighthouse” is taken with “St Edmunds Mount” on the left and the “Garden of Rest” pictured below the lighthouse. It’s a lovely place to stop and take in the panoramic sea views, a beautiful part of the world.

 Camera usedNikon D2Xs

Bruce & The Sausages!

Bruce Sausages 1

Bruce Sausages 2

 Description

Photos of Bruce playing with one of his favourite toys! Each year since 2007 when we stayed in the Lighthouse we would go to the local pet store and buy him these plastic sausages, he loved them! 😀

Camera usedNikon D2Xs



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