Day 351 - Shattered - I had no idea this could happen to a PC screen. They seem soft to the touch but there is obviously glass lurking below. Anyway, this is what happens when you use the laptop to soften your landing when you fall down the stairs.
It wasn’t me that fell but a colleague and when he fired this up in Pret I couldn’t see what the problem was from the side. It just looked like he had a picture of Mont Blanc as his background.
In other news, I helped someone fix their bike in the station today but completely forget to take a photo. The Challenge must finally be wearing me down.
Day 350 - St Thomas’ Birmingham - I often try and think of witty, irreverent titles as you know but it really didn’t seem appropriate today. This is what remains of St Thomas church since it was bombed around this date in 1940 during one of the many air raids that made up the Birmingham Blitz.
I would have been standing inside the church here looking towards the west portico. I did take shots from several angles but this is my favourite of them. Not least because of the way the Winter trees fill in the sky.
I’d like to be able to say that 2:45 is where the clock stopped on the day it was bombed but I doubt that’s case. I’d also like to think that the building is made of Bath Stone (it stands on Bath Row by the way) but I’m really not sure.
A lot of the top half of the frame is actually converted to Black & White in order to accentuate the branches.
Day 349 - Next Month’s Firewood - The selection of January’s firewood is always a ritual for us. First carefully selected from the Forestry Commission site it is then decorated and kept indoors for a least for weeks before it is ready for burning.
The is a lot of processing in this image. Taken on a tripod and using a tiny aperture to get the starlight and DOF. Handheld flash used to light the base a bit, brighten the star and put a bit more sparkle into the tree.Then selective colour boosting, blurring and desaturation. Then rotating, cropping, slight vignette, curves tweek and sharpening.
Day 348 - Arriva(l) - It was very close to midnight when I thought I would try and get another photo in case I didn’t like this. However, it turns out that the clock on the camera was fast so marked the photos as being taked after midnight. Now, whilst I guess I could legitimately change the date, I thought was maybe fate telling me that what you see here should be pic of the day. So here it is. It’s kind of fitting anyway because it heralded the return of M & GF for Christmas.
Talking of photo times, this was taken as the train pulled in and the time was 10:11. So this train was bang on time. Chapeau Arriva Trains Wales.
Day 347 - At the Car Wash - A first for J hence the air of wonderment. Meanwhile, Angry Bird looks on less than impressed.
One of very few shots taken this year with the camera on full auto.
Day 346 - And finally, Yesterday’s Picture - This is what I had set out to take last night. I hope no one was holding their breath. This is in the window of a local bank. At least it normally is. But sometimes it’s not there. Or it’s a different card. Sometimes they are standing on the window sill like this. Sometimes they are in a little bag. I have no idea what it means. No idea at all.
I must have walked passed this spot a hundred times this year and have occasionally snapped whatever is there only for something better to come along. Until now.
Only one more ‘must do’ for this year now. Hopefully I get the chance.
Day 345 - Random - The first and last shot in a mini series of photos I didn’t know I’d taken.
'Today's the day' I thought to myself as I left the office so I had the camera ready before I got to the location. Alas, the target wasn't there tonight so couldn't be my photo again. Then, when I got the pub I realised I'd accidentally taken this.
I like the jaunty angle and the way it’s picked out the lights on the building. I also like the fact that today was one mad rush (albeit with a hilarious ending) from first light so this sort of fits the mood.
I’ve actually taken another photo just now in case I end up deciding I don’t like this after all.
Day 344 - Walsall Town Hall - Sometimes you just have to tell it how it is and, well, this is Walsall Town Hall and a very fine building it is too. This is the scene just before the Annual Christmas Concert gets underway. This is laid on every year by the local Arts Centre and always draws a big crowd.
The rows of seats aren’t really angled like that, it’s just that this is a panorama and so there is some distortion in the foreground which I like. You can actually see the join quite easily on this one and there is a really hideous noise artefact if you zoom in but I’m still quite happy with the result.
Day 343 - A Fountain of Two Halves - And two ways of looking at this image. One is that I was having a ‘No Mojo Monday’. The other is that I’m taking care of business and getting in something I’ve actually snapped several times before the year draws to a close. I prefer the second possibility. This is in the courtyard at the new local Morrisons and, whilst not the most exhilarating piece, it does at least show that they’ve made an effort. It went rusty a few weeks ago and a lot of detail was picked out rather nicely which I thought was deliberate. Then last last week there was a little man with a Brillo pad giving it a clean. I suppose he could have been an OCD vandal.
Day 342 - Ready for Winter - Actually this probably just about saw us through the Strictly/X Factor/IACGMOOH cycle this evening but never mind. There’s something primevally satisfying about chopping wood. Man make fire. Man keep warm. Or maybe it’s just me.
On a technical note, this didn’t take much sharpening.