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Christmas Comes to Oxford

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This year has been full of adventure with my camera topped with all the lovely Christmas lights around Oxford. I feel my camera skills are gradually improving and I can feel a style slowly coming into focus which is very interesting to observe.

Watch this space for what 2017 might bring.

Happy Christmas everyone.

D

Projected Image Competition No 1 (2016-2017) Novice

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You could have knocked me over backwards I came second in Oxford Photographic Society’s Projected Image Competition with my detail of a sunflower and not only that got a Highly Commended for Pier Walk. It really was such a lovely surprise as I was unable to make the meeting that night.

Especially after having a few difficult days with my health it really has cheered me up. Not only that but the motivation to keep on trying and learning and above all enjoying my hobby. Β Only one problem now I will have to get them printed for my portfolio and then perhaps frame them. I will definitely need more wall space at this rate!

See you all soon

D

 

 

Merlot and Night Photography

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I take my camera everywhere with me as you never know when inspiration will strike! And Oxford can seem more magical at night and even more so after a glass of merlot. This happened on the night I took these images we had had a really fun meeting with our Rotary Club (Oxford Spires) it was a meeting we did not want to end. As we walked to our bus I thought oh I like that shot and started randomly and slightly tiddled snapping with no thought of my camera settings. Needless to say I was surprised by the results and delighted with them.

The moral of this story is when you a very happy you get inspired and when you take a chance of taking your camera every where you go you will always be there when a magical moment is there waiting for you to capture it.

Best wishes

D

The Trout Inn & Godstow Priory the Night of Naomi Riches MBE 156 Challenge

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These images were taken on a very special night and quite a magical one for me and three other members of The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires. On the 17th of September paraolympian Naomi Riches went through Godstow Lock on her world Record challenge to row the Thames in 50 hours or less and she has achieved that. I am so proud of her and feel so lucky to have wished her well that night we were very lucky to see her as she was ahead of schedule a lot of our club members at bridges and locks after ours missed her.

The images I show here are taken on the move as we were walking back through the pitch black after the event. The images of the Trout Inn were taken before we walked up to the lock. Walking back I had to use my flash to see where I was going and pure luck was with me with the images of the priory. You will spot our friends in the distance wearing the Rotary Clubs high visibility jackets for safety.

Thanks to Stephen for the image of Naomi entering Godstow Lock.

D

Lions & Tigers and Bears Oh My!!

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On Saturday I was privileged to attend the open day of Heythrop Zoological Gardens and see the animals as well as to learn a bit more of what my camera is capable of. It is a incredible place to visit and I recommend you go if you can.

It was a day I will never ever forget as I went with the Oxfordshire Activeyes O.A.B group who’s vision ranges from complete lack of site to being partially sighted which my husband is and the wonderful thing about the group is that the partners and carers are included too.

So we went and I thought I would share some of the images I was able to get and practice with. The penguins were fascinated with one of the Sight Canes that were being used.

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for their help during the day.

Find out more about the park here

https://www.facebook.com/heythropzoologicalgardens/?fref=ts

http://www.amazinganimals.co.uk/

Best wishes

D

Reflecting On Reflections

It’s a funny thing having a challenge of subject matter. Before I just took what i found interesting, unusual or beautiful without much thought but this is turning into a real challenge “Reflections” can mean different things to different people I

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mean you can reflect on a subject or take an image of someone thinking or reflecting on whatever is passing through their minds. However I have decided to go down the route of window reflections and how light plays with mirroring images in different ways. The slideshow shows my first attempt at this and I am fairly pleased but need a lot of improvement. This first challenge is going to test my metal that’s for sure.

Best Wishes

D

Reflections

cropped-reflection-of-a-mallard1copyrited.jpgAs a new member of the Street Special Interest group one of many things you can do as part of the Oxford Photographic Society I was delighted to find out that we have a subject to challenge us and boy do I need a challenge. Funnily enough it is Reflections, something which has always fascinated me but which I have never looked into photo image wise so this could be a challenge especially as the nights are drawing in and I am not a photographer that likes getting wet in the rain!