Photo Post: Dew on young tomatoes

It's a photo of dewdrops hanging off young, green tomatoes one summer's morning a couple of years ago. Hence the title.

I like it.

That is all.



Photo Post: Vivid colours in Queen’s Park, Loughborough


A while back I replaced my 2006 Canon Ixus 800 with…a newer model Canon Ixus. This time it's the 265 HS. It's still a compact, but with higher resolution, more optical zoom and a bunch of novelty effects. One of them is called Vivid Colour, and like the colour picker, it's become a favourite gimmick of mine 🙂

This shot was taken at a low angle looking over the top of a flowerbed and the colours were genuinely fairly bright – although admittedly not as bright as Vivid Colour makes them look. The end result is quite exotic-looking. I don't care that it's not “accurate”; it makes me smile.

Opinion tends to be divided over applying “effects”, whether in the camera or in post-processing. In the end it's a matter of taste; do you like my exotic flowers?


Photo Post: Tree roots at Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park


At first glance this is just your average stunningly attractive (he said, modestly) photo of tree roots in the grounds of Virginia Water, in the south-east corner of Windsor Great Park (yes, that Windsor) in deepest Surrey. Taken, once again, with my veteran (eight years old) Canon Ixus IS 800, the image does, in fact, have another side to it. Look at it for a few seconds and the tree roots begin to morph into…fingers?…limbs?…I even spotted a whole body shape. This is like cloud-gazing but looking at the floor instead of the sky.

What do you see?

For more images of Virginia Water (some of them better than mine, I'll admit), visit their photo gallery.


Photo Post: Colour Picker used on a Barcelona taxi


As I confessed before, Colour Picker is probably derided by purists but is a toy I like on the Canon Ixus 800 IS. The striking black and yellow of Barcelona taxis cried out to be Colour Picker-ised, so here's one of the results. And it just happens that the lettering on the nearby shop is the same yellow. I planned that. Oh, and for those who like to know, the shot was taken near the Place Catalunya end of Las Ramblas.


Photo Post: Blue door near Arnside estuary


I took this during a stroll along the seafront / estuary edge at Arnside on the southern edge of the Lake District. I hardly paused at all as we walked by; only long enough to set my now-venerable Canon Ixus 800 IS to macro mode and shoot the grass stalks. It was only when I took a proper look at home I realised how much I liked it. I like the blue and I really like the bit that looks like a letter box hanging at an angle. Appeals to me and I hope it does to you.


Photo Post: Playing with Colour Picker


Took this in my mum and dad's back garden. It's a bird box in a tree. Big wow. The thing I like is the magical exclusion of all colours except one. (It's blue, if you didn't spot it.) This ability to pick a particular colour on the Canon Ixus 800 IS is called…drum roll please…the Colour Picker. Purists will probably be horrified, so I apologise to you. I just like this effect and wanted to share my delight 🙂


Dr Who weeping angel spotted in Lancashire garden

Whenever I visit my parents I look for photo opportunities around their garden or in the area. This time I think I may have spotted something slightly alarming.

They have an innocent-looking stone statue with a bird bath underneath. Not to everyone’s taste, sure, but innocent nonetheless. Or so I thought.

Taking my trusty Canon Ixus 800 IS I activated macro (it being the only way to throw the background out of focus) and shot this:

Don’t blink! Don’t look away!

Notice, if you will, the cute, panpipe-playing cherub. Now look again. See? He’s looking at you. Again. This time he’s closer, somehow malevolent… Don’t blink!

Or maybe it’s just a garden ornament. Isn’t it?

Photo Post: Beach walk


Goring Beach photo

Taken on Goring Beach, Sussex on a January day in 2008. We'd gone to visit an old uni friend, who isn't in the picture. Her two children aren't in it either. Nor am I. I have no idea who is, in fact, in it. Whoever they are, I'm grateful for their presence just on that perfect one-third spot in my photo. (To be honest, they only ended up there after some judicious cropping.)

I shot it in monochrome mode. Purists will tell me I shouldn't do that, but always shoot in colour and convert afterwards. What can I say? Those Mode Settings on my little Canon are just too tempting. And, personally, I love the result.

Watch out for me next time you're on the beach. I'll be the one fiddling with camera settings.