Sunday, 29 July 2012

Worcester - Birmingham Canal - Day 5

It was very warm and sunny for hiking during the middle of the day - the time of day when some say there are no photographs to be had. I disagree. There are significant challenges in bright overhead sun - but there are also images that are totally dependent on it. These are the ones I've just added to my canal gallery - they are the first four on the page linked here. They'll move down when I add more.

Reflected Ripples Under Bridge 65

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Worcester Birmingham Canal - Day 4.5

I returned to the start of the canal today to photograph the first four lock number signs. It was a short visit hence the 4.5. I didn't decide to photograph all 58 until I got to lock 5 so I had to return to collect the first 4 at some stage. This has enabled me to finish the cover page for the PDF portfolio that I am planning to produce on completion of the hike to Birmingham. This is my first stab at what it will look like ...

58 Locks

Whilst there I found two or three other images that I've now posted on the canal pages of my website here. This is one of them ...

Desaturated Water

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Last year I awarded myself some time for a total photography diversion and played at substantial image manipulation using PhotoShop. This resulted in my producing a book (in Blurb) entitled Symmetrographs. Just one single copy exists - and it's mine. Some interest has been shown in it lately so I thought I'd mention it here. Blurb is very expensive for one-off large format hardbacks, more than I'd pay if I didn't have a close interest so I don't expect this to lead to any sales. But if anyone is interested you can see the whole book as a full screen preview in Blurb linked here. This doesn't represent a new direction for me - it was just an enjoyable week playing with some of my old images in PhotoShop and then producing them in book form.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Worcester Birmingham Canal - Day 4

Just a morning's hike this time from Lock 46 to Tardebigge Tunnel. The tunnel is about 2/3 of the way (about 20 miles) along the canal from Worcester but by this point all 58 locks have been passed. The remaining distance through the suburbs of Birmingham is all on the level. The images are linked here on my website.

Grassy Steps

Bridge 54 and Lock 50

Pump House Ferns

Friday, 6 July 2012

Worcester Birmingham Canal - Day 3

Thursday 5th July - my third day hiking the canal - took me from Hanbury to lock 46 just south of Tardebigge - and back. A grey gloomy start turned very warm and humid by mid morning. I found more images suited to monochrome treatment on this stretch. Perhaps it was just my frame of mind that was particularly black and white. Here are three of the nine images that I've added to my website for the day's hike. The images are here on my website.

Bridge 46