It’s that time of year when we take back our garden and own the outside space of our home. We maintain our small garden to give us pleasure all year from the window looking out, but during autumn and spring it offers us a more tangeable pay-back.
This post is a collection of images taken in the past few days. It’s a small space with many users.
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One of the best ways to see a large city is on a bicycle. For someone with my level of fitness, this means taking a bike onto a train then spending the day exploring, remembering of course to take regular breaks. It was the last day before Ramadan so I had to take my chance despite the forecasted wet weather.
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I have around ten books about photography, a couple of which I’ve read at least three times. The basic information is the same and starts to become repetitive – but it’s good to understand the basics. I took an online ‘course’ in 2006 but that didn’t really offer anything more than the books. I decided the best way forward was to play… and play I very much did. I have around thirty thousand images to sort as a result!
I looked around for a suitable course, both in Kuwait and London, and I found a polarised choice. It was either the very basic training, which one can get from a good book, or specialised training in disciplines such as Lighting, Product Photography, Sport Photography etc. General courses are either aimed at a level for people who need to be told how to press a button (sometimes twice!), or are run by artists who encourage you to break the rules and work outside the norms. It would help if they described these norms – but I honestly don’t think they know them.
I finally decided the best way forward is to continue to ‘play’ but to do it in style. I signed up for a Nikon course designed specifically for my camera. They cover functionalities, capabilities, tricks, shortcuts and a general familiarisation with this weapon of mass distraction.
Today was day one of two. The above cheerful boy cycled past Nikon’s Head Office in Kingston when we were taking some practice shots outside.