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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Walking with friends

One of the nice things about photography is the lovely people I've met online who have gone on to become friends. One such is Mark Mansfield, a great photographer and a good friend. We periodically meet up for a bit of street photography. Earlier this year we did just that, we had both been in the doldrums photographically so we were hoping to inspire each other. We started with a wander around Bury St Edmunds, then we moved on to Ely. Did we inspire each other? I'll leave you to make up your mind,s but we enjoyed ourselves, which is what it's all about. The titles in the slideshow below document our day.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Camden Street Art

If you wander off the tourist route at Camden there's some super street art to be found. This isn't simple graffiti, it's Art and we were even lucky enough to meet a couple of the artists at work.



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Norwich and District Trades Council May Day Event 2015

On May BH we headed off to Norwich to take a look at the Mayday event held in Chapelfield Gdns. The event was organised by Norwich and District Trades Council with input from several unions and supported by Norfolk Coalition Against The Cuts.

Unfortunately it was a grey and damp day which probably deterred a lot of people going along, the weather and poor light also took its toll on my photos which aren't brilliant. However this close to the election I feel that the effort the organisers put in needs to be shown.

Shame we couldn't stay longer but the steep car park prices in Norwich meant we only had a limited time there.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Clactonia

It's many years since I've been to Clacton, so one sunny but chilly day in March we decided to head off there. Have to say the place is far more colourful than it used to be but at the end of the day it's still Clacton.




Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Red Lion Veggie Pub


Deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside is one of the best veggie restaurants I've ever been to. It's not as remote as it looks either, exactly have way between Ipswich and Sudbury (13.5 miles form each) and less than 25 miles from Bury St Edmunds.






It's called The Red Lion,


a pretty little place..


with a lovely garden....


...and food worth waiting for (not that we waited long, despite not having a booking)


After you've eaten there are two lovely byways either side of the pub with pretty walks through the Suffolk countryside




Check out their menu on their website. It's so nice to find a pub dedicated to us veggies, most of their food is also Vegan. Not only that but you can buy their meals ready frozen to take home and stock up your freezer. Highly recommended!

And the best bit about it all? Vegetarians/Vegans are not an afterthought on the menu, not a spinach lasagne or cheese sandwich to be seen.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Seals at Horsey in Norfolk

Who needs to pay for a boat trip to see seals when you can just walk along a beach to see a 100 or so basking in the windy sunshine and frolicking in the sea? Mind you it was a two hour drive into the wilds of Norfolk. Half a mile walk along windswept dunes ( a cold north easterly) another quarter of a mile along a cold and windy beach, temperatures in single figures....

But worth every minute to see these magnificent creatures. For those wondering how close we got - we all stayed around 10 feet away from them, any closer and they got restless.

What a great privilege it was to be able to photograph them.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Vintage Lenses

Some of the older lenses from the film era days produce superb results on a DSLR. These pictures were taken with a Pentax K-5 with one or the other of the following lenses attached: Pentax-A 50mm 1:2, a Takaumar 50mm 1:4 and a Pentacon 50mm 1:8. The latter two are screw fit, all three are manual focus. Just because something is old doesn't mean they aren't fun or usable any more, I have great fun with these lenses.