Bench series #8

For the month of February let’s see your benches processed in Black and White

claremont
Claremont Landscape Garden – Surrey

Tips for B&W photography.

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: February
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in March

My Picks of the Week:

Well there is always one who wants to break the rules (but then rules are always meant to be broken) – have a look at the gorgeous benches from Restlessjo in her tongue-in-cheek post.
Elizabeth takes us to Sydney Opera House with some lovely night shots.
Lumar1298 has some pretty benches and locations for us
Aletta has some long benches this week, but are they the longest benches?
Oddly shaped bench on Klara’s post this week
and Pauline has some odd character on one of her benches 🙂

This is the last week for Black and White images so if you have any please enter them before next Sunday as then I shall be looking for Wooden benches.

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #2

Time for month two – February. I have been waiting for over a week for a sunny day and today arrived with a blue sky. At least until I got out there and then the clouds returned.

DSCF0506

Not much has changed around the castle grounds. Trees still bare. And no sign of life from the pollarded limes.

DSCF0509

Date: February 17 2015
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Temperature: Cold (4°C)
Time: 10 – 11 am

I did spot something different on the way down to Dinham bridge; snowdrops on the lawn outside St John’s Chapel. And the catkins are shrinking and turning brown.

Walking over Dinham bridge I spotted a buzzard overhead, but I didn’t manage a photo as I was asked for directions by a couple of walkers. Back on to the Breadwalk and the path is muddy today, although there was an early frost. No sign of my swans yet, but the birds are singing loudly and the path is busy with dog-walkers and families on this Shrove Tuesday. A dead tree/branch has been swept downstream and is stuck on the Mill Weir.

Winter tree
Winter tree

Can you see the swans?

DSCF0557
Trees on Whitcliffe Common

I caught up with ‘my’ swans at the Ludham bridge where the water level looks lower than this time last month. And where I lost the sun.

Not much is happening along Lower Broad Street. A few bulbs are popping up in the pots, the ‘cherries’ are shrinking and wrinkling and a beautiful kitty posed for a photo.

Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty

The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

I’m hoping that next month we might see some more greenery. See you then!

Bench series #7

For the month of February let’s see your benches processed in Black and White

West Bay
West Bay Quay – Dorset

Tips for B&W photography.

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: February
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in March

My Picks of the Week:

A bench swamped by students from Klara
Daily Musings pays tribute to a friend

Pauline is in Tasmania this week, which looks more like England than Oz
An unusual background in old Amsterdam
and a couple you really wouldn’t want to sit on at the moment in Norway from a new entrant, Amanda.
and for a warmer photo Gilly has a lovely example of lines, patterns and contrasts.

Thanks to everyone who has joined in with this challenge so far.

Bench series #6

For the month of February let’s see your benches processed in Black and White

bridge
Picnic Benches at Kirkcudbright Road Bridge over the River Dee

Check out these Tips for B&W photography.

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: February
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in March

My Picks of the Week:

The Wandering Poet – now isn’t that a great blog title? With an amazing perspective of a bench.
Some winter benches from Meg in Warsaw (and an explanation here)
Something very odd in London from Debbie
A lovely view over the Caloosahatchee River from Sylvia.
Ladysighs has more poignant poems about benches for us to enjoy.
A sweet spot to relax in from Issy this week aptly named ‘Rendezvous’

Thanks to everyone who has joined in with this challenge so far.

Bench series #5

For the month of February let’s see your benches processed in Black and White

Tips: Remember that the best Black & White photos are those with a lot of contrast, lots of light and shadow. But conversely the best images to convert into Black and White occur in low contrast situations – so don’t wait for that sunny day to get out there. A dark or low light day could produce your best image. Also shoot in colour first and then convert. And watch the composition. Unlike when you use colour to lead the eye into a shot, you need to look out for shapes, tones, patterns or textures to draw the eye in. Good luck!

Walking the dog…

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: February
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in March

Last week we were still in the garden:

Gilly joins in again with Daisy in Hartland Abbey Garden
and Daily Musings has a bench with views over the Hudson.
Sue takes us to a sunny bench in Devon where the flowers threaten to subsume you, but Pauline has the most unusual treat for us in Canberra (warning: do not visit when everyone is asleep).
Sherri has a bench for all seasons, in her pretty garden, of course.
One of my favourite gardens in the world from Aletta in Cape Town
And in Scotland we find Debbie has a bench with a view.
Still in N’Orleans Elaine discovers an exhibit in the garden.