365 Day Photograph Challenge: July Part II

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2018.

The great news is that I kept the 365 day photograph challenge going all the way through 2017. The bad news is that I was not able to keep the blog up to date. It turned out to be too much to manage. So for the first couple of weeks/months of 2018, it will be a welcome back and hopefully finishing writing about the second half of 2017!

What’s new for 2018? Well we’ll have to wait and see. I haven’t been out with the DSLR yet this year as I felt I had earned a break (and the rest of the family were quite fed up of it)! If you have seen this blog before, you will notice that I have a new watermark. What do you think?

Let’s resume with July 2017, Part II.

16th July 2017 – The Demolition of St George’s Hospital, Morpeth

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Built in 1859 as the County Lunatic Asylum. Over the century and a half since its construction, it has adopted the more politically correct name of St George’s Hospital. This facility was a psychiatric unit until it closed in 1995. More recently it has been purchased by Linden Homes for redevelopment. In theory, certain architectural features of the hospital are to be retained, including this, the water tower, which I photographed peering above the mountains of demolition rubble.

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 1/500 sec exposure
  • f/9.5 55 mm
  • ISO 200

17th July 2017 – Potpourri of Dead Pansy Heads

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I had been out in the garden, honing my green fingers. The annual flower beds needed dead heading. I quite liked the collage of colours contrasted against the sky blue of the bucket.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • 1/100 sec exposure
  • f/1.7 4.2 mm
  • ISO 80

24th July 2017 – Chrysanthemum

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I do enjoy phone macros. OK, so you can’t precisely choose which part of the object you want to focus on like you can with a DSLR, but with a very little bit of experimenting, you can achieve the effect you want with varying focus.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • 1/30 sec exposure.
  • f/1.7 4.2 mm
  • ISO 200

25th July 2017 – 1950s Road Sign

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A rare 1950s road sign showing distances to destinations. I like how in the old days they felt the need to record quarters in their measurements. The flower bed, like all the others in Morpeth was looking immaculate at the time of the snap. I quite liked the dark contrast of the shade from the horse chestnut tree with the brightness and colour of the flowers.

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 1/30 sec exposure
  • f/5.6 55 mm
  • ISO 200

27th July 2017 – Black and Grey

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This local pub easily had one of the best hanging basket displays in town in 2017. I felt the need to record this for posterity. The lighting conditions were quite tricky for shooting handheld as I shot it at 21:20 BST, but I think it adds something to the composition.

  • Samsung GX-1S
  • 1/30 sec exposure
  • f/4.5 95 mm
  • ISO 400

Phone Macros

I’m sure there must be many blogs that are dedicated to wildlife photography on smart phones. Smart phones today undoubtedly have quite high spec cameras. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more than pleased with my Samsung Galaxy S7. It is particularly good at taking macros with little post-editing required. As I’ve been working with an ecologist for the past year or so, I’ve (unwittingly) embarked on an education of pollinators and such like. This is one of the great things about life, you can always learn new things and learn from other people.

Here are some of my favourite phone snaps from the year so far.

15th June – Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) on an Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

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1st July – Nigella

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24th July – Chrysanthemum

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13th August – Female Furrow Spider (Larinioides cornutus)

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27th August – Honeybee (Apis mellifera) on Geranium ‘Roseanne’


19th September – Queen Wasp mating with Male Wasp

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27th September – Queen Red-Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

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A Trip to Cleveland, North Yorkshire

A Grand Day Out.

I went for a day trip to the Cleveland Coast (North Yorkshire) on 25th March. It was glorious weather all day. By far the highlights of the trip were Guisborough Priory and Stockton Infinity Bridge. Naturally, I had the camera with me, and here are some of my favourites.

Guisborough Priory and Gardens, and Church

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The impossibly photogenic east end is all that remains of Guisborough Priory.

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The present day Guisborough Parish Church pales into insignificance next to its older relative. Undoubtedly some of the masonry from the former priory would have been used in its construction. The Priory Garden was springing into life and looked beautiful in the sunshine.

Stockton-On-Tees Infinity Bridge

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Opened in 2009, the Infinity Bridge is a part of the regeneration along the River Tees in the University of Teesside area. It is an impressive and clever design.


The beginning of a journey.

Welcome all to my new blog. I started this blog to share my photographs with a wider audience. On 1st January 2017 I embarked on a 365 day photograph challenge. The aim is to take at least one photograph on every day of the year. It has been done many times before and there are many examples of blogs that have documented this fun challenge. I first heard about the challenge in 2009 from a housemate at university.

Having recently inherited a DSLR, I thought this challenge would be a great way to make use of it, practice using it, and hopefully improve my photography. Please follow to see how I am getting on. Please respect that these photographs are my own and that if you would like to use or share them, you will need to ask for my permission to do so.07-jan

Coquet Island, Northumberland, 7th January 2017

In addition, I will be exploring and discovering the less well known spots in the beautiful county of Northumberland on my photographic journey. This segment of the blog will be called, ‘Hidden Northumberland.’ I hope it encourages you to go out and discover the gems of your local patch, too.

A final project (if I ever manage to find time) is to digitise and archive old 35 mm slides belonging to the family. We have 30 years’ worth of slides dating from c. 1960 to 1990 (when slides were all the rage). In the digital age it is important to preserve these precious windows on history. They offer a fascinating glimpse of social history in the mid to late 20th century – when we could only have dreamed of a global digital archive.