The Roche Abbey reaches

A mole hill leveller checks the cropped grass and ruins of Roche Abbey so that we visitors may walk unimpeded by the earthworks of those fossorial mammals. Two dikes provided water for the needs of the community and this one, Maltby Dike, ran under the buildings

All the ways we now have access to would at one time have been restricted to monks in the west and lay workers and guests to the east – click for a closer view and more information –

Joining sonofabeach in another Which Way Photo Challenge

Streets away

Not feeling able to get up close and personal to people on the street with my camera I tend to do surreptitious, silhouettes, back shots or faraway looks as in the above view of Trafalgar Square.

The other thing I like to do with crowd scenes is to obscure them into impressionistic outlines – adding a little photoshop artwork sometimes too though I always do compositional blurring at the time of shooting in order to try out various levels of blur. (A different technique is to use slow shutter speeds in fast moving environments that ghosts out the figures but keeps the context crisp)

Getting the blur just right is a matter of taste – I was not happy with this one of distant crowd scene but with some ‘cutout’ photoshopping, it became quite a good poster print

“Abstract art is about color, shapes, light and dark. Turn your lens way out of focus and see how the world looks”

Digital Photo Mentor

By broad definition street photography is not confined to pedestrians but to the whole gamut of what is to be seen there which makes life easier for the camera shy street photographer. Here is South Bank in the pouring rain.

Joining K’lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Street Photography in which “any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, “

Bombazine black

Bombazine was a silky twill invariably dyed black and worn as mourning clothes in Victorian times and beyond. I think of this when I see Bombus bees aka bumbles, with their black patent bodies striped with white and citrus in various patterns.

Often its only in death that we get to see the bumblebee in a detailed close-up. The workers only live 2-6 weeks and when we see them seemingly drunk in flowers they are usually at the end of their working days. Only if we find significant numbers all around should we contact the UK’s Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme

Joining the weekly prompt photo challenge: Black