“There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see”, Omar Khayyám (11th Century)
Houghton House, Bedfordshire. May 2013.
juxtaposition: metal, petals
London, May 2013
Louise Badawi Photography – first book now available to buy!
“When Light Touches Lens” is Louise Badawi’s first published work. Featuring a selection of images from this blog as well as new, previously unseen photographs, the book is a photographic anthology of her travels with a camera. Printed on premium 148gsm paper with linen covers and a dust jacket, the book will make a fabulous …
sunset at 50mph
creative photography – timed exposure of the sunset, taken whilst travelling at 50mph (unedited). November 2012.
the beast from the East has left its mark
the recent bitterly cold weather front from Siberia has sent temperatures as low as -10C across the United Kingdom and left the most spectacular ice formations in its wake. December 2012.
begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
the title of this post alludes, obviously, to Lewis Carroll, one of the most famous alumni of Christ Church, Oxford where this shot was taken. approaching Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford. October 2012.
trooping (past) the colours
Victoria, London. November 2012.
the new overshadowing the old
The Albert, 52 Victoria Street, London. built in 1862 and named after Queen Victoria’s husband, the Prince Consort, the pub has survived the Blitz and 1960’s redevelopment remaining virtually in its original form and stands today in stark contrast to the modern skyscrapers that loom menacingly over it. November 2012.
shooting into the Autumn sun
Rutland. November 2012.
completely unedited shot of the Autumn sky over the house at 6:15pm this evening.
keeping warm as the cold nights creep in. October 2012.
lines and shadow : a study
on a recent day trip to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the juxtaposition of straight lines and curves, light and shadow created by the Sackler Crossing really caught my eye. September 2012 Sackler Crossing
view from my bedroom window. September 2012.
lost in sketching
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. September 2012.
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catching clouds on the beach
the beach at Polzeath, just after sunset. July 2012
“when the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” ― George R.R. Martin
holidays by the beach always afford plentiful photographic opportunities, but there is nothing quite as spectacular as watching the sun slowly set over a beach. these photos were taken over a series of three days and each sunset was as unique as it was beautiful. August 2012
goodbye to all that…
for now, at least (fingers crossed)……. I am, of course, talking about the very exciting news that after weeks of heavy rain across parts of the UK, conditions are set to improve for many areas this weekend. over the next few days, the much talked about jet stream is expected to move to its more …
not actually entomomania, but…
…there is so much insect activity in the garden at this time of year, photographic opportunities abound! hover fly feeding on a daylily. July 2012.
anemones in bud
cluster of beautiful anemone buds just before they burst into flower. July 2012.
snapping photos in the rain, tra-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaaa….
taken on a wander around Great Haseley, South Oxfordshire on a lovely rainy British Summer day! July 2012
I found this little fairy bath..
…nestling amongst the lichen. sadly, no fairy was resident at the time. perfect in its simplicity. July 2012.
raindrops on daylillies
taken this morning in my front garden. my next photographic purchase is definitely going to be a great macro lens!!
lying on the north bank of the Evenlode
I am very lucky to live where I do – surrounded by hundreds of ancient and beautiful Cotswold villages nestled in a most beautiful area of England. a truly wonderful friend of mine suggested that the last week in May was “the time to see Combe at its very best” and he should know, he …
Bomb The Bass were definitely onto something
back in 1991, or The Olden Days / Ancient Times as my children would say, Bomb the Bass released their excellent single “Winter in July“. I bought the vinyl 12”, a format which most of the new generation will not at all be familiar with, so I guess my children are right. sort of. which …
beauty in death
apologies for the slightly corny title to this post, but these dying flowers in a pot on my kitchen windowsill demonstrate a sad, melancholy kind of beauty. presented to me by my two youngest children, they are sure to be replaced with some freshly picked blooms fairly soon! June 2012
there be birds
we have had birds nesting in our eaves every year since we have lived here. it’s wonderful watching the adult birds coming and going from their little hole in our house. in Spring their mouths come laden with twigs and sticks and in Summer one bird is constantly to-ing and fro-ing with a variety of …
** pop! **
bubble play in the garden produced this giant sample (there were lots, lots more…) captured here reflecting the play equipment on its oily surface. June 2012.
ranunculus, I think
picked from our garden and presented to me by a very proud youngest son :). 13th June 2012.
in the words of Lenny Kravitz
I wish that I could fly into the sky so very high just like a dragonfly Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz) Produced by Lenny Kravitz – ® & © 1998 Virgin on this morning’s school run – not a time of day generally known for its thrills and spills – we spotted this hot air balloon …
…or urban ducks for short. during our recent trip to Norwich to visit my wonderful Mum and sister I took lots of great pictures, mostly of family members in various energetic poses. for some reason, I also took quite a few of some ducks that followed us around some of the city’s back streets, probably …
the old through new eyes
a visit to Norwich, where I spent the vast majority of my childhood, gave me the opportunity to explore the city and get all nostalgic. this was taken looking out from the top floor of a (relatively new) shopping mall overlooking the city’s ancient castle and on to the cathedral, both of which are over …
there simply are no words…
….to describe the joy gained from using your childrens’ toys as props. superhero found stranded in a sandpit, Reading, June 2012.
high as a kite
walking around the picturesque village of Combe in Oxfordshire today, I happened to point my camera skyward and capture this amazing image of a red kite on the prowl (do birds of prey prowl? or just hover menacingly? answers on a postcard, please). I captured some fab images of a quintessentially English village, of which …
suffering for my art
these four little beauties were taken in my garden yesterday, resplendent in the full afternoon sun. getting the shots meant getting into positions lower to the ground; this enabled me to take some fab pictures at interesting, arty-farty angles. it also meant I was at the optimum height to make my legs Blandford fly-fodder. ouch! …
Summer is a comin’ in
allegedly, Summer is on its way. in anticipation of those endless blue skies I give you fifteen by Goldroom to set the mood. my first Summer anthem of the year, the track was released on 8th May and is free to download should you desire. the title of this post is for my wonderful father, …
before the hail came..
this was the view from the house minutes before we were showered in hail stones (lurking in the highly ominous-looking black cloud at the top of the image). the capricious nature of the British weather means changes can be sudden, but we are more likely to see weather like this in March. this truly was …
no photographs please!
upon entering the National Portrait Gallery my camera and I were duly greeted with the “no photography” sign. being the upstanding citizen that I am, I popped my lens cap on and wandered in. being the camera-addict that I am, however, meant that I couldn’t resist this image from the ladies loo!
couldn’t resist posting another puddle-splashing picture!
water, water everywhere
there is an amazing amount of water everywhere following yesterday’s dousing; mini lakes have appeared in fields, roads have transformed into rivers. an investigative stroll revealed some amazing sights – the River Cherwell has completely burst its banks turning well-trodden bridle paths into flowing waterways. welly splashing in muddy puddle opportunities abound and were taken …
nice, but is it really “green”?
a friend of mine who just happens to be a professional studio photographer once told me that “anyone can take a good photograph. it takes that extra something to make a good photographer”. he also told me to never ask anyone to smile when you’re taking their picture, but that’s a whole other tutorial… Ikea …
cry ‘God for Harry, England, and St George!’
the village church on St. George’s Day, before the heavens opened!
raindrops are falling on my head
Spring is here – tulips and raindrops in my front garden
the Art of Photography
another veritable fount of photographic knowledge at http://theartofphotography.tv/. this podcast and accompanying website is one of a number by the wonderful Ted Forbes, a photographer, multi-media producer and film director based in Dallas, Texas. I had the complete honour of meeting the man himself at an Art of Photography meet-up at the Tate Modern in …
how to light an egg…. or a little lesson in lighting
in my continuing endeavours to learn how to be a better photographer, I occasionally stumble upon some little gems of advice.
this is from photographer Jo Edelman, a professional photographer based in Pennsylvania. I have never heard of him and know absolutely nothing of his work, but this video about light was revealing in its simplicity
about this blog
giving it my best shot…… a selection of some of my favourite photographs. enjoy