Playing The Long Game: Outdoor Photography With Telezooms

It?s all downhill from here


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Itís all downhill from here

2 Nov 2021 9:33AM   Views : 651 Unique : 327


And did you dig canals and build sand dams on the beach when you were a child? I did. I think possibly one of the things Iím looking forward to about being a grandfather is helping my granddaughter redirect the water on the beach.

I was indulging the same streak in my character on Sunday, despite being 68 rather than eight! I went out for a walk while it was raining heavily, wearing waterproof shoes and my best rainproof anorak. Nearing the end of the route that Iíve been round a couple of hundred times this year, I discovered that a road I thought of as level Ė wasnít. I had seen the water streaming down the gutter of the main road which is a definite hill, and I was surprised to find an almost equally vigorous flow in the flatter gutter.


And I played. I noticed that there were dams of leaves blocking the flow down the storm water drains, so I dipped a waterproof to toe in the water and cleared some of the leaves out of the way. Childish? Yes, of course. But fun. Would I have behaved like that if there was anyone else around? Well, maybe not. But it was interesting to do and I learned something. Thereís more downhill than I thought.

Itís important to play with your photographs as well. With the camera and it settings, in processing, and possibly even in getting prints if you donít normally do that. When you stop playing you start to atrophy. So go out and play this week. Otherwise, really will all be downhill from here.


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
2 Nov 2021 9:35AM
Because of the rain, I was travelling very light, without a camera. Hence pictures taken a day later, when all the water had drained away...
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kaybee 19 8.7k 28 Scotland
2 Nov 2021 12:37PM
It is only downhill one way - the other way it is uphill.
Kicking the leaves away may save somebody's garden (or worse ... house) from flooding further down your not so flat road.
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
2 Nov 2021 6:21PM
Thanks, Roy!

There are a few downhill drives around..
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JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2021 6:36PM
My Grandson and I do just that: making channels on the beach, and clearing leaves from water drains along our lane, as well as splashing in puddles!
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
2 Nov 2021 7:32PM
If you do it as well, Ju, it's definitely respectable!
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mistere Plus
10 37 8 England
3 Nov 2021 4:51PM
All of our grandchildren have waterproof outfits and wellies. We go out puddle jumping when it's raining. Jumping into puddles rather than over them. The kids love it. As for the downhill spiral with photographers, I agree totally. Whats the point of doing the same thing over and over again. It's much more fun trying something new or experimenting with the gear you already have. Sometimes it's a complete failure but it's very rewarding when it works.
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Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2021 11:57PM
Just today my wife and I was walking along the Leas in Folkestone and just as we left the front there was a long pile of leaves. The next thing the wife is kicking them up into the air as if she was seven not nearly seventy. This was followed by "this takes you back".
Like you we have a four year old granddaught and we do the same thing as you on the beach John. I also still roll down hills with her as I did with with our adult grandchildren and our own kids.

Who wants to grow up anyway...
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chataignier Plus
10 254 15 France
9 Nov 2021 9:08PM
Oh yes ! I remember dams on the beach - we lived on the coast road in W Sussex, just a couple of hundred yards from the beach where I spent much of my childhood. My mates and I built massive dams 20m wide and up to 1m or so high to trap the water draining down the beach. Visitors to the area found the dry sand below our dams very appealing, until we let the water go...! Little sods we were !
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20 2.1k 2048 England
11 Nov 2021 10:46AM
I love the image that's put in my mind, David!

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