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Too hot to handle


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.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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Too hot to handle

2 Jun 2021 11:21AM   Views : 385 Unique : 273


I spent three hours in a studio yesterday, and Ė like all studios Ė it was on the top floor, and thus, yesterday, incredibly hot. Afterwards, I was pretty much wrung out Ė I have never had much tolerance of hot weather. So Iím taking it easy today, because if I donít, I know Iíll be wrecked when I need to do something. This extends to bloggingÖ

In an attempt to post something different to my portfolio, Iíve used a 15-year-old shot today: and I notice that I used Program mode. I promise that itís something I havenít done often, and donít do at all these days unless Iím experimenting. I know it confuses things too much, and I lose control completely!

Of course, it wasnít an option until 40-odd years ago: full manual was the norm, and photographers who progressed beyond snapping had to get some grasp of the technical side, or at least learn to follow a procedure carefully (a workflow, they say these days).

So really, this is about knowing your limitations, and taking care most of the time, to work within them. Work carefully, plan at least a little bit. Donít leap into something expensive and tricky without any research. And if hot weather gets to you, that includes taking sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat.

Itís all by way of excuse to post a picture my sister found at the weekend Ė Iím sure itís not one of mine, and I donít know who took it, but I love it, because itís of my parents, both looking very happy. As both of them were rather serious-minded, thatís a lovely thing to see. I hope that your photographic endeavours this week will involve lovelinessÖ


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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
2 Jun 2021 11:23AM
As it's half term, maybe it's time for children and grandchildren to turn the tables on their elders, and take a shot like this. I promise they won't regret it, fifty or sixty years on...
GGAB Avatar
GGAB 7 31 1 United States
2 Jun 2021 12:54PM
The beauty of photography.
It captures a moment in time, for ever.
cooky Avatar
cooky Plus
19 7 11 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2021 1:38PM
That is such a lovely image John. Natural capture and taken on a whim!

Think your visit to your sister has done you good and we all need to touch base.

As for limitations, well they are like an elastic band, need stretching out of their comfort zone but not to the point of snapping!

Thank you for your lovely good wishes, they are reciprocated!

JuBarney Avatar
JuBarney Plus
12 36 7 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2021 6:04PM
A smashing family photo and I also love your top image.
Take it easy and cool down!
Rose73 Avatar
Rose73 2 Scotland
3 Jun 2021 8:27AM
Its a lovely, happy photograph of your parents John. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to see your sister at the weekend - recharging batteries is good! I also love the top image of the flowers..beautiful colour and bokeh! Take care Smile

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