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hobbo

Welcome to my Portfolio, as you can see, I like capturing a broad range of subjects .......ENJOY!
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  • Praise indeed GC .....many thanks.

    Hobbo
  • Right is right
    And left is left
    On lifes loom
    the warp
    And weft.

    Clever folk
    Sit on the fence
    Observing-
    -Seeking
    Common sense

    As for trump
    ...in the wind..
    He plays his part
    As a nasty
    Little fart

    Come on Cg
    Pass the port
    Relax a while
    Lifeís too short

    Instead of left
    Instead of right
    In a circle stand
    Offer everyone
    A hand

    Hobbo


  • Ade May have hit the nail on the head here......go back through your EPZ portfolio and other photo files ....you will see swathes of improvement.....just keep working at it to get even better.

    Donít punish yourself.....relaaaaax and enjoy it.

    Hobbo
  • Yes! Normally but my iPadís are determined to spoil it for me.

    Hobbo

  • Chasing the Light.....a story of two books......

    Last Monday whilst in Leamington, and after visiting my brother in a nursing home, I had an hour to kill prior to a hair-cut appointment.

    I spent over half an hour over a coffee and a bun, then went to browse the Photography section in Waterstones book shop.....that did it....I left £20 lighter with a new book entitled...FOCUS....by John Neel...published by Ilex.

    It is an excellent up to date primer on all things ...Lenses, and Focus....including ...Tilt-Shift ...Focus Stacking and home made solutions.

    Then, a couple of hours ago I spotted a similar looking book called....CAPTURING LIGHT....by Michael Freeman.....also published by Ilex.....this one cost me just £4 so an absolute bargain.

    The first book is fine if you really want to brush up on lenses and focusing....but....the second....IS JUST TOO GOOD TO MISS.....it being a wide ranging, expertly written, beautifully presented and easy to understand explanation of ...HOW TO GET BEST USE OF LIGHT ....Light of all kinds....

    Iím not usually one for book reviews, but, if you are serious about your photography....it is a MUST .....for you personal reference Library.

    Take a dekko on Amazon or even ABE Books to see what you can get one for....

    Cyril. ( Hobbo)

    Sent from my iPad
  • Have a camera with you wherever you go, or, as and when you can.....study all genres of photography so you acquire a good general knowledge prior to choosing your preferences.

    Study the EPZ galleries, even from, way back....that way you will soon learn what the ..Cliches...are, what does and doesnít work.

    I find that many of the freely available YouTube tutorials on all things photographic.

    If you have a camera that takes interchangeable lenses, donít forget the Vintage Route......vintage film lenses force you to go fully manual, so you quickly learn the nitty-gritty instead of just pointing and shooting.

    Donít get bogged down in ...flash units, reflectors, etc, etc, until you have learned to utilise all that natural light has to offer.

    Iím not a clubby person, but if you are....I canít reccomend joining one too highly.

    Hobbo

  • I saw it there
    A yellow crocus
    Camera out
    Got down to focus

    Knees bent
    Down I went
    To capture
    Little crocus

    Damn and blast
    The air was wrent
    With curses, strong
    My battery went

    Up I got
    Not quite lept
    But backwards
    On the crocus stepped

    My mojo gone
    My battery spent.
    On nothing
    Could I focus

    This togging game
    Is, just that...
    Flippiní
    HOCUS POCUS.
  • To come full circle in this discussion/debate...

    You began by calling a well known politician an.....Idiot....

    In strictest terms this should be frowned upon as much as any ...none PC... act or name calling...Why?

    The terms ...Idiot... and .... Cretin....were once amongst the many now, long outdated official terms to describe different variations of mental disability or illness. They like the old term for...Downs Syndrome...were like many others.......they were all still in use when I first began to work with and for adults with such disabilities in 1973.

    Those who work in the same services now would be mortified if a term, such as...Idiot...was used to describe one of their clients, and rightly so.

    If you forgive me for using that horrible term in its old sense once more.....I have worked with and on behalf of some of the most wonderful idiots ever....

    My many, many friends with learning disabilities have, over the years taught me so much, about acceptance, absolute loyalty and, above all Trust.

    Hobbo
  • Here we go again........

    Old fashioned? Backwards looking? And all the other stereotypical labels you stuck on to me....typical of your class and your lefty education......you can only see what you want to see....you only hear what you want to hear, and you think yourself superior to those who disagree or differ with you.

    Socrates? Whose he?......I donít know Ďcos I didnít receive a classical education.....The bomb sites and open fields were my playground....and adults were my university tutors until my early 30 s ....I sucked in all the education I could...attended night school to get A levels....became a teacher, then a social worker.

    Yes! An Uncle Albert figure I may appear to be....but by taking the Mickey ...you just make me stronger...

    I wonder what will exude from the pedestal now.......? 🤔

    Hobbo

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  • Mmmmmm?

    Hiking might be good for me, at my age...

    I have just realised the cause of our obvious differences in outlook....it is blazingly obvious when you think about it.....you were a Post-War baby...

    We Pre-War lot.....hardly ever saw our dads and older brothers, our mums were working in factories, our sisters were in the ATS, WRENS, WAAAFS Land Army or in essential employment....We all lived on meagre rations, and we might get bombed at any minute.....Bad News broadcast and in the paperís was the norm....

    No! Not of some bloody celebrity falling over in strictly.....but the loss of an Allied Ship,Plane or personnel..

    Our teachers were.....in the main old, forced out of retirement, or extremely young lasses hardly out of school themselves.....we helped with the harvest.....wore horrible patched clothes. Witnessed at first hand, the rush of POWS, Displaced Persons, and the return of war-damaged relatives ....to bombed out conurbations.

    I will stop now....because I can already hear the yawns of those who didnít go through it...they quote that silly stuff from ...Monty-Python and snigger instead.

    We had hardly any elders left to rebuild the country.....instead we young uns (then) worked long-hard hours of overtime for a pittance.....we attended night school to better our failed 11 pluses....oh dear I will set the yawns off again...but hear me out...it is important that it isnít forgotten....like we kids of the war are....we KNEW poverty....we KNEW hard work....we didnít take drugs, get totally blotto on the streets.....many of us remain married to the lass we courted and got engaged to....worked hard enough to own a house...and to bring up healthy hard workin offspring.

    The rot set in .....Post National Service......it should have been continued...not in a military form but as a two-year Social Service, taking all young people away from mummy and daddy to experience how others less fortunate cope.

    A prťcis ....yes! Essentially so.....but so TRUE.....

    CGarth.....I had NCOs and Officers TELLING me what to do at aged just 18yrs ....what to wear and how to kill while you were still at school.....as I said I feel rather sorry for you....Seriously.

    Hobbo
  • Gcarth.....

    I spent a good 18 years as a Social Work manager working with, on behalf of adults with severe educational and physical needs ...and their carers.....

    I am fully retired now.........chips on shoulders?......there arenít any.

    Prejudices?..... not many...but make a point of steering well clear of anyone and anything issuing negative vibes......

    I feel a bit sorry for you...honestly...

    If you are over 70 you too should leave the world to those who will be in it when we wonít......learn to be retired.....donít. Keep getting your knickers in a twist ...... Go do Yoga..... Meditate.....Volunteer to work in a charity shop.....or a Day Centre....above all.....Smell the Coffee.

    Your......Last of the Summer Wine ....has arrived.....make the most of it whilst you can.

    Hobbo
  • CGarth.....

    Why donít you put yourself up as a potential MP....then you could have a go at putting the UK on the right track.....after all you always think that you are right.😏

    I donít have a chip on my shoulder....I had all those as a joiner apprentice at age 15 yrs........

    Silver Spoon..... the nearest I got was the foil my Easter egg might have been wrapped in.....

    Over to you.....

    Hobbo

  • gCarth

    Methinks that you are on here just to create hassles and arguments...

    Life is too short.....

    I have stopped watching BBC news now.....this morning it is filled with navel gazing waffle, and with no action from any side on anything.....just one continuous stream of twaddle.

    How on earth did our parents, grandparents and my generation cope without it all?...... Because we all left school at between 12-15, got on with life, in the main, bettered ourselves, through our own efforts.

    Back to.....Life’s too short.....it is.....we all get an average of an all too short 70 years....I’ve over-run mine by 10......for goodness sake....take a step back...go smell flowers....have a beer with mates.....hug a tree.....use your camera more.

    Anything but keep on prodding for responses on here.....please!

    Hobbo 🤓
  • What is really sad, and what turns me off....is that circa 20 -50 years ago we had some of the best TV and Radio Programs ever, but rubbish equipment, mono sound and black and white TV....

    Nowadays we have the finest stereo, full HD TV transmission, Internet TV/RADIO , but with the worst programming Iíve ever seen or listened to, except for a very few exceptions such as...Life on Earth and the ...Blue Planet.....pop music has deteriorated into a sound engineer;d manufactured electronic cacophony if percussion and bass with singers who canít sing unless a mic is half a centimeter from their lips.

    There are exceptions, but the main trend is rubbish and more rubbish....all beautifully broadcast in stereo and HD ....... So bloody sad.

    What happened?

    Hobbo
  • And the ....

    WINNER IS................................................................................................YAWN!....................................___
  • Never mind TV SOAPS...

    Radio 4 is on my Dab radio in the bathroom whenever Iím in there.....just listened to a vitriolic attack on....

    QUOTE

    Old White Men......the program was Womenís Hour.....the subject was media reporting and reporters....the anti-male language from one contributor was hateful, she was almost spitting her words out.

    I hope that a few men on here take a listen on the iPlayer .....it was most unpleasant.

    I switched it off as I flushed the loo.

    It was only then that I turned to a SOAP. 😏

    Hobbo
  • If you watch Soaps on the commercial Chanels .....you watch around fifteen minutes of advertising.....just think of how many hours your are wasting in a month of viewing not-true stories.

    Soaps are also used as conduits for Social Engineering......

    Watch East Enders?........that will just make you severely depressed....you only need to observe the regular snarl-like curled lips as the characters communicate....happy marriage/partnership?......perhaps for a few episodes......

    Instead invest in a ....Camera.....artistís equipment.....craft supplies....or join a rambling club etc....ANYTHING....but waste precious life on TV trash.

    Hobbo
  • I havenít seen it mentioned on EPZ yet...so here goes.

    The BBC ....Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is....antiques program beat all records in yesterdayís episode. Antiques expert and presenter Paul Laidlaw had discovered then paid just £60 for a small mahogany box containing what he first thought to be just an optical instrument. Further research revealed to be a tiny....Glass-Plate Camera ...complete with bottles that once contained developing chemicals.
    It turned out to be one of the earliest miniature Cameraís ever, made in 1861.

    It fetched a record £20,000 in an amazing to watch auction....well worth catching up with, or on YouTube.

    Hobbo


  • The light was perfect...

    Hobbo
  • TV SOAPS....

    A total waste of life, they will give you brain rot......

    Hobbo
  • We are with EON and had one of their Smart Meters installed four years ago now.....we love it, because it has stopped the quarterly shifting of furniture, and the opening of tiny wooden doors to enable the meter-reader to lay on his side st full stretch on the carpet.
    We live in a Victorian house,the meter is right underneath a bay-window seat in total/dank darkness.

    Hobbo
  • Gcarth.......you have just made my day!

  • I donít like threads deviating......
  • BBC NEWS especially.....it gets nauseating at times....instead, I return to Ephotozine for a little sanity....

    Hobbo
  • Hiromi.
  • The Port side... as I said above.....the Starboard side on the other hand is ...Right on man!

    History!....

    Why?...

    True story.

    1945... very young Nazi soldier exiting bunker spared by US troops because of his tender years.
    1946-48....POW in local UK camp....later...shipped to Alabama to pick cotton.
    1949 returned to the UK....chose to work on local farm instead of returning home...married local lass...had a family..
    Circa 2011 retired ...after being a well respected, active member of our local community.
    2017 very recently ....he passed on aged over 90 yrs.
    Yesterday.....he was cremated.

    Why is this here?

    Because so many people today, have their bloody heads in the sand.....I repeat.

    POLITICS
  • Politics
    Philosophers
    Doom laden soothsayers
    False prophets
    The port side
    Those who break promises
  • You just be careful GC....

    Denying God...... you might need him one day......
  • Breathing!
  • Anyone, just anyone who mentions.....Br*xit.