Peter Bargh

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December 12th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 346 – Studio 109

I walk past this hairdresser most days. It’s usually very dull in the evening and in the day has someone having a silver blue rinse or perm. But over the last few weeks a couple of small illuminated trees in each window and a curtain trail of lights have transformed it to make it look quite pretty…sadly not clearly shown in this snap on the iPhone. The new white illuminated view is pleasant on my daily journey.

December 9th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 343 – Eat Soup

Today was very different to yesterday, but similar.

Yesterday I was in Covent Garden
Today I wasn’t, but had totally coincidental a carton of Covent Garden Soup

Yesterday I was outside in the cold
Today I was inside and warm

Yesterday I was looking at a lovely Christmas tree
Today I don’t have a tree up yet so the nearest thing was a conifer in the garden

Yesterday it was dry
Today it was raining

And my photo of the day sums up the above – It’s a photo of the carton of soup, taken inside in the warmth, looking through a window to the outside conifer with rain on the window.

btw have you tried that soup? I’d not had it before there are some interesting flavours.

December 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 341 – The Arsenal Trees

I’m just back from a six hour round trip to pick up an eBay win that I bid on and didn’t expect to win.

On the way back I called for a pee break at the Hatfield Galleria in Herts and spotted a new shop. The Arsenal Store.

It opened on 19 Nov 2011 and had a bright window display with a red Christmas tree decorated with white baubles and a white tree with red baubles.

I took a quick snap without attracting security attention because I understand they’re quite sharp in there.

October 29th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 302 – dreamscape

I was taking photos of berries earlier this morning backlit against the morning sun using an old Pentax M series 80-200mm zoom on the K20D, and noticed the background tree shape, and decided to switch attention to the tree. Adjusting focus so it’s out but still recognisable is an interesting technique that’s worth trying for abstract views…quite dreamlike.

May 24th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 144 – birch tree

A birch tree has been surrounded by saplings in a woodland project near our offices at the Turbine. I spotted it while cycling past and grabbed it with the iphone. There’s the remains of a tree protector  lying on the floor to the side dwarfed by the ancient birch. The colours are as created by the hipstamatic.
It forms part of my photo365 project.

March 5th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 64 – Starlings

Every morning I wake to the sound of starlings chirping and squeaking. I never really take much notice. but over the last few weeks I’ve become aware of the interesting shapes they create at the top of the bare tree.

Today’s Photo365 is a silhouette using a 100mm lens to crop in just enough.

Over exposed to ensure the sky stayed light as on auto it went dull grey and looked less of an abstract

February 15th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 46 – Window

It’s been raining all day and making those small pattering sounds on the window. So here’s my window looking out. Focus is on the reflections of the background tree in the drops. A wide aperture was used to make the tree branches totally out of focus and abstract in look.

January 2nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 2

gloveWell the family decided to go to the shops and one of my resolutions was to shop less. So I decided to fulfil another resolution to go walking more.  I packed up a sarnie, drink, few nibbles, got my boots out, coat, hat, gloves, super warm ePHOTOzine fleece and camera.

I decided to go to Win Hill. It’s the first hill I climb in Derbyshire and one I slept on on my stag night back in the 80s. I also decided to shoot landscapes with juts a 50mm (about 75mm on the Pentax)  I have an old 50mm f/2 manual lens and have never used it on digital so that was my one lens shooter today.

I packed the stuff in the car and set off. About 40mins later I pulled into a car park, got my coat on and then realised I’d not packed the boots! It was really muddy and I just had shoes.

The Win Hill project took a nose dive and a substitute was needed. I decided to bring forward a walk through Riverlin Valley that I was going to do to record some of the remnants of the Victorian industry.

For those who don’t know Riverlin Valley is on the outskirts of Sheffield. It’s a three and a half mile stretch with some great features. And it’s steeped in history.  Details here: Riverlin Valley on Wikipedia

I took plenty of photos getting some good ones of iced over dams, close ups of sluice gate cogs, record shots of several of the bridges that were built over dam side streams to channel water to the forges, and some general scenes, as well as close ups of waterfalls along the course.

But the picture I’m including for day two of my Photo365 is one of a glove placed on a tree branch I shot this as the light was fading. For some reason my polarising filter I’d been using had steamed up and the resulting shot is quite atmospheric.