Throwback Thursday: Moseley Road Swimming Baths 

Back in February Friends of Moseley Road baths invited IgersBirmingham to capture Moseley Road Baths.
The baths are due to close soon, leaving the area having to travel to Sparkhill baths when they reopen.

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If you haven’t been to Moseley Road Baths the Friends are having a community action day on Saturday 18th March and more details can be found here for more information.  It will be a shame to see this building close.

Thank you IgersBirmingham for the opportunity to capture this beautiful building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Workshop with Kris Askey & IGersBirmingham

When I start writing my blog posts I always struggle and this is the same with my photography.  So when I found IGersBirmingham on Instagram and started going to some of their meetups I started to move out of my comfort zone and challenge the type of photos I shot.

Today was no different.  I kept thinking what if I don’t like any of my shots, I hope no one takes my camera.  Will I have the confidence to give street photography the justice it deserves.   Oh well lets go and see what a Street workshop is all about and listen as well as learn.

Kris Askey kindly gave up some of his time to talk us about how he got started, what fuels him to take the shots he has.  Kris captures some amazing moments and people, last year he shot an exhibition for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which could be viewed in the streets of Birmingham.  After some advice on taking shots on the street, we went out to take our own shots.Poppybead Creative, #igb_meet_street

Here’s one of my first shots, I like the whole view of taxi versus bicycle.  I could of been closer , but I like this shot.

 

 

 

 

These shots were some distance away  or blurred to have any real impact in my view.  But I am happy to share them.

 

 

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I liked these last  three shots when I took them, but I could of had better angles.  Enough of the critiquing, the shots below I am happy with, so enjoy.

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Once we had been out shooting for an hour, we met again and Kris edited some shots.

The opportunity to see Kris edit shots taken by fellow IGers was really useful.  This workshop has given me a kick up the bum to keep challenging myself, try something new & consider printing some of my shots.  So yet again IGersBirmingham and Kris thank you so much.

Kris has an exhibition starting on the 18th February at Park View Gallery in Kings Heath for a month.  So if you want to see and buy prints from Kris go along and support.

 

It’s the end of January already!

This post was due to be published on Tuesday but the photos wouldn’t load.

Today was the last day of January and it’s always welcome.  Mainly because it’s the first payday after Christmas and my birthday.

I thought I would share some photos from this month.

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This poster was designed by Tracey Emin for the 2012 Paralympics in London.  I find the words meaningful.

Igers Birmingham had their first meetup of the year in Deritend, the weather was poor but there was a great turnout of people.  I have been able to challenge my photography through these meetups and meet some lovely people.

I upgraded my phone and these last few photos were taken with my phone, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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These two photos were taken on different days.

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I love reflections and I am sure there will be more over the year.  Enjoy February.

My Calendar – My year in photos

Since the beginning of 2016 I have seriously been taking photos with a DSLR camera.  Along this journey of discovery I have had some fantastic opportunities to take photos.

I wanted to get a desktop calendar and thought about using my own shots.  I did get some inspiration from Ross Jukes Photography, who has produced a fantastic calendar with great shots. 

 So I looked back through all of the photos I took this year and tried to choose a shot from each month.

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 This is the cover of my calendar, I took this shot at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve on an igersbirmingham and West Midlands wildlife instameet.  

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 In January I went to Dublin for my birthday and spent time with some lovely people, thank you.

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 Before I carry on I took photos Canon 400D for the first 3 months.  I want to thank my dear friend for lending me the camera.

I love tulips and will treat myself to flowers every once in a while.

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 For my 40th birthday another dear friend gave me some plants and they re-flowered. I love how things can bloom again.

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 At the end of April I took my own DSLR out.  Rachel at Sitting Knitting let me take pictures in her lovely yarn shop.  This West Midlands yarn shop is full of beautiful things on top of all of the beautiful yarn.

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 I have been very blessed when a friend gave me some advice about lenses.  His advice about photography is invaluable and one Sunday morning I got up early to try it out.  The lens is for macro shots but I just wanted to try using it and ended up taking this shot of the Selfridges building in the West Midlands.

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 In June I met some photographers through Instagram and took this shot from the top of the Cube.  I am always chasing the sunset and sunrises.

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 This sunrise brings back memories of growing up.  I was rather pleased with the composition.

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 Whilst taking time off from the day job I went out to practice my photography and I went past the fountain in Victoria Square, which has been planted with flowers and I managed to capture a butterfly.

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 After all the years of living in the West Midlands I had the chance to go to Sarehole Mill with igersbirmingham on an instameet and take this shot. It was a lovely day and I got to meet more Instagrammers.

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 In October I signed up for another instameet with igersbirmingham at the new library at the University of Birmingham.  I wanted to challenge my photography and be nosey to be honest.  I was so shocked as this shot got chosen as photo of the day and featured in the igersbirmingham exhibition.  I am so proud of how the level of my photography has improved this year.

 As I said earlier I am always chasing a great sunrise and sunset.  So on the way to my day job I looked back saw this view and lucky enough I had my camera with me.

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 This photo wasn’t captured in December, it was a few days earlier. I got the opportunity to learn more about long exposure photography and I really enjoyed myself.  Yet another challenge for me, as I didn’t have a clue and struggle with cold temperatures.

I have enjoyed improving the quality of of my photos and can’t thank everyone who has helped me enough.  I have ordered 5 desk calendars in total and will make the other 4 available for sale if people are interested.  Do comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Colours Festival 2016

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I was meant to post last week but never got around to it.  Last week was the City of colours festival, this event was a celebration of street and urban culture.  Nearly three years ago I was blessed to work with Becci and Karl on the Lost Stories Inside Out project.  So the passion they hold creatively I knew this event was going to be immense.  I was not disappointed.

I also thought I would go on an instameet organised by @igersbirmingham via Instagram. Here are some of the photos I took during the day.

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Ross Jukes pictured here made a video of the day & manage to capture me walking around and you can view it on YouTube.

 

 

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There was so much going on and do I will let the photos do the talking.  I have posted more photos in a flickr album and you can have a look here.