Thursday, 10 May 2018

Norway Photo Trip, Bergen

Still having the same old problem with Google blogger, both the mobile app and the web version. I am unable to upload images from my mobile. I'm sure it will work from my desktop but mostly I do blog posts as I travel, using my mobile phone. 

I now have a blog on my main website which I use instead of Blogger:

Jan drove us down to Gatwick Airport yesterday. We caught the start of the rush hour so it took 5 hours!

This morning it was just a few minutes to the terminal for our flight to Bergen in Norway. 

A few weeks ago I arranged with Gatwick security for my films to be hand searched. It was a very easy process too, they couldn't have been more helpful and very fast. I was concerned before I contacted them as the last time I brought film through Gatwick, over 20 years ago, it all had to go through the x-ray machine. Unfortunately some of it was 3200 Delta which I told them to throw in the bin as it would have been ruined.

Hotel to hotel, with flight in between was just over 5 hours. An interesting comparison with yesterday's drive.

After resting my bad back for an hour or so it was time to get the camera gear ready and go and take some pictures of sunny Bergen.

The most photogenic part was Bryggen near the harbour opposite our hotel. Lots to photograph. I took 4 rolls of Ilford FP4+ 120 (10 shots to a roll) with one of my Mamiya 7 cameras and either the 150mm, 80mm or 43mm lenses (divide by 2 for rough full frame equivalent). I used my Gitzo Mountaineer series 1 carbon fibre tripod for everything so I didn't have to worry about camera shake at slow shutter speeds as I stopped the lens down. We had sunny spells and a cool breeze so good for photos.

We returned to the hotel to drop off the gear before heading back to find somewhere for food and drinks. As luck would have it there was a microbrewery in the harbour so we went there! The Havre Kadavre Imperial Stout was excellent, served in 200ml glasses as it was 11.4%!
First time ever Jan's had a bigger beer than me! Mine is on the right.

All images taken in or around the Bergen Harbour area.

Not expecting many photos tomorrow as they forecast heavy rain and a temperature drop of 14°C, to 10°C.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Buxton Art Fair 2nd to 3rd September 2017

We are exhibiting in Buxton Pavilion Gardens marquee this weekend, 10am to 4.30pm both days. Free entry. Lots to see.

Lots of photos, including clearance pricing on 1 metre prints.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Craft and Jewellery Fair in Buxton Pavilion Gardens Marquee 5th to 6th August 2017

We have a stand at the Craft and Jewellery Fair in Buxton Pavilion Gardens marquee, open Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017, 10am to 4.30pm. We have several hundred black and white darkroom photographs as well as quite a few of Jan's colour prints. Lots of landscapes and city prints in various sizes, with prices from £5 to £140. 100 x 50cm prints are on sale to clear all of our stock, at £60 instead of £120, there are also 4 at £20, London Gherkin, London Leadenhall  Market, London Tower Bridge with River Thames and Berlin Reichstag and Bundestag. That's a small price for such a big print!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cotswold Way Final Section from Alderley to Randwick

We have finished the last part of the Cotswold Way from Alderley to Dursley to Randwick. Not many people know that the Cotswold Way finishes at the Vine Tree Inn in Randwick! Well it did for us.

It was a bit over 100 miles and 10 days walking spread over a week in 2016 and another week in 2017.

Not a huge number of photos. Lots of pretty villages with interesting features but I had to work harder for my landscape photographs.

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my website.

Here's the link.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Walking the Cotswold Way from Old Sodbury to Alderley

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my website.

I have written a blog post on walking the Cotswold Way from Old Sodbury to Alderley.
Here's the link.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Cotswold Way Bath to Old Sodbury

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my website.

Here's a link to my post on our walk from Bath to Old Sodbury along the Cotswold Way.

Bath Photography

Google Blogger isn't working properly for blog posts with photos so I have moved my blog to my website.
Here's a link to my post on taking photos in Bath.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Snowshoeing with a Moose on the Loose

Jan and I had a day snowshoeing with good friend Annie. We left Rob listening to Derby on the internet radio, FA Cup replay with Leicester.

We're in Winter Park town, more of a village really, about 3 miles below the ski area. Rob and Annie have their own apartment here.

The weather wasn't good with winds forecast on the top ski area of 55 mph. We decided to snowshoe instead.

There's a good trail for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and walking to the ski area so we followed this, the Foster River Trail. You just have to avoid walking on the skiers prepared grooves.

After the first few hundred yards the trail dropped below the road and entered a forest area. We followed the trail beside the partly frozen river through the woods.

We hadn't gone far when the machine that had prepared the pristine trail surface that we were on stopped by me. I had stepped away from the trail as it completely fills it.

He opened his window and told me to keep an eye out for an angry Moose. A juvenile had been killed in an accident and the parent was angry and unpredictable. We were walking through it's main territory at the time. He said if you see it stop, if it comes towards you back off! Presumably back off is a local euphemism for run like hell! All of this not easy on snowshoes.

I thanked him and we carried on rather more vigilant of movement around us than we had been.

It was a beautiful trail. Lots of photos, some on my Mamiya 7 camera with Ilford 400 Delta film, some on the phone so they could be included here. We carried on to the ski area, a total of about 3.5 miles.

Tried to visit the Brewery but it was closed so went to the pub instead.

Not very cold over here, they're forecasting rain not snow.

I had another 7 images to add here but I am having problems with Blogger, both the app and the web version aren't letting me add them. I may have to find another way to do it as this wastes a lot of time.