Photo blogging Challenge

logo May 2013

This Photo blogging challenge is a challenge I feel I can manage, without any stress. Just five photos on a given subject, each month, sounds good to me. Click the graphic above for more info, if you’d like to join in the fun.

Theme: Night.

Mo and I don’t go out at night any more so here is my first shot for the subject. This is the lamp close to my computer, which comes on every evening by remote. Mo loves gadgets and has most, if not all of the lights, hooked into the system, so she just presses a button for whichever light she wants on.

No1

I very quickly realized that I couldn’t take five photos of lamps around the house. It was evident that I had to go out one night.  Armed with my camera, we set out.

“Where do you want to go?” said Mo.

“Errrrmmm…. I said.

“Let’s go to the town. There’ll be some lights there” Said Mo.

“That’s a good idea” I said.

This is a very small town that was built for the workers of the once thriving Sheffield Steel industry. With it’s little stone houses and old fashioned shops, it has some character, but it’s not a place for any real shopping or social life.

After taking many shots that were either a total blur, just plain black, or my clever camera making it look like daylight, I figured out which setting to use on my camera, to get at least something in the shot and show that it was night.  Here is the first shot. This bus stayed there for ages, allowing me to get a few shots without any real blur, with my camera set at such a slow shutter speed.

No2

I stopped off to take a photo of something (I will put it at the end of this post) and noticed these two kids bikes, just thrown down on the pavement. Not even close the their house. Kids!  I converted it to black & white, because for some weird reason the lighting was far too red. If you look closely, you can make out the Yorkshire stone walling that you find all around Yorkshire.

No4

“Where to now?” Asked Mo.

Somewhere with a nice view” I said. “But there needs to be lights too”

Mo laughed and started driving.

I experimented with lots of shots, moving the camera and getting some lovely special effects, but settled for this one. It looked so majestic in the dark. I balanced my camera on the car door and with the car headlights giving just enough light, I took a few shots, not knowing if they were in focus or not. It was so dark that I couldn’t see my camera, let alone the images on it.  I was thrilled with it.

No5

“OK” I said. “I think I’ve got enough now” (having taken a couple of dozen shots of various subjects as we drove around)

We set off for home.

“Stop!” I said. Luckily there was no traffic around, so Mo stopped.  “Let them overtake us so I can get a shot of them.”  We parked and tried not to look conspicuous.

They looked at us as they passed and we tried to look busy with something. Two people sitting in a parked car on a dark street, looks suspicious.  They probably thought, having seen us, that two old biddies couldn’t be up to no good and they walked on.

I waited until they couldn’t see me and clicked away, before they disappeared into the blackness.

No6

And now for the extra photo. I hope I haven’t broken any rules, but it’s hard to pick just five out of so many.  I just had to post this one.

Frying tonight!

No3

It’s a tiny, old fashioned, British fish & chip shop. Next door to a tiny, old fashioned barber shop. There were people inside, with their fish & chips but, by the time I got out of the car, they were gone, leaving the shop owner shaking his chips in the boiling oil.

I think I may enjoy this challenge. This one was fun.

Don’t forget to hop on over to ‘lil HooHaa’s blog if you want to join in the fun.

I won’t be around on the 31st, until later, so have set this up as a scheduled post.  I will link up as soon as I can.

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  • I absolutely LOVE the crooked tree! Well done, Babs!!

    Now go and have fun with Kathy and Dave 🙂

  • Wow that tree is an amazing picture. And the lamp. The quality of light in that one is amazing. Well done, Babs. And say hi to Kathy!

  • Comedy Plus

    I love them all and that lamp rocks. It really does. Looks so inviting.

    Have a terrific day Babs. Big hugs. 🙂

    • I’m glad you think the lamp looks inviting 🙂

  • Ron

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I am soooooooooo glad and excited that you’re participating in this photo blogging challenge, Babs!!!!

    Woot! Woot!

    Honestly, you take the most awesome photos!

    Each one of these is faaaaaabulous. The third one down is spectacular, so you should be thrilled with it. WOW!

    Also, the last photo almost looks like a painting or graphic.

    As you know, I’ve attempted taken photos of nighttime as well and understand the challenge of light.

    Well done, my friend. Well done!

    Have a great day and weekend. And I think today is the day when you get together with Kathy and her husband. Have a blast! And I so wish I was there with you!!

    X to you and Mo!

    • Thank you so much Ron.

      Kathy and Dave have now gone, but we had a fantastic two days!

  • I like all your pictures but especially the tree and the fry cook. I agree with Comedy Plus that the little lamp picture looks so inviting. Terrific shots…all of them.

  • Liudmila

    What a beautiful reportage! It was so interesting to have this round with you in the night! Great walk together, great photos (because I love them so much), great post! Thanks!

    • Thank you Ludmila. I hope you are doing well 🙂

  • The one with the tree is really cool. As is the extra. The others are interesting because they are not bright night shots… almost gives the feel of an old movie shot or something like that. Stories could come from them!

    • Thanks PJ. I will get around to reading and commenting on the other blogs tomorrow, when I’m over the last two days excitement!

  • Tami Von Zalez

    You saved the best for last – you scamp!

  • I like what you did with all of your photos but I’m drawn to the bikes. A talented writer could tell a complete story built around that photo. (You captured the mood of your home beautifully in that first photo: welcoming, warm, and gracious.)

    • Thank you so much Cheryl. The bikes were a bonus for me. I hadn’t seen them until I got out of the car.

  • The shot of the couple is perfect. With their heads obscured it gives the impression that they’re being swallowed up by the darkness.
    The tree and the stone wall? Beautiful.

    • That’s exactly what happened a second later. Pffff! Gone 🙂

  • Well done, Babs!! Well done, indeed!

  • I love the crooked tree and bikes. Black and white is perfect for the bike shot. You got some great shots. The last one looks like a painting.

    • Thanks Lauren. I just had to squeeze that last one in 😉

  • I like your choice of photos! It’s inspired me, I want to take part now!

    • Oh do! It’s only once a month, so no pressure 🙂

      • Just looked at the theme “Bridges”.. I’m unlikely to see 5 bridges this month! 🙁

        • Oh, is it? I doubt I will either 🙁 I’ll have to think outside of the box for this one.

  • I love the tree, I love the fish & chip shop, I love the bikes, I love the people walking into the darkness… I love it all. You did a great job. 🙂

    • That means a lot coming from someone who took the photos you took 😉

  • Paul Myers

    Excellent set of shots! It’s hard to pick a “best” one of the bunch. I like your subterfuge with the couple walking down the street. Street photography is very difficult to do sometimes.

    • Yes, it is. Especially when you are shy like me 🙂

  • Lisa

    These are fantastic! I love your lamp and the shot with the tree is stunning. It sounds like you and Mo had a great time “out on the town”!

    • Ha ha! Yes we did have fun – doing the unusual 😉

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    You know what? The tree photo is stunning (but you know that), and I love the depth of the colour and lighting contrast!! Beautiful.

    But my favourite is the chip-shaking guy in the fish and chip shop. It’s perfect. It really highlights the loneliness of a late evening job in the city, doesn’t it? Nobody around, everything outside the shop black and dim, and there you are, as if in a capsule, all lit up, going quietly about your business. It reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting called Nighthawks.

    • Yes, I couldn’t resist sneaking that one in and saving it until last. It’s like going back 50 years in time 🙂