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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.