Photo Challenges

Salford 13th March 2018


Over the last few days i’ve been taking part in a photographic challenge

#challenge30 involved taking pictures with my trusty second hand Nikon DSLR camera on thirty subjects – each with their own unique title.

i particularly enjoyed taking photos from an abstract view, changing simple items into something else.

The pictures have been stored on a gallery on flickr’s website and you’ll find them here


Inky takes to the water

Venue : HMS Belfast, London

Date : 20th February 2018


Early morning for me yesterday, as i took up the chance to visit another branch of the Imperial War Museum.

As a Member of the Volunteer Team at IWM North, I’d been to Duxford, and Headquarters in London…but yesterday gave me the opportunity to visit a branch of the museum i hadnt been to, HMS Belfast, Anchored on a branch of the River Thames.

Walking around the sections of the boat, we got to see everything from Navigation to how sailors slept on board and a view of the engine room…the heart of the ship that made it move through the water, we were also given a little bit of the boats history and its role in world war two, escorting civilian ships against attack during the Arctic Convoy Missions

We were given a full tour of the cruiser by one of the Yeoman of the Ship, before being given a lunch in the galley and opportunity to explore for ourselves.

HMS Belfast Nameplate
HMS Belfasts Guns, with Memorials and Bell
Deactivated Seamine, Now used by HMS Belfast for Donations
View of Tower Bridge (From the Bridge)

Applying the Digital Paint,

Salford 6th February 2018

This is a photography post with a bit of a difference.

I mean – what do i do with a pic after i’ve taken it ?

With my new Nikon Camera (i use that term very loosely) I can already adapt a photograph thanks to the imaging tools on the camera

OK if i just want to switch the image from Colour to Black and White, and add a bit of Sepia, but what about an artistic angle ?

Here’s an original photo of the Fort at Albufeira in the Algarve, taken with my Sony DSC H-300 Bridge Camera


It looks good enough – i particularly like the anchor 🙂 but with a few tweeks using my Art Programs i get some lovely effects. This photo was edited with the latest edition of Corel painter essentials, but I also have a copy of adobes photoshop essentials to hand, should I want to create any layered effects.


Here’s the same photograph using an oil effect – very impressionist……


Here’s the photo using what Corel call a “Coloured Pencil” Effect


and here’s one using a “Modern” paint effect

They’re all a bit abstract in their way but they produced some great artwork!

Things with two Ts

#CFFC #LetterT

Challenge for the Letter T entry was a little different – any photo but must have two Ts in the title


So as i pondered over some buttered toast , i considered what sort of images i could use


I like butterflies, i like the coloured patterns on their wings


I took this picture of a yellow and black butterfly whilst on holiday in Zakynthos, in Greece.