Posts Tagged ‘dark’

Low light photography

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This week I had a chance to join a group of photgraphers to do some low light photography. It’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve never used a tripod, but somebody lent me one, and the tutor helped me with the settings for my camera.

It was fun! I didn’t get it right, but at least now I understand a little bit about it. I’m going to have another go to see if I can get the settings right for the available light and take some better shots.

Behind this lovely old gas lamp, there is an outline of the trees. If you click on the picture twice, you’ll be able to view it in black which suits it better.

Low light photography

Still eating beans

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Eating my runner beans

I’m still enjoying eating my home grown runner beans! I love going into the garden and picking them fresh to bring them in and cook them straight away. Now the clocks have changed and we’ve gone back to GMT, I have to remember to pick them early because it’s too dark by 5.00pm. It’s hard enough to find them in good light because they hide behind their leaves, so in the dark it’s impossible! I suppose that’s one advantage of having my hours cut. I can get home early, pick my beans and cook a proper meal instead of being too tired to cook and just snacking.

We’ve had such amazing weather during September and October, so warm and mild and sunny, that I expect it’s quite unusual for me to still be eating my own beans when it’s nearly November, but I don’t know as I haven’t grown them before. Does anyone else know?

There are still plenty of little beans on the plant needing a few days to mature so that I can eat them, so I expect it will a race betweem them and the frost. I would imagine that the first frost we have will turn the plant black and that will be the end of them for this year. I will definately grow them again. I’ve enjoyed it. It was fun watching them growing, and I love eating them. They’re so sweet and tender, so much better than the ones you can buy in the shops. Next year I’m going to expand my vegetable plot and try some broad beans as well. I’d like to try corn on the cob and courgettes too.

The photo shows the beans cooked and ready to eat. They’re sitting in a bowl of my favourite china, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.

Lighting up time

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Well it’s only a few days until Christmas now. The weather has been quite murky lately. We’ve had rain, sleet, wind and fog. We did have a bit of snow too but it didn’t settle here. It’s been dark by 4.00pm for quite a while now, which could be very dreary. But at the end of November, something happens to brighten everything up! For the last four weeks or so everywhere you go has been lit up by pretty Christmas lights. They come in all shapes and sizes and colours. Some flash on and off, some change colour, some look as though they are moving and others create beautiful patterns. I’ve seen snowflakes, stars, Father Christmas, bells, a sleigh, angels, Christmas Trees and lots of other patterns. It was dark when I was driving back from the coast last weekend, and all the towns and villages I drove through looked so beautiful with their displays of Christmas lights. Each town was different, some had big multi-coloured lights, some had small white lights. Some had random patterns, some had shapes, but they were all beautiful, and they added something special to a long drive home. This is one of the patterns I’ve seen which I really like.

It’s my Birthday soon!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

It was dark well before 5.00pm this evening, and there seem to be lots of lights around the town – including Christmassy ones. I like it when it get’s like that, because it’s a sign that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I often spend my it with my daughter – we go somewhere special, but this year she’s working. I’ll see her in the evening though. I also often get invited to friends for a meal to celebrate sometime around my Birthday, but this year both lots of friends are abroad on exotic holidays. So I have a free day to do whatever I like. I wonder what I could do to make it a special day. There are lots of things I could do, but I haven’t decided on the right one yet. I’d better get on with it though, there’s less than a week to go!