Trudie Callan

Photo-a-Week Challenge

1. At a distance


This is my first post so I expect I shall make mistakes until I finally get there but hear goes.

I thought for the first blog I would take a local shot to give you some idea where I live. We went on a picnic with our grand children to Ham House on 2 August. Ham House is situated on the River Thames near Richmond in Surrey, UK. It is a Stuart House which is now a National Trust property. It has lovely gardens including a kitchen garden and lots of lovely walks. The House is reputed to be one of the most haunted house in the UK.

While we were there the fire alarm activated while we were in the kitchens. Soon 2 fire engines arrived and the firemen bundled out to see where the fire was. Luckily it was a false alarm! Perhaps it was one of the ghosts or the children! An added bit of excitement for the day and another shot which could have been for 36. Right Place at the Right Time. The firemen said they only came for the beer. There was an exhibit on the beer  everyone including the children in the 17th century drank, since the Thames was so polluted.

I took the shot using a 50mm lens. I did little editing and just cropped it to tidy it up. I was lucky to get an interesting sky. I am fairly new to photography and I have been using this lens to get acquainted with what it can do and it has encouraged me to explore the various function of the camera in a way that I did not while I had a zoom lens on board. I shall keep going as I am learning such a lot.

Looking at the result – perhaps this is too far away from the house since it is a bit soft.

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18 thoughts on “1. At a distance

  1. Trudie, what a nice way to introduce us to your area. Do you know when the house was built? Keep up the good work!


  2. When I saw you said “give you an idea of where you live” and then I saw the photo … I thought wow!! Anyway its lovely .. Makes me a little homesick.


  3. It is a beautiful shot, thanks for including the historical side of Ham House. I can only imagine all the stories the house could tell! 🙂


  4. I don’t think this picture is too far away. Perfect for the title.


  5. Beautiful building! Nice to follow someone else who is new at this too!


  6. Very nice! It’s a perfect post to introduce yourself to the rest of us. I’m looking forward to seeing more photos from your area. Thanks for sharing some background about the building…. the haunted part makes me want to zoom in and see if I see anything creepy lurking in the windows! 🙂


  7. Interesting story to go with the photo. Have fun with your posts – we enjoy the posts.


  8. Great shot, thanks for the story!

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