Trudie Callan

Photo-a-Week Challenge


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Week 52. – 47. Summer Fun

The final blog. I have been dragging my feet posting these last 2 entries. I have enjoyed the experience so much. Thank you all who have commented, supported and challenged me over the year. Where has the year gone. I have enjoyed following your blogs and getting to know you through your camera and words. I have been places I will probably never see and my life is the richer because of it. Looking forward to next year and learning how to set up another year. More tutorials I fear!

I have been looking for a colourful merry-go-round for this theme and finally spotted one on the Southbank in London. I have touched the paintwork up so it is ready to go! Hold tight!

summer fun

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Week 51 – 7. Car Lights

I wanted to do car light trails for this one but did not get round to it. These car lights were taken at a carpark in Dungeness on a bus trip we took earlier this year. I am not sure what car it is but it was a very cheerful yellow sports car. I was quite proud of the sun flare on it too.

Dungeness is on the South east coast of Kent and has a power station there which will cease being operational soon. One of our lectures at the Camera Club was about a lady who had used Dungeness Power Station as the subject for her Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

car lights


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Week 50 – A2. Circles

I had the remaining themes I have not tried in my mind and spotted the hen in our daughter’s garden. The eye seemed to be shouting “circles” to me. I spent ages shadowing the hen. Her head moved all the time or so it seemed. It was like these comedy shows when someone tries to catch a hen for dinner. Eventually one of our grand daughters picked her up but I was then challenged with getting a good background! The hen did oblige eventually and stood still long enough to get this shot! Great fun!

Week 50 - A.2- Circles

Taken with my compac camera. Processed in the Colour Efex using 2 of the Vignette filters.

P.S. Sadly “DJ Chocolate”, the hen was eaten by a fox on Wednesday this week. Glad we have a picture of her. Our daughter has decided it is not fair to have any more since the foxes seem to be so bold. Foxes are not called wily for nothing!


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Week 49 – 31. Panning

This is a shot I took on our photowalk of the boats on the river. I like the abstract panning shots this sometimes gives. It is processed in Elements until I got the colour I wanted. I did another one with more colours but it was badly overexposed and so much so that I could not recover it. A friend in our Camera Club does superb sea abstracts using panning.

Week48 - 31. Panning

f/36, 1 sec, ISO 100. Focal length 55mm.


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Week 48 – 29. On Two Wheels

Our Camera Club had a photowalk this week along the River Thames at Hampton Court Palace. There was lots to do and see and a variety of photo opportunities. One of our members lives on a houseboat there and she took some of us on a trip on the river and another member, who lives nearby arranged for us to go across the river where there is a lock and weir. It was in the evening so we had perfect light and it was the end of a beautiful summer day.

I practised long exposures with the fast water of the weir, shot some backlit flowers, reflections, some graphic shots of bridges etc, a few landscapes, a few panning shots and a few into the setting sun. The quality is patchy but I had a good time choosing the apertures etc and I was pleased that I can make choices and know my way around my camera better. A good place to go back to and take more time on things I want to take better shots of.

I took the opportunity to take some shots for the above theme and managed to find a variety of subjects. There were lots of cyclists on the towpath but I was not fast enough or patient enough to get an action shot of them. There were scooters and motorbikes which seemed to have been there a long time but I did not have the correct f/stop etc to sufficiently blur the busy background. I found this bicycle parked in the bushes and I have used it.

f/8, 1/15, ISO 400 processed in Nik Collection,Silver Efex Pro2, Soft Sepia

On Two Wheels