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13th-Aug-2008 05:31 pm
Adventure before dementia
 Hoping that you can all help me ... one or two of my friends in particular.

As you probably now know I have a new camera, and want to get back into "proper" photography.  Now I have part of my problem ... can't think of anything to photograph ... I know that is silly, but when I did my course a few years ago, we were given tasks to do ... Fo me, that makes life so much easier.

So, PLEASE, could you challenge me ... What shall I take pictures of.

It can be a one-off picture, or a set ... small or large, I will give it a go.

However I must remind people there may be a time delay, due to weather at present!

Anyway, under the cut are a few pictures I took today of Stratton ... it was the original town, before Bude was developed in the 19th century.

Stratton Court House ... now a private dwelling.

The house in the middle is clearly dated 1511.  These houses are opposite the Church and during the civil war had Royalist leaders staying here prior to the Battle of Stamford Hill (Stratton) in May 1643.

Stratton Church.

The Churchyard is very typical - except for theis stone, which was erected in 1910 to a local resident.

The Church Tower is 15th century.

The masonary of the Church varies from 13th to 15th Centuries.  Sorry the pics are a bit dark - it was raining out (and I had forgotten my tripod)

The font is 13th Century.

The Rood Screen was built in 1907 to replace the stone one, that had been added to replace the original wooden on, that was removed during the reign of Henvy VIII.

13th-Aug-2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
In the second photo the road has patches on it - what on earth were they digging up?

I love the carving on the rood screen.

How about some really close up shots e.g. close up of the stamens of a flower etc. You can use the very close up macro setting?
14th-Aug-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hadn't noticed the holes in the road - must be so many around I ignore them!

Yes, it is amazing carving.

Thanks for the idea - I don't have a macro setting, but will think about how I can take close ups without editing on my pc!! I took some earlier ... so will let you know when I get some decent stuff to show.
28th-Aug-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)

Not quite what you wanted ... but I still have to concentrate more!
13th-Aug-2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
How about benches - garden, public, church, etc.?
14th-Aug-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the idea, took a few earlier, will try to get some more over the weekend and then post them.
28th-Aug-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)

There are 6 pictures up here - Thanks for that idea.
13th-Aug-2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and fascinating as always! Love the feel...the ancient atmosphere.

For the do fabulous work with landscapes and animals so how about some still life type of subjects? Some "arty" type of pieces might be a know, close ups of parts of things done in sepia or B&W that one always finds in galleries. If the camera is regular not digital some time exposures are always interesting.

For my personal "kink" I love the old cemeteries if you do the landscape route. The ones in this post are marvelous!

14th-Aug-2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for those ideas ... haven't started thinking along the "arty" lines yet, but on my way back from riding today I stopped and looked at some graves - they are a favourite of mine anyay, so easy to indulge. I want to take some more - and will let you know when I post them.
13th-Aug-2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
So beautifully British "sigh".
14th-Aug-2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
13th-Aug-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Heee! Cool photos hun, especially the church.

Erm... as for what to photograph... im not all that certain what you enjoy shooting, n also what you have access to.. so how about a prompt? Would that help?
14th-Aug-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, a promt would be an idea - I have never worked to that before, so that will be a real challenge in itself!!
18th-Aug-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Heeee! Cool so! I give you 'whispers'. Do with it what you may :D
18th-Aug-2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Arrgh - as I said never done this - but I will give it a go!
13th-Aug-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Interesting photos :) But I have no clue what you should photograph. I like the ones you did - old houses, the cemetery. Maybe take pictures from a house and then some details? Sorry I can't help.
14th-Aug-2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Will do some details of houses - Thanks for that idea. It will be some days, but will let you know when it is up.
13th-Aug-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Love all the photos of the lovely towns and gardens. Adore photos of your pets, family and DJ. How about some photos of your own special places. Like the pub or cafe you love to go to or a bit of your home. More about you as a person or things that make you happy.
14th-Aug-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that idea - I will get thinking, and will get some pics done soon and let you know when I post.
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14th-Aug-2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Have never thought along the texture line at all - you were one of my friends that I knew would make me think!

I will try to incorperate birds as well - Yes, this on may be a few days before I get it organised, but I will and will let you know when it is posted.

Thanks Chris!
13th-Aug-2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'll suggest that you photograph your favorite things: favorite beverage, favorite food, favorite color, etc. :-)

Loved these photos.
14th-Aug-2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I will get together some ideas and once they are ready I will let you know.

Thanks for the idea.
13th-Aug-2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Nice piccies, as always.

Re ideas.. well, one day, my mum and I took our cameras and walked around the old part of our town taking pics of random but interesting or quirky things we saw. Things that don't instantly identify the place you're in or that you'd never seen before. We found a lamp post with a cone on it, some strange stone engravings and I remember lying on the road to take some pics.. We did that in another town too. So there's that.

Or churches, or interesting tombstones (I love cemetaries, particularly Old Jesmond Cemetary in Newcastle Upon Tyne). Hmm.. Close up of flowers? The same corner of street at the same time every day (like in the movie Smoke with Harvey Keitel)?
14th-Aug-2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a great set of suggestions - yes, I will get them done.

I too love cemetaries, so that won't be a hardship - the unusual in the town will be a challenge.

Will let you know when they are up, Thanks.
14th-Aug-2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Love your photos.
A 13th century font?? Incredible. Fabulous history.
14th-Aug-2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I think knowing so many nationalities now reminds me how lucky I am with my heritage around me.
14th-Aug-2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Nice historic buildings pics.

How about a skyline photo at night to test out your camera under dark conditions?
14th-Aug-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kal.

If we get a night when it's not raining ... !!! I am too lazy to go out in the rain (LOL) ... No, I will get some pics and let you know when I post them.
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