VirtuallyGreyPhotoBlog

My musings about projects will now be confined to one blog - this one here on my website. Earlier blogs will remain accessible (until Wordpress and/or Google decide otherwise). Select 'Links' above if you wish to see any of them. I occasionally use Twitter (@virtuallygrey) to notify of blog and website updates ... and nothing else.
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New Gallery of images from 2017 Road Trip though CA, AZ, UT, CO, NM
27th July 2017 - 0 comments
On 1st May I returned from almost 4 weeks on a road trip in the south western states of the USA. I collected an excellent set of images to add to my portfolio. Twenty six of them are in the gallery linked here.

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Bruges
21st July 2017 - 0 comments
We recently spent a long weekend in Bruges with friends from the US. Bruges is a beautiful ancient city remarkably well preserved. Its architecture and waterways make excellent subject matter for the camera.



Convent


Canal Reflection


Evening Light

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Hiking in The Pyrenees
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
We spent a week at the end of May into June on a hiking holiday in The Spanish Pyrenees. I've visited the same area in the past - both trips were arranged with "Hike Pyrenees" - see my 'Links' page. We were interested to see the wild flowers for which the area is well known at this time of year. The trip culminated with us being taken to one of only three places in Spain, all in the Pyrenees, to see Lady's Slipper Orchids.



Peaks and Pines


Pine Candles


Umbell


Cascade


Ordesa Valley Beeches


From The Bridge


Lady's Slipper Orchids

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Back from CA, AZ, UT, CO, NM
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
On 1st May I returned from a 3 week photography trip to the US. We covered about 3,500 miles in California (Joshua Tree, Anza-Borrego), Arizona, Utah (Bluff, Arches, Canyonlands and The White Rim Trail), Colorado (Mesa Verde) and New Mexico Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness) and many other places along the way. I'll update my website with a new gallery for the excellent trip before too long. Meanwhile here's a small selection.



Ancient Ruin


The Buick Eight at Twin Rocks in Bluff, UT


Well Balanced


The White Rim Trail, Canyonlands


The Green River from The White Rim Trail, Canyonlands


Upper Antelope Canyon

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On Bredon Hill - 2016 : The Book
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
My hardcover book of “On Bredon Hill- 2016” is now complete and I’ve just taken delivery of the one and only copy. I’m delighted with the quality of the printing, as I have been with all of the books I’ve made using Blurb. Blurb is one of several companies who offer the tools for me to design every detail of my book and then have them print any number of copies, even just one as I’ve done. A commercial print run could easily be several hundred to several thousand copies in order to obtain anything like a sensible unit price. This is not something that is of interest to me. I just want a record in book form of my photography project. However, for single copies or very small print runs there’s a very high price to pay. A single copy of “On Bredon Hill ~ 2016” costs £119.99 + VAT + shipping when ordered from Blurb – the only way to purchase it. As its creator the price I pay is slightly less than this. The price here includes a very small margin for me!





If you’re tempted to buy my book, even at this very high unit price, you can do so directly from Blurb by following this link where you can see a preview of a few of the pages.

It usually takes about 1 week for the copy to be printed and delivered.

An alternative to the hardback is a PDF version which is available to download via the same link for far less money: £9.99 + VAT.

The 96 page 13″x11″ hardback book is printed on a high quality semigloss paper and contains 225 photographs taken throughout the year. The photographs are presented chronologically with from two to six from any one day. None of the photographs is captioned, except to show its date.


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The Cotswold Way - Day 1 - 17th July 2017 - Chipping Campden to Fish Hill
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
I started my first day's photo-hike in the late afternoon and finished after the 9:20pm sunset. It was something of a challenge to find anything to photograph to start with, but once I was well under way a few possibilities emerged. The sky was uninspiring until about 15 minutes before sunset when the sun emerged from the thin cloud layers to light them with a spectacular orange glow.

As on my previous photo-hikes I cover the distance in both directions, always hiking there and back. I sometimes start in the middle but always get to both end points. Dover's Hill, the site of The Olympick Games (est. 1622), was my starting point for this stretch.


Both Ways


Chipping Campden Market Hall - 1


Chipping Campden Market Hall - 2


London Plane Tree and New Cotswold Stone Wall


Radiant


Tracks


Through the Wheat Field


Sunset at Dover's Hill

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The Cotswold Way - 2nd time around
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
On 28th May 2009 I set out on my first long term photography project. I hiked The Cotswold Way fully in both directions (just over 200 miles) taking landscape photographs in black and white with my large format (5"x4") film camera. I made blog entries with photographs for each day that I hiked and produced a hardback book of the best of my photographs.

I followed that with another significant photo hiking project on The Thames Path, also in both directions (almost 400miles), and with blog entries for each day hiked and a hardback book to complete the project. The Thames Path was my first project with wholly digital capture. Forgetting for a moment the great advances made in digital photography, I was just relieved to be carrying far less weight than with my large format camera and all of the additional kit that it required. My knees and back welcomed the much lighter load.

The "both ways" of these two projects was not continuous hiking all the way out then all the way back. I achieved this by hiking on one day every week or two. I'd drive to where I completed my previous day out, hike onwards for half the day, then turn around and hike back to my car. My next hike repeated the pattern. On the face of it this might seem repetitive and boring, but for my photography it was priceless. Returning over the same ground was always in different light, the weather had often changed, the same 'things' were approached from the opposite direction and, perhaps more importantly, my mood or frame of mind had often evolved from the earlier part of the hike. All of this makes for finding new photographs as well as for different interpretations of earlier work.

On 1st January 2016 I started my third substantial photo hiking project, this time much nearer to home (so, much less driving). I photo hiked on Bredon Hill, the centre of which is about 6 miles from my home near Evesham. My aim, which I (almost) achieved, was to photograph on Bredon Hill once a week on average throughout 2016, in all seasons, all weathers and all times of the day as I became progressively more familiar with the hill and its 50 miles of public, permissive and concessionary footpaths. The exceptions were that I avoided torrential rain, that I didn't do any night photography (although I was out well before many sunrises and well after many sunsets), and, though I desperately wanted snow not a single flake fell on Bredon Hill on any of 2016's 366 days. So no snowy Bredon Hill photographs. I was invited to hold an exhibition in June 2017 of my "On Bredon Hill ~ 2016" photographs in Ashton under Hill, one of the several delightful villages that surround Bredon Hill, and I have now produced a hardback photo book of the project.

I've often thought that one day I would like to reprise my Cotswold Way photo hike, and that is what I am now about to embark on. I'm looking forward to the familiarity of the path, albeit that it and I have aged by 8 years, and the different photographic possibilities facilitated by digital capture rather than on film. The last time I covered the return journey in separate 23 days over the course of about 6 months. This time I plan to spread the project over a full year with a view to being somewhere on the path during every season. I missed out completely on winter and spring the last time.

So, here goes ...

Links to my earlier projects and their blogs are given in the previous post.

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My Photo Blog is now located here ...
20th July 2017 - 0 comments
Over the last several years I've created a series of different photography blogs to cover various projects. I've decided in future to confine all of my musings and postings about projects to just one blog location - this one here, hosted on my website.

These earlier blogs will remain accessible until Wordpress and Google decide otherwise.

www.virtuallygrey.blogspot.co.uk : my all purpose photography blog
www.thecotswoldway.blogspot.co.uk : my record of photo-hiking The Cotswold Way in both directions in 2009.
www.malverns.blogspot.co.uk : my record of photo-hiking on The Malvern Hills throughout 2012.
www.photohikingthethamespath.blogspot.co.uk : my record of photo-hiking The Thames Path in both directions in 2014/15.
www.onbredonhill2016.wordpress.com : my record of 52 photo-hikes on Bredon Hill throughout 2016.

I'll be posting a final entry on each blog linking to this one for all future blog entries.

This blog will be a mix of all sorts of photography stuff that interests me as well as the location for project posts.


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