‘Paws for Thought’

imageGunwharf Quays and these two rather classy looking blond women were out together shopping.

With them was their little dog who certainly was a big hit with many of the shoppers out and about.

They only seemed to get a few steps at a time and someone would stop and make a fuss of their little pooch.

Just as they were back on track again so this gentleman was leaving one of the stores when he literally dropped his carry bags and embraced the little pup.

I was pleased to have caught the moment muzzle met mouth.

We sure are a nation of dog lovers; are we not?


IMG_8327Took the van down into Southsea again. Purely because the weather has been so bright and sunny; it seemed the logical thing to do?

Sadly though the rain began to fall just as we arrived and so we grabbed a bag of chips from the local ‘chippy’ and stuck the kettle on to have a brew.

Shortly after this a guy pulls up alongside us; just as the hovercraft was just about to leave. He then steps out of his vehicle opens up the boot and he retrieves this very colossal lens; which he proceeds to mount onto the body of his Canon camera. He even appeared to struggle to lift the blooming thing?

I on the other hand; was stood opposite with my very tiny almost insignificant Canon G12; and was also hoping to capture an interesting image of the said hovercraft.

Now maybe it was my imagination but I swear he then gave a cursory glance over in my general direction and offered a wry smile? As if to say it was obvious which of us would be leaving with the better image that day!

Now from my male perspective it felt strange to stand alongside someone with an altogether larger and more professional looking set up than my own! I hope that you are following my drift?

Anyway my question tonight is “Does size matter?” when it comes to photography of course?

Now unfortunately once this gentleman had captured his desired image he then dived back into his car and was gone; before I even had the opportunity to chat to him about what he was hoping to achieve using such an enormous lens?

But then I was reminded of a logo I had recently seen printed onto a guys T-shirt and whom I had noticed jogging along the very stretch of our seafront where this image was taken. It just made me smile to myself! It read:

“It’s not how deep you fish; it’s how you wiggle your worm!”

So if this was taken in the context of photography rather than fishing; does bigger equipment therefore make you the better photographer?

Only saying!

‘Me n Nanny’

IMG_8122One of the more pleasurable aspects of having a two year old to look after a couple of times a week; is that I get to think up new places to take him. And we always have to ensure that whatever his lunch is to be that day; then this is always enjoyed by Beau in the camper-van. Or as he refers to it ‘The Tampavan’

This shot was taken in Waltham Chase at a park where he had apparently visited on another occasion with his Mum, but had since forgotten.

He tends to favour his Nan when it comes to parks as (now how can I word this diplomatically?) she is the right size and proportion for them both to enjoy most of the facilities on offer. Here they had decided that they should have a go on this cleverly designed double swing; which he thought was great fun.

The only problem in taking him to this particular recreational facility is that it is out in the countryside and therefore many farm tractors and vehicles trundle back and forth along the road beside the park itself. Every time one such vehicle would appear Beau would shout out in his loudest voice…”Have a look Nan!”

Now this in itself isn’t really the issue; but what is an issue for us is the fact that he is then completely distracted from what he is doing momentarily; and so you need eyes in the back of your head with him!

Still he loved his visit though; and we all then went over to the lake by the Old Abbey ruins and trudged through the Autumn leaf fall for half an hour.

So there we have it…Beau back in the blog pages; only this time with his Nanny.

Sitting here this morning with the rain beating down outside we have just received a text from my boy who was enquiring what it was we were all up to today?

In other words “Can we all come over for Sunday lunch and bring the dog?

So next weeks entry will be no doubt be featuring their visit; as well as the chaos which will undoubtedly ensue as a result.

No i’m not complaining; I’m sure that we will all have a great afternoon. It’s just those flipping dishes and the thought of 7 mouths to feed (us included) or 8 if you include the dog!!!

“Still” mustn’t moan eh…I love a peaceful Sunday; don’t you?

‘Beautiful Morning?’

IMG_5202This was the sort of day when knowing that the Autumn Internationals were being televised this very afternoon; I felt I should not waste the opportunity to get up and take myself over to Southsea; where I might breathe in some clean healthy fresh air?

It really was a beautiful morning; and surprisingly the seafront walk which I tend to favour; was far from busy. In truth I seemed to be walking for quite a while until I see heading up towards me this rather serious somewhat dour couple?

As I had the camera at waist level I pointed it in their general direction and took my shot. They however remained completely expressionless; probably thinking me slightly weird taking my pictures of an otherwise baron promenade?

I then cheerfully pipe up “Hello there; beautiful morning?” SILENCE ensued…Not one iota of verbal response forthcoming? Instead they casually glanced over at me and then returned to their walk obviously not wishing to respond. I just stood there momentarily puzzled as they both strode by and continued on their way.

“Ah well” I said to myself; maybe they didn’t hear me? Or maybe they just weren’t in the mood for conversation?

It takes all sorts though I suppose? I shan’t let them get me down though I thought!

There’s still the rugby for me to watch this afternoon eh? “C’mon Scotland!!”

Somehow I didn’t see either of this couple as being ardent fans of the Autumn Internationals?

I couldn’t really see them wearing their team shirts and getting all excited and emotional over the anthems as I know that I will inevitably be…

“What do you think?” “Maybe I had misread this couple entirely?”

“NAH…No way!”

“It was a beautiful morning though…honest it was”