EARTH:SEA

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre, Photography

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I walked across the salt marsh, just the sound of the wind rustling the reeds, at its end the parched earth morphed into sand, the sound of the sea took over (Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire).

Locked

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre, Photography

CG_LockedDo we all lock a part of ourselves away? Hidden from the rest of the world, deep within, that small element of our soul we think may frighten others.

End of The Day

Black & White Photography, Chloe
End of The Day

End of The Day

At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are:

  1. Did I love enough?
  2. Did I laugh enough?
  3. Did I make a difference?

*Quote found on Homestead Survival website

Enjoying The Ride

Black & White Photography, Chloe

Life has its’ ups and downs…but don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

Trevor

Jane

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My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet ~ Edith Wharton

This quote is so beautiful and I didn’t know it’s true meaning until we got our new best friend. He has been with us only five days and yet he has managed to climb inside all our hearts. We love him.

Português: a tribute to Robert Frank

Black & White Photography, Luca, Photography
Tram stopping at Praca do Comercio, Lisboa

Tram stopping at Praca do Comercio, Lisboa

Português got the inspiration from “The Americans”, the most famous work from the Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank.

In 2011 me and my family went to Portugal for our summer holidays. One day we were walking in Lisbon when we reached Praca do Comercio.

Standing in the square there was this tram, with all those people sitting near the windows; I tried to remember where I saw another scene like that before and in my mind came Robert Frank and his book.

Of course the historical moments of the two photos are quite different and the people were living different lives but I wanted to catch only the photographical similarities.

I hope you like it.

For technical details lovers, here you are: f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO-100, 60mm

Fast Forward>2015

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre

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This is a photo that mimics the look I would get from a film SLR I used nearly 40 years ago! that moody black and white image with a slight vignette. The digital image was taken with my Canon DSLR at 1/80sec. at f1.8 with the ISO at 400. I used Photoscape to tweak it, to give it the look I want; this is a great free program that has all the manipulation features that I need. On the subject of metal chains, history dates them back to around 225BC when the design was used in wells to draw buckets of water to the surface. Up until the mid 18th century, chain making was carried out by craftsmen by hand. The craftsmen would hammer the metal and pull it into small circles. Once the correct diameter was reached, the craftsman would cut the looped wire into individual circles and interlink the circles, closing them and solder the join. As an example, a 16 inch chain might contain over 500 loops. The process was painstaking, time consuming and error prone.

Rewind to 1979

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre

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As this is my first post, I would like to share this photo that I took in 1979 with a Zenit EM, the first proper camera I owned. I took it at photographic evening classes where I was learning how to process and print monochrome film. I think I used Ilford HP5 400ASA off a bulk roll that I loaded into a 35mm cassette in the dark room. The “aspiring photographers” then went round the other classes to find subjects. This is a photo of a guy in the calligraphy class. 35 years later I can still use the old manual focus Helios lens off the Zenit with an adaptor on my Canon EOS DSLR!

Fog

Black & White Photography, Grace

Foggy Morning

Fog

The fog comes in

on little cat feet.

it sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and moves on.

                         ~ Carl Sandburg

Love Locks

Black & White Photography, Chloe

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cheers to King William IV

Black & White Photography, Ellie-Dee, Photography

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The King William IV is a delightful country style pub discovered while Mr E-D was in hospital.  After visiting him one Saturday evening, we spotted this lovely black and white pub on the way home and stopped for a meal. We all chose the beer battered fish and chips supper which was absolutely delicious.