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  • #16
    Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

    Only just picked up your thread. Been away up North, photos may well appear but probably a bit different to yours.
    Anyway, nice to see your standard isn't dropping.
    I know what you mean about insanely blue skies. I sometimes think I can hear them shimmer.
    Your crop was (broad) beans and probably still is. Often used as a nitrogen fixer as well as a saleable crop.
    Keep on clicking.

    Duncan
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    • #17
      Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

      Originally posted by wanderer View Post
      Only just picked up your thread. Been away up North, photos may well appear but probably a bit different to yours.
      Anyway, nice to see your standard isn't dropping.
      I know what you mean about insanely blue skies. I sometimes think I can hear them shimmer.
      Your crop was (broad) beans and probably still is. Often used as a nitrogen fixer as well as a saleable crop.
      Keep on clicking.

      Duncan
      Thanks for the comments and info :-) No pictures today, the weather has been rather dull.. I've been rather busy at work anyway, so not much time to get out.

      Broad beans eh? Well thats a new one on me. I am trying to visualise a broad bean picking machine Maybe I will get to see one later in the year....

      Pete
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      • #18
        Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

        I knew it was a mistake adding the word "summer" to the thread title. Dull, grey, overcast, drizzle, bleah

        But are we downcast? No! Lets go out there with our own inner sunshine*


        So: Here is an Elderflower(?) and wooden Barn shot.



        Now - given the excellent standard of the Proper Macro shots we see on this forum I merely pop this one in as light amusement. This fellow was getting stuck into the Honeysuckle regardless of the weather...



        And here is a moody monochrome more in keeping with this week's weather.

        Look, I'm an old man. I shouldn't be expected to put up with this.


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        • #19
          Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

          Up to my knees in lunch!

          The seasonal sunshine and showers has brought on the small paddocks nicely. A veritable profusion of growth.

          Here are a couple of inhabitants making the most of the greenery: Normally they are fenced in quite small areas, so I do wonder if they are supposed to be where they are



          and



          Pete
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          • #20
            Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

            This guy has a long face because he's been stuck in the stable all day. He tried a lot of door kicking but no-one let him out :-)



            Pete
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            • #21
              Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

              Out here in the fields...

              I swear if you put your ear to the ground you would hear the sound of stuff growing... Anyway this patch of headland between two crops caught my eye.



              And then there was this long grass and big clouds thing going on..



              Pete
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              • #22
                Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                On the way to work this morning: Up on a hill scoping out a suitable sunrise location I came across a Pigeon Fancier about to release two boxes of birds. I had a chat and hung on a couple of minutes until they were sent off.

                I set up for a portrait style shot because.. er well, I figured they would fly upwards as a nice photogenic flock then around a couple of times then take off eastwards.

                Nope. He opened the doors and they shot out horizontally and headed straight for Reading - so this shot is a rather severe crop of the bottom of frame. Talk about 0-60 acceleration The second shot was just dots in the distance...



                Well, we live and learn. Apparently they are left outside in their wicker boxes for twenty minutes. By then they have computed where they are and what direction they need to go.

                How do they do that...???

                Pete
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                • #23
                  Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                  Originally posted by snaarman View Post
                  On the way to work this morning: Up on a hill scoping out a suitable sunrise location I came across a Pigeon Fancier about to release two boxes of birds. I had a chat and hung on a couple of minutes until they were sent off.

                  I set up for a portrait style shot because.. er well, I figured they would fly upwards as a nice photogenic flock then around a couple of times then take off eastwards.

                  Nope. He opened the doors and they shot out horizontally and headed straight for Reading - so this shot is a rather severe crop of the bottom of frame. Talk about 0-60 acceleration The second shot was just dots in the distance...



                  Well, we live and learn. Apparently they are left outside in their wicker boxes for twenty minutes. By then they have computed where they are and what direction they need to go.

                  How do they do that...???

                  Pete
                  Hey that's a subject we don't often see photographed! It's a mystery how those pigeons find their way but one thing's for sure, none of them can be female!
                  John

                  "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                  • #24
                    Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                    Meadham Lane. This leaves the village and eventually joins with Portway, the Roman road that runs from Calleva to Weymouth. Most of the old Portway road has reverted to nature but there are still traces of it being used for today's traffic...



                    This rural idyll turns out to be a rat run for various delivery vans and medium sized lorries. Walk and drive with care, you don't know what you might meet...

                    Pete

                    PS. Olde worlde slightly out of focus effect intentional. Not caused by the excellent 14-54 lens...
                    Last edited by snaarman; 18th June 2010, 11:52 AM.
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                    • #25
                      Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                      I have been reading "English Churches Explained" (Countryside Books 2010) and spent some scanning the village church for signs of "Saxon Long and Short work", but with mixed results. However I did confirm the scratch sundial is Saxon, so parts of this church have been here over a thousand years.



                      Which brings me to my second picture and my other point: "Underneath..."



                      Given that the church has been here all that time, and the rural population used to be much larger than at present, and despite the recent popularity of cremations.... Well: If you imagine a very reasonable assumption of maybe ten burials a year on average, then there are ten thousand people buried in this little plot. Really? No wonder its three feet higher than the surrounding ground. I leave you with that cheerful thought.

                      Pete

                      PS, there aren't ten thousand gravestones. They only became common a couple of centureis ago.
                      Last edited by snaarman; 18th June 2010, 10:29 PM.
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                      • #26
                        Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                        Postscript to a previous post:

                        Horse with Long Face (see a few posts above) finally had enough yesterday. Clip clop noises past the office. Fair enough, that happens all the time as owners lead their charges out to the paddocks. However there was something irregular about this clip clop sound, plus some agitated muttering from the offices opposite us.

                        Horse with long Face has worked out how to open his door and has wandered off in search of some grass. There is a nice slow motion panic as folks appear from around the place and walk slowly to the edge of the yard so it can't get out on the road. You never ever see a horse around the yard without a halter or bridle or some such attachement. Ooo-er, here is a naked horse on the loose. Someone turns up slowly with a rope and strokes horses nose while they slip the rope round his neck with their other hand.

                        Panic over. Well done everyone :-)

                        Pete

                        PS. Camera upstairs during all this excitement. Oh well.
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                        • #27
                          Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                          White and Blue, and Blue and White.


                          I am at a loss to explain this. It seems to be a Linseed crop that is two different colours divided by a straight line. Maybe the crop circle folks are branching out.

                          Anyway I thought the bizarre field colours went well with the sky this morning :-)



                          and



                          Pete
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                          • #28
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                            It is good to see you are keeping this thread alive. I should tune into see it more often as I find what you do very inspiraptional
                            Regards James.

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                            • #29
                              Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                              Clearing out a paddock...



                              To quote an ancient episode of Last of the Summer Wine: "Quick, fill yer pockets lad while no-one's looking"

                              Pete

                              PS. Please note: The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence
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                              • #30
                                Re: Snaar snaps: Village in Summer

                                Great shots, they've made me relax. Can't put my finger on it but seems to me that apart from the compositions and colours getting the basics right, it's to do with their simplicity but still telling a story, that's what it is to me anyway.
                                Michael.
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