HalinaI've been taking photographs since I was 13.
I bought my first camera using money I'd saved up from my paper round, plus some birthday money.
I went with my mate Duncan Cowley to a camera shop at Wembley Triangle, to buy the camera I'd been droolong over for weeks - a Halina twin lens reflex. It took roll film and cost me £8.  This was my camera for the next 10 years.

You can see more of my stuff on flickr if you click this link.

Linwood Warren

P1100222 2After troughing with family and friends at Jossels restaurant in Market Rasen, visited Linwood Warren nature reserve  on what was a beautiful, early-autumn afternoon. The reserve is right by the racecourse and consists mainly of lowland heath with some ancient oak forest on the periphery. 

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Familiar as wide, open landscapes peppered with the yellow of gorse and purple of heathers, more than 80% of our lowland heaths have been destroyed since the 19th century.

Even rarer than rainforest, heathland is one of our most threatened habitats. Fortunately, this heath is under the protection and management of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The site is grazed by a flock of Hebridean sheep (see photos).

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Fog on the Humber

P1100043 2Woke to the sound of multiple foghorns, blaring away somewhere out in the Humber estuary.

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I wondered if this was a local phenomenon of if the fog was more general, but apparently it was misty in Lincoln too.

Looking forward to photographing the winter storms!

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Victorious music festival, Portsmouth

Portsmouth 010Flogged down to Portsmouth for a late summer music festival. It's nearly as long a journey as Scotland! And it was bank holiday weekend!! But actually, the roads were fine, just long.

Mainly went to see the Stereophonics headline the Saturday night, but also on the bill were Echobelly, The Hunna, Feeder, Maximo Park and jake Bugg. All in all, worth going.

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Compton Verney Art Gallery

P1090577Visited Compton Verney for the third time and , hey! it wasn't raining. There to see the Op Art exhibition 'Seurat to Riley'.

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One of the first exhibitions of its kind in the UK, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception explores how artists have exploited the ways in which the human eye and mind perceive what we see. Containing over ninety works including painting, sculpture, light works, prints and drawings from public and private collections, the exhibition also features a gallery-sized mural by German abstract artist Lothar Götz (pictured) commissioned by Compton Verney.

The journey begins in the 19th century when artists were eagerly experimenting with the new exciting colour theories of the day. Discover how they began to use colour in ways that simulated our real world experiences, replicating the colours of nature and even movement. Learn how this desire to create art that conjured up the world around us evolved throughout the 20th century to the mesmerising Op art of today. Includes works by twenty three artists including Georges Seurat, M.C. Escher, Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley, Daniel Buren, Liz West and more.

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Cleethorpes monochrome

DSC00673 001Some images of Cleethorpes taken during August, rendered in black and white.

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Most of the photographs were taken using a Panasonic Lumix LX 100. A few were taken with a Sony A850.

The original raw images were processed using Adobe Lightroom 6. In most cases they were just cropped, sharpened and adjusted for brightness and contrast, then converted to mono.

I like to give them a final adjust using Picasa before exporting them at 1800px.

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