Down a dull sidestreet in a seaside town, and this last vestige of overhyped festive cheer – still warm and bright despite early January’s gloom, drizzle and inescapable realities.

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Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 48mm; 12,800 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Flat v2 profile; Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 3 Jan 2020.


  1. Oh, I love this! First of all it’s cheerfulness and the lovely things inside. And then there’s the triptych of characters all with accents of red (although it looks as if you’ve positioned yourself inside the bin!). Super stuff πŸ™‚


    • Oh I ALWAYS need a Duvel, my friend!!! >>> and today more than most, as I’ve developed bad back pain and am hobbling about like an old man!!! But, nevertheless, a very good weekend to you too!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    • Gosh yes, Steve, I see what you mean about more cheerful! However, it can be easy to look worried / sad when taking a selfie, as the photographer may be thinking / worrying about getting the shot ie “will it come out ik???” >>> and back all those years ago, that uncertainty may have been worse >>> and without today’s wonderful options of instant image review and retaking! A πŸ™‚


      • It is a lot easier to leave a shoot with the idea you nailed it these days. Of course, it is also nice to later discover you accomplished something that didn’t impress at the time. I really admire the photographers who preceded us and their need to get it right from the start.It’s pretty easy these days to bang off a dozen or more shots figuring one will succeed but a person like HCB didn’t have that luxury back then. My gravatar selfie is one of the very few times my smile actually looks like something other than a grimace. Most of us photographers prefer to be behind the lens.Nice to see you at work. πŸ™‚


        • The only thing I (vaguely!) miss about film is the sense of anticipation when waiting to see the processed results, both when working in a wet darkroom and when awaiting the return of processed colour or b+w slides. My parents gave me a very simple camera when I was less than 10 years old, so I used film for about 50 years, and things like loading/unloading the camera, processing the films, posting slides off for processing etc etc were the complete norm then – its hard to remember all that, it seems so long ago.


          • I’ll always remember my first time in a darkroom at a friend’s home. It was absolutely magical seeing a black and white image appear from seemingly nowhere while sitting in the developer tray. Years later I had a setup of my own and used Cibachrome for color nature prints. But once digital arrived I had had enough Kodak damage to my transparencies (I never did develop the film myself) that I jumped right on board.I don’t miss the chemicals’ smells although some say that they do and I enjoy the ease and accuracy that layers afford burning and dodging and now brushing in Lightroom. Things always were the norm until they no longer are. πŸ™‚ There’s no way I’d want to go back. I’ll let you know when I feel that way about age. πŸ™‚

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