The bloggers on WordPress inspired me to buy a camera and take photos around Colchester, UK.
Reading other WordPress blogs has been inspiring. The photographs on the blogs I have seen are awesome.
Any good blog needs images, but it did not seem right I borrow images off the internet to make my point, so I went off and purchased a digital camera yesterday. The digital camera is a FujiFilm Finepix s4000, at a cost of £169.00, plus £20.00 for 16 gigabyte memory card.
I am a novice when it comes to digital photography, and it was a case of setting the camera on default mode and experiment with the zoom as I hunted around Colchester for pictures. Today had a lot of cloud so this impacted the photographs.
Here follows a selection of my first attempt at photography:
Colchester Castle, built by the Normans in 1069, it has the largest keep in Europe. It is built on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, the first ever building of brick built in Britain after the Romans invaded. When Boudica attacked Colchester, the town all hid inside the Temple, where she burnt them alive.
The Castle has a colourful history: besieged by King John; prison for witches, who were burnt around the castle; jail for various unlucky Christian denominations; prison for Sir Thomas Malory, who wrote the Le Morte d’Arthur. The Castle is now the location of the Colchester museum.
A male magpie in Colchester Castle Park. The blue flowers in the corner goes nicely with the blueish tail of the magpie. The green background of the grass works well. I took a dozen photos of this male magpie. He was moving around a great deal, so I spent some time trying to catch him. His female partner was close by, and she did not move, she was pregnant. Around the female the male would put on a display by puffing up his feathers.
The ducks in Colchester Castle Park are photogenic, so I was able to take a photo of these two male Mallard ducks. The ducks look good on the green background of grass. I was about to get another neat shot, but a passing cyclist frightened the ducks off.
My experiments with flowers mostly was a disaster. These ones from Abbeyfields in Colchester came out well.
I keep an eye out for opportunities to create photographs of a metaphorical nature. The Colchester war memorial has a statue associating the women of Colchester and Britain with peace. The flag is the British Union Jack, which was flying in the background above Colchester Castle. With Britain thinking of planning another war in Syria, and possibly against Iran, this image will come in handy for any future communications I have with the politicians. I am against any more wars by Britain after Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.