Hounslow Road,  Hanworth
Hounslow Road, Hanworth

The photograph above is taken in Hounslow Road, Hanworth, looking north towards Hounslow.

Hounslow Road, Hanworth
Hounslow Road, Hanworth

The photograph above is taken in Hounslow Road, Hanworth, looking South.

The Affair at Seven Gables

This was once cottages for the Cliveden Estate workers, but is now let as a holiday home.

Legend has it that this is where the then Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, met Christine Keeler, a 19 year old, aspiring model.

Cottage at Cliveden
Seven Gables Cottage

This led to a cabinet crisis, the Profumo Affair,  in 1961.

The meeting certainly took place on the Cliveden Estate, but it’s speculation that it actually took place at this cottage.


Sunset on Avenue Park

I got home from work just after eight o’clock on Thursday evening. After grabbing a quick snack, I grabbed the camera and took a brisk walk to Avenue Park, near the house, and shot some sunset photographs.

Here’s a small gallery of some of those shots. I hope you enjoy these

Messing About On The River

Well not really. This is serious stuff. Today I was quite literally in the River Crane taking the monthly water samples, and checking the depth and flow of the river.

In The River Crane
Testing The Waters

The water samples are collected and sent for analysis by Thames Water.

This is an important monitoring project, particularly after the two recent serious pollution event s in the river which, for a time, destroyed pretty much all the river-bourne wildlife.

After a couple of years it is beginning to return to some parts of the River, and let’s hope we don’t suffer any more nasty incidents!

Hero Ride 2014

More than 1,000 cyclists converged on London on Sunday, June 8th,   for Hero Ride 2014, after completing charity rides around the world. More than £1 million has been raised for Help for Heroes.

The cyclists met at the Cenotaph where they formed a human medal to pay their respects to those killed in previous conflicts. Veterans and family members of those killed in war placed wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Morris Dancing

Last Saturday, we headed over to Twickenham to meet friends at The Barmy Arms. When we arrived the Kingston Morris were performing, so I took a few shots.

The Kingston Morris
The Kingston Morris

Morris dancing in Kingston upon Thames dates back to at least 1507. Records show that morris dancing was funded by the Parish Church of Kingston-upon-Thames during that summer. At this time, and until 1890, the parish included Richmond upon Thames and Twickenham. More recently, in 1977 the Spring Grove Morris Men was formed and were named after the Spring Grove area of Kingston where they first performed. For more information about the history of morris in the Kingston area see springgrovemorris.org/history

Kingston Morris Accordion Player
Kingston Morris Accordion Player

Kingston Morris was formed in January 2000 to celebrate the new millennium and to welcome into a new morris side both men and women as dancers and musicians. The side, originally known as Off-Spring Morris, was set up to run in parallel with the Spring Grove Morris Men and set out to encourage wider participation in the dance and to promote the performance of morris dancing in the local area and to raise its awareness to the public.

Kingston Morris performing a Stick Dance
Kingston Morris performing a Stick Dance

Black & White

Today I took a very ordinary color photograph and using various methods in Photoshop CC made three very different monochrome images.

Here is the original color photograph…

Barnes from a river boat

This was shot using a Canon Rebel XSi and a Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens.  1/500 sec at f7.1

I then loaded this image into Photoshop CC.

Firstly, I increased the contrast using Curves.

Then I added a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer. I checked the monochrome box,  and then using the sliders I set Red to -74%, Green to +179% and Blue to -5%. I adjusted the Constant to -4 to darken the image slightly overall.  I saved the image as a Tiff (and also as a JPG for display on this site).

By the way, I use 16 Bit as my default in Photoshop.

Here is the result…

Barnes in B&W
Barnes Riverside

Next, starting back with the original color image, I opened it in Camera Raw, and choosing the HSL/Grayscale option, I checked the Use Grayscale box, and used the Auto values. I then opened the resulting monochrome image in Photoshop. Using Curves I boosted the contrast somewhat. Then I added a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and deepened the blacks a little more. Finally I added some Unsharp Mask. The result is shown below…


For the third variation I opened the color image in Photoshop, and then added a Black & White Adjustment Layer.  The beauty of this type of layer is that it allows you to actually ‘paint’ the tones you want onto the image; you cursor left to darken a particular tone, and right to lighten it. You can do this as many times as you wish anywhere on the image.

This image is show below…

Barnes in B&W

As you can see, you have many ways in Photoshop to arrive at a Black & White image. Why not just use the B&W setting on my camera you may well ask?

If you do that, you can never revert back to a color image as there wasn’t one to start with! By shooting in color, you retain all the information from the start.

Hampton Court

We recently joined a new Meetup Group,  River Thames Photography, and one of our meetups was around Hampton Court.

We didn’t go inside the palace, but instead spent time around the grounds, and down by the River Thames nearby.

Here are a few photographs taken at that meetup

Afterwards we retired to Mada Deli for coffee and a chat over our work

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