No Picnic

No Picnic

We’ve had a little rain recently.


The A31 was closed on the morning I took this for accident investigation so to get to my meeting in Ringwood I had to drive through the New Forest. I couldn’t resist a quick stop on the way back to photograph a couple of the New Forest Ponies. This was post processed with a preset in Lightroom which is based on B&W but focuses on Red/Brown with an Antique look. I really like it for this sort of scene, makes it feel a little desolate but I think it works.

Sadly I saw a dead Pony en route, obviously a victim of a car. I struggle to see how anyone could knock a Pony over, I know they suffer a lot of deaths from car accidents and I can’t help but think most could be avoided. Surely even if you don’t care enough about the Ponies to slow down then the potential level of damage to your car if you hit one should make you think twice about your speed through the Forest? The speed limit is 40mph through most of it and I’m not sure that’s not too fast but when there’s every chance that a Pony could run out from anywhere at any time you’d slow down – wouldn’t you?

Chemistry Lessons

I feel a lab coat, latex gloves and maniacal laugh creeping over me.

I was given most of the things I need to be able to develop my own B&W film by a very nice man –  David via Freecycle. A Dark bag, tank, thermometer and a selection of chemicals. I’d love to try making my own developer, fix and stop from these but I think it’s a bit beyond my knowledge and I’m not sure I have all the ingredients so I’m going to go the safe route and buy the chemicals but I love the old bottles.

Always Follow Your Dreams – Blue Skies.

I took this back in February, I had a meeting in Bournemouth and decided to grab my lunch on the seafront and visit the Jon Egging memorial, it was very very cold!

The Jon Egging Memorial, located on East Overcliff Drive, was opened to the public on Wednesday 29th August 2012. The Memorial serves as a permanent, dedicated location for local residents and visitors to pay their respects to Flt Lt Egging, and reconfirms the Town’s respect for the Red Arrows.

(Extract from Bournemouth Borough Council website – Read more)


A friend of mine gave me this a few weeks ago. It belonged to her Aunt who sadly died in January. It’s obviously been very well cared for, it’s in excellent condition, complete with UV filter, lens cap, case and a funky little tripod. the Zenit (EM) was my very first SLR, prior to that I’d only ever had Polaroids and a very old Box Brownie that belonged to my Father to spark my interest in photography.

My parents bought me a Zenit EM so I could study photography at School. I’ve still got my first Zenit and although it hasn’t been looked after anywhere near as well as this one it does still work and it gets a roll loaded up every once in a while. Looking forward to trying this one out very soon. Thank you Ruth.