I headed out once again in bright sunlight today, to take Ollie for his walk. It seems that taking my camera anywhere affects the weather, and not in a good way. After snatching a shot of the unprepossessing Beetley Village sign, a freshening wind brought in some low cloud, and it was as if someone had switched off the blue in the sky. Undaunted, I changed the setting on the camera to ‘monochrome’, and thought that I would see if black and white shots looked any better in the grey light.
One of the benefits of these modern digital cameras, is the ability to change ratios, as well as the ‘film type.’ Not so long ago, this would have necessitated a spare camera, loaded with black and white film, as well as an extra roll-film camera, shooting in a square format. It would have been a considerable load to carry, not to mention the expense. As it is, I can try to replicate all of this with just a tiny digital compact, and the benefit of microchip technology. It may be far from perfect, but it is a hell of a lot easier, it has to be said. Once again, I was not overjoyed by the results, and still prefer to shoot in better light, when (and if) it is available. But here are some of them. You can click on them for the larger file, which can be further enlarged, for detail.
As you can see, Beetley does exist.
Those tall trees are home to hundreds of crows.
The biggest hose-reel I have ever seen.
Two rusty old water tanks, used by the pig farm.
Despite the dull conditions, rabbits were around in good numbers, and Ollie had an exciting time. We were out for three hours this afternoon, and he is now sleeping off his dinner.