Tuesday, 11 June 2019

"Dad, it's treat time".

A peckish Jet this afternoon.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Summing Up Our Weather

Finally we have been getting some proper soaking rain much to the relief of my parched lawn. Trouble is, the changeable weather is making it difficult knowing what to wear when going out.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Evening At Harbour

Folkestone inner harbour on a calm May's evening.

Actually, I hurried down there after seeing reports on Facebook of bioluminsence (tiny light emitting sea algae) being spotted in that area, but I didn't see anything of the sort and I didn't want to go home empty handed with my camera.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Stanier Black 5

Finally ticked something off in my "bucket list", seeing an actual Stanier Black 5 (my favourite type of steam locomotive) in the flesh for the first time as she raced through Shakespeare Cliff at a fair ol' lick.
It was a challenge with my camera as light levels suddenly changed from brilliant sunshine to dark clouds in seconds.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Lighting Test.

Had a play about with a "left over" photo from that recent late night colourful photo session. Jet then sat on the stool wondering what I was doing and he just happened to be in the right "zone", I fiddled about with the photo and greyscaled it to see how the lighting looked like and thought it was rather cool.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019



Been a while since I had a late night photography brain fart. This photo was done in one take using my trusty Nikon D7000 and three off-flash guns with gel strips taped to them (green, blue and red). This is a single exposure shot done in darkness with just the flash guns around me and no additional photoshopping were carried out apart from a touch of polishing up in Lightroom.

PS: The second photo was Jet wondering what I was doing and stayed still for long enough to take the shot.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Monorail Puss

Jet in the living room soaking up the afternoon sunshine.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Busy Harbour Arm

Had a go at capturing a packed out Folkestone Harbour Arm on what was a fine Saturday afternoon. However, while it was very warm inland, the sea chill was quite noticeable while on the harbour.
For those who know me all too well, having done this is a big deal considering I do have agoraphobic tendencies, but I had my hearing aids turned off so I was in my own bubble for that half an hour . . . and thus another photography itch has been scratched.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Laurel & Hardy Immortalised

While I've always known about these ornamental Laurel & Hardy figurines on a house window here at Folkestone, Kent, for years, it's only just today that I've got around to taking a proper photo of them for my own archives.
  The backstory behind this: When the boys visited this location during one of their UK tours in the '50's, they popped into a pub here at the harbour area and the owner was so spellbound by their presence that the pub was renamed The Oddfellows in honour of them. The place then got filled with all sorts of L & H memorabilia which lasted into the '70's, it effectively became a shrine to them.
  But sadly, a few years ago the pub changed hands and was remained as The Ship Inn complete with a makeover which resulted in the removal of all L & H items - and these figures are what's left of it all.
  Today, the Ship Inn has been turned into yet another eatery type place, joining the millions of other such places per square foot.

Low Spring Tide

While popping out to get the Sunday papers at 7.30 am, I went on a slight detour armed with my camera to the East Cliff Sandy beach where an ultra low tide was still in progress. It meant I was able to explore parts of the beach that is normally inaccessible for 95% of the time.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Making A call

Got mother a replica vintage phone (that can be connected to a modern wall socket). She seems to be getting on better with it than today's modern phones with their many buttons and functions.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Folkestone Harbour Branch Line . . .

. . . has officially been laid to rest today as I spotted a rail cutting crew hard at work at dismantling the line on a blustery March's day. It will be replaced by a leisure walkway and eventually perhaps a Park 'n' Ride route later on down the line (as so to speak).
I took this from the second floor of Boulogne Court, I could say that this will be the very last time the line technically has seen a train. Also note the steep 1:33 incline in relation to the buildings behind.

Happy World Book Day . . .

. . . from me in my famed west-facing hobby room.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Fine February's Day

And while I was putting together these photos taken earlier on today, a part of the UK has just broken the record for the warmest February's day with 20.3 C.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Happy 5th Birthday

Indeed, he was born on Valentine's Day in 2014.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Winter Sun

As this winter continue to be kind to us here at Folkestone

(Click on photo to see it in bigger size).

Desktop Cat

When I have doodle commissions to be getting on with but Jet has other ideas.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Lunar Eclipse

Also known as a blood moon or wolf moon as the Earth cast a shadow on the full moon.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Good Light at Folkestone

After several days of overcast gloom, it was nice to see the sun come back out again. It even compelled me to go for a quick stroll with the camera.
This is Dover Road, Folkestone, looking somewhat better in the low winter noon sunshine.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Folkestone in December

Went for a walkabout on a cool, clear moonlit December's evening armed with my Sony RX100. With the boats, I was only able to get so far inside the harbour before I hit soft gooey silt/mud.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Photo Shoot

Nephew Jack and his "extended" family courtesy of his wife, think they wanted to do a family portrait as a Christmas gift to someone.