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I am Rod Wynne-Powell, and this is my way to pass on snippets either of a technical nature, or related to what I am currently doing or hope to be doing in the near future.

A third-person description follows:
Professional photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop Workflow trainer, Consultant, digital image retoucher, author, and tech-editor for Martin Evening's many 'Photoshop for Photographers' books.

For over twenty years, Rod has had a client list of large and small companies, which reads like the ‘who’s who’ of the imaging, advertising and software industries. He has a background in Commercial/Industrial Photography, was Sales Manager for a leading London-based colour laboratory and has trained many digital photographers on a one-to-one basis, in the UK and Europe.
Still a pre-release tester for Adobe in the US, for Photoshop, he is also very much involved in the taking of a wide range of photographs, as can be seen in the galleries.

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Sorry for Delayed Gallery!


          Whilst all the sailors of Brogborough Lake await the arrival of the most recent tranche of images from the busiest day on the Lake for some time, please accept my apologies for the forced delay due to Life supervening!

          I was always led to be believe the Captain should never leave his Ship, well I can assure everyone, this image has not visited Photoshop to have the Sailor taken out, I believe he may have done it all by himself, yet the independent craft seems happy to continue sailing!

          Meantime I will crack on with the delayed processing of the numerous shots I took of manned craft! Enjoy the Wait, or take the opportunity to enter any subjects of images I may have taken over my time at blogging – a few suggestions: London from the Air, Heron, Butterflies, Jump, Thames, Clerkenwell, Goodwood, Scotland, Paris, St. Tropez, Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth, Stockwood…

Normal Service will be restored as soon as possible, sorry for the delay

          And I will get on with processing the rest of that day's images, meantime, Enjoy!

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Nature Calls — so I head for the Country!

        
Yes, I need relief, but from enclosing walls, where outside, the sun is beckoning. I gather my camera and lenses and a small amount of sustenance and a flask of weak orange juice to guard against dehydration. 
I head north and the River Great Ouse, to keep body and soul together, and ensure my reflexes and brain get exercise.

         Damselflies, flowers, and fresh air ensures that no cobwebs are woven into the fabric of what I loosely call a brain. Currently my ongoing concern is for a failing memory, something which in earlier times I held with great pride that recall was speedy and accurate, nowadays I often struggle to remember simple descriptive words, the names of friends and places, and worst of all, why I went up or downstairs or for what item! When that happened in earlier times I would laugh at myself, and the block would melt like ice on a hot plate, and the word, thought or name would appear in a trice. Then it was funny, now it is unnerving. However, I do try to avoid getting too stressed over it, but it is tough!

          Already the grass I cut barely a week hence beckons for the mower, but I have more pressing reasons to be out, so it will have to grow some more, as I need my fix, not photographic fixer, but photographic scenes, and challenges, and the exercise of limbs and brain, and on this day blue sky almost edge to edge was the clarion call that urged me to gather my camera, which was already encased with fully charged batteries, spare cards, and a separate case with an alternative lens and spare caps. However, knowing my memory is absolutely fallible, I open the case and double check! When I reach the car, I check not only my tripods, but my monopod with ball head, which is now my main support, the tripod is there for the off chance that clouds appear. I was never a Boy Scout, but the Cubs motto was similar!

          My destination was Milton Ernest, as I can park close by the river and at this time of year birds, flowers  and insects abound, so with the trusty support of the monopod and ball head, the Sigma 60-600mm on the EOS R6 is entirely manageable and really flexible, as I keep reiterating. To be visited by the woodpecker, albeit somewhat shielded by the feeder was a delight!

          I hope that others can enjoy the shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Another Nature Walk with a Camera

                At a time when being close to others is fraught with difficulties, getting out in fresh air and carrying a camera come together as not only a good idea, but also a healthy one from a purely selfish perspective — I need to ensure that my brain is active, and being challenged. On this occasion, although I set off in a northerly direction, I did not actually have a specific destination, because to be too specific might result in expectations being unfulfilled. I did however have a preference for subject matter — Nature.

The weather was warm and on my recent excursions had been to cover birds that were of reasonable size whose habitat was both on the water and shoreline. On this trip I found myself close by Oakley and the River Great Ouse. I walked from my car close by the bridge and away from the village and church and the shady path that could lead to the windmill. I could hear the chatter of young voices coming from the far end and heading towards me, and leading from the path several areas had been cut back to give access to the water’s edge, so I took one of these to both avoid close contact, but more to see what might be  found among the reeds.

There were damselflies flitting around, but as there was a fair abundance of light, flight was sustainable, and at their size, I was far more likely to get photos of them when static on leaves or reeds. There were different species of Damselflies, and different body colours — blue, red and gold, and their prevalence certainly characterises much of the content of this gallery. Damselflies have two sets of wings, and whilst observing some of them, they would very rarely, but occasionally flick them open briefly whilst still static, and this presented me a challenge to capture such moments, but my success rate was poor! But frame 16 was a success, but considering that I witnessed this behaviour numerous times and with different damselflies, my reflexes were certainly challenged, thus my success rate of one was pleasing! There were far more challenging times for the damselfly males, as although I saw much activity on the mating front, I only saw a single example of dual flight despite many forays! Another challenge I enjoy is the capture of alphabet shapes — see if you can spot W-A-X? And surprisingly, I have not re-ordered the images for the letters to create the word!

What also amuses me on occasion when I am met outside, I can be asked what am I actually photographing, and this often when my camera is fixed on a tripod — so in the past I have suggested they look through the back of the camera! I was often looking at a small insect that has yet to move, and the viewer had not seen it till looking away after viewing it through the camera!

On one memorable occasion, I was outside with some College Students; studying photography! and I was amazed that all had passed a four seat chair table beneath a crab apple tree that was absolutely overloaded with windfalls on both table top and chairs! And not one had made the observation — I told them later that a photographer had to look in order to see! On that occasion I was not viewing some distant subject with a long lens!

This trip was definitely insect-oriented, but far from creep-crawly, butterflies and moths can be fascinating in their colours and behaviours, so being out with a camera at this season is never dull. And, the end of this foray, I was challenging myself to capture black-headed gulls, and specifically when in prominent places related to the bridge arches, which adds to the challenge, and one pair were very obliging!

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Priory Country Park Visit


          It is some time since I made this specific visit, and it was not too disappointing as I managed to take several images of the natural denizens of the river, swans with this year’s new families being carefully introduced to the world and its possible dangers. The parents are very aware of their charges, and are very protective of their precious young, as a Canada Goose was to become very aware a short time later whilst I was able to witness.

          I also captured another incident where a man and I presume his daughter were generous enough to give some of their bread to help another group of young Cygnets, which has to be some comfort to the Swan community. 

          I saw several damselflies during my walk along the river this day, and even two distinctly different species close by, but so far no butterflies, perhaps it is too early in the season. It was a pleasantly warm afternoon, and very enjoyable to capture several sequences of images of the avian activity in the lives of these birds and brief interlude of what I am presuming was a Reed Bunting, but it was shielded somewhat making it hard to see enough of it plumage and markings to be able to identify without recourse to speaking to someone more knowledgable.

Certainly I enjoyed my time outside and enjoying the fresh air, and I hope others can share in the enjoyment from the images I managed to capture.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Bromham Park Visit

I had not visited this park for some time, and took different paths than walked hitherto. Soon after entering, I took one that followed the lake’s righthand side fairly closely, but there was surprising little avian activity on its lake; the only waterborne birds I encountered were four Mallard Ducks; one female, and three males! Even the chatter of birdsong in the woods was somewhat subdued, all of which hardly bode well for subject matter for the camera.

During my walk with the Sigma 60-600mm on the monopod, I spotted a rabbit at a branch in the path, who obviously had seen me before I saw him, as he moved slightly beyond the cover of the vegetation at the edge of the grassy path, momentarily it was joined by another, before both bounded out of sight.

In the slight breeze small seeds floated in the air along the paths together with midges and other flying insects, and some of these had been snagged by fine threads woven between the heads of two teasel heads, presumably as later food for the spiders who wove them.

This visit was a disappointment in terms of images captured, but beneficial in terms of exercise, and I was able to engage in conversation with fellow humans out exercising themselves and some with canine accompaniment.