Fulling Mill – Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Fulling Mill

Fulling or tucking or walking (“waulking” in Scotland) is a step in woolen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and making it thicker. The worker who does the job is a fuller, tucker, or walker. The Welsh word for a fulling mill is pandy, which appears in many place-names.

This Mill (or the remains thereof) can be found at Bieuleiu in Hampshire within the grounds of the former Abbey and motor museum

Speak no evil, Hear no Evil, See no Evil

Since the 52 finished (and despite coming nowhere near completing it) I’ve a head full of images but not had time to do much with them. Another month seems to have disappeared without the aid of a time machine and Halloween is fast approaching.

Whilst (being relly English) Halloween has never been a major event, it seems to increase in popularity every year, so it’s never far from the back of your mind, and even though when I started this image it wasn’t supposed to be scary or spooky, it kind of ended up like that somehow.

Voiceandvision

Everything but the kitchen sink….

Not sure if I have any words to put around this one at all – Shame I messed up the focus (I neglected to take into account that I needed to stand in front of the sink rather than in it – Duh…….

kitchensink

Week 5 – “Who needs Focus”

Very broad theme this week _ Do I interpret this as a portrait of someone who needs to focus (Athlete, Brain Surgeon, Photo Retoucher) or as any image that works without any focussed elements in it (shadowy figure, smoky/misty room perhaps) – Got some ideas already but not having a smoke machine has ruled most of them out !!

Wish I’d done a 52 ages ago having fallen into a bit of a habit of either grabbing shots with little thought for much other than exposure, or not taking photos at all. It’s been a real education in the month since we started going back to basics and actually taking the time to sit and think about why you’re taking the photo in the first place. Not only have I re-discovered my enthusiasm I’ve found myself pushing myself out of that comfy place and actually re-applying everything I’ve learned and forgotten about.
Just over the past 4 weeks I’ve seen an improvement in my images as a whole, not just the ones I’m submitting here. It really helps that you guys (and girls) are there to offer an opinion on these shots, good or bad and I’m hoping I can keep the momentum building.

Better yet – I just discovered looking at my flickr stats, that both Week 3 (colours) and week 4 Computers) made it onto Flickr’s explore pages. Been using Flickr now since early 2009 and never had so much of a hint of interest in anything. Just taking part in this group has somehow catapulted my images into a much wider arena….. Got some high standards to maintain now.

Onwards and upwards – who needs focus?

Lights........

Southwold – Suffolk. A touch of HDR

Southwold Seafront - Suffolk

Dug out an old image and had a play. Whilst I don’t generally ‘do’ HDR, I took this shot bracketed and had 3 RAW files 2 stops apart. Added another 2 for -1 and +1 in lightroom then ran them through Photomatix to see if I could recover the cloudy sky yet still keep some detail in the houses.
Not really sure what else I did to it other than a little cross processing and a vignette but was quite pleased with the result.

Best buddies

Best Buddies

Messing about in the garden over the weekend unearthed a few critters. Ideally I would have had the Kenco’s on, with an off camera flash. Instead I had to go with what I had to hand and use the iPhone. Turned out better than expected. Now, pass the salt please.

Sandals, abandoned in the sun

Out in the garden at the weekend I ended up leaving my sandals laying about while I soaked up a few rays. Bit of a daft idea really as when I went to put them on again they were rather warm and scalded the soles of my feet.

Sandals in the sunshine

First time the 70-200 has been attached to the camera for ages – forgot what a narrow DOF you get with it.