Christmas, Bath & Cigars

7/11/15 – Some street art at eastbourne gate in taunton – i quite like it but there were loads of comments in the local paper from people who did not like it


21/11/15 – A trip to lyme


22/11/15 – firepool redevelopment project next to river tone


6/12/15 – another trip to lyme – the start to a good week off!


8/12/15 – a trip to bath – there was a “pop up pub” in the main shopping street near the roman baths – they did a nice pint of bath ale and a very good burger – it was german style where everyone sits round a huge table.   The only annoyance was that it was cash only and finding a cash machine without a massive queue was not easy


14/12/15 – been meaning to get a flash for my camera (a leica m8) for a while but could not decide on the best one to get – it had to be as small as possible and have a manual power dial – in the end narrowed it down to either the sunpak pf20xd or the fuji efx20 and in the end the fuji won as i had difficulty sourcing the sunpak.

The advantage of a fully manual flash is that there is no anoying ttl preflash so easier to take a photo of a cat without them blinking


18/12/15 – the weekend before christmas – this is a “balloon within a balloon” from party on


24/12/15 2.30pm – christmas eve – luckily work normally finishes early on christmas eve – this is fergus getting ready for christmas


24/12/15 a bit of last minute shopping before christmas – we had only just seen star wars at the cinema and they had a huge inflatable storm trooper in one of the shops


24/12/15 time for a vital cup of coffee


24/12/15 I left the camera settings the same for these 2 photos and this shows the effect of light falloff with distance as the rest of the shop looks very dark.   I can see it was 1/60s from the exif but I think the aperture was something like f/8 or f/5.6 so not a lot of ambient light


24/12/15 one of my chistmas gifts – I had to open it a couple of days early to give the humidor a chance to reach 65-70% humidity – it is now nicely humid and the fist batch of cigars have been added


25/12/15 christmas day morning and time to have a walk before lunch – there is a new bar in taunton called handsome harry’s which had a display of gobstoppers and jellybeans in the window – actually it looks like they might have been mints.


25/12/15 – only 12 minutes of christmas day now left – hopefully fergus & hamish have had a good day


1/1/16 – blowing away the cobwebs with a walk on lydeard hill – the conditions were pretty shocking and it was hammering down with heavy rain – i had to resort to keeping my camera in a sainsburys carrier bag to protect it from the rain


1/1/16 eventually we get to will’s neck which is the highest point on the quantocks but the visibility is very low due to low cloud


2/1/16 another visit to the museum of somerset to look at the imprints exhibit – the attendant told me that this would be the final day of the exhibit – I asked if it’s ok to use flash and they said no problem.


2/1/16 another imprint exhibit


9/1/16 possibly the wettest ever trip to lyme – the rain was almost horizontal as well – rather annoyingly the fish and chip stall called “lymes fish bar” was closing early due to the adverse weather


16/1/16 thought i’d have a look at the new exhibit at museum of somerset called new dimensions featuring works from 6 local artists – jenny graham, chris dunseath, jacy wall,  laura aish,  ralph hoyte and richard tomlinson

this looks like it was drawn from hundreds of partial circular lines


16/1/16 a new dimensions exhibit of used train tickets


16/1/16 a couple of fish sculptures in a charity shop in north street taunton


16/1/16 a system of pipes at a petrol station in priory bridge road taunton – these are looking a bit grubby


17/1/16 hamish asleep on the sofa


17/1/16 fergus on his frame