This week some members of our local photographic club travelled to Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Ickworth House is a National Trust Property, famous for its Rotunda, House, parkland and church. Here are some images I got on the day. The weather wasn’t brilliant – overcast at times – but no rain. We were grateful for that.

This is the famed Rotunda. The NT ( National Trust ) are in the process of raising funds to replace 7,000 pieces of slate.

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This is the East Wing of the building from across the Italianate Gardens.

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Another section of the gardens with the Rotunda in the background.

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The last group are of St Mary’s Church in the grounds of the house – including two shots of the church interior. The lighting inside was superb. I just had to have a go at capturing it! I think I did. I hope you agree.

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There was too much to take in on one day – almost certainly worth a return trip.

A Week In Kent – 18

Just back from a week away in Kent. We stayed south of Canterbury, on a farm in a small village called Stelling Minnis. Came back with too many images – can’t show you them all but here are a favourite four that might just interest you!

Maybe next week I’ll show you some more. On the other hand …..

The cloisters at Canterbury Cathedral. A superb building, but unfortunately covered in scaffold for a much need clean. 01-KENT by John Allen

The White Cliffs of Dover. We were lucky enough to see a ( two seater ) Spitfire ( maybe from Biggin Hill? ) that did a run past the cliffs then came back and barrel-rolled overhead the docks. Sadly, wrong lens on the camera – I was travelling light that day!02-KENT by John Allen

Coloured chairs outside the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery at Margate. Is this ‘Still Life’? Or just a picture of four chairs?03-KENT by John Allen

The evening sky the night before we left. Not quite my last shot of the week, but it certainly made me feel good.04-KENT by John Allen

More next week? Maybe. 🙂


These images were all taken at Copped Hall, Essex on a cold February evening.

We spent two or three hours playing with light in the grounds of an old house. Very experimental – and great fun.

blue dusk by john allen

blue dusk by john allen

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blue dusk long exposure by john allen

A two minute exposure with a ‘big stopper’ to put some movement into clouds.

silhouette by john allen

silhouette by john allen

Spot the person standing behind me with the flood lamp? This with the camera on a tripod and fired by a remote trigger.

lit tree by john allen

lit tree by john allen

light painted folly by john allen

light painted folly by john allen

Two shots merged into one – one of the lit interior, the second ( you guessed it ) the lit outside of the folly.

London Evening Light

A group of friends from our photography club went up to London this week where we spent an enjoyable evening taking pictures close to the River Thames. We started near Westminster Bridge and worked our way eastwards towards Embankment Station, where tired – but happy – we called it a day.


All of these were taken on the Olympus EM-1 and processed in LightRoom.

Old Essex Barn

Today we went to a Flower Show at St Edmunds Church in Abbess Roding, Essex.
The show was great – and the all-day breakfast was brilliant – but just next to the church I found this old barn.

Taken on the Olympus EM-1 ( hand-held, I’m afraid ), processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and with a touch of HDR!

Wicken Fen Wind Pump

I’ve been here before, but this is one of those structures that seems to undergo changes in different lighting conditions.

This a wind pump used to pump water into the fens in an attempt to stop them drying out – or so I have been told.

Image taken on an Olympus EM-1 and processed in Lightroom CC and Nik HDR software

Brighton West Pier

Photographed on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, on an early visit to Brighton.
The old pier is still standing, magnificent as ever, and just asking to be photographed.
If you can – go and do it!Brighton West Pier