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

blue dusk long exposure by john allen

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.



This windmill is on the River Ant at How Hill in the Norfolk Broads.
I’m not sure if it is a windmill or a windpump.
The local tourist information describes it as both – but I’m not sure that can be the case.

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

From the Sky Garden

Sky Garden1

On Friday we visited the Sky Garden on top of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building in Fenchurch Street, London ( the building that burnt the tarmac and damaged a car – or so I hear! )

It ( the Sky Garden! ) has on its 35th floor ‘roof’ a space open to the public – a garden and a viewing platform and a couple of restaurants. ( Tickets only, free, book on line, google ‘Sky Garden’ )

These are some of the images I took on the visit!

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We picked the worst possible day – with pollution coming in from across the Channel coupled with sand from the Sahara. The light was not the kindest it could have been.

On top of all of that, the area is surrounded ( almost ) by thick, blue-tinted glass – so almost everywhere you point a camera you are struggling with reflections and ( as I discovered when I got home ) a very obvious blue colour cast.

All of the images took some work in post-processing, Lightroom mainly, and Photoshop CC if Lightroom was not ‘heavy’ enough.

Worth a visit? Certainly. But if you are a photographer, good luck!