OWPC & WW: Grain & Rainbow

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A sheaf of grain for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge: Grain, and a rainbow of balconies on this modern building for Jennifer’s Weekly Weather Challenge: Rainbow 🙂

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One Word Photo Challenge: Escape

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I photographed this old heavy chain on the edge of what used to be the old Surrey Dock in East London’s regenerated docklands.

The original deep dock itself is now partially filled in, and the much shallower water provides the perfect home to various ducks and other waterfowl – just look at these lovely duck houses sheltered by the reed-beds!

But thanks to the small section of chain deliberately left in situ on the dockside of the renamed Surrey Quays, and other similar reminders dotted around, there’s no escaping the area’s hard-working history 🙂

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One Word Photo Challenge: Escape

Daily Prompt: Original

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Having original old-style wooden-framed sash windows in an old Victorian building may be in keeping with the period style but they’re a bloody nightmare to paint!

Take our bedroom window, for example. Including the framework it measures six feet high by four feet wide. There are four panes of glass (lights), two on the top frame (or sash) and two on the bottom. Each light is completely framed in wood, and each sash is hung within the window casing (containing the hidden mechanism), one in front and one behind to slide up and down independently on the weighted ropes and pulleys that allow the window to be opened either from the top or the bottom, or both at once to allow the air to better circulate within the room.

Altogether that makes for a lot of woodwork inside and out to be painted, especially as instead of being left flat and plain, the framework is trimmed with a series of carved grooves and curved surfaces purely for aesthetic purposes. They do look lovely, and let in loads of light, but are also pretty high maintenance when compared to the far simpler design of casement windows… 🙂

Daily Prompt: Original

One Word Photo Challenge: Curtain

One Word Photo Challenge: Child

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I haven’t  joined in with this challenge for a while, so thought I’d have a go this week with these images of children playing in and around one small part of an extensive open-space ground-level water-feature fountain at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

When switched off, all that is visible is a series of darker curvy outlines dotted with circular gratings set flush to the ground – and rather than being released at a constant pressure, the water comes and goes at varying heights at seemingly random times, which causes squeals of delight as an excited anticipation rises along with the height of the suddenly squirting water plumes – what fun!  🙂

One Word Photo Challenge: Child

One Word Photo Challenge: Bokeh

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I’ve recently got myself a new (well, new to me, anyway) standard prime lens for my camera, and have been having fun playing about with the beautiful bokeh created while shooting with the lens open wide. I have a M4/3 kit made up of a Panasonic Lumix GF6 body, a Panasonic Lumix 14mm f2.5 (28mm equivalent) wide-angle lens, an Olympus 25mm f1.8 (50mm equivalent) normal lens, and an Olympus 45mm f1.8 (90mm equivalent) short telephoto lens that would be absolutely perfect for portraits – if I ever took any 🙂

Posted in response to this week’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bokeh