Tampa Gun Show

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While visiting Tampa, I got the chance to go to the State Fairground to a gun show. This is not something we have in the UK so it was a new experience for me. Only a couple of people objected to my photography, but on the whole they were friendly. Although I do find the idea of so much weaponry readily available to the general public alarming and distinctly odd. How much firepower does one person need? But everybody needs a hobby and it seems for my American friends, guns are one the favourites.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

Heavy Weapons.

Heavy Weapons.

Looking for Something.

Looking for Something.

Too Much Choice.

Too Much Choice.

More Guns.

More Guns.

Of All Sorts.

Of All Sorts.

Shiny Revolvers.

Shiny Revolvers.

Rounds and Rounds.

Rounds and Rounds.

Assorted Assortments.

Assorted Assortments.

The Handgun Collection.

The Handgun Collection.

On the plus side, I did see an Alligator at the pond by the hotel. Maybe I’ll show that picture later. Keep your Pistol in your pocket people, there’s too much trouble out there already.

Niagara Sunrise

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Sunrise

Sunrise

Visiting Niagara Falls again for work, and with odd hours I get to see it in the quiet times. Being up and about at sunrise, to see the world turning around the sun. I am always shocked at how quickly the sun rises and the light changes.

Time and Tide.

Time and Tide.

Changing Views.

Changing Views.

Autumn Colour.

Autumn Colour.

My creative work is coming in fits and starts, I want to get back on track, so resolutions in place I will continue to build on the work I am doing. For now, Merry Christmas although for that I am a bit late. More importantly, have a fantastic New Year, continue to follow your dreams, to go places and to visit the world, eyes open and with a sense of wonder.

Photography and a Telescope

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This year as a birthday present my family bought me an adaptor to enable fitting my camera to my telescope. While neither are the top of their range they still for me provide a great deal of pleasure using and adapting them to first see stars, and secondly try getting usable pictures of them. With the adaptor I can fit the camera to the telescope to use them both together, and so far I’ve been really pleased with the results. There is still lots for me to figure out and to improve on but it is fascinating for me to see the results. These are some from the UK’s cold snap over the last few days.

Pentax K-50 1/2SEC ISO 51200.  Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula.

Pentax K-50 1/2SEC ISO 51200. Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula.

Pentax K-50. 2SEC ISO 51200. Longer exposure bringing out more of the nebular but noise and movement becomes an issue.

Pentax K-50. 2SEC ISO 51200. Longer exposure bringing out more of the nebular but noise and movement becomes an issue.

Pentax K-50 1/8SEC ISO 51200.

Pentax K-50 1/8SEC ISO 51200.

Composite Image using Adobe Photoshop and the three previous images.

Composite Image using Adobe Photoshop and the three previous images.

It is always fascinating to look out into the night sky and see the universe spread out above. It makes me feel humble and amazed that we, by some giant trick, survive here. And who else is out there, looking across the stars wondering the same thing?

I have started writing again, and will post some of my fragments again in the near future. I hope you join me to read them.