Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Street Photography and a Weather-Related Moan


I’ve been exploring the blogging world a little this last week and I’ve found a whole group of bloggers who post up a photograph every Wednesday using a weekly tagline from a website called Sticky Fingers. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve enrolled for a photography course so this will be a good photography-based focus for my brain. [As it’s so hot in the UK this week I’ve chosen photographs that allows me to incorporate a little moan while I’m at it.]

The tagline for this week's Photo Gallery is: Street Photography

You don’t often find streets like this in the UK, streets where you can escape from the glaring Jerusalem sun and wander in relative comfort.

Jerusalem's Old City, October 2011
Taken with Canon IXUS 115 HS
Jerusalem's Old City, October 2011
Taken with Canon IXUS 115 HS
And my moan, as if you hadn’t guessed, is about the glaring UK sun. I got up very early this morning and was showered, dressed and out in time to beat the heat. I needed to do the food shopping without melting both myself and my butter. Irrespective of the weather, this is the best time of the day to shop. The shelves are stacked high, members of staff are fresh, friendly and helpful and the car park is empty. I may even start doing early morning shopping all year round. [I’m kidding! I won’t really!]

The UK is meant to have a temperate maritime climate. So far this summer we’ve had torrential rain, floods, tornadoes, electric storms and now searing heat. Could this be the global warming that scientists have been predicting? If this level of heat continues we’ll have to build sheltered, walled streets like the ones in Jerusalem’s Old City. As for the flooding, I know nothing about the grand scale, but I’m convinced that locally we’d benefit from a little less concrete and a lot more garden area so that rainwater at least has a chance of soaking away... It would be nicer to look at too.

27 comments:

  1. Hello Ros, first of all, good luck with your photography course. Secondly, I love the 2nd picture of the street in Jerusalem. Finally, it seems there is always something to be discussed about that typical changing English weather!

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  2. Hello! I love that second picture. I also read you Leicester A-Z great piece, it's also my home town.

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  3. Beautiful pictures! Welcome to The Gallery.

    Herding Cats

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  4. Ros, I really thought you were joking or just being a trifle sarcastic :-)when you talked about melting butter etc.
    Last time I checked in there were floods and freezing cold down your way - so I googled your weather and boy what a surprise - we're in meteorological competition.

    Well at least it gave us all a chance to see those gorgeous photos from my locale.

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  5. Love the photo's. It has been really odd weather here recently hasn't it. I'm not a fan of the searing heat. I tend to hide inside so wouldn't get much street photography done.

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  6. Lovely photos of a sheltered street. How hot is it? We get temperatures in the high 30s at this time of year in Tenerife, and last week they rose over 40. Can you beat that? Oh yes - and buy a cool bag :)

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  7. Those are great photos!

    It's been ridiculously hot and humid and generally miserable here in Canada too. Today it's raining a soft, steady rain. It's wonderful! I don't remember the last time we had this. The farmers will be thrilled.

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  8. I'm trying really hard not to moan about the whether, just in case I scare it away. I've taken the opportunity to wear my lightest dresses and take #2 son swimming every morning this week - I hate swimming usually, but it seems perfect for this temperature. Plus I'm speeding through the laundry!

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  9. The mixture in weather is awkward, its hard to know what to wear from day to day for one. Lovely pictures, welcome to the gallery :) x

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  10. Neat pictures. Seems like you are having fun with the photography. Well, sounds like it shall be crazy weather for the Olympics. It's been a weird summer in the US - extra drought, heat, and then excessive rain for a few. Oh well, gives us all something to chat about. Take care

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  11. Well, I just got back from 90 degree (farenheit) Idaho, so Oregon in the 70's-80's feels pretty cool. :)

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  12. Great pictures, Ros.

    And yes, the climate is changing - it seems to me that the only disputes lie in how much we are responsible and how we adapt to it. But concreting over gardens is such a bad idea, for so many reasons.

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  13. Ros, what are those Heffalump Traps you're about to walk into in the first picture?!

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  14. Lovely street photos!

    And yes it is HOT! I'm sitting here sweating. It ain't pretty!

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  15. I love your street photos Ros ,I intend to take some photos like that on holiday but I dont have a fancy camera so will have to hope for the best. I am not going to comment on the HOT weather you are having mainly because I live in Scotland,enough said!Ha ha !

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  16. Great street photo's and a very good post.

    Yvonne.

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  17. Great street photo's and a very good post.

    Yvonne.

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  18. I remember when you first took those wonderful photos! You selected some great scenes from your trip. Rosalind, you really have a gift for photography, and I'm sure that you'll be the star of your class! Julie

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  19. Hi Duncan, thanks. I'm looking forward to honing my 'skills'.

    Hi KV, another Leicesterian. Excellent. Duncan from Kuantan (comment above yours) is one as well!

    Hi Nicola, thanks.

    Hi Ann, no sarcasm. It's a little cooler now but the heat did take us by surprise.

    Hi Charlie, thanks.

    Hi Rebecca, I'm not a heat fan either.

    Hi Lizy, OK, OK so it's nowhere near as hot as you get it. But our houses aren't geared up for it remember!

    Hi Jemi, thanks, glad to hear you've got a bit of rain up there.

    Hi Annalisa, it does have its advantages, like getting the washing dry without having to use the tumble dryer.

    Hi MM, thanks.

    Hi Joanne, It's been pretty weird weather everywhere I believe.

    Hi Lauren, it's not as hot as that here, no way!

    Hi Jo, thanks, climate change is a worry.

    Hi Pippa, no they're not to catch heffalumps but so that ancient carts can negotiate the uneven ground.

    Hi Talli, sweating is never pretty, however one is sitting!!

    Hi Anne, I don't have a fancy camera which is why I mentioned the type. It's a very small instant focus one.

    Hi Yvonne, thanks.

    Hi Julie, I'd like to think so but you should have seen some of the shots that I didn't use!!

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  20. I've been reading about Jerusalem of late. Would love to go there one day.

    I'm currently visiting in Houston, Texas where hot and humid is the norm at this time of the year. It's been sweltering, but I've been spending a lot of time either indoors or in the car with the AC--not a fan of this type of weather.


    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  21. Nice photos. And your heat is humid, isn't it? Ugh

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  22. Love the second picture. We didn't get any sun this week (one day last week). So we haven't had the heat either. You should move to Yorkshire - the weather is generally constant and raining!

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  23. Love the pictures, I bet you're the best student in your class ^_~

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  24. I loved Jerusalem too but you don't need to worry about the weather any more Ros. Apparently next week it's back to the usual cloud and rain!

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  25. Hi Ros .. Summer has come and gone - we had our goodbyes on the Wednesday 25th - we all boiled! Fortunately the hotel was cool ... now we're back to torrential rain - well London is ..

    The Photography course sounds excellent - let us know what camera you get ... and the programmes they'll be using ... I might tag along at a distance!

    Cheers Hilary

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  26. What incredible pictures and you really have captured that street atmosphere x

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