I decided to get my camera out again a couple of days ago, and whilst still not overly happy with the result, they are better than previous attempts. A pity I couldn’t get closer to these. These photos are cropped as I was quite a distance off.
I have decided to take some time from posting my Photo of the Week for a couple of reasons. Well, three. But I suppose that still falls under the “a couple” area. When someone asks “How many” and gets the response “a couple” I usually look at that being either two or three. The same as “a few” is anywhere between three and ten depending on how many are in the bigger picture. If you refer to a few slices of bread, then that means between three and five. But if you refer to the number of stars, then that could be between three and a hundred.
Anyway, I digress. One of the reasons is a broken fan on my laptop. I can hear it now clack-clack-clacking as it spins and it sounds like one of the struts from it is hitting something. This causes my laptop to freeze and I have to hold the power button to shut it down, losing everything I had. Maybe some kind person will donate a laptop to me for free haha. Seriously though, this makes it difficult to create anything. I have to save any work I do every couple of minutes. On some days I am lucky and the laptop is stable, and on other days I give up after twenty or thirty shut downs. (A few in this case would be between three and five)
A second reason is my photography skills have plummeted. I can’t seem to take a decent photo. I have been very unhappy with my photos for the past few months to the point that I have only been taking a few a month (about thirty compared to the thousands I used to take in a month so this falls under the A Few category).
As I write this and reread it, the word “few” is starting to feel as words do when you repeat them over and over. Say “banana” 10-15 times and it doesn’t sound right any more.
The third and most drastic reason is a little more crisisy.
I live in a flat that is almost 200 years old and still has some of its original pipework. On May 26th, I had just finished watching the finales of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow and I heard a sound like water. I went into the hallway and saw a wall of water covering my front door. I went upstairs to tell the owner that he had broke something, but received no answer. I phoned the plumber and he said he couldn’t get there for ten minutes. My daughter and I put buckets down and replaced the full buckets with empty ones and had to go back and change them again.
I went back up and started really banging on his door. I heard what sounded like scratching and I was about to move away when I thought that maybe he was laying on the floor and couldn’t answer and could only bang. So I leant forward to look through his glass. I placed my hand on the window and the heat coming off it was intense. I realised that the problem wasn’t really the water. It was the fire!
Apparently, he had placed a tea-light on the side of the bath with no plate or base for it to stand on. The heat melted through the 200 year old lead pipes and both stopped the fire from spreading and alerted me to something being wrong. It could have been so much worse. There was a capped off gas inlet in the same room as the fire and it was starting to heat up the solder on the end. Had that melted and allowed the gas to escape, it would have left a sizable dent on the landscape.
These last couple of weeks have been clean up, and the loss adjusters have been so they can replace the carpets in the hallway as well as the carpets and mattress in my son’s bedroom.
So this is why I haven’t posted any photos of late, and until I can start taking decent photos again, I will only be posting the odd ones here and there.
One of the problems with not being able to get out much is the lack of diversity in subjects for photography. There is only so much in the house that can be photographed. So this week, I thought I would go for a different angle and use a candle in a dark room.
I would say that it was a three horse race for the Photo of the Month, but with third place having one vote, second having three and first with double those two put together, I think it was a landslide.
It is the one I thought would be voted, and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.