Weekly Prompts


This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Waiting.

April Squares: On Top of the Ice
Waiting for the ice to melt.
One Word Sunday: Homophone
Waiting for the paint to dry.
One Word Sunday: Company
Waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Wordless Wednesday: 18th November 2020
Waiting for the rain to start.

Before and After

This is my contribution to Tina’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: From Forgettable to Favourite prompt.

Initially I struggled to come up with an idea for this challenge. I ended up scrolling through some of the folders of photos on this tablet looking for inspiration. At that point I quickly came up with a couple of photos showing before and after.

Lens-Artists: Before and After

The full frame, unedited version of the European Robin standing on my 600mm lens. The camera isn’t square or centred in the frame and has tape on it. There’s also a light band running at an angle across the top of the frame.

Lens-Artists: Before and After

The edited version. I squared and centred the camera, cropped the top of the frame and took a little off the bottom. I then converted the camera to monochrome to hide the tape as much as possible. I have been using a variety of edited versions of this image as my online avatar for years.

Lens-Artists: Before and After

An old post box in a sandstone wall at Bickerton Hill in southern Cheshire, England. A film shot from the mid 1980s. I have scanned the original with two different scanners and copied the slide with two different cameras. All the digital versions have a strange colour balance. If I get the grass and red post box looking right the sandstone and sky look wrong.

One Word Sunday: Homophone

A selective colour treatment converting the image to monochrome while leaving the post box red.

Weekly Topics

Haymoor Green Rd

Travel Tuesday is traveling back to southern Cheshire in the mid 1980s.

If I saw a red post box in nice light I would stop and take a few photos for one of the photo agencies I was contracted to. Red post boxes are regarded as a British cultural icon and as a result book and magazine editors are frequently looking for photos of them.

This is the post box on the junction of Wybunbury Lane and Haymoor Green Road near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Travel Tuesday: Haymoor Green Rd
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday: Homophone challenge.


One Word Sunday: Homophone

Male Common Pheasant in hoarfrost covered grass.


One Word Sunday: Homophone

Mail box with a fresh coat of paint.


One Word Sunday: Homophone

Male Northern Pintail at sunset.


One Word Sunday: Homophone

Mail box in a sandstone wall.


Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 30th March 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to Merseyside in the late 1980s for a selective colour treatment.

I was photographing interesting post boxes because editors and publishers were often looking for images of typically British things and red post boxes were a regular request.

This is a Victorian post box in Abercromby Square, Liverpool, part of the University of Liverpool campus if I recall correctly. I gave it a selective colour treatment because there was very little colour in the photo apart from the postbox.

Monochrome Monday: 30th March 2020


Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

When I read the prompt for Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Red I remembered digitizing some slides recently and thinking how good they would be for a Red prompt.

However I have completely forgotten what those photos were of. So I started thinking about the colour red and thought of British post boxes and double-decker buses in London.


Selective colour treatment of an old post box.

A red post box in a sandstone wall at Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.


Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Red Double-decker

A red double-decker crosses Westminster Bridge, London, England.


Photo Challenges

On the Hunt for Joy: Cheer Someone Else Up

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Cheer Someone Else Up.

I thought of these two photos as soon as I read the prompt. Taken at a Medieval Fair on The Square in the town of Nantwich, Cheshire.


On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Cheer Someone Else Up

A stallholder confirms that the underwear matches the period costume at the Nantwich Medieval Fair.


Emptying the postbox.

I knew the postman emptying the post box, he’s trying not to smile as we exchange banter.