More Random Gems

One of the reoccurring issues I have on this blog is what to do with the isolated images I take from time to time. These can be times when I’ve simply only taken one photograph and felt that was enough, or they can be times when in the middle of shooting I’ve spotted something else entirely and taken a shot or two of it, and realised that the images simply wouldn’t fit at all in the post containing the rest.

I used to have a solution for this: for almost two years I had a spinoff blog called The Daily Photo on which I’d post a single image every day. Usually this would be image from the Creative Splurges archive, but from time to time I’d post a unique image I’d not shared anywhere before. I quit that blog late last year after finding it too difficult to maintain, so I’ve been slowly building up a bunch of random images. The last time I did this I collected them up into a post called Random Gems and posted them as a set. You can probably guess from the title of this post that I’ve thrown together another batch. Whether they can be considered ‘gems’ or not is up to your discerning eyes.

The first shot without a home is this isolated photo of our cat Freddie, who has grown up a bit since the last time you saw him.

1/100sec, f/4, ISO 640, 95mm
1/100sec, f/4, ISO 640, 95mm

On the subject of Freddie, whilst I was out photographing him and his adopted siblings for the post just linked, I had occasion, whilst my macro lens was attached, to snap a quick close up of one of the daisies in the grass where they were playing.

1/2000sec, f/2.8, ISO 125, 100mm
1/2000sec, f/2.8, ISO 125, 100mm

Keeping loosely on the theme of flowers and the outdoors, this next image was randomly shot after a lovely stop at the cafe on Twickenham Green.

1/2000sec, f/4.5, ISO 640, 18mm
1/2000sec, f/4.5, ISO 640, 18mm

Whilst out taking some random photos of London one evening, I took pause on the South Bank to photograph a great-looking crescent moon that was floating over the city. Normally I’d photograph such a thing at home where the light pollution is marginally less, but I wanted to try to capture the moon with the context of some London landmarks in the foreground. Sadly those shots didn’t come out but that’s left me with this decent single shot of the moon that really had no place in a London post.

1/20sec, f/5.6, ISO 5000, 300mm
1/20sec, f/5.6, ISO 5000, 300mm

When my wife and I visited Swanage recently, most of the photos I took were long exposures of the coast. Which is fair enough, because it was one of the reasons we went down there. But then didn’t stop me grabbing a serviceable shot of one of the trains on the Swanage Railway.

1/100sec, f/4, ISO 320, 45mm
1/100sec, f/4, ISO 320, 45mm

I’m going to close out this pick ‘n’ mix post with a couple of animal shots, because everyone loves animals (they’re delicious). Firstly, here’s a shot of my sister-in-law’s puppy Dolly, who it should be noted is still in the insane boisterous puppy phase.

1/50sec, f/4, ISO 5000, 50mm
1/50sec, f/4, ISO 5000, 50mm

Finally, here’s one of Zelda, found whilst I was looking through my library for some of the other images in this post to pull the EXIF data.

1/100sec, f/4, ISO 1250, 35mm
1/100sec, f/4, ISO 1250, 35mm

I suspect I’ll find more random isolated photos down the line as I rummage through my images from time to time and continue to take random photographs that don’t mesh with the rest of the set that they’re in. Sooner or later I’ll figure out in my head how to post individual images, but my tendency to post long missives on my shooting experiences doesn’t always work on single shots.

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Related Posts:

Random Gems
Freddie’s First Day Out
Random London II

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  1. I like the simple elegance of the moon shot. Great shadow detail!

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  2. A varied and skilled palate! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    CATS TO TRAINS….THIS GUY TAKES PAINS!

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