Bonfire Night

Tonight is Bonfire Night in the UK.  This is when we lights fires and set off fireworks to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ thwarted attempt to blow up parliament in 1605 as part of the Gunpowder Plot.  Subsequent generations have often felt a twinge of regret that he didn’t succeed.

because it takes place on a Monday which is a school night, a lot of the displays have been taking place over the weekend which means Bonfire Night seems to have lasted half of the week.

In contrast with past years, most of the action is in the hands of professional displays.  In my childhood, you stood at one end a field to watch a couple of roman candles from one hundred feet away.

But this weekend, I’ve been able to watch sophisticated rockets blasted a couple of hundred feet in the air from race courses, rugby clubs and cricket clubs without having to leave the house.    

The fireworks code.

Random Road



Some More Attempts at Long Exposures




The Tram, Before and After

I took this picture in Fujicolour of a tram at night.  It’s a handheld shot, completely unzoomed to avoid as much shake as possible.

Next, I greyscaled it and cropped it to get rid of the light on the left and the scaffolding on the right.

Then I messed about with the levels to try and get a bit of glow from the tram lights compared to the street and to hide a bit of grain.

Black & White Sunday


The Moon


I have never managed to get a really good picture of the moon.  It’s always to shiny a disc in a black background.  This is probably my best one where the moon is too washed out and you can make something of the landscape out and it’s even got a few birds in the shot.

I came across this article which shows I’m not the only one who has problems.  In future I’m going to take the advice and not go for the full moon but try to catch it at another time of the month and aim for the terminator.

This is probably a better shot of the moon itself but the sky is grained like nobody’s business:




There’s been too many pictures of people doing thing on this blog recently.  A return to badly exposed gloom is needed.