I managed to catch the last open day this year at the Ifield Mill – first opportunity I’ve had …. I didn’t realise the ‘Wheel’ was low and wide, having a preconceived picture in my head of those tall, thinish ones.
When I went inside the building my heart sank as I saw the stairs leading up to the next floor [ and above] as I knew straight away I would never make the climb!!
However – the ground floor houses the machinery that drives the Mill. As the brochure puts it : The WATERWHEEL drives the PITWHEEL which drives the WALLOWER , which drives the MAIN SPUR which,in turn, drives the SHAFT to turn the millstone ! So now you know …. I did attempt some shots but as it was in motion all the time they were rather blurry. But they did have a bit of abstract charm about them I think. I must work on them. I know I could have done some techy things on my camera but I’m not good at the spontaneous stuff – too many menus to wade through. I’ve learnt to make a lot of decisions before I venture out on my expeditions, but this time I didn’t think about the Mill’s moving parts.
From the description in the brochure this looks like it must be the items from an old Forge that was demolished in the 90’s and donated by the last owner of the business.
To my regret I didn’t spend enough time searching the ground floor for likely bits to shoot, not even the display/sales table or the lovely volunteer Mill Ladies who were so kind and helpful …. so, after I turned my attention upwards I headed outside again. Will try again in April/May next year DV. I know that I missed out on such a lot of items and info that were there and I’m so disappointed as I love History ….
To one side of the road leading up to the Mill is a large area filled with rocks and boulders – I’m sure it all has a specific purpose, but anyway they are a mixture of colours and super textures. I think I might be able to get a bit more ‘artistic’ with my shots of them….
I will post a couple more pics of the actual building and also my usual flora from the walk to the Mill. See you soon, Eileen
As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6. I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.
I’ll sign off now …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ ! Eileen
I enjoy chatting to the people I meet over at the Pond and I came across a chap with this little Jack Russell puppy. He was sitting on a bench and the little puppy was just lying there enjoying the sunshine and completely ignoring the many geese/ducks that were near the water’s edge – all was peace and harmony . The gentleman said it would be ok for me to take their photographs and so the fist two pics are ‘en repose’ .
A young lady came along with , would you believe it, another Jack Russell – this one all growed up! Well – talk about excited – that little pup went absolutely wild with delight … the other doggie didn’t seem to feel quite the same way however – but he good humouredly tolerated the little chap. How I managed to get any non blurry shots I just don’t know [ LOL – I’ve yet to learn the settings on my camera for fast-moving subjects.]
After the poor girl rescued her dog [she was with child and also on a bike!] I got chatting with her. The Gentleman was no help whatsoever I’m sorry to say – s’pose he thought that’s just what puppies do. Anyway – next I looked, the puppy was tearing around like a little greyhound and scaring all the wildlife into the lake ….. still – he was very sweet , as puppies always are.
Hope you enjoy the following pics ….
This is the lovely lady …..
I was feeling very fed up last friday afternoon so on the spur of the moment , and believe me – I am not a ‘spontaneous’ person by any means, I decided to take a stroll down to The Pond again. It was a glorious, warm, sunny day to take advantage of ….
I felt well rewarded when I came across this Heron. Usually I’ve just been able to make him out in the distance, across the other side of the lake. He was still a fair distance from me , as you can see from the second image, so I used the little zoom on my camera for this one – risking a bit of camera shake in the process.
With a little bit of tweaking in my Paintshop Pro, I think it’s turned out ok. Sometimes when I see all the wonderfully sharp close up pics taken by other photographers here, I lament my lack of ‘equipment’ and camera expertise. But even if I had them, physical limitations would prevent me using them I think. I really must get my son to take me to Parks Camera shop in Burgess Hill so that I can talk to an ‘expert’ and try handling cameras!
Oh dear, I fear I’m waffling a bit …. but truly, this is something that keeps cropping up for me and I never do anything about. I could leave the planet before I ever do ! Comments are always most welcome here [ NB. I’ve been trying to learn how to attract more ‘traffic’ to my blogs recently] , and also your constructive criticism of my photographic efforts. I know there are web sites and forums where you can submit your work, but I get defeated by the technical know how – ha ha – the attention span is decreasing with age lol. Till next time then , Eileen
Thought I’d throw in these as an afterthought ….
I watched the Trooping of the Colour [celebrating the Queen’s birthday] on TV last saturday and decided to have a go at taking photos ….[ I’m hoping I haven’t breached any copyright laws]. I was quite pleased with the results in spite of having to deal [post-production] with the inevitable reflections on the tv screen. I could be clearly seen holding the camera in some of them so had to discard them.
Another problem I had was unwanted lines and ‘moire’ patterns so I removed them as best I could. As a result sometimes the images weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. Anyway – I tried to compensate what were technical problems by concentrating more on composition and cropping.
I love all the colour and pomp and circumstance too. My dear old Dad was in the TA Royal Artillary in the 1920 s and was with horses and gun carriages like these. I specially like their uniforms – so dashing ….