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
I’m really excited to have a new macro lens for my new camera! So – I went on an indoor macro spree. I’d bought some fluffy feathers from a craft shop and tried spraying some water drops on them. This took a bit of time in itself as the water flattened the feathers down somewhat. It’s marvelous how the droplets stay put and God created feathers, skin etc to be waterproof!
Another post will follow showing less ‘abstracty’ pics …. see you soon Eileen
These images are all of the same swan. His mate was on the far side of the lake sitting on their nest and he had conveniently come alongside the walkway. I always feel slightly guilty that I never take any bread with me because he obviously thinks he’s going to get some …. but I can’t juggle bread as well as the camera. Usually there are other people feeding them, but not today.
I made a huge mistake in not watching out for my shadow falling across him so when I got home I had to delete a lot of the pics. Not only was it my shadow, but the metal mesh at either side of the walkway cast shadows too. Some of them I was able to rescue with a little bit of ‘cloning’. Anyway – I still had plenty that I was pleased with and again – I enjoyed making them look a bit different with my PSP and ON1 plugin.
I’ve taken so many photos over at the Pond now so I thought I would get a bit of ‘creativity’ going by using some ON1 effects on these. Normally I don’t like images to look too unreal/unbelievable, but I think I can get away with these … not to the purists’ taste of course, but I’m all for a bit of experimentation! How wonderful that our Creator has given us the ability to create from His originals!
Please leave any comments or constructive criticisms …. I’ll be posting some swan pictures later today/tomorrow. Take care, Eileen
This is the first year I’ve visited the Pond in Autumn and that’s because there is a now this lovely new path bordering the Lake so I don’t have to get my shoes wet in the mud. However the fallen leaves can be a bit slippery to walk on when it’s rained. These pics were taken before the rains came …
There were a lot of seagulls on the Lake and many of them were lined up on the side-rails of the walkway. I knew they would fly away as I approached so I went slowly and had to use the camera’s zoom before I got too near – not nearly as good as having a camera with proper zoom lens attached, but I was quite pleased with the results ….
The original shots of the gulls were a little bit sharper and deeper in colour, but I liked the soft effect I got while messing around with the effects in my PSP. Another bit of artistic licence [which I’m prone to do cos I enjoy it!]
see you soon dv, Eileen
Took another stroll around the Ifield Pond the other day and was so pleased to see all the water birds were back.
This lovely Swan came from far across the lake – could he really see me from there? well he must have done cos he made a beeline straight for me … He must have thought I had bread for him I guess, but alas I didn’t. I was standing on a little bank where the water was quite shallow and he came right up to the edge. I thought he would soon leave again but to my delighted surprise he stayed and decided to do his ablutions.
Hope you enjoy looking at the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them, [everyone seems to say that] …. I’m hoping the weather will stay nice for longer so that I can get more pics. I may be posting some ‘scenery’ tomorrow as I took loads of the trees and woody areas around the lake too.
Have a lovely day everyone, see you soon, Eileen
Another visit to the Ifield Pond – there have been some great changes made by the local council and I can now walk around the lake without getting shoes wet or muddy. The new walkway , although a bit of an eyesore if you want to photograph a distance view of the scenery, is nonetheless a great addition as it takes you right across the lake and around the other side. There is such a variety of birds and I am learning the names of those I’ve never seen before. This one is a Greylag Goose.
The water looked rather murky in the next few shots so I used a bit of artistic licence in my PSP and On1 software. Applied a blue filter, softened a bit and added borders or vignettes.
I knew that there were a couple of Herons there, but on the rare occasions I saw them, they were too far away to get a shot [I don’t have a camera I can attach lenses too]. Since the walkway goes to the far side of the lake they are now more in range if I see them at all. So – this was a very lucky and rare opportunity!
As someone who doesn’t get around much, I am forever grateful to the Lord that I have a Wildlife area right at the bottom of my road. Now that I’ve got to know the place more since moving here nearly three years ago [tempus fugit!], I find I’m visiting it quite regularly. There are big changes going on to the Pond’s layout and it looks like it will be really good stuff with new permanent paths being built, plus fishing areas and a ‘viewing platform’ in the middle of the lake.
I was delighted to capture this swan after his ‘ducking’ and diving, with the water drops from his beak. It was what I was hoping for but didn’t know I’d got till I uploaded the pics to my laptop.
Then he conveniently swam round nearer to my viewing point ….. probably thought I had some bread to feed him. As you can see – it was a lovely sunny, hot day …. my, we’ve had a good summer this year.
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