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No more selfies for a while but now we are into ‘style’ and this week it’s all about street.

Day 66 ~ Choice. Street photography records everyday life in a public place and usually involves the taking of candid photographs of strangers.  This week our goal is to include street photography in our daily photos. Challenge yourself this week to get out there with your camera and snap a photo of an unsuspecting stranger or two that you find interesting.   As you’re out and about today, photograph a stranger or scene that you think tells a story.

I went on my daily walk around our estate to go to the local shop hoping to come across a stranger. I took Phil with me in case no one was about and I could cheat and use him, but I didn’t need to. I sent Phil to get the stuff and I sat outside on the wall and waited for someone to come out. This chap obliged and he’d bought a newspaper. Stop the press! ‘Man buys Newspaper!!!” Not the most enthralling story but it’s all I got 🤣 And I must say, I don’t see what ‘Choice’ has to do with any of it, but I may be dim.

Choice

Day 67 ~Signal. We are in Street Photography week and it’s Macro Monday. This is going to be a challenge.  See if you can notice people signaling to each other. Or a sign that serves as a signal or warning. A traffic signal. A turn signal. Get creative. You can also stay back and crop in close to get your macro effect. The reason we take macro photos is to notice details. Look for details in your street photography. Get in close.

This was a work day for me and I got home late, so had to do my photo in the dark after dinner. We have a pedestrian crossing on the edge of our estate so I went up there with my tripod and did close ups of the crossing man and bike. They turn red for don’t cross and green for OK to cross so I turned it into black and white so you don’t know if you’re coming or going 🤣🤣 There was a fair amount of traffic so I’m glad it was dark and I couldn’t see the WTF?? look on anyone’s face. Also I think the little man is going to do a Charlie Chaplin waddle.

Day 68 ~ Interesting. These days, I am not out and about taking photos where there is much of interest going on.  The streets I see are limited to those in my neighborhood that I travel on my morning runs.  Though I do encounter quite a few others out for morning exercise, I am not comfortable taking photos of them.  I am, however, quite comfortable photographing people’s trash piles! As you are out and about, look for an interesting object on the street.  Photograph it such that we want to know its story, its history.  You may be surprised by the interesting things you find.

Another work day so this one was a bit naff for me. I decided to do a photo on the way home from work so I wasn’t in the dark again. The lady who did this prompt has no knowledge of Wardley, everyone keeps their trash in bins and not in piles on the street. I dread to think where she lives. In fact there really isn’t anything madly interesting in Wardley, but I noticed up one of the side roads, the council must have planted rows of daffodils and purple crocuses in front of the bungalows there so I took a photo of them. I like that they do that all over South Tyneside, on the verges on main roads, side streets, anywhere there are spare bits of grass, so lovely to see them everywhere as spring starts up. Not sure if that’s ‘interesting’, but it’s very nice. I’m sure my council tax payments could be used for social care and the like, but damn it’s good to see spring!

Interesting

Day 69 ~ Dull. The meaning of the word dull is either:lacking interest or excitement or lacking brightness, vividness, or sheen. So, let us go with the second meaning.  As you know, street photography is meant to have candid photos of people.  This can’t always happen. If this is where you find yourself today, use who you have around; but, do include a person as this gives the photo an interest. Converting it to black and white for today’s prompt word will help, to not make it bright but dull looking!

It was chucking it down when I finished work and there was no way I was going out in it.Luckily I had some post to do at the Post Office, so after I’d done that I sat in the car and waited for people to come along and then take sneaky pictures with my phone. At first I was using the windscreen wipers to get a clear shot, but then I tried shooting through the rain and liked it better. Dull it is though.

Dull

Day 70 ~ Simplicity. Street (candid) photography is an art that features chance encounters and random incidents within public places.  Though people are usually featured directly, a photograph can also be taken that is absent of people and can be that of an object. Take a walk and find a simple street scene of objects that tell a story.

My days off now so I took my usual walk up to the shop and back. Our estate has some small grassy areas for kids to play on, though no equipment like slides or swings. This one is a little bigger than the others and has a single goalpost in it. Reminded me of the simple joy lads and maybe girls these days have kicking a ball about, not much else is needed other than a ball and goalpost.

Simplicity

Day 71 ~ Coin. Find a penny, pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck! You might be hard pressed to find a coin since change has become a novelty. So as we continue on with Street Photography lets also be on the look out for circle shapes. You might find that lucky penny but if not maybe an architectural feature, some colorful street art or a cool manhole cover? Show us your lucky street find today! 

I had no lucky street find today. Wandered about the place looking for circular things, but all I could find were these manhole covers for the underground drainage system. Neither colourful or cool I’m afraid. Sigh.

Coin

Day 72 ~ If you find that you have no mountains high enough to climb in your neck of the woods, maybe take a drive and see if you have a road or bridge that brings you high enough to look over a beautiful view.  If you feel inclined, add some song lyrics to your photo.  It’ll be like we are taking a road trip with an awesome playlist to listen to all day.  

Argh. This was a trial of a day. Firstly I thought I’d pop over to South Shields and take the view from the top of Marsden Lane which has the sea at the bottom. It took me nearly half an hour to do 2 miles. Roadworks, diversions and the sheer volume of traffic which reminded me of those disaster movies where everyone packs up the car and trys to leave before the meteor hits/aliens land/tsunami arrives/zombies get them. I turned around as I got quite fed up and peed off at the knobs on the road. Came home, had a cup of tea and then decided I’d walk up to the nature reserve as that’s at the bottom of a little hill and you can see the lake from the top. This was not a pleasant walk, and whilst it looks all sunny blue skies, it’s been raining for a few days and I just missed a hailstorm before I left the house. So much mud! I hate mud. Mud and clarts everywhere.

This is why I don’t have a doggy.

So I took my shots from the top of the hill and this is the best one.

Enough

On the way back I had a biting cold wind at first head on, and then from the right and my poor ear got battered. I couldn’t figure out what ‘enough’ had to do with anything but realised it works for me as I’d completely had enough by the time I got home! That’s the end of Street week, though really I don’t think it’s very streety, I know street photographers and these are not in that league. Never mind, maybe next time!

I had to choose a song lyric for the last picture, I think that was what the enough was for, so my lyric is as follows

I am enough just as I am
Feel right at home anywhere that I stand
Hold out my heart in the palm of my hand
And I live my life like nobody else can
I am, I am, I am enough

The song is called, “I am enough” not surprisingly, and is sung by Daphne Willis, here it is with a very cool video.

Stay tooned for next week, adventures in Yellow . 🥴

77 comments on “365 ~ 7th ~ 13th March

  1. This challenge is certainly making you think. Really like the “dull” one in the rain 😉

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Like Steve, I enjoyed the rainy windscreen shot. But they are all good!
    And your mud isn’t real mud! Come down here and I will show you mud! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Haha real enough for me!

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    2. Sue says:

      Pete, I think Tyneside mud is as good ask Norfolk mud any day…proper clarts…..

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      1. beetleypete says:

        It didn’t look as deep as Hoe Rough mud in that photo, Sue. 🙂

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        1. I think looking at Hoe Rough you are probably right, it says it’s wet fenland, our nature reserve is on clay soil so it might not be as deep but it sure is claggy and sucky.

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          1. beetleypete says:

            Hoe Rough does dry out eventually. But not for long! 🙂

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        2. Sue says:

          The camera can lie!!

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  3. Your rainy shot is a winner! The flowers are pretty, too. And your mud is impressive, no matter what Pete says.

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    1. Haha cheers ToC 😊

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  4. All good shots; things seem expensive at Londis, two items advertised over £6, are people made of money? Best shot for me is the goal one….

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    1. 2 six packs of beers for £6.50 reduced from £10! Bargain! I like the goal best too.

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      1. Ok, get two and 40 Lambert and Butler and I’ll be down the park in an hour. A scotch egg too if they have any, and some Panini stickers for my album….

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        1. Ok but I don’t know what panini stickers are.

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          1. Pictures of top footballers that I can stick in my album….just bring the cigs and booze, I’ll sort the rest out…

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          2. Hang about! Panini’s are Italian baguetty things with posh fillings like goats cheese and carameised onions with rocket, or Grilled Eggplant with Basil Aioli or Rotissery chicken with bacon. They have NOTHING to do with football!

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          3. What would you call a baguette filled with pictures of Italian football stats? Basil Aioli used to play for Napoli!

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          4. Another faux argument won!

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          5. Is there a competition?

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          6. According to Booky…he was asking when I would get tired of staging faux aggressive arguments with other commenters. The answer? NEVER!

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          7. It’s good to have a hobby.

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          8. Mine is Panini albums; collecting pictures of the world’s baguettes and sticking them in an album. Great fun for kids and educational too!

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          9. Ok I googled it, it’s a thing, well done. So the Italian football league is named after a posh sandwich. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  5. April Munday says:

    Man goes into a shop to buy a pint of milk. He sees the headline on a paper, picks the paper up and leaves the shop without paying for it.

    Man goes into a shop to buy a paper. He gets chatting to the girl on the till and discovers she’s the daughter of an ex-girlfriend. He leaves the shop before she can put two and two together.

    Man goes into shop wearing a mask and steals a newspaper.

    That’s three stories for you.

    Oh the mud. I slipped on some on my long run this morning.

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    1. Haha brilliant stories thank you! (I really hate mud!)

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      1. April Munday says:

        I do too, but I think I hate snow more.

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        1. We have loads more muddy days than snow days up here so I don’t mind snow so much so long as I’m not out in it!

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          1. April Munday says:

            So do we, but snow just has everything that is evil about mud, but is pretty. Fiendish.

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  6. Alex Good says:

    I just looked at that picture of the muddy lane and thought it would be hell to walk through. You’re a trooper!

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    1. Haha cheers Alex, it was most unpleasant!

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    I like Choice – the man made a choice about which newspaper to buy. Wish I knew what it was. That muddy road looks horrendous.

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    1. Cheers Mary, it was a bit of a quagmire!

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  8. Blimey! The things you do for your art! I absolutely love that rainy day shot especially!

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  9. I love all your shots, but your descriptions/captions have me in stitches! My favourite is the goal post, the light is perfect. That is pretty impressive mud. We have a season between winter & spring called mud; I had to purchase new rubber boots! I’ll be slipping & sliding for our art for the next few weeks at the very least.

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    1. Oh no, no more mud for me this week if I can help it! 🤣 I need some rubber boots really but never remember 🙄

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  10. Sue says:

    Pete, I think Tyneside mud is as good ask Norfolk mud any day…proper clarts…..

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    1. We need a mud photo contest 🤣

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  11. Sue says:

    My last comment was meant to be a response to Pete…..MS fingers again,,,,

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    1. Aw, no worries, I have mad goings on with my fingers and I haven’t got an excuse!

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  12. Sue says:

    Like yo, I didn’t get ‘choice’…but guess ‘man bu Pete, I think Tyneside mud is as good ask Norfolk mud any day…proper clarts…..
    Yes paper’ could have several stories… And I like your rainy window image

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  13. Love both the simplicity and variety of these excellent photos. Signal was my favorite. However, I greatly engaged the embedded one-line bits of humor. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Frank, humour is the best way to get through photography, and life I think!

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      1. No doubt that humor has a HUGE role.

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  14. John says:

    I really like each photo, they all have different moods and say different things. Nice work! I have to ask, what is a Clart? 😬

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    1. Just a local word for mud 😊 thanks John

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  15. Elizabeth says:

    Your black and white photos are impressive! I love the Dull one, it’s like the girl is being surrounded by magic!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth!

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  16. Francis.R. says:

    In the way you related the first one I imagined you as photojournalist of the Daily Mail or one of the newspapers with paparazzi 😀 love the “simplicity” with the pure geometry of the football field. Thank you, fragglerocking ^^

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    1. Thannks Francis X

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  17. John says:

    Thanks for following my photoblog, I enjoy your blog. ❤️

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    1. 😊 cool am looking forward to seeing more of Vegas!

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  18. Jennie says:

    Love the diversity of photos, especially the purple flowers in the foreground of the flats.

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    1. Thanks Jennie 😘

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, FR.

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  19. Mae Clair says:

    You are so devoted to your photography. I love the through the rain photo, and although the walk you took to get the last two, sounds dreadful, they’re gorgeous!

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  20. richlakin says:

    Great pics. I like the lonely footie goals awaiting the next Shearer. And I also love the word clarts or clarty which her Scottishness uses frequently 😆

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    1. Haha thanks Rich!

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  21. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Only children really appreciate mud. Spring mud smells like promise. I enjoy these “Street Week” photos, all of them actually. The B&W contrast nicely with the color shots, kinda like Spring. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo, you’re right, I have photos of myself as a kid playing in v it! 🥴

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  22. That rain shot fabulous! And the mud wars with Pete – murky! C

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    1. Haha cheers Cheryl!

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  23. The depth of field on the flowers picture really does a wonder. The mud / nature pictures are my jam, too. Thanks, fraggle.

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  24. restlessjo says:

    Missed you earlier this week but finding Back Chat Brass over at Frank’s sent me scurrying here. 🙂 🙂 Not easy to find the blog from your main page but you have some fabulous shots there. The traffic lights made me smile and who can resist crocuses? I never begrudged Hartlepool council the money for them either. Have a good weekend!

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  25. steviegill says:

    Cool shots. In Toronto, the pedestrian crossing lights are orange for don’t walk and white for walk, which I find a little confusing! You also get a timer telling you how long you’ve got left before the light changes again.

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    1. Haha Run Stevie Run! kinda thing?

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      1. steviegill says:

        It certainly is if you arrive at the crossing and see that there’s just 5 seconds left! 🤣

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  26. Fraggle, this is a terrific collection. Each and every photo draws me in, both for the composition and emotionally. Hugs.

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