A bag of old pocketwatch bits arrived today. Why? Because I bought them. Now I’ll start collecting old broken pocketwatches from op shops and garage sales. It’ll give me something to do when I’m in Woop Woop in the camper when it’s raining. That’s the theory anyway. Meanwhile, I surrounded my pocket watch with some of the bits and took a pic. Then I converted it to 256 shades of grey and used Photoscape to give it the antique look. Pretty nifty, huh? Nikon D3100 at 50mm manual focus, natural light.

I’m a hobby photographer. In fact, I’m not sure Red Bubble should refer to me as an “artist”. But I do like to take photos that are above average, and certainly appreciate learning from my fellow Bubbleonian’s efforts as well as their comments. I use a second hand Sony Cybershot F717 (recently replaced by a new Nikon D3100) and a Fuji Finepix S7000. Photography allows me to keep souvenirs of my experiences. Today’s deeds become tomorrow’s memories.

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  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 1 year ago

    Pretty nifty for sure Gary, well done mate you are getting very creative in your old age!! How is that camper coming along.?

  • Thanks for the fav, Terry. Yep, keep the ol’ brain supple I say… never be afraid to steal other people’s ideas hehe. The camper’s coming along fine but I just paid all the insurance which put a big hole in my establishment costs. I’m getting there, though, and I expect to be camping soon. Just locally for a while until my gums heal properly and I get dentures. That’s at least 3 months away. But there are plenty of places around here I can spend a few days now and then getting a taste for “the big lap”.

    – Gary Kelly

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 1 year ago

    What a wonderful hobby Gary. I really like the composition of this. I’d love to do a HDR of this!

  • Thanks, William. Email me and I’ll send you the original colour image uncropped and you can do with it what you please.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 1 year ago

    Neat shot Gary … lots of little bits to tinker with on rainy days when you are not experimenting with different ways of editing images. My Grandfather had one of those … don’t know where it ended though … Great idea to do a few days locally camping, easier to fix any little problem that may become obvious before setting out on the big lap.

  • My sentiments exactly, Trish. Camping is camping. As a kid, I camped in the backyard… my imagination took care of the rest. But it’s true about the Mid North Coast (as indeed it is with the south) – there’s a plethora of camp spots from the mountains to the sea – certainly enough to keep me occupied for a long time.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 1 year ago

    Are you really able to fix a watch?? Or did you just buy them to photograph them on rainy days???
    I like what you’ve done to this, Gary – very noice.

  • Can I fix watches? Not yet. But I’m intrigued by the idea of tinkering (as Trish puts it) with all those little bits on a wet day. Thanks for the comment, Mieke. William has since done the HDR so I’ll post it soon.

    – Gary Kelly

  • McGaffus
    McGaffusover 1 year ago

  • Thank you, McGaffus. You’ve made my day!

    – Gary Kelly

  • LarryB007
    LarryB007over 1 year ago

    I had a large collection of old pocket watches and sold them. They are stll facinating to me. Well done Gary … Congratulations on your Features!

  • Thanks, Larry. I think a large part of the charm of pocket watches is the ceremony attached to using them… vest pockets, chains, a press of the catch to open the lid, a studied expression on the user’s face. It’s all rather wonderful.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 1 year ago

    beautiful work, congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you, Sandra. And thanks for popping in for a look!

    – Gary Kelly

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