#27 in the Judging a Photograph Series . If you take a photo of a person – whether a formal portrait or not – then you will get a different feel to the image depending on where they are looking. If their eyes are looking straight into your lens, then it’s all pretty unambiguous. It starts to get more interesting when they are looking somewhere else. You are drawn to follow their gaze. When you have two people in a photo together then it’s great to get a shot of them looking at each other. Wedding photographers do this a…

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In August we went to the USA to see relatives in the north of New York state. I’m not a city-break person but who could pass up the opportunity to see New York City just one time? We do like to tick boxes on our family trips and now I can say we have done the Big Apple. It’s quite difficult to plan a good trip to NYC when I have never held any ambitions to see it. Most people I’ve spoken to seem to get pretty excited and have dreams about the place. It’s easy to get recommendations from other…

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I think I should have realised years ago that turkeys are wild animals in the USA. Unlike here in the UK, they don’t  just live in a Bernard Matthews enclave, spending the whole year dreaming of Christmas. The first hint that I got about this alternative turkey lifestyle was on a trip to the supermarket. In a modest branch of Walmart (only twice the size of my local Asda) I found myself in the hunting section. The “entry level” hunting aisle was dedicated to turkey shooting. Clearly turkey shooting is a mild hunting activity. Only extreme sportsmen go in for…

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Years ago my husband and I said to each other that we would go to see the total eclipse of the sun on 21st August 2017 in the USA. There were several good reasons. We wanted to go to the USA anyway to visit family. Having a date to aim for helped us to save up to see them. We had seen a total eclipse in France in 1999 and knew that it was worth showing this sight to our children. Total eclipses over populated land are so rare that most people never see one, but once in the USA,…

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This restored railway carriage is an American “Caboose” or guard’s carriage. It is now a lovely Airbnb on a rural Iowa farmstead.  Lots of original features have been kept, such as the conductors’ chairs, but there are now comfortable beds too. The Caboose sits next to a typical American red barn, and the deck looks over thw horses’ field and some great sunsets too. Do you know a railway enthusiast who would love this? The Judging a Photograph series will return after the school holidays.  

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