Monday, 28 February 2011

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I was commissioned to take photographs of local rock band "Rebel Rousers", a selection will be used as publicity photographs for the group's visit to Osnabruk at the end of May 2011.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Blog 120

What do we have here then? In a conversation with my good friend N recently she said that at a local school they had held a jar raffle. I suggested the idea to our local history group committee and they decided to try it.

The idea behind this is that as many members are encouraged to fill a glass jar with anything that might be appealing, then all of the jars are labelled with raffle tickets and the rule tonight will be that you can buy as many raffle tickets as jars you donate.

The great thing about this idea is that everyone wins a prize.

The contribution from here is shown below, so left to right. A skipping rope, hundreds and thousands, metallic balloons, mini marshmallows, party poppers, kids scarf and gloves and another skipping rope. Incidentally the skipping ropes were two for a pound from one of the local Pound shops.

At the meeting last night Tuesday 22nd February forty one jars were donated and a total of £47 was raised from this raffle and everyone who purchased a raffle ticked won a jar.

Some people won back what they donated, I noticed that there was some swapping going on. Excellent result.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Blog 119

Went for a stroll into the Dimminsdale Nature Reserve, it is a nature reserve at the southern point of Staunton Harold Reservoir, on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire border and what a feast for the eyes, carpets of Snowdrops.

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Blog 118

Taken in a local hotel's foyer, I love the very wide angle and the curves in the blinds at the right. Taken with the 10.5mm Nikkor.

This design reminds me of the Festival of Britain logo of 1951, shown below. I have used a tilt shift effect in Photoshop on this photograph taken with iPhone.

Another highly distorted photograph taken with the 10.5mm Nikkor, taken from about a decimetre away from the headlamp.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Blog 117

My attempt at a producing a panel of photographs in the Wellsian way, a visiting speaker to our photographic club recently inspired some of us to produce images taken in this way.

In the images jewellery, handbags, menu, scarves, canopy, lights.

Blog 116

The elfin like creature has invaded my space again, first time in a long while. She has changed her epidermis for white spots on a red. Really cool...

Topaz Simplify helped to smooth out the epidermis texture.

Blog 115

When I attempted to install Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Thursday 22nd December 2010, the installer got to 11% and stuck. I downloaded the trial as suggested by Adobe, same result. Eventually a second support technician who I spoke to the next day was able to put her finger on the problem and resolved it.

I have been trying to create Photomerged images without success since then, so on 4th February I bit the bullet again and called Adobe technical support. Eventually there was that eureka moment when I was able to successfully create Photomerged panoramic images again. The technician was audibly very happy with a successful result, all down to a malfunctioning preferences file.

The original photographs in the two creations below were taken with the Nikkor 10.5mm lens, in the first image I used 14 Photomerged photographs and in the second 23.