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More Garden Macros

Just a few more photos tonight from the garden. Taken quite late with failing light so the ISO was up a few notches. More of documentation than anything artistic.

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
rudbeckia

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Japanese anemone

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
poppy

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
dahlia

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
crocosmia

Macro Flower - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
some Korean flower

[2014-07-29]

More Filtering - Black and White

More filtering with Picasa, this time trying to get the impact of black and white. For this shot to have really worked I should have used my physical polarising filter to knock out the blue of the sky to near black to give sharp contrast with the clouds. Instead I've had to add a red filter in post processing to darken the sky for a similar effect.

black and white filter - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
tree in wheat field

[2014-07-17]

London Bird

This triplet was taken in succession while in London. In the first image you might be able to spot some droplets, which led me to find the bird taking a bath before if flew off.

London Shard - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
the Shard from Borough Market

bird bath - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
the bird generating the rain shower

bird takeoff - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
off it flew

[2014-07-13]

Edinburgh Skyline Panoramas

Here are a few of the panoramas I shot showing the Edinburgh skyline at sunset

Edinburgh Skyline HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Edinburgh skyline in HDR

Edinburgh from Arthers Seat - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
the view from King Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh Sunset - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
a stunningly rich sunset

[2014-07-09]

Cotswold Winter Igloo

This igloo we built on top of the Cotswolds on 2010-12-27. I can't quite believe it was three and a half years ago. There hasn't been such fabulous snow since. Indeed, last winter there was actually none. These photos have been on my desktop waiting to be blogged all this time. It was a truly fabulous walk and in fact a really fabulous Christmas, this was on Boxing day and we went for our traditional walk. When we reached the top of the escarpment the snow was so thick we quickly realised it could be cut off the ground in blocks with a lovely sticky consistency making it perfect for building with. We went laid the first row then kept building. The difficulty was the door way which we constructed as part of the structure rather than cutting it out afterwards which made it difficult to bridge the top. Once complete inside the igloo the effect was tremendous - a significantly warmer environment out of the sharp wind. Chris and I had to be dragged away to the pub otherwise I think we might well have built a village. Next time...

igloo in the cotswolds - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
our first igloo

cotswold igloo - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
igloo family portrait

[2014-07-16]

Edinburgh Skyline in HDR

With my new D7100 in Edinburgh I ed. Perhaps the effect is a little too obvious and perhaps even clichéd but I quite like the results, especially the first image here.

Edinburgh in HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Edinburgh skyline

Edinburgh in HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
skyline from Calton hill

Edinburgh in HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
sun setting over the distant highlands

Edinburgh in HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Hollyrood

Edinburgh in HDR - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
sunset over Calton hill from Arthur's Seat

[2014-07-09]

New Picasa Filter

I think I might have found my new favourite Picasa filter: infrared. It seems to work really nicely on photos taken into sunlight, here especially picking out the glow on the soft grasses in the nearground.

Tree near Arrochar in Scotland - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
tree with single infrared filter applied

Arrochar Tree unfiltered - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
the original image unfiltered

[2014-07-10]

Chaplaincy Kettle

This was my subliminal advertising on the Southampton University Chaplaincy kettle. It reads:
You have heard it said "wash up and put away your mugs."
But I say to unto you, wash not only your own mugs but also those of your neighbour.
And if someone forces you to wash up their plate, wash also their fork and spoon.

 - Photo credit: Nick Bailey

 - Photo credit: Nick Bailey

[2009-06-29]





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[2013-09-10]


21 knife wounds
Recently:Slice through finger
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[2013-12-09]


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[2013-02-25]


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