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The Blog of Life
Is this too many monitors? How many monitors is too many? Photo courtesy of @chojubo
The Blog of Photos
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.
tree in wheat field
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.
the Shard from Borough Market
the bird generating the rain shower
off it flew
Edinburgh Skyline Panoramas
Here are a few of the panoramas I shot showing the Edinburgh skyline at sunset
Edinburgh skyline in HDR
the view from King Arthur's Seat
a stunningly rich sunset
The sunlight this morning was tremendous as we enjoyed breakfast in the garden. So warm and lovely and moist after the previous nights rain. These daisies were looking quite captivating with their jewel like rain droplets on the petals.
daisy in the suns morning rays
with water droplets
Simply glorious. Summer has arrived. Happy days.
rain on the patio
Some More Garden Photos
triangular raised beds (reclaimed)
cosmos to the sky
cosmos up close and personal
A day spent in the garden upgrading Su's Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op bike with new breaks and bar tape.
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op Continental Race Women's Specific Design
home made scavenged greenhouse / potting shed
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...
our first igloo
igloo family portrait
Grant's Whiskey? Almost.
This looks totally legit. A bottle of Grunts Whiskey we found in the middle of Inner Mongolia. Sadly we didn't sample the Finest Yantai Whiskey so the secrets of its peaty notes remain unknown.
almost, but not quite, exactly not Grant's Whiskey.
Inspired by Ground Force we decided to make a decking area at the back of the Kitchener garden. We discovered the near perfect pallets for 'free' in the neighbourhood and after a whole day's team ground work we laid the decking and installed the various skipped garden furnitures. Also in these photos are the bath - a skip freebie.
Footnote: this continued to last a good few years without any wood treatment. Eventually some of the slats broke and we replaced some of the individual pallets with new. The difficulty was finding these particular pallets that don't have large gaps.
the shared garden
pallet decking in place
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.