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The Blog of Life
Nick's not written anything in the last 30 days. Someone give him a poke.
The Blog of Photos - past 30 days
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.
some Korean flower
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
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
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.
skyline from Calton hill
sun setting over the distant highlands
sunset over Calton hill from Arthur's Seat
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 with single infrared filter applied
the original image unfiltered
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.