Friday, November 30, 2007

Happy St Andrew's Day!

St. Andrew's Day is the feast of Saint Andrew, celebrated on 30 November each year. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St. Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day, although Burns' Night is more widely observed. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated the Day as an official bank holiday.

What a miserable looking f--ker, though...

I know who should be our Patron Saint...

Have a great St. Andrew's Day!!

A nice pic to end the week on...


A happy wee face from the time of life before real worry sets in!! Joking apart, shame she's oblivious to that fact, but I guess that's the magic of childhood!

Have a great weekend. I'll start posting some images again next week. Had some recent images I worked on be 'corrupted'; when I went to open them up in PS, the .psd files were corrupt! Argh.

Anyway, see you online next week.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Projected Portfolio entries

Dear All

Below, by five entries for next week's projected portfolio competition. No idea how these will do, but wanted to get in a set of related images. Have dumped the Deal Pier idea, since feedback was mixed and I trust you guys.

Comments welcomed, but it's a done deal - have emailed them off, as today is the deadline, and I'll likely not be there in person tonight (Abby was coughing half the night and we are both pooped...).


Friday, November 16, 2007

Just Blue

Guys, sorry these are so big - blogger won't let me upload them as images for some reason, so they're coming straight from my web hosting and therefore full size already. Hope this doesn't screw up the page but if it does I'll try to delete the post. edited I've created them as clickable thumbnails now.

This is my portfolio selection for the projected image competition at the Camera Club, deadline Monday. Title "Just Blue" - they're all images from Santorini. I chose a square crop which is a bit different. Thoughts?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Norfolk Coast - a couple more images...

Another image of the walkers on the beach. Different composition, and the figures a bit larger in the scene than the other one.

Also, I have cropped the other image to be even more letterbox - improvement or not?

Comments welcomed as usual.




Please feel free to post reviews (brief, if need be) on any of the following items/topics;

- new equipment i.e. camera, lenses, accessories
- new software i.e CS3
- software that the group may not have used
- digital imaging techniques you have tried

I am thinking of upgrading the PC sometime, and may also be interested in an A3+ printer, as well as upgrading to CS3! Could be an expensive time for me (but then, my 40th is in February 08)....


2nd Print Competition Entries

Below are my entries for Monday's print competition at the Cambridge Camera Club. I can't make it that evening due to a work trip Mon-Wed, but Gareth will let me know what happened...

I held over the first image "Bath Crescent" from the last competition, submitting "Window and Chair" instead (which got a First), so fingers crossed for this one.

The next image is one from the potential Deal Pier portfolio. I have abandoned this portfolio, but this image was quite positively received on the blog, so I'm going to submit it.

You may have commented on these images before, but would welcome any thoughts, esp from Adam and Colin...


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

North Norfolk Coast - a recent photo trip...

For the first time in ages, I went on a photographic trip at the weekend. Location, the North Norfolk coast. No previous experience of the area, but I did get the inside track from someone at the Camera Club, so we headed for the beach and dunes near the coastal village of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Below are a couple of images from that trip. I took about 300, and the light was rubbish for about 2/3 of the time we were out there. Then, the sun broke through and we had 30 mins of glorious light, followed by a fantastic sunset.

Let me know what you think. More to follow when I get through the RAWs…



Sunday, November 04, 2007

First post! Well sort of...

Well the previous message shows what can happen when the electricity goes out while posting to the blog. Anyway, inspired by Adam's pretty flower I decided to upload a macro shot of my own. Pentax K100D, Vivitar Series 1 105mm f/2.8 1:1 macro (shot at f/19... Damien liked this lens!) helped by a AF540FGZ flash. This little spider kept bounding up and down in front of my monitor the other day, like some sort of arachnid yo-yo. In the background is the O'Reilly book "sed&awk"; perhaps the spider was undecided whether to make the jump to linux?

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Macro 1st attempt

Hi Cahps,

I've recently bought a 100mmm Macro lens. Here's one of my first attempts at macro photography. 1/60 f4 and used my speedlight bouncing onto a reflector. It's Ok but i feel there could be more - what do you reckon? Adam