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Mainly about, photography from around the world and comments on everyday life. Also check out my website here and many of my travel and other various photos here on Flickr. The map below shows you where we have been over the past few years.

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Monday, 29 October 2007

ABC Wednesday "O" is for obscure

Once again I am having to write this post early as I may not be able to do it on Wednesday.

Good news for me is I have now been offered a position at a local engineering company. I have accepted but not yet signed the contract. The reason for this is because I have another interview today at second stage, then I have to travel to Manchester this afternoon for a 2 day seminar and interview, that is why I am posting today.

"O" is for obscure, The next few photos are from various places, Greece, Alaska, Westonbirt National Forest, Cannock Chase, Venice, Lake District, I have had a fiddle on photoshop, let me know what you think because I want to know if it is worth pursuing this avenue.

Korcula, Greece

Leaf In Pencil From Westonbirt

Nuclear Dawn, Lake District

One Of Those Glaciers Again

Dog At Derwentwater

Venice

Soldiers

Tree At Cannock Chase

That Dog Again

Fish From Windermere

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

ABC WEDNESDAY "N" IS FOR NEGATIVES AND DREAMSCAPES

Here I go for "N" but before that I have a little whinge. Last week's ABC slot (M) did not appear to draw much attention or comments. I don't know if it was because of the content or the fact that it was below another post. I left comments on many peoples blogs, you know all the usual ones but many did not comment on mine. So, I feel a little dejected (it's a human emotion Jim).

If it was the content please let me know. As you are all aware blogging is a time consuming affair with writing your own and viewing other peoples blogs and commenting, OK like many people I am an attention seeker.

Therefore this week something a little different "N" IS FOR NEGATIVES AND DREAMSCAPES. These are shots taken from the Rocky Mountaineer on our Canada trip. I have inverted them in photoshop to negatives and added a moon that I got a shot of while on the cruise ship. The moon is quite clear because there is very little pollution in the sky. Hope you like. There are 2 versions of each shot, some slightly different. On the 2nd photo I have desaturated to remove all colour and turned them into mono negatives.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Autumn Is Here Again - Colours and Shadows. ABC Wednesday "M" Has Already Been Published Below

It is that time of year again when the leaves are turning into the beautiful reds, yellows and browns. I love this time of year and find it an open doorway for the budding and professional photographer alike.

One of my favourite places to visit is The Westonbirt National Arboretum near to Tetbury in Gloucester. The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses...

Autumn Highlights

The autumn highlight pictures Here show what the autumn colour looks like in this period.

Really vibrant colours are showing now, both in the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood. Brilliant yellows, deep reds, pinks and oranges with some green and multi coloured trees as they begin to turn. From now on, the colour at Westonbirt is looking beautiful with even more to come in the coming weeks. Now is the perfect time to come and enjoy the spectacular display.

Here are some of the photographs that I took a couple of years ago:


I hope you like these, ABC Wednesday is below and all will be revealed.

ABC Wednesday "M" Is For More Will Be Revealed

"M" was becoming a bit tricky for me. Yes, I could have used more of our last holiday photographs but I thought I would give everyone a break. I Don't want to squeeze the life out of them and will no doubt use others at a later date.

I have uploaded "M" early because this is going to be a busy week for me therefore I may not have enough time on Wednesday.

Before you go diving in to look at the "M" photographs, would you please take a moment to visit a website which is currently featuring some of my photographs, these are the ones taken at 37,000 feet flying over Greenland and Baffin Island. I had a message from a Flickr member asking if he could use them for comparisons to shots taken on Google Earth.

The description of the website Reads:

Not so green is the web site for everyone who has ever looked out an airplane window and wondered what they were looking at. We sort through the thousands of aerial photographs posted on photo-sharing sites like Flickr, and create a global map showing the locations of images from around the world. We present this information using tools like Google Maps, which allows you to see photo locations in your browser, and Google Earth, a standalone application that you install and run on your computer. Using Google Earth, we can show you the exact location and perspective of each image in our system.

We bring you images from around the world, but we have a particular focus on Greenland, whose clear air, stark landscapes, and location along many international air routes between North America and Europe make it a popular target for many aerial photographers.

The Website Link is Not So Green

OK, now for the "M" photographs and more will be revealed. I hope this set of photos will not appeal merely to the male section of blogger commenter's but to everyone that leaves comments on my blog.

A little while ago I had the opportunity to photograph an Amateur Model, these photos were taken at a private studio close to where I live and organised through Cannock Photographic Society. They are in no way pornographic and are presented more from an art point of view.

The rest of the set of photographs can be viewed at My Flickr. They certainly have aroused a fair bit of comment activity, more so than the normal holiday snaps, I cannot figure out why.

So, without further ado here they are:


Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Canada - Alaska And Flickr

Have now managed to upload our photographs to flickr where they can be viewd singularly or a slideshow for each area visited. The speed of the slideshow can be altered by clicking a link at the bottom left hand corner of the viewing pain. Hope you like.

Link is: Canada - Alaska

ABC - Wednesday "L" Is For Lake Louise And Lunch

First things first, I have created a new video blog, link on the left. Using You Tube I will post all of my favourite music videos by group if possible, you may care to take a look. I will be posting a video of a band I used to be in soon, Watch This Space.

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A bit like Mike (of Jangle Jangle and Photoxication) I too have been a little short of time to contribute any posts apart from last weeks ABC- Wednesday. I have interviews coming out of my ears but still no positive feedback, therefore I am still in limbo land where the job front is concerned.


So what is this weeks contribution, well it's a slightly mixed bag. I am continuing the Canada -Alaska theme because as previously stated there is a wealth of material. So, the first few photos are of Lake Louise in the Banff area of Canada. It is certainly worth clicking on the link to get an appreciation of this area of natural beauty. You may also wish to click on the Banff link for an insight of this area.

At the end of the Lake Louise set there is another small set of a lunch I prepared for myself a couple of days ago. I call it "Salmon Salad A Go Go" or more commonly termed "lunch"

Enough of the chit chat for now, let me show you the photographs.

A casual ski lift gondola ride from The Lake Louise Interpretive Centre takes us to a viewpoint of Lake Louise and it's surrounding mountains, a sight that brings out the Wow Factor in us.

This is a view of the top of Fairview Mountain taken from the gondola, not an easy shot to keep steady.


The next 3 shots are of Lake Louise (which can be seen way down in the valley) surrounded by what I consider some of the wonderfully lit Rocky Mountains. You may be able to catch a glimpse of the Lake Louise Inn which overlooks the lake.


This next view is from lakeside looking back at the Lake Louise Inn


Moving on, this is a shot of another nearby lake called Moraine Lake And The Valley Of The 10 Peaks, as you may have guessed there are 10 peaks surrounding the lake.


Finally, a photograph taken from outside our room at the Lake Louise Lodge with sunrise just lighting the mountain tops with a beautiful golden tint.


Now for lunch, first 2 shots: meal prepared and ready to eat. Description: Alaskan Sockeye Salmon in white wine vinegar; a blend of red, yellow and green capsicums; a layered combination of thinly sliced tomato and cucumber; raw carrot on slices of cathedral city cheese; a handful of silverskin pickled onions; all served on a bed of iceberg lettuce.


What have I done, Oh! no, I have destroyed the aesthetics by introducing lashings of Heinz salad Cream (Mmmmmmmmmmm).


Finally, finally, finally, the end, I could not quite manage it all.


On more wafer-thin-mint Mr. Creosote

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

ABC - Wednesday, "K" Is For Ketchikan, A Bit Late I Know

I am a bit late today, I have been swatting for interviews, had some chores to do and then had to work down the pub, now I am back, fed, watered and ready to go.

These few photos are part of the Alaskan part of the trip that we went on, they are concerned with Ketchikan today. Ketchikan is the fifth most populous city in the U.S. state of Alaska and the southeastern most sizable city in that state.

Ketchikan's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions.

Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear, it may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk." Other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle." [2] Ketchikan also has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles located at three major locations: Saxman Village, Totem Bight, and the Totem Heritage Center.

So there you have it a brief history. Now for the photos:

The first three photos are of Totem Poles at Saxman Native Village, see the link above.


The next five are of a place called Creek Street

This was originally where you would find most of the ladies of the night and other less fortunates.


The fifth one below is of a Creek Street spider I saw enjoying a meal.

The next one is of a house in Pine Street, I love the green colour


And this one is a photo of our ship The Sapphire Princess


Finally here is a photo of a singing Husky I spotted on the way back to the ship, I think he was singing I ain't nothing but a hound dog singing all the time.

OK, now it is time to sell on ebay the Pirelli calanders I have just acquired and which date back to the 80's. The guy who gave them to me said have 50% commission, what a guy, have you seen how much some of these go for!!!