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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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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "V" For Venice

The weather as once again not been too kind (usually when I am off work). I would love to be able to get out and take some fresh photos. Oh well! Christmas will soon be upon us and no doubt a few opportunities will arise. A few days away should do the trick as long as the weather is good.

ABC Wednesday is on Boxing Day next week so I will hopefully post a little earlier for "W". Are yes, W, that could be for weather be it good or bad.

I hope everyone is ready for the festive season and looking forward to it, presents, food, alcohol, rest, crap television, noisy kids if you have any (I don't) and preparing to return to work, Oh! so full of cheer I am. Just kidding, love this time of year, love any time of year when there is a holiday.

Well, here goes, for "V" I have picked Venice which we recently visited. This was on a cruise on the Ship Marco Polo (1st photo) parked in Venice harbour.

The 2nd installment is of part of the canal system taken at night and the 3rd of one of the colourful Gondoliers. I had the gondoliers once but a few tablets from my doctor soon put that right. Gondoliers (is there such thing as a Gondolmouth or a Gondolnose).

The 4th one is looking out to the Adriatic, the sea still has a colourful charm even in misty weather.

Thats all, but I will say if you ever get the opportunity then try to visit Venice, I am sure we will once more.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "U" For Uncertain And Oh Yes We HAve Had Another Photo Published For A Tourism Brochure.

Uncertain, uncertain, uncertain, that is the nature of the beast this week. I have had hardly any chance this week to be creative this being mostly due to the weather, it has been terrible, well it has when I want to get my camera out.

I have had to scratch my head and I have to say i have gone down the route of something taken recently. The first shot I will call umbrella, as there are so many of them in this picture which was taken at Ephesus in Turkey. It was a very dull day so I have decided to desaturate but at the same time keep some of the coloured umbrellas as they were. Not everyones cup of tea but after the large amount of time and effort |I put into it, I hope it was worth it.

This second shot was taken in a church which was part of a palace in Copenhagen. I am going to call it Unbelievable architecture which indeed I believe it is, it is extremely ornate and beautiful.

I am sure you will have guessed that I have called this one Urn. This was taken at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg in Russia. If you ever get the opportunity go here to to see the sheer opulence

Lastly this is called Up High In The Sky, taken as we were just departing from Stockholm. This guy or girl (not sure which) posed like a professional.

Before I go, just want to tell you, apart from the photographs we had published on this site here we have had another one published here on a site called Schmap which is for Worldwide Dynamic Travel Guides. I was asked by the company if they would allow it and of course I agreed, nothing financial just the exposure (to coin a phrase). There is a widget on the left hand side of the page, if you click on it it will take you to the particular guide which is for the westin Hotel in Calgary, Canada. The photo is nothing special but they wanted to use it. It is the fifth one out of six of the series.

Have fun

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

ABC Wednesday "T" Is For A Train, A Dark Tower, A Tree And A Tense Moment In A Spooky Graveyard

Once again a little bit of an assortment for the T Photographs. I wanted to do something a little different again so here are a few moments in time from the eye and perspective of this little old (not so old photographer).

The following photos have been taken over the past year at various venues in England. I thought I would leave the abroad theme alone for this one.

Here goes:


Well in fact an old steam train from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. I wanted to create the illusion of the golden age of steam so the first one is in monochrome with the engine letting off steam. The second is in sepia, I tried here to portray the feeling of looking from the inside of the train at the empty railway station with bags outside ready to be loaded, a Brief Encounter moment.

Dark Tower:

Sort of a Stephen King theme based on the Dark Tower series of books.

The Dark Tower is a series of seven books by American writer Stephen King that tells the tale of lead character Roland Deschain's quest for the "Dark Tower." The Dark Tower is often described in the novels as a real structure, and also as a metaphor. Part of Roland's fictional quest lies in discovering the true nature of the Tower. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror, and western elements. King has described the series as his magnum opus; besides the seven novels that comprise the series proper, many of his other books are related to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses.

The series was mostly inspired by the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning, the full text of which was included in an appendix to the final volume. In the preface to the revised 2003 edition of The Gunslinger, King also identifies The Lord of the Rings, the Arthurian Legend, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as inspirations. He identifies Clint Eastwood'sMan with No Name" character as one of the major inspirations for Roland. King's style of location names in the series, such as Mid-World, and his development of a unique language abstract to our own, are also influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien's work. "

Can anyone guess where my Tower is, it is quite famous and quite awe inspiring, I will publish a colour photo of it some other time and let you know where it is.

A Tree:

Well a Christmas tree to be exact, this is sitting in the middle of the River Windrush in Bourton On The Water. The village looks magical during the Cristmas period.

Lastly, A Tense Moment In A Graveyard:

Here is a photograph of a graveyard taken through a fence at Charlecote Park, well two views of the same photo to be exact, done a little differently with a little jiggery pokery. I wanted to give the sense of a sinister tense moment that someone is seeing from a distance through a fence. By the way in the original photo the fence has a real nice texture and colour.

So, there you have it my ABC Wednesday.