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24/01/2011 - 9:06 PM

Photo365 - 24 - The Splodge

My colleague Nik asked me this morning if I had any photos of droplets - the type you take with a subject behind and focus on the droplet. I didn't have any decent ones so that was my cue for today's Photo365 image. Tonight I arrange two chairs back to back balance a sheet of glass between them a...

23/01/2011 - 9:31 PM

Photo365 - 23 - Highland Cow

Probably my favourite photo from my Photo365 series so far. Almost like a present following the heavy week I've had. It's a Highland cow taken on Baslow Edge in Derbyshire I was out testing the new Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Nikon D90. I'd gone to photograph a sunset and although the sun broke t...

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This was taken today on a trip out to Bakewell with the new Tamron 18-270mm AF lens. It's a close up shot at the 85mm setting of a waterfall on the river Wye. I like the fact that it's three strips of graduated tone, from near black to near white with a mid tone grey in the centre. Almost abstract....

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21/01/2011 - 11:59 PM

Photo365 - 21 - Frosty leaf

Today has been manic...just realised I hadn't uploaded my daily pic. This was taken minutes after I got up and minutes before breakfast...what followed was a 15 hour stretch at the computer sorting out issues with the new gallery update. Nothing special today but a snap!

20/01/2011 - 10:03 PM

Photo365 - 20 - Egg

I've seen this shot a few times and decided to have a go myself. Usually the forks are the other way up so I have added my twist to it. I found two forks with interesting handles too. The shot was lit from above and behind using an Elinchrom D-Lite with softbox.

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It was cold this morning so I took advantage of the weather and photographed the frost on my car. I walked around taking close ups with my 100mm macro lens. A car can provide interesting abstracts when seen close, particularly if it's been raining or icy. This one is of a join in the body parts t...

18/01/2011 - 10:33 PM

Photo365 - 18 - Light and Shade

As I walked into the home office this morning I was greeted with a low level sun shining through the blinds. Its the first really sunny morning this year and the feeling was good. After I'd done looking at the previous night's photos in the gallery and my cruise around the site I decided to take a f...


Today is the result of my first attempts with a new light modifier I made earlier in the evening for a portable hot shoe flash. It's a ringlight adaptor which cost about 1 to make and converts a normal flash to give a ringlight effect in the eyes. I'll write a small piece about how I made it in a ...

16/01/2011 - 9:16 PM

Photo365 - 16 - Padley Gorge

The weather was rubbish today raining and grey but I needed to get out of the house so took a stroll around Padley Gorge. Kids enjoyed scrambling around. I took a few photos. This one was from the path looking up into the woodland. Shot with wide angle to get the towering trees leaning in. Your ey...


Today I went to the shops... A balloon on a ceiling in Victoria Centre Nottingham.

14/01/2011 - 4:43 PM

Photo365 - 14 - New Desk

After about 10 years of use I decided it was time to buy a new computer desk. The one I'd been using was an old second hand one of high quality, black inset leather, five draws, real wood type thing. At the weekend I spotted a walnut model with a sliding keyboard draw and a tinted glass inlaid top. ...

13/01/2011 - 5:50 PM

Photo365 - 13 - Chickpeas

I love chickpeas...and as I've started to cook more this is one ingredient I'll be slipping into meals from time to time. So today I'm cooking Moroccan Chicken which includes a cup (American recipe) of chickpeas And my photo365 for today started out to be a head shot over a plate of chickpeas a...

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I was in Poundland and saw a gadget that I thought might come in handy for photographers. I decided to buy one, try it and write a short review. The item was a Camping LED light and the review is here Camping LED Light I got a few decent straight pictures from it but nothing suitable for my Phot...

11/01/2011 - 11:35 PM

Photo365 -11 - Rim Light

I had good intentions tonight, but tv and cooking got in the way...so I did a rush job on this. My idea was to create a wonderful still life of a red wine bottle and glass with wine. I used a softbox with mask as a back light to create the rim light. And manual exposure shooting a few tests to get t...

10/01/2011 - 11:11 PM

Photo365 -10 - Neglect

The ePHOTOzine weekly black & white challenge has a theme neglect. As a kid I always remember the garden shed as being a place that had areas of neglect. While my mum used most of it for potting plants there were darker areas that housed spiders and masses of thick webs. I decided to try and...