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strokebloke's Blog

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06/03/2012 - 8:04 PM

I'm Curious

.......... to know what people mean when they refer to themselves as 'Semi-Pro'. It seems to me to be such an ambiguous title or referral. I find it distinctly odd that anyone would wish to, anticipate appeal for, or desire to, preface their claim to entitlement or acknowledgement with the prefix ...

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05/03/2012 - 9:04 PM

Fraudulent Return

During the course of the evening I was browsing through eBay. I am 'watching' several items which I may subsequently purchase: and to while away a few moments before the completion of the sale of one of the items, I browsed. In February last year I bought a Nikon D2X. Whilst searching for a sui...

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04/03/2012 - 7:39 PM

Are you?

1. >Taking yours? 2. >Going to have your sensor cleaned? 3. >Intending to get pro shots of attractive models on well lit stands? 4. >Hoping that you will be able to follow some of the stand models through the milling crowds when they depart for their 'tea-break'? 5. >Ta...

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On Wednesday the 7th March, myself and a friend are traveling to the NEC, just to the south of Birmingham, to attend the Focus on Imaging exhibition. I went last year, alone. I clearly remember feeling that I was an intruder. I have on previous occasions felt a similar emotion when entering a d...

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01/03/2012 - 9:59 PM


Not propellers - in fact nothing whatsoever to do with airplanes. Not line props - specifically neither is it anything to do with clothes washing I am busy, and indeed have been so for the last week, obtaining, acquiring, borrowing, requisitioning or otherwise taking possession of, props. Studi...

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29/02/2012 - 11:41 PM


I went for what is euphemistically referred to as a stroke review with my GP the other day. It is, in reality, an ideal opportunity for the said GP to transfer all of his stress onto his nominated patient. (why are people who are subjected to GP's [in particular] and Doctor's [in general] stress ...

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28/02/2012 - 10:59 PM

The Pursuit

I'm going through one of those 'unsettled' periods, at the moment. Am I the only one who suffers from them? ~ I suspect not. I have always assumed that as I became older, I would not only become wiser, but I would also become less troubled - more assured - less easily unsettled. I was wrong. W...

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20/02/2012 - 8:44 PM

I'm Glad I'm Not a Tog

There are some days when I just literally itch to get hold of a camera and get out of doors There are other days when I can't be bothered to go out. I find my fulfillment by shooting something indoors instead. And there are some days when the last thing I want to do is pick up a camera and have t...

18/02/2012 - 8:52 PM


I've struggled enormously this evening. In fact I've struggled during the last couple of days too. I'm trying to get to grips with flash lighting a subject. Different lighting conditions. Different background. Different subjects. Several flash heads (SB600 & SB28DX) Using the built-in f...

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16/02/2012 - 4:21 PM

Hearts & Eyes

One of my sons was extolling the virtue of the old adage 'What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.' And with regard to the context in which he was using it, he was justifiably correct, if not necessarily honestly so. You know how it is with children (this particular son is 34), you...

14/02/2012 - 6:15 PM


You will have heard the expression, 'don't let the right hand know what the left hand is doing', I'm sure. If you are married, then there is a very real possibility that you will identify the expression and the manifold effects of the reality of it upon your life, when you consider the equation of ...

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13/02/2012 - 7:28 PM

Big Trouble

Those of you who have read some of my Blogs will know about my short-term memory. Well, this is how it works. About a fortnight ago, I received a letter from the GP Surgery, advising me that it was time for my annual epilepsy review. (I developed epilepsy from the strokes seven years ago, and was...

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11/02/2012 - 8:24 PM


Sometimes I wonder. Sometimes I simply can't, quite honestly, be bothered to wonder. On occasions I believe that to wonder is merely a cerebral exercise instigated by an emotional activity that we call stress; that in fact is nothing more than an hormonal trigger, which has an inherent distaste of...

10/02/2012 - 9:04 PM

Is It All Really Necessary?

Several months ago, when the idea, which at the time seemed a good one, entered my head that I really needed to make a concerted effort to become familiar with the use of external flash on my D300, I unknowingly embarked upon a course of action, from which there is no return. (It would inevitably ...

09/02/2012 - 10:33 AM

Into the Wee Small Hours

Willie (Banehawi) and I were chatting across the ether last night. Toronto is probably at least five hours behind us here in the UK. We were discussing my latest offering submitted to the Critique Gallery, and not only how we each respectively viewed the uploaded shot, but also some of the strength...

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