The senility report ~ our 5 a day.

It was Phils birthday this week on Monday and I had to work, but in the evening we went to Phil’s model club, as one of the modellers, Dave, who runs AFV magazine was doing a talk on photographing models and I wanted to go along. (By the way we are talking model tanks/planes/ships etc, not ladies or gentlemen models.) It was a good night, we went into Newcastle on the metro and I took a shot of Central Station, which is a beautiful building.

Central Station Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Central Station Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (iPhone6)

Dave’s talk was really interesting and I loved seeing his set up, he has a Nikon D800 and some cool gear.

Dave showing his skills
Dave showing his skills (Iphone6)

Afterwards there was chatting and tea drinking, and a fab night for me as I’d never been to the club before, inspite of being an honorary member, (I run the Faceache page for the club and used to do model figures).

The club
The club

Did not take any photo’s on my travels this week, but did make a panorama of my shots of County Durham

County Durham pano
County Durham pano

and my blogger friend Francis post gave me the idea to do it portrait, before then I’d always tried pano’s in landscape mode duh!!

I saw one of those pithy sayings over on Faceache, “I love being over 50, I learn something new every day, and forget 5 other things.” That’s me and Phil 🙂  I forgot to post a couple of my faffing about shots in my last Faffing report so here they are:-

Original shot
Original shot
Eucalyptus 1
Eucalyptus 1
Eucalyptus 2
Eucalyptus 2

and I orbed one of my other faffs which I also forgot to post.

Fraggled Flowers Orb
Fraggled flowers Orb

Today I’ve been doing a HDR for my Sunday Challenge, of Phil’s hairdresser car 😉 and we had a traumatic journey to get it to the carwash as Phil didn’t want me to take a shot of it being mucky.  We had to go to B&Q to replace a bulb on the way, actually to return a bulb already purchased by Phil a couple of days beforehand, but he’d forgot to check the size and bought the wrong one. So we got to B&Q and did the swap, Phil nearly had a heart attack at the cost of the bulb, £15!!!  I bought a new orchid whilst I was there, its spotty, (polaroid in SX70 section) and then we went off to the carwash. Except we nearly didn’t as Phil took the wrong road on the way home.  Phil has lived in this area for 50 ++++ years, and B&Q is only 4.6 miles up the road, and we’ve been there many many times, but the way home is one of the 5 things he forgot for today I guess. Anyway we did make it to the car wash, except we went in the wrong entrance , but managed to get to it through the petrol station.

car wash
car wash

After we went through the washing machine Phil remembered (yay) he needed to put some air in the tyre, so back round we went and this time got stuck behind all the people putting petrol in their cars. Of course we were stuck behind a slow old person who was filling up a huge 4×4 and took forever to pay at the pump. Luckily one of the other lanes opened up and Phil manoeuvred round to get to the air pump just as another guy slipped in before him. I think we must have been about an hour at the car wash altogether!! Anyway we got home and the replacement bulb doesn’t work 😀 :D, Phil will have to take it back on his own next time, I may never see him again.


Anyway here is the cleaned car in glorious technicolour HDR’d before I forget……


5 bracketed shots Nikon D700 28mm lens, photomatix &Nik FXpro

Tomorrow I’m off out on a photography trip with my pal  Sophie, it’s been ages since we did one and am really looking forward to it, keeping fingers xt for good weather.

laters gaters 😉




  1. Oh, for a moment I was wondering who had my name too XD, wonderful pano with sultry blues, I didn’t notice it was a pano until to read the text, and Fraggled Flowers Orb seems magical, like the precise birth of a Phoenix breaking his/her egg.
    Nice weekend and thanks for the mention kind lady ^_^


    1. Wish I could remember which of your posts it was that switched the lightbulb on my head to do panos in portrait cos I’d have posted the link! If you know it then put it in a comment for me please. Think it may have been a shot of a chair? And also a landscape?


  2. Uh HELLO! I LOVE that car!
    This line had me rolling: “Anyway we got home and the replacement bulb doesn’t work 😀 :D, Phil will have to take it back on his own next time, I may never see him again.”

    Happy Birthday (a little late) Phil!
    Beautiful shots all around my dear. Wonderful!


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