Photographers

Something different this week, so you can have a rest from all the edumacational history normally turning up in your feed on a Sunday. I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager, though only really started learning about photography 10 years ago. I love seeing other people when they are engrossed in taking photographs, and if I see someone so engaged, will take a picture of them if I can do it sneakily! So here is my collection of some of the happy people making memories, and a few who do it for a living.

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

Tunisia 2008, the resort photographer, lovely chap.

“Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”
– Bill Brandt

La Gleize, Belgium 2012

“Gosh, my job is so easy! I just click a button all day… said no photographer ever.”
– Unknown

Pathos, Cyprus, 2012

“Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers.”
– Matthew Brady

Bruges, Belgium, 2013

“In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people.”
– James Wilson

Sorrento, Italy 2013

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
– Aaron Siskind

Times Square, New York City, USA 2014

“Photography is a love affair with life.”
– Burk Uzzle

Farne Islands, 2015

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
Andy Warhol

Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK 2017

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
– Marc Riboud

Corbridge, Northumberland, UK 2018

“A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.”
– Roger Kingston

Mont Saint Michel , Normandy France, 2019

All picture are embiggenable with a click!

Stay tooned for whatever comes next!

Days 246, 7 & 8~366

We went up to Edinburgh on Friday to go to the Scale Scotland Model show at the Hilton near the airport, Phil was displaying his models and also judging in the competition.  We stayed overnight in a Travelodge and went out with 2 modelling chums Lester & Steve for dinner and a few sherbets at the nearby Weatherspoons. We had a fab time, laughed most of Friday night and had a great day at the show on the Saturday. I’ve taken lots of model photo’s for our clubs Facebook page but was hard pushed to do my 366.  I managed though of course.

Day 246

The Great Britain road numbering scheme is a numbering scheme used to classify and identify all roads in Great Britain.
Each road is given a single letter, which represents the road’s category, and a subsequent number, of 1 to 4 digits. Introduced to arrange funding allocations, the numbers soon became used on maps and as a method of navigation. Two sub-schemes exist: one for motorways, and another for non-motorway roads.
The scheme applies only to England, Scotland and Wales. Similar systems are used, though, in Northern Ireland (see Roads in Northern Ireland), the Isle of Man (see Roads in the Isle of Man), Jersey, Guernsey, and British overseas territories. All of these numbering schemes use identical basic conventions and road-sign designs

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Day 247

Travelodge Hotels Limited is a private company operating in the hotels and hospitality industry throughout the United Kingdom. Branded simply as Travelodge, it is the second largest in the budget hotel sector (behind Premier Inn) and third biggest hotel chain in the UK by number of bedrooms (31,600 at the end of 2010).

Interesting facts:-

in 2006 the BBC Watchdog programme highlighted Travelodge’s policy of overbooking their hotels, turning guests away even when they have booked against a credit card. When a whistleblower revealed that overbooking comes before anything else, Travelodge admitted to this practice and updated their website to confirm this. Guests who are found in this position are where possible found accommodation in a nearby Travelodge at no extra cost to them, but if no rooms are available nearby the reservation is cancelled and the customer is refunded to the payee’s card. Travelodge say that overbooking is so more guests can make use of rooms that would otherwise be empty; however, the whistleblower programme contained footage of an internal Travelodge training video which stated that their business model required them to run all their hotels at maximum capacity, and that a ‘last man standing’ policy would ensure this always occurred.

In 2007, media around the world reported that David and Jean Davidson, a retired couple originally from Sheffield, had stayed at Travelodges in Newark, Worksop and Grantham for a combined total of 22 years, making each lodge their home.The retired naval sailor and his wheelchair-using wife found the cost of their stay comparable with living in a house, but with the benefits of housekeeping service and without added costs such as council tax and utilities. Following their departure, at least one lodge named their room “The Davidson Suite”.

Had to stay in one this weekend :/ basic but comfortable. Would kill myself rather than stay for 22 years!!!

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Day 248

The 35 mm format, or simply 35 mm, is the common name for the 36×24 mm film format or image sensor format used in photography. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43 mm. It has been employed in countless photographic applications including rangefinder cameras (film and digital), mirrorless digital cameras, digital SLRs, point-and-shoot film cameras, and disposable film cameras.

The format originated with Oskar Barnack and his introduction of the Leica camera in the 1920s.Thus it is sometimes called the Leica format or Barnack format. The name 35 mm originates with the total width of the 135 film, the perforated cartridge film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame DSLR. The term 135 format remains in use. In digital photography, the format has come to be known as full frame, FF or FX, the latter invented as a trade mark of Nikon. Historically the 35 mm format was sometimes called miniature format or small format, terms meant to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

The Minolta here, sadly no longer working, was the first proper camera I had, it was lush!

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Day 90~366

I recently shot a couple of rolls of film on my Holga, and await their return with bated breath. It’s always hit and miss as to whether the photo’s will be in focus, exposed correctly, ruined by light leaks or accidental double exposures. There isn’t much control over the Holga! So I had a little look about the whole Lomo thing, and found out the next step up from a Holga would be a Lubitel 166B TLR, which has settings for aperture and shutter speed and looks like a poor man’s Rollieflex.  As I am a poor woman, it fits in my budget very nicely, and one arrived today. It’s going to be a steep learning curve, I got a roll in and on the go but looking down into a view finder is extremely weird and I haven’t got the hang of it, also there’s a lot more thinking about aperture and shutter speed which I’m not that used to, knowing the fuji will take care of that with an auto ISO setting while I just choose the aperture.  But I’m looking forward to learning, got a notebook to check what I’m doing so I can compare them with the shots I get back and will be posting the results when I get some shots developed. A cool square 🙂

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Day 19~366

My 2nd favourite camera is my SX70, which I’ve been neglecting so much since starting the 366, intending to shoot a few film packs when the weather perks up.

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Day 8~366

Vintage is so fashionable in photography, is it because we hanker after a bygone time when the world seemed a simpler place? I’ve collected the odd vintage item for my photography ‘prop box’ and also have a lot of my Mum’s bits and bobs, her photo albums and china cups, tea sets and ornaments. She had some beautiful pieces, and it’s nice to remember her through them. My mum is the little scowling girl, and then as a young lady on a motorbike, and that’s her Mum next to those 2 photo’s. The cup is beautiful, when you hold it up to the light you can see right through it. Tea tastes lovely in it.

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The fraggle’s ‘hood report

Had to walk over to Pelaw today to pick up a prescription for Phil, and though it was a blustery day, the sky was blue in a lot of places and everywhere was all coloured up. It’s officially Fall here as of yesterday, and it’s a great time of year for photography.  You’ll notice I use the term Fall, even though I’m English, but…

(edumacation bit coming up 🙂 )

The word autumn comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year.It was borrowed by the neighbouring Romans, and became autumnus. After the Roman era the word continued to be used as the old French word autompne (automne in modern French) or autumpne in Middle English, and was later normalised to the original Latin. In the Medieval period there are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but by the 16th century it was in common use.

The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic Languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning “to fall from a height” and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year”.

During the 17th century, English emigration to the British colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took the English language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolete in Britain, it became the more common term in North America. (wiki) Well it’s not obsolete to me now!

I only had my iphone6 with me, so all these were taken with a couple of camera apps I have on it.

I have to walk over a bridge across the metro lines to get to Pelaw, there isn’t a drive-straight-to-it road, so it’s quicker to walk than go in the car, which is good, a bit of fresh air and exercise!

down the line (camera pro app)
down the line (ProCamera)

ProCamera is one of my fave apps as you can alter focus and exposure very easily and it has a lot of functions which is great if you don’t have a DSLR to hand.

ProCamera settings
ProCamera settings

My most used app is the hipstamatic app, I really like all the different lens/film combo’s. I make up favourites and also use the random choice setting now and then to see what it comes up with. At the moment I have about 60 different sets of films and lenses on the app! OK I’m a geek.

These were taken using the Bruno Lens & Claunch 72 monochrome film.

Pelaw Metro Station
Pelaw Metro Station

Pelaw Metro Station
Pelaw Metro Station

crumpled cone
crumpled cone

I walked home through the wooded back pathways to find some colour..

red green & blue (Emma Lens,Big Easy film)
red green & blue (Emma Lens,Big Easy film)

The John S Lens & Kodot Grizzled film combination is one of my favourites for the deep blues and rich colours.

head in the clouds (John S Lens,Kodot Grizzled film)
head in the clouds 

Lone tree
Lone tree

undercover path
undercover path

abundance of berries
abundance of berries

I also have an app I only use for iPhone macro shots, I got it in error as I thought I was getting ProCamera but it isn’t, it’s called Camera+. It’s a really annoying app to use, not intuitive at all, but the macro setting is fab so I just leave it on that!  It is a very popular app so maybe it’s just me being dim. 🙂

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spidey!
spidey!

and now to do the washing and mop the floors..

laters gaters

😉

more about Autumn/Fall HERE

ProCamera app (Iphone) can be got HERE, can’t find one for android phones.

Hipstamatic app HERE, there isn’t one for android phones.

Camera+ HERE  for iphone, HERE for android.

 

 

The Sunday Fraggle Report

No days out or gigs or parties to attend this week, so back to flowers and landscapes and cats!

I have been practicing with my Fuji macro lens on a houseplant one of my lovely clients gave me in the week. I have no idea what it is but noticed it has little stalks which produce drops of water, which I tried to get a shot of, but they are really tiny.

crying plant
crying plant

The flowers and buds have curly bits at one end, and pointy bits at the other.

bud
bud

curly wurly
curly wurly

flowers
flowers and point

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petal
petal

The leaves are quite special too.

tip top
tip top

So if anyone recognises the plant, let me know!

I also emptied out the Nikon S1 SD card, I still take it with me when I’m out and about for work, and a couple of weeks ago I stopped down in Teeside to get a shot of the yellow rape seed fields. This first shot was taken with the 11mm lens

fields of gold
fields of gold

after I took this I thought it might be worth doing a panorama of the same scene, so turned the S1 sideways and took 5 portrait shots. Merged in the new panorama feature in the latest edition of Lightroom.

panorama
panorama

It doesn’t look as good at this size, perhaps too much foreground, and the yellow fields don’t stand out so much, so I prefer the 11mm shot.

I’ve also been playing with these..

polaroid cameras
polaroid cameras

and am still loving the new B&W film which develops instantly. Some new shots in the film, and SX70 tabs on the menu, but thought I’d share this one on the main page today.

yoo hoo :)
yoo hoo 🙂

And finally, the cats, they drive us mad already, but they are lovely to photograph 🙂 you can just see Storm’s paw is resting on Skye, they do like to cuddle.

basking in the conservatory
basking in the conservatory

It’s amazing that they have so much fur but love being in sunny positions. Storm is quite difficult to photograph, I think because she is totally dark, I really want to get a good shot of her eyes in that black face, it doesn’t help that she won’t keep still when I’m trying, and always looks away just as I press the shutter! This one isn’t too bad, but I’ll keep trying!

nearly!!
Storm nearly!!

and Skye, much easier to see 😀 😀

Skye
Skye

So that’s it for this week. Tomorrow and Tuesday I’m working, and then…(drum roll)… 11 days off for holiday! Looking forward to it a lot!

laters gaters

😉

 

The Fraggle Report~XT1 and cat trauma edition

My new camera arrived yesterday at 3pm and is very pretty to look at.

XT1
XT1(Iphone6)

lots of dials and knobs to figure out, very different to what I’ve been used to with the Nikons, so a steep learning curve going on at the minute.  It feels small because my D700 was a big beast, but it also feels solid and of good quality.

first test shot
first test shot

I managed to spend an hour yesterday afternoon going through the manual so I could get it up and running, but as always camera manuals seem like gobbledegook to me, and also I was hampered by Storm.

RTFM
RTFM~ (fuji XT1 18-55mm)

Storm in a collar
Storm in a collar (fujiXT1 18-55mm

At this point, cat~ trauma 1 happened in the afternoon as Skye took exception to Storm with her collar on (it has a bell) and started hissing at her and then took off to hide somewhere. I was upstairs when this happened, so I took the damned collar off Storm and carried on with reading the manual. It got to 5pm and things were going slowly with learning it, when Storm decided it was dinner time, so off I went to feed them.  I called for Skye but she didn’t appear. I then spent 3/4 hour searching the house top to bottom and couldn’t find her anywhere, and realised she must have escaped through a window I had slightly open in the conservatory as it was 44degs in there with the sun on it. Can’t tell you how awful I felt. These cats have been indoor cats for 5 years with the previous owner, and they’ve only lived here 6 days,so I was really worried she would get lost and not find her way back.  When Phil got home I had to tell him the news and both of us were in a right state.  I printed out some flyers with our phone numbers,

Skye come home!
Skye come home! (iphone6)

and we set off around our neighbourhood searching bushes and knocking on peoples doors and giving out flyers. When we got home, despondent at not finding her, I went into the conservatory to open the window she’d gone through wider, in case she came back and needed to get in, and just as I leant over the stereo unit, in the corner of my eye I saw a little black movement. I could not believe it! Skye had got in behind the unit and was hiding behind the CD’s on a shelf. There’s no way we could have seen her, and she must have been in there for about 4 hours!  We coaxed her out and had some tickles, put some food down for her, and then we got a drink! We were so relieved. The cats are still hissing at each other, but will eventually settle down again (I hope!!). But that put paid to playing with the XT1. Trauma two happened today, after Phil went off to work this morning and I got up early~ish and went downstairs to get a cup of tea. When I went to open the living room door it wouldn’t budge. The cats had dug up the carpet trying to get upstairs and it was against the door and held in place by the weight of a B&W speaker just to the left. I was well naffed off I can tell you. I tried various methods to get the carpet back, used a variety of tools from Phils model room, but after 1/2 hr had a) hurt my hand, b)cried like a girl, and c)resigned myself to being locked upstairs without food and drink til Phil came home 8hrs later.  But then I thought to myself ‘what if Phil had been run over by a bus and I lived alone?’ and went back for another try, this time I managed to to push the carpet back, roll it under itself and then pull it through! Yay for me.

And now I could spend the day out with my XT-1,the sun was shining and regular readers know my favourite place for photography is on the coast at South Shields, so thats where I went, and the results are in. The following shots were all taken with the XT-1 with the kit lens – 18-55mm zoom and very little processing done in LR5. None of them are sharpened or have increased saturation,some of them did have tweaks and I’ll say what I did and why.

I started with the Weebles, (previous shot of them with the Nikon here )

accidental double exposure.
accidental double exposure.

This first shot I accidentally had managed to turn the dial to double exposure mode instead of single shot, so I went with it. 🙂

Weebles
Weebles

I had to reduce the exposure in LR as I hadn’t got the hang of the exposure dial and couldn’t see in the playback very well in the bright sun.

Weebles again
Weebles again

Walking the dogs
Walking the dogs

The colours are really beautifully rendered. I could see in this shot that I’d managed to catch the dog in flight with it’s ears up, so I tried a really tight crop on the people just to see if it was possible, and it is.

Flying dog
Flying dog

There’s a white highlight around the 2 people but still, not too bad I think.

The Groyne
The Groyne

Straight out of the camera. Just amazing colours.

lunch
lunch by the sea

I then moved down the coast a little to Trowell Rocks and took some more shots.

Dandelions
Dandelions

Dandelion going
Dandelion going

I used the exposure dial on the Fuji,  -EV2 but still got blown highlights but it was maybe asking a bit much.

rugged rocks
rugged rocks

The vignetting I think comes from the petal hood as this was at 18mm end of the lens.

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oops the horizon’s a bit off 🙂

more dandelions
more dandelions

think this was -EV 2&1/3

landscape
landscape

I exposed for the sky and brought the shadows out in LR, the greenery was very dark but the detail was all there when I enlightened it. This was 18mm.

Rock creature
Rock creatures

No tweaks on this one, this reminded me of Mummy and baby rock creatures, but I’m possibly the only one that can make them out! 😀

Lost my direction
Lost my direction

I love finds like this, some poor little girl has lost her direction, or gone in another.

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another landscape where I pulled out the shadows in LR.

and another
and another

I zoomed in a bit for that one,

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and that was at 55mm.

backlighting
backlighting

The sunday challenge this week on Ipernity is ‘back lighting’ so had a go with a plant outside the Mango Beach Bar.

 

Then for my last port of call I went to Souter Lighthouse to see how red, white, blue and green fare on a sunny day.

Souter Lighthouse
Souter Lighthouse

nice car
nice car

a very nice Toyota, kinda like my Toyota, but  a different shape and colour and 4yrs younger 😀 😀

After this I went home, and as it was still sunny took a shot of my blossom tree and a couple of backlights in my garden.

blossom
blossom

 

daisy
daisy

on fire
on fire

I didn’t get to finish this last night, so continuing on…

When I got home yesterday I came to my mac to upload the photographs, and went to the camera box to get the lead to plug it in. There wasn’t one. I have always used a lead and so forgot about the SD slot in the back of the mac (duh!) and wondered how the heck I was supposed to get my pictures up. Apparently Fuji expect you to do this wirelessly, as the camera has this function, you download an app to your PC, connect the camera over the airwaves and hey presto. Except it wasn’t hey presto at all, the camera connected but wouldn’t register. I faffed on for ages but no luck.  In spite of all my research re: the XT1, not having a lead had not shown up anywhere.  My lead I used for the Nikons doesn’t fit, nor does Phil’s for his old fuji sx8000. I had a brainwave though as the port looked similar to my samsung USB connecter for the mobile phone I had, and so hey presto for real, I uploaded my shots at last.

After uploading I found out that although I set the camera to RAW shooting, I’d actually been taking fine jpegs! Grr, and then when I tried to reset to RAW, the camera wouldn’t let me, I am not sure why, and since then I’ve played around and it now seems to be set on RAW, I followed the set up procedures in a  great blog I found, details below.

The next problem was my processing software, though I had sorted this prior to purchasing the camera (research, always do your research 🙂 )was that I use a combination of Lightroom 4, and PSE11, which I’ve grown to know very well, but LR4 does not support TX1, I’m not sure about elements 11 as it was enough to know LR4 didn’t.  I had been humming and hahing about signing up for the cloud versions anyway, so I took the plunge and am using LR5 and PS CC.  Wow is photoshop different from elements, more so than I expected. That’s going to be another steep learning curve, but luckily LR5 is very similar to 4 and I’ve had no problems using it, the lovely thing is it took all my presets and catalogues over from 4 just on a click of the button.  I do have a fair few actions in elements that I’m going to have to lose, as I don’t want to jam the mac up with PSE and CC but that’s OK.

As I said before, I find camera manuals mind boggling, so I found a great blog by someone who obviously is a pro photographer and is a great resource for the XT1, if you are considering buying one I strongly advise putting the manual on your bookshelf and going to John Caz’s site, if you click through his name you’ll get there.

There is a lot yet for me to find out about the XT1, it’s supposed to great with it’s film presets in camera, and the black and white ones too look amazing from what I’ve seen on other’s sites.  Today’s struggle has been upgrading the firmware to the latest version, something I’ve never done before so a bit stressful, but I followed all the instructions at Fuji’s website HERE and only cocked up once 🙂 and got it done, the camera has survived.

So that’s the beginning of my XT1 journey.

I’ll still use the iPhone, and my polaroid of course, but I must say I’m in love with the XT1 already and looking forward to trying out all it’s features.

Iphone6 panorama
Iphone6 panorama

and for those of you who don’t live near the sea,

 

laters gater

😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sunday Fraggle report

Well I missed last Sunday as I only had 4 pictures, and as a result have now got too many, so lots to look at this week 🙂

The weather has not been kind, but I have had some long journeys to see clients, so have come across some quite lovely views, and my little Nikon S1 has been doing a cracking job. Last week I went to North Yorkshire again, and the sun was arguing with the clouds to see who would win out.

North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire~Nikon S1

North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire~Nikon S1

On my way back I went through a village called Ravensworth and came across this ruined castle.The remains here date from the 14th Century, although it’s thought there has been a castle there since Norman times. The chap who built this one was Henry Baron FitzHugh. n 1391 he enclosed 200 acres (81 ha) around the castle, creating a park.The castle started to be pulled down in the 16th century, and the stone was used for other buildings in the area.

Ravensworth Castle
Ravensworth Castle~Nikon S1

Ravensworth Castle
Ravensworth Castle~Nikon S1

hmm blew the sky out a bit in t hat 2nd shot but I like the composition so all is not lost.

Last weekend Phil worked on Sunday and I spent a little while trying to get some decent shots of the birds in my garden, through the front window as it was too cold out.

Mrs.Blackbird
Mrs.Blackbird~Nikon S1

Mr.Robin
Sir.RobinZNikon S1

Mr.Robin
Sir.Robin~Nikon S1

I tried to get a decent shot of the Lady Robin too, but she’s a bit more bashful and quicker to jump back into the bushes out of sight as soon as she’s got something from the feeder.

This week I had a 3 hour drive over to the west go the country, visiting clients in Whitehaven on the West coast, Penrith,Dalston,and Kewick. Lots of long driving times, I set off at 7.15am and eventually got home at 6.30pm, but was hugely compensated by seeing the mountains and Lake Bassenthwaite on my travels.  It’s been quite a while since I had to go there, and it was lovely to visit old photo haunts and take new ones with snow in place.

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duvet cover :)~Nikkon S1

Cloud cover
Cloud cover~Nikkon S1

light and shade
light and shade~Nikkon S1

sheep
black sheep & white~Nikkon S1

Blue sky Mountain
Blue sky Mountain~Nikon S1

Skiddaw & Lake Bassenthwaite
Skiddaw & Lake Bassenthwaite~Nikon S1

Lake Bassenthwaite
Lake Bassenthwaite~Nikkon S1

View from my clients front driveway
View from my clients front driveway~Skiddaw~Nikkon S1

That was the photo highlight of the week really. I am very impressed with what the tiny Nikkon S1 can do, especially with the 11-27mm lens that it comes with which I used for the landscape shots, and I also used the little 300mm zoom I got for it, for taking the bird shots, to the point where I no longer take the big D700 out for work journeys and everyday use. It captures a fair amount of detail, granted that that has to be brought out in Lightroom, but at least it’s in there to begin with.

There are some jobs though that only the D700 can do, and one of those jobs was for me to take some decent photo’s of Phil’s bass guitars. (A commission no less!!) I decided I would shoot each one separately and use a light painting technique. This was a bit of a faff as of course the room has to be completely dark and the room I use is quite small so lots of bumping elbows and knees.  I had a black backdrop specially bought on Amazon,  it came all the way from china,worked really well and a was a bargain. The photo’s have come out really well, and I am going to do some close ups and arty farty shots to go with, here are a couple of the ones I took.

Fender Jazz ( mexican special edition)~Nikon D700
Fender Jazz ( mexican special edition)~Nikon D700

Can't spell this
Rickenbacker

and finally my shot for The Sunday challenge~ theme Gadgets….

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I can’t claim originality, I saw a similar picture way back when, and always fancied doing my own version.

And now it’s Sunday night, I’ve burned my fingers cooking Sunday dinner, spilled boiling milk on myself, sigh, but had a lush roast ham dinner. Shelley and Cal came for a visit and Cal fell over and bumped his head in 2 places at once for heaven’s sakes. I don’t think he will be someone who does things by halves, or even singles!  Now Phil’s practicing bass lines over a C maj 7th chord 🙂 and I am saying goodnight WordPressiverse,

laters gaters 😉