Day 199~366

A cloudy if humid day for me today, so am back to making my own shadows. Have employed the Rickenbacker, which hasn’t been played for a few months now while Phil has been building his tanks and playing Dr.Frankenstein with his little men.  The tanks are finished now and soon my evenings will be musically embellished with this and many other bass’s.

Sunshine predicted for tomorrow and Tuesday, so I will hopefully find some shadows out and about.

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The Annual Free Convention 2016

Had a great night out at Tynemouth Park Hotel last night, where the Annual Free convention was  held.  On the 40th anniversary of Paul Kossoff’s death, they had Terry Slesser from Backstreet Crawler as well as a Free & Backstreet Crawler tribute band from Japan, with Hideyuki Hide Kinoshita on guitar. They were excellent. Brill night and fun to be out with our pals Mick & Katie.

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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 😉

 

 

 

Sunday Afternoon

Which it is here at the moment, and quite sunny, but cold now autumn is passing and winter is looming. I’ve had a week off work which is great, but also not so great as it’s the last day and am back to work tomorrow. 😦 I do like not being at work, a lot. The weather has not been so kind though and I have not got out much which is a shame as I’d fancied a few walks with my camera, but I did read a lot, I finished the series of Jack Reacher novels, and am into book 4 of C.J.Sansome’s Shardlake series, set in Henry the 8th days and as we are currently watching the HBO series The Tudors ties in nicely with that.

My visit with Helen last week inspired a trip to ASDA where I purchased a slow cooker, and last Monday cooked pulled chicken which was lush, forgot to take pics of the end result but here it is in action!

Slow cooking
Slow cooking

Helen also gave me a cutting from her bamboo plant, and I spent yesterday potting it and also moved all my herb pots indoors to protect them from frost.

Bamboo
Bamboo

Have also been doing stuff around the house, sorted out my spice shelf which was in a bit of disarray!

spicey
spicey

Phil is quite shocked at my domestication! Not sure how long it will last.:D

 

On Wednesday night we had a spectacular sunset over Wardley, so I hung out of bedroom windows to get some photos of it, it was glorious.

Front window view 1
Front window view 1
Front window view 2
Front window view 2
Back window view 1
Back window view 1
Back window view 2
Back window view 2

Friday I had a meeting with Rory from our head office to get some new equipment for work, and to learn some new test procedures, it was a long day and my head was at exploding point by the end of it, but worth giving my day up to get the training.

On Friday night Phil and I always have ‘music night’ where we play loads of discs, get quite merry, and sometimes I get a live performance!

Phil playing the Thunderbird
Phil playing the Thunderbird
Thunderbirds are GO!
Thunderbirds are GO!

So today it’s sunny as I said, and I would love to go out with the Nikon, but I have to learn all the stuff I did on Friday, ready for tomorrow. Practice makes perfect and all that. But I took a couple of pics in the garden for my fix.

Waiting in the wings
Waiting in the wings
Spidey still going strong, somewhere.
Spidey still going strong, somewhere.

Laters Gaters 🙂

 

 

Guitars

North East Guitar SHow was held this Sunday just gone and as its only 20 mins away from us, and my hubby plays the bass guitar, we went and I took the Nikon. Great to see so many gorgeous guitars, some were works of art, and cool dudes playing them.

far out man
far out man

One of my faves, love the planet insets in Mother of Pearl.

Paisley
Paisley

Maybe a girly guitar?

Mad Man
Mad Man

Thought this guy looked like someone from Mad Men, or Mob City, and he was mad cos the bloke across the way was drowning him out with rock riffs and widdly widdlies. This guy was a blues man.

Picasso

This was just a work of art, really beautiful.

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Apparently Doug Aldrich was famous, why else would anyone wanna buy this battered relic when the one above was available!!!

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