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Jack O' Lantern

Jack O' Lantern

This is the last shot for the PAD I have been running since getting my LX3. I hope you have enjoyed the photos?

My mum is visiting so I am posting this and running.

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto

Before anyone gets the wrong idea I chose the title for this photo because the shot reminds me of a scene from the popular computer game of the same name.

We had fish and chips at work today. Well, we went out to the local chippy to have some, and very nice they were too. Of course, much to the chagrin of my work buddies, I took the ol' LX3 to snap away. Today's shot was one of a few that Ian and I took in the car on the way to the chipshop, just playing around with the camera. I like this one because of its dramatic angle, the police nicely composed through the windscreen in the distance. I think Ian took it, so nice one pal.

Ol' Jack

Ol' Jack

With all the cold weather there is an abundance of features with a beautiful, icy make-over to photograph.

This is a shot from the back of work where most of the foliage, early in the morning, is frozen stiff. I did apply some adjustment layers, namely multiply, exposure and curves along with some unsharp mask. As usual I would love to hear what you think.

Meet Wilbur

Meet Wilbur

I had planned to post something else tonight, but I meant to process this shot after the game of poker that I had with the guys a couple of Fridays ago, so ended up posting this instead.

This is my friend Tony's dog, Wilbur. Don't Basset hounds look so cool with their big jowls and huge, floppy ears?

The photo itself was only a snapshot, taken while the others finished their games, as I got taken out first. The LX3 is pretty good in low light but at ISO 400 there is the definite hint of noise, especially in shadows. That said, it's nothing you can't deal with in software afterward.

Bottomz Up

Bottomz Up

Nik's dad, Malc, got Rik and I a rather cool present (the subject of today's photo) from the States.

We both got a lighter, a carrying pouch, spare flints, a whick and a compact, metal ashtray. These Zippo lighters are different from the regular style in that they are branded 'Bottomz Up' which means they have their data coding stamped on the top and bottom. I think you will agree they look pretty cool.

Red sky, black Earth

Red sky, black Earth

There's not much to say about this shot other than I took it early in the morning.

I had processed a version of it earlier but I didn't save a copy (don't ask me why) so I have had to make the image all over again this evening. Usually if I ever do this the second go is far superior but I feel the previous version worked a little better. This will have to do; I'm off to have some dinner.

Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance

Here's another shot of my bud Ian from work looking a little happier than this.

Occasionally it is customary at work to dance around the studio; sometimes a 'jigg' for stress, sometimes 'breakdancing' to get things moving and very rarely a performance of Michael Flatley's 'Lord of the Dance'. To be honest I am not sure which one Ian was doing here but he looks like he's having fun.

I realise that the background is in focus while Ian isn't particularly, but he was moving very quickly. It was like something out of the Matrix! :)