All entries for August 2004

August 27, 2004

Mistaken identity

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3604278.stm

Cleaner bins rubbish bag artwork

A bag of rubbish that was part of a Tate Britain work of art has been accidentally thrown away by a cleaner…...oops!


August 24, 2004

Canon Powershot S60

Writing about web page http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/product_finder/cameras/digital/powershot_s60/index.asp

I finally made my decision and opted for a Canon rather than a Sony. This was largely because all my cameras in the past have been Canon and I have always been pleased with them. The Canon D300 work camera is excellent but as an SLR not a pocket camera and not always practical when out walking, cycling etc. Its great to have a good camera that has full manual and auto controls but it (almost) pocket sized. The S60 has AE priority features and all the auto settings are similar to what I am used to on the D300.

Its a great camera, which I got from Internetdirect.co.uk for only 326 compared to the RRP at Jessops of 399. The only down side is that there was no printed manual.

I haven't played around much yet with the manual settings but the images taken on the auto settings are more than satisfactory. Obviously they don't compare with the results from the SLR: I really notice the difference in the colour depth of the image and the overall sharpness, but that is to be expected. I need to play around with it much more to see what it is capable of. Here are some pictures from a recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales.


August 23, 2004

I love Photoshop!

I use Adobe Photoshop every day for designing and manipulating images but not often straight portrait photographs. Its always tricky to catch children just at the right moment wihout it looking too staged. When I caught this lovely shot of my gorgeous nephew Aaron I decided it was too lovely not to edit the distracting background. Use of the clone tool at high magnification with a fair bit of fiddling around (technical term I know!) resulted in an edit I was happy with. I was interested in how it would print out on film print paper, and was pleased to see that there were no obvious signs of tinkering. Removing the speaker to his left was a bit tricky, especially the border (which if you look closely you can see isn't quite right). The shadow is probably not completely accurate but all in all though I was satisfied with the result.


August 19, 2004

Over hill and dale


A trip to the Yorshire Dales was just what I needed to brush away a few cobwebs. Following a lot of heavy rain, water was gushing everywhere, the rivers were swollen and the roads still quite flooded in places. Based in the village of Thwaite it was great to unwind and enjoy some Yorkshire hospitality. Needless to say, we didn't go hungry! Despite being completely kitted out for torrential downpours we managed to walk without any rain, and it was great just to drink in the scenery. We passed a small herd of Highland cattle and I fell in love!l It was just the cutest cow I have ever seen.

August 09, 2004

Bye Bye Bike

I left work on Friday looking forward to a nice bike ride home but my Ridgeback (which had been locked up in front of e-lab) had gone. Not even the lock had been left. When I first left it up there I worried about it but haven't given it much thought recently. I suppose it did look a little smarter than some of the others chained up but I chose it because it didn't look too flashy. I think what we need is a lockable store like the ones by Heronbank that only bike users have a key to. It would at least be a stronger defence against bike thieves.

Anyway, it has gone now so now I have an excuse to upgrade! I'm not a serious mountain bike user, mainly roads and trails so have been wondering about a hyrid since I prefer sitting in a more upright position – possibly the Ridgeback Adventure Series . I have also read that the Specialized Crossroads are good too. Can anyone recommend a local bike shop that has a good range and gives good advice?


August 04, 2004

Seagull attack


The recent comments on seagulls (see coments that developed from my last entry) reminded me that although I have just created a wallpaper with seagulls gracefully soaring in the air, they can be very mean. Very.

Last year whilst sitting on the sea wall at St Ives munching a piece of pizza, I was ruthlessly attacked by one as it attempted to snatch my lunch from my hand. They were divebombing all and sundry and the only way we could eat lunch in piece was for one of us to keep guard while the other ate. It was pretty big and heavy and almost knocked me over. Big, and very greedy.


August 03, 2004

A beach near Cirencester

Writing about web page http://www.waterpark.org/keynes.html

Well, its not really a beach but almost. It has sand and pebbles, a lifeguard and there are plenty of people splashing around in the water.

Realising that we didn't stand a chance of actually getting right down the M5 to Weston we diverted to the Keynes Country Park (one of the Cotswold Water Parks) just outside Cirencester. Its a great place with lots to do from lazing in the sun, to walking, boating, fishing, cycling and swimming. The swimming area is fenced off and very safe for children, not really deep enough for a proper swim for an adult though. It was busy but not over-crowded.

It was 7 per car per day but is open till 9pm so if you have a car full and spend the day there it is well worth a visit.


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