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Painting With Smoke

This was the result of a very fun photography lesson earlier on in the year. I chose this shot out of the range as it looks like two blokes shouting at each other with amazing elvis like hair.I added a red Hue to the image as the grey smoke was pretty boring. I then had to copy and flip the image in order to place it next to the original and produce the mirror image.

I’d like to do more things like this, It is very abstracty and I tend not to do well with that kind of thing (My imagination isn’t what it use to be) but dodn’t think I did too bad with the smoke photography ifI do say so myself.

DD

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Sheds,Zoos,cars and xmas

Where to begin,

My new shed has been built (thanks granddad). The stress caused by taking down an old shed and erecting a new one is immense. I greatly underestimated it! All weekend was spend standing in the freezing cold moving and holding panels of timber together. Since the completion date on Sunday, I have done nothing to it! Its contents remain in my house, owning every nuck and cranny os space. I still have to add my excessive amount of locks and bolts to deter future thieves from stealing my valuables.

I’ve had a few opportunities to take photos this week too. I visited the British Transport Museum in Coventry ( I didn’t bump into any Walrus’). I did how ever manage to take a few pictures of some lovely cars. I found picture taking of cars rather difficult, the majority of them looked rather boring and ordinary. I did however take a few unusual pictures which can be viewed here…

I also visited Twycross Zoo this week. Just a warning to other zoo lovers, don’t go in December. It was so cold! Most of the animals stayed in doors behind glass (which made photo taking difficult) and I was shaking so much that it was hard to keep the camera steady. That’s my excuse for the lack of ‘ok’ photos any way.

I also felt the pressure of christmas today, I realised that I have very few presents for other people and christmas is creeping ever closer. I can already feel the anxiety building up. A major Amazon order is required I think. I need inspiration though. I’ve spent more time over the last month looking up things I want / need rather than clever ideas for other people.

If anyone has any good ideas for the following gift recipients, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mom – I have already got her the shoes that she has asked for (I wish everyone would tell me what they wanted, would make things far easier) I still need to get her a secondary small surprise gift…

Dad – Always tricky, he is a simple man who has everything he wants. I want to stray away from the luxury socks and DIY gifts.

Nan – She has asked for a few bottles of her fav wine – Black Tower. This stuff is only £3 a bottle so I fell the need to get her something a little better seen as she has helped me out the most with my house and everything.

Granddad – I had planned on getting him an Allotment plot. I asked him to come view one with me and he explained that he hasn’t got enough time to be messing about with one of them. That killed that idea. Now I have no clue  what to get him. Last years present was an Irish Whiskey gift set which he enjoyed.

Kel – The painfully selfish little sister who manages to get me the cheapest naffest t-shirt she can find. It’s the thought that counts.

A- The better little sis (Am I allowed to say that?). She hinted at a pair of Vans a few weeks ago, She doesn’t seem to have bought them so that’s that done. I may also pay for her tattoo if tattoo guy gets back to her with a design.

Uncle J – I don’t usually put a lot of thought into his gift, I don’t know him well enough.

C – I had a few ideas for her gift. I decided against them as they didn’t look like they cost as much as they did. I still reserve the idea as a back up if I can’t think of anything else.

Nan J – Usually gets some old woman smelly’s or some decorative candle contraption. Another hard one to buy for – I have absolutely nothing in common with a 65 year old lady!

Anna – Dad’s girlfriend. I ave to get her something nice, she spends a lot of money on me at Xmas and usually gets me something really nice. She’s into art and drawing ad likes a lot of the same things as me. Shouldn’t be as hard as it is!

They’re the main players.Ideas on the back of a postcard please or if your from this century – comment on the post or drop me an e-mail.

DD

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Traffic Lights

I really need to go somewhere nice and take some good photos. Anyone have any suggestions?

I used these peppers for my still life assignment that I have to hand in on Monday (I’m doing a NCFE level 2 in photography by the way). I’ve always liked the vivid colours of fresh peppers and I know it’s been done many times before but I’ve been having a very unispirational week. I also tried the ‘fruit bowl’ shot. Mehh I don’t think  still life is for me really.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Sally Seal

Normal Service Resumed. I’m over my little rant now and feel the need to share a photo with you.

I’d love to tell you some wild story about the capture of this critter on camera…So I will

For the purposes of this fictional story, I will call this Seal Sally. (I’m sure C would be able to enlighten us with the breed of Seal. At which point I may return to this post and change Sally’s name)

Right. so I was swimming though lake Erie on my way to lake Ontario when I came into a spot of bother. You see I had been swimming for a good 24 hours now and I was starting to feel a little tired. I couldn’t stop though. I had a plane to catch. So I called up Sally while treading water. I know what your thinking, what would a seal be doing with a ‘cell phone’,(whilst in Rome).  They clearly don’t make enough money to be able to afford a price plan. Thanks to Orange though (Other phone carriers are available), Sally was able to take out a contract on their Seal plan. anyway back to the story… Sally turned up and was happy to give me a lift. I was grateful for the ride, my arms and legs were killing me. I must admit though, I did feel a little embarrassed when a school of Mackerel swam past laughing at me. I’d like to take the time to explain to you that I don’t usually accept lifts from female Seal’s but I was in a hurry!  I was debating with Sally as to which slip stream from the water surface high way we should take when I realised that we’d picked up speed. I realised we were heading for The Niagara falls (well not all three of them, Just the biggest, baddest and most terrible of the falls) It was too late to turn back, Sally wasn’t powerful enough to out swim the currents of the menacing fall, Besides, I would have been late if we turned back. We managed to fins some purchase on a rock island in the middle of the fast flowing water. We discussed plans on how to meet up at the bottom of the falls. unfortunately it was a Sunday, everyone knows that seal’s flock to under side of Niagara fall’s to shower on a Sunday. Without being racist I explained to Sally that all seals look the same to me and I wouldn’t be able tell her from Joe (who is a lovely seal by the way) We laughed as she explained that all us humans look the same to her too and that there were loads of them flocking around to perv over the showering seals. We decided to take photo’s of each other with our waterproof camera (all bases covered see). She took a lovely picture of me with my cheeks ballooned with as much ait in them as possible and my arms flailing around like mad, as this is likely to be the pose I’ll be in when we meet on the other side. Just as I was about to take my picture of her, a very busy pelican flew into me, he was speeding and talking with an ear piece (obviously a very important business pelican). He apologised as he flew off but the damage had been done. I lost my balance and fell in quickly making my way towards the falls.Sally dived in after me knowing that if I went over the edge without a photo it would take us hours to sift through the mess of Humans, Seals and water to find each other. This would definitely result in me missing my flight, Sally would be late for her performance too (She’d spend months perfecting her seal show at Tamper bay). Sally extended her flipper as I was going over the edge and grabbed my arm. With my free arm I was able to stable myself and take a picture of her as she tried her hardest to drag me back to the top and the safety of the rock. (Slightly unbelievable I know, It’s difficult to take a picture with one hand)
We both fell down the water fall together. I found the time to have a quick wash and go to the toilet. There’s just no room in those airplane water closets! It all worked out well. We used the photos to ID each other and we were on  our way in little under 8 minutes. I made my flight and arrived back to the UK on time. Sally managed to arrive at her performance on time and won the hearts of both seals and humans a like. The busy Business pelican received a 10 fish fine and was late to his meeting. (Justice!)

Back to reality (Do I have to?). I took this photo in the Smithsonian. Yes it is a stuffed seal and yes it was hanging from the ceiling. Told you the truth was far less interesting!!!

DD

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Dilemas

 

It’s been a busy few days for me and I don’t know where to start. I suppose I should start by warning potential readers that this is likely to be a whiney post about my problems and there won’t be any pictures to view this time. this is purely a post about my life, my problems and my messed up confused and emotionally numb head.

 Right, now that you’ve all left. I can continue. I best start with the whole cheating episode. K knows I’ve cheated on her, she found out a little while after I left her by raiding my Facebook and reading my personal messages. I should be angry about this I guess, but I just don’t care. I should be feeling guilty about cheating on her, but I just don’t care. I should be moving on but I just don’t seem to care. I’m stuck in a rut and don’t seem to care about anything at the moment. I’ve lost the ability to worry and care and be bothered about anything. There’s a million things I need to do and there all piling up. This usually results in a big anxiety attack where I rush about making lists of things to do and madly trying to do the things on them like there’s not tomorrow. It will hit me soon I’m sure.

Back to K. After our argument which resulted in us breaking up and her taking everything she ever bought out of my house. I thought, “that’s it. She’s gone, It’s over. Time to move on with my life and concentrate on other things”. Then she found out I’d cheated. I continued to think, ” It’s definitely over now, there’s no way she’ll want to get back with me anyway”. As usual I was wrong. things couldn’t just be that simple for me.

This next bit may paint K in a bit of a negative light but I’m only stating the facts remember, make of it what you will. She rang me explaining that she was pregnant. she hadn’t taken a test but she just knew. This story line had been used far too many times ion TV and in films. Boyfriend leaves his girlfriend, Girlfriend wants boyfriend back, Girlfriend tell’s boyfriend she’s having his baby. coincidence she tells me just after we split? hmmm. It gets better. I tell her to take a test. she decides to book an appointment with the doctor instead. ( This all happened late on Saturday / Sunday) Monday morning at 8:15,  I get a text from her saying that she has been to the doc’s, she was experiencing pain and found out that she was in the process of losing the baby.

The thought of me being a dad did creep into my mind I’ll admit. I knew (and told her) that it wouldn’t be a good idea for us to bring up a child with all our problems and the fact that we’d just split up. But still, I could have a child, It scared me and excited me. Then the thoughts that she may be lieing to get me back and may have made it all up hit me. Before I had time to process it all (I needed a lot of time to figure things out) I was told that it’s gone and it’s not an issue anymore.

Ok so back to square one right? NO! K continued to text / call me explaining that she still wants to be with me and she can forgive me if I forgive her for hacking into Facebook.( She fails to realise that this isn’t the main issue. We’d split up before all that happened. I just don’t have feelings for her anymore) I don’t like hurting or upsetting people and tried my hardest to keep her from being hurt over it all. Obviously I have mixed feelings. My head is everywhere, she continues to ‘persudae’ me that things will be different if we gave things another try.

Right I feel better now all that’s out. I know in my heart what I need to do but its difficult to go along with.

If there’s anyone who made it to the end of this post…

a) congratulations for not falling asleep or switching to something else

b) I’m sorry

DD

 

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San Federico

Spain is a wonderful place. This was taken on a little beach down beside the Balcon De Europe in Nerja Costa Del Sol. The warmth of the sun has a calming effect on my mind and all but eradicates my anxiety problems. The sun also makes for excellent photography conditions. The more light there is, the easier it is to get the right settings to correctly expose the shot (I find anyway)

The boat above made the beach seem a  little less touristy and a little more rustic. I’d been searching the area for  natural photos of the area without anything touristy getting in the way. I find the authentic Spain much more appealing than that side of it. This was taken last time I visited Nerja. My nan has a villa there so I go as often as I can. Next time I think I’ll hire a car and adventure further in land to the less developed areas, I think I’ll find some interesting subjects there.

Spain is one of the first countries other than my home country that I have felt comfortable in visiting on my own. Part of this must be done to the fact that I’ve been many times before and know a little about the place and partly because I passed GCSE Spanish whilst at school. unfortunately I didn’t keep the language up after so I lost most of it. I can still form basic sentences and know a good amount of words to get by whilst there.

It occurred to me that I have bought most people who are close to me to Spain at some point during my life. I have plenty of happy memories from all these people whilst being with them in spain and look forward to having many more happy memories with people who I haven’t yet had to chance to go with.

As mentioned in one of my former blogs, Spain is one of the places I’d run away to to escape everything

Happy Viewing

DD

 
 

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