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13 December 2011 @ 00:34
Tonight at photography club, we had the finals for our digital competitions. This is where every photo that has won a seal (in the digital competitions!) are judged (in their classes) again for the best overall photo. I got 3 seals this year, and all were for digital photos.

And out of... 25 photos maybe? (possibly more) in the primary class, the judge held back 8 photos that were his favourites, to pick from. AND... I didn't win.

But - out of the 8 photos, two of them were mine! And he made really good comments about both of them too, so that makes me happy. It's a shame not to have won overall of course, but being selected as a top photo (twice!) is pretty nice at least.

The photos were:
Crossing Roundabouts
Lion Resting In Tree

He said that the Crossing Roundabouts one was different to what you usually see in clubs, and that I'm developing my own style. Heh.
14 June 2011 @ 23:25

Because there are some new NCIS photos out of Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly and they are just adorable.

And I also find it really hard to delete any of my icons when I want to make room for a new one!
01 June 2011 @ 00:13

mercscilla posted this video in her LJ, so I just had to share.

It may be long, but it's brilliantly done! Almost looks like the whole town got involved!!

See an article in the Daily Mail about it here.
12 May 2011 @ 23:53
Sorry, another couple of videos...

This guy is brilliant to watch... and some beautiful scenery to boot!

A may zing. Timelapsed photos made into video:

Timelapse - The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.

Current Mood: impressedimpressed
12 May 2011 @ 22:31
... it's people's reactions that are making me laugh more too!

Geeks FTW!

This one is brilliant!!

And more under the cut.Collapse )

There are loads more videos by these guys:
03 April 2011 @ 00:07
The amazingness of CSI zooming & enhancing technology...

Oh alasse_fae!

I did what you asked and made some bike icons at last. Go take a look here.

It's been ages since I've made any icons or graphics. It's quite nice to do so again.
Current Mood: tiredtired
27 January 2011 @ 22:30
I had a cool multicoloured pepper for dinner this week.

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02 January 2011 @ 12:59
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Those are some scary figures! I have posted a lot of comments! lol
31 December 2010 @ 14:08
01) PS. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
02) The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
03) Eagle Strike - Anthony Horowitz
04) Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K Hamilton
05) Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
06) The Laughing Corpse - Laurell K Hamilton
07) Death Du Jour - Kathy Reichs
08) The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
09) Lost in A Good Book - Jasper Fforde
10) The Brightonomicon - Robert Rankin
11) The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde
12) Rabbit Proof Fence - Doris Pilkinton
13) Circus of the Damned - Laurell K Hamilton
14) Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde

Eugh, my reading speed got terrible for the second half of the year. Mostly coz of having to spend my free time revising. Rubbish!

I'm currently 200 pages into a 1009 page book... me thinks it may take a while to read it! lol

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The good thing about my photography club is that you can get tips on how to improve a photo.

This, for example, is a photo I submitted in the last digital competition (and plan to resubmit to the next one, as you can enter the same image twice).

The original image vs the improved one following feedback.


I swear I never notice too bright areas in my own photos - but I must remember to try to keep an eye on that in future.

Opinions on the one on the right? Does it look okay (the submission deadline is Monday, but I'll submit mine by Sunday evening)?
23 October 2010 @ 21:43
Ha ha, just seen this on TV...

19 October 2010 @ 21:51
At my photography club we have a meeting once a month that is either a print or a digital competition where members enter photos into their category (primary, intermediate, advanced) and they all get judged and the best photos (well, the judge's favourites) get picked and awarded a club seal. (You need... I think it's 12 or something! seals to move up a level.)

This week, we had a print competition. I already had some photos printed from the club exhibition that we had in the shopping centre the other week... Did I mention we had that? I had a few photos on display to the general public for the week which was kind of cool!

Anyway, I had some photos already printed so thought I'd enter a couple and see if anything happened.

And I got my very first club seal! For this image:

West Quay Deserted

This was from the evening the club were invited to go to West Quay, the big shopping mall in Southampton, at the end of the day just before it closed and then for a couple of hours after the public had left.

I never showed any of the photos, so here are the good ones...Collapse )

And evidence that I indeed had photos on display:

(Click for bigger)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
18 October 2010 @ 18:49
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Someone has made a "movie trailer" for SG-1...

How good is that! Made me laugh. I want to go watch it now ;)
(I should actually bring my SG-1 DVDs down to Soton sometime actually!)
23 September 2010 @ 22:13
Random photos from Monkey Mia... coz it was pretty and sunny rather than rainy and cold like it currently is here...

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

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13 September 2010 @ 23:13
Hee! Remember this photo?


I entered it into my photography club's exhibition print selection tonight.

There were 3 judges and they rated a photo between 2 and 5 (2 = rubbish, 5 = great) meaning a lowest mark of 6 and top mark of 15. The category I entered it into was "Southampton" as a general category where they didn't split them into the classes (primary, intermediate, advanced) so were all being rated on the same scale.

I got a mark of 14!!! (They said that marks of 13-15 can win categories in the international competition. I'm thinking I might enter that one next year.)

They gave feedback on it too, so I have a few areas I can improve on it (just lightening the vignetting a bit and darkening the centre area of grass). But they liked it! And these are members who actually judge actual competitions!

I'm so chuffed.

(I had 3 other photos too, which got 12, 11 and 8. Not bad but not fantastic. Though the one I got 12 marks for got some nice comments too.)
Current Mood: happychuffed
01 September 2010 @ 23:44
Have a random photo I took...

Nope, no reason for this random post at all! lol

*wanders off to bed*
22 August 2010 @ 16:01
(Continuing, in my very slow fashion, photos from my travels...)

From Kalbarri we drove up as far as Monkey Mia, which is in the Shark Bay Marine Park and is a World Heritage Site.

They're famous for having dolphins that visit the beach there as they feed the dolphins here. It used to be a free for all, but it's highly regulated nowadays for the dolphin's benefits - to make sure they don't become dependent and that they aren't overfed.

The feedings only happen in the morning - the first one 7.30am. You go down to the area where they feed the dolphins and wade knee-deep into the water and stand in a line. The dolphins eventually make their way towards the shore and will get very close to you! I had one about an inch from my shin at one point! Sadly we're not allowed to touch them because the acid on our skin damages theirs.

When it actually comes to feeding the dolphins, everyone has to go back up on to the beach and stay out the water. People then get picked to feed the dolphins a fish - so they go back into the water. The crowd has to stay on the beach because it stops there being too much noise in the water so that the mother dolphins can hear their young, who they leave further out to see (after feeding, they then go off to feed their young). Also, with one person wading in, they know who it is they'll be getting the food from!

Smiling Upwards

Lots of dolphin photos!Collapse )

I fed them twice, on two different days! (The second day, everyone had already fed the dolphins once before, so I got picked to have another go. Yay!)

Feeding a Dolphin 1

Their bellies go pink when they get excited! Bet you didn't know that!

Delightedly Pink
07 August 2010 @ 23:09
I just watched the first episode of Sherlock on BBC iPlayer and I have to say I really enjoyed it.
It's quirky and I like how it's filmed. And Sherlock again has one of those brains I like! lol.

It was weird watching it though because I couldn't stop thinking how much Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch looks like an older version of Merlin/Colin Morgan. Kinda freaky!

I really must get my hands on the actual stories because I've never read them. I may even give in and buy the pretty hard backed fabric-type cover edition they have in Waterstones. Expensive but so pretty (I love books like that rather than the usual paperback or even normal hardbacks).

In other TV-watching news, I bought a DVD player the other day for my TV and it has a USB slot... which means I can watch my downloaded programmes on the TV rather than the PC. It's kind of cool!

I also had the first few episodes of The West Wing on whilst doing some tax revision earlier. Ah how I love that show.

Edit: Ooh, they have the same version of the book on Amazon for £16... so tempted. But alas I really shouldn't!