Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tourists in London

This trio caught my eye as they all looked at their cameras at the same time. No cut and paste - they are twins!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Norway Update

I have put a new page with 20 of the Norway photographs on my webpage - follow link on top right of this page

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Still processing Norway photographs!

This was one of the dozens of lone trees I took while sledding but most were blurry as not enough light for faster shutterspeed.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Image Straightened using Spherize Command in Photoshop




Raw File Conversions of Northern Lights Pictures

Two of the twenty shots that I took of the Northern Lights converted from the Raw file. As I hoped there was a lot more colour in the Raw file. I think that I will straighten the row of lights on the shoreline before printing.

I liked the tree in the image below - it was a very still evening so the tree remains fairly sharp even with a two minute exposure.



Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Two final shots from Norway trip

People doing their Christmas shopping in Tromso. Our last day was very clear and had the most wonderful 'sunset' with all the colours of the spectrum in the sky and reflected in the water.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tromso Islands


View from Wilderness Centre back towards Tromso with the main bridge that connects the islands.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dog Sledging


Spent the day with 300 Huskies - all wanting to play or take you for a sledge run. These were our two rear dogs that did most of the pulling.

Northern Lights

This is what a 2-3 minute exposure recorded - didn't look as impressive to the eye but still a wonderful experience. This is from the jpeg file so hopefully lot more colour and clarity from the Raw.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Greetings from Tromso in Norway

Taken at 3 oclock in the afternoon - there are only 4 hours of twilight at this time of year.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thames at night


I have been playing around with Monochrome conversion using Adobe Lightroom where you have eight colour 'channels' to adjust. Very useful for bringing out orange lighting in a night scene!















Sunday, December 14, 2008

Barn owl is back


Good to see our barn owl back quartering the field outside my window this evening.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Albino blackbird




This albino blackbird has been around Toft for at least a year - don't know whether he bred this season but I am surprised he has survived so long as he is very conspicuous. I say 'he' but as there is no eye ring, I wonder if it is female with no pigment in the beak - any ideas?




Sunday, December 7, 2008

Follow-up visit to Ely Cathedral





Returned to Ely today - very bright sunny day so lots of light bouncing around in the Cathedral. Used the 15mm lens to give these two views of the choir on a platform underneath the octagon.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Maryport Cumbria


Taken on recent trip to Cumbria in high winds and driving rain - no chance of fishing boats going out

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ely Cathedral


Taken with 15 mm Fish-eye converted from raw with no further manipulation - any ideas how it was done!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Deserted Hotel

Came across a deserted and randalised hotel while up north. This was taken through a smashed safety glass door which acted as as diffusing filter.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wolf Pack


Wolves jostling for dominance - just like domestic dogs, the top dog will climb on others and the under dog hangs the head.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wolf brothers


First of some pictures of a European wolf pack. Two are obviously brothers with identically marked faces.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hear the Echo of Boots


One of the cobbled passageways leading from the rows of houses to the Mill complex in Halifax - finely polished from hundreds of boots.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Morning light over Northern Fells


This was the view 180 degrees from the lefthand photo below - all the drama that morning was towards the sun.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Change in the Weather




Two different days, just about the same viewpoint and time in the morning but very different weather conditions.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Views of Halifax
















Spent night in Travelodge in Halifax, which is part of the renovated Dean Clough complex. Reminded of the work of Bill Brandt (right is one of his images from Halifax). Treated my image to give a similar gritty feel. Not enough time to take many photographs - a project for next visit.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Autumn Stream


The colours were very variable through the Lake District. Found this lovely stream near Glen Ridding where the leaves were still on the trees

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lake District Sheep




Some inquisitive sheep taken on 'the' sunny morning on a recent trip to the Lakes

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Laccaria amethystea





Two views of Amethyst deceiver taken at Brandon

Toadstool from Outing to Brandon



This is one of my favourite shots from today's wander in the beechwoods at Brandon.

I think it is Coprinus lagopus but would like confirmation.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Weekend for Autumn Colours


The autumn colours seem to be at their best in Cambridgeshire at the moment. As high winds are reported to be on their way, now is the time to record this year's yellows and golds.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Images for Recipe Book














I am in the process of producing some illustrations for a recipe book to be sold to help fund a toilet for our Parish Church in Toft.
These need to be in monochrome suitable for printing on text pages.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Liverpool 20 years on





I knew I had a photograph from the late 1980s of Mersey from behind the Albert Dock so I attempted to get the same viewpoint. The most interesting difference is the proliferation of safety fences. In the older photo on the right ther were no barriers other than the chain fence. Now there is a solid railing fence and in places extra barricades - a sign of our mitigation-mad culture? The three dockyard cranes at the Cammell Laird Shipyard at Birkenhead were blown up in November 2003 when the dockyard closed.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Visit to Liverpool


Visited the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool on a very bright sunny day last week and was amazed by the colours coming through the stained glass ceiling windows. The staff were very friendly and encouraged us to take photographs with no restriction on tripods - just a request to publicize the beauty of the building - not a problem.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so