The West Ring

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Entries from February 2008

Time For a Challenge

February 22nd, 2008 by Iain · 4 Comments

I was just reading this month’s Digital SLR Photography magazine and they have launched their “Photo Excellence Awards 2008″ competition. As I’ve got so much time on my hands I’ve decided to give it a go. Being, as I am, a total novice, this will be a real challenge. But the way I see it, [...]

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Tags: Photography Projects

Wanted: More Hours in the Day!

February 22nd, 2008 by Iain · 2 Comments

I’ve just been lent Understanding Exposure (Revised Edition) by Bryan Peterson (cheers Stephen!) and it’s got me thinking about my up-coming holiday. This book has been recommended by many people, so obviously I want to read it. However, whilst on holiday I want to just chill with Jennie, walk the hounds, sightsee, read the books [...]

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Tags: Life

Project – The View From Below

February 20th, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

Let’s face facts. Given that we’ve got two gorgeous, photogenic and characterful hounds, and I’ve a new interest in photography, it’s a given that they’re going to feature quite heavily, especially in these early days. But I’m aware that not everyone who reads this site is necessarily a Lurcher lover, and I don’t want to [...]

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Tags: Photography Projects

How The Rights To Your Photo Are Being Hijacked Through Photo Contests & Social Media

February 19th, 2008 by Iain · 3 Comments

I’ve just read a very interesting and thought-provoking post by Jim M. Goldstein in his blog. The gist of it is that if you’re entering any sort of contest or even posting your pictures on the likes of Facebook then you’re possibly handing over all future rights to that image. Read his post, it’s worthwhile! [...]

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Tags: Photography

There Are No Excuses Now!

February 19th, 2008 by Iain · 2 Comments

Dad has very generously lent me one of his lenses on a long term loan. It’s the Canon EF 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM so a real step from the kit lens. I’m looking forward to picking it up at the weekend and giving it a whirl. For those not up with the Canon acronyms the [...]

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Tags: Photography

Photography: What I Have Learnt So Far…

February 13th, 2008 by Iain · 3 Comments

…is that it is as complicated as it first seemed! Especially as I have thrown myself in at the deep-end trying to photograph a fast moving subject in our two hounds. Still, I’m making progress and that’s what counts. Looking at my first attempts I could see that quite often it appeared that their bums [...]

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Tags: Photography

Last Weekend’s Lurcher Walk

February 10th, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

A bit slow in processing and posting these, sorry No waffle this time, just a link to the pictures and a teaser (AKA nearly a classic) I really wish I’d caught his face in focus. Still, it makes me laugh

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Tags: Photography

Fixed (ish)

February 8th, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

Well I’m almost there.  The good news is that email notification for Gallery comments is now installed and working.  So you’d better start commenting on some pics!! The bad news is that the plugin which displayed the random Gallery image at the top of the right hand side bar doesn’t work any more.     I’ll [...]

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Tags: Gallery · Website

Oops.

February 7th, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

I seem to have broken things somewhat! That’ll teach me for fiddling! Hopefully I’ll be able to get things back up and running at some point today…

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Tags: Gallery · Website

My First Photoshop

February 6th, 2008 by Iain · 1 Comment

Last of the Thursley pond pics from Saturday morning. We’ll be back to the hounds very soon This is probably my favourite because of the curving contrail*, and the snake-like reflection of it. This is also my first proper attempt with doing some Photoshopping: I cloned out some grass that was spoiling it. In all [...]

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Tags: Photography