Nik colour Efex

As I’m sure we all have, I downloaded the Nik software when Google made it free and I’m just starting to get to grips with it. I do like the detail extractor and the tonal contrast adjuster. I wonder if others are using it and which adjustments are their favourites.

366 Daily Challenge

Week 17 at a glance.

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Growing without appropriate resources – following the announcement of compulsory academisation of schools ūüė¶
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Looking for hope on Dungeness beach.
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Rose and lychee ice cream. Um-ummmmmm!
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Sunday afternoon jazz.
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Into the exam period.
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The prettiest teabag.
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Ge’dorf my car!

Is Dungeness one of the most photographed places in the UK?

Dungeness is not far from us but I don’t go there often: firstly, because it has been so photographed that it is difficult to find a new perspective; secondly, because it is so photogenic, there often lots of photographers milling about getting in each others’ way and finally, it is very exposed and the¬†cold northerly winds rattle my brains about in my head.

However, after a shaky start, yesterday afternoon turned into a glorious spring day and it was a pleasure to comb the beach, looking for something a little different.

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Landscape shaped by the winds and tides.
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Abandoned livelihoods
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Left for dead.
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How appropriate.
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Nature will determine its fate.
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So nearly a little beauty.
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Every year, a little less.
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The earth continues to rotate
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A little golden touch.
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Veiled, like the stories they could tell.
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Is that a paper press I see before me?

 

Romney Marsh Turbines

It was always an eerie place: too flat, too big, too lonely and since they built the windfarm…. with its inanimate animation, its silent whirring and its¬†vacant¬†omnipresence… it seems the tension has risen another few decibels.

Apologies for any poor quality and strange colour cast generated by cheap ND filters… To buy a decent one is my next Photography purchase…. I’ve decided I like the square ones that fit into a holder… Any recommendations?

 

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The predictabiity almost incites mistrust.
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War Of the Worlds… just waiting.
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Big spaces… big skies
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Like sentinels
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The brain of the beast
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Dominating everything for miles around
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Gangs of them.
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Too intense… looking the opposite way
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The final destination of their toil.

Week 16 of 366 Challenge

Week 16…. Wow!

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Friday – bit greedy but nice.
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Rare selfie at Cass Sculpture foundation.
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Sunday… formation flying
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Monday – explorer boots have to stay at home
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Tuesday was reflective
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Slowing down on Wednesday.
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Early rise Thursday.

Bosham

One of my most favourite places. Mostly because it faces west for sunset but secondly because the tide rushes out and empties the huge natural basin that sits in the middle of Bosham which totally transforms the village twice a day.

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Bosham Church reflected in the basin
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I could live here!
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Des. Res.
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Incoming tide
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Across the basin
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From the harbour
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Reflections
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Boy on pontoon.
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Sun setting towards Chidham
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Early season – not many boats yet.
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Symmetry
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Another 15 minutes to move those cars?

Cass Sculpture Foundation

In between destinations, we¬†thought we’d spend an hour at¬†the Cass Sculpture Foundation in West Sussex. An hour is NOT long enough; the artwork, the wooded environment, the artwork in the wooded environment, the playful bits, the unwieldy bits, the unsettling bits – no doubt we’d¬†all have our¬†own interpretations. Anyway,¬†3 hours later and I still came away feeling there was so much more I (and my camera) could have done.

Photography from art? It’s the way I saw it. The bits that caught my attention – and there were many that did. Here are a dozen taken from my favourites:

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From a distance a rusty looking medieval torture device but up close, the mirrored interior presented a playful interaction with the environment.
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What appeared to be 3 large teaspoons throwing back distortions of the location and the grim weather.
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Sci-fi meets Native red Indians – Surreal juxtaposition of these beautiful cones in the forest.
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Nature’s contribution to this piece.
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A tiny shift to the left and this would have been a totally different photo.
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Nature through glass sheets.
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Nature through glass sheets.
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The glass waterfall.
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The noisy yet thoughtless joy of a toddler on a tricycle.
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Breaking up the landscape.
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All individual yet all the same.
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So lifelike from this distance, I didn’t like to stare.

 

 

The madness of Bristol

We spent a weekend with #2 son and he showed us what keeps him way down in Bristol.

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There’s a red one and a yellow one and a pink on and a blue one.
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Love overpass
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Flippers? Really?
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City farm

 

 

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Lunch stop
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