Friday, March 20, 2009

Full Friday Morning - Quiet Afternoon - 47F - S wind

One of the EPS Competitions scheduled for next year, or my subject-out-of- the- hat is 'Night'. I can't remember which and it doesn't matter in this context.

Knowing my propensity for nocturnal activity you wont be surprised that I decided to have 'a go' in the early hours. I simply put my old Casio on a tripod and let it do its own thing. At a guess the exposure was around 20 seconds.

To me it doesn't look bad. The light-sources between the trees and the bungalows are both street-lights I'm afraid. Nothing so romantic as the moon.

Talking of 'street lights' - my picture out of the office window of 'Snow under Streetlight' was placed first in the monthly open competition on Thursday and my 'Mint Sauce Jug' collage came third in the 'Repetition' category. Y said "Bet you are sorry you didn't go ?" but I'm not. I'm not keen on Judges even when they select my pictures.

This morning we nipped over to Arnold, firstly to deliver something to our Accountant, and second to visit the big Sainsbury's to get Vegemite. Haven't been successful elsewhere. The store in question has recently been given a make-over and extended.....

Now, it is most attractive - you could spend days in there. Very well stocked and good wide aisles. And shelves-full of Vegemite. The Forsythia illustrated was just opposite the Accountants, but it is all over the place and at its best at the moment. And it looks OK even when the flowers have fallen - the foliage is such an attractive green.

For main meal we had fresh salmon fillets lightly brushed with olive oil and grilled. Accompanied by new potatoes, and purple-sprouting broccoli. A little garnish of our own fresh parsley and I did small amount of white sauce for me, Y is not a lover. For pudding I twisted her arm to do jelly and ice-cream.

My responses to your previous comments

Bob ..... We both like tulips. Of all shapes ..... A long time ago a favourite was a May flowering variety called Clara Butt, unfortunately long gone. Y is keen on them in a vase when they begin to droop - 'artistically'.

I'm sorry the word limit prevented a full description of your bus journey. But, at the risk of being tedious, could I say that such a description is not really a 'comment' on my blog but a possible post in your own. Perhaps 'Twitter' would be the answer to your 'blogging' aspirations. Twitter gains in popularity at a phenomenal rate. Here is a link please click here and, if you set up an account, I would immediate offer myself as your first 'friend'.

Jill ..... In ordinary light the apparently 'salmon pink' daff is not such an interesting colour. I was crouched down, so far as I am able, and the light was being reflected from elsewhere I think. I'll take another so you can see it in a truer colour. Sorry to sound a disappointing note.

Reg's 'panoramas' are always good. If I can persuade him to send me one he did ages ago, of a woodland scene, I will be happy to publish it. Brian S had a print of it hanging in his shop for ages.

Very interested in your old camera that captured wide-angle shots. Can you remember anything more about it please?

Reg ..... I suppose that, whenever one sees a viaduct like that, it implies either rail, or occasionally canal. With a 'road' they would make you go steeply down one side, across the bridge, and then up again the other side. I'd never thought it through before.

Pete .... Please see above, my remarks to Jill about the 'pink' daff. My fault I think, not the daff's.

Thanks also for the link to the Telegraph picture. I had actually seen it before during my research into 'pinhole' photography. As Brian S says, a 6 month exposure is of 'interest' but hardly an attractive photograph.


Quotation time ..... I've probably published this before but it is so, so true. My working life seemed beset by people 'pinching' ideas and not accrediting them....

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit"

Harry S Truman

Tomorrow morning we are going over to Long Eaton around coffee-time and it will be lovely to see everyone. I must remember this time to copy some of Sky's poetry onto a memory stick, so I can enjoy it at leisure.

"Sleep tight - Catch you tomorrow"



Jill said...

The 'night' photo - I thought it looked like one of the old 'pea-soupers' - fog we used to get in London...not keen. Preferred the forsythia - wasn't that supposed to be Moses' Burning Bush?

I like a aauce with salmon too, M & S do a jar of Hollandaise which keeps well in fridge, I add a drop of lemon juice to mine. I would have added the parsley chopped into the white sauce.....

Camera/panorama - one of those old single-use 'cameras' - we used to buy one each at Heathrow before flying off to exotic places, then we didn't have to worry about losing/getting it stolen, etc. The more expensive ones had a built-in flash, and you could adjust it to take 'normal'. panorama or close-up. Since the advent of digital cameras tney don't seem to be around much, apart from specialist ones like 'underwater' ones. I feel sure though that a 'proper' photographer would have no truck with them!

Reg said...

Surly if its canal its an aquaduct!or is viaduct an overall term?
Will look out the woodland pan.And let you have it in the next day or so awauy all today at Coventry.

bob said...

I like your night scene although can’t quite see it winning (but who am I…?).
Surprisingly large ‘red’ content when enlarged – as though all the trees are holly or cotoneaster or something.
Personally, I would crop about 14.8936% (VAT-free?) or slightly more, off the right-hand side

Still addicted to that Aussie imitation then? ( Marmite without the bite)
Netto have a ‘Love You’ Marmite on offer, with 0.3% champagne added (photo to follow). It changes the taste surprisingly (almost Vegemitey).

Only answering a blog query ("warts'n'all", it is).
Afraid I cannot become interested in ‘twitter’.
May I mention that the hedge saga looks to have concluded (with a whimper, not the bang of a falling tree, or Pole)? All the fault of that caravan.
Now I‘ll have to find something else to whittle about.

I seem to remember a wide angle cheap camera, Jill – possibly one of the Kodak Instamatic range.

Yvonne said...

Lovely visit to Long Eaton and an absolutely splendid piece of home-made chocolate cake - so much for the diet! I read Sky's excellent poetry while Brooke did the washing up - she says she likes doing it: to be encouraged I think.

Very touched with the Mother's Day card and plant - especially at this difficult time for David, so closely following the death of his own mother.

jbw said...

To try to help to clarify the definitions please note th following and I am sorry but it just exceeds the 200 limit:- "A viaduct is a bridge composed of several small spans. The term viaduct is derived from the Latin via for road and ducere to lead something. However, the Ancient Romans did not use that term per se; it is a modern derivation from an analogy with aqueduct. Like the Roman aqueducts, many early viaducts comprised a series of arches of roughly equal length. Viaducts may span land or water or both.
An aqueduct is a water supply or navigable channel (conduit) constructed to convey water. In modern engineering, the term is used for any system of pipes, ditches, canals, tunnels, and other structures used for this purpose.[1]
In a more restricted use, aqueduct (occasionally water bridge) applies to any bridge or viaduct that transports water —instead of a path, road or railway —across a gap. Large navigable aqueducts are used as transport links for boats or ships. Aqueducts must span a crossing at the same level as the watercourses on each side. (Alternative solutions involving a change of water level are a water pump or siphon for water transport, or a boat lift, pound lock, or canal inclined plane for boat movement.) The word is derived from the Latin aqua ("water") and ducere ("to lead")."