God’s Artwork

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These are pics of flowers in my friend’s garden.  I love the ‘beards’ in these beautiful Irises.

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The pictures speak for themselves I think and show the wonderful variety of design that mankind in a million years could not invent. All our knowledge is built on what has gone before and just as the information on our computer programmes have been placed there by an intelligent mind, so God has put His information for different life-forms within the seed, to reproduce after its kind

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Doggie Photo Shoot

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I spent a lovely afternoon with friends a couple of days ago. As I don’t drive, they chauffered me and took me to their home for a cuppa first and then on to the local garden centre. They have a lovely little patio cum cottage garden and two large but very gentle doggies. Of course I took my camera along and I was in my element snapping away.

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Inevitably with indoor shots there is a lot of ‘cluttered’ background – I use the term loosely as it isn’t untidy , merely ‘lived in’ . So I like to either soften around the main subject or sometimes it needs a bit of ‘cloning’.  I have to do ‘selections’ i.e. draw around things to isolate them first, but it doesn’t have to be precise so usually it’s no problem. I used to try to be much more accurate and there are several tools to use. I’ve discovered through trial and error though that it’s not all that complicated.

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Because I take my photos on the highest quality my camera will allow, the images take cropping well with no loss of detail etc.  I hope ya’ll like the results anyway.

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The eyes have it !

My next blog will have the flower pics I took in my friends garden.  See you soon ….


Trooping the Colour

 

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I watched the Trooping of the Colour [celebrating the Queen’s birthday] on TV last saturday and decided to have a go at taking photos ….[ I’m hoping I haven’t breached any copyright laws].  I was quite pleased with the results in spite of having to deal [post-production] with the inevitable reflections on the tv screen.  I could be clearly seen holding the camera in some of them so had to discard them.

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Another problem I had was unwanted lines and ‘moire’ patterns so I removed them as best I could.  As a result sometimes the images weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. Anyway – I tried to compensate what were technical problems by concentrating more on composition and cropping.

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I love all the colour and pomp and circumstance too.  My dear old Dad was in the TA Royal Artillary in the 1920 s  and was with  horses and gun carriages like these. I specially like their uniforms – so dashing ….

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Clematis

 

002 Well, of course, being England – it couldn’t last long could it? … the sunny weather I mean !  After being spoilt with the most gordeous blue skies and warmth for almost a week – it turned nasty again.  I don’t mind the usual showers or even the heavy rain we’ve been getting – it’s the sudden drop in temperature that chills me poor ole bones that gets to me.  Still, I shouldn’t complain when there are parts of the world that suffer so much from earthquakes, tornadoes and the like !  Hmm – I’m living on easy street ain’t I?

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Before the rains came I was able to buy some plants to begin filling up the little border. As I’m now the proud owner of a little pickett fence I decided a couple of Clematis would look good scrambling over it.  No matter that I discovered too late that Nellie Moser grows 10ft x 10ft ….

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