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I started this blog in 2014, intending to try and post a new black and white image twice a week. Unfortunately, my circumstances changed considerably, and the whole project ground to a halt.

I am hoping that during 2017 I will be able to begin to add to this project, and maybe add more albums to the galleries too.

I appreciate that the aim should be to post all NEW images, but in some cases that will not be possible to do, due to other commitments. This explains why I will be using some images from my archives.


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Nothing much changes around here .....

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Although my computer problems seem to be resolved for the moment, other circumstances mean I am unlikely to be able to get this blog back on track.

I have been playing today with a prototype of a Topaz plugin, currently named 'Impressions'. Not even at the beta testing stage, so plenty of bugs to iron out! It is intended for the creation of art starting from a digital image. As I have absolutely NO real artistic talent it is of great interest to me.

I have worked on three different images so far, and the colour versions are shown in a new gallery on here. The two monochrome versions of this favourite of mine are shown here as well ... they are at least black and white if not new images!

I started with the oil painting preset and after tweaking desaturated the image. I then tweaked a charcoal preset to get this result.



This version started from the sketch preset, vignette added in Photo Effects 8 in OnOne Perfect PhotoSuite 8.5



Derbyshire countryside late evening

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a lovely evening yesterday, and a little cooler than it had been during the daytime, so we went for a drive in Derbyshire.


I was hoping for some golden hour images, maybe a sunset sky - but no! I should have known that whenever I try to do that it gets misty in the valleys so useless for the shots I wanted. I  was a little surprised how much of the haze disappeared when I tried a few shots with the new IR conversion. Again I was using the 850nm filter on full spectrum conversion.



First results from new IR conversion

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is the first result from my Lumix TZ30 which was converted to full spectrum by KolariVision. I used an 850nm filter and did very little processing.


The results are sharp and punchy, and I am very pleased with the quality.


If you are interested in any kind of infrared conversions I highly recommend this company - check them out here:  www.kolarivision.com


I did take a colour image by adding a hot mirror filter, and got a reasonable colour image, a little fringing but it is only a compact camera!

You can view this on my other site, not wanting to put too many colour images on this blog..... colour image here




Easter is over but ......

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I have not made any progress with the main computer,  here is one I played with today.



Computer update!

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Still not fixed the computer, so having brought all my software up to date on my older laptop I have managed some processing of older images. It takes ten times as long (or it feels like that!) so not getting a lot done. I've put a small album in the Galleries section from a small museum in North Yorkshire. Sadly, I was not allowed to take many shots before I got told it was against their rules! Needless to say I will not be going back unless they change the rules.


Here is a sample from the album.



Computer problems .........

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have major computer problems, which will prevent me from posting to this blog for a while. Not sure how long it will take to get the machine up and running, then there will be a lot of software installing to deal with :(


I'm posting three quite different images from my archives, using my husbands' computer  (which does not have the necessary software to produce any more images, unfortunately)


First we have a train image, at Goatland Station, North Yorkshire Moors Railway.




Here is an infrared landscape taken at Lyme Hall, using a converted Canon EOS 30D.




Finally, an abstract composition from The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port.






Ness Gardens Landscape

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

OK, so I missed out last week on posting to this blog, but I did actually get out and shoot! Processing time has been scarce, but better late than never? This one is five bracketed shots combined in Photomatix Pro, then converted to black and white in CS6 using Silver Efex Pro 2.



As an extra image, here is an infrared result of Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire. Taken some time ago with a Canon EOD 30D, converted for IR use.




Hard work - for a girl!

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the lack of any photo opportunities this weekend, I have raided the archives for this one.


Here we have a young woman volunteer on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway coupling up - while a strong man watches! There is another female volunteer on this railway who I've seen progress from fireman to driver. No doubt she will feature at some point, when I have nothing new to post.



A very wet day .... sigh!

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather this week has not been encouraging for photography, and if you take a look out of my kitchen window you will understand!



As there is no prospect of anything better tomorrow, I ventured out to a local green space. I have been meaning to get a shot of this beautifully carved owl for a long time, so that is now crossed off my list of 'local things to shoot'!! I wasn't very happy with the result, but having spent some time on it (and got wet!) I'm showing it anyway.



Weekend Train

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is the first post on this blog! I'm hoping to stick with it and post each weekend plus a mid-week image when I can.


This is 60163 Tornado pictured at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.




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