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Title: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 13, 2009, 10:26:14 PM
....those litle things that brighten the day.....

Sunshine and another chance to try out my new 400mm Tokina at lunchtime.....great fun!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 13, 2009, 10:46:56 PM
Went out today full of excitement to take some more shots of Butterflies, from the field I had been using. Heard a noise and found one of the rangers cutting the grass! All the wildflowers on which the insects feed cut down.  >:(
Still it was a nice afternoon with very little wind. Could have done with that last month.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 14, 2009, 06:34:19 AM
It's friday :D :D :D :fworks2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 14, 2009, 10:46:28 AM
And the sun is shining in a clear blue sky.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on August 14, 2009, 11:57:47 AM
It's friday :D :D :D :fworks2:
Work tommorrow and sunday for some tho :'(
Then two weeks off work :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 14, 2009, 09:23:33 PM
And the sun is shining in a clear blue sky.  :tup:
Spoke too soon. Half hour after I posted that grey low clouds came in and remained all day. On the news today thay said tomorrow would be cloudier!  :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 15, 2009, 01:57:36 AM
....those litle things that brighten the day.....

Sunshine and another chance to try out my new 400mm Tokina at lunchtime.....great fun!

And how did it work out Sue?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 15, 2009, 07:21:00 AM
Well - definitely a good weather lens if you're handholding. Upped the ISO to keep the shutter speed as high as poss. I uploaded a couple of pictures of my dog and a hoverfly and a yellow rose. I love the way a lens like this can really throw the background OOF - will hopefully try it at the next dog show for a few portraits.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 15, 2009, 07:16:27 PM
Good weather lens. that's a good way of putting it. I've given up on AF with mine it hunts too much even in really bright sunshine. Still it is a good lens, I keep by my back door for shooting my bird feeders where it's always within a turn or so of focus.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 15, 2009, 10:27:04 PM
Well the weather men were wrong again today. Forecast more cloud than yesterday, and we had less with load of sunshine, shame about the strong wind!  :o

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 15, 2009, 11:27:16 PM
Well the weather men were wrong again today. Forecast more cloud than yesterday, and we had less with load of sunshine, shame about the strong wind!  :o



Stop eatin' beans then. :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 15, 2009, 11:36:10 PM
Well the weather men were wrong again today. Forecast more cloud than yesterday, and we had less with load of sunshine, shame about the strong wind!  :o



Stop eatin' beans then. :beer:
:2funny:  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on August 16, 2009, 08:55:39 AM
Spending the day with my nose in a book......well an ebook reader but its just as good and not as heavy.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Damon on August 16, 2009, 07:49:47 PM
Found this site :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 16, 2009, 10:11:15 PM
Un unexpected day out at as lovely venure amongst hundreds of dog people from all around the world...and the sun shone :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 16, 2009, 10:51:39 PM
Good weather lens. that's a good way of putting it. I've given up on AF with mine it hunts too much even in really bright sunshine. Still it is a good lens, I keep by my back door for shooting my bird feeders where it's always within a turn or so of focus.

Tried it on a few agility shots today and the focussing was'nt bad at all - it was just a bit long and there were too many obstacles that kept getting in the way. Still pleased with the quality though - might not match the Canon 400mm prime but it only cost about a quarter of the cost of one of those 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 17, 2009, 12:10:00 AM
I'm not sure if it's the camera (Sony A350), the viewfinder or my eyes but I finally processed about two weeks worth of shots I'd taken at mostly early evening at 400 ISO and the vast majority turned out blurry even thought they looked perfectly sharp to me, in the eyepiece. This lens can either give me cracking shots or be dismally disappointing.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 17, 2009, 06:37:00 AM
When researching the lens before buying I saw a review on a Sony/Dynax site that said the lens gave bad results on the high resolution models from Sony - I think it was on the lines of bad CA. One often overlooked feature of the D300 and D90 is the inbuilt CA reduction which dpreview reckons to make all lenses seem that bit better than they might on other cameras. I can't put that to the test at present. One thing that was proved again yesterday when hammering out action shots was just how good the 70-300mm vr is.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 18, 2009, 01:48:46 AM
Ah, good thing I didn't buy this lens to use on the a350, I'd be really really annoyed. I should look for that review then. At least I still have my Minolta film camera. And film, somewhere. :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 18, 2009, 06:54:35 PM
Saw four Egrets....does'nt take much to please me :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 18, 2009, 09:32:18 PM
Saw four Egrets....does'nt take much to please me :2funny:
Great! But did you get a photo?  :P
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 18, 2009, 09:43:07 PM
Some longdistance ones that I'll have to have a play with. I made a careful detour to get round to where they'd landed but when I poked the camera round the hedge they'd already cleared off!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 18, 2009, 11:19:35 PM
Some longdistance ones that I'll have to have a play with. I made a careful detour to get round to where they'd landed but when I poked the camera round the hedge they'd already cleared off!
Must have heard you coming!  :doh:
After a day and a half of clouds the sun shone this afternoon. Managed to get a few shots of Dragonflies, but only one on the lake, and he took over an hour before he landed close enough to get a shot. Chased another up a path for ten minutes, but he wouldn't let me get close. Every time I approached his head turned, and I'm sure he was watching me. Some people walk past, and he flew into a tree were I managed to get up close to take a few shots.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Damon on August 20, 2009, 06:15:36 PM
and he took over an hour before he landed close enough to get a shot.


You mean you persued this dragonfly for an hour to get the shot????
You`re a better man than me, Oldboy.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on August 20, 2009, 06:55:12 PM
Finished work for the better part of 2 weeks!

Company Mobile is going off in the morning and thats it!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on August 20, 2009, 08:57:41 PM
No sneaky checking emails either lol have fun  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 20, 2009, 09:10:04 PM
and he took over an hour before he landed close enough to get a shot.


You mean you persued this dragonfly for an hour to get the shot????
You`re a better man than me, Oldboy.
Nothing unusual in that, as I often sit and wait for the wildlife to appear. In the late winter / early spring I spent about 100 hours including two seven hour stints watching the Grey Herons and their chicks. Whilst sitting there I do wonder what else I'm missing, but you have no choice if you want certain shots.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Chris P on August 20, 2009, 10:03:25 PM
A bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and ice cold milk

I'm a man of simple tastes ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 20, 2009, 10:30:49 PM

Nothing unusual in that, as I often sit and wait for the wildlife to appear. In the late winter / early spring I spent about 100 hours including two seven hour stints watching the Grey Herons and their chicks. Whilst sitting there I do wonder what else I'm missing, but you have no choice if you want certain shots.  ;D

You don't! Do you?

Wonder what you're missing I mean.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 20, 2009, 10:33:30 PM
When researching the lens before buying I saw a review on a Sony/Dynax site that said the lens gave bad results on the high resolution models from Sony - I think it was on the lines of bad CA.

I read the review, it pretty much matches my experience. I guess I'm going to have to try the stopped down apetures and leave the camera in A to see how that works out.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 20, 2009, 10:42:23 PM

Nothing unusual in that, as I often sit and wait for the wildlife to appear. In the late winter / early spring I spent about 100 hours including two seven hour stints watching the Grey Herons and their chicks. Whilst sitting there I do wonder what else I'm missing, but you have no choice if you want certain shots.  ;D

You don't! Do you?

Wonder what you're missing I mean.
The grass over the hill is greener, or in my case a better photo.  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 21, 2009, 07:57:00 AM
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Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 21, 2009, 03:09:23 PM
Achieved a goal I set myself a l-o-n-g time ago.  One of the physically toughest things I've ever done.

Concept2 (http://www.concept2.co.uk/rower/model_e.php).  One million metres.   8)

Apparently the next challenge is 5 million.   ???
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 21, 2009, 06:37:49 PM
AUSTRALIA ALL OUT FOR 160!  :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny:
Another dressing-room door takes a battering!  :P
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Chris P on August 21, 2009, 06:45:52 PM
Never??!! :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 22, 2009, 07:02:11 AM
Saturday and the sun's breaking through - off for a few hours walk.... now, which lens to attach....

......don't think I can bear to listen to the cricket when I come back after the start they made to their second innings I fear the worst ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Trickee on August 22, 2009, 08:38:17 AM
oh yes its a sunny day and a work day bet its going to rain on sunday :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 22, 2009, 11:31:44 AM

......don't think I can bear to listen to the cricket when I come back after the start they made to their second innings I fear the worst ::)
Don't worry, as we only need to give them a broadside to blow them out the water!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 22, 2009, 12:06:18 PM
Noon - and no more wickets yet with the score slowly growing. I'm remembering the series of 2005 and being able to tease a lovely lady from Australia called Alison that some of us used to chat to on other sites.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 22, 2009, 07:29:32 PM
No need to worry with England going at a nice TROTT!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 23, 2009, 06:28:48 PM
      I'm back to work tomorrow after a couple of weeks hols, and I'm not the least bit stressed about it :).
      Giving up the Managers job after 20 years was the best thing I've ever done! (Tough at the time though.)
                            As Ever.  Graham.  :)

Edit.   Second best thing...... I chose Nikon over Canon! :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 23, 2009, 06:48:46 PM
Australia vanquished :beer: :beer: :beer: :fworks2: :fworks2: :fworks2: :fworks2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 23, 2009, 07:19:45 PM
Australia vanquished :beer: :beer: :beer: :fworks2: :fworks2: :fworks2: :fworks2:
Well, it wasn't a broadside more of a Swann song!  8)

Well done England....  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on August 23, 2009, 07:21:49 PM
And that's the end of any interest in sport for me for a while!  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 23, 2009, 07:40:40 PM
And that's the end of any interest in sport for me for a while!  ::)
And me!  :-X  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 25, 2009, 10:00:07 PM
When researching the lens before buying I saw a review on a Sony/Dynax site that said the lens gave bad results on the high resolution models from Sony - I think it was on the lines of bad CA. One often overlooked feature of the D300 and D90 is the inbuilt CA reduction which dpreview reckons to make all lenses seem that bit better than they might on other cameras. I can't put that to the test at present. One thing that was proved again yesterday when hammering out action shots was just how good the 70-300mm vr is.

Having read the article, I've set my apeture to between 6.3 and 8 for any shooting I've done in the last two weeks and it has made a huge difference in sharpness.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on August 26, 2009, 09:43:33 AM
Having thought I lost 4 years worth of photos when my external harddrive decided to stop talking to the computer and looking at the dvds i thought i had backed them up to finding nothing i spent the last two months searching for a circuit board thingy to get power to the drive with only a slim chance of getting the photos off I found one in america and it arrived yesterday. Am now a very happy camper with all my photos back and backed up on dvd (and all folders opened and checked) and can stop beating myself up for not checking my backups.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 26, 2009, 10:00:00 AM
Concept2.  10K  43m13.5s.  Finally I'm not on the last page of world rankings......
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hssutton on August 26, 2009, 05:52:27 PM
Having thought I lost 4 years worth of photos when my external harddrive decided to stop talking to the computer and looking at the dvds i thought i had backed them up to finding nothing i spent the last two months searching for a circuit board thingy to get power to the drive with only a slim chance of getting the photos off I found one in america and it arrived yesterday. Am now a very happy camper with all my photos back and backed up on dvd (and all folders opened and checked) and can stop beating myself up for not checking my backups.  :)

Is this the type thing you're refering to, a Sata/Ide hard disk adaptor with power supply. If so I bought one from Maplins a few months ago. A brilliant piece of kit, can't remember the cost, but it was well below £20

http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html

Harry
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on August 26, 2009, 07:18:00 PM
Just had a bag of m&m's with a promo code inside, entered it on the website & i've won a rubbish dvd.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on August 26, 2009, 09:02:41 PM
Having thought I lost 4 years worth of photos when my external harddrive decided to stop talking to the computer and looking at the dvds i thought i had backed them up to finding nothing i spent the last two months searching for a circuit board thingy to get power to the drive with only a slim chance of getting the photos off I found one in america and it arrived yesterday. Am now a very happy camper with all my photos back and backed up on dvd (and all folders opened and checked) and can stop beating myself up for not checking my backups.  :)

Is this the type thing you're refering to, a Sata/Ide hard disk adaptor with power supply. If so I bought one from Maplins a few months ago. A brilliant piece of kit, can't remember the cost, but it was well below £20

http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_Connectors-USB_to_IDE_Adapters/c42_46/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html

Harry

No its not but it looks good. I had an external hard drive that I used as a backup and when I had to reinstall everything on my computer I put everything on the external drive so I could just copy it across later. Unfortunately when I plugged it back in there was a burning smell coming from it. Luckily it was just the power to the circuit board and after we replaced that it worked again. I had backed up everything to disc but I must have done something wrong with the zip files cause when I went to open them they werent there. Have learnt a valuble lesson and now have three backups all checked that the files are there  :) . But I tell you one thing I have felt sick ever since it happened that I might never get those photos back........just sentimental I guess.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: JCoePhotography on August 26, 2009, 09:19:23 PM
A lovely afternoon with hubby and kids at the seaside, ice-creams, kids spending money on cheaply made novelty toys (that broke once we got home!!) fish and chips on the beach - was a lovely day!!
Oh and getting the non-slip cover for the pillion seat of my hubby's motorbike - now I won't keep climbing up his back every time he brakes!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 26, 2009, 09:40:14 PM
A lovely afternoon with hubby and kids at the seaside, ice-creams, kids spending money on cheaply made novelty toys (that broke once we got home!!) fish and chips on the beach - was a lovely day!!
Oh and getting the non-slip cover for the pillion seat of my hubby's motorbike - now I won't keep climbing up his back every time he brakes!!  :2funny:
Glad you had a great day out.  ;D
It was dull and raining all day here until about 18:30.  :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on August 26, 2009, 09:47:23 PM
Oh and getting the non-slip cover for the pillion seat of my hubby's motorbike - now I won't keep climbing up his back every time he brakes!!  :2funny:

Now you will just head butt him harder every time he stops :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: JCoePhotography on August 26, 2009, 10:11:58 PM
A lovely afternoon with hubby and kids at the seaside, ice-creams, kids spending money on cheaply made novelty toys (that broke once we got home!!) fish and chips on the beach - was a lovely day!!
Oh and getting the non-slip cover for the pillion seat of my hubby's motorbike - now I won't keep climbing up his back every time he brakes!!  :2funny:
Glad you had a great day out.  ;D
It was dull and raining all day here until about 18:30.  :(

Well it was very windy and we did get a little bit of rain when we were getting our fish and chips, but it stopped when we left the chippy!! But it was a much better day weather wise than what I thought it was supposed to be, I just hope the weekend is going to be ok, Hubby's off to Cadwell Park for the BSB, so hoping weather will be good for him!!




Now you will just head butt him harder every time he stops :)

 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on August 29, 2009, 06:36:59 PM
My SDS drill went out with a bang, smell of burnt electrics & tripped the breaker. Took it apart and eventually found the power cord was faulty where the cable was clamped inside the drill. Cut out the duff bit and away she went, satisfaction of fixing something & a few pennies saved on a replacement.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 29, 2009, 09:31:17 PM
My SDS drill went out with a bang, smell of burnt electrics & tripped the breaker. Took it apart and eventually found the power cord was faulty where the cable was clamped inside the drill. Cut out the duff bit and away she went, satisfaction of fixing something & a few pennies saved on a replacement.

As you've done it once now, we could say you know the drill!!!!  :-[  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: stevebedder on August 30, 2009, 10:45:45 AM
Our 4 year old son has gone to Guernsey with his grandparents for a few days today, we had to get up at 6am to collect the grandparents and drop them at the airport.

My wife and I went in to wake him up and he was pretending to be asleep with HUGE grin on his face and was sooooooo excited. He didn't stop talking all the time he was in the car about what they were going to be doing whilst on Guernsey.

 ;D ;D

Steve
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on August 30, 2009, 05:57:54 PM
He`ll have a great time Steve - great little island and a trip to Herme and Sark adds to the magic.

WMMFGT - well yesterday really.
Went to Malham in the Dales to see a hotel proprietor about doing a shoot of his hotel for his website / displays. Discussed it and agreed an October date and in return for my day shoot there  will be getting two nights bed and board for two in their best four poster room. Selling myself a little cheap again but it`s good experience and means I am not dodging the taxman as trades are all above board. Some of you know I did a shoot for a more up market one last year and this guy liked my pics so much he wanted me to do the same. Will be a bit trickier though - not as grand and posh as the other place but parts of it are from 1710 so some detail to play with.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 30, 2009, 06:44:23 PM
I am not dodging the taxman as trades are all above board

Huh?

So you are declaring the value of the accommodation and paying tax on it?

If you didn't have to do tat then the barter card would be a good idea.  And it ain't......

I mean great news and everything but you might want a better accountant to keep you out of prison.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on August 30, 2009, 07:24:52 PM
I actually checked this out with the taxman in a recent workshop that they ran about setting up in employment Jonathan. The guy running it was a senior inspector with HMRC  and stated that when you are trading skills and services for no monetary reward it is not necessary to declare and not eligible for tax. He joked that if everyone worked this way it would put them out of a job so I am fairly happy no laws broken here and have the notes from the workshop to prove it.
I view it as a bit more experience of shooting to a brief and making a few contacts along the way so happy about it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on August 31, 2009, 11:55:49 AM
our 18th wedding anniversary and the kids (Actually :o) brought us breakfast in bed ::) :) :) :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 31, 2009, 02:56:40 PM
    Congrats. to you and your good lady :beer:
                   And well done kids! ::)
                                      Graham. :fworks3:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 31, 2009, 06:58:16 PM
I actually checked this out with the taxman in a recent workshop that they ran about setting up in employment Jonathan. The guy running it was a senior inspector with HMRC  and stated that when you are trading skills and services for no monetary reward it is not necessary to declare and not eligible for tax. He joked that if everyone worked this way it would put them out of a job so I am fairly happy no laws broken here and have the notes from the workshop to prove it.
I view it as a bit more experience of shooting to a brief and making a few contacts along the way so happy about it.

Um, OK.......the Revenue have a nasty habit of going against the opinions of individual tax officers.  But you'll probably be fine.  It sounds almost exactly the kind of thing that gets listed on a benefit in kind form (P11D?).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 31, 2009, 09:19:40 PM
Congratulations Irv - and many happy returns!  :fworks3:

Jinky, I think you would do well to protect yourself by getting a ruling specific to you and your circumstances, rather than relying on notes you took in a seminar.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on August 31, 2009, 09:55:52 PM
Eileen / Jonathan I`m OK - they were in the HMR&C notes - not my own notes of the session. He was very clear in his response.
Looking at the notes now he did cover benefit in kind largely relating to cars / perks etc and did differentiate between that and what was a trade of skills. Not a big issue as this is only the second such arrangement I have made and not likely to be more anyway but thanks for the concern  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on August 31, 2009, 09:59:15 PM
Congratulations Irv.

Jinky, I would not have thought I was liable for tax on such a deal having never had any experience of the taxman - whats the worst that could happen, plead ignorance and pay up in the unlikely event you are found out (assuming you are in wrong).

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on August 31, 2009, 10:02:07 PM
WMMFGT

I know I am a mug sticking with them but who is on top of the Championship now then with a bare-bones side of grafters rather than prima donna`s.

Come on you Magpies - Premiership here we come!
Be gentle with me - let me dream!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 31, 2009, 10:03:27 PM
our 18th wedding anniversary and the kids (Actually :o) brought us breakfast in bed ::) :) :) :)
What are they after?  :P
Congratulation to you and your better half.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nancy on September 01, 2009, 12:20:57 AM
Congrats Irv! I agree with Oldboy, wait until tomorrow when they hit you up for some cash ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 01, 2009, 02:23:47 AM
Picked up the Tamron 90mm Macro lens I'd been saving for the last couple of months. Not only was the lens not sold before I got it, it had actually been discounted this weekend. Saved $30 before tax.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mark Ellis on September 01, 2009, 09:26:49 AM
Congrats to Jinky & Irv for your good news!

WWMFGT? Well, yesterday. Sainsbury's checkout lady asked me for ID to buy a bottle of wine! Not happened in 15 years. Downside is that I'm now at an age where I'm quite pleased when people think I'm younger than I am...  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on September 01, 2009, 10:02:24 AM
WMMFGT

I know I am a mug sticking with them but who is on top of the Championship now then with a bare-bones side of grafters rather than prima donna`s.

Come on you Magpies - Premiership here we come!
Be gentle with me - let me dream!

Dont get carried away jinky its a very hard league and a long way to go yet. Plus you have PRESTON NORTH END to play yet ( home & away ) :tup: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 01, 2009, 12:18:00 PM
Dont get carried away jinky its a very hard league and a long way to go yet. Plus you have PRESTON NORTH END to play yet ( home & away )

Yes I know Dave but I can dream. After all the defeats we had last season just glad to be winning but with a squad as thin as ours and so may games to go there is no way we can keep it up. I don`t even fancy cardiff next week with a certain Chopra playing against us again to fear! As for PNE - could be hard too!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on September 02, 2009, 09:11:23 AM
Dont get carried away jinky its a very hard league and a long way to go yet. Plus you have PRESTON NORTH END to play yet ( home & away )

Yes I know Dave but I can dream. After all the defeats we had last season just glad to be winning but with a squad as thin as ours and so may games to go there is no way we can keep it up. I don`t even fancy cardiff next week with a certain Chopra playing against us again to fear! As for PNE - could be hard too!

You cant do any worse than my beloved Arsenal are going to do with the season.........we will probably finish mid table again with the luck we have  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 02, 2009, 11:18:18 PM
Many thanks for all the congrats you guys  :beer: we had a good day out together without the kids (something that don't really happen enough!) Funnily they haven't come asking for things (more than the normal) but we will see ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 03, 2009, 09:39:19 AM
our 18th wedding anniversary and the kids (Actually :o) brought us breakfast in bed ::) :) :) :)
Congratulations! And breakfast in bed to boot!

 :beer:

Here's to another 18 years of fun and games!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on September 03, 2009, 02:51:46 PM
The hire car I had on holiday clapped out 10ft from the return bay and had to be pushed into a parking space; they accepted that it was not my fault (by clapped out I mean the electic system had properly died! It would turnover or anything). Followed byt the nice people at Airport parking who let me use their air hose to top up my flat tire at midnight!

The best part is that these should appear on what annoyed me but due to good customer relations they all made me happy :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Malcolm1938 on September 03, 2009, 05:45:00 PM
Knowing I got out of DCM in time and that I dont need PhotoRadar... Thanks CC.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: stevebedder on September 03, 2009, 05:53:46 PM
Going picking up our 4 year old from the airport as he's been away with Grandma and Grandpa for the past 5 days.

 :D ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 03, 2009, 07:11:00 PM
The hire car I had on holiday clapped out 10ft from the return bay and had to be pushed into a parking space; they accepted that it was not my fault (by clapped out I mean the electic system had properly died! It would turnover or anything). Followed byt the nice people at Airport parking who let me use their air hose to top up my flat tire at midnight!

The best part is that these should appear on what annoyed me but due to good customer relations they all made me happy :)
Glad you dealt with people who believe in customer service.  ;D :tup:

Hope the holiday was as good?  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 03, 2009, 07:40:37 PM
Got offered promotion, and I don't even have to move house!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 03, 2009, 08:21:39 PM
Got offered promotion, and I don't even have to move house!

Well done.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 03, 2009, 09:59:46 PM
Thanks fella,
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 04, 2009, 01:15:32 AM
Seeing that the long range forecast from last week was actually spot on and enjoyed a week of gorgeous weather. Add to that the last holiday weekend of the summer is going to be just as good. The Missus and I are going down stateside with some friends for the weekend where I will drink loads of cheap American Beer.  :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 04, 2009, 04:39:48 AM
Seeing that the long range forecast from last week was actually spot on and enjoyed a week of gorgeous weather. Add to that the last holiday weekend of the summer is going to be just as good. The Missus and I are going down stateside with some friends for the weekend where I will drink loads of cheap American Beer.  :beer: :beer:
Shouldn't the 'he' be replaced with just an 'r'?  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on September 04, 2009, 10:31:43 AM
Seeing that the long range forecast from last week was actually spot on and enjoyed a week of gorgeous weather. Add to that the last holiday weekend of the summer is going to be just as good. The Missus and I are going down stateside with some friends for the weekend where I will drink loads of cheap American Beer.  :beer: :beer:
Shouldn't the 'he' be replaced with just an 'r'?  :2funny:

Not if it is Harpoon IPA that I had in New England. A fine beer to be sure! Holiday was good! But it may have made me buy a macro lens for all the lizards... unless there is a better cheaper way? Quality customer service made a nice change....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 04, 2009, 10:33:51 AM
Seeing that the long range forecast from last week was actually spot on and enjoyed a week of gorgeous weather. Add to that the last holiday weekend of the summer is going to be just as good. The Missus and I are going down stateside with some friends for the weekend where I will drink loads of cheap American Beer.  :beer: :beer:
Shouldn't the 'he' be replaced with just an 'r'?  :2funny:

Well OB, it depends entirely on the purpose of the beer drinking.  :beer: American beer goes great with platters of wings and ribs which is also on this weekend's list.  :beer: It also goes great with hot sunny days also on for this weekend.  :beer:  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 04, 2009, 12:26:13 PM
with the weather we're forecast here I'm glad I put some nice warming Horlicks on my grocery order :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 04, 2009, 12:30:25 PM
with the weather we're forecast here I'm glad I put some nice warming Horlicks on my grocery order :D
Well according to the Midland forecast, it might be ice creams you need after Monday!  :-\  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 04, 2009, 12:34:34 PM
Good - I've got tuesday off :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 04, 2009, 04:52:36 PM
Finally got round to setting another theme -black/blue - so much nicer than the grey one. The site looks much better and brighter :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sandy on September 04, 2009, 09:12:19 PM
I got a letter today to say the my photo of a dog weaving though poles as been accepted by the Kent County Photographic Association and this is the first time I have had a photo accepted.

Sandy
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 04, 2009, 09:31:19 PM
Well done - dog agility is great fun to photograph :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 04, 2009, 09:47:31 PM
Many congrats Sandy  :fworks3: :fworks2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on September 04, 2009, 11:05:46 PM
Well done Sandy !

I've now managed to get my ring tones onto my new mobile, I am sooo proud that I've managed it :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 05, 2009, 09:40:06 AM
I got a letter today to say the my photo of a dog weaving though poles as been accepted by the Kent County Photographic Association and this is the first time I have had a photo accepted.

Sandy
Well done Sandy.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sandy on September 05, 2009, 11:53:19 AM
Thanks everyone
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Spiritflier on September 05, 2009, 11:54:27 AM
Sitting here looking at the EOS 5D I picked up yesterday for the princely sum of £400...  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 05, 2009, 12:24:08 PM
Good price Si, Very good price :) now stop looking at it, get out and use it!

You'll probably wonder what you have been mucking around with a cropped sensor for until now, I did.  8)

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 05, 2009, 04:20:25 PM
Not actually today, but when on holiday in Ireland, got some pictures of a wild deer. I only had my24-105 on my camera at the time - but it was either not bothered about humans, or my stalking technique is brilliant - I got within about 6-8' of it - and had to zoom out to around 60mm to get it all in!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 05, 2009, 04:39:39 PM
Not actually today, but when on holiday in Ireland, got some pictures of a wild deer. I only had my24-105 on my camera at the time - but it was either not bothered about humans, or my stalking technique is brilliant - I got within about 6-8' of it - and had to zoom out to around 60mm to get it all in!!
Perhaps it was blind, deaf and had a heavy cold!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 05, 2009, 10:11:56 PM
Looking at my snaps from the wedding today. :)

It always cheers me up when the DJ just does what I say instead of telling me what lights he's just bought and wants to show off.  Tonight the conversation went "you got any smoke to go with those lasers"  Yes.  "Cool, let's have all that then".  OK.

In other news, grid flash absolutely rocks.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 05, 2009, 10:25:30 PM

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Perhaps it was blind,

 There's a deer like that in Richmond Park.

What's it's name?

No Idea. Boom! Boom!  :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on September 07, 2009, 09:39:55 AM
So, Tommy Cooper is alive an well in the body of one Mr Abercrombie!

As for me - waking up to realise i have got 2 weeks off work!

But what the wife has planned for that break will be posted under the "what annoyed you today" section  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on September 07, 2009, 12:29:59 PM
I got a letter today to say the my photo of a dog weaving though poles as been accepted by the Kent County Photographic Association and this is the first time I have had a photo accepted.

Sandy

That's excellent news Sandy. You'll soon be buying a spare K7 :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Spiritflier on September 07, 2009, 08:17:47 PM
What made me feel good today?

Going on a self-defence course in work and having the pleasure of being able to inflict pain on my boss!  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 07, 2009, 09:44:03 PM
What made me feel good today?

Going on a self-defence course in work and having the pleasure of being able to inflict pain on my boss!  ;D
Hope you did the knee into the groin!  :-[  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 08, 2009, 12:44:10 PM
What made me feel good today?

Going on a self-defence course in work and having the pleasure of being able to inflict pain on my boss!  ;D

I did that a few years back. Dropped him to his knees. He got the last laugh, took 3 months off injured at work. Gave me a bottle when he returned to thank me for the paid holiday.  :-[
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 11, 2009, 02:16:03 AM
Discovering I had a little bit more time available than I thought, so have started my vacation a day early! ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on September 11, 2009, 07:51:12 AM
Thought I'd have a look at the PR videos last night. Some quite decent ones if you look through, BTW.

But what made me smile was the newest one. There are two: 'How to hold your camera steady' and 'How to fold your reflector like a pro'. I know it's not very kind, but I watched them. And the second one is funny, in a cringe-making kind of way. Poor Rachel: I wouldn't have liked to have been asked to make those. I bet she gets teased in the office.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 11, 2009, 07:56:24 AM
Thought I'd have a look at the PR videos last night. Some quite decent ones if you look through, BTW.

But what made me smile was the newest one. There are two: 'How to hold your camera steady' and 'How to fold your reflector like a pro'. I know it's not very kind, but I watched them. And the second one is funny, in a cringe-making kind of way. Poor Rachel: I wouldn't have liked to have been asked to make those. I bet she gets teased in the office.

I've not seen that one - but have you ever tried to fold a HiLite?  I must have watched Mark Cleghorn's vid on YouTube 30 times.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 11, 2009, 07:57:32 AM
And I thought it couldn't get worse than "How to erect your Tripod".

How do pro's fold their reflector differently from anyone else? I always find it amusing that by inserting the word pro into anything they seem to think it gives it an air of authority or credence.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 11, 2009, 08:01:41 AM
I'm having to wait for the 'how to remove your lens' cap before I can progress any further I'm afraid :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 11, 2009, 08:23:06 AM
And I thought it couldn't get worse than "How to erect your Tripod".

How do pro's fold their reflector differently from anyone else? I always find it amusing that by inserting the word pro into anything they seem to think it gives it an air of authority or credence.

It's the way Google are shaping our language.  There's a whole PhD in studying it.  "xxxx like a pro" is a highly prized long tail keyword.  I wish I were making this stuff up.

And yeah pros have a different way of folding reflectors.  I generally say "Amit fold that up for me" :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on September 11, 2009, 08:00:30 PM


I've not seen that one - but have you ever tried to fold a HiLite?  I must have watched Mark Cleghorn's vid on YouTube 30 times.
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This is one of those small reflectors that fit into your camera bag.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 11, 2009, 09:41:33 PM
And I thought it couldn't get worse than "How to erect your Tripod".


Yes, and I have problems with erections as well!  :-[  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: John Doyle2 on September 12, 2009, 01:08:07 AM
Eileen:- But what made me smile was the newest one. There are two: 'How to fold your reflector like a pro'.

Possibly, to avoid 'Kerb Crawlers'
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 12, 2009, 07:20:01 AM
Seeing a late entrant to the 'who'll get banned first contest' plugging this place on PR....perhaps it being Friday evening the Team won't spot it! Well done Peter :2funny: :2funny:

BTW - was one of ABERS posts deleted from there??
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 12, 2009, 07:33:00 AM
Got a letter from Nikon with 17th Sept. being the estimated date for my 70-300 repair completion - hope that's right. Still soooo glad I did'nt sell my 70-210! 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 12, 2009, 12:29:28 PM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2586/3910395325_9b96bccd61.jpg)

This landed on my back eating something after i was taking pictures of it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 12, 2009, 12:51:58 PM
Nice shot :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 13, 2009, 07:03:43 PM
Nice shot :tup:

Thanks =)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 13, 2009, 08:02:58 PM
This landed on my back eating something after i was taking pictures of it.
You're in need of some skin moisturiser, if that surface is your back. ;)

Nice photo, btw.

WMMFGT? Two things.
1. Beating last years sales figures. Doubling the sales of last year, in fact. No doubt the Tunisian Market event had a part in it, but the sales figures has shown the store has a future. :)

2. Witnessing a certain website/forum seeming to do nothing for over a month, regarding certain layout issues, even after almost spoon-feeding the site developers. Why feel good..? Well, there's proof that I'm better than their "crack team of profeshernul website coders". :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 13, 2009, 09:32:16 PM
WMMFGT

Going to the beach today with the wife and kids and having a great day! Took a few pics, played with the kids - swam in the sea - yeap up to me neck and breast stroke! Flippin cold though!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 13, 2009, 09:48:59 PM
This landed on my back eating something after i was taking pictures of it.
You're in need of some skin moisturiser, if that surface is your back. ;)

Nice photo, btw.

 Aha, how would i get a shot of it on my back anyway  ::) :D

WMMFGT? Two things.
1. Beating last years sales figures. Doubling the sales of last year, in fact. No doubt the Tunisian Market event had a part in it, but the sales figures has shown the store has a future. :)

 Congrats, if thats down to you personally, maybe a raise  :tup:

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 13, 2009, 09:55:44 PM
Aha, how would i get a shot of it on my back anyway  ::) :D
Aha... mirrors. ;)
Congrats, if thats down to you personally, maybe a raise  :tup:
It would be nice, but I doubt that'll happen. Two new starters in the shop, myself and the assistant manager. Neither of us will get recognition for the doubling of sales, as our branch isn't a popular one within the company anyway.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 13, 2009, 11:29:08 PM
Aha, how would i get a shot of it on my back anyway  ::) :D
Aha... mirrors. ;)
yeah i know, just awkward lol
Congrats, if thats down to you personally, maybe a raise  :tup:
It would be nice, but I doubt that'll happen. Two new starters in the shop, myself and the assistant manager. Neither of us will get recognition for the doubling of sales, as our branch isn't a popular one within the company anyway.
Shame

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Malcolm1938 on September 14, 2009, 10:07:28 PM
I got back from Vanfest09 last night and today I have not seen a single camper van - That show is just too big to take in - I went as a guest with my son and I'm sure most of the people there (Many thousand) were just there so they could say I was there.....

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Peter Jackson on September 14, 2009, 10:42:45 PM
My youngests' 21st today ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 14, 2009, 11:08:56 PM
Spending the weekend celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary with the whole family  in a large rented farmhouse in Devon.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 14, 2009, 11:16:47 PM
Spending the weekend celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary with the whole family  in a large rented farmhouse in Devon.

Congratulations Alan to you and your good lady.
I suspect she deserves a medal the size of a dustbin lid for putting up with you all these years. lol
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 15, 2009, 04:50:22 PM
Golden wedding anniversary - that`s great Alan. Congratulations to you both and many more.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 15, 2009, 05:59:25 PM
Congratulations ABERS and to your wife.  ;D :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 15, 2009, 10:04:27 PM
Spending the weekend celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary with the whole family  in a large rented farmhouse in Devon.
Alan many many congratulations hope you had a fantastic day :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 17, 2009, 07:31:00 AM
Thanks everyone. :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on September 17, 2009, 08:31:27 AM
Sorry to be late to the party Alan, but you both have my heartiest congratulations too.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 17, 2009, 02:46:56 PM
Well it kind of made me feel good.

Magazine editor just gave me a call and said she's spent a couple of hours on my website and there was a picture she'd love to use on the front cover of her magazine.  There's only one problem......it's already been on the front cover of her magazine.........
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 17, 2009, 03:24:35 PM
It gets better.  I sent some snaps over and said "oh, have a sneak look at this week's wedding".

Of course she loves this week's and wants to use it on the cover.  But bridey is on hols so we can't get permission until next issue.  And they won't ;et me have the cover 2 issues running........
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on September 17, 2009, 07:30:36 PM
Belated congratulations Alan. Hope you all had a great time.  :beer:

Congratulations Jonathan also. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 18, 2009, 12:18:21 AM
WMMFGT?

Just watched 2 films, The Damned United and The Boat that Rocked.
Thumbs up to both, made me laugh and some good tunes in the latter one
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 18, 2009, 02:23:07 PM
WMMFGT?

Seeing the following when trying to log in to a certain forum...
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Access denied. You may need to login below or register to access this page.

Why was I trying to log back in to that site again? Basically, after seeing a request for details of how to cancel a user account, I felt duty-bound to also request such details.

Looks like I don't need to ask.;D :D
FREEDOM!!!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 18, 2009, 02:33:04 PM
Same happened to me. I think it`s cos they have finally sorted a way of keeping you logged in / remembering you. I thought I`d been blocked for too many frivolous comments but not the case.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 18, 2009, 02:45:43 PM
Same happened to me. I think it`s cos they have finally sorted a way of keeping you logged in / remembering you. I thought I`d been blocked for too many frivolous comments but not the case.
I think I've been blocked/banned, as the username isn't getting the "Unrecognised username" response. I just get the "Unable to log in. Please register." response.

Mind you, there's been no email from any of the PR site staff telling me of their dislike for my posts (as well as nothing saying "Final warning"), nor any saying that the account's been blocked/closed/removed/deleted/barred/etc, But no response/feedback is not unusual for that place. Shame really... it really was just two lines... 23 characters that causes the menubar to not work (the "Forum" bit on the menu bar is now hardly visible... and so pretty much unusable now). Removing those lines/characters also causes no ill effect in IE 6 and/or Konqueror (Netscape).

1-0 to the helpdesk.  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mick on September 18, 2009, 06:09:50 PM

I think I've been blocked/banned, as the username isn't getting the "Unrecognised username" response. I just get the "Unable to log in. Please register." response.


Dave, I had a look around in the admin section.  Doesn't look like you're banned.  They've probably cocked something up while trying to fix it.  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on September 18, 2009, 06:19:05 PM
Just received my new biometric passport through the post. :tup: Only took a week and a half. Now to look for some cheap flights abroad,but don't tell the missus. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: chris@seary.com on September 18, 2009, 10:32:23 PM
I've bought Lightroom and a new monitor. Excellent stuff!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 19, 2009, 12:25:07 AM
Dave, I had a look around in the admin section.  Doesn't look like you're banned.  They've probably cocked something up while trying to fix it.  ::)
There's something new then...! ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 19, 2009, 07:30:18 AM
I've been and posted a couple of things on pr since it went live. but i have to say its got no atmosphere.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 19, 2009, 07:38:34 AM
Keep checking it out but don't feel inclined to log in and add much - pretty leaden stuff really.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on September 19, 2009, 08:40:35 PM
Two things today. :D My youngest son's under 15 cricket side won the area final today and my eldest son received a wonderful glass trophy after being voted the most improved player over the season by the senior team members of the club. :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 19, 2009, 08:55:57 PM
Two things today. :D My youngest son's under 15 cricket side won the area final today and my eldest son received a wonderful glass trophy after being voted the most improved player over the season by the senior team members of the club. :beer: :beer:

Well done, and I hope it continues after they ask for more pocket money!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on September 19, 2009, 09:15:31 PM
It's a pity the setup for professional cricket in this country is still governed by which school you go to & how much you pay in school fees and if your family have played professionally before. If you have the money to pay the county sides coaching fees,(I've seen this happen with very average players)  they know you have no chance of making it due to the above reasons but still take your money. I suppose getting spotted at cricket is harder than at football due to the time involved and you might not last that long at the crease anyway. (Current England players included). Still, it keeps them off the streets in the summer  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on September 20, 2009, 02:24:42 PM
   Hi Jim.
              Mr Skellum informs me that you are both Led Zeplin fans.
              Well WMMFGT (well Friday) I went to see and got to take pics of Letz Zep, a tribute band. Let me tell you the term "Tribute Band" dos'nt do them justice, I was astounded at the quality and musicianship on show.
                          Graham.  :tup:

ps  here's the rest of the tour dates   http://www.letzzep.com/giglisting.php     See if they'er near you.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on September 20, 2009, 03:00:24 PM
  Hi Jim.
              Mr Skellum informs me that you are both Led Zeplin fans.
              Well WMMFGT (well Friday) I went to see and got to take pics of Letz Zep, a tribute band. Let me tell you the term "Tribute Band" dos'nt do them justice, I was astounded at the quality and musicianship on show.
                          Graham.  :tup:

ps  here's the rest of the tour dates   http://www.letzzep.com/giglisting.php     See if they'er near you.

Thanks Graham, I've had a quick look and southport in october could be do-able. Dave and I went to see a Led Zep tribute band last year but they couldn't keep up with each other. The drummer was ace though.  :tup: The Led Zep story I think they were called.

jim
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on September 20, 2009, 03:37:54 PM
Just 'won' a Pentax SFX 35mm camera on eBay with two lenses. I already have the dedicated flash for this in my parts bin of 'don't quite work with DSLRs' bits. Looking forward to running a roll or two of film through it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 21, 2009, 03:58:07 PM
Watching countdown and that numbers girl Rachel Riley ;D
@rse like 2 eggs in a hanky, mmmm
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 21, 2009, 07:35:05 PM
Some days my job is pretty easy.

(http://myweddingstory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/CatherineRichard_03.jpg)

More (http://myweddingstory.co.uk/2009/09/catherine-and-richard-at-aylesford-priory-barn/).

BTW does anybody know who Sarah Moore (of GMTV) is?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 21, 2009, 07:41:20 PM
This her ?
http://www.sarahmoore.tv/

never heard of her
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 21, 2009, 08:07:28 PM
This her ?
http://www.sarahmoore.tv/

never heard of her
:2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 21, 2009, 08:17:50 PM
Not bad big man, not bad at all.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 21, 2009, 10:33:53 PM
HoooHaaaa, got my first royalty check today. Not going to retire to a tropical island or anything but a few of these will get me some new kit.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 21, 2009, 10:47:27 PM
HoooHaaaa, got my first royalty check today. Not going to retire to a tropical island or anything but a few of these will get me some new kit.  ;D

Well done spinner but no painting the town red!  :P :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 21, 2009, 11:22:11 PM
HoooHaaaa, got my first royalty check today. Not going to retire to a tropical island or anything but a few of these will get me some new kit.  ;D

Congrats, what pic got used for what?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 22, 2009, 01:12:36 AM
Craig,

I submitted 8 of my Flower shots to a local art wholesaler who published them in their July catalogue. I had them posted on a certain site that's gone the way of the DODO, but I'm reluctant to repost at this point.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 22, 2009, 01:15:29 AM
HoooHaaaa, got my first royalty check today. Not going to retire to a tropical island or anything but a few of these will get me some new kit.  ;D

Well done spinner but no painting the town red!  :P :2funny:

Thanks OB, no worries, it goes into my mad money account to pay for either camera bits or computer bits. (since I'm happy with my current PC rig it'll be camera kit).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 22, 2009, 10:28:35 PM
Managed to get my new computer to logon to CC. Also, brought new 22in monitor after Dabs sent me an email with a reduction £40 weekend only and free delivery.  :tup:
Also, brought 2x 1.5tb drives which slip into the drive trays on the new computer giving me 3.74tb overall, not including the external drives.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on September 23, 2009, 03:03:23 PM
Having sussed out my twibble app for my phone so I can now twitter images!!!! I was feeling stupid and now I feel clever! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 23, 2009, 11:07:55 PM
I have been told I can fast track my purchase of a D300  :fworks2: but only if I take pics at my wife's nieces' wedding :doh:.
I will try to sneak in a f2.8 zoom lens also (2nd hand most likely)?
I know doing wedding pic favours, for people are fraught with danger and disappointment but they know the score and they broached the possibility with my wife, because they can't afford a professional.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on September 24, 2009, 12:38:30 AM
I have been told I can fast track my purchase of a D300  :fworks2: but only if I take pics at my wife's nieces' wedding :doh:.
I will try to sneak in a f2.8 zoom lens also (2nd hand most likely)?
I know doing wedding pic favours, for people are fraught with danger and disappointment but they know the score and they broached the possibility with my wife, because they can't afford a professional.

They dont know the cost of a D300 and 2.8 lens then ;)  will you have a flashgun for it ?

You'll be fine Irv, just do the homework on the location of the ceremony and reception, get to the brides early to get getting ready shots, meet with couple to discuss stuff and have alist of shots you must get. Skills wont be a problem for you ;)

Or arrange a CC meet there on the day   :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on September 24, 2009, 02:30:00 AM
I have been told I can fast track my purchase of a D300  :fworks2: but only if I take pics at my wife's nieces' wedding :doh:.
I will try to sneak in a f2.8 zoom lens also (2nd hand most likely)?
I know doing wedding pic favours, for people are fraught with danger and disappointment but they know the score and they broached the possibility with my wife, because they can't afford a professional.

They dont know the cost of a D300 and 2.8 lens then ;)  will you have a flashgun for it ?

You'll be fine Irv, just do the homework on the location of the ceremony and reception, get to the brides early to get getting ready shots, meet with couple to discuss stuff and have alist of shots you must get. Skills wont be a problem for you ;)

Or arrange a CC meet there on the day   :legit:

If its a Church wedding and they have a rehearsal go to it as it will help you plan your shots on the day. Or have a word with the Priest /  Pastor to find out what you can or can't do on the day. If its a Register Office still have a word, they are quite open & helpfull too. Try to be inventive like your candid street shots and try to capture some movement like confetti being thrown before you have to do the repetitive formal shots...( Take your own supply of confetti or what ever and stage things yourself with the Bride & Groom ) your wife should be happy to help here and she will be able to rearrange the Brides Dress for the pictures ( This is were my wife becomes invaluable )... hope this helps...Dave. :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2009, 07:46:15 AM
If its a Register Office still have a word, they are quite open & helpfull too.

Well yeah - unless they are in Wiltshire......  Just found out one of next week's weddings is taking place under Sussex rules so that could be fun.

WWMFGT?  Had a very productive marketing day yesterday and woke up to find a few hundred quid in my inbox.  Every little helps. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 24, 2009, 07:59:17 AM
Aye but it`s a bugger gettign money out of your inbox without the right software Jonathan. Sussex rules - the mind boggles! What are they exactly? I did some second shooting at newcastle Civic centre and was told by the registrars assistant first that everything was Ok - flash allowed if needed, we could stand to either side and quite chilled. The just before the ceremony started she said the registrar was a little deaf but would be put off by "too many clicks" and even though behind him the flash "might startle him" with his hearing problem. I decided in the face of this conflicting advice to do what I liked and all went well but jees!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on September 24, 2009, 11:34:53 AM
Sussex Rules - Drink a pint of Harveys' before doing anything.... could be misconstrued though in Brighton!!! :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2009, 02:18:18 PM
Sussex rules - the mind boggles! What are they exactly?

I usually work in Kent so I'm pretty spoiled.  I'll always have a chat with the registrar and celebrant beforehand but they are very relaxed here.  I once moved the ceremony by about 2 feet to get better light on the groom.  And I can still recall the shock when a celebrant stopped the ceremony, turned to me and said "sorry, am I in your way?" and the total shock when I realised she was perfectly serious.  Often they will say "just tap me on the shoulder if you need me to move".  Flash.  No flash.  Go where you like.  It's all good as long as you don't
1. take pictures of the register
2. do anything to make anybody smudge what they are writing
3. distract b&g during their vows

Sussex rules are a little tighter - some registrars don't like me moving.  I don't know about flash because I've never used it at an indoor ceremony.

Wiltshire rules are......no photography during the ceremony.  At all.  They can, will (and on occasion have) stop the ceremony if you take any pictures.

My closest call was at Chelsea Reg.  I was under orders that there would be no pictures during the ceremony.  The last words of the ceremony are "husband and wife".  Everything else is window dressing including "you may now kiss the bride" so I was ready and set up for a great first kiss shot.  Bride walked in and a guest standing near me took a flash picture of her.  Registrar stopped the ceremony and gave us both a warning.  There was no picture of the first kiss.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 24, 2009, 02:37:07 PM
Why? I can understand if the registrar did'nt want their photo taken or if the photographer was intrusive, but as it's the bride and groom's day I'd have thought it up to them.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2009, 02:48:28 PM
it's the bride and groom's day I'd have thought it up to them.

There's a line in the registrars' handbook that the registrar on the day has a duty to "preserve the solemnity of the occasion".  Some counties let individuals interpret that for themselves, some have their chief registrar interpret it for them and issue it as an order.  In Wiltshire the interpretation is "no photography".  In Kent it's "you know what?  we actually make a lot of money out of this.  b&g are our clients and could actually choose to get married anywhere.  why don't we just treat them with respect and make sure they have a good time and get some great pictures?"

I'm pretty sure Kent has more weddings than any other county.  I don't think this is a coincidence.

As for a registrar not wanting their picture taken.......I guess you haven't met many ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 24, 2009, 03:28:52 PM
Weddings, christenings and funerals are things I try to avoid - usually successfully ;) Last wedding I went to must have been over 30years ago - amazingly the couple are still married 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 24, 2009, 03:57:48 PM
Really interesting Jonathan - makes me realise Newcastle were quite soft with us but it did pay to have that chat first. I even got the old guy on one when he stood with a group for the set up false register signing. Amazing isn`t it that you can pay for a service in a civic building and they can be such ar*** about an important moment.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 24, 2009, 04:59:34 PM
Irv, good news on the wedding shoot, I am currently trying to process the shots my brother took of my best mates wedding (I was best man so got out of being the tog for the day) but like your wifes niece they couldn't afford a pro (they could just about afford the wedding)
Jonathan long time no "chat" nice to see you're alive and kicking here (missed you on the old site we used to inhabit)
WMMFGT someone responding to my plea for help this Sat....thank you  :tup: that and having a fairly quiet day at work...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 24, 2009, 05:47:11 PM
Jonathan long time no "chat" nice to see you're alive and kicking here (missed you on the old site we used to inhabit)

What DCM/PR?  I got tired of that after they threatened to ban me........ :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 24, 2009, 07:09:30 PM
Threats don't count!  :2funny:

I've popped in a couple of times to look/post - but I really don't like it - dunno why, just doesn't feel right I think!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 24, 2009, 08:16:53 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words guys - the money for the D300 was due to the price of scrap copper and stainless steel rising qiute rapidly lately so I only have to find £50 or so then a s/hand lens off ebay or somewhere £150 - £300 (hopefully). Its a registry office in Brentwood (does any know it ?) for the ceremony then a reception and evening do in a marquee.
Irv
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 24, 2009, 09:21:06 PM
the money for the D300 was due to the price of scrap copper and stainless steel rising qiute rapidly lately
So, what?! Did you sell the kitchen sink and connected pipes?! Now THAT'S dedication!

Good luck with the welding, and enjoy!

You might also have a look at a 50mm f1.4,1.8, etc. for the indoor shots - but our tame wedding photographer (JR) could advise best.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on September 24, 2009, 10:08:27 PM
the money for the D300 was due to the price of scrap copper and stainless steel rising qiute rapidly lately
So, what?! Did you sell the kitchen sink and connected pipes?! Now THAT'S dedication!

Good luck with the welding, and enjoy!

You might also have a look at a 50mm f1.4,1.8, etc. for the indoor shots - but our tame wedding photographer (JR) could advise best.

H.

Some say!  his eyes work independantly so he can use 2 cameras at once and that he once found a bride to be so ugly he refused to do the shoot in case his lens cracked, all we know is, we call him the STOG!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 24, 2009, 10:40:14 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words guys - the money for the D300 was due to the price of scrap copper and stainless steel rising qiute rapidly lately so I only have to find £50 or so then a s/hand lens off ebay or somewhere £150 - £300 (hopefully). Its a registry office in Brentwood (does any know it ?) for the ceremony then a reception and evening do in a marquee.
Irv
Mifsuds have a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG (82mm Filter Thread) at £369 or a Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX DG (67mm Filter Thread) at £199.  ;D

http://www.mifsuds.com/usedpriceindex.htm Move down until you see Nikon lenses.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 25, 2009, 08:12:06 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words guys - the money for the D300 was due to the price of scrap copper and stainless steel rising qiute rapidly lately so I only have to find £50 or so then a s/hand lens off ebay or somewhere £150 - £300 (hopefully). Its a registry office in Brentwood (does any know it ?) for the ceremony then a reception and evening do in a marquee.
Irv

Hmm you might want a new thread for this before the super moderators slap your legs.

@oRGIe - err, I've used 3 cameras at once a couple of times.  Does that count?  But I never, ever have ugly brides.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 25, 2009, 08:55:31 AM
WMMFGT

Well last night really, started editing my best mates wedding pics for him, been really bad at getting in front of the puter to do it (I did tell him though they wouldn't get them immediately..) They seem to be coming out well very little editing seems to be required so looks like my bro and both mine and his cameras have done a good job....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 25, 2009, 10:28:36 AM
TTIWWP ;)

WMMFGT?  As always - 15K on the Concept2.  Endorphins rock.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on September 25, 2009, 11:43:18 PM
Two things made me laugh.

First, in tonights camera club, it was competition night. One particular photo was of a meerkat, and it was staring right at the camera. The title was "Simples". The title might well have been "Meerkat"... as the meaning being the title sailed clean over the judges head.

Second, I read tonight, that Martin Parr's been giving some advice about taking good photos. Nuff said, methinks. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 26, 2009, 03:00:50 PM
WMMFGT ?
Camera gear all cleaned, batteries all charged and memory cards formatted ready for my 5 day trip to the Isle of Skye Monday.
Just need to find my passport and get some money changed  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on September 26, 2009, 04:18:13 PM
WMMFGT ?
Camera gear all cleaned, batteries all charged and memory cards formatted ready for my 5 day trip to the Isle of Skye Monday.
Just need to find my passport and get some money changed  ;D
  Ooooh not been to Skye since you had to swim across! Try to get a tour around the Talisker distillery. :tup:
                         Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 26, 2009, 10:47:50 PM

Survived the marital stress test that is Ikea. We should be good for another few years now.  ;D

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 26, 2009, 10:59:45 PM

Survived the marital stress test that is Ikea. We should be good for another few years now.  ;D

H.
Didn't think much of that store myself and the meatballs were rubbish.  >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 27, 2009, 12:54:42 PM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 27, 2009, 02:40:05 PM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 27, 2009, 03:30:26 PM
Finally got a version of Linux to install on one of my older machines. PCLinuxOS works a charm. So much for the vaunted Ubuntu 9.04. Easiest install most user friendly my foot. Be playing with GIMP again soon.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 27, 2009, 03:36:22 PM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)

Nada
She ended it yesterday then changed her mind by this morning, women have a tendency to do that lol.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 28, 2009, 04:25:09 PM
WMMFGT (yesterday) Successfully "colour popping" one of my mates wedding photo's to show the roses on the trellis, the brides bouquet and the strawberries in the champagne in all their glorious colour...OK it took me 3 attempts as E5 kept crashing out on me and i was in front of the pooter 'til 12:18am doing it, but my mate had seen a "colour popped" print somewhere and wanted one for their album....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 28, 2009, 04:45:53 PM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)

Nada
She ended it yesterday then changed her mind by this morning, women have a tendency to do that lol.


If I remember, this isn't the first time she's done this (or is this another girlfriend?) to you. Sounds like you need to get some thinking done as to whether you want to continue to go through this on-again/off-again cycle. (just some unwanted friendly advice from someone who's been there, done that...).

Hope it goes the way you want it, either way.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 28, 2009, 10:13:23 PM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)

Nada
She ended it yesterday then changed her mind by this morning, women have a tendency to do that lol.


If I remember, this isn't the first time she's done this (or is this another girlfriend?) to you. Sounds like you need to get some thinking done as to whether you want to continue to go through this on-again/off-again cycle. (just some unwanted friendly advice from someone who's been there, done that...).

Hope it goes the way you want it, either way.

H.

Nahh first time

Thanks for the words Hugh.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on September 29, 2009, 06:28:09 AM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)

Nada
She ended it yesterday then changed her mind by this morning, women have a tendency to do that lol.


If I remember, this isn't the first time she's done this (or is this another girlfriend?) to you. Sounds like you need to get some thinking done as to whether you want to continue to go through this on-again/off-again cycle. (just some unwanted friendly advice from someone who's been there, done that...).

Hope it goes the way you want it, either way.

H.

Nahh first time

Thanks for the words Hugh.
   I think Hugh's thinking of Ade from Iceland (The frozen food store, not the country!)
                               Graham.  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 29, 2009, 07:59:25 AM
Back with my girlfriend  ;D

How much did that cost ya ?
and how much of your young life have you had to throw away in order to get her back ?

Stay single young man. Its cheaper and more fun.
go steady when your 30 ish

here endeth the lesson of grumpy old Alf
(good job wifey cant see this) ;) ;) ;)

Nada
She ended it yesterday then changed her mind by this morning, women have a tendency to do that lol.


If I remember, this isn't the first time she's done this (or is this another girlfriend?) to you. Sounds like you need to get some thinking done as to whether you want to continue to go through this on-again/off-again cycle. (just some unwanted friendly advice from someone who's been there, done that...).

Hope it goes the way you want it, either way.

H.

Nahh first time

Thanks for the words Hugh.
   I think Hugh's thinking of Ade from Iceland (The frozen food store, not the country!)
                               Graham.  :D
You're probably right. All these young wippersnappers look the same to me with their high falut'n textspeek. :D

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 29, 2009, 09:04:12 PM
Managed to sort a problem job today - sonething that I've been struggling with on and off for a few weeks - doesn't help not having the manuals - and could only get some of the manuals via the back door to a contact who works at the firm - but even then they don't have all the information!

Anyway job just about done now, just got to do the final setting to work on Monday.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 29, 2009, 09:09:04 PM
Well, Ikea came by tonight to pick up the cracked mirror and drop off a fresh, unbroken one.

Not bad service, to be honest!

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 30, 2009, 10:59:49 AM
11 am and work for the day is done :)

30 under 3 year olds photographed.  Only one cried so much that I couldn't get a picture.  Best pics of the day from a girl the staff bet me I couldn't get a smile out of.

I love this job.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on September 30, 2009, 02:30:54 PM
Got a stack of prints from my new printer and gradually mounting them - really pleased with it. After some experimenting to find the right level of brightness etc. it seems rather good value for money. :) Got some lovely quality photo paper at a good price off ebay too.

Oh, and two weeks after the 'swift and reliable' repair to my 70-300 was supposed to have been completed, they've looked at it and inform me they're waiting for parts - might have it back for Christmas I suppose :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on September 30, 2009, 02:41:20 PM
11 am and work for the day is done :)

30 under 3 year olds photographed.  Only one cried so much that I couldn't get a picture.  Best pics of the day from a girl the staff bet me I couldn't get a smile out of.

I love this job.

Me too, though you can keep the snotty nosed ones. Took a 220 place school from under the nose of the nations largest company today (the rep lives in the village) and took two portrait bookings as well - happy days ::) :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on September 30, 2009, 07:18:32 PM
Having my 7D arriving today helped.....

 :D 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 30, 2009, 07:36:53 PM
Having my 7D arriving today helped.....

 :D 8)

Review with pic's needed!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on September 30, 2009, 07:40:42 PM
Will do chief!

It`s charging at the mo...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on October 01, 2009, 06:26:47 PM
 :fworks2: :fworks3: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
My 70-300 vr has been repaired and is on the way back..... :D :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on October 01, 2009, 07:11:45 PM
:fworks2: :fworks3: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
My 70-300 vr has been repaired and is on the way back..... :D :D

a bit premature with the celebrations: It ain't back yet!  :2funny: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on October 01, 2009, 07:21:47 PM
I must admit, when I had to send my MkIII back to canon, it was picked up on the Thursday, and came back the following Tuesday. All sorted!

Great service - though I have heard that Canon Canada is really bad. On a par with Nikon UK service by the sounds of it - unless Nikon have repaired yours - Canon Canada have a rep of not doing anything!!  :-[
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on October 01, 2009, 07:48:16 PM
Right up to monday it said 'awaiting repair' - then it said 'waiting for parts' - now it's been passed to city link and should be back tomorrow. If it had said they were waiting for spares earlier I would'nt have minded because that can't be helped, but when it seemed it had'nt been looked at nearly two weeks after they said it would be completed I felt a bit miffed. Of course all the outdoor shows are over now.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on October 02, 2009, 05:21:30 PM
Working in Chiswick, West London and found out I was working only a couple of doors away from Chiswick cameras. I managed to pick up a siggy 17-50 f2.8 for £199 (s/hand good condition). Now have to have a play to see how good it is (more like if I can do it justice ;D) :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 02, 2009, 06:31:11 PM
How come there are no 'I had to send my lens/body back to Pentax/Sony?' stories I wonder. Do they just never break? I'd be interested to hear any feedback on this, especially on Pentax (which is my weakness): you never know . . .

Well done on your purchase Irv, look forward to seeing the results.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 03, 2009, 09:09:23 PM
Its 12 months today since I packed in the fags ;D
Never thought I would get this far as I was on on a min 30 rollies a day.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 03, 2009, 09:13:10 PM
Nice one Alf, I gave up about 15 years ago and have always been glad of it. Doesn't food taste nice now eh?
You've done well and have broken the back of it, don't cave in again!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on October 04, 2009, 01:29:20 AM
I took this shot on Wednesday and printed it ( A3+ ) then mounted & framed it as a gift for my Mothers 82nd birthday. She said she was pleased, impressed & proud. I felt a tear in my eye  :'( which can't be right for a hard faced northerner!.  My Dad would of thought I'd gone soft !



(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Autum%20%28%20Comp%20%29.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Autum%20%28%20Comp%20%29.jpg)

Anyway you dont get anywhere near that sort of responce from paying customers ! ( Priceless )  :tup:......... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 04, 2009, 08:16:42 AM
Its 12 months today since I packed in the fags ;D
Never thought I would get this far as I was on on a min 30 rollies a day.
RR
Alf

Well done. Think of the money you've wasted on other things instead . .

I gave up 11 years ago. Trouble was I then developed a taste for red wine  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on October 05, 2009, 08:44:14 AM
Its 12 months today since I packed in the fags ;D
Never thought I would get this far as I was on on a min 30 rollies a day.
RR
Alf

Well done. Think of the money you've wasted on other things instead . .

I gave up 11 years ago. Trouble was I then developed a taste for red wine  :)


I gave up 5 years ago unfortunately I always had the taste for red wine it just got more expensive when I gave up smoking cause now I can taste it the cheaper wines just taste like lolly water.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 05, 2009, 09:25:26 AM
I must admit, when I had to send my MkIII back to canon, it was picked up on the Thursday, and came back the following Tuesday. All sorted!

Great service - though I have heard that Canon Canada is really bad. On a par with Nikon UK service by the sounds of it - unless Nikon have repaired yours - Canon Canada have a rep of not doing anything!!  :-[

Yeah SB900 went weird on me.  Posted it Tuesday, they got it Wednesday, I got it back Friday all fixed.  If I hadn't I would have had a loan flash.  (BTW they put it down to using it in heavy rain causing corrosion of one of the contacts but they still fixed it for free)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on October 05, 2009, 12:37:41 PM
Working in Chiswick, West London and found out I was working only a couple of doors away from Chiswick cameras. I managed to pick up a siggy 17-50 f2.8 for £199 (s/hand good condition). Now have to have a play to see how good it is (more like if I can do it justice )    

It's a good lens Irv. I've got one and use as my 'kit" lens. Having f2.8 is really useful.
Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on October 08, 2009, 07:18:05 PM
Getting my 8gb memory card (kingston x133), circular polariser and cable remote in the post this week, all from www.7dayshop.com and all for £26.00, tried the cable remote it works fine (the Sony one is between £35 & £45 WHY???) The cp I haven't tried yet...waiting for a sunnyish day (didn't have a chance to go out at lunchtime unfortunately) and the memory card is a memory card took a few shots with it, seems to be fine....hopefully might get a chance to try the cp at the weekend....off to the London Transport Museum as the wife has to do a risk assessment before she can do a nursery trip there.....so hopefully I'll be able to get some nice shots in and around Covent Garden as well as the museum itself....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 08, 2009, 08:18:10 PM
Wmmfgt?

DMT returned home from the hospital. :) :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 08, 2009, 09:01:42 PM
Wmmfgt?

DMT returned home from the hospital. :) :)

get your pinny on Dave, put up the ironing board and get prepared for 2 weeks of hell as well as a 25 mile trip up and down them stairs
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 08, 2009, 09:03:58 PM
Wmmfgt?

DMT returned home from the hospital. :) :)


Hope everything went well and she isn't in too much pain or discomfort.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on October 08, 2009, 09:22:44 PM
Cool, please send her a collective CC hug ;)  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 08, 2009, 09:35:36 PM
Cool, please send her a collective CC hug ;)  :beer:

Hold on! We're not that friendly!  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 08, 2009, 10:21:04 PM
Good news Dave give her my best and spoil her rotten.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on October 09, 2009, 11:16:05 AM
My house purchase went through!!!!!  :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on October 10, 2009, 08:41:22 AM
Congrats on the house purchase and hope DMT is all better and being spoilt rotten
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on October 10, 2009, 04:54:41 PM
Congrats on the house purchase and hope DMT is all better and being spoilt rotten

I echo this!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 10, 2009, 08:38:23 PM
Congrats on the house purchase and hope DMT is all better and being spoilt rotten
Thanks for this, and the other comments from people, but she's been rushed back in to hospital for an overnight stay. This is due to her being short of breath, coughing a lot, and running a temperature. :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 15, 2009, 06:42:48 AM
    WMMFGT.
                    Being granted photographers accreditation for;
                                                                                    Mica Paris
                                                                                    Paul Carrack
                                                                                    The Hamsters (Who they?)
                                                                                    Joan Armatrading
                    Sadly Paul Weller's "People" said no! (Never liked him anyway....arrogant short arse!)
                                            Graham. :) 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on October 15, 2009, 06:54:18 AM
Well I always liked Joan Armatrading ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 15, 2009, 08:06:18 AM
                      Sadly Paul Weller's "People" said no! (Never liked him anyway....arrogant short arse!)
 

Oh, I used to like him.  Until he lost it and decided he was a mixture of Van Morrison and god.  Which IIRC coincided exactly with "The Changing Man".

Just checked the Hamsters on Napster.  Two songs - one sounds slightly like the Quo.  But with a slide guitar.  Hmm.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 15, 2009, 08:34:09 AM
Just got a really nice email from the 2nd hotel shoot I did in one of my trades for stays saying they are really pleased with the shots and booking us into their best four poster room  for a few days stay, with food, for our wedding anniversary in February half term. Did not have the class of the first one I did and much, much harder to make it look good !
A few shots here if you are interested:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8380407@N03/sets/72157622549787224/
Beautiful place Malham so looking forward to what has become a regular February break in the Dales and walking over those limestone pavements.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Simple on October 15, 2009, 09:05:44 AM
Beautiful place Malham so looking forward to what has become a regular February break in the Dales ans walking over those limestone pavements.

Nice pictures. I can see why they would be pleased. I love malham, with the Cove frequented by nesting peregrine falcons, and a lovely walk to Janet's Foss waterfall.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 15, 2009, 01:32:31 PM
Wmmfgt? DMT has returned home, and she looks 100% better. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 15, 2009, 03:55:06 PM
Great news Dave.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 15, 2009, 04:50:02 PM
                      Sadly Paul Weller's "People" said no! (Never liked him anyway....arrogant short arse!)
 

Oh, I used to like him.  Until he lost it and decided he was a mixture of Van Morrison and god.  Which IIRC coincided exactly with "The Changing Man".

Just checked the Hamsters on Napster.  Two songs - one sounds slightly like the Quo.  But with a slide guitar.  Hmm.
 
         Yeah. Paul Weller.... Mod Father my ar$e, He looks like his mum dressed him! :2funny:
                  The Hamsters....They do Hendrix and ZZTop covers, not really my kind of thing but I need the practice!
                                                Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 15, 2009, 04:55:29 PM
   Welcome home Sandra! :fworks2: :fworks3:
                     Graham. :-*
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 17, 2009, 01:15:55 PM
  WMMFGT?
                Picking the first of this years cider crop.
                I hope it's more succesful than '07's....25 gallons of drain cleaner!  :'(

    (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/web_DSC7236.jpg)
                     Graham. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on October 20, 2009, 03:08:12 PM
 WMMFGT?
                Picking the first of this years cider crop.
                I hope it's more succesful than '07's....25 gallons of drain cleaner!  :'(

If you need a hand with *Ahem* tasting that....

WMMFGT Oakley replacing my broken frame on a pair of 15 year old Oakley M Frames for £14. SUPERB SERVICE GUYS!  :tup: :tup: If anyone needs a pair of sports glasses I can not praise them highly enough both customer service and optical quality.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 20, 2009, 05:30:26 PM
 WMMFGT?
                Picking the first of this years cider crop.
                I hope it's more succesful than '07's....25 gallons of drain cleaner!  :'(

If you need a hand with *Ahem* tasting that....

              Give me a shout next June!  :beer:
                           Graham.  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on October 20, 2009, 07:45:35 PM
WMMFGT

Ordered about 86 prints from Photobox (free with last weeks AP) on Saturday...they arrived today...how chuffed am I, even the 10x8 print of "Cooling Off" I ordered is spot on I'd tried printing it at home and the area in shadow across the bottom third of the shot came out black...as in jet black....PHOTOBOX's version is spot on :tup:, nice dappled light across the shadow area,  I am well chuffed with the service first time I've tried them and as they were free shots apart from the postage and the £2.00 or so for the enlargements I had nothing to lose.....and the shot of Diane at Speakers Corner has come out really well as well....so going by first impressions I would recommend Photobox....and I reckon it's cheaper than printing at home....now I've just got to have a go at mounting them properly.....so a big thumbs up to photobox
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 20, 2009, 07:54:32 PM
I agree, Photobox prints are excellent value for money. Especially anything over A4, the colours and B+C are spot on. I have found some of the smaller prints lack tonal range, but the biguns are superb for the price. Even with the extra postage to the sunny (although rainy at the moment) Dordogne.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on October 21, 2009, 09:05:07 AM
WMMFGT

Ordered about 86 prints from Photobox (free with last weeks AP) on Saturday

Just a thought but why not set up a thread where we can highlight great offers so that the cheapness (feel the quality) can be passed around?? Thoughts?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on October 22, 2009, 12:50:14 PM

WMMFGT Oakley replacing my broken frame on a pair of 15 year old Oakley M Frames for £14. SUPERB SERVICE GUYS!  :tup: :tup: If anyone needs a pair of sports glasses I can not praise them highly enough both customer service and optical quality.

WMMFGT Oakleys arrived and they gave me a back my old lens that I thought was a gonner! No more flies in the eye for me!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 23, 2009, 12:18:35 AM
  Just got back from snapping the Oysterband doing a rare acoustic tour (No doubt to get some cash in the bank!).

            My God they were on form!   
                                                            (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/web_DSC7278.jpg)

                                   Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 23, 2009, 12:30:59 AM
Reset my password on flickr so I can log on from the new PC.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on October 23, 2009, 06:58:33 AM
Oysterband made some great CDs - the one with June Tabor was my favourite - and the one with The Oxford Girl. Hal and Tow etc. - must look them out have'nt played them for ages ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on October 23, 2009, 07:10:17 AM
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Some Oysterband from 1989
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 23, 2009, 04:42:08 PM
       They'er still making great cd's Sue! They played a lot of older stuff last night, including Oxford Girl.
                                 Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on October 23, 2009, 05:21:54 PM
feature=related

Some Oysterband from 1989

Think Metallica did a cover of one of their songs, or was that Blue Oyster or something...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 23, 2009, 05:32:51 PM
feature=related

Some Oysterband from 1989

Think Metallica did a cover of one of their songs, or was that Blue Oyster or something...
     You'll be thinking of Blue Oyster Cult.
                    You youngsters! You know nothing!!
                                    Graham. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 23, 2009, 06:43:14 PM
I finally got rid of the last vestiges of Lightroom from my PC. I feel like a giant weight has been lifted, and my storage has acres more space in it.

I think that LR must be like Marmite - whereas I love Marmite . . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 24, 2009, 05:13:14 AM
I`ve just put Lightroom on mine  - but then I hate marmite :D
Just been told they will be featuring one of my shots in next DC Magazine Your Mission section on "Trees" possibly. Maybe they will change their minds when they get my full res shot explaining I added a flood filter plug in bit and took original as part of the excellent weekly DC Mag forum weekly  competition which Photoradar has found impossible to resurrect  thus far despite pleas from users and a dwindling online readership ;)
 I bet they don`t print the last bit!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 24, 2009, 08:30:31 AM
Well done for the short listing jinky. I hope they publish it anyway  :)

I did like one thing about LR - the lights out view.

But I either disliked or hated just about everything else. It has a very complicated interface that takes an age to get to grips with and then it's still not very flexible. For rendering thumbnails when scrolling it is the slowest application I've seen. To work successfully with it you have to do things Adobe's way or not at all. File importing from camera or card is incredibly slow with too few options. The cataloging system takes the meaning of bloatware to a new high. You cannot open a RAW to edit externally without first creating an unnecessary intermediate (and huge) tif. The print module is out of the arc compared to specialist software (Qimage is what I am used to). I appreciate that I may see these shortcomings because I have only spent 60 days (2 trials, different versions) trying to find my way around it, and there might be some additional options buried somewhere deep inside. But life is too short.  ???

By way of comparison I downloaded the as yet incomplete version of Bibble 5. It's in a different and imho much higher league than LR. At least twice as fast, if not more, and instantly easy to use and understand. I'm going to get a Bibble 4 licence to tide me over, as the upgrade to 5 is free when it is released.

I'm not knocking anyone for using LR, it's very popular and I'm sure that once you have accepted that the Adobe way is the ONLY way, and you've taken a year or so to get to grips with the interface, undoubtedly powerful too. But for me it is considerably less than the sum of its parts. And therefore seriously overpriced (but aside from Elements, what Adobe product isn't?)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 24, 2009, 01:23:53 PM
I`ve just put Lightroom on mine  - but then I hate marmite :D
Just been told they will be featuring one of my shots in next DC Magazine Your Mission section on "Trees" possibly. Maybe they will change their minds when they get my full res shot explaining I added a flood filter plug in bit and took original as part of the excellent weekly DC Mag forum weekly  competition which Photoradar has found impossible to resurrect  thus far despite pleas from users and a dwindling online readership ;)
 I bet they don`t print the last bit!
I'm sure they won't understand the "dwindling online readership" bit. ;)

Wmmfgt?
After two days of aches and feeling as though my joints are on fire, it looks like I'll be able to go back to work tomorrow. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on October 25, 2009, 06:19:03 AM
This is more a WMYFGY - as I went with 6 other togs to a studio shoot at Calumet in Manchester and had a good time - it was the DPG 4th birthday meet! So met up with some good friends had a laugh and took some shots of several girls and a guy. Followed up with a very nice Italian and birthday cake!  ;D ;D :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 25, 2009, 07:44:12 AM

I'm not knocking anyone for using LR, it's very popular and I'm sure that once you have accepted that the Adobe way is the ONLY way, and you've taken a year or so to get to grips with the interface, undoubtedly powerful too. But for me it is considerably less than the sum of its parts. And therefore seriously overpriced (but aside from Elements, what Adobe product isn't?)

Not being an advocate for any particular processing system, as an amateur and for whom speed and bulk handling is not particularly an essential, I find Lightroom has everything I need. I've got all the time in the world to work on a print to get it where I want it, but I can appreciate a professional photographer may need an extra edge in that area, but then again Lightroom seems to have that ability.

I suppose it is expensive if you only shoot perhaps a 1or2 GB's a month and produce perhaps 3 or 4 images worth working on, and then if you equate the cost as a price per print you would turn a ghastly white colour. ::)

The thing I like most about it is the printing process and it's flexibility. I suppose I can be accused of laziness in not sampling other systems but if it works don't fix it.

Pass the Marmite please dear. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 25, 2009, 08:18:16 AM
Followed up with a very nice Italian and birthday cake! Anglefire

What a nice way to end- was she the model you shot then  :)

For me WMFGT - last night really.
OK yes me and my wife were amongst the oldest there in a crowd of kids and young women but went to see Pink in Manchester last night and what a show. Anyone who does no know her stuff apart from the chart stuff she does do some great ballads and a range of almost C&w and some political songs. her show , one of the cheapest I`ve seen at the MEN arena too, was full of great lighting / effects, ballet, classical piano interludes, great dancing, gymnastics , trapeze work and people hanging around on sheets and great musicians - especially lead guitar and keyboards topped with a faultless vocals performance. One of the best show music events I`ve ever been to. If you get the chance check out the tour - well worth it - oh and did I say very sexy in parts too! ;) Brilliant entertainment
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on October 25, 2009, 09:00:49 AM
Discovering i had won the IOTW competition.
Compared with the mass of talent that posts pictures on this site i was pleasantly surprised to say the least.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: top totty on October 25, 2009, 07:03:59 PM
Followed up with a very nice Italian and birthday cake! Anglefire

What a nice way to end- was she the model you shot then  :)

For me WMFGT - last night really.
OK yes me and my wife were amongst the oldest there in a crowd of kids and young women but went to see Pink in Manchester last night and what a show. Anyone who does no know her stuff apart from the chart stuff she does do some great ballads and a range of almost C&w and some political songs. her show , one of the cheapest I`ve seen at the MEN arena too, was full of great lighting / effects, ballet, classical piano interludes, great dancing, gymnastics , trapeze work and people hanging around on sheets and great musicians - especially lead guitar and keyboards topped with a faultless vocals performance. One of the best show music events I`ve ever been to. If you get the chance check out the tour - well worth it - oh and did I say very sexy in parts too! ;) Brilliant entertainment

That's good to know, daughter is going to see her Wednesday.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 26, 2009, 02:17:00 AM
That the family and I made it home safe and sound at last. After a lovely week on a Caribbean Cruise the trip home was horrible.  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on October 26, 2009, 09:55:32 AM
WMYFGT I'm still basking in Liverpool's win yesterday! I know that it is not camera realted but I am smiling and a I'm at work!  :D :D :D ;D :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 26, 2009, 02:42:17 PM
the trip home was horrible.  ::)
You cant leave a post up in the air like that spin, c'mon spill the beans
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on October 26, 2009, 04:16:48 PM
the trip home was horrible.  ::)
You cant leave a post up in the air like that spin, c'mon spill the beans

Probably did that on the trip home  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Zenmer on October 26, 2009, 04:28:11 PM
Finally getting a picture of the elusive nuthatch, well more then one actually  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 26, 2009, 09:25:42 PM
the trip home was horrible.  ::)
You cant leave a post up in the air like that spin, c'mon spill the beans

Probably did that on the trip home  :2funny: :2funny:

Close.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 26, 2009, 10:02:43 PM
the trip home was horrible.  ::)
You cant leave a post up in the air like that spin, c'mon spill the beans

Let's see, because it was all last minute I couldn't get a direct flight home ( Buffalo NY actually, home being an hour and half drive away ). So we booked a flight from Orlando, to Buffalo with a layover in NY at JFK. My wife is deathly afraid of flying, so she ended up doped to the eyeballs ( that comes in later). ;) Somewhere north of Orlando we flew into a storm and it was a bumpy stormy ride into JFK and the landing was rough.  :'(The layover was to be 2 and half hrs. We grabbed Burger and fries and that was OK.) When we got to the boarding lounge I pulled out my laptop as there was free WIFI. ;D It's now about 7:30 pm and we'd been up since 6:30 am. I guess my brain wasn't quite recovered from all the free flowing alcohol  :beer: :beer: :beer:that comes with cruises and while checking my email I linked to one of those viruses that spam everyone on your list and not thinking opened it (it was from someone on my list of contacts ) spammed a bunch of my friends and are now blocked from their servers. :'( (this is where wifey being all doped up comes in) Wife asks if she can use the laptop for a minute, sure I say. Next thing I know, she's on Facebook playing that stupid Farmville, She proceeds to do this until the battery dies. All the while we're seated in a crowded lounge and my laptop is intermittently mooing, oinking and neighing and people are glaring at us.  :-[ :-[

So around about this time I'm expecting the call for boarding the next leg, when the gate attendent announces that she'd love to board us, but doesn't have a plane to do so with. It's stuck over JFK in holding pattern because of the storm. It lands 45 minutes late and of course has to deplane it's passengers and then have ground crew service it. Half hour after that the gate attendent announces that the Capt. is instructing us to go the Loo and maybe buy some reading material before we get on the plane because it's expected we'll be sitting on the taxiway for another hour and half awaiting our take off spot. (that means under fed aviation rules that we're to be stuck in our seats, belts on and no getting up for any reason ). I think we ended up in the qeue about an hour and I dozed off a bit. Finally we take off into the storm and it's a white knuckler for the next 50 odd minutes. We arrive in Buffalo at about 12:10 am. on Sunday, I get out of the gate and there's a Loo so I run in for some needed relief. When I run out again I've left my wedding ring on the wash basin. I don't realize that until the next morning and contact the airport to find no ones turned it in. (it was ladies and gentleman my 34th wedding anniversary that wifey was able to point out ). :'( :'( Because it's now about 30 minutes into a new day, I have to pay for an extra day's parking.

Taking into account that we were coming in late to Buffalo we'd booked a cheap hotel off the airport strip for the night, not having ever been there I use my TOM TOM GPS to map a route, it turns out, the hotel is tucked up right beside the Interstate and so the TOM TOM mistakenly directs us onto the Interstate that's heading out of town and I end up driving 10 or so miles out of town before I can do a turn around to get back to the hotel. >:( >:( Oh did I mention it's a toll road and I have to pay, twice, for the privilege of being given wrong directions. (not to mention the nagging voice going 'turn around, turn around' ). Next morning thankfully everything was back on track the trip home from Buffalo was clear sailing.  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on October 26, 2009, 10:59:11 PM
Classic, some days are just like that..  sorry to hear about the losing the ring though, I guess that was the worst part... 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 27, 2009, 12:33:24 AM
Classic, some days are just like that..  sorry to hear about the losing the ring though, I guess that was the worst part... 

It was actually, quite saddened by that.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 27, 2009, 01:06:50 AM
Classic, some days are just like that..  sorry to hear about the losing the ring though, I guess that was the worst part...  

It was actually, quite saddened by that.

My late dad lost a watch that he had worn all through the war in similar circumstances. What made it worse it was at a reunion of his old regiment.  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on October 27, 2009, 07:29:27 AM
Classic, some days are just like that..  sorry to hear about the losing the ring though, I guess that was the worst part... 

I think I've only taken my wedding ring off once or perhaps twice in the last 16years!

I'd be pretty gutted to loose mine, so I too and sorry to hear this.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 27, 2009, 07:53:25 AM
I lost my wedding ring after about 4 years of marriage. I was fishing and grabbed a handful of particularly sloppy ground bait to throw out in the lake and being somewhat wet the ring sailed away into the air along with the groundbait. It was like one of those film moments where everything goes into slow motion. I was sat there helpless and watched it plop into about 8 feet of water about 30 feet from the bank. It's still there as far as I know.

About 6 weeks after when my wife started speaking to me again, she bought me a new one which has never been off my finger for some 46 years.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on October 27, 2009, 08:18:05 AM
Classic, some days are just like that..  sorry to hear about the losing the ring though, I guess that was the worst part... 

It was actually, quite saddened by that.

Ouch! I continually play with my ring and am amazed I haven't lost it, but then it's only been 11 years.

Maybe this is a good opportunity to think about renewing vows and replacing the ring at the same time?

H.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 27, 2009, 10:21:32 AM
I lost my wedding ring after about 4 years of marriage. I was fishing and grabbed a handful of particularly sloppy ground bait to throw out in the lake and being somewhat wet the ring sailed away into the air along with the groundbait. It was like one of those film moments where everything goes into slow motion. I was sat there helpless and watched it plop into about 8 feet of water about 30 feet from the bank. It's still there as far as I know.

About 6 weeks after when my wife started speaking to me again, she bought me a new one which has never been off my finger for some 46 years.

And that's the thing, the ring was always slightly loose, and I'd had a couple of instances where it has slipped off while washing up and I'd managed to catch it before it rolled down the drain, so that I developed this ritual of sorts whenever I washed up. That's what makes it so annoying, the ritual failed me.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 27, 2009, 10:27:17 AM


Ouch! I continually play with my ring and am amazed I haven't lost it, but then it's only been 11 years.

Maybe this is a good opportunity to think about renewing vows and replacing the ring at the same time?

H.



Next year's our 35th, I expect we'll be doing something special for it, another cruise, with our kids (no grandkids yet but who knows ). This ring had been purchased on a cruise in Mexico a few years ago and we'd both really liked it. I expect she'll be content to have me wait to go back there, it's Mayan Silver. It was always getting compliments.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 27, 2009, 10:29:35 AM

My late dad lost a watch that he had worn all through the war in similar circumstances. What made it worse it was at a reunion of his old regiment.  :'(

That far out does my loss I think I can imagine his disappointment.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 27, 2009, 12:14:05 PM

Quote
Ouch! I continually play with my ring and am amazed I haven't lost it,



MMMmmmmmm.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 27, 2009, 02:19:36 PM
Careful Abers  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on October 27, 2009, 08:37:12 PM
Took mine off about 14 years ago after watching a colleague at work lose his finger (wedding ring got caught on the pitot probe on a Tornado - that's a sticky out pointy bit btw). Decided my finger was worth more than the ring. tried it on a few weeks ago - it's way too small now.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on October 27, 2009, 09:32:42 PM
Decided to have a late morning/early afternoon stroll along the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze... trying not to make it too obvious I'm looking for fossils.

I did find a fossil... I think. It looks like some bark, but is much darker and heavier than wood. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 31, 2009, 08:18:12 AM
POWER TO THE PEOPLE (BLOGGER) :tup:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8335153.stm

I was amused to read this on the BBC website. The people in question surely do not have the two essential qualities to be a politician, a complete disregard for public opinion and a skin as thick as a Rhino.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on November 01, 2009, 08:25:53 AM
My dealings with my three local councillors are a bit mixed. When they decided to chop down most of the trees in the park next door 4 or so years ago I wrote to each of them and only one bothered to reply. The one who's views on politics are somewhat different to mine! To give him his due he seems to work hard for his expenses. Of course in certain matters you wonder why we have a local council A planning application to concrete over a large area of farmland at the top end of town building over 3000 houses plus industrial units in an area where the infrastructure is already overstretched.which was unwanted by local residents and turned down by the council [we're already growing by a third to the east and have hundreds of unsold flats and house in current developments as well as plenty of empty factories and offices] has been rubber stamped on appeal by this uncaring and dictatorial government. It's about time local people had a say when their environment is being ruined by those who've never even visited the area :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on November 01, 2009, 09:05:21 AM

The wife went to the Expat shop yesterday...this morning: full English with real sausages, mushrooms, proper bacon. Ahhh....I can feel the arteries and veins furring.

 :)

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 01, 2009, 09:37:28 AM
POWER TO THE PEOPLE (BLOGGER) :tup:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8335153.stm
I was amused to read this on the BBC website. The people in question surely do not have the two essential qualities to be a politician, a complete disregard for public opinion and a skin as thick as a Rhino.

Yes i was amused when i read about it this morning.
From the West Country? Anywhere near Bath?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 04, 2009, 06:40:13 PM
   I have a man arriving tomorrow to fit French doors to the garage (Long story, don't ask!).
   Well it was my job to get home from work and remove the existing Up&over door and frame... you know, the the kind with a "man killer" spring!
   Armed only with a crowbar and some rusty wire cutters the job was done in less tham 8 mins. :tup:
         And I only lost one arm and 6 fingers!
                          Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 06, 2009, 09:49:52 AM
Well, last evening actually. Yet another CFL failed, this time in the porch lamp. So I replaced it with a proper 75 watt incandescent light bulb. Now the path to the door is actually illuminated. Result.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 06, 2009, 03:11:20 PM
Main data backed-up, Ubuntu 9.10 dvd downloaded and currently being burned to a rewritable. I might actually.. finally.. get a home partition set up correctly!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 06, 2009, 06:58:32 PM
Let us know how you get on. I was about install 9.10 when I read about some issues . .  so my dual boot machine is still running 9.04.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 06, 2009, 08:12:04 PM
   I have a man arriving tomorrow to fit French doors to the garage (Long story, don't ask!).
   Well it was my job to get home from work and remove the existing Up&over door and frame... you know, the the kind with a "man killer" spring!
   Armed only with a crowbar and some rusty wire cutters the job was done in less tham 8 mins. :tup:
         And I only lost one arm and 6 fingers!
                          Graham. :)

I hope the six fingers aren't on one hand!  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 06, 2009, 08:45:11 PM
Let us know how you get on. I was about install 9.10 when I read about some issues . .  so my dual boot machine is still running 9.04.
Well, the Live CD thing worked ok-ish.. but those tend to be a bit awkward on my system anyway. The majority of my 5yr old system worked ok though, so I'm ploughing on with the upgrade.
 I'm posting this via my fussy N95 and a wireless network connection. Fingers crossed..

Wmmfgt?
Finally getting full-time employment, in the form of a supervisor role at the shop I've been a part-timer for. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 06, 2009, 09:24:07 PM
Well, the Live CD thing worked ok-ish.. but those tend to be a bit awkward on my system anyway. The majority of my 5yr old system worked ok though, so I'm ploughing on with the upgrade.
 I'm posting this via my fussy N95 and a wireless network connection. Fingers crossed..

So much for that.. I've downloaded.. or ended up with, at least, a corrupted dvd. Time for another download.. from a *reputable* source this time, I think.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 06, 2009, 10:27:47 PM
Wmmfgt?
Finally getting full-time employment, in the form of a supervisor role at the shop I've been a part-timer for. :)

Well done Dave.  :tup: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on November 06, 2009, 11:08:15 PM
Congrats on the promotion Dave. Good time of year to get a pay rise as well matey.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 07, 2009, 08:23:24 AM
Congratulations on the appointment Dave.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 07, 2009, 08:46:27 AM
That's great news Dave.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 07, 2009, 08:54:28 AM
Well done on the promotion. Never hurts to be another step up the ladder.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: pocketwitch on November 07, 2009, 11:53:13 AM
Bluey's and a parcel from Afghanistan, made my weekend  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on November 08, 2009, 04:12:53 PM
Just checked my flickr stats to see whats been looked at from where and the total views of photostream/sets/collections/pictures shows exactly 200,000 - amazing for a few snaps ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 08, 2009, 04:52:07 PM
i'm thinking that means !your pics are rather popular - but then they are rather good!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 08, 2009, 05:59:15 PM
According to Net Weather it's raining all day. The BBC weather suggest it will be cloudy all day, which isn't what they suggested on Friday for Sunday. Today it was murky this morning but this afternoon the sun came out.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on November 08, 2009, 10:39:00 PM
WMMFGT?

The family. Just having them.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 09, 2009, 05:09:42 PM
WMMFGT?
The family. Just having them.
H.
That's good to hear. :)

Wmmfgt?
I'm back in Linux, after having found two installer discs that cause problems.

See, the plan was, wipe the 80GB HDD and reinstall using Ubuntu 9.10. Sound problems caused me to reinstall again (apparently my years-old SB Live card didn't exist, regardless of modprobing etc), but using 9.04 this time, as well as using LVM as the filesystem. Ubuntu 9.04 doesn't do LVM. Ok, still wipe the drive, but adjust the partitions correctly.

Halfway through installing, the installer CD's choke... so I'm left with a blank HDD... twice.

I finally got Linux up and running by doing a net install via booting into a Live CD of Ubuntu 8.04.

Oh, and I've just checked that certain other photo forum... and it *still* doesn't render correctly. Hmm...  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on November 09, 2009, 08:10:00 PM
WMMFGT?
The family. Just having them.
H.
That's good to hear. :)

Wmmfgt?
I'm back in Linux, after having found two installer discs that cause problems.

See, the plan was, wipe the 80GB HDD and reinstall using Ubuntu 9.10. Sound problems caused me to reinstall again (apparently my years-old SB Live card didn't exist, regardless of modprobing etc), but using 9.04 this time, as well as using LVM as the filesystem. Ubuntu 9.04 doesn't do LVM. Ok, still wipe the drive, but adjust the partitions correctly.

??? :legit:


Good to hear Hugh!

WMMFGT?

Got my old coursework back and off to see mates at the pub in a bit.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on November 09, 2009, 11:00:42 PM
Well, what gave a right good laugh..  ignore the op subject, but just scan down page 5 and 6 of this thread, it will bring a smile

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=765695&page=5
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 09, 2009, 11:14:40 PM
Well, what gave a right good laugh..  ignore the op subject, but just scan down page 5 and 6 of this thread, it will bring a smile

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=765695&page=5

I think the one poster sums it up by asking if she's American!  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on November 09, 2009, 11:19:35 PM
Well, what gave a right good laugh..  ignore the op subject, but just scan down page 5 and 6 of this thread, it will bring a smile

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=765695&page=5

I think the one poster sums it up by asking if she's American!  :doh:

it was indeed that post that got me laughing, its all in the timing as they say :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 09, 2009, 11:41:53 PM
Well, what gave a right good laugh..  ignore the op subject, but just scan down page 5 and 6 of this thread, it will bring a smile

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=765695&page=5

I think the one poster sums it up by asking if she's American!  :doh:

it was indeed that post that got me laughing, its all in the timing as they say :)

And she answers the question by saying why! Talk about dumb and dumber and they just don't get irony!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 10, 2009, 12:37:39 AM
Well, what gave a right good laugh..  ignore the op subject, but just scan down page 5 and 6 of this thread, it will bring a smile

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=765695&page=5

I think the one poster sums it up by asking if she's American!  :doh:

it was indeed that post that got me laughing, its all in the timing as they say :)
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On holiday my son & his girlfriend were driving from LA to Las Vegas and required some " Gas " along the way. Having stopped somewhere the attendent asked where they were from. "England" replied my son Adam to which the attendent replied...... "My Dad worked at the airport there" !.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on November 10, 2009, 08:10:23 AM
The satisfaction of pricing up loads of stuff to sell on our charity stall after all the hours spent producing it. Still lots to do through the winter - new lines always being added!!
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_goods.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 10, 2009, 10:38:26 AM
What a great thread - the timing was perfect.
Sadly, the Americans can do dumb and blond much better than any girl from Essex with a light hair colour (light fuse paper and stand well back)

My favourite was "Yu from Englund? We've got frends in Edinbur - do you no them?" - of course deliberately written in English for Idiots.
Always brings a smile...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on November 10, 2009, 10:49:57 AM
Very funny.... and it comes from the nation with either the largest or second largest pile of nukes and more religious zealots than Afganistan.... :-\ :-\ :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 10, 2009, 10:57:01 AM
Very funny.... and it comes from the nation with either the largest or second largest pile of nukes and more religious zealots than Afganistan.... :-\ :-\ :doh:

Wot ? Iran?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on November 10, 2009, 11:18:22 AM
What a great thread - the timing was perfect.
Sadly, the Americans can do dumb and blond much better than any girl from Essex with a light hair colour (light fuse paper and stand well back)
I've heard of some Americans thinking they could tour the UK in one day, stopping off to do some sight-seeing at such places like the Lake District, York, Chester, Wales, etc...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on November 10, 2009, 11:49:28 AM
What a great thread - the timing was perfect.
Sadly, the Americans can do dumb and blond much better than any girl from Essex with a light hair colour (light fuse paper and stand well back)
I've heard of some Americans thinking they could tour the UK in one day, stopping off to do some sight-seeing at such places like the Lake District, York, Chester, Wales, etc...


Mind you  my Nan went to stay with her son in Boston, he asked if there was anything she'd like to do whilst there and she replied "I'd like to see the Grand Canyon...." She was quite surprised when she found out it was further away than the UK was at that point... They do live on a different scale to us and are often prepared to drive distances that you'd never want to do here just for a night out
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 10, 2009, 05:26:45 PM
Hey, I've seen americans drive up to Toronto, in July, with Ski's and ask where the snow was. My brother was in the Rockies in Aug. once during a Freak snowstorm and heard one american say to another "I told you it snows all the time in Canada". Then there was the time I visited friends in North Carolina in Oct. and the conversation turned to the leaves changing colour and a woman asked "do you have trees in Canada?".
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on November 10, 2009, 05:56:39 PM
When it comes to americans abroad, in general I find them much better educated and able to appreciate being in a different country, now the brits abroad, I could write some harsh words here, insert your own.. how many times have I had to reply to them saying "but in the UK".. yes but your NOT in the UK are you!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Nemesis on November 10, 2009, 06:01:01 PM
I still recall the conversation at Stonehenge between two American tourists a few years back while they were walking round listening to the audio guides, she commented that it was built in a commanding position on the hill, to which he replied
"Yeah, and right next to the highway for when they hauled in the stones" - I kid you not....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on November 10, 2009, 06:48:10 PM
Americans at Sacre Cour when we were on our honeymoon walking up the tightest narrowest spiral staircase set within one of the columns...."Geez you'd have thought they'd have put an elevator in by now".....yep no comprehension of historic building/monuments etc as they don't have any...my cousins live in San Antonio and not that far from the The Alamo.....wait for it.....they KNOCKED DOWN the original Alamo.....built a shopping mall on the site....and hey presto a few years later they built a replica Alamo pretty much next door...... ??? ::) :doh:

WMMFGT....last night....my print of Cooling Off (it's in my gallery) got 9/10 in the monthly print comp  :tup: well chuffed....entering it next week into the inter club comp hopefully it'll get picked by the selection panel....Abers don't tell anyone at New Malden.... ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 11, 2009, 06:13:59 PM
     Part exchanged my  Nikkor 28-70 2.8 for the new 24-70 2.8
     The old girl was past her best and becoming a little unreliable in the focusing department (Somthing I can't afford with the gigpicery!).
     I was going to offer her up here but I like you all too much! :D
                         Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 11, 2009, 07:32:04 PM
Overheard in a lift in a London Hotel one evening, conversation between two pairs of Americans.

"Where'd you go today?"

"We visited the Hall of the Royal Alberts!".
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 11, 2009, 09:20:49 PM
I forgot about these :


They are clips from a News Satire program that runs on our CBC network. It's a feature called 'Talking to Americans"
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 12, 2009, 09:47:46 AM
That is just hilarious. The small boy was the star. So there may be some hope, unless he has the knowledge knocked out of him.

This is one of my favourites:

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 13, 2009, 12:09:04 PM
I now have 4 shiny new tires on my truck, all set for those winter snows. Stumbled on a tire sale while in purchasing Gasoline Stabilizer for my lawnmower that is now parked and buried under patio furniture.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 16, 2009, 08:25:57 PM
    Just been sent photo passes for Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull.  :)
    Waiting to hear from Ocean Colour Scene.
                         Graham. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 16, 2009, 10:06:08 PM
    Just been sent photo passes for Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull.  :)
    Waiting to hear from Ocean Colour Scene.
                         Graham. :D

That can't be bad.  ;D

How are you getting on with the 24-70mm?  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on November 16, 2009, 10:15:18 PM
Jethro Tull - my first live gig at Newcastle City hall. Stood on one leg playing the flute -... ah memories.
I`m hoping to blag a pass for Chris Rea when he comes to harrogate after getting advice on getting a Steeleye Span one at halifax. Got blanked for Pink at manchester arena so will stick to the old rockers I think. Enjoy  :)them
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on November 16, 2009, 10:19:09 PM
    Just been sent photo passes for Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull.  :)
    Waiting to hear from Ocean Colour Scene.
                         Graham. :D
I'll  come along just to carry your bag at the Joan Armatrading gig -I just love that woman's voice and her song writing :) :) :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on November 17, 2009, 09:12:57 AM
WMYFGT Finding out who I trust and who I don't at work, a reasonably painful but worthwhile experience and I'll be having fun with that later  >:( ::)   :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Nemesis on November 17, 2009, 12:42:04 PM
Actually yesterday evening... Rummaging around in an old camera bag and finding some filters and filter holder that were freebies from Photo Answers sometime last millennium.  The holder is 52mm thread - so fits my Panny G-series lenses  :)  Now only if I could find the screw in filters I bought around the same time ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 17, 2009, 01:11:34 PM
    Just been sent photo passes for Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull.  :)
    Waiting to hear from Ocean Colour Scene.
                         Graham. :D



How are you getting on with the 24-70mm?  :tup:

        Oh fine!  It's much slimmer (But a bit longer.) than the 28-70 and so is a bit easyer on the hand.
                    I've got 8 bands to photograph on Saturday and then Mica Paris on Tuesday so I'm sure it'll get a good thrashing then!     
                                           Graham.   :D             
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 17, 2009, 06:17:27 PM
Just been asked by Lancashire Police to provide pictures of Preston for their new station. From what was suggested they will want canvas so if anyone knows somewhere good please let me know.......... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Al Birmingham on November 17, 2009, 08:21:35 PM
www.blueprintimaging.co.uk

Mention Al Birmingham 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on November 17, 2009, 09:08:23 PM
Try http://www.blueprintimaging.com/

 ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on November 17, 2009, 09:22:55 PM
    Just been sent photo passes for Joan Armatrading and Jethro Tull.  :)
    Waiting to hear from Ocean Colour Scene.
                         Graham. :D

Daves favourite band Jethro Tull. Surprised he didn't comment on it. :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on November 18, 2009, 10:34:00 AM
Finally getting a day off from decorating  :tup:
Now where did I file my camera  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on November 23, 2009, 08:04:04 AM
What made me feel good yesterday - watching old Dr.Who episodes
http://player.uk.msn.com/sci-fi/
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Darren1978 on November 23, 2009, 09:52:40 AM
WMMFGT...

well it should be yesterday, but the good feeling has carried over to today, and probably will do for a while yet....the super Spurs smashing 9 goals past Wigan  :) :beer: :2funny:

An excellent display of attacking football with sublime finishing...SUPERB  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 23, 2009, 12:00:28 PM
WMYFGT Finding out who I trust and who I don't at work, a reasonably painful but worthwhile experience and I'll be having fun with that later  >:( ::)   :D

Trust no one! That's a line from a movie I think... My personal motto ' hunt alone' .  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on November 23, 2009, 01:16:29 PM
WMYFGT Finding out who I trust and who I don't at work, a reasonably painful but worthwhile experience and I'll be having fun with that later  >:( ::)   :D

Trust no one! That's a line from a movie I think... My personal motto ' hunt alone' .  ;D

Especially if it's with Cheney and you're a lawyer.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on November 23, 2009, 07:25:25 PM
Met Evan Davies/Davis today at uni, spoke to him briefly- more a-Evans: 'no you can go' Me: 'thanks.' but still, briefly
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 23, 2009, 08:46:41 PM
Met Evan Davies/Davis today at uni, spoke to him briefly- more a-Evans: 'no you can go' Me: 'thanks.' but still, briefly
          Does he look as err....distinctive as hedoes on telly?
                           Graham. ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 27, 2009, 09:20:11 PM
I entered the Harris Museum Open Exhibition for the first time this year and went along to the opening event. To my supprise one of my entries ( the phone boxes ) was sold on the night even at the inflated price I had put on it to cover the Museums 20% commision. Here are a few pics from the event. Best not tell whoever bought it its half the price direct from me.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 27, 2009, 11:31:05 PM
I entered the Harris Museum Open Exhibition for the first time this year and went along to the opening event. To my supprise one of my entries ( the phone boxes ) was sold on the night even at the inflated price I had put on it to cover the Museums 20% commision. Here are a few pics from the event. Best not tell whoever bought it its half the price direct from me.

Well done Dave.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on November 28, 2009, 10:44:48 AM
Congratulations. hopefully you will sell a few more copies before the exhibition ends.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 02, 2009, 10:31:35 PM
Work have ued several of my pictures in the company Sales brochure - including the front page  :tup:

And several are on the website! http://www.waltermeier.com/uk/climate/en/home.html

(Mick, hope you don't mind the link - delete if you deem it not suitable!)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on December 02, 2009, 10:57:40 PM
Wmmfgt?

Finally having enough space on my twin 80GB HDDs to unrar a very large number of Atari ST disk images (140-ish 97MB rar files!), and then being able to dump the lot onto 4 DVDs.

I'll never need to hunt the internet for anything ST-related... at all!  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 03, 2009, 05:45:48 AM
What are ST related images ?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 03, 2009, 09:28:55 AM
Back in the good old days of Home Computing an extremely clever man working for Atari developed a computer which became known as an Atari ST.
The same man left shortly after it was produced and went to work for Commodore and helped develop a computer called an Amiga.

They were almost identical machines except the ST was much better at producing music and could often be seen being used by the Techno bands of the time and the Amiga was much better at graphics and was used to generate most of the graphics for early day Babylon 5 episodes (it was also at the heart of the T-Rex car chase in Jurassic Park but the PC guys get rather defensive about that fact because many more PC's were involved as well - well they need many more  ;D).

They were both far more powerful than the MS DOS or MS Windows based machines of their time but without the MS clout to back them up.

Atari ST succumbed to Apple for its music base and the Amiga had all other areas sewn up - until it also went into obscurity when Commodore self imploded.
RIP Atari ST which really was a ground breaking computer of its time!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 03, 2009, 11:46:21 AM
RIP Atari ST which really was a ground breaking computer of its time!

And it used Gem.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 03, 2009, 01:21:12 PM
So ST is a shortened version of what ?
sit tight ?
some thing?
single take ?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 03, 2009, 01:43:36 PM
So ST is a shortened version of what ?

Sixteen thirtytwo.  Really.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 03, 2009, 02:04:58 PM
The things you can learn on a photography web site!

Back to the images question - they are compressed files of an ST Emulator with a whole array of software.
Just need enough space to decompress them and put them onto CD's after which you can use your current computer as though it were an Atari ST.

Or, if you're like me - you have a genuine Amiga 1200 sitting in your garage with some software. But that's not always possible or practical.

Those were certainly great times, where games were about game play and not graphics. Software developing was about producing 'finished' bug free software and could be done by any one with a bit of time and will to learn and experiment. Computing wise- we will never see the like again.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on December 03, 2009, 02:27:11 PM
I remember gaming on a 520ST playing Gauntlet and the very first Simpsons game
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 03, 2009, 02:40:10 PM
The Simpsons - my daughters loved that one.
They also enjoyed the Blues Brothers and were quite amused by Conan the Barbarian.

I preferred Amiga & GFA Basic and the odd flight sim - oh yes and Settlers which was custom written to take advantage of the multi tasking abilities of those long gone computers.
The Amiga also had quite a good speech synthesizer which i used to good effect to knock up a few programs to teach and test them on spelling and arithmetic.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 03, 2009, 06:50:40 PM
I remember gaming on a 520ST playing Gauntlet and the very first Simpsons game

Two games I remember were Beyond the Ice Place and Ramarana. On the first when you reached the top and moved to the left, you couldn't get back into the game.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 03, 2009, 10:39:44 PM
Three things altogether.

1. My wife walking around the house for the first time afte  major surgery some three weeks ago.

2.Learning I had an acceptance in the Smetwick International Exhibition

3. It was a colour print, so I might be on the up in the colour stakes. :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on December 03, 2009, 10:51:36 PM
Three things altogether.

1. My wife walking around the house for the first time afte  major surgery some three weeks ago.

2.Learning I had an acceptance in the Smetwick International Exhibition

3. It was a colour print, so I might be on the up in the colour stakes. :o

 :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 04, 2009, 01:49:17 PM
Three things altogether.

1. My wife walking around the house for the first time afte  major surgery some three weeks ago.

2.Learning I had an acceptance in the Smetwick International Exhibition

3. It was a colour print, so I might be on the up in the colour stakes. :o

Glad the better half is making progress.  :tup:

Is that Smethwick as in the Black Country? If so that's tops, as they are a top club.  ;D

Well done ABERS.   :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 04, 2009, 10:39:55 PM
Three things altogether.

1. My wife walking around the house for the first time afte  major surgery some three weeks ago.

2.Learning I had an acceptance in the Smetwick International Exhibition

3. It was a colour print, so I might be on the up in the colour stakes. :o
Best of luck in the comp Alan and hope the good lady wife is getting better and stronger day by day
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on December 07, 2009, 11:17:38 AM
Glad to hear your wife is getting better Abers.  :)

Congrats on getting a accepetance into the Smethwick Colour International as thats a hard one to get a acceptance for with all the competition. :tup:

I was a member there for many years. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on December 07, 2009, 11:31:33 AM
Getting a new addition to the family.

Her name is Bella
(http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/120071742.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 07, 2009, 12:21:20 PM
O M G

 :)

Paul - join the club ! What a little sweetheart. What does she want to be when she grows up?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on December 07, 2009, 12:28:14 PM
Getting a new addition to the family.

Her name is Bella
(http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography/image/120071742.jpg)

aww sweeeet :)

Bonnie has been at the vets since thursday, had an op to fix a broken tendon, went well and she comes home today, cant wait :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 07, 2009, 01:32:33 PM
Three things altogether.

1. My wife walking around the house for the first time afte  major surgery some three weeks ago.

2.Learning I had an acceptance in the Smetwick International Exhibition

3. It was a colour print, so I might be on the up in the colour stakes. :o

Glad to hear the wife is doing well Alan. Always makes life a lot more easier and enjoyable when the family are healthy.
Congrats on the acceptance to the Exhibition. When does that occur? Might have to organise another meet  :tup:

Sorry - did you say colour? Not coming now if its colour...

No, seriously - could  be worth a day out!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on December 07, 2009, 02:02:23 PM
O M G

 :)

Paul - join the club ! What a little sweetheart. What does she want to be when she grows up?

She's a 8 week old Jack-Chi (Jack Russsel/Chihuahua cross) so I'll have to wait and see which one she favours but she likes chasing our 3 year old jack russel. :)

Orgie sorry to hear about Bonnie I know what it feels like.

No critique of the photo needed as I know its rubbish and just wanted to post one. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 08, 2009, 05:04:44 PM
WMFGT?
Completely overhauling 2 sections of my catalogue in Lightroom as part of my 'cull' or review of my pictures. 500 pictures reviewed, processed, key worded and exported or deleted.

I started on this project just over a month ago with 30k of pictures and i'm now down to under 9500. And there will be more to go!
Believe me, i'm not being chronically ruthless - just realising that unless they serve a purpose like family memory or are absolutely spot on - they are going.
Some have benefited from newer RAW processing technology and some post processing. Some that i thought were chuckers in the past have actually become amongst my favourites once they have undergone a make over.

Not spending as much time with my camera at the moment - but i'm determined to crack this one. Butbefore any one thinks i'm on a home run - once i've completed this project - i have all my 'film' pictures to scan in and process. I dare not guess how many of 'them' i've got. With any luck though this process will help me improve the quality of pictures i take.

Well you have to look on the bright side.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on December 11, 2009, 05:24:48 PM
Finally had two of my images printed at A3, mounted and framed. They are now hanging in the lounge - with permission !!!!
I'm well chuffed  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 11, 2009, 05:29:10 PM
And so you should be. If you've produced images good enough to scale up to A3 and get permission to get them hung on the wall at home...

Well done that chap  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 11, 2009, 05:55:38 PM
Just had a couple of A3 calandars delivered from photobox using me own shots. Well chuffed with the results and will make great xmas pressies.
17 quid a go but they are unique.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on December 12, 2009, 01:51:00 AM
I was reading an on line article about internet privacy and Google. One of the commentators challenged people to Google their own name and see what was out there. So I did and found this:


http://www.lailas.com/content/artist_pdf/Dave%20Spence.pdf   ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 12, 2009, 07:34:09 AM
Any one you know?  ;D

I see you live in Brampton. I used to drive trains there - and Princess Margaret used to visit once or twice a year...

As for Googling my name, i am Gordon Browns brother, a top journalist, an author,a dentist, a computer geek, a landscape photographer in Australia - even on FLickr i'm usurped by an Andrew Brown from South Africa.

So in simple terms - according to Google im a nobody  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on December 14, 2009, 11:18:17 AM
And so you should be. If you've produced images good enough to scale up to A3 and get permission to get them hung on the wall at home...

Well done that chap  :tup:
Thanks a lot Andrew  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on December 14, 2009, 06:41:30 PM
Any one you know?  ;D

I see you live in Brampton. I used to drive trains there - and Princess Margaret used to visit once or twice a year...

As for Googling my name, i am Gordon Browns brother, a top journalist, an author,a dentist, a computer geek, a landscape photographer in Australia - even on FLickr i'm usurped by an Andrew Brown from South Africa.

So in simple terms - according to Google im a nobody  :'(

I have 2 flickr accounts (one mine, one for my uni work), website with a domain name that is my name, a facebook, a myspace and prob some stuff i forgot about and this bloke/woman keeps cropping up:

http://www.craigleaper.com   
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 14, 2009, 07:41:41 PM
Signed up to attend a seminar by Tom Ang at the end of Jan with my camera group. Has anyone attended any function held by (for) him? Was it (he) any good? Any particular question you want me to ask? ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 18, 2009, 05:05:16 PM
I'm really on top of the world today. My new (well second hand  ;) ) camera arrived.
I decided instead of a new 300s I would go for a used D700. Only a year old, and the chappie was selling a Tamron 2.8 28-75mm as well! And two Extreme IV cards.
Christmas is here !
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 18, 2009, 05:55:31 PM
I'm really on top of the world today. My new (well second hand  ;) ) camera arrived.
I decided instead of a new 300s I would go for a used D700. Only a year old, and the chappie was selling a Tamron 2.8 28-75mm as well! And two Extreme IV cards.
Christmas is here !
         Welcome to the D700 club....your going to love it! :)
                              Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 18, 2009, 07:15:12 PM
D700 is a very capable camera.
Eileen has one as well and just loves it to bits.

Happy Christmas  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 18, 2009, 07:35:36 PM
I'm really on top of the world today. My new (well second hand  ;) ) camera arrived.
I decided instead of a new 300s I would go for a used D700. Only a year old, and the chappie was selling a Tamron 2.8 28-75mm as well! And two Extreme IV cards.
Christmas is here !
Good on ya Carol that sounds like a good deal!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on December 18, 2009, 07:48:45 PM
Very nice ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 18, 2009, 08:03:35 PM
I'm already loving it :)

The poor chap who sold it has had to give up his job due to illness and needed the cash. I feel really sorry for him.

The only problem I've found so far, is that neither my PSE6 nor CS3 will accept the nefs. Problably a plug-in somehwere is needed. Still I have NX2 on the way, so that problem will be solved forthwith. Until then, I'll be taking jpegs.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 18, 2009, 08:35:52 PM
just been back and noted that other D700 users have upgraded to CS4.
Don't know if PSP XS2 can work with the D700 as PSP is usually a bit slow on that front. I think all Adobe stuff can...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 18, 2009, 08:46:42 PM
You can always use Adobe's free DNG converter that has also just been released.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 19, 2009, 06:39:14 AM
   Hi Carol.
                   I open D700 raws in CS3. I think you just need to update your raw converter.
                   I think Camera Raw 4.6 is the most recent CS3 update which suports the D700.

                        See here for a free update      http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4036
                                          Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 19, 2009, 09:13:05 AM
Good on you Carol - you`ll love NX2 too ;)
Mind you I`ve just had to re-install mine after it kept crashing for no apparent reason. It deffo converts the raw files better than anything else I have but I do use Lightroom too for a magic load of presets I was gifted recently.
Just wished I had one workflow I could stick to :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 19, 2009, 09:40:24 AM
Followed Graham's Link and found the Update for PSE6. I followed the instructions and downloaded the converter für PSE6.
I must be having a blond/senior moment tho, I still can't load the nef files.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2009, 10:22:59 AM
Followed Graham's Link and found the Update for PSE6. I followed the instructions and downloaded the converter für PSE6.
I must be having a blond/senior moment tho, I still can't load the nef files.

Before doing the update you need to move the old file first as it won't over-write the original file. Use the move command or cut and paste method in Vista and put the old file on you desktop, then run the update.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on December 19, 2009, 11:16:32 AM
Followed Graham's Link and found the Update for PSE6. I followed the instructions and downloaded the converter für PSE6.
I must be having a blond/senior moment tho, I still can't load the nef files.

CS3 will update automatically by going to Help > Update. With PSE6 it's manual only it seems so if you've got CS3 to update OK then it might be that you've not followed the PSE6 instructions correctly and installed it in the wrong place.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 19, 2009, 12:12:15 PM
Followed Graham's Link and found the Update for PSE6. I followed the instructions and downloaded the converter für PSE6.
I must be having a blond/senior moment tho, I still can't load the nef files.

Before doing the update you need to move the old file first as it won't over-write the original file. Use the move command or cut and paste method in Vista and put the old file on you desktop, then run the update.  ;D

Thanks Oldboy - it worked !
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2009, 04:09:43 PM
Followed Graham's Link and found the Update for PSE6. I followed the instructions and downloaded the converter für PSE6.
I must be having a blond/senior moment tho, I still can't load the nef files.

Before doing the update you need to move the old file first as it won't over-write the original file. Use the move command or cut and paste method in Vista and put the old file on you desktop, then run the update.  ;D

Thanks Olboy - it worked !

Glad to help.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 19, 2009, 09:54:23 PM
Pompey's 2-0 win over Liverpool today  :tup: :tup: :tup: :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on December 20, 2009, 06:49:54 PM
Not just good today but fantastic.  Rage Against The Machine making it to  the Xmas No.1   :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 20, 2009, 06:57:05 PM
Not just good today but fantastic.  Rage Against The Machine making it to  the Xmas No.1   :D :D :D

and the public conned more than they would have been had cowell got to number 1
a complete joke from RATM as well. Not many would have heard of them before this so PR job done nicely.
Also both labels are owned by Sony so another win win.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on December 20, 2009, 07:05:50 PM
I admit Cowell must be laughing all the way to the bank as he owns both companies. RATM are giving some of the proceeds to charity.(shelter I think)and doing a free gig over here next year. I just hate manufactured music. Gloryfied karaoke to me.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 20, 2009, 07:15:48 PM
RATM tried to do the same thing last year and failed as the press did not back them.
The charity donations etc - lovely stuff and more publicity for a band desperately  seeking it.
I remember a few years ago RATM had this rebelious bad boy image against the rules regs and establishment, they then went on a campaign to eliminate illegal downloading. lol
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 20, 2009, 07:57:06 PM
RATM are one of my favourite bands. And killing in the name of is almost a personal anthem. I often chant the outro to myself when being required to conform, and sometimes I even say it out loud.

As for the illegal downloading you have to remember they are American and therefore money is a god. For some of the Brits it's different. I remember a conversation Lemmy had with an audience when he asked them if they had the new Motorhead album. To the reply from most of them of 'no' he replied "what's the matter with you? Couldn't you steal it?"
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on December 20, 2009, 09:43:07 PM
Only heard it a couple of times - not my sort of thing really - but anything's better than bland pop pap. 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 20, 2009, 09:46:58 PM
Cowell blames the BBC for playing RATM too much.  :o

Must just add I'm not interested in music at all.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on December 20, 2009, 09:51:22 PM
Well, for those that bought the single, they just did what they were told to...

But for which song I prefer, it'd have to be RATM. I'm a tad sick of the mediocre ballad songs, and a bit of heavy angry music appeals to my old headbanging days...before it fell out, that is.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on December 20, 2009, 10:22:25 PM
Mmm - just had another listen - a tad repetitive is'nt it? Still it's all a matter of personal taste I suppose :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on December 21, 2009, 02:29:09 AM

Rage Against the Machine did a Christmas song? Bit of an oxymoron isn't it?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Nemesis on December 21, 2009, 08:59:02 AM
Marking the Winter Solstice sunrise  :) 
OK cloud obscured the actual sunrise, but it was exhilarating to stand on a freezing hillside with only nature for company.  Mind you, puzzled where the stinging show shower was coming from out of a clear sky overhead...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on December 21, 2009, 09:14:26 AM
Have to say RATM was a big plus for me... I believe Rage are signed to Sony who Simon Cowell also works for, not owns. Rage have donated all the money to Shelter and are planning a free gig in London, they also had nothing to do with this no1 until everyone started to contact them.

By buying RATM people weren't doing what they were told, they were taking part in a "none of the above" Brewsters Millions style complaint. How can the people who don't watch X-Factor complain.. By getting behind something else!!!

The funniest part of the week has been Simon Cowell's childish protestations about not getting the result he has come to expect!

It is my hope that the British public learn something from this and use their vote in April/May for real... X-Factor got to no1 because the silent majority were just that, the BNP got in in Yorkshire not because of high support but because people didn't vote.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on December 21, 2009, 10:41:59 AM
I suppose it also sums up the election for many people - both the main contenders are a bit rubbish and it's a case of deciding which is the least worst option ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on December 22, 2009, 09:12:01 AM
Such a beautiful morning that I can actually forgive the fact I have to be at work and not taking pictures of it... almost made me feel poetic
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on December 22, 2009, 11:52:04 AM
More snow overnight but nowhere near as cold so at least it;s nice and slushy and not as treacherous to walk on - and some sunshine at last :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 22, 2009, 02:07:43 PM
        Spent the morning in a stageringly pretty part of Buckinghamshire, walking through woodland with 8" of fresh snow on the ground.
        I'm now back in Derby with low winter sun and bog all else! :-\
        Oh, and the water board are digging up the road so we have no water. >:(
                      Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on December 22, 2009, 07:25:26 PM
Had a good day selling my framed prints on the Market. Best of all I sold a few that I had only taken yesterday of local areas in the snow......... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on December 22, 2009, 07:50:58 PM
Just and I mean just, received email from headquarters that I'm getting an unexpected raise Jan 1st. woohooo!! :beer: :tup: It's only half a percent but every penny counts.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 22, 2009, 07:59:09 PM
Just and I mean just, received email from headquarters that I'm getting an unexpected raise Jan 1st. woohooo!! :beer: :tup: It's only half a percent but every penny counts.
Good on yer ! Beers all round ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 24, 2009, 08:06:50 AM
I was watching a docu on local boy Oliver Postgate the other night.  Shame he never lived to see this story (http://ow.ly/Pcre) come true.  I'm pretty sure it's straight out of Ivor the Engine.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 24, 2009, 08:22:39 AM
I was watching a docu on local boy Oliver Postgate the other night.  Shame he never lived to see this story (http://ow.ly/Pcre) come true.  I'm pretty sure it's straight out of Ivor the Engine.

Thats a really good story. Just goes to show that all that is modern is not always best!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 24, 2009, 09:55:43 AM
What a story!
The simple fact is - modern trains operating over the 3rd rail system are not designed to run in the snow or ice!
Not sure what the issue is with Eurostar's - they shouldn't be falling down because they're built on established technology with redundancy built in.

The companies get told often enough by 'the oldies' what they've done wrong. There was a good reason older trains were designed how they were - it was to make them work in all conditions.
But in the end, nothing beats cold weather like a steam train.
Good old Trevithick  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 24, 2009, 10:11:51 AM
Not sure what the issue is with Eurostar's - they shouldn't be falling down because they're built on established technology with redundancy built in.

The story (apart from "well it's worked for 15 years") is that there was exceptionally cold air in France and then warmer air in the tunnel.  I suspect this caused a massive amount of condensation very suddenly.  It sounds plausible because we get to blame the French.

Apparently they did "overnight modifications" to fix them.  Anybody want to bet on what colour Duck Tape that involved?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 24, 2009, 10:41:42 AM
I believe i read somewhere that WD40 was involved  :)

Whilst I accept what you're saying about condensation Jonathan - trains are designed for this.
Hang on - British trains are designed for this. Eurostar's are of a French design - so we can still blame the French.

What i find most worrying is the total loss of power to all of the trains auxilliary functions such as air con, heating, comms etc. Followed up by the appalling customer care service.
This is not a new tunnel. It is not even a new tunnel system (Mersey Rail have been operating a similar system since 1978).

There is more to this than we have been told so far (or will ever be told).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 24, 2009, 10:54:35 AM
The French news was very forthcoming with details about the problem - totally unlike the Greenpeace Broadcasting Corporation's coverage.

The explanation was as follows:

Short version: The wrong kind of snow
Long version: Running the trains through the snowstorms in Normandy, which were very powdery, forced snow through the vents and onto the hardware inside. The trains were designed to run frozen up and did so until they entered the tunnel when the now quite large amounts of snow melted quickly and shorted most of the systems out. All together 7 locomotives failed in the tunnel.

The fix apparently involves preventing powdery snow from getting into the works, so might involve gaffer tape.

Whatever the cause, there was no excuse for the rubbish customer service after the event.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 24, 2009, 11:25:23 AM
Ahhh - the powdery snow.
Last time i heard that was when the Class 90's that Jim no longer uses were new - and the new electrified service from Bedford - St Pancras started.
Seem to remember the last batch of British built diesels also suffered a bit as well.

The solution has been around for many years and is fitted to all of the older trains (surprise surprise).
The ventilation on the sides of the vehicles are fitted with louvred slats instead of 'fixed' slats.
That way they can be altered to point in a trailing direction so snow and rain do not get into the hardware very much if at all - and certainly not enough to cause problems.
The other option was to fit horizontal slats with an opening pointing down (which i believe was the fix on the Bed-Pan trains).

However you look at it, this is a well documented problem with well established solutions, some going back to the 1950's!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 24, 2009, 11:36:00 AM
They should bring back Will Hay to get things up and running, they never had those problems!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 24, 2009, 11:55:55 AM
Nobody can do it like a steam train.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 24, 2009, 12:40:03 PM
Eurostar eat your heart out

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 24, 2009, 01:00:08 PM
 Oh good. I've been waiting for an opportunity to link to this :)
         I believe it's one of those "Viral" advert things encouraging European kids to take up engineering. :o
                         http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2007/kids-mess-with-railways-p1.php
                                        Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 24, 2009, 01:22:33 PM
Oh good. I've been waiting for an opportunity to link to this :)
         I believe it's one of those "Viral" advert things encouraging European kids to take up engineering. :o
                         http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2007/kids-mess-with-railways-p1.php
                                        Graham.

Yes that is a good one. Saw it when they were rebuilding Rugby. Some one suggested it was gonna be the new flyover  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on December 30, 2009, 08:13:15 AM
The rain has melted the overnight snow and the temperature is above freezing - don't even mind having to go back to work for the next two days now :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on December 30, 2009, 11:49:46 AM
We have a dog transport on its way from Romania - another 53 dogs on their way to a better life !
They should arrive here around 7.30pm.
I know it's not the solution to the stray dog problem - we're working on that one ;) But in the meantime at least some of those already there can be helped.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 30, 2009, 06:32:55 PM
Today is the first day that me, my wife and one of my sons have all been able to function properly since xmas eve, when we all came down with a very heavy cold bug so bad, we didn't eat till 9 ish xmas day. There is still tons of alcohol and food left in the house (well till tomorrow, when we have family coming round)
Hope everyone had a good one
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on December 31, 2009, 07:00:16 PM
I just watched an episode of 'Are you being served?'. First time I've seen it in years, and it's still very funny. A real classic.  :2funny:
Hope you're fully recovered now Irv and enjoying the new year celebrations.  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on December 31, 2009, 07:28:30 PM
Finding out that our bushfire survival plan worked. Our brave CFA volunteers were fighting a bushfire not 100 metres from our home last night but we were packed up with all three cats within five minutes waiting to be evacuated. The wind changed to our direction just as the rain came down so even though our new years plans were changed we had a brilliant new year being safe. Happy New Year to those still to celebrate it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 31, 2009, 09:53:14 PM
Today is the first day that me, my wife and one of my sons have all been able to function properly since xmas eve, when we all came down with a very heavy cold bug so bad, we didn't eat till 9 ish xmas day. There is still tons of alcohol and food left in the house (well till tomorrow, when we have family coming round)
Hope everyone had a good one
Sorry to hear that irv_b and hope you and yours are now better.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 31, 2009, 09:57:10 PM
I just watched an episode of 'Are you being served?'. First time I've seen it in years, and it's still very funny. A real classic.  :2funny:
Hope you're fully recovered now Irv and enjoying the new year celebrations.  :beer:

Fully agree about, 'Are you been served', still a great comedy and performances by all. To-nights episode was very funny.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on January 01, 2010, 09:46:52 AM
Finding out that our bushfire survival plan worked. Our brave CFA volunteers were fighting a bushfire not 100 metres from our home last night but we were packed up with all three cats within five minutes waiting to be evacuated. The wind changed to our direction just as the rain came down so even though our new years plans were changed we had a brilliant new year being safe. Happy New Year to those still to celebrate it.

does this mean you and your house are safe?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 01, 2010, 09:55:20 AM
Yes we are all safe including the cats who stayed under the bed due to the noise of the helicopters dropping water. The CFA have been putting out spot fires all day. They have charged an 11 and a 12 yo for arson and causing a bushfire. Luckily the rain came just as the wind changed in our direction.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on January 01, 2010, 01:54:45 PM
Just watched The Muppets Treasure Island film on TV, a really good laugh.  ;D ;D ;D

Last night watched Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show from 1973 (I'd recorded it). They don't make 'em like that anymore, more's the pity. The highlight was Ernie's play about Napoleon and Duke Ellington, featuring Vanilla Redgrave.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on January 01, 2010, 04:43:52 PM
Yes we are all safe including the cats who stayed under the bed due to the noise of the helicopters dropping water. The CFA have been putting out spot fires all day. They have charged an 11 and a 12 yo for arson and causing a bushfire. Luckily the rain came just as the wind changed in our direction.

I'm glad everything is ok for the time being. Had a look at the photo's you posted and that's a bit too close for comfort in my eyes. Not a position I would like to find myself in that's for sure. Do you have house insurance over there or is it deemed too much of a liability. Would hate to lose everything for the irresponsible actions of two little toe rags playing with matches. I hope you brought the new year in alright, all be it a day later.

jim
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 01, 2010, 08:14:13 PM
I'm glad everything is ok for the time being. Had a look at the photo's you posted and that's a bit too close for comfort in my eyes. Not a position I would like to find myself in that's for sure. Do you have house insurance over there or is it deemed too much of a liability. Would hate to lose everything for the irresponsible actions of two little toe rags playing with matches. I hope you brought the new year in alright, all be it a day later.

jim

It is a bit scary and with wind changes the fires out here are unpredictable. We have insurance I wont be without it but a lot of people dont and foolishly most of them were the ones that lost everything on Black Friday last year.....including a lot of lives. Laws have changed over here now and when the CFA deem it is 'extreme' you cannot stay and defend your home you have no choice but to be evacuated.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on January 01, 2010, 09:54:28 PM
Today is the first day that me, my wife and one of my sons have all been able to function properly since xmas eve, when we all came down with a very heavy cold bug so bad, we didn't eat till 9 ish xmas day. There is still tons of alcohol and food left in the house (well till tomorrow, when we have family coming round)
Hope everyone had a good one
Sorry to hear that irv_b and hope you and yours are now better.  :tup:
Thanks Andrew Eileen and Oldboy  :tup:yeah we are all much better and had a quiet-ish family get-together last night and a trip out to the new years parade today :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Nemesis on January 02, 2010, 09:48:11 PM
Spent the day at WWT Slimbridge on a wonderful crisp and bright winter's day - spring is coming  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 02, 2010, 11:24:19 PM
Spent the day at WWT Slimbridge on a wonderful crisp and bright winter's day - spring is coming  :)

I guess you haven't seen the forecast for the next two weeks then!  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on January 03, 2010, 07:36:02 PM
I have both a working phone and internet. At the same time.  :fworks2: It's a long saga which I won't bore you with but (touch wood) seems to be resolved now.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 03, 2010, 07:44:23 PM
Phone calls on Eileen then  :tup:  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 04, 2010, 06:53:29 AM
WMMFGT - My eldest daughter finally being home safe and sound after backpacking around Thailand for a month. You would think with her first time out of Aust and her not being very street wise she would have picked somewhere where I wouldnt worry about her as much.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 04, 2010, 09:44:28 AM
It is the nature of children (especially daughters) to do the most naive thing going!  :(
My youngest flew off to southern Spain for a month on her 18th birthday. And when i say Spain - i mean a part that is so isolated that most Spanish people haven't heard of it!  :-\

She was going over for Spanish language lessons at a Uni & i had paid for it...  :doh:

Like you, i was glad when she got home!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on January 04, 2010, 01:21:06 PM
Yes we are all safe including the cats who stayed under the bed due to the noise of the helicopters dropping water. The CFA have been putting out spot fires all day. They have charged an 11 and a 12 yo for arson and causing a bushfire. Luckily the rain came just as the wind changed in our direction.

I'm glad everything is ok for the time being. Had a look at the photo's you posted and that's a bit too close for comfort in my eyes. Not a position I would like to find myself in that's for sure. Do you have house insurance over there or is it deemed too much of a liability. Would hate to lose everything for the irresponsible actions of two little toe rags playing with matches. I hope you brought the new year in alright, all be it a day later.

jim

Glad to hear that all is well.  I can't help feeling you might have too many nearby trees. We have a law in France for the wildfire zones, no trees within certain prescribed distances of dwellings - can be 25 or 50 metres depending where you are. Property owners who don't remove trees have them pulled out by the local authority and get sent the bill. Seems to work pretty well.

But same as everywhere, most of the 'wildfires' are actually started deliberately by some mindless or evil idiots.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 04, 2010, 06:55:46 PM
@ picsfor.......I suppose I was no different. Brought a passport and the next day i was off to the UK having never flown before which I am sure gave my mum a bit of a worry.

@ tringle our laws dont go quite that far but the cfa can come in and tell you to clear around the house etc. Most people are more than aware to keep the area surrounding the house clear especially in rural areas but as you can imagine there are large areas of bush everywhere even in a fairly large town like Ballarat. Think I like France's idea though.........would save me moving back to the middle of Melb in an appartment.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2010, 10:33:05 AM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 05, 2010, 11:33:49 AM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:

You have unbelievable snow at the moment we have floods and bushfires..........i wish the world would settle down and get back to normal temperatures in the seasons.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 05, 2010, 03:01:53 PM
according to Sir David (Attenborough) & the Met Office it is only going to get worse.

I'm glad i've got some pictures of the sun shining in June and snow falling in December and January, because according to them, at some point it's all gonna go "Blue Tits" up.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 05, 2010, 03:45:09 PM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:

And this is what made you feel good today? Are you simply mad, or both bed ridden and mad?  :2funny: We're chest deep in the stuff here and getting around is nigh-on impossible. Walking - manageable if kitted out with fisherman's leggins or whatever you may call them. Driving - with normal tyres impossible; with winter tyres akin to having ice skates on four corners of the car.  :'(  I know a good doctor OB - can I suggest a referral?   :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 05, 2010, 04:06:51 PM
Yep - agree - a sprinkling of snow for getting a few pics is fine but thick snow followed by day after day of hard packed ice is no joke if you have to get out and about. We've mostly missed out today here in mid northants as it seems to be bad in the north, south, west and a bit of the east but just missing the east midlands.Forecast is'nt good though - i ordered some fur lined rubber boots yesterday!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 05, 2010, 04:43:18 PM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:
And this is what made you feel good today? Are you simply mad, or both bed ridden and mad?

The clue is in his handle - 'old'  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 05, 2010, 05:14:16 PM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:
And this is what made you feel good today? Are you simply mad, or both bed ridden and mad?

The clue is in his handle - 'old'  :D :D :D :D

Oh silly me - of course it is.  :doh:  With a bit of luck he'll now be scraping around in his beloved snow somewhere trying to find the lens cap he dropped.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2010, 05:21:01 PM
It's snowing like mad.  :tup:
And this is what made you feel good today? Are you simply mad, or both bed ridden and mad?

The clue is in his handle - 'old'  :D :D :D :D

Oh silly me - of course it is.  :doh:  With a bit of luck he'll now be scraping around in his beloved snow somewhere trying to find the lens cap he dropped.  :2funny:

Oh no he isn't! Just got back in from a great day out in all the lovely snow.  :tup:

Not mad or bed ridden but willing to enjoy the snowy conditions.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 05, 2010, 05:29:15 PM
And did you build yourself an Igloo Oldboy?
Untold picture opportunities and you would be clearing away the snow for the other less keen members of the community.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 05, 2010, 06:08:10 PM
     So! Snow then, it looks like it's the new Marmite (You love it or you hate it.)
     I'm with OldBoy on this one.
     I love to see the big flakes (Not that one :2funny:) floating down.
     Walking in it takes 40 years off me.
     It makes my garden look as good as next doors.
             What's not to like?
                                         Graham. ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on January 05, 2010, 06:15:54 PM
i ordered some fur lined rubber boots yesterday!

I guess you will get them straight after it all thaws out  :2funny:

I miss the snow, just wet here.. 14c or something like that   :'(

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 05, 2010, 06:25:40 PM
     So! Snow then, it looks like it's the new Marmite (You love it or you hate it.)
     I'm with OldBoy on this one.
     I love to see the big flakes (Not that one :2funny:) floating down.
     Walking in it takes 40 years off me.
     It makes my garden look as good as next doors.
             What's not to like?
                                         Graham. ;D

What's not to like is the packed ice that surely follows and makes the pavements lethal....you should think of those of us who are getting old and frail :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 05, 2010, 07:03:17 PM
All this palaver about snow, can't think what is troubling you. Not a flake has fallen here in cosy Surrey, well not in the better parts that is!  ;) :tup: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2010, 08:56:53 PM
And did you build yourself an Igloo Oldboy?

Didn't bother with the Ig and just built a loo!  :2funny:

Looks like my sensor may need cleaning or it's snowing.  ;D

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4249179676_2ae605d6c5.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4249179676_2ae605d6c5_b.jpg)

Click for bigger size.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on January 05, 2010, 09:06:05 PM
Well I`m with OldBoy - love snow and we`ve had another 6 inches today. Went sledging last weekend but now my eldest daughter has gone back to Guildford I`ve no one with the bottle to join me and feel a bit sad and old going alone. I expect I`ll go on a walk with my camera tomorrow and do my impression of Bambi on ice again :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on January 05, 2010, 10:07:15 PM
All this palaver about snow, can't think what is troubling you. Not a flake has fallen here in cosy Surrey, well not in the better parts that is!  ;) :tup: :legit:
Cor! That must mean Croydon is also in the better parts of Surrey too :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 05, 2010, 10:19:00 PM
Surrey always sounds posh to those of us out here in the Shires :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 05, 2010, 10:26:39 PM
Dammit, I've just looked out of the window and there are a few flakes falling. It looks suspiciously like some of that Northern snow, you know the sort that falls on Watford! :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 05, 2010, 10:42:31 PM
It looks suspiciously like some of that Northern snow, you know the sort that falls on Watford! :doh:

If it's white you might well be right - if blue then it's Birmingham snow. I'll leave you to work that one out.  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 05, 2010, 10:46:43 PM
It looks suspiciously like some of that Northern snow, you know the sort that falls on Watford! :doh:

If it's white you might well be right - if blue then it's Birmingham snow. I'll leave you to work that one out.  ;)

No it's not that awful!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on January 05, 2010, 10:49:48 PM
Glad I don't live in Birmingham! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 05, 2010, 11:12:59 PM
And now there's a bloomin' bishop on newsnight telling us freezing weather can often thaw the heart and make us helpful to each other....it's not a judgement from above then :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on January 05, 2010, 11:30:08 PM
I liked the short clip of a land rover pulling out a lorry  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on January 05, 2010, 11:36:35 PM
Set up our new TV onto the home network, via a couple of 200Mbps mains network adapters, so that I can stream music, pictures and video to the Tv. (I used mains because to get a cable across requires all the carpet to be taken up or wireless - but I had heard the speed of wireless may not be enough. Hopefully the mains bourne network will be!)

And I've got it streaming from the NAS via TwonkyMedia, rather than the PC and Samsungs own share manager. Which it says you have to use. But you don't, which is pretty good, since the PC isn't always on  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 06, 2010, 07:01:09 AM
we missed out on the heavy snow overnight :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Cabbyjohn on January 06, 2010, 07:05:14 AM
Is this what they call global warming?  :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 06, 2010, 07:14:28 AM
Lots of lovely snow overnight. It won't be blue as it's very cloudy, but the street lights reflected off the clouds make them look orange.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on January 06, 2010, 07:25:48 AM
Is this what they call global warming?  :-\

It will no doubt be tagged with that label - but in honesty, I suspect know one actually knows for sure. Same sort of thing happened about 30years ago - I remember walking to 6th form and it being -26'C at 8:30 in the morning!

However, it does give us some idea what it would be like here if we didn't have the North Atlantic Drift - which some say will turn off at some point - it has happened before.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 06, 2010, 07:33:36 AM
     So! Snow then, it looks like it's the new Marmite (You love it or you hate it.)
     I'm with OldBoy on this one.
     I love to see the big flakes (Not that one :2funny:) floating down.
     Walking in it takes 40 years off me.
     It makes my garden look as good as next doors.
             What's not to like?
                                         Graham. ;D

What's not to like is the packed ice that surely follows and makes the pavements lethal....you should think of those of us who are getting old and frail :2funny:


  And another thing I just noticed!
           It's easy to see where your dogs done a poo, and when you pick it up it keeps your hands warm.
                         Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: wendoureecat on January 06, 2010, 07:35:25 AM
  And another thing I just noticed!
           It's easy to see where your dogs done a poo, and when you pick it up it keeps your hands warm.
                         Graham. :2funny:

And thats the reason I like cats  :P
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 06, 2010, 08:04:15 AM

  And another thing I just noticed!
           It's easy to see where your dogs done a poo, and when you pick it up it keeps your hands warm.
                         Graham. :2funny:

Also, snow is great for cleaning your boots by just walking in it. Mine are shining this morning.  ;D :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 08:06:38 AM
Surrey always sounds posh to those of us out here in the Shires :2funny:

Surrey has the highest population of trees in any county in England. They tell you when they welcome you to Surrey on their signs!
It is without doubt an extremely wealthy county - but the real wealth is more like stealth and never seen!

In respect of the shires not sounding posh - Herford 'shire' and Cambridge 'shire' command as much wealth as Surrey.
Us folk from Suff and Nor think every one is posh - even Essex  ;D :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 06, 2010, 08:17:52 AM
Northamptonshire - formerly known as the county of spires and squires or The Rose of The Shires but now going for warehouse capital of England- does have it's posher parts. Mainly in the south of the county but there are villages only a few miles down the road from me where the only people in 'affordable' housing are council tenants. Here we've just had another massive housing development steamrollered through by this poxy government - yet houses nearby that were completed when I was looking for a new home three years ago have never yet been occupied. Where are they going to grow the food for everyone when our population reaches the figures they're estimating - we used to be a farming county! Our council is spending thousands on an advertising campaign to get people from London to move here but perhaps it would be better spent on cleaning the place up so they might actually want to ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 08:43:52 AM
Oh for days gone by - i can remember Suffolk and Norfolk as places of a simpler life based around agriculture.
Now Norwich is only 100 minutes from London and a quarter of the cost to live and Ipswich can be done in an hour at half the cost.

Bloody electrification in 1985 put paid to those long gone idyllic days of peace and tranquility.
As my daughters now tell me, Ipswich is the UK capital for ungrateful refugees who consider free satellite TV and meals consistent with what the locals eat as being a breach of their human rights!
Oh yeah, and they don't have to work to get it all either!

That's not a zenophobic pop, it's simple fact. It made the 6 o' clock news when it all kicked off.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2010, 08:54:36 AM
Spent twenty wonderful years living in Nothamptonshire, a county of two halves, with chocolate box villages and steelworks, at least when I lived there. There was an outpost of Scotland in Corby, where everyone it seemed spoke with a broad Glaswegian accent.

We started off in Towcester (toaster) where back in the 60's the local peasantry touched their forelocks when Lady Hesketh processed through the town, like Cranford with cars!

The last 10 years were spent in Rushden, which seemed to be an enclave of little terraced streets where everone worked in a boot and shoe factory. Wonderful people with a language of their own that rubbed off on to my two daughters that spent their formative years there. "Enner gunner", "Shent", and You 'aint half sharp" springs to mind.

Happy days, at least people spoke to you there, not in Surrey!

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 09:10:34 AM
Yes - i too miss those simpler days.
Funny you mention about daughters picking up 'foreign accents' Alan. I spent a few years living and working up Southport during my daughters language learning years and when they finally moved back to Ipswich (my youngest daughter was too young to remember it when we moved a way) they were both ostracised for speaking with a 'scouse' accent.

They would ask for lolly ices and chip barms when ever at the seaside (well Felixstowe, don't want to give any wrong ideas here  ;D) to the amazement of the till girls.
Sadly, they now speak with the worst accent of the lot - Ipswich Bumpkin - not a pretty accent. Full of bootifuls, toost and spuwens - oh yeah and they all work on compoo ers !

I dearly miss Suffolk, north Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire - just not my home town of Ipswich, because it's not the place i grew up in and never will be again.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2010, 09:43:36 AM
Ah! Bring back the 'Singing Postman', Ev yew gotta loight Bouy? Norfolk I know, but East Anglian.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 09:49:59 AM
Believe it or not - the 'singin' postman' was actually from Lincolnshire.

Most people think he's from Norfolk but apparently he wasn't. My parents actually has one of his LP's (CD's for the younger generation)
The Suffolk version was "ha yu gotta lite ba" - but us bumpkins all speak a similar version of farm hand  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2010, 10:11:30 AM
For those not knowing what we're on about!


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I've got a CD of all his songs that I bought for the grandkids when we had a holiday in Wroxham so that they could understand what the locals were saying!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on January 06, 2010, 10:15:05 AM
spending the summer going to local fetes/dog shows and country parks etc. we still travel through some of those lovely villages - we still have some chocolate box scenes - places like Castle Ashby, Mears Ashby etc. but the towns are pretty run down and the promised investment for regeneration has gone by the board with the recession. My Mum lives in Higham Ferrers which is to Rushden like Hove [actually] is to Brighton. Oh, and people in Corby still speak with Scottish accents :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2010, 11:22:29 AM
Just for the record I'm an old Bucks Boy and were born and bred in the Chiltern Hills and regions adjacent. My old dad had the broadest Bucks accent and his sister who is still alive at the grand old age of 93 still talks in the same way, just like Nathanial Titlark.

Have a listen

I used to have a strong accent along the same lines and when I first met my future in-laws they were convinced I chewed straw and wore a smock during the week! :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 12:00:24 PM
For those not knowing what we're on about!
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I've got a CD of all his songs that I bought for the grandkids when we had a holiday in Wroxham so that they could understand what the locals were saying!

Oh that brings back some memories- and you've got it on CD? I'll have to go and have a look. I see some one on that clips says they still sound like that north of Scole on the A140. I've spent many a weekend staying with family at Pelgrave or "Palgrav" as it was called by the locals just by Scole. Oh the happy days. And as a 12 year old i was allowed to bike all the way from Ipswich to Pelgrave by myself on the A45 (A14) and A140. Now my parents would be arrested for such wanton neglect of a minor!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 06, 2010, 12:30:49 PM
Just for the record I'm an old Bucks Boy and were born and bred in the Chiltern Hills and regions adjacent. My old dad had the broadest Bucks accent and his sister who is still alive at the grand old age of 93 still talks in the same way, just like Nathanial Titlark.

Have a listen

I used to have a strong accent along the same lines and when I first met my future in-laws they were convinced I chewed straw and wore a smock during the week! :o

What you mean you don't still have your best Sunday Smock, Wellies and Cud to chew?  :)
You clearly 'married up' then Alan!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on January 06, 2010, 01:27:20 PM
Just got back from a beautiful snowy walk with it half way up my wellies. Should have got better pics than I did but absolutely exhausted now. I actually got lost in local woods I usually know like the back of my hand - everywhere looks the same when it`s covered in snow. Sad thing is my family did not even notice I was overdue Never have taken my safety seriously since I went missing at Lake Louise when it took me two hours longer to get down a mountain track than I thought in bear season. Luckily none of them in Meanwood today ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on January 06, 2010, 02:24:45 PM
Just for the record I'm an old Bucks Boy and were born and bred in the Chiltern Hills and regions adjacent. My old dad had the broadest Bucks accent and his sister who is still alive at the grand old age of 93 still talks in the same way, just like Nathanial Titlark.
I used to have a strong accent along the same lines and when I first met my future in-laws they were convinced I chewed straw and wore a smock during the week! :o

I lived in Princes Risborough for years...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2010, 02:52:48 PM
Just for the record I'm an old Bucks Boy and were born and bred in the Chiltern Hills and regions adjacent. My old dad had the broadest Bucks accent and his sister who is still alive at the grand old age of 93 still talks in the same way, just like Nathanial Titlark.
I used to have a strong accent along the same lines and when I first met my future in-laws they were convinced I chewed straw and wore a smock during the week! :o

I lived in Princes Risborough for years...

My forebears lived in Saunderton, and on tracing my ancestry the 1841 census shows my great grandparents X 4 living in the workhouse there along with 3 children. Ah happy days!

The 1851 census shows them out of the workhouse and employed on the land. GGGGrandad as a shepherd, and two of his lads employed a plough boys, so wearing a smock would come naturally to me. Oooo Aaar! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on January 11, 2010, 08:00:59 PM
WMMFGT
I went to give blood today and although I had an appointment had to wait for 3/4 of an hour. I waited quit happily knowing that people were still prepared to do altruistic things (they said so many came without appointments). Well done to the peeps of Croydon & Beckenham  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: magicrhodes on January 12, 2010, 08:44:04 AM
The boiler has been on for nearly 24hrs now.... shhh but I think it is fixed!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 12, 2010, 04:50:44 PM
The boiler has been on for nearly 24hrs now.... shhh but I think it is fixed!
             Err...Is it suposed to make that clunking noise?
                           Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 12, 2010, 05:42:09 PM
Well it's not made me personally feel good as I'm not affected, but from what I've been reading in the past on this and other forums this should certainly make a lot of others feel extremely good. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/12/stop-and-search-ruled-illegal  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 12, 2010, 06:44:59 PM
I expect I'm in a minority of one here, but I'm fed up with this interference by a court in another part of the world in the way we run our country. These cases are usually bought by wishy washy liberals who at the slightest opportunity cry foul and are aided and abetted by shyster lawyers on the make.

The worst thing we have ever done was to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights, providing a charter to those that have very little interest in any issue other than their own agenda and hate campaign against the police; who, they are all too ready to run to in any situation where not 'their human rights' are infringed but their physical rights are threatened.

Rant over! >:( 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 12, 2010, 08:00:03 PM
No please - do not feel you have to stop.

Human Rights Act? The only people who seem to benefit from it are Illegal Immigrants, Convicted Criminals, Career Criminals, their lawyers - oh and lest i forget, i seem to recall one Cherie Blair doing more than nicely (at the tax payers expense you should note) out of taking the UK Government to court for its breaches of the Human Rights Act - the very Act her other half had gone to great lengths to introduce across the board. I'd like to have been the fly on that wall during conversations... Conflict of interest by any chance?

There - your rant has been seconded!

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on January 13, 2010, 12:03:03 PM
Actually guys, I think the worst thing that the UK has done in recent history is not join the Euro . . .

And I think that by and large the EU Court have got it right. Section 44 of the Terrorism Act is an abomination in a democratic society, not because such powers are never required, but because in the UK they have been used by plod as a catch all response enabling them to interfere with and arrest anyone they take an instant dislike to.

For some reason giving the UK plod and jobsworths an inch leads to them taking a mile.

I'm afraid that the House of Lords and the EU Court have become the only backstops available to the UK in political and legal matters to prevent what would otherwise have long since amounted to little more than an elected dictatorship.

The Human Rights Act doesn't seem to have the same deleterious effect on other EU countries when it comes to dealing with undesirables; no, the problem lies fairly and squarely within the UK legal system and the ridiculous interpretations they place on legislation both national and pan European. We have the same EU laws here in France as you do, but they never cause they system here the slightest problem. Why do you suppose it is that all the ne'er do wells end up in the UK? It's because they are systematically ejected without undue ceremony from the countries on the EU mainland. It's the UK legal system's interpretation of laws that had led to Londonstan.

Just as an aside, did you know that the UK's statute book is more than 4 times the size of the French one? The labour government has created more than 3000 entirely new criminal offences since they came to office, and there is no sign of a let up.

In short, you are blaming the wrong people for the ills that afflict the UK - it is all self inflicted. Blaming the EU is just a cheap excuse. And what's more a dangerous one, because as long as you allow your politicians and lawyers to avoid their personal responsibility by vaguely blaming some outside power, the less chance you will ever have of holding the b*stards to account for actions.

That's a rant from someone who had enough of being spied on by the government and left nearly ten years ago.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 12:54:43 PM
That's a rant from someone who had enough of being spied on by the government and left nearly ten years ago.

Yes, all well and good for those who escaped in time - but of no help for those us "Generation X" members of the British community who appear to be stuck here!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2010, 02:41:58 PM

'''but because in the UK they have been used by plod as a catch all response enabling them to interfere with and arrest anyone they take an instant dislike to.


In short, you are blaming the wrong people for the ills that afflict the UK - it is all self inflicted.


Your belief that the 'plods' as you so eloquently refer to have hate agendas and target those they don't like is wrong. I have been to many demonstrations over the years, and in all that time only ever seen one arrest made. That was this year in Trafalgar Square, and the person arrested refused to clear an area when asked to do so. Everyone else had since it was obvious that there were two factions, that if not kept apart, trouble wouls ensue.

Everyone cleared the area except this rsole who kept shouting it was his right to occupy the space he was in. To the cheers of the crowd he was unceremoniously marched of to the Black Maria. I expect his human rights were infringed by people hating plods.

"In short, you are blaming the wrong people for the ills that afflict the UK - it is all self inflicted."

Not blaming anyone other than the British people, all I would like is for us to be left alone to sort it out ourselves, not by the decisions of some obscure court in Strasbourg, where the participants seem to have no idea about British culture.

Sorry to hear of your run in with the Government, obviously they were satisfied that you took self-imposed exile in France. It could have been worse, you could have chosen Belgium. ;)

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on January 13, 2010, 04:45:58 PM
A handy guide for the easily confused..........

1. Being stoned to death for being raped is a violation of your human rights
2. Being detained indefinitely without trial or access to counsel is a violation of your human rights
3. Being tortured is a violation of your human rights
4. Being told you can't wear jewelery to school whether it's in the shape of a cross, star of David, crescent moon, ankh, pentagram or Sponge Bob Squarepants is not a violation of your human rights

Oh and while I'm at it...for any Americans viewing...freedom of speech means you can say what you want.  It does not mean you get to ignore other laws because you don't like them.

HTH
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 13, 2010, 05:07:10 PM
Reading some of the responses has made me wonder as to whether I had posted the wrong link. Er, no, it appears to be correct so I am to take it then that examples such as:

to stop and search people without needing any grounds for suspicion.

it was disclosed that the whole of Greater London had been secretly designated for stop and search without suspicion  since 2001.

the decision to stop and search somebody was "based exclusively on the 'hunch' or 'professional intuition' of the police officer".

Police did not even have to have grounds   for suspecting such articles were present.

The absence of any obligation   on the part of the officer to show a reasonable suspicion  



are not considered to be unreasonable or worse still, to be considered a hate campaign against the Police?  I'm surprised to say the least   :'( We've had our fair share of terrorist threats over the pond and managed to thwart several others thank goodness, but at least it hasn't become almost a crime to be seen carrying a camera or almost a hanging offence to carry a tripod.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 05:26:29 PM
Yep, you've got it. Welcome to the UK.
What is worse is, if you are black you are almost likely to be searched for, well being black i suppose (according to the statistics) and if you are from the Middle East or Asia you are more than likely not to be searched for fear of infringing your Human Rights. And if you're white and English, Scottish or Welsh you have no rights!

Oh yes, and lest we forget - Arranged Marriages are banned under UK Statute unless you are a Shia Muslim in which case you can do what the hell you want because to refuse you would be a breach of your Human Rights. But that's Ok because they have their own courts that operate outside of the UK Law with blessing from the UK Law Makers... Oh yes - and for them, women are only equal if they agree to do as they're told - and that i got from a 'non' Shia Muslim!

Honestly, Monty Python could not have made this up let alone the original Spitting Image series or Not the Nine O' Clock news which in early days was also rather cutting.
But some religious folk still get upset when you talk about 'Life of Brian' or the NTNOCN sketch 'Life of Jesus'

I forgot to add, I / we are not Zenophobic. I've always been proud of the caring charitable nature of the British - it's just that over the last decade it has been severely abused and those born here, grown up here and worked here are finding ourselves being some what penalised by those who have been allowed in courtesy of the EU regulations or our charitable government!

The latest i hear is i may have to fore go retirement so my refugee colleagues and foreign workers (I think that's how they are termed by the EU) can enjoy the benefits of our Social Welfare system without making any contribution. I wonder if i could do the government for theft - because my pension has always been termed as "deferred wages" to be paid out when i wish to retire!

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 13, 2010, 06:34:10 PM
Bring a stepladder on our next visit to Speakers' Corner Andrew. On second thoughts don't, those vicious plods may take a dislike to you and stitch you up! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on January 13, 2010, 06:44:59 PM
are not considered to be unreasonable or worse still, to be considered a hate campaign against the Police?

Nope those are all pretty unreasonable not to say stupid and to a large extent pointless.

But I don't believe they are per se a breach of my human rights - or rather not just a breach of my human rights.  They are the police overstepping their power and/or our lawmakers making bad and unsound laws.  And they must be stopped.

But I believe that every time something that's just "wrong" gets called a "breach of human rights" it cheapens the notion of human rights.  For example, yes murdering somebody is a breach of their human right to life.  But it's also murder so we don't need to invoke the Human Rights Bill to take action.  Let's save those rights for the battles we need them for.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 13, 2010, 07:03:07 PM
But I believe that every time something that's just "wrong" gets called a "breach of human rights" it cheapens the notion of human rights...  Let's save those rights for the battles we need them for.

And that at the end of the day is what it should be.
Human Rights is an extremely sound and great set of principals upon which to base society.
It is the perverse causes they are being used for that is the problem. I do not think the founders of Human Rights envisaged their being used in the current fashion.

As for Speakers Corner Alan, far better orators than me preside there. I'll stick to taking pictures and trying not to get arrested or harangued for taking a picture like poor old Sandy did.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 13, 2010, 09:28:27 PM

But I believe that every time something that's just "wrong" gets called a "breach of human rights" it cheapens the notion of human rights.  For example, yes murdering somebody is a breach of their human right to life.  But it's also murder so we don't need to invoke the Human Rights Bill to take action.  Let's save those rights for the battles we need them for.

I can't fault your reasoning here Jonathan although some would say that the right to life is a God given right. The article itself refers to the 'Stop and Search Powers under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000' and to what the European Court deemed were injustices under that act as appertaining to human rights. It has to be assumed that those persons bringing the case before the European Court had attempted to resolve the issue in the courts of the United Kingdom and indeed this may also be a pre-requisite. Having it seems failed in this endeavour, and I suppose this could reasonably have been expected, then they were left with no option but to appeal before the European Court of Human Rights. From outside looking in, it seems a great pity that the country that most would say gave birth to the principles of democracy now finds itself in a position where on more than one occasion it's residents feel the need to fight for their basic rights outside of their country of residence/birth. I for one can't come up with a satisfactory explanation as to how or why this situation has come about. Is it apathy by the people at large in general or, is it just giving in to what they consider to be the inevitable. In this regard one has to admire the French, in so much as if there is anything that they don't particularly like it's out into the streets - democracy for the people by the people. Yes ok, it gets a bit extreme at times but the underlying reasoning is sound - if you live in a democratic country then fight for it, and where you have basic human rights then these should be treasured, preserved and above all guarded. To this end imo I am glad that the European Court of Human Rights exists for were it not to be it wouldn't be too long before the term Human Rights would have to be looked up in the lexicon.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 13, 2010, 09:31:26 PM
We had lots more snow today.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on January 13, 2010, 09:47:52 PM
I'm with Forseti on this one.

And we only had rain, so all the snow and ice has finally gone.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: stevebedder on January 17, 2010, 06:49:51 PM
Royal Mail delivering my new toys on a Sunday whilst I'd just popped out to get a paper. Was extremely suprised to walk in and be told a parcel had arrived for me!!

Full of camera goodies, more details - http://cameracraniums.com/forum/index.php?topic=800.0  :tup:

Steve

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 17, 2010, 07:45:13 PM
Finally finished preparing some 20 prints, cutting mattes and mounting them. Been at it for the last three days in small chunks.

With advancing years I find mounting more and more exhausting, with no suitable work surface to do it on I'm afraid I have to resort to the dining room carpet, and it plays havoc with my knees. ;) ::) It never used to.:legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on January 17, 2010, 11:46:40 PM
Finally finished preparing some 20 prints, cutting mattes and mounting them. Been at it for the last three days in small chunks.

With advancing years I find mounting more and more exhausting, with no suitable work surface to do it on I'm afraid I have to resort to the dining room carpet, and it plays havoc with my knees. ;) ::) It never used to.:legit:
Be careful of those carpet burns.
Nick ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 18, 2010, 06:34:24 PM
Pleased to say that some of my images from last years Gaza demos are being used/projected at the event below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/befroggled/4260730376/
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 22, 2010, 11:55:06 AM
Microsoft sent me a refund check for a returned copy of Windows 7. Now I can go out and get the Sigma 10-20 mm lens I've been looking at!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 23, 2010, 11:26:08 PM
Picked up my new lens this afternoon! ;D Drove to the Harbour to check it out. Weather was overcast and damp cold so I didn't stay long. Hopefully it'll be nicer tomorrow.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 23, 2010, 11:31:41 PM
Picked up my new lens this afternoon! ;D Drove to the Harbour to check it out. Weather was overcast and damp cold so I didn't stay long. Hopefully it'll be nicer tomorrow.

With a new toy to play with I'm surprised you noticed the cold!  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 24, 2010, 12:38:41 AM
Picked up my new lens this afternoon! ;D Drove to the Harbour to check it out. Weather was overcast and damp cold so I didn't stay long. Hopefully it'll be nicer tomorrow.

With a new toy to play with I'm surprised you noticed the cold!  8)

Ah, we have a saying here O.B., "it's not the cold, it's the damp". I used to work with a fella who spent time in Northern Alberta where it can hit -40 celcius. He said he take that over an Ontario -2 celcius because it's a dry cold and doesn't 'burn' the skin the same. Of course it doesn't help that I'm a wimp. Despite having lived 53 of my 56 yrs. in this climate I can't stand winter. I posted two of my pics, you can see how cloudy it was. I might have stayed out longer if it'd been sunny.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on January 26, 2010, 11:26:14 PM
Entered the Nikon in Frame comp for first time last month for theme of " Festive Fun" and won it and £100 - well chuffed.
http://inframe.nikoncompetition.co.uk/?id=02
January`s theme is Winter Scenes - feel like entering the same ones again :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 27, 2010, 03:03:28 AM
Well done Jinky.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on January 27, 2010, 06:52:06 AM
well done jinky, mine's a pint.  :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 27, 2010, 08:23:00 AM
Great stuff Jinky, congratulations! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 27, 2010, 09:04:00 AM
Congrats Jinky. The confidence gained by a win always powers you on to the next challenge. Look forward to your next win.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on January 27, 2010, 10:11:02 AM
Well done Jinky! Was the B&W on the page http://inframe.nikoncompetition.co.uk/images/enthusiast.jpg (http://inframe.nikoncompetition.co.uk/images/enthusiast.jpg) yours? Excellent shot, well deserving of the 100 quid.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on January 27, 2010, 10:51:13 AM
Thanks all. Yes that`s the one hevans. One of a series I took in our local park on a magical day of mist, snow and sledge action. I actually preferred another one but as this months theme is winter scenes maybe I`ll try my luck again with that one and a couple of others I`ve got. I cannot actually find a link to the newsletter and don`t get it. Somehow I had found the competition and entered it for first time. Strange thing is I only found out by looking at the page for next theme thinking I`d not got anywhere. No email or anything and something within the terms about paying within 28 days of claim so a prompt letter sent off this morning - no drinks yet then H ;)

I miss that snow! So grey and damp and lifeless again here in Leeds :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 27, 2010, 11:46:28 AM

I miss that snow! So grey and damp and lifeless again here in Leeds :(

Don't worry, it's on it's way again!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on January 29, 2010, 03:39:13 PM
WMMFGT. At 12:08 on the 27th I ordered a new lens from WEX cameras (Germany) although all stock is delivered from their mother company warehouseexpress (England). At 12:54 I received an email advising that the lens was now in the GLS (delivery service) system and gave me a tracking number. At 23:59 the lens left the GLS UK depot arriving at the north German depot at 19:16 the following day (28th). On the 29th (today) at 06:19 it subsequently arrived at the GLS depot covering southern Germany and was delivered to me at 16:15 - some 20 minutes ago. Now that is what I call service. What's more it was only standard delivery with a charge of €4.74 (£4.10 approx). Now to unpack it.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 29, 2010, 04:09:43 PM
Blimey - that's some what impressive.
If only Eurocracts would work that quickly!  :tup:

It's good to hear of good service. I have used WEX and received similar service. Ordered my 100mm f2.8 macro from tem when every one else was out of stock.
A quick phone - yes in stock, payment given and at 13:00 the next day it was at my door.
Oh - and i should say the phone call took place around 16:15! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on January 31, 2010, 08:57:10 AM
I now have a 37" photoframe!!


I've finally got my Qnap NAS server setup with suitably sized photos served via DNLA and Twonkymedia to my new Tv over 200Mbs homeplugs!

Now that's Cool!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on February 01, 2010, 01:11:54 AM
It took me about 5 hrs. but I finally got my wireless card running in UBUNTU 9.10 ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on February 01, 2010, 09:41:37 AM
I'm sticking with 9.04 for the time being. That seems to work everso well.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on February 01, 2010, 11:53:48 AM
I'm sticking with 9.04 for the time being. That seems to work everso well.

From what I was reading I gather the wireless card issue goes back to at least 8.04. In my case it had to do with my card being a Belkin, but of course it's actually a rebranded Realtek. Once I found and installed the Realtek drivers it worked. This was one instance when being old was a plus, insofar as I had to play around in Terminal with command lines. I was amazed stuff came back to me as easy as it did.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on February 16, 2010, 01:51:18 PM
Since no one seems to have felt good about anything for a while, I thought I would.

In the post today was a small package from China. eBay, obviously. It was one of THESE (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Single-180-Split-Image-Focus-Screen-fr-Pentax-K10D-K20D_W0QQitemZ320464209356QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a9d27c5cc).

I'd been looking the Katz Eye product list for a split focusing screen as well as Pentax, but they all seemed a bit dear. Being used to split focusing screens from film days I feel more comfortable with one than with these new fangled clear except for composition marker screens. For less than £15 I thought I'd take a punt.

What the postman brought me today is amazing value for money, works perfectly, and installing it in the K10D gave me the excuse to clear out the inside of the viewfinder which was pretty grim. The kit has metal and plastic tweezers, latex finger bobs and of course the screen itself.

I'm just ordering another one for my K20D.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on February 16, 2010, 05:07:24 PM
Just thawing out from a very tough shoot.

Couple of models, another photographer (who had set it all up - not entirely sure how I got invited) and a make up artist.

Yesterday would have been absolutely perfect for it - beautiful skies, fluffy cloud, lots of directional light, cold but gorgeous.  Right now would also have been pretty good.  It's really nice here ATM.  With so many people involved there was a shooting schedule and we just had to go for it.  At 11:30 we were shooting even though it was chucking it down, bitterly cold and people were dealing drugs (yes, really) 20 yards away.

Which all sounds like a "what annoyed me today".  So what made me feel good?

The pictures.... :)

Some days everything is worth it.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4362083261_d0e7abee5e.jpg)

Flickr says go here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanryan/4362083261/).

Oh and got home to see the final PDF of next month's AKW featuring Tania, Phil and a car called Delilah.... :)

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/akw_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on February 16, 2010, 05:52:03 PM
Found a place, in Utah of all places, that converts old KM 5d's and 7d's to I.R. I emailed them about what I'd done to mine and they say that it can still be converted.  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on February 16, 2010, 06:58:24 PM

At 11:30 we were shooting even though it was chucking it down, bitterly cold and people were dealing drugs (yes, really) 20 yards away.


At least the shoot didn't go to pot!  :2funny:

Cracking shot and great use of the reflections. Well done on the wedding cover as well.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Simple on February 16, 2010, 08:25:06 PM
Nice one Jonathan.
It has IMO a lot of a Joe McNally style to it.
Love the balance of the veil with the bridge in the reflection.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: oRGie on February 17, 2010, 01:16:16 AM
Gratz on the cover Jonathon, gotta be great for business :)

I am very happy, I have been trying to track down an old warner brothers comp album a friend of mine had over 20 years ago to find out what tracks were on it, there were 2 tracks on there that had stuck in my mind all this time, finally found the info and was able to find the songs :)

http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Warner-Bros-Music-Show/release/1126557

It was The Doobie Brothers track "black water" that had stuck in my head for so long. I had a lot of the others in my collection allready  :tup:

 :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on February 17, 2010, 05:23:54 AM


I am very happy, I have been trying to track down an old warner brothers comp album a friend of mine had over 20 years ago to find out what tracks were on it, there were 2 tracks on there that had stuck in my mind all this time, finally found the info and was able to find the songs :)

http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Warner-Bros-Music-Show/release/1126557

It was The Doobie Brothers track "black water" that had stuck in my head for so long. I had a lot of the others in my collection allready  :tup:

 :beer:
             Great album that, one of the first I bought. It was released to promote a tour by seven or so of the lables bands, you turned up for the show not knowing which band you were going to get, If you were lucky you got "Little Feat"! :tup:

                                                                             Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on February 17, 2010, 11:13:18 AM
WMMFGT Finally at last getting my pc pretty much back to how it was, still got some software to install but nothing major, just need to find a decent AV package now.
Got hit with a really really nasty worm virus that took out my dvd drive, my sound card, wiped my wallpaper and kept flashing really nasty warning messages onto the screen, it's taken my mate the best part of 3 weeks overall to get it back to anywhere near normal. the good news is I didn't lose any images....(got most of those backed up anyway) but this is why I haven't been around much, and can't really log on at work (which is what I'm doing now) so I've missed out on loads of stuff some great images from the Speakers Corner meet at the end of Jan shame I missed that but I'm back and still just as bad (at photography  ;))
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Forseti on February 17, 2010, 11:41:52 AM
You might want to consider Kaspersky Internet Suite 2010 - a complete package of Firewall, AV, Anti-Spam and and and. It really is very good and in fact blocked access to a blog site that I frequented last Sunday advising the site was infected with a Trojan script. As it happens, I checked the blog site again this morning and the owner (John Beardsworth) advises that he's had to rebuilt the site as a result of the infection. So I consider the relatively small outlay for KAS as being money well spent.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on February 17, 2010, 01:12:38 PM
I`d second Forseti`s support for K Int Suite. Great on my main PC - for reasons i`ll not bore you with I`ve got Virgin Media`s version of Kaspersky on my laptop and it is not as good. When I can get them to sort out password issues I`ll be putting the proper version on there too
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on February 17, 2010, 05:28:59 PM
I've just noticed the date, 17th February, a date that lives in the annals of British history, well for me at least. On this day 55 years ago a callow and somewhat nervous youth was called to serve Queen and country for two years and help to keep the communist hordes gathered in Eastern Europe at bay, all for 28 shillings a week! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on February 17, 2010, 06:15:22 PM
I've just noticed the date, 17th February, a date that lives in the annals of British history, well for me at least. On this day 55 years ago a callow and somewhat nervous youth was called to serve Queen and country for two years and help to keep the communist hordes gathered in Eastern Europe at bay, all for 28 shillings a week! :tup:
             Happy anniversary. :beer:
                      I hope you spent your shillings wisely.
                                             Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on February 17, 2010, 09:39:58 PM
Nice one Jonathan.
It has IMO a lot of a Joe McNally style to it.

Possibly the nicest thing anybody has ever said about one of my pics.  Thank you.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on March 01, 2010, 01:12:09 AM
Canada beat the U.S.A. in hockey to take the Olympic Gold~ :beer: :beer: :beer: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on March 01, 2010, 08:22:27 AM
1st March and the sun's shining - somehow it feels winter might just be starting to be over - even though it's a bit chilly  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 01, 2010, 11:15:01 AM
Canada beat the U.S.A. in hockey to take the Olympic Gold~ :beer: :beer: :beer: ;D
But they made heavy weather of it.  ::)

Well done Canada on a great games and winning 14 golds, which is more than any team has done ever.  ;D  :beer: :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on March 01, 2010, 12:02:36 PM

WMMFGT?!

Hearing the bloody olympics has finally finished. I've come to the conclusion that all such major sporting events should take place at least 7 time zones from me, such that they take place in the middle of the night.

Coming up: saturation coverage of the world cup....yippeee, four weeks of non-stop football for everyone to watch, whether they want to or not.

I hate sports.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2010, 12:47:37 PM
Olympics? What Olympics? ;)

Roll on June and let's have some real sport from S.A. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on March 01, 2010, 04:44:01 PM

WMMFGT?!

Hearing the bloody olympics has finally finished. I've come to the conclusion that all such major sporting events should take place at least 7 time zones from me, such that they take place in the middle of the night.

Coming up: saturation coverage of the world cup....yippeee, four weeks of non-stop football for everyone to watch, whether they want to or not.

I hate sports.

H.


I had a struggle to find programming of the winter olympics - I love watching the snow events, because I love chucking myself of a mountain too . .

Alan, football isn't a sport, it's a game  ;)

Personally I am a bit envious of my friends who live in Cape Town - they're going on a protracted holiday to the wilds of New Zealand and the rent they're getting on their apartment is paying for the trip, the spending money, and probably a complete refit of the place when they get home. And they won't be able to see or hear any of it. Jammy gits. I'll probably be down the library everyday trying to find something to dull the endless tedium of endless mindless football related drivel that will be ceaselessly emanating from every channel of every station for however long the ghastly event lasts. >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on March 01, 2010, 06:51:23 PM

WMMFGT?!

Hearing the bloody olympics has finally finished. I've come to the conclusion that all such major sporting events should take place at least 7 time zones from me, such that they take place in the middle of the night.

Coming up: saturation coverage of the world cup....yippeee, four weeks of non-stop football for everyone to watch, whether they want to or not.

I hate sports.

H.


I had a struggle to find programming of the winter olympics - I love watching the snow events, because I love chucking myself of a mountain too . .

Alan, football isn't a sport, it's a game  ;)

Personally I am a bit envious of my friends who live in Cape Town - they're going on a protracted holiday to the wilds of New Zealand and the rent they're getting on their apartment is paying for the trip, the spending money, and probably a complete refit of the place when they get home. And they won't be able to see or hear any of it. Jammy gits. I'll probably be down the library everyday trying to find something to dull the endless tedium of endless mindless football related drivel that will be ceaselessly emanating from every channel of every station for however long the ghastly event lasts. >:(
I take it you don't like the beautiful game then Howard :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on March 01, 2010, 07:12:20 PM
Can't imagine how you could have got that idea Irv  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2010, 02:19:44 PM
Getting out into the garden in beautiful sunshine for a tidy up. All those little plants poking through the soil letting you know Spring is about to spring. All followed up with a scrumptious bacon butty (brown sauce of course) and some strong hot tea. :tup:

Why do I have the feeling that getting out of bed tomorrow morning will be a little creaky? :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on March 02, 2010, 03:13:06 PM
Just booked an amazing shoot.

Can't say too much about it ATM but I achieved one of my goals for 2010 a "few" months early :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 02, 2010, 08:56:33 PM
What Venice not under water?  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 02, 2010, 10:28:59 PM
Got my second Blurb book today, Observations, and am very pleased with the quality and finish. Been working it on and off for a few weeks whilst I've been housebound with the weather.

You can find it on

www.blurb.com/user/store/abers

Hope you'll take a look and let me know what you think.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 03, 2010, 10:27:21 AM
Finally got some pictures with blue sky in them.
(Also got several blisters as i wondered around London getting the pics).
Also, walked around half of London and never got stopped once either by the boys in blue or the plastic boys in blue.

A good day. 259 pictures - now to go through them and reject 250 of them  :tup: ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on March 03, 2010, 11:40:52 AM
Got my second Blurb book today, Observations, and am very pleased with the quality and finish. Been working it on and off for a few weeks whilst I've been housebound with the weather.

You can find it on

www.blurb.com/user/store/abers

Hope you'll take a look and let me know what you think.

What a neat idea Alan. Your photos are terrific as always. (at the least the ones you show us  ;D )
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on March 03, 2010, 02:58:28 PM
Alan, what can I say but another collection of terrific shots all of the highest quality, aptly titled :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Verb on March 03, 2010, 03:45:44 PM
looking through my booty from a recent auction.

a Vanguard Tripod with giottos head, floor to ceiling telescopic background support system, a couple of old softboxes (not sure if they'll fit my lights) 4 umbrellas (think it's 3 reflective, one shoot-through), 3 light stands, an old Bowens monolight and a shedload of filters (a lot of Cokin P and A's and compatible, think there's about 40 filters altogether)...all for a staggering £100
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 04, 2010, 12:06:15 AM
AOL has just increased my download speed by 4x.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: michaelb104 on March 04, 2010, 10:12:26 AM
New toy arrived today, Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4 I only ordered it yesterday  :)

Cannot take it out for a test run though, work is getting in the way  :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 07, 2010, 10:32:18 PM
Watching this that someone emailed me.  ;D

t=20
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 07, 2010, 11:09:56 PM
That was excellent!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 09, 2010, 08:05:28 AM
Whilst looking for information for something I'm putting together I stumbled across this.
http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/pictures/clever_photographs.htm

I expect it has been highlighted before, apologies if it has.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on March 09, 2010, 12:51:03 PM
Watching this that someone emailed me.  ;D

t=20

Ha Ha that was a spot of lite relief. I hate pigeons. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on March 12, 2010, 11:52:10 AM
That Richard Billingham might be coming to our Uni for a talk
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on March 12, 2010, 02:29:29 PM
Getting a e-mail from the editor of the Olympus e magazine saying she had seen one of my images on the web and wanted to use it and do a small article....fame at last.   ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 12, 2010, 04:00:51 PM
The cream always comes to the top Paul! :tup: Congratulations.  Alan
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 12, 2010, 04:38:06 PM
Getting a e-mail from the editor of the Olympus e magazine saying she had seen one of my images on the web and wanted to use it and do a small article....fame at last.   ;D

Excellent news - nothing like a bit of praise to get you out there shooting some more!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 12, 2010, 10:31:55 PM
Getting a e-mail from the editor of the Olympus e magazine saying she had seen one of my images on the web and wanted to use it and do a small article....fame at last.   ;D

Perhaps the article is on, 'How to correct mistakes'!  :o

Well done Paul.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mick on March 12, 2010, 10:34:54 PM
Getting a e-mail from the editor of the Olympus e magazine saying she had seen one of my images on the web and wanted to use it and do a small article....fame at last.   ;D

Not before time IMO.  Congrats Paul.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on March 13, 2010, 09:09:35 AM
Getting a e-mail from the editor of the Olympus e magazine saying she had seen one of my images on the web and wanted to use it and do a small article....fame at last.   ;D

I'm not in the least surprised, given the quality of your work.

Congratulations! Enjoy the limelight!
H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on March 13, 2010, 09:15:01 AM
Thanks guys, it will be out in May's issue as the mag as to be translates into eight different languages!   World wide fame then...at least amongst Olympus E users. ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 13, 2010, 09:26:18 AM
I seem to recall a certain David Bailey used Olympus at one time according to the adverts for those old enough to remember them...  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 13, 2010, 03:11:29 PM
Fed up of sitting in traffic jams? If the answers yes and you have £50,000 to spare then see this link below.  ;D

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Might be good for getting a birds-eye shot as well.  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 13, 2010, 03:26:05 PM
Fed up of sitting in traffic jams? If the answers yes and you have £50,000 to spare the see this link below.  ;D

feature=player_embedded

Might be good for getting a birds-eye shot as well.  :2funny: :2funny:
        I don't think there's space for it in the works bike shed.
        Anyway what were you looking for when you found that! :2funny:
                               Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 13, 2010, 09:28:09 PM
Fed up of sitting in traffic jams? If the answers yes and you have £50,000 to spare the see this link below.  ;D

feature=player_embedded

Might be good for getting a birds-eye shot as well.  :2funny: :2funny:
        I don't think there's space for it in the works bike shed.
        Anyway what were you looking for when you found that! :2funny:
                               Graham.

Wasn't looking for anything, it came up on AOL news.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 14, 2010, 09:15:58 PM
Finally managed to get my wife to change her car. Been trying for about 5 years and finally got her looking last month and this weekend to actually get in one.

Not that she would test drive it - I did that with her in the passenger seat.

Made use of the scrapage scheme, which did make the difference between a second hand one and a new one.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on March 14, 2010, 09:27:01 PM
Watching the on line Crufts coverage - seeing our local flyball teams in the finals, lots of agility and displays and the group judging - with the bonus of the gundog group winning Vizsla going BIS....soooo much better now the BBC don't want to cover it...the biggest bonus being no bloody know nothing Ben Fogle :2funny: 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 16, 2010, 06:32:17 PM
Spring is in the air for sure, as I've see my first bumble bees today.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 16, 2010, 06:46:46 PM
Got out with the camera for a couple of hours today.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 16, 2010, 07:20:04 PM
You running out of material to keep you amused then Alan?
2 hours and not a Speakers Corner session in sight?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on March 16, 2010, 07:51:51 PM
WMMFGT?

Finally getting and done a job interview
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on March 17, 2010, 03:59:48 PM
Wmmfgt?

I've got my new HDD. A nice Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB thing, and it's not IDE. So, that's that 'future-proof'... sort of.

Shame my motherboard is IDE only.
Shame the newly-purchased PCI SATA controller card won't function correctly without drivers.

*sigh*

Edit pt2: ... and I think my poorly HDD (which was the cause of me having to purchase a SATA cave) has just given me a "two fingered salute". :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 19, 2010, 02:41:07 PM
WMMFGT?
Getting this news
http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/focus-on-imaging-2010-best-photos

Given that I went to Focus to see my other shot in the snow on the Nikon stand that won me £100 and this one won me an Olympus PEN E-P2 which seems ludicrously overpriced they were two profitable pictures taken within 20 minutes of each other on a sledging outing. I do love snow :)
If only it had been a D700 as the prize - now anyone want to buy the latest Olympus gadget as shot with by David bailey at a bit of a discount to fund my D700 once it comes? I think if I put another camera in my photography cupboard our wardrobe I`ll get shot  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on March 19, 2010, 02:48:29 PM
Wowser.  Congratulations!  And err, yeah, I might be interested in a cheap E-P2.....

WMMFGT? Watching 2 qualified tree surgeons spend 5 1/2 HOURS hanging a swing in my garden.  No, they weren't on an hourly rate....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 19, 2010, 03:13:49 PM
Great news Jinky, congratulations. I always knew Pradar would be good for something one day! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on March 19, 2010, 04:18:03 PM
Well done Paul. Great shots and worthy of the recognition.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 19, 2010, 04:45:58 PM
Sounds like it was worth you going to Focus then!  :o

Well done Jinky and it shows talent will always win.  :tup: :beer: :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 19, 2010, 04:47:01 PM
   Oh Nice.
                And you were up against some good stuff as well. :tup:
                               Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 19, 2010, 05:21:00 PM
All too kind - isn`t it lovely when you get your ego massaged ;)
Do you know I`ve got more pleasure out of a couple of wins in comps like this recently than I did out of the last 7 years of slogging my guts out for the council.
Don`t know if it was a tongue in cheek expression of interest Jonathan but when I get it I`ll check what it is and let you know through here. I`m sure I`ll beat the cheapest UK internet prices by a bit if not HK ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 19, 2010, 06:14:04 PM
Congrats that chap - good to see some good came out of the snow.
No come on Sue - congratulate Jinks  :)  He would never have won without it  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on March 19, 2010, 06:30:48 PM
 ::) As long as the snow stays 'up north' I don't mind - just don't want it near me! ;) Worthy winner  :tup:

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on March 19, 2010, 07:04:39 PM
Congrats from me to jinky  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Simple on March 19, 2010, 08:26:39 PM
Well deserved Jinky.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 20, 2010, 12:30:08 AM
WMMFGT?

Trying out my new 100mm Macro lens and confirming what I thought - its a stunner!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 20, 2010, 07:01:02 AM
WMMFGT.

Yesterday actually - I had a phone call telling me that I had won a draw for a 1/2 day all tarrain experience in a Landrover Disco 4, 3.0ltr HSE. And its next Friday!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Cabbyjohn on March 20, 2010, 07:03:11 AM
That sounds as though it's going to be a great day out, with the chance of some good action shots.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: greypoint on March 21, 2010, 10:46:04 PM
That ~i was'nt directly underneath this :o - made quite a splash in the lake :2funny:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_20100321_49.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on March 22, 2010, 01:15:09 AM
That ~i was'nt directly underneath this :o - made quite a splash in the lake :2funny:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_20100321_49.jpg)

lol ..Cracking shot or should that be sh1t
who needs the exocet ?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 22, 2010, 07:21:17 AM
Barnes Wallis comes to mind  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 22, 2010, 05:06:48 PM
Barnes Wallis comes to mind  :tup:
         Thanks! Now I've got that tune in my head!
                 Naar Naar Nar Nar Na Na Na Naar. ;D
                        Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 22, 2010, 07:25:16 PM
Barnes Wallis comes to mind  :tup:
         Thanks! Now I've got that tune in my head!
                 Naar Naar Nar Nar Na Na Na Naar. ;D
                        Graham.

Isn't that Star Wars?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 22, 2010, 09:09:08 PM
he's playing all the right notes...
just not in your order...   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 23, 2010, 06:17:24 AM
     Not in my head it is'nt...........Not until now that is! >:(
                         Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 24, 2010, 08:10:48 PM
He! He! I`m on a roll. After being lucky at Focus I`ve now been told that a colour shot I did in the mist and snow of Roundhay on that magical day has been shortlisted in the Practical Photography Photographer of the Year Landscapes round. Don`t for one moment think I`ll win the D300s with the shots that are up there but it should be printed and listed as a contender at least with my mugshot next to it. Can lightning strike three times? ;) Amazing that the three shots thus far were taken in a 45 minute spell on Christmas eve. I knew it was a magical mist and snow combination for shots but never guessed I`d get this reaction to them. Still got a few left not entered anywhere yet  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 24, 2010, 08:35:53 PM
now you're just being greedy :(

But good luck with it. Why can't things come in threes?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on March 24, 2010, 08:39:29 PM
Well done ! :tup: can we see the picture here please..... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 24, 2010, 09:52:20 PM
Ever so slightly different version of this one that is in my gallery already:
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_Rhaypk10.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/Rhaypk10.jpg)

I`ve a load more from the same session I can use yet  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on March 24, 2010, 10:29:44 PM
And a lovely photo it is too, Paul!

We've just been to the cinema - "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp. We thoroughly enjoyed it! I think Depp's great anyway, been a fan since Jump Street. The effects were really very well done. Helena Bonham-Carter was very brave IMO to let herself get done up like that!

We had great fun picking out all the well-known voices behind the fantasy figures.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on March 25, 2010, 06:20:39 AM
Congratulations jinky. This is getting to be a habit for you.

I knew him before he was famous you know . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 25, 2010, 03:47:50 PM
See this:
feature=player_embedded

 ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 25, 2010, 04:53:16 PM
        You know, I've seen that face somewhere before ???
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on March 25, 2010, 07:07:23 PM
I just loved this OK GO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w)

Saw it mentioned in the Sunday Times.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 25, 2010, 09:05:30 PM
I just loved this OK GO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w)

Saw it mentioned in the Sunday Times.

It's brilliant!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on March 25, 2010, 11:37:23 PM
WMMFGT coming Overall Joint third in the camera club print comp for this year  :tup: got a total of 64.5 pts out of a possible 100 and I missed the first comp so that meant my total possible was only 80....YAY
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 25, 2010, 11:42:27 PM
Well done krennon.  :tup:  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 26, 2010, 06:38:28 AM
Yeah great result krennon - well done ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 26, 2010, 07:09:21 AM
I bet you're glad you joined that club now! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on March 26, 2010, 09:09:28 AM
Thanks all yep I am glad I joined the club ABERS, learning a lot and we've had a lot of new members recently as well which is good, we've got our Exhibition coming up soon Sat 24th April through to 8th May at
"The Art Gallery, KIngston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1" I'm putting a panel in and there will be lots of great shots on display, so if anyone can pop along to have a looksee that would be great....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 26, 2010, 09:19:18 AM
I'll definitely be there to have a look Keith, don't forgrt the Rich&Twick exhibition. Hope you'll pop in there.
http://www.rtps.org.uk/rtps-06/main/exhibition2010.html

Cheers...Alan
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on March 26, 2010, 09:59:21 AM
Will definately try to pop along but don't finish work until 5:30 and we're away for the Easter break...but I will do my best  :tup:

And WMMFGT was last night FORSETI giving me the download link to update my Elements 5 camera RAW so I can process my Sony RAW files  :tup: Thanks again Forseti
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on March 26, 2010, 11:05:11 AM
On holidays for a week and a bit, going down to southern U.S. to visit with friends over Easter. Planning a route through the Blue Ridge Mountains, I just hope the Smokey Mountains aren't too smokey to provide any good views.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on March 26, 2010, 09:44:11 PM
I just hope the Smokey Mountains aren't too smokey to provide any good views.  ;D

Then don't bring the big cigar!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on March 27, 2010, 09:45:02 AM
Note the journalist's name!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7065824.ece
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 27, 2010, 10:24:56 AM
I know I shouldn`t laugh Alan but ... ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on March 27, 2010, 12:12:41 PM
Again, yesterday really, but had a 1/2 day offroad driving experience in Cheshire (For free too!) - drove a brand new Disco 4 around their off road course - brilliant fun and just shows how good the Disco is with standard road tyres. It would go most places that people who own one would be prepared to take one!

And any one who says Cheshire is flat, would be mistaken!

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on March 27, 2010, 08:25:36 PM
Note the journalist's name!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7065824.ece

Not quite sure he had an objective view  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on March 28, 2010, 11:48:01 AM
WMMFGT?
Managing to sell the Olympus pen EP2 kindly given to me by the makers and Photoradar recently for one of my shots. Sold it on AV Forums and exchanged  in a motorway service station as I had no profile on there never having sold. Amazed at how much these things witht EVF actually cost - overpriced for me! Took a drop on it of course but ties up my D700 fund nicely and will buy when I get back from holiday in April - unless I win that D300s in the PP landscape comp - life is good just now - what`s going to trip me up the pessimist in me wonders! ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on March 29, 2010, 08:25:52 PM
WMMFGT
I was given a camera today a Olympus RC35 rangefinder film camera  :D  now I have to google it to find out how it works ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on March 30, 2010, 06:32:43 AM
WMMFGT
I was given a camera today a Olympus RC35 rangefinder film camera  :D  now I have to google it to find out how it works ;D

        This should answer most of your questions.    http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/35RC.html   
        If you pm me an address I'll send you 1/2 dozen rolls of color print film to play with. (They may be a bit out of date but should be fine.)
                             Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 01, 2010, 02:04:34 PM
WMMFGT?

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/google_results.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 01, 2010, 02:18:08 PM
I'm impressed Jonathan. Well done.
And so the march continues...  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 01, 2010, 03:46:03 PM
That should be a boost to business Jonathan. I recently had some roof work done by a chap that is on the trusted traders scheme, that's how I chose him. He said he gets a lot of work via that particular avenue.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 01, 2010, 04:23:17 PM
Thanks :)

But it's not the Trusted Traders scheme.  It's just Google being kind ;)

Mind you I was pretty chuffed with this as well - 2 more weddings in print (http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/more-real-weddings-in-print).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 01, 2010, 04:38:14 PM
Thanks :)

But it's not the Trusted Traders scheme.  It's just Google being kind ;)


A well placed keyword perhaps? 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 01, 2010, 05:19:12 PM
Just recieved another order from Lancashire Police for eight framed prints for a Police Station refurb......... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 01, 2010, 05:21:40 PM
Just recieved another order from Lancashire Police for eight framed prints for a Police Station refurb......... :legit:

Hope they don't collect them in a van with flashing blue lights!  :-[

Well done.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 02, 2010, 01:25:22 AM
The strange and upsetting thing about this little contract to supply the Lancashire Police is that I had to have a meeting with " Chief Superintendent Tim Jacques, Divisional Commander, Central Division, Lancashire Constabulary "  ( Like the bloke who was Inspector Jack Frosts boss on TV ) a title that allways ment to me as someone of greater years than me, but alas in this case some 10 years younger. A nice man none the less and also a Preston North End FC  fan.......and as it turns out an admirer of my photographic efforts...... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on April 02, 2010, 09:04:51 AM
WMMFGT
I was given a camera today a Olympus RC35 rangefinder film camera  :D  now I have to google it to find out how it works ;D

        This should answer most of your questions.    http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/35RC.html   
        If you pm me an address I'll send you 1/2 dozen rolls of color print film to play with. (They may be a bit out of date but should be fine.)
                             Graham. :tup:

          Anyone else want the film? Otherwise it's going in the bin!
                            Graham. :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on April 02, 2010, 10:10:12 AM
WMMFGT
I was given a camera today a Olympus RC35 rangefinder film camera  :D  now I have to google it to find out how it works ;D

        This should answer most of your questions.    http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/35RC.html   
        If you pm me an address I'll send you 1/2 dozen rolls of color print film to play with. (They may be a bit out of date but should be fine.)
                             Graham. :tup:
         Ok. Film all gone.  Thanks folks. :tup:

          Anyone else want the film? Otherwise it's going in the bin!
                            Graham. :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 02, 2010, 11:43:07 AM
I felt great yesterday when my images where used in our local newspaper the Chorley Guardian, here the images of 3 rare Black Swans that came to our nature reserve, they have never visited before the first 2 were the ones used in the paper

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4423010752_8ca56f2f03_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2737/4425298144_ffb6b63ec4_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4422245649_639b431125_o.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2800/4423010556_d7b6e9bb67_o.jpg)

Thanks for looking

Dave


Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on April 03, 2010, 02:58:25 PM
Cracking shots of the Swans Dave, very nice. And to get in the papers - can't be bad!

WMMFGT?

Well, I've just put a deposit on another car - My Defender is going to have to be sold to make way for a Discovery 3 - 7 seat SE spec but fully loaded. Get it in a week or so once its been serviced and sorted.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 07, 2010, 09:06:53 AM
Cracking shots of the Swans Dave, very nice. And to get in the papers - can't be bad!

Thanks anglefire  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on April 07, 2010, 09:35:32 AM
WMMFGT?

Well, yesterday.

We took delivery of a boat (Moody 38'). Lifetime's dream achieved. Now just have to get sailing.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 07, 2010, 10:17:45 AM
WMMFGT?

Well, my year of hell appears to be coming to an end. Basically i have been subjected to some fairly hostile treatment by a manager which could easily be termed as bullying, harassment or even victimisation.
I have not been at work since last October because the company refused to deal with the matter or were dragging their heels and they were unable to offer me protection from the managers treatment of me either.
I do not think it helped my case with this particular managers other half being a member of the HR department.
I could go on - but suffice to say that apparently i will be relocated away from Brighton to Horsham where i will never have to cross paths with this manager again.  :dance:

So, hopefully some time soon i can get back to living my life again without all the stress that goes with such treatment. And Horsham offers cheaper living costs than Brighton which means more money for holidays and camera kit  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 07, 2010, 12:29:59 PM
WMMFGT?

Well, my year of hell appears to be coming to an end. Basically i have been subjected to some fairly hostile treatment by a manager which could easily be termed as bullying, harassment or even victimisation.
I have not been at work since last October because the company refused to deal with the matter or were dragging their heels and they were unable to offer me protection from the managers treatment of me either.
I do not think it helped my case with this particular managers other half being a member of the HR department.
I could go on - but suffice to say that apparently i will be relocated away from Brighton to Horsham where i will never have to cross paths with this manager again.  :dance:

So, hopefully some time soon i can get back to living my life again without all the stress that goes with such treatment. And Horsham offers cheaper living costs than Brighton which means more money for holidays and camera kit  :tup:

Sorry you had such problems at work.  :(

Whenever I've had similar problems I just turn round and tell them to f*ck off, but it didn't effect me too much as I was quite prepeared to stand up for myself. The funny part was outside work I got on with him very well.  ;D

Sent four images to Alamy last week and they were rejected yesterday.  :'(

Sent another four images this morning and they were accepted.  :fworks3:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 07, 2010, 02:46:08 PM
I know what you mean Oldboy, and i had spent a few years standing up to him.
As i said, i could go into details - and they would bring about all sorts of gasps of horror, but my head hurts so much from banging it as hard as i can against a brick wall, i need a break.
It can be summed up by saying i had an easier time dealing with Lymphoma - and i've got that for the rest of my life :o

So now to the business of starting to live again  :tup: :dance: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 07, 2010, 07:19:39 PM
I know what you mean Oldboy, and i had spent a few years standing up to him.
As i said, i could go into details - and they would bring about all sorts of gasps of horror, but my head hurts so much from banging it as hard as i can against a brick wall, i need a break.
It can be summed up by saying i had an easier time dealing with Lymphoma - and i've got that for the rest of my life :o

So now to the business of starting to live again  :tup: :dance: :beer:


Perhaps he was an old BR employee who thought he was god!  ::)

One wouldn't know about your problems from your chats on this website, as you are always cheerful and helpful to people. Hopefully, the future is brighter on the work front.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 08, 2010, 09:51:07 AM
I'll take that as a compliment. I have certainly tried to keep it to myself.

Have just dropped off another branch of the family at Gatwick. They're flying off to Las Vegas, where apparently they are booking up their wedding for next year.
We're told that Elvis and Marilyn will not be present and i will not be allowed to take any pictures - but for 2 weeks on 'the strip' should fill up a few memory cards.

Now just to work out how to get me on a plane of ra flight of that duration  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on April 08, 2010, 10:42:07 AM
I'll take that as a compliment. I have certainly tried to keep it to myself.

 They're flying off to Las Vegas, where apparently they are booking up their wedding for next year.
We're told that Elvis and Marilyn will not be present and i will not be allowed to take any pictures - but for 2 weeks on 'the strip' should fill up a few memory cards.


I have never been, sadly. However I have two sets of friends who travel there religiously. At least once, sometimes twice a year neither for the gambling so it should be quite the trip, enjoy! :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 08, 2010, 07:02:18 PM
I'll take that as a compliment. I have certainly tried to keep it to myself.


It was meant as such.  ;D

Becareful in Las Vagas, as per the video on youtube, it appears Americans think a long lens is a gun!  :o
feature=popt19gb10


This should cheer you all up.  :tup:
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Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 08, 2010, 09:54:48 PM
Summer is on it's way, as I saw my first Swallow today.  :tup:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4503132771_6f9c358120.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4503132771_6f9c358120_b.jpg)


Click for bigger size.

Taken with the Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 at 500mm handheld.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 08, 2010, 10:03:38 PM
Nice one OB, well caught. Is this yet another new lens ???

Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 08, 2010, 11:57:22 PM
Nice one OB, well caught. Is this yet another new lens ???

Alf

Thanks Alf.  ;D

I've had that lens for about eight years now, but don't use often, as it needs good sunlight to get the best out of it.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 09, 2010, 09:09:24 AM
Nice one OB, well caught. Is this yet another new lens ???

Alf

You amaze me old chap, a 1k+ lens and it hardly gets used?
Alf

Thanks Alf.  ;D

I've had that lens for about eight years now, but don't use often, as it needs good sunlight to get the best out of it.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 09, 2010, 11:44:37 AM
Nice one OB, well caught. Is this yet another new lens ???

Alf

You amaze me old chap, a 1k+ lens and it hardly gets used?
Alf

Thanks Alf.  ;D

I've had that lens for about eight years now, but don't use often, as it needs good sunlight to get the best out of it.  8)

It only cost me £749 at that time!  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 09, 2010, 03:02:36 PM
I felt great last night when a friend and I did some night photography in Blackburn town centre, a live band playing in the pub as we were setting up and shooting to their music LOL, took a few shots, to get my exposure and composition focus etc right, then as I was taking a shot of the Braid sculpture,I heard and saw a bus and a car behind it coming up the road, they where the only 2 vehicles to pass whilst we were there, so I got ready as it started to pass me fired the cable release and watched the bus and car go up the road, round the bend then closed the shutter, lucky or what he he, when the preview came on the LCD, I let out such a  LOUD YAHOOOOOO, as I knew I got the shot of the night #1, for me anyways, when I turn around there where loads of people smoking out side the pub looking at me strangely Ha Ha, so here it is, and a couple of others, #3 is 5 shots looking up the centre of the Braid is 5 shots and layers masks one for each colour

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4044/4505224086_8868fab991_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4504431289_8fb86f2c96_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4505315507_ebe682d7aa_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4503266457_a73ab3f768_o.jpg)

Bit Of info about the Braid

The UK’s Sudell Cross and Northgate area is a major transport route and an important pedestrian gateway, linking Corporation Park, the College and Strawberry Bank areas to Blackburn town center. It was identified as a priority area for improvement and is part of a £1.1 million revamp organized by Blackburn Borough Council.

'The Braid,' a modern light feature soaring 32 feet into the air, forms the centrepiece of the Sudell Cross and was unveiled in April of 2007. The feature was designed by renowned UK artist Simon Watkinson and built by the specialist bespoke metal fabrication and stainless steel architecture company, M-TEC of Darwen, part of the WEC Group Ltd.

This bold feature is now lit throughout the day and night in a changing array of colors. The sculpture is a magnificent sight and is set to put the Sudell Cross area firmly on the map . More Info Click Linky  (http://www.martin.com/casestory/casestory.asp?id=1671) . & Google Map Location (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=B6233%2FPreston+New+Rd&daddr=&geocode=FeEqNAMdpRDa_w&gl=uk&hl=en&mra=mr&sll=53.7504,-2.485917&sspn=0.00099,0.002232&ie=UTF8&ll=53.7504,-2.485879&spn=0.00099,0.002232&t=h&z=19). &   Google Street view the From where I took shot I was on the corner 2nd square on the right  (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=B6233%2FPreston+New+Rd&daddr=&geocode=FeEqNAMdpRDa_w&gl=uk&hl=en&mra=mr&sll=53.7504,-2.485917&sspn=0.00099,0.002232&ie=UTF8&ll=53.750362,-2.485824&spn=0,0.000558&t=h&z=21&layer=c&cbll=53.750362,-2.485824&panoid=HaXHvwhM9cUmCEJRttI9LA&cbp=12,324.84,,0,-0.19)


Thanks for reading my post, I felt well happy and pleased

Dave
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 11, 2010, 07:34:41 PM
WMMFGT
Pompey beating Spurs and getting into the FA cup final no mean feat from us this season and the trials and tribulations we've had to endure
Play up Pompey, Pompey play up


 :fworks3: :fworks3: :fworks2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 11, 2010, 08:59:28 PM
Cracking series of photos Dave. People forget that at night time a town/city centre takes on a different light.  ;D

Well done Pompey.  :tup: Villa might have joined them if the ref wore glasses!  >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 11, 2010, 10:43:04 PM
WMMFGT
Pompey beating Spurs and getting into the FA cup final no mean feat from us this season and the trials and tribulations we've had to endure
Play up Pompey, Pompey play up


 :fworks3: :fworks3: :fworks2:

I said to my wife, "I have a sneaking suspicion that someone I know will be over the moon".

They dug in and thoroughly deserved it. Made old 'Arry's neck go in and out quite a lot! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 12, 2010, 08:00:27 PM
Cracking series of photos Dave. People forget that at night time a town/city centre takes on a different light.  ;D

Thanks very much Oldboy, we had great fun, looking for more good locations for night shhots
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 12, 2010, 08:10:06 PM
Just found out who the model is for next week's 2 day fashion shoot.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 12, 2010, 08:50:30 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Am I invited again  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 12, 2010, 09:31:57 PM
Nice try Irv.
I'm guessing the first you'll hear is after the event when he gets to post that teaser pic...
Client confidentiality and all that.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 12, 2010, 10:23:25 PM
You can't fault me for trying Andrew   ;D:legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 12, 2010, 11:30:40 PM
nope - if you don't try you don't get...
And of course - Jonathan hasn't responded yet so you might still be in with a shout  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 13, 2010, 07:30:09 AM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Am I invited again  :D

Ah no, afraid not.  This was all sorted out a while ago.

In fact you probably won't even see a teaser - pics will probably be embargoed by client until February :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 13, 2010, 11:54:49 AM
In fact you probably won't even see a teaser - pics will probably be embargoed by client until February :(

And so it begins...
Give it a year and you'll be just like Tim - too busy to look in any more  :tup:
And we'll say "do you remember when Jonathan done Wedding Photography?" as we view your latest fashion shot...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on April 14, 2010, 01:56:36 AM
But then one of you guys can slide into his Wedding Photog niche! ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on April 14, 2010, 09:44:36 AM
It was actually on the 3rd of April but I've only just got back on the pooter. I celebrated a large birthday ( begins with a 6 and ends in a 0 ). We travelled south to spend the weekend at my sisters. As far as I knew it was going to be a quiet family dinner for 8 people. Oh no, unbeknown to me a large party had been planned with all the family and some friends turning up. It was marvellous. Of course my sister had stuck all the old family photos around the room and we had a fine time reminiscing about the good old days. My wife brought a fabulous cake decorated with someone with a remarkable resemblance to myself sat in an armchair, surrounded by golf clubs and a camera on his lap and his cat at his feet.
Everyone was very generous with their gifts, so much so that I've been able to buy the new tripod that I've been thinking about for ages.

That's what made me feel good.  :) ;D :) ;D :) ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 14, 2010, 10:19:10 AM
Well done deetus on reaching 60.  :tup: All the best people have Birthdays in April before the 21st.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 14, 2010, 11:12:17 AM
But then one of you guys can slide into his Wedding Photog niche! ;D

Yeah cos the world's pretty short of Wedding photographers....  Google says there are 1,570,000 in Canterbury alone.  That's 30X the population.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 14, 2010, 11:21:06 AM
probably the population of Kent!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on April 14, 2010, 11:05:26 PM
Firstly, well done to Deetus on reaching 60 - I got to the dizzy heights of 45 earlier in the month - which is getting too near to 50 for me!

Secondly, WMMFGT? I picked up my new Car. Very nice and sparkly! - and as said on the D3 forum - gives you a Permagrin  :tup: So much quicker than my Defender - but does pretty much everything that did (Apart from 12 seats!) and then some. And I can now hear the radio and talk to the wife. Not necessarily a good thing  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 15, 2010, 12:29:14 AM
And I can now hear the radio and talk to the wife. Not necessarily a good thing  ;D

Don't you mean listen to the wife!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on April 15, 2010, 01:56:42 AM
And I can now hear the radio and talk to the wife. Not necessarily a good thing  ;D

Don't you mean listen to the wife!  :2funny: :2funny: :legit:

Which really makes the radio superfloouss.  :-X
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Darren1978 on April 15, 2010, 08:45:15 AM
WMMFGT....well last night really....the super Spurs beating the Gooners 2-1  :beer: :beer: :beer:

The match couldn't have started any better...


Goal of the Season?  I think so  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on April 15, 2010, 09:06:19 AM
Thanks Oldboy and Mark, I'm looking forward to the next 60  :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on April 15, 2010, 04:47:28 PM
What's making me feel good today? Reliving my days as a VB programmer.

I can't find a file manager that does what I want, so I might as well make one. And I'm halfway to finishing the basics. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on April 15, 2010, 11:38:39 PM
I've done a bit of VB programming - but only really inside of Word and Excel - I've got another project to do funnily enough. But it won't get started for a day or so.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on April 15, 2010, 11:47:40 PM
Excuse my ignorance but what is VB?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 16, 2010, 01:18:32 AM
Excuse my ignorance but what is VB?

Visual Basic, which allows you to create standalone programs with the exe file extension. VB is built into Word, Excel and Access but is referred to as VBA or Visual Basic for Applications. Version 6 is the last one Microsoft released and at the time cost about £1,100.  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 16, 2010, 09:13:56 AM
Sadly, VB or VBA was considered to be the main cause of virus and other nasty propergation - which is a shame really because it wasn't all that bad.
After all the Basic Development language was how Microsoft came into being - so they do actually have history with it...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on April 16, 2010, 03:01:55 PM
After all the Basic Development language was how Microsoft came into being - so they do actually have history with it...

Basic language, that takes me back. Used it at school on a commodore pet?? then got a zx81 and later a commodore64 at home. 30 yrs since I wasted half my days programming (badly). I have seen the Vb thing in my office programs, is it a lot different to the original basic?

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 16, 2010, 08:49:32 PM
After all the Basic Development language was how Microsoft came into being - so they do actually have history with it...

Basic language, that takes me back. Used it at school on a commodore pet?? then got a zx81 and later a commodore64 at home. 30 yrs since I wasted half my days programming (badly). I have seen the Vb thing in my office programs, is it a lot different to the original basic?

Simon
It's all OOP nowdays.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 16, 2010, 10:32:55 PM
After all the Basic Development language was how Microsoft came into being - so they do actually have history with it...

Basic language, that takes me back. Used it at school on a commodore pet?? then got a zx81 and later a commodore64 at home. 30 yrs since I wasted half my days programming (badly). I have seen the Vb thing in my office programs, is it a lot different to the original basic?

Simon

LOL spectrum, me to I remember sayin to a mate this computer lark will never take off LOL how wrong was I ha ha

Dave
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on April 17, 2010, 12:11:57 PM
Thanks to the ideas of Twitter I can communicate with some good or sort of well known photographers like Elinor Carucci
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 17, 2010, 12:59:11 PM
Thanks to the ideas of Twitter I can communicate with some good or sort of well known photographers like Elinor Carucci


Thanks to Camera Craniums you can communicate with some good photographers here..... :2funny:... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 17, 2010, 01:45:48 PM
Just got some A1 prints off the 'blad.  Wow.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 17, 2010, 02:01:23 PM
Just got some A1 prints off the 'blad.  Wow.

Are they that bad!  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 17, 2010, 02:56:11 PM
Thanks to the ideas of Twitter I can communicate with some good or sort of well known photographers like Elinor Carucci


 :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on April 17, 2010, 09:10:37 PM
Thanks to the ideas of Twitter I can communicate with some good or sort of well known photographers like Elinor Carucci


Thanks to Camera Craniums you can communicate with some good photographers here..... :2funny:... :legit:

Haha good point!

Thanks to the ideas of Twitter I can communicate with some good or sort of well known photographers like Elinor Carucci


 :-\

To google!!

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on April 18, 2010, 12:09:03 PM
We've upgraded the forum software over on the Digital Photogroup to give it a new lease of life!

Still tweaking the settings, but coming along nicely!

Secondly, the rally that I was entries secretary and doing the results on ran yesterday and seemed to go very well!

Even managed to take a couple of shots!

This was the ultimate winner - car 1. So at least we got the seeding right!

(http://forum.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/bb/uploads/1271405121/gallery_11_3_111041.jpg) (http://forum.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/bb/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&img=40)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 19, 2010, 10:48:40 AM
Finally got to submit an exercise for the course i'm doing with OCA.  :tup:
I don't know how many photo shoots have been canceled due to weather, illness or family emergencies.
It was starting to get like a cloud hanging over me  :(
But, it's done, submitted - time to move on to the next exercise :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 22, 2010, 06:08:47 PM
Watching my youngest Grandson and his school team winning the area Schools Soccer Trophy final. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 22, 2010, 06:27:05 PM
Watching my youngest Grandson and his school team winning the area Schools Soccer Trophy final. :tup:

Priceless  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 23, 2010, 11:06:06 AM
Watching my youngest Grandson and his school team winning the area Schools Soccer Trophy final. :tup:

Well done to them but what was the score ?....... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 23, 2010, 11:49:59 AM
1-0
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 23, 2010, 12:15:41 PM
1-0

In my youth my team also reached the local cup final. My Dad had just purchased a new super 8 cine camera and was keen to use it at the game.....   We lost 13-0.....
I think the film is still hidden away at my mothers................ :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 23, 2010, 07:41:51 PM
WMMFGT
Yippee today is the first day I have felt fine and been able to function since Monday when I came down with a stomach bug. I have been on bread and water all week and haven't even managed to keep that down till late last night when I ate an omelette  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 23, 2010, 08:42:37 PM
Hi

Not sure what WMMFGT means, but Im pleased your felling better  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on April 23, 2010, 09:25:58 PM
Hi

Not sure what WMMFGT means, but Im pleased your felling better  :)

What Made Me Feel Good Today.  :doh:

Glad you are feeling better irv_b and sounds like JR worked you too hard!  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 23, 2010, 09:44:22 PM
Hi

Not sure what WMMFGT means, but Im pleased your felling better  :)

What Made Me Feel Good Today.  :doh:

Glad you are feeling better irv_b and sounds like JR worked you too hard!  ;D

Thanks guys:beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 24, 2010, 10:53:07 AM
Hi

Not sure what WMMFGT means, but Im pleased your felling better  :)

What Made Me Feel Good Today.  :doh:

LOL now why dint I get that LOL thanks
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on April 24, 2010, 12:28:38 PM
WMMFGT?  Looking at my pics from the last 2 days :D

Insane amount of work in very hot sun.  We shot 28 dresses in 2 days (FWIW 8 looks is considered a hard day's work).  It was supposed to be mostly indoors but the weather was just too good for that.  60 GB of images and I think my best work yet.  Unfortunately nobody can see them yet :(  They are officially under wraps until August but the client may sneak a few out early.

Couple of behind the scenes here (http://madelineisaacjamesbridalnews.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-amazing-shoot.html).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on April 24, 2010, 08:05:31 PM
Glad to hear you finding a way of justifying the "Blad" Jonathan.

Look forward to seeing the shots.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on April 25, 2010, 03:40:53 PM
Nice surprise to see Steve selected my recent tree shot for IOTW, thanks Steve. :tup:
I'd just finished loading it on to my Infrared gallery on my web site. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on April 25, 2010, 10:03:42 PM
Not today but Friday. My youngest lad(15) has been selected to play cricket for our cricket club on a tour of Tobago next February.
Cheekily I asked if they wanted a tour photographer and on Friday the organiser rang me up to say YES they would like me to do it. :tup:
So that's a week in Tobago taking photos of cricket. It's a hard life but someone's gotta do it. :dance: :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on April 25, 2010, 10:31:34 PM
JAMMY GIT!!! ;D
I always say "it don't hurt to ask" :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on April 26, 2010, 12:21:12 AM
Not today but Friday. My youngest lad(15) has been selected to play cricket for our cricket club on a tour of Tobago next February.
Cheekily I asked if they wanted a tour photographer and on Friday the organiser rang me up to say YES they would like me to do it. :tup:
So that's a week in Tobago taking photos of cricket. It's a hard life but someone's gotta do it. :dance: :dance:

Well done Jim for your cheek. No doubt that week I will be covering Preston North End in the rain, fog, snow, wind or what ever I will have to put up with while you struggle with the sun. :'( :'(
Also well done to your son, :tup: which one is it ?.
For those interested Jim is photographer for Fox Lane Cricket Club, Leyland, and both his sons play for the club. I think a picture of your son in action would be apt for this post.. :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 26, 2010, 09:36:18 AM
Not today but Friday. My youngest lad(15) has been selected to play cricket for our cricket club on a tour of Tobago next February.
Cheekily I asked if they wanted a tour photographer and on Friday the organiser rang me up to say YES they would like me to do it. :tup:
So that's a week in Tobago taking photos of cricket. It's a hard life but someone's gotta do it. :dance: :dance:

Fab stuff Jim, well done :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on April 26, 2010, 10:02:45 AM
WMMFG on Saturday actually. Did my first ever Craft Fair and managed to sell a few prints. :)
Because of limited space to display prints I had my album on the stall for people to look through, with the prints that were available for sale as mounted prints and then a load of other prints in case anyone wanted to look through. I was very pleased with the number of people who looked through the whole album and spent time with me discussing the why's and wherefore's of the images.
It was good to receive so many compliments on my work, I must be doing something right ! A lot of business cards were handed out so hopefully this will generate a lot more visits to my website. I'm now waiting to hear if a local shop is interested in displaying my work.

One of my prints was sold to a visiting American guy. After the fair we visited a local hostelry and who should be there but the said American, who introduced me to all and sundry as the worlds best photographer   ::)

All in all a very good day.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 26, 2010, 12:54:46 PM
Congrats Dave, pleased you did well at the fair lets hope more sales come your way  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 26, 2010, 08:35:41 PM
Hi

WMMFG, Im Going on holiday to Albufeira Portugal 3am in the morning, for a week, See you when I get back home  :)

Dave
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on April 26, 2010, 08:38:10 PM
Congrats Dave, pleased you did well at the fair lets hope more sales come your way  :)

Thanks Dave, certainly hope so.

As an aside to this I was speaking to a wedding photographer at the fair and she reckons the bottom's dropped out of the wedding business in Fife. Don't know whether this is due to the recession or what but apparently the favourite place for weddings in Fife is in receivership.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on April 27, 2010, 03:12:03 AM
Hi

WMMFG, Bye guys see you when I get home.

Nice Dave, best of luck with your sales

See you all later  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Simple on April 27, 2010, 10:01:37 AM
As an aside to this I was speaking to a wedding photographer at the fair and she reckons the bottom's dropped out of the wedding business in Fife. Don't know whether this is due to the recession or what but apparently the favourite place for weddings in Fife is in receivership.
 
 
Isn't Karen from the old DCM site in Fife? Hope she is alright.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on April 27, 2010, 01:44:39 PM
Just found that my sigma 1.4x convertor and canon 70-200 2.8is on the 7D still gives me autofocus. This didn't happen on the 40D so never bothered with that combo again. Don't need to sell it now. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on April 28, 2010, 07:11:48 PM
Still on a high from watching Kingstonian come back from 2-1 down to win 2-4 in the Ryman League playoff semi final.

Onwards to Borehamwood on saturday!!!

C`mon you K`s!!


Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 01, 2010, 08:58:31 AM
Currys MMFGT
Will finally be ordering my dreamed of D700 today. Currys have a voucher offer (10MAY) which means it is over £100 chjeaper than anywhere else. Not only that but Nikon in Frame newsletter advised yesterday that if I buy in next two months Nikon will supply an MBD10 battery grip free on proof of purchase ;D
Can`t be bad and worth putting off the purchase. I had been waiting for £150 in Jessops vouchers from a prize I won to relcutantly buy there (hate Leeds Jessops) but I`ll use that for something else now. Might just see if Jacobs price match as I really wanted to support them but doubt they will.
My photography will soon plummet to lower depths as I learn how to use the beast! ;) probably be a week before I get it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on May 01, 2010, 09:19:02 AM
Currys MMFGT
Will finally be ordering my dreamed of D700 today. Currys have a voucher offer (10MAY) which means it is over £100 chjeaper than anywhere else. Not only that but Nikon in Frame newsletter advised yesterday that if I buy in next two months Nikon will supply an MBD10 battery grip free on proof of purchase ;D
Can`t be bad and worth putting off the purchase. I had been waiting for £150 in Jessops vouchers from a prize I won to relcutantly buy there (hate Leeds Jessops) but I`ll use that for something else now. Might just see if Jacobs price match as I really wanted to support them but doubt they will.
My photography will soon plummet to lower depths as I learn how to use the beast! ;) probably be a week before I get it.

They don't do price match but will knock money off if you ask. Just ask what's the best price if I buy today.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on May 01, 2010, 12:55:19 PM
W/E have it on their site with free grip
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 01, 2010, 02:02:18 PM
Well Jessops agreed to price match the Currys price but Jacobs  - where I am on first name terms with the manager - said they could not and let me walk away. Jacobs said it was worth paying the extra £100 or so and getting the Nikon Loyalty Club membership hich independents do but I don`t want any of the lenses listed so no go there.Both had to call head office and both were staggered by currys offer. Jacobs area manager came in as I talked and was so annoyed he was all set to complain to Niko that Currys were underselling the D700 until he realised it was a blanket reduction on stuff over £1k.

All offered a free grip - which of course I already knew about as a Nikon offer that I will get if I buy through Currys. WE sent me an email with the free grip - which is the same redemption method as buying it anywhere - but are over £100 more than Currys.
So I am leaving it to middle of next week in the hope that my Jessops vouchers have arrived to use against purchase there  think. The only worry I have is that Currys may withdraw the offer by the time I am ready and Jessops will only match their current offer price so still has to be on.
My mate has just bought a 7D there but Jacobs is suddenly a pound less today. Noticed they have changed their prices on CameraPricebuster site too for D700 but still £84 more.

QUESTION - anybody on here in the Nikon Loyalty group through purchase at an independent camera shop and have you benefitted from it for the lens discounts making the £84 worth paying. I like Jacobs and would have ideally purchased there but ....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 01, 2010, 03:12:24 PM
    First off, your going to just love that camera. :tup:
    I'm not sure but I think your going to have to buget for the superduper battery (EN-EL4a)....and of course the charger (MH22).
    Be sitting down when you look them up. :o
    Are your lenses compatable with full frame?
                 Have fun.   Graham.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 01, 2010, 04:11:18 PM
I'm not sure but I think your going to have to budget for the superduper battery (EN-EL4a)....and of course the charger (MH22).
Cheers Graham. I have gone and ordered it from Currys in case the deal goes before  get the Jessops vouchers. I they come before delivery I can cancel FOC and re-order with Jessops so deffo on.

I thought I could still use  EN-EL3e batteries with it - that`s what they all say and the grip comes with an adaptor to take them too. Might be more life in the EL4a and a future purchase maybe but OK for now?


As for lenses all my main ones are with the exception of one of my favourites - my Siggy 10-20. Figure initially I`ll keep that on D80 as a back up ready for use where needed. I`ve also an 18-200 Nikon DX lens. I`m thinking the D80 will be my travel camera - probably wont be once I`ve used the D700. Guess I might end up selling those 2 and my next purchase will have to be a 14-24
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 01, 2010, 05:33:59 PM
I may be a Canon man but i've seen the D700 in action with a few users.
The D80 is going on eBay some 30 seconds after the D700 has been in your hands. And if you're still trying to persist - then about 30 seconds after you download the pictures.

My mate got a D300 and couldn't touch the D80 again afterwards (he sold it) - the D700 is even better.
The IQ is just so much nicer - bit like me trying to compare my 5D MkII with the old 40D. I couldn't use either the 30D or 40D after taking out the 5D MkII on its first trip.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on May 01, 2010, 07:23:33 PM

My mate got a D300 and couldn't touch the D80 again afterwards (he sold it) - the D700 is even better.
The IQ is just so much nicer - bit like me trying to compare my 5D MkII with the old 40D. I couldn't use either the 30D or 40D after taking out the 5D MkII on its first trip.


I've still got my D200 and use sometimes instead of the D3. In bright light it still gives great pictures, so surprised that others are ditching their previous cameras.  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 01, 2010, 07:43:17 PM
It's not just IQ - although i have to say the 5D MkII can produce some rather stunning images - some times too much resolution

but it's also the functionality.

My 30D & 40D only went up to 3200iso and that was just being desperate to get 'a shot' let alone 'the shot'. My 5D MkII gets dialled up to 6400iso without even a thought, and sometimes deliberately.
I'm a person who shoots in low light frequently so neither of those were ever gonna match that. Also the controls have been refined to a point where everything can be changed without taking my hands off the camera. The earlier menus and buttons required a bit of tinkering.

Remember, i'm not saying the D80 takes bad pictures - heck look at Wayne D's stuff! I'm merely saying the change from D80 to D700 is so vast that it will be hard to go back to the old again.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on May 01, 2010, 07:49:19 PM
I'm with Oldboy - I use my old body about as much as I use the new one. The lenses are what make the big difference for me. Not the extra 5mp or better low light performance from a more recent sensor. Although the handling is identical.

That said, jinky is world famous published competition winner, and he deserves the best. ;) I'm so pleased for you Paul. I hope that it is everything and more that you are looking forward to.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 01, 2010, 09:44:37 PM
Cheers all. Hope you had a nice break Howard despite the bad cold  :(

I will keep the D80 as back up as it is worthless - has over 55,000 clicks on the clock due to covering great runs over last 2 years. I am hoping to get a few wedding gigs as I set up properly and must admit I could have done with the D700 when I did a shoot for Kier Construction the other day. had a guy from their depot come up to me mid shoot with my lights / brollies up - say what camera is it - then say you could have borrowed my D90! >:(
I came back with the retorts that my D700 was in the shop (technically true - he assumed it was getting fixed ;D) and it`s not wha you`ve got but how you use it. He won`t say that next time with my D700 and grip attached - if  can lift it ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on May 01, 2010, 10:05:17 PM
I still use my 5D alot, though the MkIII is the weapon of choice :)

I use the 5D when I want to travel light - and a lot for work when I tend tobe in tight spaces and need the 17mm end of my 17-40!

The 5D still takes stunning pictures too.

My 350D is pretty much not used - my youngest (9) uses it more than me these days. And that is still a good camera.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on May 02, 2010, 01:54:31 PM
I'm a step behind OB, D200 is my top camera but I find myself picking up my D50 more often than not.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on May 02, 2010, 03:19:12 PM
Took a nice booking on a rainy day.

Mid September I'm off to Mykonos for a few days to shoot a gorgeous wedding.  Perfick.  Oh and I get paid too.  Love this job....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 03, 2010, 07:14:19 PM
I'm going to Kefalonia in June to shoot a cousin's wedding.  :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 03, 2010, 08:55:48 PM
Congrats to both on your "paid holidays".
I'm sure they'll be some great pics from either trip  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on May 04, 2010, 07:40:22 AM
I'm going to Kefalonia in June to shoot a cousin's wedding.  :dance:

Sweet!  We'll have to compare notes.  I suspect a big reflector may be in both our futures.

Main worry is kit.  Apparently though if it fits in my ThinkTank and I can lift it over my head then Queasyjet won't weigh my hand luggage :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on May 04, 2010, 04:00:57 PM
I'm going to Kefalonia in June to shoot a cousin's wedding.  :dance:

Sweet!  We'll have to compare notes.  I suspect a big reflector may be in both our futures.

Main worry is kit.  Apparently though if it fits in my ThinkTank and I can lift it over my head then Queasyjet won't weigh my hand luggage :D

Sunbounce ?

WMMFGT:

Finally got a Job, just don't know the hours except 10-14 and weekends, maybe Fridays too hmmm

Also made my dad feel good as he prob nick my discount  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on May 04, 2010, 05:48:29 PM
Sunbounce ?

Nah.  Never used them but I think they are well overpriced.  Like everything the Calumet knockoffs are identical and cheaper ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 04, 2010, 08:27:43 PM
Good luck with the job CML.  ;D

The Queasyjet carry on luggage bins always look to take quite big cases so I'm sure you'll be fine Jonathan, and even able to lift if over your head at a pinch. My luggage will be lighter and smaller as I don't have quite so much kit - two of everything, loads of cards, spare batteries and storage drive and maybe an extra fast lens just in case. Only Olympus seem to go my way. I don't foresee any problems with the main flight but have been worrying about the island hopper - will check once I get my tickets (which are being arrenged for me).

My other worry is that my cousin is a very striking woman - much taller than me with long dark hair and strong features - but sadly doesn't photograph that well. It's something to do with a strong profile and very mobile face but she is very hard to photograph. I'm really going to have to study her face closely in the first day or so to work out how to make her look as good in the photos as she does in real life. Soft flat lighting I think will help. I like a challenge, and I love photographing people, and she wants a really fun, happy set of pictures rather than anything too pretty and perfect. But every bride wants to look hot in their wedding pictures and I'm going to make sure she does. Everyday stuff for you of course.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 04, 2010, 09:41:08 PM
plenty of practice then Eileen on day 1...

But i suspect you'll do fine - mark of a great tog  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 05, 2010, 07:02:48 AM
Cheers Andrew!  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on May 07, 2010, 08:28:29 PM
Good luck with the job CML.  ;D

The Queasyjet carry on luggage bins always look to take quite big cases so I'm sure you'll be fine Jonathan, and even able to lift if over your head at a pinch. My luggage will be lighter and smaller as I don't have quite so much kit - two of everything, loads of cards, spare batteries and storage drive and maybe an extra fast lens just in case. Only Olympus seem to go my way. I don't foresee any problems with the main flight but have been worrying about the island hopper - will check once I get my tickets (which are being arrenged for me).

My other worry is that my cousin is a very striking woman - much taller than me with long dark hair and strong features - but sadly doesn't photograph that well. It's something to do with a strong profile and very mobile face but she is very hard to photograph. I'm really going to have to study her face closely in the first day or so to work out how to make her look as good in the photos as she does in real life. Soft flat lighting I think will help. I like a challenge, and I love photographing people, and she wants a really fun, happy set of pictures rather than anything too pretty and perfect. But every bride wants to look hot in their wedding pictures and I'm going to make sure she does. Everyday stuff for you of course.

Thanks, I'm now the owner of an orange apron, hmm...

Arhh the best and annoying thing of photography learning what works and what don't then changing it! Hope it goes well for you and you find that angle...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on May 07, 2010, 08:53:25 PM
Read on ZDnet that the Ipad will be available to purchase outside the U.S. on May 28th. Didn't read past Canada so don't know if that's go for most of you folks. I want to be the first on my block!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 08, 2010, 08:00:47 AM

Thanks, I'm now the owner of an orange apron, hmm...


  A B&Q one by any chance?.... A trip there is guaranteed to take my grey morning and fill it with shafts of sunlight! :D
                                                    Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 08, 2010, 08:37:28 AM
I think you may be the first person on this site to own one Spin if you get it in the next few months. I'm fairly sure I read recently that launch in Europe has been delayed a few months, and will now be around July. I may have misremembered of course. I'd like one but can't afford it just now - I'm thinking about maybe a combined Christmas and birthday present next year. Would be really interested to know how you find it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 08, 2010, 08:40:35 AM
Forgot to add - these pictures really made me smile. Worth a look (I keep expecting to see someone I know in them but no definite sightings so far, though there is one where the wedding TOG bears a passing resemblance to Jonathan  ;) ).
http://acidcow.com/pics/3808-photographers_are_funny_52_pics.html

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Malcolm1938 on May 08, 2010, 09:42:29 AM
I'm just getting back towards full mobility after what the medics refer to as a TKR (total knee replacement) and today I found myself about 100 yards away from my elbow crutch so I wont be needing that much longer - I'd rather carry a camera than a crutch anyway....

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 08, 2010, 11:14:40 AM
Good to hear your mobile again after your knee op,  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on May 08, 2010, 11:21:47 AM
Forgot to add - these pictures really made me smile. Worth a look (I keep expecting to see someone I know in them but no definite sightings so far, though there is one where the wedding TOG bears a passing resemblance to Jonathan  ;) ).
http://acidcow.com/pics/3808-photographers_are_funny_52_pics.html

:) nice.  Though several could also appear on Photoshop disasters...

WMMFGT? Yesterday actually.  All day fashion shoot for Pretty Magazine.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4588830916_d6d517a8d2.jpg)

Flickr says I have to link to them too.... http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4588830916_d6d517a8d2.jpg
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on May 08, 2010, 02:01:57 PM

Thanks, I'm now the owner of an orange apron, hmm...


  A B&Q one by any chance?.... A trip there is guaranteed to take my grey morning and fill it with shafts of sunlight! :D
                                                    Graham. :tup:

Haha yes... They haven't mentioned my 20% discount crew card!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 08, 2010, 04:38:51 PM

Thanks, I'm now the owner of an orange apron, hmm...


  A B&Q one by any chance?.... A trip there is guaranteed to take my grey morning and fill it with shafts of sunlight! :D
                                                    Graham. :tup:

Haha yes... They haven't mentioned my 20% discount crew card!
  You get discount AS WELL as an orange apron! Jeez....You youngsters don't know your born!
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on May 08, 2010, 05:22:13 PM

Thanks, I'm now the owner of an orange apron, hmm...


  A B&Q one by any chance?.... A trip there is guaranteed to take my grey morning and fill it with shafts of sunlight! :D
                                                    Graham. :tup:

Haha yes... They haven't mentioned my 20% discount crew card!
 You get discount AS WELL as an orange apron! Jeez....You youngsters don't know your born!
                          Graham.

And a Jacket with all adverts/sponsors on it. Its pretty good quality too, safety shoes to come.


WMFG Thursday and the Monday coming:

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u182/Craig-1591/uni/DSC01206-1.jpg)

5D Mark II, D700, PW Max, 750W portable studio and an actual studio.

Arhhh student life ain't too shabby...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 09, 2010, 09:06:34 AM
You young 'uns have never had it so easy!  :legit: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 09, 2010, 10:28:43 AM
Great to hear that you are recovering well Cannoffice. Hope you get out there with your camera soon.

Glad things are going well for you too CML. I can think of many worse places to work while you study.

Nice to see that you're getting VFM from the new toy Jonathan!

I've posted some of my pictures from the Nick Clegg visit on flickr. Didn't post here as it would have spammed the recent uploads section. But thought you might be amused by this, which shows what the press pack look like when you're just over 5 feet tall. I call it the Worm's Eye View.  ;)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4590905869_360f2b5bc1.jpg



Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on May 09, 2010, 02:55:33 PM
You should have taken your aluminium steps Eileen. Perhaps Craig can do you a deal. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on May 09, 2010, 04:45:15 PM
There's an idea!  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on May 14, 2010, 04:07:32 PM
Got notification of an acceptance for The London Salon. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 14, 2010, 04:15:38 PM
WMMFGT

Knowing I did the right thing

Yesterday whilst out walking I found a lamb that had put his head through the 5" square mesh hole in the fence and couldnt get its head our and it was writhing around very panicked, without thinking I went over, and got it free, then I thought to myself should I have taken a photo first, What Would You Have Done ?

Dave
______
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 14, 2010, 04:48:26 PM
Same as you dave. I can see (partly) the dilemna if you are getting paid to get shots in a war zone etc and capture suffering on the job but not in a situation like this. Easing of suffering before hobby I think.

WMMFGT - having had my D700 all of 6 days I`ve just received my free grip from Nikon. I`ve now got a great camera the size of a small TV and I love it. I don`t even care that the grip deal no doubt means the final arrival of a D700s or the like. ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on May 14, 2010, 06:32:06 PM
then I thought to myself should I have taken a photo first, What Would You Have Done ?

It scares me that anybody could ask that question.

WMMFGT? Got a call from a magazine ed asking if I'd mind very much shooting their next few covers for them...... :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 15, 2010, 10:12:40 AM
then I thought to myself should I have taken a photo first, What Would You Have Done ?

It scares me that anybody could ask that question.

Ah but if an angry farmer caught you with a lamb by the scruff of its neck an image would have proved it was stuck and your getting it free

Thanks jinky the should I have taken a shot came after I freed it
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 15, 2010, 11:19:22 AM
then I thought to myself should I have taken a photo first, What Would You Have Done ?

It scares me that anybody could ask that question.

Ah but if an angry farmer caught you with a lamb by the scruff of its neck an image would have proved it was stuck and your getting it free

Thanks jinky the should I have taken a shot came after I freed it

   Twice I've rescued stuck sheep in the way you describe. On another occasion a full grown sheep had rolled onto it's back and could not right its self,....that was a messy but ultimately rewarding job!
   The last occasion I had to turn into "Sheep rescue man" was when we were walking in an empty field but could hear a lamb bleating. It took an hour or so to track it down to some rabbit holes, it took another couple of hours of digging and scrapeing  with my bare hands and a piece of flint to get to the point where I could reach it's hind legs and drag it out (I would have stayed there all night if I'd had to.
    I'll see if I can find the pic wifey took.
                                         Graham. :tup:

Found it!

                  (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/web_DSC2455.jpg)

          As you can see, I lied about the piece of flint....it was a bit of an old brick.
                
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 15, 2010, 11:37:35 AM
Well done Graham, good story  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on May 16, 2010, 11:02:40 AM
Wow, how big do the rabbits get over there? :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 16, 2010, 01:20:28 PM
Wow, how big do the rabbits get over there? :o
          Oh, about the size of a small sheep! ;D
                      Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 16, 2010, 07:39:25 PM
Nice to see an image Graham well done mate

Wow, how big do the rabbits get over there? :o

Dont know about the rabbits round my way squirrels are massive,  taken in Horwich NR Chorley

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/2566614047_fa48634fc2.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3083/2566614379_d72dd221b1.jpg)

Dave
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 23, 2010, 08:15:26 AM
Woow the suns shinning and Im going to some wild flower and lavender fields and Hesswall  today, will be a fab day out with my 5 tog buddies  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on May 23, 2010, 09:05:35 AM
Have a good one Dave. I`m out later with some Flickr Leeds contacts shooting a Civil war reenactment at one of our larger Council parks / Jacobean houses. Despite some of my brushed with officialdom (maybe because of it) even was able to mock up some official badges enabling us to shoot in the camera off limits house - no flash or tripods. Great stuff - though checking them out briefly yesterday seemed a rather low key affair. be a good test for my shiney D700 though which I am totally in love wit now. Like any new relationship we`re still testing each other out and occasionally being disappointed by not knowing each other well enough to communicate effectively. I could break the habit of a lifetime and read the manual but heh - part of a new relationship is finding out things by chance / trying things out  :D

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on May 23, 2010, 08:40:17 PM
Just rescued a baby blackbird that had fallen from the nest in my conifer, couldnt fly had no tail feathers but very lively skipping about in the border acting as cat bait. Used an old fishing net & released it back into the tree where the parents are going in & out, hopefully it will find its own way back from there.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on May 24, 2010, 09:10:59 AM
Have a good one Dave. I`m out later with some Flickr Leeds contacts shooting a Civil war reenactment at one of our larger Council parks / Jacobean houses. Despite some of my brushed with officialdom (maybe because of it) even was able to mock up some official badges enabling us to shoot in the camera off limits house - no flash or tripods. Great stuff - though checking them out briefly yesterday seemed a rather low key affair. be a good test for my shiney D700 though which I am totally in love wit now. Like any new relationship we`re still testing each other out and occasionally being disappointed by not knowing each other well enough to communicate effectively. I could break the habit of a lifetime and read the manual but heh - part of a new relationship is finding out things by chance / trying things out  :D

Thanks Jinky we had a fab day out, unfortunately the wild flower fields weren't in full bloom so we will have to go back
Congrats on the new camera, hope you got lots of good shots, I also like to tog re enactments the hard bit is not to get anything modern in shot, not easy  :)

Just rescued a baby blackbird that had fallen from the nest in my conifer, couldnt fly had no tail feathers but very lively skipping about in the border acting as cat bait. Used an old fishing net & released it back into the tree where the parents are going in & out, hopefully it will find its own way back from there.

Well done Bones hope its still OK hopefully it will survive.  :)

Well Im off on holiday to Wales for a week today so see you all when we get back  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on May 25, 2010, 03:07:19 PM
Watching the Vixen parading her three cubs around the bottom of the garden. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on May 28, 2010, 03:30:59 PM
   Just got my internet conection back after 7 days break. :tup:
   You see I'm with Virgin and it was my turn to have some "Down time"!
   I've been trying to keep up with you all via my laptop and one of those "Dialless Wongle" jobies.
                Good to be back.
                               Graham. 8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on May 30, 2010, 07:41:20 AM
Yesterday - The Eurovision Song Contest. I absolutely love the whole thing. The songs were, on the whole, a little too slick and professional this year, with only Moldova taking the rise in the traditional way.

At least the voting seemed a little more balanced - the UK finished exactly where deserved - last - it was dreadful song with out of tune backing vocals and a can't be bothered performance.

Roll on next year.

PS, looks like the winner had a head start - the song has been a success all over Europe already and the youtube vid has had almost 6 million hits.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on May 30, 2010, 08:15:26 AM
PS, looks like the winner had a head start - the song has been a success all over Europe already and the youtube vid has had almost 6 million hits.

So what are we thinking here?

Rolling Stones? Coldplay? Elton John? Take That?

Between them they've had some fairly impressive hits that are well loved all over Europe!

Or should we join the attractive female singer brigade?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on May 30, 2010, 07:11:24 PM
The first thing that needs to happen is that the UK, France, Spain and Germany lose their automatic right to be in the final. This year I think France and Germany would have made it anyway, but Spain would have struggled and the UK wouldn't had a prayer - maybe then the UK might up its game a little.

Last year's winner was a boy, this year's a girl. A couple of years back a Finnish heavy metal band won. The only things they all have in common are self penned songs, mass appeal, enthusiasm, entertainment value, and dare I say it, some talent. I don't think the Russian victory counts as that was pretty widely accepted to have been the result of some highly suspicious telephone voting.

Someone recently successful might swing it, but such is the degree of snobbery in UK music that I doubt you would get anyone widely known to do it.

Anyway, I had another music based feelgood experience this afternoon - a matinee performance by a classical music piano and cello duo called Duel at the local auditorium. Brilliant musicians and hilarious with it. You have to see two guys dressed in tails sitting either side of a cello, both playing it and using it as a drum kit, singing Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side to really appreciate it. The best €7 I've spent this year.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on June 06, 2010, 11:25:21 AM
WMMFGT ?
Well not just today but all week.
springwatch web cams
http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/webcams/pop.shtml#1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/springwatch/webcams/pop.shtml#1)
Totaly hooked, especially with the Kestrels

RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on June 06, 2010, 08:14:06 PM
Quite agree with you Alf. Been watching the Spring-watch on the BBC, but not had time to view webcams, as I've just spent about 100 hours recovering photo files from a disk which was corrupted by raid setup.  >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on June 09, 2010, 11:50:33 AM
WMMFGT

My dad arriving from Devon yesterday he's got a job for one of his old customers (approx 40 5x4 transparencies + plus 20 negs) so he's staying with us for a few days and going back on Sat. Not seen him for ages so it's nice to see him  :) shame mum didn't come with him but she wanted to stay at home as they've just got the house back to themselves after having a couple of friends stay with them for a while.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 09, 2010, 01:17:09 PM
Many of you will have already seen this, especially the fanbois, but it made me laugh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on June 13, 2010, 06:40:17 PM
Three things made me feel good today:

1. I had a great day out with Andrew and Irv. The Roof Garden in particular is a really special place. An acre and a half of garden with 60 mature trees and four resident flamingoes above a shop in the heart of London. Quite quite special. We will plan another visit this summer (the garden is open to the public by arrangement). It would be fine for you, Sandy, as there's a lift up to the roof and then it's all on the level with lots of places to sit down for a breather.

2. Getting ITOW.   ;D Thanks Alan!  :beer:

3. My clients really like the wedding pictures I've shown them so far.  :dance: If you're interested check out my blog on the link below for the full story (it was quite eventful, all in all).

 http://eileenrafferty.blogspot.com/2010/06/special-day.html
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on June 13, 2010, 09:01:39 PM
Three things made me feel good today:

1. I had a great day out with Andrew and Irv. The Roof Garden in particular is a really special place. An acre and a half of garden with 60 mature trees and four resident flamingoes above a shop in the heart of London. Quite quite special. We will plan another visit this summer (the garden is open to the public by arrangement). It would be fine for you, Sandy, as there's a lift up to the roof and then it's all on the level with lots of places to sit down for a breather.

2. Getting ITOW.   ;D Thanks Alan!  :beer:

3. My clients really like the wedding pictures I've shown them so far.  :dance: If you're interested check out my blog on the link below for the full story (it was quite eventful, all in all).

 http://eileenrafferty.blogspot.com/2010/06/special-day.html

Great series of photos and I like the Jackie shot because of the noise.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on June 14, 2010, 01:33:54 AM
It took a bit of fiddling, but I got Adobe Elements 8 up and running on a Linux box. I may be MS free within the year.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sandy on June 14, 2010, 07:13:23 AM
Just read the blog it sounds quite a interesting day with a lot of near misses. Glad it all came right in the end and the clients liked the photos

Sandy
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on June 14, 2010, 07:15:13 AM
Lovely set of wedding shots Eileen  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 14, 2010, 07:46:57 AM
If you're interested check out my blog on the link below for the full story (it was quite eventful, all in all).

Wow yeah.  What a story.  Sounds like a baptism of fire.

Nice to see the pro using a D200.

FWIW you would have been better with a Nikon gun than a Quantum.  You can just wind the shutter speed up with a Nikon and watch it sync all the way to 1/4000s.

WMMFGT? Snow Leopard.  Like Leopard but faster.  One minor oddity with a complicated mail pickup but very smooth upgrade.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on June 14, 2010, 11:13:36 AM
Nice one Eileen - great place to go and learn some more eh and some nice results  ;)

WMMFG today. called the hotel I did some a shoot of last year to book a night stay in the summer and ended up being asked if I would shoot a special birthday party they are having next week with classical violinist, singers, hog roast and the works on their lawn in front of their beautiful old Georgian house that has won many awards from Conde Nast Johansen and the like. Ended up agreeing to trade a 2 night stay in the summer andmeal for the job and just being asked to enjoy myself there, with my wife, but get any "candids / arty shots" I can to record the event. Great stuff as that`s worth about £425 as a package  :)
Alison Moyert stayed there last week and some cartoonist from the Telegraph - and now they`ve got me. All we need is some sunshine though I think they have a marquee.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on June 14, 2010, 05:01:50 PM
   Great set of pics Eileen.
                                  Blown sky, noise!? So what, there great pics full of personality and atmosphere.
                                          Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on June 14, 2010, 07:46:54 PM
Good luck with Linux, Spin, and well done on your latest commission Paul. Glad your upgrade went smoothly J: Andrew was just telling us yesterday that Apple upgrades are very straightforward. Can't say the same of Windows.

Thanks all for your kind comments about the pictures. I really wanted to show their personalities and happiness Graham so am glad that comes across.

The pro had a D200 and used on-camera flash pointing straight forward with a stofen diffuser. He took loads of flash pictures in the church and I was really intrigued to see how they came out as the combination has the potential to produce harsh light. He told me he'd been a press tog in the UK and I didn't think you'd last very long in that job if you didn't consistently produce reasonable pictures. Anyway, I've seen them now and the church ones look OK: sometimes there are quite strong flash shadows and light fall-off but they don't overwhelm the pictures. Once we were in the open air the combination worked much better and he got some very nice pictures indeed of the bride and groom at the key photo site. So in the end we complemented each other quite nicely.

I know I could synch at high levels with Nikon flash but wasn't sure that the flash could output enough power at those settings. Didn't want to faff around with experiments and spoil the mood so just concentrated on the things that mattered (the couple) and did my best with the rest. I shall be practicing this weekend though if we get a nice sunny day.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 14, 2010, 07:55:02 PM
Three things made me feel good today:

1. I had a great day out with Andrew and Irv. The Roof Garden in particular is a really special place. An acre and a half of garden with 60 mature trees and four resident flamingoes above a shop in the heart of London. Quite quite special. We will plan another visit this summer (the garden is open to the public by arrangement). It would be fine for you, Sandy, as there's a lift up to the roof and then it's all on the level with lots of places to sit down for a breather.

2. Getting ITOW.   ;D Thanks Alan!  :beer:

3. My clients really like the wedding pictures I've shown them so far.  :dance: If you're interested check out my blog on the link below for the full story (it was quite eventful, all in all).

 http://eileenrafferty.blogspot.com/2010/06/special-day.html

Comment left on blog, but lovely shots. Knowing the full story made the blog and pics even better to read.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on June 15, 2010, 07:57:15 AM
Not today, but actually Sunday! (Been busy!)

Went to Snowdonia and from Bala went into the forests for a days off-roading.

Got a little muddy - but could have been worse - it was June!

(http://www.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/forum/uploads/1275257090/gallery_11_3_42445.jpg) (http://www.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/forum/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&img=267)

The first hill we went up was this one - this is one of the Defenders coming down.

(http://www.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/forum/uploads/1275257090/gallery_11_3_499428.jpg) (http://www.digitalphotogroup.co.uk/forum/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&img=266)

A fantastic days fun - and using the car as intended!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on June 15, 2010, 11:04:55 AM
The Local Constabulary still owe me payment for a job I did over 2 months ago but today after several phone calls to their accounts department they have told me payment as been approved and I should recieve it in the next few days. They had lost my original Invoice and a copy Invoice so they asked me to Fax them a copy. I had to bring my Fax Machine out of retirement for that, can't remember the last time I used it which ment I had to set it up from scratch without a handbook anyway it went throught at the second attempt, I rang them back to make sure.

Next I had to contact a PR company who are late with payment. The have told me a cheque was sent to me in the middle of May and must now be assumed to be lost. The said they will now cancell the cheque and will be paying me by BACS.

So hopefully within a few days I should have recieved some money from someone............. :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 15, 2010, 12:11:50 PM
So hopefully within a few days I should have recieved some money from someone............. :legit:

So Gravy Dinner and a pint coming up then Dave  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on June 15, 2010, 12:19:45 PM
. The have told me a cheque was sent to me in the middle of May

And they love you and ....... :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on June 15, 2010, 05:19:36 PM
So hopefully within a few days I should have recieved some money from someone............. :legit:

So Gravy Dinner and a pint coming up then Dave  :tup: :beer:



More like bills to be paid..... :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 16, 2010, 01:10:43 PM
The postman (or lady in our case). I bought a Yongnuo 460 ll on eBay from Honkers ten days ago.

What a magic little back up/fill in flashgun it is for only £39 including a tripod mountable stand and bare bulb diffuser.  I've only given it a few test goes so far as a TTL fill in and it's worked perfectly every time. I guess I am bound to find some limitations as time goes on, but so far I have a wide grin on my face.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on June 16, 2010, 01:27:08 PM
Just recieved a couple of free mags from Olympus E-magazine as they used one of my images on a single page spread on me and my pic. To say I'm chuffed is a understatement, and it looks pretty good in print.

The Pic " Giant Of The Sky"

(http://olypaul.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Planes/E-420-09100364/850496591_jJK77-L.jpg)

   
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 16, 2010, 02:19:34 PM
You've every right to be chuffed.

Well done Paul and great picture to boot  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 16, 2010, 04:05:22 PM
Hearty congratulations. Hope the high lasts and lasts.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on June 16, 2010, 04:59:26 PM
Top shot Paul, congratulations. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on June 16, 2010, 05:33:05 PM
The postman (or lady in our case). I bought a Yongnuo 460 ll on eBay from Honkers ten days ago.

What a magic little back up/fill in flashgun it is for only £39 including a tripod mountable stand and bare bulb diffuser.  I've only given it a few test goes so far as a TTL fill in and it's worked perfectly every time. I guess I am bound to find some limitations as time goes on, but so far I have a wide grin on my face.

I have a couple of the mk1 version, great things for the money although one of mine only works on full power now for some reason, added a flash trigger and they are great.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on June 16, 2010, 10:02:02 PM
Great shot Paul - congratulations!  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on June 17, 2010, 08:46:40 AM
Congratulations Paul on a super image. I feel I can almost touch the plane.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on June 17, 2010, 09:25:05 AM
Thanks guys.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on June 17, 2010, 01:28:42 PM
Congratulations Paul, great image, nice B/W also  :)

Bet your well chuffed
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 17, 2010, 06:36:31 PM
http://potd.apertureacademy.com/index.php?pmc=mz&e=andrew@picsfor.co.uk

One of my pics from the Cloisters at Cantebury Cathedral has been chosen for pic of the day on another site - that of Stephen Oachs, an American Photographer.

It may not be pic of the year, but it does massage the ego a little  :tup: :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sandy on June 17, 2010, 08:11:13 PM
Lovely photo Andrew well done

sandy
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on June 17, 2010, 09:59:18 PM
Congratulations Andrew!  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on June 17, 2010, 10:34:26 PM
Top shot Andrew many congrats  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on June 18, 2010, 05:56:09 AM
Congratulations Andrew. One for the LRPS panel :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oly Paul on June 18, 2010, 08:29:38 AM
Congrats Andrew, well deserved. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on June 18, 2010, 10:53:55 AM
Congratulations Andrew! Cracking shot  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 19, 2010, 08:36:12 AM
Thanks all - certainly made my day.

Now to take another one that makes the grade! :tup: only 9 more to find for the LRPS panel  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on June 23, 2010, 12:14:30 PM
WMMFGT
Cactus V4 radio triggers turned up in the post today so plenty of off camera flash from me coming up ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on June 24, 2010, 03:10:12 PM
Recieved praise from the Brewery for the pictures of Clitheroe & Area I supplied for their Pub/Hotel and a thankyou card from the last wedding I photographed.
Her hand writing is not bad either so maybe I could ask here to fill in the details on the front page of future albums which I usually leave blank for themselves to fill in... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 24, 2010, 03:53:19 PM
WMMFGT?

Um, I got a new phone......TBH I'm not sure why but apparently Steve needs a new Lear Jet and I'm only too happy to queue up to buy him one.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 24, 2010, 04:30:36 PM
think of the great shots you'll be able to get from steves new lear jet  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on June 24, 2010, 05:10:48 PM
WMMFGT?

Um, I got a new phone......TBH I'm not sure why but apparently Steve needs a new Lear Jet and I'm only too happy to queue up to buy him one.
Are you going to open up a branch of CURRYS or something ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 24, 2010, 06:21:33 PM
Just found the multipoint colour balance tool in DXO. OMG, it's awsome (that's teen speak that is)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on June 24, 2010, 08:24:38 PM
WMMFGT?

Um, I got a new phone......TBH I'm not sure why but apparently Steve needs a new Lear Jet and I'm only too happy to queue up to buy him one.

I passed an O2 shop today with a massive queue outside it. I was wondering if a new iPhone had been launched. I assume that's what you got?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 24, 2010, 08:47:14 PM
Did you keep the receipt? (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/24/iphone_antenna/)

But then I guess it's not really for making 'phone calls at all, is it?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 25, 2010, 08:09:46 AM
Did you keep the receipt? (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/24/iphone_antenna/)

But then I guess it's not really for making 'phone calls at all, is it?

Oh NO!!!!!!  Is it too late to return it.....?

Oh hang on.  Is there any chance this is related to the "if you put an iPod on your back pocket it can break" story?  Or the "ooo MacBooks can explode" story?  (That one was true and was equally true of Dells and any other make that used Sony batteries).  Or the "Al Qa'ida use the iPad to slaughter American babies" story?

I can't remember a recent Apple launch that wasn't
1. Massively over hyped (no, they did not invent video calling - or the phone come to think of it)
2. Extremely smug
3. Accompanied by a thin looking story in the press that may or may not have been planted because of points 1 & 2.  Or may even be a piece of viral marketing by Apple's spin team (not only filling the media wall to wall with "the new phone is here" but also "THE NEW PHONE may or may not have a weakness")

Apple are big boys.  If there's a widespread problem with the iPhone 4 they will fix it.

BTW a blog like Cnet saying "if you want to be famous for 5 mins then just confirm you have this fault - don't worry if you're lying cos nobody will ever know" is neither journalism nor very interesting.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 25, 2010, 10:50:21 AM
Only winding you up Jonathan. There does seem to be  a real but not the end of the world design flaw, however, caused largely by the need to adhere to FCC regs in the states. The technical gen is HERE (http://www.antennasys.com/antennasys-blog/2010/6/24/apple-iphone-4-antennas.html).

I'm sure it's very pretty and will get you lots of attention :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 25, 2010, 12:35:47 PM
The technical gen is HERE (http://www.antennasys.com/antennasys-blog/2010/6/24/apple-iphone-4-antennas.html).

Ah cool.  That's why try as I might I couldn't replicate the fault (I hadn't looked exactly where you have to hold it).  With my tiny hands it would be awkward to bridge that gap.

Now if you want to make fun of the iPhone 4 there's a lot more mileage in the voice "control" system.  So far today it has misinterpreted "play Florence and the Machine" as "call Irv B" and "dial 01227....[my home phone number..." as, err, "call Irv B".  (Sorry Irv).  I'm now actually scared to use it.  I guess it would be nice if you could train it.  Or restrict commands or something.  But unless you talk exactly like Stevie J I wouldn't use it unless your hand was near the cancel button.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on June 25, 2010, 01:39:33 PM
Interesting read, Howard.

A quick play with my android shows a similar tendency for left handed operation, and the final few paragraphs would explain why the phone does seem to lose signal when in my back pocket - it seems the best way to store it in the back pocket is with the screen facing the skin.

The bit with shorting the antenna, though looks like a design flaw. Phone is in the pocket, keys about, etc. There's a reason previous generations of phones had the antenna protected behind plastic.  Not to mention that people's skin is conductive (although not as much as a brass/aluminium key).

Now if they could harness the conductive power of the human body to provide the antenna solution, that would be a real development, i.e. hold the phone and you get a better signal.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 25, 2010, 03:57:59 PM
Phone is in the pocket, keys about, etc.

ARE YOU CRAZY??????  Put something that gorgeous in a pocket with keys?  I'd rather leave my house unlocked :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on June 25, 2010, 04:05:21 PM
Phone is in the pocket, keys about, etc.

ARE YOU CRAZY??????  Put something that gorgeous in a pocket with keys?  I'd rather leave my house unlocked :)

A bit of understanding please Jonathan. He doesn't understand - he's not a Mac user  :tup: :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 25, 2010, 04:47:17 PM

Now if they could harness the conductive power of the human body to provide the antenna solution, that would be a real development, i.e. hold the phone and you get a better signal.

Well it works with the remote control for the car - touch the transmitter to the side of your head and the range almost doubles. And it works with most other RF receivers, most of the time. So why not 'phones?

Have you considered that Irv might be Steve J's best mate?

PS, I love the Daily Mash (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/apple-forgot-to-hold-iphone-before-putting-it-in-the-shops-201006252853/) take on this
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on June 25, 2010, 08:19:00 PM
Phone is in the pocket, keys about, etc.

ARE YOU CRAZY??????  Put something that gorgeous in a pocket with keys?  I'd rather leave my house unlocked :)

ah, yes...sorry. So, what colour is the velvet charging cushion? ::)

To be honest, I don't think that shorting of the antenna is an issue anyway. It looks like you have to work hard to achieve a short. The only circumstances I can think of where it might occur is if it's wet. Either way, it'd be a rare occurrence.

For me, though, it's still too big to be a practical phone - too wide and tall. I like a small device I can keep in my front pocket...next to the keys and in the right place to keep the testicles warm. :o

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on June 25, 2010, 09:48:31 PM
the right place to keep the testicles warm. :o

H.

Have it switched on to vibrate do we?  :2funny:  :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on June 25, 2010, 09:50:39 PM
the right place to keep the testicles warm. :o

H.

Have it switched on to vibrate do we?  :2funny:  :legit:

Oh Yes! Call me!  :D

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on June 25, 2010, 10:44:31 PM
My iPhone 3Gs is now running OS4 - and i like it a lot.

Still got a year to run on the contract, so I'll wait for the iPhone 5 or 6 :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on June 26, 2010, 04:46:58 PM

Well it works with the remote control for the car - touch the transmitter to the side of your head and the range almost doubles. And it works with most other RF receivers, most of the time. So why not 'phones?


That doesn't have anything to do with the metal plate in there does it? :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on June 26, 2010, 07:08:22 PM
Seriously Spin, try it. Walk away from your car trying the remote control. When it no longer works, walk another couple of metres away, hold the remote to the side of your head and press one of the buttons - it should work.

I use this 'trick' all the time to open or close the locks when it would otherwise not be possible.

There's lots of stuff in my head, but none of it is a metal plate :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 29, 2010, 12:47:50 PM
Just got a Tweet from a dress designer about the latest issue of "Attire Bridal" (it's OK - I'd hardly heard of it).

http://www.attirebridal.com/previous_issues_detail.cfm?Issue_ID=20

Yeah that's my snap on the cover :)  Plus a few more inside.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on June 29, 2010, 02:50:38 PM
Congrats Jonathan, cracking shot  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on June 29, 2010, 07:03:11 PM
 WMMFGT?
              For the last couple of months I've been working on a project for the venue where I do most of my gig pics.
              I've just deliverd the finished work and they'er very happy with them and will be using them in a forthcoming brochure to promote the venue.
              They've put me on their preferd supplier list and are happy with the fee I charged. (I charged at the middle to lower end of the standard freelance rate [as far as I could find.] plus a licence fee.)
                                  Graham.  :D

              Oh. And I've been granted photo passes for "Motorhead" and "Manic Street Preachers"!  :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on June 29, 2010, 09:41:28 PM
WMMFGT?
              For the last couple of months I've been working on a project for the venue where I do most of my gig pics.
              I've just deliverd the finished work and they'er very happy with them and will be using them in a forthcoming brochure to promote the venue.
              They've put me on their preferd supplier list and are happy with the fee I charged. (I charged at the middle to lower end of the standard freelance rate [as far as I could find.] plus a licence fee.)
                                  Graham.  :D

              Oh. And I've been granted photo passes for "Motorhead" and "Manic Street Preachers"!  :dance:

Well done Graham.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on June 30, 2010, 02:26:26 PM
Congrats Jonathan, cracking shot  :)

Thanks :)

If you think that's good.....the rest of the shoot just got launched to the world.  http://www.madelineisaacjames.com/ Splash image (which I love) and all of Candlelit and Starlet collections are mine :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on June 30, 2010, 02:38:25 PM
Managed to find another printer to replace my worn out Epson R 1800. I went for a secondhand Epson R 2400 which I was able to test before buying from a retiring photographer in Halifax. Everything seems ok so far...... :tup:...... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on June 30, 2010, 04:45:56 PM
  Sounds just the job Dave. Just make sure that it earns it's keep!
                    Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on June 30, 2010, 05:33:59 PM
 Sounds just the job Dave. Just make sure that it earns it's keep!
                    Graham. :tup:

I'm sure it will Graham  the specification is a lot better than the last one and I can definitely see the difference in the print quality....  :dance:
After a week of  being messed about with PC World who only supply higher spec printers on-line and could take up to a week to arrive I am glad I went for this one. I did consider a Canon equivalent but happy to stay with Epson......... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on June 30, 2010, 06:31:46 PM
WMMFGT?
                    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have asked for use of this pic. :)
              (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_web_DSC2284comp.jpg)

  If your curious, try them here.

               
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 01, 2010, 09:10:24 AM
they seem worth a watch - you must have struggled with the old camera shake their Graham in between chuckles...

Well done on the pick as well.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 01, 2010, 05:28:17 PM
they seem worth a watch - you must have struggled with the old camera shake their Graham in between chuckles...

Well done on the pick as well.

     Wonderful gentle humour the whole evening, and one of the few occasions where I've stayed for the whole show.
     If anyones interested the back view pic is with a 14-24/2.8 poking though the black backdrop set up in the interval (There was an 18" gap between the backdrop and the back wall  :)) with a remote cable running under the stage.
     The front view is a pano of I think 5 shots taken with a 70-200/2.8 at the long end.
     Oh, and I flipped the bottom pic horizontaly.
                         Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on July 02, 2010, 12:06:31 PM
Hi

Some shots of a man that had to be rescued after getting into trouble swimming, I received an email from a news paper asking could they use my images I said yes and asked them for a fee which they were happy to pay for them, 2 made front page and 3 made page 4, well chuffed

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4754088283_9327b54a4a_b.jpg)

Images and Story

Heres the original images I took Whilst at Birkacre, when this scene unfolded

A Chorley Man Name **Withheld** 34yrs had to be rescued on Saturday 26th June at around 2 o'clock he got into trouble whilst swimming at Birkacre, Yarrow Valley, Chorley, a local beauty spot, he was swimming when he got cramp in his right leg, he managed to swim to the tern raft, he climbed on, I went to tell the ranger but the centre was closed. Meanwhile someone rang the police, a total of 3 appliances arrived and a Fire and Rescue Vehicle, with a dingy, He was on the raft for approx 1hr, he was then safely brought to shore. The tern were going crazy dive bombing him, hope they go back also the chicks were very scared on one of the images you can see one has its head out of the netting the others were huggled in a corner.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4735488713_eb110d297d_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4735488717_1488a23438_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4735488723_a9d1443a22_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4735488727_86a50336ab_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4736128228_bc52133f5f_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4736128236_2fd266e2f1_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4075/4736128256_fb6562fbd6_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4736128262_0637daa9f5_b.jpg)

Dave

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 02, 2010, 05:18:06 PM
  Nice set of pics there Dave, really tells the story.
                            Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on July 02, 2010, 06:38:02 PM
Thanks Graham, it was a good test for me as I had to keep changing my lenses, fast, 150-500mm to kit lens and back again a couple of times, Im well chuffed  :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 02, 2010, 06:49:20 PM
Love the orchestra pics Graham - they work really well.  ;D

And your pictures really capture the story Dave - congratulations on the good work and on getting paid.  :beer:

Two things made me feel good today:

First, I paid a trip to Grays of Westminster to buy a new toy - the 16-35 zoom. I've wanted a wideangle zoom for ages and this looks pretty good so far. It'll get its first serious outing on Sunday. While in Grays I played with some of their fabulous stock. The new Nikon 70-200 lens was very impressive indeed. But... Then I tried a Noct Nikkor 58mm AIS f/1.2. Wow. The picture below is a rubbish snap - I was just testing out the focus on the first thing I saw. But I think you can see the potential with the right subject - imagine this as a portrait lens. Grays say they do a good trade in these and an 85mm lens, also manual focus, with film makers as their main customers.

Then I got paid a great compliment. I've finished my recent wedding snaps and sent them to my clients. The bride's mother sent the link to a friend who said she liked them so much they made her want to cry. I'm terribly aware of all their many failings but getting feedback like this tells me that I must be doing something right.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on July 02, 2010, 07:20:10 PM
WMMFGT
A friend sent this link from today
http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/life-style/2010/06/35-pictures-that-demand-explanation.html
apologies if you have seen them before but they made me chuckle :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on July 02, 2010, 07:48:09 PM
Many thanks Eileen  :)
 
Ha ha nice link Irv ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on July 02, 2010, 08:12:47 PM
  Nice set of pics there Dave, really tells the story.
                            Graham. :tup:

They do indeed.  And seriously well done on getting money out of a paper.

But is it just me that stories like this make angry?  A 34 year old man (old enough to know better, young enough to cope with it) overexerts himself swimming.  So he crashes into a platform for baby birds upsetting their parents and causing unknown damage to the nests.  Then he diverts 3 (count them 3) fire engines from doing productive stuff like, I don't know, maybe fighting fires and wastes their time "rescuing" him.  Of course they need all appropriate safety equipment so they have to deploy a kayak, dry suits etc.

Really, I hope he got charged for the rescue.  I've had cramp swimming and it's uncomfortable.  But if you can stand up you can swim.

BTW what's causing the huge colour shifts?  Is that the different lenses?

WMMFGT?  Meeting up with a friend for coffee and donuts.  Simple stuff ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on July 02, 2010, 09:33:06 PM
Agreed, some of those 35 pics demand explanation, on the other hand some, I just don't want to know! ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 03, 2010, 08:34:21 AM
 Eileen.
           Thanks for the comment re the orchestra pic.
           So you've been to "Grays" then..... I'd love to visit that place, I'd come out with arms full of stuff and a big silly grin on my face.....right up to the point where I was handed the divorce papers!
                                Graham. :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 03, 2010, 09:13:58 AM
Grays is like a treasure trove. The walls are all glass cabinets withe every bit of Nikon kit you've ever heard of (and quite a lot you haven't) on display. They are very happy to let you try things out, even though it's obvious you're not going to buy them there and then. It's definitely worth a visit if you're ever near Victoria station.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on July 03, 2010, 09:22:10 AM
First time I ever went to Grays I knew it was special - they invited me to sit down.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 03, 2010, 12:17:48 PM
First time I ever went to Grays I knew it was special - they invited me to sit down.  :)

Yes that  was so they could get better leverage on the 'Blad'  :tup:  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 03, 2010, 07:08:15 PM
First time I ever went to Grays I knew it was special - they invited me to sit down.  :)

Probably an age thing!  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on July 04, 2010, 11:38:28 PM
Finally got a day out at the Royal Botannical Gardens in Burlington ON, having renewed my membership in May.  Went to the Hendrie garden which specializes in Roses though not to exclusion. Gorgeous sunny day, not too busy. Wifey and I had a nice lunch at the Garden Tea room. Their patio overlooks a ravine woodlot that's part of the larger gardens.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 07, 2010, 04:55:08 PM
Well it was actually Monday, returned home after 9 days in glorious Devon (only had two dodgy days weather wise) sat down in front of the pooter after unpacking (the advantages of staying with in-laws no dirty washing to bring back lol) I now have some 300 odd RAW images to try and process, but having had a quick butchers at the RAW images, I think I got some great shots of Dragon Flies and Damsel Flies (taken at Stover country park, nr Bovey Tracey and definitely won't be as good as Oldboys) then some more great shots (imho) of the Cheesewrings on Bodmin Moor. These are naturally formed Granite formations on top of one of the high peaks....Plus some halfway decent shots taken from the top of Hounds Tor on Dartmoor (again one of the highest points on Dartmoor)....Didn't get to shoot the Hurlers at Bodmin as there was a family playing cricket in the middle of them (a neolithic ring of standing stones that legend has it were actually men turned to stone for playing Hurling on a Sunday seeing as they are about 1500bc I don't reckon this is true at all). Once said shots have been processed I will try and add them to the gallery.....Also planning a trip later in the year to the Hawk Conservancy near Andover as didn't get to go to the one on Exmoor the day we were going to go it rained non-stop....never mind gives me a chance to try and save up for that 300mm lens I want/need.... ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 07, 2010, 07:08:19 PM
Well it was actually Monday, returned home after 9 days in glorious Devon (only had two dodgy days weather wise).

Strange, as we've had no rain here!  :o


I think I got some great shots of Dragon Flies and Damsel Flies (taken at Stover country park, nr Bovey Tracey and definitely won't be as good as Oldboys)


 :-[

I bet your shots are just as good if not better.   ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 07, 2010, 10:43:17 PM
I've put some piccys in the gallery now so have a look Oldboy (and others of course), I remember one of your dragon fly shots from the old DCM gallery that blew everyone away, believe me this doesn't compete with that, but I am happy with the shot....oh and any chance you could identify the bird of prey with the horrible halo effect from zooming it in using elements for me? I thought it was a buzzard but am not absolutely certain....now thinking could it be a sparrowhawk....unfortunately can't quite identify it using my Collins Pocket Guide (which I bought so I could try and identify birds I shot lol)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on July 07, 2010, 11:01:18 PM
knowing i'm only half an hour from my bed :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 08, 2010, 05:30:56 PM
After a couple of months of having no inspiration whatsoever  :'(, other than taking a few shots in the back garden of our new cat (Willow got her from Battersea and she's lovely although her & our other cat Salem do seem to be having the odd hissy fit they seem to be at least tolerating each other but I digress)
Took lots and lots of piccys on hols last week and posted a few in the gallery and have had some very very positive comments  :tup: so thank you to all of you who have taken the trouble to comment, you've re-ignited the spark and I am going to try and get out some more with the camera possibly this weekend....but do also need to process/edit some 300 odd raw files....at least they're all backed up onto disc now though....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 09, 2010, 04:01:55 PM
Glad you're feeling inspired again Keith.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 11, 2010, 03:41:17 PM
wwmfgt ok Haven't got out with the camera this weekend but it has been a tad on the warm side....but have just ordered a 2nd hand Minolta 75-300mm lens from Ffordes in Inverness for £49.00 plus p&p and a Cokin P 55mm thread holder and a ND2 grad filter all for £22.00 from premier ink....now looking forward to receiving the new purchases and having some fun with them...now off to make a coffee then edit some more of those RAW files.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 11, 2010, 06:54:48 PM
What made me feel good the other day?

Finding out, after some government health check scheme thing, that I have the heart of a 36 year old. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on July 11, 2010, 08:38:55 PM
What made me feel good the other day?

Finding out, after some government health check scheme thing, that I have the heart of a 36 year old. :)

Shouldn't you give it back? :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 11, 2010, 08:50:26 PM
What made me feel good the other day?

Finding out, after some government health check scheme thing, that I have the heart of a 36 year old. :)

Shouldn't you give it back? :)

It's on loan. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on July 11, 2010, 08:58:40 PM
Shame your only 30! :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 13, 2010, 02:06:28 PM
WMMFGT my 75-300mm lens arriving from Ffordes....I ordered it on Sunday online and it arrived today....It said it had signs of use....not any that are really obvious that I could see.....nice lens and although some reports said the focussing ring etc are a bit stiff I like that stops lens creep....55mm thread as well so will take my current filters....I also received the cokin 55mm filter thread holder thingy and the Cokin ND grad that I ordered.....
So top marks to both Ffordes of Inverness and Premier Ink and Photographic in Warwick for a first class service. I am really impressed with the speed of service from both companies and would not hesitate to recommend them based on this first experience.  :tup: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 13, 2010, 04:50:34 PM
  WMMFGT?
                Received a cheque from the City Council for some pics.
                I only sent the invoice and licence to use 10 days ago! Note, this is the city council we'er talking about, I wasexpecting to send at least three reminders!
                                   Graham.
                                                ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 17, 2010, 04:10:45 PM
wmmfgt checking my flickr page and according to flickr my dragon fly shot has had 260 views... :) only 1 comment but 260 views when most of my shots on flickr I'm lucky if I get 8 views....feeling very chuffed...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on July 17, 2010, 07:20:04 PM
  WMMFGT?
                Received a cheque from the City Council for some pics.
                I only sent the invoice and licence to use 10 days ago! Note, this is the city council we'er talking about, I wasexpecting to send at least three reminders!
                                   Graham.
                                                ;D

They may have signed up to the " Prompt Payment Code " like Preston Council have. I recieved a payment for a June Invoice yesterday which usually takes about 6 weeks,
then I noticed the payment code thing on the remittance advice. If only they were all that quick...... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 18, 2010, 12:35:26 PM
  WMMFGT?
                Received a cheque from the City Council for some pics.
                I only sent the invoice and licence to use 10 days ago! Note, this is the city council we'er talking about, I wasexpecting to send at least three reminders!
                                   Graham.
                                                ;D

They may have signed up to the " Prompt Payment Code " like Preston Council have. I recieved a payment for a June Invoice yesterday which usually takes about 6 weeks,
then I noticed the payment code thing on the remittance advice. If only they were all that quick...... :legit:
;) :) :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 19, 2010, 11:20:42 AM
At the weekend just tried the lens I got from Ffordes (Minolta 75-300mm f4-5.6) cost £49.00 plus £7.50p&p....
Stuck it on my Sony A350 and it seems to be great....no shots worth posting as they were literally of the neighbours scaffolding, some branches and a couple of shots of the cats in the back garden...I had read that the dreaded purple fringing (hence the shots of scaffolding & branches) could be an issue with this lens at the 300mm end but I can't seen any evidence of it at all at the moment....really happy with the lens so far, can't wait to go out on the worldwide photo walk to really try it out.... :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 19, 2010, 07:33:51 PM
The brave new world that awaits us all when everything is run by volunteers.

I can't wait have my dustbins emptied by blue-rinsed old ladies that are giving their time F.O.C. in between sessions at the WVS and the W.I. They might put the dustbins back where they belong since they would have been to an old fashioned type school and recognise that the number on the bin equates to the number on the house!

What a delight it will be to be served in the community owned local pub by the character from the Harry Enfield Show 'Only ME!'. Mmmm.... Community Owned Local. When I lived oop North they were called Working Men's Clubs, and great fun they were too! I wonder if we will still have landlords or will they be called Stewards? Here in leafy Surrey there will be a great demand for flat caps and whippets to fall in and support good old Dave in his vision of the great new 'I'll help you we're all in this together' society. Must do one's bit y'know.

Public services on the cheap. I wonder if all those town hall staff and nurses facing redundancy will line up to volunteer after collecting their dole?

One suggestion Mr Cameron. Why don't you get all the Jehovah Witnesses to volunteer to sign up volunteers as they call door to door selling the Watchtower, a ready made sales force for your well thought out scam.

Another suggestion. Ask all those cold telephone canvassers to end their spiel with,'Well old chap since you have asked me quite politely to stick my product where the sun don't shine, can I ask you if you would be willing to do a few hours a week down at the sewage farm, it would be much appreciated'. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on July 19, 2010, 09:32:13 PM
There is no money - Labour spent it all, and then some. They passed the time during the last few years chucking cash into the gapping maw of their vastly bloated, choking, largely useless public sector, and ladled on expenditure promises they knew they would never have to keep. And then there is the huge cost of the pointless wars they got the country into just for icing on the cake.

I agree that Dave's plan is doomed; there is nothing like a bankrupt in denial, and the whole idea of personal responsibility has been slowly but surely strangled to death by the Guardianistas and their ilk over the past 30 years. All eventualities are someone else's fault, and they have to be sued for it . .

Maybe when the HSE has been dismantled local residents might be able to go back to keeping their bit of the world clean and tidy and safe, maybe even hold the odd social event without some totally extraneous council busy body (who will no doubt have collected a very generous early retirement or redundancy package despite his role never having had an iota of social or economic value to being with) telling them they have to fill in a couple of hundred forms and pay a large bill to be allowed to proceed.

Who knows, if the clock goes back far enough even school children might be subject to some discipline and, heaven forefend, open to the concept that the world doesn't owe them a living.

Sorry, I was totally day dreaming there. It'll never happen.

As an aside, I was in the yUK briefly earlier this week. I couldn't but notice that there were 5, yes 5, count them, traffic wardens making sure that no-one had the temerity to pull up outside the airport arrivals building and collect a passenger or two. This is because the pick up car park was £5.00 for half an hour. Why not fire the numpties and make the pick up car park free?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on July 19, 2010, 10:32:22 PM
Howard,

Can't agree more with what you've commented.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 19, 2010, 10:43:19 PM
Now why am I not surprised that this would evoke a response from two people that do not live in the UK?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 19, 2010, 11:00:14 PM
Now why am I not surprised that this would evoke a response from two people that do not live in the UK?

Because they don't have to fear the knock on the door!  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 19, 2010, 11:17:31 PM
Don't they have Jehovah Witnesses over there then? ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 19, 2010, 11:31:10 PM
Don't they have Jehovah Witnesses over there then? ::)
:2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on July 20, 2010, 08:36:23 AM
Use of volunteers could expose a lot of myths. You see references to youth work and community involvement - that makes you laugh. In my last 8-10 years of youth work people would have been shocked if they had known what work we did. Forget those nice ideas of working with all kids and coaching them in football and going off to scouting type camps. Our workforce was so small - and I am talking Leeds here, a major city supposedly benefitting from this generous Labour over spending - that our stated emphasis was only the most needy young people causing most disruption. At one stage me and my two staff were working in a  senior youth club where we calculated 80% of the 28-30 attenders were heavily into drugs including heroin and our main "service partner" was the local doctor and a methodone support structure. I had my car done 3 times to fund local habits - the final insult being when they threw my music in the bushes as unsellable  :D Another myth thrown out - work with kids and they respect you and what you build / do together - reality drugs destroy. We had kids selling their parents household possessions when they were out of the house to meet habits.

I guess I am one of the "bureaucrats" who got out on an early pension. Don`t overestimate the size of council pensions though  unless you were in the upper 5% there`s a fair chance you`ll have to pick up another job or cut your cloth with the average council pension being around £5,500.

I like to think I was value for money when I worked and seemed to get some appreciation from man of the young people and later community groups I worked with. My working week included many, many unpaid evening and weekend stints, loss of out of pocket expenses as they just were not paid, personal loss ( no compensation for damage to vehicles) and occasional assaults when things went wrong including being shot at once when tackling fraud by a local volunteer group in one centre whose members were involved in local gun and drug crime. Not quite the easy bureaucratic role many seem to see as being public sector and certainly in my 25 years first in the youth service I saw volunteer numbers tumble from the one or two when times were good to nil when they saw who we were working with.

If some are taken in by Cameron`s shame faced stupid plans to disguise major cuts with a sudden yearning for community control then people in this country are indeed getting dumber and dumber.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on July 20, 2010, 10:48:21 PM
Now why am I not surprised that this would evoke a response from two people that do not live in the UK?

Sorry mr abers, sir. Perhaps you would be so kind as to provide a comprehensive list of subjects that those of us living in exile might be awarded the privilege of comment?

One of the advantages of living abroad but making frequent trips home is the greater awareness of change, for good or better. Much like a relative that sees the changes in a child once a year notices the rate of growth and maturity more than the child's parents.

The other advantage is that we can also see how a different culture handles similar issues with a different manner, and compare and contrast the successes of the varying approaches.

But then, if our comments upset you, don't read them. 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on July 20, 2010, 11:28:54 PM
I thought this thread was called 'what made you feel good today' :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 21, 2010, 07:24:29 AM
I thought this thread was called 'what made you feel good today' :legit:

It did make me feel good when I posted the original 'tongue in cheek, Pythonesque view' of Dave's brave new volunteer world, all meant in a lighthearted way.

However I tend to get a bit angry when I see my country ripped into by people who, for one reason or another, have decided not to live here. Of course they are entitled to their opinions, as I am of the countries where they live, but I would never have the temerity or ill manners to make them public.

The word yUK I find particularly offensive and insulting.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on July 21, 2010, 02:01:29 PM
Finally got out for a ride on my new bicycle. Damn near killed me, but I did it. ;D Now going to go collapse in my cool basement and not come out til the sun goes down.  :-[
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on July 21, 2010, 05:00:25 PM
Didn't mean to upset you Abers.

The fact is though, like Hugh says, because we live somewhere else we can see what mess our beloved homeland has become. If I didn't care about England I wouldn't have bothered commenting.

Jinky, I know your usual council employee is not going to be retiring to the Bahamas, but if you have seen any of the thousands of jobs for idiotic positions at exotic salaries that councils have been advertising in the Grauniad, then you will know what I meant. I was also, for a brief period, a council employee - Gloucester City Council, Parks and Cemeteries - I dug graves and mowed the grass. I got paid more if the weather stopped me working than if I did what I was supposed to be paid for. The argument ran like this: 1) If it wasn't pouring down I would be able to work 2) If I were able to work I could earn my productivity bonus 3) So the weather stopped me from earning my maximum bonus 4) So if the working week was a write off because of the weather, I should be paid the maximum bonus, because the bad weather wasn't my fault. It was, of course, impossible to earn the bonus if the weather was good enough to work outdoors . . we used to pray for rain.

And, damn, we do have Jehovah's Witnesses - but they are ex-pats  ;) I shut the gates if I see them coming, if not I explain that I have got to find a virgin to sacrifice, can they help?

OK, so what made me smile today? I ordered some new headlights, and they arrived today. One of them was broken, so I emailed to parts company to tell them. They replied in less than 10 minutes to say that they were sending a replacement today. Then I asked them if I should mail the damaged unit back to them or hand it to the courrier to be returned to them. They replied instantly, throw it away.

Now this is France - customer service here usually consists of the vendor considering the buyer to be privileged to purchase from them, followed up by 'go away and stop bothering me' as after sales service.

Not only was this cash on delivery (receive and pay) where I had to confirm online that the goods were OK before my card is debited (it hasn't been because they weren't), but they are replacing without question.

Miracles may never cease . . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 05:36:23 PM
Wmmfgt?

I've (well, my solicitor has) finally reached a compensation agreement, regarding my injured elbow.

Let's just say, DMT and I will be splashing out. ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on July 21, 2010, 05:48:03 PM
A magazine I've had on my list for a little while "happened" to see some of my underwater pics from yesterday.

Not only do they want to run a feature on the shoot, they have called me in for a portfolio review to talk about shooting a regular feature for them :D  There are a lot of steps between here and there and these things often fall apart.  But they called me ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 05:48:56 PM
A magazine I've had on my list for a little while "happened" to see some of my underwater pics from yesterday.

Not only do they want to run a feature on the shoot, they have called me in for a portfolio review to talk about shooting a regular feature for them :D  There are a lot of steps between here and there and these things often fall apart.  But they called me ;)
Well done. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 21, 2010, 06:22:13 PM
Wmmfgt?

I've (well, my solicitor has) finally reached a compensation agreement, regarding my injured elbow.

Let's just say, DMT and I will be splashing out. ;)
          Jeez, how long ago's that now!
                                                       Give my regards to DMT. I remember that pic she took of you and posted on the old dcm site. A wonderfully natural and joyous shot!
                                                                       All the best to you both.  Graham.
                 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on July 21, 2010, 06:30:16 PM
Wmmfgt?

I've (well, my solicitor has) finally reached a compensation agreement, regarding my injured elbow.

Let's just say, DMT and I will be splashing out. ;)

So you managed to convince them it was nothing to do with the Absinthe. (BD will know what I mean)
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 21, 2010, 06:52:52 PM
Jeez, how long ago's that now!
Too long, to be honest. It'll be three years, next month, which is the deadline the solicitors had to deal with. The figure's on the low side, but it's taken so long to reach an ideal amount, that pushing for "case law history minimum" would involve courts... and no guarantee about the outcome.
Give my regards to DMT.
Will do. :)
I remember that pic she took of you and posted on the old dcm site. A wonderfully natural and joyous shot!
When DCM finally croaked it, DMT and I lost a lot of memories. I'm still a bit narked off about the closure without warning, but... PR's another story, etc. ;)
All the best to you both.  Graham.
DMT will wish you the best as well, Graham. :)
So you managed to convince them it was nothing to do with the Absinthe. (BD will know what I mean)
RR
Alf
Heh... I'm sure the solicitor laughed about how the injury first happened, and no doubt uttered "Wonder what you'd be like if you *were* drunk!" ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 22, 2010, 06:45:56 PM
A magazine I've had on my list for a little while "happened" to see some of my underwater pics from yesterday.

Not only do they want to run a feature on the shoot, they have called me in for a portfolio review to talk about shooting a regular feature for them :D  There are a lot of steps between here and there and these things often fall apart.  But they called me ;)
Have you put Irv on stand by?  :-X

Good news indeed.

On a similar vein - i've discovered that one of my pictures from the Harold Wood shoot has been added to the models portfolio front page.
Smalls steps = now to get another picture adopted by a model for their portfolio  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 22, 2010, 07:46:22 PM
OK So a big well done to Johnathan for getting interest from the mag (if it come off you'll have to tell us which one it is so we can all rush out to get a copy and see how the pro's really do it  :tup:)

Dave congrats on finally getting the settlement I remember you posting the shots on DCM as well....and a big hi to DMT....hope you both enjoy your reward.....

I'm going to try and get some editing done.... :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on July 23, 2010, 09:25:00 AM
A little thing I know, but watching a pair of greenfinches feeding two youngsters on one of my peanut feeders this morning. Must be a second brood.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on July 23, 2010, 12:21:40 PM
Reading the posts on this wonderfull site, I forgot how many great people I know and respect that hang out here,  ;) Hi all .

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 23, 2010, 01:58:27 PM
Reading the posts on this wonderfull site, I forgot how many great people I know and respect that hang out here,  ;) Hi all .

Bob
Hi Bob. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 23, 2010, 05:05:47 PM
  Hi Bob.
             Yes . we are rather wonderful.....Well....I am! :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on July 23, 2010, 05:36:03 PM
Hi Bob - where you been?

Had a good day today. Picked up another little earner doing shots of a church that is being restored as part of a big city development that is currently a hole in the middle of Leeds shops. I say part of - it`s on the edge and developers are stating " Well we can start again as we have 65% tenancies filled but not got any spare money" Suspect little coming from that quarter so offered to give a discount as a friend is involved in project managing it. Interesting place - clambering in the roof voids doing an hdr or two to supplement standard shots - great fun. Should help pay some of the bill for the Nikon VR F4 16-35 I just got on my wife`s credit card - well she likes getting the M&S points so I always aim to get her lots  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 24, 2010, 06:55:31 AM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on July 24, 2010, 08:26:18 AM
Great stuff Abers and well deserved
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 24, 2010, 08:29:36 AM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)

      So now it includes work by people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Abercrombie, Parr and O'Neill!
               Well done indeed. :tup:
                            Graham.


Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on July 24, 2010, 04:46:30 PM
Congratulations Alan. Your work is outstanding. I don't understand why it's only the one photograph ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 24, 2010, 04:51:22 PM
Congratulations Alan. Your work is outstanding. I don't understand why it's only the one photograph ;)

You have to give the youngsters a look-in, I wouldn't want Mr Parr to be miffed. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on July 24, 2010, 05:12:12 PM
You have to give the youngsters a look-in, I wouldn't want Mr Parr to be miffed. :)
I'm sure there's some more of us who wouldn't be bothered about Mr Parr being miffed. ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 24, 2010, 10:39:25 PM
Congratulations Alan.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on July 25, 2010, 01:26:56 AM
Aye congrats on the book  :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 25, 2010, 09:18:31 AM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)

Well done Alan - i got my offer to pre-order said book yesterday. Maybe i'll put it on the Christmas list along with the first one.
Photography Books seems to be the theme for this years Xmas list!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on July 25, 2010, 03:48:29 PM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)

Well done Alan - i got my offer to pre-order said book yesterday. Maybe i'll put it on the Christmas list along with the first one.
Photography Books seems to be the theme for this years Xmas list!


Why mention CHRISTMAS in July ?... I was hopeing to get to at least September before all that nonsence starts again.. :(
Well done Alan on your inclusion in the book... :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 27, 2010, 12:36:48 PM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)

Well done Alan - i got my offer to pre-order said book yesterday. Maybe i'll put it on the Christmas list along with the first one.
Photography Books seems to be the theme for this years Xmas list!

Christmas gets a mention because money is all spoken for, for the next few months - after which point i will sadly have to start thinking about christmas.
And on that note - haven't you got your 2011 calender sorted out yet Dave?

WMMFG yesterday was finally getting some ones computing set up working to the desired level.
Lady in question is a friend who does marketing and has absolutely no will power to follow through on good data back up and system maintenance procedures.

Having put together a plan to create a near fool proof I.T. set up that allows her to back up data with out trying, and get system maintenance tasks without trying, over a range of 3 computers - it finally all came together. Now she just has to finish off furnishing her home office, and move from a Blackberry to an Android or Apple based smart phone, and job done!
It was late getting home and a long day, but boy was it rewarding  :dance:


Why mention CHRISTMAS in July ?... I was hopeing to get to at least September before all that nonsence starts again.. :(
Well done Alan on your inclusion in the book... :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 27, 2010, 08:57:53 PM
Just watched Mo Farah and Chris Thompson win gold and silver respectively at the European Championships. Great entertainment and a good result too.  :beer: Who needs soaps?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on July 28, 2010, 01:49:31 AM
Did my dutiful husband role and drove wifey and daughter to the far end of town to a clothing store. Not being interested in clothes I went for a walk about and discovered a Camera outlet centre just down the street. Came home with a Nikkor 35-80mm and a Minolta 35-80 for 31 Pounds each. Have been testing them out and they appear to work very well.

Coincidentally, my son who'll be down visiting from Ottawa on the weekend emailed me today to ask advice on buying a better camera. I've made plans to go back to the outlet store with him on the weekend.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 28, 2010, 08:11:00 AM
Just watched Mo Farah and Chris Thompson win gold and silver respectively at the European Championships. Great entertainment and a good result too.  :beer: Who needs soaps?

Agreed Eileen, especially the second place contest. Although it's good that Ethiopia and Kenya aren't in Europe :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on July 28, 2010, 09:18:22 AM
I think its good to see sports were people who are not ridiculously over paid are achieving.. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on July 30, 2010, 09:57:52 PM
WMMFGT was acutally yesterday at work.

I was approached by one of the operations managers who I have a very good working relationship with (was helping her out last year with a major recruitment campaign and helping her scan and catalogue documents etc) and she asked me if I wanted to come and work with her on a full time basis asap....I will still be at the same company and there is no payrise (yet) but it means I will be working for her and one of the other directors and not the director who nearly made me quit 2 years ago (some of you may remember me posting about that)....
So I will have a new job, pretty much left to my own devices keeping track of her area managers and phoning her customers and that will be about it, it won't be quite that dossy but it'll be nice to have a bit of freedom....looking forward to it and can't wait as soon as my current manager finds a replacement for me I'll be transferring over.. ;D :tup: :beer: :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 30, 2010, 11:34:33 PM
WMMFGT was acutally yesterday at work.

I was approached by one of the operations managers who I have a very good working relationship with (was helping her out last year with a major recruitment campaign and helping her scan and catalogue documents etc) and she asked me if I wanted to come and work with her on a full time basis asap....I will still be at the same company and there is no payrise (yet) but it means I will be working for her and one of the other directors and not the director who nearly made me quit 2 years ago (some of you may remember me posting about that)....
So I will have a new job, pretty much left to my own devices keeping track of her area managers and phoning her customers and that will be about it, it won't be quite that dossy but it'll be nice to have a bit of freedom....looking forward to it and can't wait as soon as my current manager finds a replacement for me I'll be transferring over.. ;D :tup: :beer: :dance:

That sounds great and just what the doctor ordered.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on July 31, 2010, 06:37:46 AM
WMMFGT was acutally yesterday at work.

I was approached by one of the operations managers who I have a very good working relationship with (was helping her out last year with a major recruitment campaign and helping her scan and catalogue documents etc) and she asked me if I wanted to come and work with her on a full time basis asap....I will still be at the same company and there is no payrise (yet) but it means I will be working for her and one of the other directors and not the director who nearly made me quit 2 years ago (some of you may remember me posting about that)....
So I will have a new job, pretty much left to my own devices keeping track of her area managers and phoning her customers and that will be about it, it won't be quite that dossy but it'll be nice to have a bit of freedom....looking forward to it and can't wait as soon as my current manager finds a replacement for me I'll be transferring over.. ;D :tup: :beer: :dance:

That sounds great and just what the doctor ordered.  :tup:


   Yes indeed, and well done on sticking with it.

                          Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 31, 2010, 07:28:13 AM
Glad that there is finally to be some light at the end of the tunnel.
I can certainly empathise with your experience.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on July 31, 2010, 07:44:09 AM
Glad to hear that things are looking up for you Keith.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on July 31, 2010, 08:17:02 AM
Great news Keith. Congratulations.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on July 31, 2010, 10:17:30 AM
The RPS publish a hard back book bi-annually called Portfolio. With some 240 pages it includes work from people such as McCullin, Liebovitz, Parr and O'Neill.

WMMFGT, I have an email informing me that one of my pictures will be included in the book. :)

Well done Alan - i got my offer to pre-order said book yesterday. Maybe i'll put it on the Christmas list along with the first one.
Photography Books seems to be the theme for this years Xmas list!

Ordered my copy yesterday. So now then i'll proof that i've been out photographing with a top photographer along the lines of Martin Parr & Annie Liebovitz  :tup: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on July 31, 2010, 06:25:33 PM
If you want to feel good watch this video.  ;D

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 :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 01, 2010, 07:37:44 AM
If you want to feel good watch this video.  ;D

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 :tup:

    Oh, very good!
                            Graham. :tup:


  
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on August 01, 2010, 10:35:30 AM
Loved that particularly liked the "Galactic Rebellion for Dummies" absolutlely priceless nice find OB  :tup: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on August 05, 2010, 12:57:29 AM
What made me feel good today?  Well, I've sorted out a date with a 23 year old I met at a mates party.
 :dance: ;D


Not bad, only 12 years difference...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 05, 2010, 06:23:23 AM
What made me feel good today?  Well, I've sorted out a date with a 23 year old I met at a mates party.
 :dance: ;D


Not bad, only 12 years difference...
                  Your only eleven?! :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 05, 2010, 04:53:10 PM
What made me feel good today?  Well, I've sorted out a date with a 23 year old I met at a mates party.
 :dance: ;D


Not bad, only 12 years difference...
                  Your only eleven?! :o

 :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 05, 2010, 05:28:19 PM
Wmmfgt?

After a couple of months of reading reviews, watching review videos, weighing up pros/cons, etc... I've finally decided what PC hardware to buy.

Only one problem... the earliest delivery date is now Monday. Noooo!! :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 06, 2010, 02:21:31 PM
Wmmfgt?

Receiving an email containg the following...
Quote
Thank you for your order 11478, it has been processed and dispatched to your delivery address

Order 11478 would happen to be a Canon 50D body. Thanks "greypoint" for recommending"SRS Microsystems".  :D

Just waiting for Scans "Today only" to be updated...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 06, 2010, 02:56:32 PM
Wmmfgt?

Receiving an email containg the following...
Quote
Thank you for your order 11478, it has been processed and dispatched to your delivery address

Order 11478 would happen to be a Canon 50D body.
... and that'll be the Parcel Force despatch confirmation email dropping in to my email inbox. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 06, 2010, 03:27:49 PM
This.

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/confido.jpg)

Test shot with D3S.  No noise reduction.  2,500 ISO.

Mind you, 12,800 ISO is also not so shabby.

(http://homepage.mac.com/jonathan_ryan/filechute/chairs.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 06, 2010, 03:48:04 PM
This.

(https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Photos/d3s/confido.jpg?w=2d5ffee5)

Test shot with D3S.  No noise reduction.  2,500 ISO.

Not getting anything Jonathan. I think it's linked into your drop box account without suitable permissions...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 06, 2010, 03:50:41 PM
Now that's a lifetime of photography!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8892000/8892085.stm

Can you imagine hanging around airports most of your life, it's bad enough if you're catching a plane! ??? A real professional.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 06, 2010, 04:51:07 PM
Now that's a lifetime of photography!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8892000/8892085.stm

Can you imagine hanging around airports most of your life, it's bad enough if you're catching a plane! ??? A real professional.

The thing is, when you look at these great, celebrated and dedicated photographers -they all hark from a more innocent era where photography was not a by word for terrorist or pervert.
I'll bet one of those books will be more than worth a good read, or even just a good look to view the pictures...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 06, 2010, 05:15:32 PM
As you say Jonathan, not to be sneezed at.
So now you'll only need secondary lighting for artistic purposes  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on August 06, 2010, 06:28:21 PM
The s in D3s is for Smile, I take you now have one Jonathan. I'll be watching to see what you create with yours, my poor D300 has hardly seen the light of day since I got mine.

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 06, 2010, 08:34:02 PM
What's making me feel good..?

Bulmers 'Summer Blend' apple and pear cider; to be followed with a few glasses of Teachers.

Well, I've got to forget the fact that I hit my bank cards daily limit by only visiting Amazon... as well as that Canon 50D... and the Tamron 18-250 (no word from the retailer, fingers crossed). The PC parts will be tried for again tomorrow.

Cheers! :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on August 07, 2010, 11:41:05 AM
Getting home after a week away, as nice as the holiday was its always nice to get back to the home comforts & the dog who had a week with the lady around the corner.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 07, 2010, 03:25:01 PM
Looks like I've got a couple of busy/fun days coming up. My 50D is to be delivered on Monday, and my PC parts are to be delivered on Tuesday. The Tamron is mine, but the sales person couldn't guarantee delivery for Monday. :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 08, 2010, 11:32:46 PM
Over coming my nerves, and fear of heights, to enjoy another fashion shoot - this time on a roof top (a tall one as well).

Now let's hope my camera has overcome its fear of taking some decent photo's  :tup: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 09, 2010, 12:49:29 PM
The s in D3s is for Smile, I take you now have one Jonathan. I'll be watching to see what you create with yours, my poor D300 has hardly seen the light of day since I got mine.

Bob

Wait no longer ;)  http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/victoria-and-ashley-wedding-at-westenhanger-castle

I promised myself I'd be sensible.  Then I hit a problem with my flash and my head froze and I could only think of one thing.  Last shot is at 6,400 ISO and looks fab on the big screen.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on August 09, 2010, 04:11:01 PM
Excelent work Jonathan, I'm the high ISO capability will also produce some very atmospheric church shots, I'm amazed at the D3s flexibility.

Bob.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hybridphotog on August 09, 2010, 07:19:40 PM
I've got my Canon 50D!! :D

Roll on tomorrow, when I get my PC parts, so I can actually look at the photos taken with it, without having to sit and wait! :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 09, 2010, 10:17:42 PM
The s in D3s is for Smile, I take you now have one Jonathan. I'll be watching to see what you create with yours, my poor D300 has hardly seen the light of day since I got mine.

Bob

Wait no longer ;)  http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/victoria-and-ashley-wedding-at-westenhanger-castle

I promised myself I'd be sensible.  Then I hit a problem with my flash and my head froze and I could only think of one thing.  Last shot is at 6,400 ISO and looks fab on the big screen.

Cracking series of shots JR, as always.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on August 10, 2010, 10:00:13 AM
The pain killers I took  :D.

Bob.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 10, 2010, 04:00:20 PM
Rain - rain - rain :)

The grass is greening up already.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mick on August 10, 2010, 05:50:53 PM
Rain - rain - rain :)

The grass is greening up already.

About time the grass started growing again.  I might actually get some work in.  ::) 
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 10, 2010, 06:51:22 PM
Rain - rain - rain :)

The grass is greening up already.

Enjoy it. It's called summer!  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on August 12, 2010, 10:32:05 AM
WMMFGT....

Turning up to work just to find my boss standing outside, power cut we couldn't get in the building at all as all our doors are electronically controlled, so been sent home, the power will probably come back on later so I'll have to go in when it does. But it has meant I can come home and do a few jobs, got some work done as well that I can do from home but kinda nice sitting here doing it rather than in the office...tv on cats milling around, drinking coffee and just chilling at home  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on August 14, 2010, 05:11:08 PM
Getting an email from the Herald asking to buy one of my rughy shots  :dance:

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 14, 2010, 07:04:41 PM
Getting an email from the Herald asking to buy one of my rughy shots  :dance:

Bob

Well done.  ;D So the drinks are on you then?  :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on August 15, 2010, 07:36:03 AM
Nice one Bob - mine`s a pint! :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 16, 2010, 12:21:16 PM
Well done Bob.  :beer:

I'm happy today because:
1: I'm having a day off work, and
2: I'm just back from my cousin's wedding. It was a wonderfully happy occasion. In my role as family photographer I had planned to take some pictures of course.  ;) They had a professional photographer who did all the big set-piece shots so I concentrated on catching candids, which is what I really like to do. I had hoped to be able to offer them 20 or 30 nice pictures as an extra wedding present. However the wedding was great, with a beautiful setting, great weather, lovely light and the most transparantly happy couple I've ever seen. So I have at least a hundred keepers. Lots I can just give them as more or less straight out of the camera jpegs. And a few quite special ones that are worth a little extra care.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 16, 2010, 03:42:00 PM
WMFGT? After much soul searching, number crunching and long talks with my wife I have decided to retire. I have submitted my letter of Retirement via email effective Sept. 30th. as my sick plan runs out. This was also a strong suggestion from my doctor, which helped the decision process.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 16, 2010, 04:16:00 PM
WMFGT? After much soul searching, number crunching and long talks with my wife I have decided to retire. I have submitted my letter of Retirement via email effective Sept. 30th. as my sick plan runs out. This was also a strong suggestion from my doctor, which helped the decision process.  :)

       You know it makes sense! :tup: :tup: :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 16, 2010, 06:59:17 PM
Hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement Spin.  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on August 16, 2010, 07:49:17 PM
@ Bob
 Well done its must be a real good feeling to get asked to show you pic to one and all :tup:
@spin
Hope it works out well for you and your quality of life takes a turn for the better!
@ Eileen
Seems like you are easily slipping into the family photographer role and producing the goods bang on each time it's good you got to enjoy the wedding too.
WMMFG
My son got his acceptance letter from  Brunel Uni - I'm so proud of him, he worked real hard for it. I only hope he enjoys every day of it!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 16, 2010, 11:06:58 PM
Terrific news all round. Isn't life great! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 16, 2010, 11:27:55 PM
WMFGT? After much soul searching, number crunching and long talks with my wife I have decided to retire. I have submitted my letter of Retirement via email effective Sept. 30th. as my sick plan runs out. This was also a strong suggestion from my doctor, which helped the decision process.  :)

Now all you have to do is enjoy it.  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on August 16, 2010, 11:56:36 PM
WMFGT? After much soul searching, number crunching and long talks with my wife I have decided to retire. I have submitted my letter of Retirement via email effective Sept. 30th. as my sick plan runs out. This was also a strong suggestion from my doctor, which helped the decision process.  :)

Great news spin
I was finished in March (site closure) after 33.5 yrs service, 32 of which were on shifts. I get paid until October due to garden leave and job search. I turn 50 this week which means I can claim a works pension in October along with a decent redundancy package.
There is very little chance of me working again due to the current climate in the N.E.  and I must say so far I have enjoyed the past 4 months doing what I want to do for a change. I do not miss the BS and daily meetings, I am eating and sleeping better than I ever have.
I guess I am now retired at 50.
Good luck fella
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 17, 2010, 08:16:15 AM
@ Bob
 Well done its must be a real good feeling to get asked to show you pic to one and all :tup:
@spin
Hope it works out well for you and your quality of life takes a turn for the better!
WMMFG
My son got his acceptance letter from  Brunel Uni - I'm so proud of him, he worked real hard for it. I only hope he enjoys every day of it!

I would like to echo the sentiments of Irv and all offer congrats on his sons acceptance to Uni and remind him of this simple thought...

There are bucket loads of picture opportunities in the Bristol area, and with 3 or 4 years to make us of them...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 17, 2010, 08:50:50 AM
It's a long way from Uxbridge to Bristol Andrew! :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 17, 2010, 09:52:30 AM
It's a long way from Uxbridge to Bristol Andrew! :legit:
Really? Fancy Brunel Uni not being in Bristol where the great man done so much of his work...
Oh well - scrub that idea Irv, just have to wait for our next trip down the west!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 17, 2010, 11:51:19 AM
Thanks all for the kind words.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on August 17, 2010, 04:33:21 PM
@Spinner, I retired at 58 two years ago it was the best move ever. I get my works pension and just bob along from week to week with no hassle. I still don't have enough time tho so have no intention of looking for anything else. For the first year and a half I felt I should be somewhere and guilty that I could please myself so its taken a while to wind down, now I'm "in the groove man"  :tup:

Enjoy it, Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 17, 2010, 05:03:59 PM
  Everyone I know who's retired (and that's nearly 3 people!) say thay don't know how they managed to find the time to go to work in the first place.
                  Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on August 17, 2010, 06:43:27 PM
How can you know nearly 3 people that have retired  :-\ it's either 3 or more or less or is there a weird half human we need to know about enquiring minds want to know  ;)

To all the retirees or soon to be retired.....enjoy it I know my dad is loving it I just need to win the lottery to retire now... ;).

WMMFGT went to Bristol for the weekend weather was a bit crap so went round St Mary Redcliffe church and WOW what a church I am not religious in any way but I can appreciate the architecture of the holy places...think I got a fair few keepers (does this mean my photography is improving I wonder?) Very happy with the shots still processing them though 70 odd raw files to adjust/crop/resize/post.....when we got back there was a message on the answerphone from my dad....he had been perusing my flickr page and left a message saying how much he liked the photos particularly the shots of the tower block fire and the shots of the dragon/damsel flies at Stover...for those that don't know my dad is a retired pro photog so the compliments from him saying how good he thought they were made me feel very chuffed indeed....and yeah I'm blowing my own trumpet for once.... ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 17, 2010, 09:53:15 PM
A friend emailed this.


Why I like Retirement

Question: How many days in a week?
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
Answer: Three hours after he/she falls asleep on the couch.
Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.
Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
Answer: Tied shoes.
Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.
Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work
and refuses to retire?
Answer: NUTS!
Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic
or garage?
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids
will want to store stuff there.
Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
Answer: Normal.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 17, 2010, 09:58:24 PM
Nice work Keith - it's great when things come together.

And I'm really glad your son got his place Irv (must admit I'd assumed he was off to Bristol too). My neice is waiting for her A level results to see if she can take up her place to study as a vet. Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 17, 2010, 10:20:15 PM
I wasn't being clever about Brunel and Bristol, I only knew because my elder daughter got her degree there.

By the way retiring really takes some getting used to, it took me nearly three weeks.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 20, 2010, 06:11:34 AM
My niece got her results yesterday and is off to vet school.  :tup: She's wanted to be a vet since a small child so this is her dream come true and she is very happy.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 20, 2010, 08:42:09 AM
Isn't it great when everything comes together as planned. Congratulations to your niece Eileen.
I expect you'll be buying her a pair of long rubber gloves to start her off ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 20, 2010, 06:58:10 PM
Had a call from a client.  They were in Costco trying to get prints of their wedding.  Costco refused to print the pictures I'd taken because they looked professional.

FINALLY!!!!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on August 20, 2010, 08:51:51 PM
My niece got her results yesterday and is off to vet school.  :tup: She's wanted to be a vet since a small child so this is her dream come true and she is very happy.  :)

Many congrats to her Eileen :) It's great when you follow your dreams and they are fulfilled  (even if she still has a way to go) :tup:


Are they coming back to you to get them printed then Jonathan -KKKerching!!!  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on August 21, 2010, 07:13:35 AM
Had a call from a client.  They were in Costco trying to get prints of their wedding.  Costco refused to print the pictures I'd taken because they looked professional.

FINALLY!!!!!
          Have you contacted Costco to let them know your aware of it and that they did the right thing?
                             Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 21, 2010, 08:45:08 AM
Had a call from a client.  They were in Costco trying to get prints of their wedding.  Costco refused to print the pictures I'd taken because they looked professional.

FINALLY!!!!!
          Have you contacted Costco to let them know your aware of it and that they did the right thing?
                             Graham.

Interesting point - i suppose a letter wouldn't go amiss. Might even prompt them to look at your site...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 21, 2010, 01:15:48 PM
It's a global policy of Costco - set by "head office" and enforced by mystery shopping.  They know that it's Costco that would be infringing copyright ;)

BTW client had bought rights and files.  They forgot to take their letter with them.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on August 21, 2010, 07:26:49 PM
finally getting a cheque of our insurance company :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 22, 2010, 06:41:00 PM
I done a paid job shooting a birthday party.
Not a great amount i admit, but the first time i've done a paid shoot in a long while.
And of course, i had the issue of the reactolite glasses causing havoc with the flash.

Just got a call to say they are chuffed to bits with the pictures presented and the birthday girl wants an A4 copy of each pic and others all want copies of several of the pics.

I won't get rich, and i don't really care, but right now i feel almost as competent as some of the pro's on this site! :tup: :D
I can almost understand the draw of the profession...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on August 22, 2010, 07:20:33 PM
I done a paid job shooting a birthday party.
Not a great amount i admit, but the first time i've done a paid shoot in a long while.
And of course, i had the issue of the reactolite glasses causing havoc with the flash.

Just got a call to say they are chuffed to bits with the pictures presented and the birthday girl wants an A4 copy of each pic and others all want copies of several of the pics.

I won't get rich, and i don't really care, but right now i feel almost as competent as some of the pro's on this site! :tup: :D
I can almost understand the draw of the profession...


nice one :tup: if the client is happy then that's all you can do
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on August 22, 2010, 07:42:32 PM
 :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on August 22, 2010, 07:58:44 PM
Had a call from a client.  They were in Costco trying to get prints of their wedding.  Costco refused to print the pictures I'd taken because they looked professional.

FINALLY!!!!!

I take it you don't really mean that you finally got your images to look professional :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on August 23, 2010, 08:07:19 AM
I take it you don't really mean that you finally got your images to look professional :)

We all know there are 3 and only 3 tests of whether you are a professional photographer:

1. Costco refuse to print them because they are too good.
2. You have your pictures ripped off by another site.
3. You get invited to join Getty Images and give stuff away for practically nothing while they grow fat.

I just passed the first test ;)  Can't wait for my invite from Getty.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 23, 2010, 08:11:18 AM
I take it you don't really mean that you finally got your images to look professional :)

We all know there are 3 and only 3 tests of whether you are a professional photographer:

1. Costco refuse to print them because they are too good.
2. You have your pictures ripped off by another site.
3. You get invited to join Getty Images and give stuff away for practically nothing while they grow fat.

I just passed the first test ;)  Can't wait for my invite from Getty.

Well Karen achieved Step 3 after the Hammersmith shoot, she'll be pleased as punch to read this little test of status  :D

As for Step 2 - i still think i'd almost take it as a compliment at this stage of proceedings  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 23, 2010, 12:46:54 PM
My niece got her results yesterday and is off to vet school.  :tup: She's wanted to be a vet since a small child so this is her dream come true and she is very happy.  :)

Not only will she be able to do some good in the world, it's a profession that everyone appreciates and respects! :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 27, 2010, 08:24:09 AM
After over thirty-six hours of constance rain, we have a clear blue sky this morning.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on August 27, 2010, 01:27:58 PM
Yeah, but its gone all cloudy now :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on August 27, 2010, 05:44:20 PM
WMMFGT Ho Hum another power cut at work....hit at about 3:55pm we all got kicked out at 4:30pm as there was no way it was going to be back on by 5:30pm so a good start to the bank holiday weekend...  :tup: ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 27, 2010, 07:52:20 PM
WMMFGT Ho Hum another power cut at work....hit at about 3:55pm we all got kicked out at 4:30pm as there was no way it was going to be back on by 5:30pm so a good start to the bank holiday weekend...  :tup: ;D

Hope you put the fuse back before you left!  :o :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on August 27, 2010, 07:53:23 PM
Yeah, but its gone all cloudy now :(

Yes, but the sun came out again around 16:00.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on August 28, 2010, 03:19:25 PM
Just found out I've won a photo competition with my phoneboxes. The theme was " This is Britain "  $ 300.00 to be paid into my paypal account...  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on August 28, 2010, 04:43:51 PM
Well done Dave. Well deserved.

Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on August 28, 2010, 07:35:35 PM
Just found out I've won a photo competition with my phoneboxes. The theme was " This is Britain "  $ 300.00 to be paid into my paypal account... :beer:

well done!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on August 28, 2010, 10:38:19 PM
Very very tasty! Congratulations Dave.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on August 28, 2010, 11:21:35 PM
listening to my back catalogue of Queen :beer:

very well done Dave :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 29, 2010, 06:28:43 AM
Just found out I've won a photo competition with my phoneboxes. The theme was " This is Britain "  $ 300.00 to be paid into my paypal account...  :beer:

Well done Dave. The old phone boxes have certainly been one of your master strokes  :tup:
What's next - a group of old "Route Masters" lined up in the rain?  :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on August 29, 2010, 11:48:01 PM
It's been digging at me all day. A nagging sense of Deja Vu.  Did you not win something else with that shot, Dave?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on August 30, 2010, 01:31:50 AM
It's been digging at me all day. A nagging sense of Deja Vu.  Did you not win something else with that shot, Dave?

I think your right Spinner it was on this site picture of the week or comp of the week. But Mick didn't send me $ 300.00 or £ 193.37  I used a converter on the web. It sounds better in Dollars.. ;D
It was once used by the BBC Weather and has allways been a good seller on the Market, Internet and Tourist Office in Preston.... Andrew was right this has done well for me. Time to find another subject or was that my 15 minutes of fame... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on August 30, 2010, 07:10:10 AM
Andrew was right this has done well for me. Time to find another subject or was that my 15 minutes of fame... :legit:

That's rather defeatist Dave. You hover around the mark with your pictures, and you will be finding something just as original again - it's the nature of who you (we as photographers) are.
No matter what our comfort zone is, we all at some point, try something a little different then set about pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone.

Lets be honest, if you told some one you were gonna take a picture of some telephone boxes in the rain and they would be a big seller for you - people would have laughed AT you.
Anyway - didn't you have a bit part you on MOTD? So this would be your second 15 minutes of fame...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 02, 2010, 07:49:07 PM
wmmfgt my in-laws are coming up in a couple of weeks time and we're off to Buckingham Palace having never been before so I'm looking forward to it, and because my F-i-L is registered disabled and is a blue badge holder we get to park in the palace grounds itself so no faffing around with buses...no photography allowed inside the palace alas...but you can take all the piccys you want in the gardens...so watch this space as I hopefully I'll get a couple of worthwhile shots...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 04, 2010, 07:37:06 AM
A few B+W's of one of my favourite sportsmen.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/8968149.stm

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on September 04, 2010, 09:32:12 AM
Congrats Dave.  :beer:

Looking forward to seeing your pictures Keith.

Muhammed Ali has been one of my heroes since I was very young. Some powerful images in this selection. Thanks for the link Alan.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on September 04, 2010, 09:57:42 AM
Muhammed Ali has been one of my heroes since I was very young. Some powerful images in this selection. Thanks for the link Alan.

I think you'll find that Michael Parkinson has several complimentary words to say about Ali
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 04, 2010, 10:36:45 AM
...no photography allowed inside the palace alas...

When I was really busy with photography back in the '80's I was lucky enough to go to Buck House on two occasions to photograph  recipients of honours proudly showing off their insignia. I wasn't allowed to photograph the actual awards presentation or even allowed inside the building but just in the quadrangle that forms the centrepiece of the palace.

The one thing that I remember puzzled me was when all the photographers were lined up by some major domo, we were told we could photograph our recipients and his family anywhere, BUT NO DOORS must appear in the background. This aroused my curiosity and whilst we were all waiting for our people to appear, I looked closely at the doors to see what might be revealed, but all I could see were doors, with handles and knobs. Perhaps it was the type of locks that they didn't want shown. :-\

On the second occasion, when at the end I drove out of the left hand gate at the front of the Palace and was stopped by a policeman to get clearance to leave, my car was immediately surrounded by a crowd of people peering in to see what celebrity was leaving. I just waved clamly to them and drove gently away.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 06, 2010, 07:44:15 AM
Just back from an amazing location lighting course in Belgium.

Day 2 we went into the woods armed with a model, a couple of boatloads of flash gear, a 30 foot high lightstand and a concept we'd sketched out in 30 mins on iPads.

The only rule was "don't do any crazy stuff".  We broke the rules.  4 hours later after lots of shouting, improvising a flame thrower and running down pretty much every battery we had with us we came back with a picture I'll remember for a long time.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 06, 2010, 04:39:09 PM
Seeing a Nuthatch in my garden for the first time. Not an uncommon bird but I can now add it to the list!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 07, 2010, 09:21:19 AM
First night of the new season at Camera Club last night...and an absolutely fantastic talk by a dear lady called Joan, who used to work for the BBC Photography dept. She had some amazing shots of the famous (and infamous  ;)) but it was the anecdotes that went along with the photos that made it interesting. Some lovely shots of the Queen and others of the Queen Mother as well, and Joan said her majesty was extremely obliging and was an absolute joy and privilege to photograph....
Opening night has set the bar high for the rest of the season lol....seriously good talk last night and lots of new faces hopefully they'll all join up....

Mr Abercrombie sir (doffs cap, tugs forlock) we have a vacant slot in Feb for a speaker if your interested  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 07, 2010, 09:43:15 AM
Wonderful lady is Joan. What she doesn't know about portraiture and lighting isn't worth knowing. A member of our club she is the very anthesis of one's impression of a professional photographer. It was quite some time before I understood she was a professional of the highest calibre dealing with subjects that most could only dream of, and always happy to help others in their endeavours.
I expect to see her on Thursday evening and I will pass on your appreciative comment Keith.

I'll pm you about February.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 08, 2010, 04:03:22 PM
Got two of my flower photos printed up on canvas and framed 20" x 36", just got delivered by the post. Quite impressed with the job. Well pleased with how the photos turned out too.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 10, 2010, 06:35:49 PM
Finished the week today, off for a week next week then start my new position (same co different dept though) when I go back can't wait  ;D...a whole week off, going to a couple of gigs (Roy Bookbinder is one of the gigs we're going to google him) off to Richmond Park (weather permitting) hopefully get some early rutting shots of the deer, out for a meal etc etc etc....going to be a week of pure pleasure and I can't wait...might even indulge in a beer or two... :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 12, 2010, 10:02:50 AM
Looking through the pages of the New Review section of today's Observer. The paper has always been supportive of photography and today's issue has some particularly impressive images. Well worth a look.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 12, 2010, 04:51:06 PM
Ordering CS5 for £160 odd  :tup:

Can't argue with that...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 12, 2010, 04:58:16 PM
Ordering CS5 for £160 odd  :tup:

Can't argue with that...

As long as the odd doesn't come to £469.  :o  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 12, 2010, 05:24:34 PM
Ordering CS5 for £160 odd  :tup:

Can't argue with that...

As long as the odd doesn't come to £469.  :o  :2funny:

If it does then it's my dads fault, he put me up to it  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 13, 2010, 02:40:32 AM
I had an amazing weekend at a friend's cottage on Georgian Bay. One large tree at the side of the cottage attracted, Blue Jays, Chickadees, GoldFinch, Nuthatches and  a Downey Woodpecker. On the lake itself were Red Necked Grebes.  ;D and Cormorants. With the occasional Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  The Cormorants and Turkey Vultures were too far off to get decent pics though.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 13, 2010, 05:06:14 AM
Ordering CS5 for £160 odd

Is that the school version then. What checks / requirements do they do / have?
I was saying to my languages teaching wife that she really needs to buy latest CS version fpr herwork at school when she was telling me about being able to buy Office 2010 for an admin fee. She has not actually needed photoshop yet but could do  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 13, 2010, 08:33:30 AM
I had an amazing weekend at a friend's cottage on Georgian Bay. One large tree at the side of the cottage attracted, Blue Jays, Chickadees, GoldFinch, Nuthatches and  a Downey Woodpecker. On the lake itself were Red Necked Grebes.  ;D and Cormorants. With the occasional Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  The Cormorants and Turkey Vultures were too far off to get decent pics though.

Err what's a chickadee? not heard of that one and wonder if it's one of those birds that has a different name in the Americas/Canada to Europe...

WMMFGT.....Start of a week off. already vacuumed the stairs and kitchen this morning so don't need to do that did the rest of the house over the weekend,  off to do a bit of shopping this morning then pick up the in-laws from Heathrow Bus Station this afternoon, looking forward to having them here...camera club tonight.....then relax for the rest of the week off to gigs etc....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 13, 2010, 09:10:29 AM
I had an amazing weekend at a friend's cottage on Georgian Bay. One large tree at the side of the cottage attracted, Blue Jays, Chickadees, GoldFinch, Nuthatches and  a Downey Woodpecker. On the lake itself were Red Necked Grebes.  ;D and Cormorants. With the occasional Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  The Cormorants and Turkey Vultures were too far off to get decent pics though.

Err what's a chickadee? not heard of that one and wonder if it's one of those birds that has a different name in the Americas/Canada to Europe...

WMMFGT.....Start of a week off. already vacuumed the stairs and kitchen this morning so don't need to do that did the rest of the house over the weekend,  off to do a bit of shopping this morning then pick up the in-laws from Heathrow Bus Station this afternoon, looking forward to having them here...camera club tonight.....then relax for the rest of the week off to gigs etc....
Never heard of My Little Chickadee? A film staring Mae west and W C Fields from 1940.  ;D
It's a small common songbird belonging to the Tit family, mostly in North America.. Have a good week off.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 13, 2010, 10:29:07 AM
Hope this works, Chicadee:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_earlybirds-27.jpg)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 13, 2010, 10:42:49 AM
Sweet little bird, guessing we won't see any of those here in the UK. nice shot Spinner like it.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: SimonW on September 13, 2010, 12:24:36 PM
It looks a lot like a Great Tit.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 13, 2010, 01:27:49 PM
Or a Longtailed Tit
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on September 13, 2010, 01:51:38 PM
Perhaps it's the result of North American prudishness. There are no 'Tits' in the bird books of Ontario or Canada. They do however list 5 subspecies of Chickadee. This is a Black Capped Chickadee, but I do agree it does look very much like the picture of the Great Tit I found on the internet.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: SimonW on September 13, 2010, 03:14:22 PM
Yes...   I've just check Wikipedia: These birds are called either "chickadees" (onomatopoeic, derived from their distinctive "chick-a dee dee dee" alarm call) or "titmice" in North America, and just "tits" in the rest of the English-speaking world.

I meant to say - it's a great photo, by the way. They move so quickly, not easy to capture.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 13, 2010, 05:10:45 PM
Wmmfgt? Walked into a trade exhibition and saw lots of my pics printed BIG and a movie of the shoot running. Lots of people said nice things :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 13, 2010, 07:50:10 PM
Wmmfgt? Walked into a trade exhibition and saw lots of my pics printed BIG and a movie of the shoot running. Lots of people said nice things :)

Must have made your chest fill with pride.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on September 13, 2010, 08:53:16 PM
Wmmfgt? Walked into a trade exhibition and saw lots of my pics printed BIG and a movie of the shoot running. Lots of people said nice things :)

Brilliant!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on September 13, 2010, 10:51:37 PM
Ordering CS5 for £160 odd

Is that the school version then. What checks / requirements do they do / have?


Nope, not the educational package/deal one.

Wmmfgt? Walked into a trade exhibition and saw lots of my pics printed BIG and a movie of the shoot running. Lots of people said nice things :)

Great stuff! Though i'm not really surprised tbh...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 15, 2010, 07:32:39 AM
Last night actually. Joined my fellow Leeds Strobists from Flickr Leeds group an a free Flash Centre event featuring James Madelin and his Orbis ring flash. Around 25 of us with one model and a bit of a scrum so no great posed shots but interesting to see how the Ornbis works on and off camera. Must say I was much more impressed with the Orbis than I thought I`d be. Not sure if I`ll be spending the £185 on it any time soon but was capable of good results on and off camera if a bit cumbersome to handle. Of course you can buy a bracket for another £49 to put it on camera  ;)
A few examples - 2 head on with the lens trhrough the orbis riung  and th other with bac up rim lighting.
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_v6.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/v6.jpg)

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_V1.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/V1.jpg)

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_v8.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/v8.jpg)

Was a nice bloke James Madelin and is touring at the moment - from New Zealand I think. Appearing in Birmingham and London too in next 2 days if you get the chance.See here:
http://snapperstuff.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/orbis%E2%84%A2-uk-photowalks-with-inventor-james-madelin-leeds-14910/

Free but might well be fully subscribed. Leeds Flash Centre was offering £10 off last night but only got 2 takers.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 15, 2010, 05:06:25 PM
Cracking shots Jinky but may need to touch-up her blemishes.  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 15, 2010, 05:18:24 PM
I'm sorry.  But these show me the weakness of things like the Orbis.  Not enough power to give a real ringflash look.  It just makes for flattish, dullish lighting.

Last one's by far the nicest.  But that's the back lighting.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 15, 2010, 05:38:36 PM
Considering we were on a conveyor belt with hastily guessed settings I thought they were not too bad. I`ve not done much with them other than straight conversion to jpeg through NX2 to show what happens in a quick grab with orbis and didn`t get much chance to use with other lights but they were certainly better with the orbis than bounced flash so made me think. A couple of guys there actually usd them a lot at weddings when it was impractical to use / lack of time for soft boxes and were happy.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 15, 2010, 07:01:55 PM
Considering we were on a conveyor belt with hastily guessed settings I thought they were not too bad. I`ve not done much with them other than straight conversion to jpeg through NX2 to show what happens in a quick grab with orbis

That's kind of my point.  They are sold as a go to quick fix lighting solution to give "cool fashiony" results.  But they don't really.

They are handy in a tight spot and with care can produce some pretty nice results but I don't think they are the one stop cool button that the makers claim.  If you look in their Flickr group most of the best shots are multi light setups or off camera ring flash.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 15, 2010, 08:00:26 PM
I have something similar - Ray flash copy - and its ok - and definately wasn't £180. I forget exactly, but well under a ton.

Good for macro actually - nice and close so the lack of power isn't normally an issue. But does need +2FEC most of the time. But thats probably Canon's flash system!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 15, 2010, 08:07:10 PM
There`s a couple of guys in Leeds Flickr group got ray flash copies of ebay that had them with them but they lost a lot more light than the orbis and others complained they just did not work as well as the orbis. Saw some good results with the orbis used at arms lemgth right up close to the models face like a beauty dish but seemd cumbersome to hold and shoot at same time. Would obviously not compete with a proper lighting system or even decents strobist stuff with flashes / softboxes but I must admit if they have been £100 less I might have been tempted for the soft diffusion they gave.
What do you reckon works better as a lgiht modifier then Jonathan - lightsphere or something else?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 16, 2010, 07:48:42 AM
>> There`s a couple of guys in Leeds Flickr group got ray flash copies of ebay that had them with them but they lost a lot more light than the orbis and others complained they just did not work as well as the orbis.

What?  A cheap eBay copy doesn't work as well as the real thing?  Well I never........ :)

>> What do you reckon works better as a lgiht modifier then Jonathan - lightsphere or something else?

Depends a lot on the circumstances and the look you are after.  Ringflash is kind of cool in small doses but gets overworked.  To see it and other mods in a master's hands check out Ambrel (http://www.ambrel.net/) - you'd have to work at a pretty liberal place for that to be classed as SFW.

Shall we split this into another thread?

-----

WMMFGT?

Off to London to shoot 4 scientists in wedding gowns for some sort of press stunt.  Every day my life gets more rock and roll.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on September 16, 2010, 08:18:20 AM
Oops sorry - got a little carried away there :-[
No , thanks for the link - Ill have a look at that one.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 16, 2010, 09:04:53 PM
Jonathan, a friend of mine has a proper Ray Flash. Taking the label off you wouldn't know which is which! And thet performa exactly the same. Tried it to see if the extra money was worth it.

It wasn't!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 17, 2010, 07:45:49 AM
Jonathan, a friend of mine has a proper Ray Flash. Taking the label off you wouldn't know which is which! And thet performa exactly the same. Tried it to see if the extra money was worth it.

It wasn't!

Um yeah, I have a real Rayflash.....  It's quite nice.

They are pretty complicated inside.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 17, 2010, 08:37:46 AM
Are we talking the same thing? The one I'm thinking of is basically a series of clear plastic ducts that spread the light around a ring. http://www.simplyringflash.com/?gclid=CLfRt4P6jaQCFY1k4wodYEfwIA

Not particularly complicated. Principle of fibre optics.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on September 17, 2010, 02:51:12 PM
Are we talking the same thing? The one I'm thinking of is basically a series of clear plastic ducts that spread the light around a ring. http://www.simplyringflash.com/?gclid=CLfRt4P6jaQCFY1k4wodYEfwIA

Not particularly complicated. Principle of fibre optics.

Give me £151 and we can find out ;)  I assume the diameter, bendiness and makeup of the ducts matters.  Maybe the real one is more expensive just because they had to do the R&D.

Anyway....WMMFGT?

Yesterday actually.  I was shooting a press call for Brides At Work (with luck the pics will be in the Standard etc). 5 scientists in wedding dresses plus some professor or other.  I stuck the tallest scientist at the end and it looked OK.  Then I noticed she had a nice headpiece on one side so I swapped her to the other end of the row.  Dropped a couple of frames before I spotted her watch.

Got her to take her watch off and shot "the" frame.

Popped it up on the laptop 5 mins later.  We had about 3 mins until print deadline.  And the frames with her watch off had blink from other people on them......

So....open in CS5....circle with lasso tool...hit delete "content aware".

And heard both the PR agents on either side of me GASP as it deleted the watch and left her wrist in place.  "Oh yeah, I do that all the time....".  Well our regular guy can't do that.  "oh, right, did you want to check diaries for the next few weeks.....?"
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 17, 2010, 08:04:14 PM

So....open in CS5....circle with lasso tool...hit delete "content aware".

And heard both the PR agents on either side of me GASP as it deleted the watch and left her wrist in place.  "Oh yeah, I do that all the time....".  Well our regular guy can't do that.  "oh, right, did you want to check diaries for the next few weeks.....?"

Should have added, "I'm a Pro".  :2funny:

Well done, and hope something good comes out of that.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on September 18, 2010, 07:53:13 PM
Had a cracking day out at Matlock Bath with a group meeting of the DPG forum. 13 in Total. Not a lot of togging, but a fantastic laugh.

And we got a cake off one of the cafe's to celebrate the forums Birthday - asked about it in the morning, they cooked and decorated it for 4pm this afternoon. Fantastic - and was only a fiver  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on September 20, 2010, 01:25:33 PM
       The Manic Street Preachers managment have contacted the Assembly Rooms in Derby to confirm that I am who I say I am when I applied for a Photo Pass.
       The Assembly Rooms have replied as Follows:

                   Hi Tom
 
I understand Graham has been in touch to sort out getting a photo pass for the Manics show here...
 
This is just a quick email to confirm that he is well known to us, being an experienced gig photographer that we use regularly.
 
Any queries, obviously give me a shout.
 
Cheers, Bob



         Thanks Bob I owe you a pint. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on September 22, 2010, 07:20:41 PM
A wedding I am photographing on 10th October for two Paralympic Athletes is to be the featured wedding ( Full page ) in the Lancashire Evening Post ( Weddings Supplement ) The couple have to fill in a form which was e.mailed to me today with all the details from how they met to who is the Bestman for the paper to put a story together ( a form of self journalism )
As ever the papers wont pay for any pictures but it is very good free advertising.  :tup:

I submitted a picture to the paper from the last wedding I did and the happy couple and family were very pleased to see themselves in the press so those of you about to
do weddings might concider contacting your local press.  Most local papers usually have a Weddings section during the week... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on September 23, 2010, 04:40:59 PM
winning my singles game in my Golf clubs competition :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 23, 2010, 05:07:50 PM
WMMFGT...well this week and last

Last week going out with the in-laws lots, went to the British Museum, saw Roy Bookbinder at both Crawley and Putney, went to Polesden Lacey nr Dorking. My father in law then gave me the money to go to the Voyeurism Exhibitionism & Surveillance exhibition at the Tate Modern it's only for another few days so get along if you can, then Sunday we went to Buckingham Palace and as my father in law is registered disabled we got to drive in through the front gate and park in front of the palace itself well chuffed....£17.00 to get in but well worth it, can highly recommend it the rooms you get to see are something else and every single member of staff was so helpful it was unbelievable.....

Getting a 9 and and an 8.5 out of 10 for my 2 PDI entries in the CC comp on Monday so 17.5 in total can't be bad.

So things are going reasonably well so far... :tup: long may it continue
Starting my new job this week after having had last week off on hols. Early days but it's going well. (same co just different division)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 24, 2010, 08:05:11 AM
Had the good fortune to attend a talk by Andrew Sanderson yesterday evening where he displayed a series of B+W silver prints that were a delight to the eye.
The prints had that almost indefinable quality of lustre and tone and control that are the hallmark of a master printer. It's when you see such prints you come to the conclusion that whilst digital printing is now the norm it falls short of the 'old method' when produced by such an accomplished artist.

The same can be said for the work of Tim Rudman another printer of renown.

Their web sites are

http://www.andrewsanderson.com and http://www.timrudman.com respectively.

I'm sure members from oop North will know the work of Andrew Sanderson who is based in Holmfirth.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on September 24, 2010, 08:55:55 AM
Wow. Amdrew Sandersons work is amazing, especially the night shots gallery.
Thanks for sharing. Now bookmarked.
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 24, 2010, 04:20:31 PM
WMMFGT
Been away all week on the 5 yearly retest of the gas safety exams, we have to take to keep up our gas safe (what used to be called corgi) registration. Met up with some of the guys in the company from up north and we all had a great time and surprising sailed through the test easily ( they are more geared to service and maintainance, than installation). So its safe for you guys to eat out without any restaurant equipment bursting into flames while you are scoffing away. ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on September 24, 2010, 04:47:39 PM
  Well done and welcome back Irv. :tup:
         I wonderd where you were.
                                    Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on September 27, 2010, 01:56:12 PM
MBNA - excellent customer service from them, yet again.

About a month ago I ordered a OBD2 reader to help with my DIY car maintenance, from a firm in Leeds. I ordered a high spec model because I have got 3 cars to work on. They sent me the bottom of the range dirt cheap model.

Cutting a longish story short, they haven't sent me what I paid for, and I haven't sent back the cheapo unit they sent to me. So a claim against the credit card company was the only way forward - personally I hate doing it to them, it's hardly their fault, but I need my money back.

MBNA told me to issue a tender/return notice for the unsolicited item, requiring the Leeds company to pick up their item - I have to give them one week's notice and only a two hour window in which to recover it. As I am in SW France we agreed it would be staggering if they did turn up. Thereafter we wait 30 days for him to provide what was ordered or refund, and if no joy I get my money back and he gets blacklisted.

It's quite cheered me up :)

And nice to see you back as well Irv, that's cheered me up too ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on September 27, 2010, 08:54:04 PM
Irv, where did you go for the tests? I used to go to Brentford, but the testing centre moved to Milton Keynes. I did mine last year. Have you met your new GASSAFE inspector yet? They're the old CORGI ones! They just moved over to GASSAFE.
Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on September 28, 2010, 08:42:43 AM
 :2funny:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11419212

Mind, if you're a prude it could leave a nasty taste in your mouth. :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Cabbyjohn on September 28, 2010, 10:20:56 AM
Mind, if you're a prude it could leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

Whatever do you mean?  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on September 28, 2010, 03:52:27 PM
Irv, where did you go for the tests? I used to go to Brentford, but the testing centre moved to Milton Keynes. I did mine last year. Have you met your new GASSAFE inspector yet? They're the old CORGI ones! They just moved over to GASSAFE.
Nick

Yes Nick Milton Keynes is the one I go to (Gastec). It's a new unit they're in. so somebody is raking in the dough. Luckily mine is all paid for from the company I'm with and I get a few days in a nice hotel with an allowance for food and drink :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on September 28, 2010, 05:07:47 PM
Irv, where did you go for the tests? I used to go to Brentford, but the testing centre moved to Milton Keynes. I did mine last year. Have you met your new GASSAFE inspector yet? They're the old CORGI ones! They just moved over to GASSAFE.
Nick

Yes Nick Milton Keynes is the one I go to (Gastec). It's a new unit they're in. so somebody is raking in the dough. Luckily mine is all paid for from the company I'm with and I get a few days in a nice hotel with an allowance for food and drink :D
Alright for some :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 28, 2010, 07:48:16 PM
WMMFGT coming joint third in the 2009-2010 Print competition at camera club got awarded a nice little certificate last night and a certificate of Merit for my shot of the burrowing owl (Hoo you looking at) which scored a 9/10 in the PDI comp last week....so feeling very chuffed and the fact that my photography is moving in the right direction...that and the new position is going well....if only the car had passed it's mot without a hitch life would've been rosey...(£162.00 later OUCH).....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on September 28, 2010, 10:46:24 PM
Well done krennon.  :tup:

Shame about the MOT!  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on September 29, 2010, 10:30:50 AM
Thanks Oldboy, definately feel my photography is getting better and a lot of that has been down to this forum and the old DCM site as it used to be (don't go on photo radar at all now), and the camera club itself.

Anyone thinking of joining their local camera club, I can highly recommend it, I have not come across any of the dreaded "Camera snobbery" which seems to put a lot of people off joining. Clubs are always looking for new members and will welcome you with open arms, that has certainly been my experience anyway, and we make a point of saying welcome to new members...and most of them have joined again this year so we're hopefully doing something right..You should be able to find details of your local camera club online or from the library (for the younger generation libraries are biggish buildings with lots of books in them  ;)) Hunt it out, go along for a couple of weeks or to see what it's all about and if it's to your liking join up, I'm lucky I've got 3 clubs in close proximity I went along to 2 and decided to join Kingston which is apparently one of the oldest clubs in the country.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 01, 2010, 05:36:41 PM
Got my very first pension cheque today. Now I know I'm officially retired! Have to work out a budget of course see what needs cutting from our lives. I said hairdresser, wife said lenses. Hmmm some work to be done here.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 02, 2010, 10:46:03 AM
Similar situation as you Spin  :tup:
I have been on job search and notice  since March with full pay.
It ended yesterday, so I am now officially unemployed. Got the redundancy payment (along with 18k tax grrrr) and as I am now 50 I can claim my full works pension :tup: ;D.
To celebrate I bought myself a Bigma and it arrived this morning  :) so time to play :D
On the downside, just looked at the price for a UV or CP filter, omg, better do some grovelling if I want either of them :P

RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2010, 06:56:04 PM
WMMFGT?  Well yesterday.

I was hanging out at the National Wedding Show.  I'm too cheap to pay 5 grand or so to exhibit but a magazine I know hired me to shoot the catwalk for them.

I was all set with 2 mins to go and a woman standing next to me said "oh, I recognise you".  This actually happens a lot as there are plenty of people in the industry I'm supposed to know but it's always hard to remember if you actually know somebody or have just seen their picture.  Anyway, as we tried to work out where we knew each other from I asked who she was.  "I'm x from y company".  Oh yeah, that's right, she's MD of one of the biggest bridal dress designers in the UK.  "You did those great underwater pictures of our dresses.....  We must talk."

Oh yeah.  Networking finally works.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 03, 2010, 09:00:33 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11454894

.....it's true. One mention of Twitter and I feel sleepy immediately. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 04, 2010, 12:32:37 PM

It ended yesterday, so I am now officially unemployed. Got the redundancy payment (along with 18k tax grrrr) and as I am now 50 I can claim my full works pension :tup: ;D.


I tried to go that route when I turned 50 but someone wouldn't go for it.  ::)Staying an extra 7 yr. did have it's pluses though. One of which is what made me feel good today. Just finished the 3rd annual show by the arts group we formed at work 4 yrs. ago (which I wouldn't have joined had I sold up and moved away as I wanted) .  Sold a few pieces, mostly to friends but got lots of nice complements from complete strangers!. ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 04, 2010, 07:29:43 PM
WMMFGT?  Well yesterday.

I was hanging out at the National Wedding Show.  I'm too cheap to pay 5 grand or so to exhibit but a magazine I know hired me to shoot the catwalk for them.

I was all set with 2 mins to go and a woman standing next to me said "oh, I recognise you".  This actually happens a lot as there are plenty of people in the industry I'm supposed to know but it's always hard to remember if you actually know somebody or have just seen their picture.  Anyway, as we tried to work out where we knew each other from I asked who she was.  "I'm x from y company".  Oh yeah, that's right, she's MD of one of the biggest bridal dress designers in the UK.  "You did those great underwater pictures of our dresses.....  We must talk."

Oh yeah.  Networking finally works.

Well done JR.  :tup:

You'll be getting too posh and well known to post on here!  :2funny: :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 04, 2010, 07:32:27 PM
Similar situation as you Spin  :tup:
I have been on job search and notice  since March with full pay.
It ended yesterday, so I am now officially unemployed. Got the redundancy payment (along with 18k tax grrrr) and as I am now 50 I can claim my full works pension :tup: ;D.
To celebrate I bought myself a Bigma and it arrived this morning  :) so time to play :D
On the downside, just looked at the price for a UV or CP filter, omg, better do some grovelling if I want either of them :P

RR
Alf
You are going to love the Bigma, but wouldn't worry about a UV or CP filters. You can even use the Sigma 1.4 or 2x converters with it in manual mode only.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 04, 2010, 07:33:50 PM
Staying an extra 7 yr. did have it's pluses though. One of which is what made me feel good today. Just finished the 3rd annual show by the arts group we formed at work 4 yrs. ago (which I wouldn't have joined had I sold up and moved away as I wanted) .  Sold a few pieces, mostly to friends but got lots of nice complements from complete strangers!. ;D

A silver lining then!  ;D

Well done on the sales and comments.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 05, 2010, 08:51:49 AM
WMMFGT, an email from Digital Camera Photographer of the Year telling me one of my images

 "has attracted the interest of the pre-selection team. We’d now like to be able to see the high-res version before we start the shortlisting process."

Not shortlisted yet but boy did it make me feel good  ;D

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: deetus on October 05, 2010, 09:05:24 AM
After what seems a lifetime searching for jobs in the engineering industry I've changed tack completely and am now a fully fledged driver for a private hire car firm. My boss (someone I've known for a few years) has just taken over an existing firm and asked me to drive for him. After going through the frustrating process of applying for a license (how are you supposed to deal with councils?  ::))I'm now on the road. Boy do I feel good.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 05, 2010, 09:47:13 AM
WMMFGT, an email from Digital Camera Photographer of the Year telling me one of my images

 "has attracted the interest of the pre-selection team. We’d now like to be able to see the high-res version before we start the shortlisting process."

Not shortlisted yet but boy did it make me feel good  
Bob


Well done Bob and snap - I just got the same request for one of my Christmas snow sledging pictures. Don`t expect to get much further as the one they selected is the one that I only kept as a jpeg and to me is not the best of the bunch but makes you feel good to be a contender. What was your shot of? Mine is in the landscape section but has the twist of lots of people in it Lowry style.

Wonder how many they have "pre-selected"? Ah well whatever happens I cannot complain because pictures from that set effectively paid for my new PC and contributed to my D700 so anything more is a bonus.
Good luck Bob and well done  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 05, 2010, 10:09:25 AM
Well done Bob, and Paul. I didn't get one this year  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 05, 2010, 10:14:01 AM
Well done Paul, I remember your image well so it defiately has something, like you I don't expect to get any further either but its nice to be asked.
Thanks Howard, maybe its just the landscape selection that done just now. Mine was one of my Forth Rail bridge images, I would post an image but I can't get to grips with how this site works.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/4848450861/in/set-72157624759756557/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/4848450861/in/set-72157624759756557/)

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 05, 2010, 10:47:18 AM
Saw your image on flickr stream Bob - cracking shot. So we are up against each other then in landscapes section.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 06, 2010, 05:04:42 PM
Skoda have diagnosed the fault with my car.  It's NOT the ECU it's "only" an injector.  Part will take a week (more) to order and costs a staggering £550 + vat + fitting :(

So why does that make me feel good.....?

Sales are covering the cost. :D Since my new car should have been here by now they will pay for the repair.  And the courtesy car I've had for a week already.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 06, 2010, 05:27:23 PM
Great news Jonathan, cars are great when their ging but a proper pain when faulty and as you say Expensive.

WMMFGT, the local paper published one of my pics http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/eveningnewspicturegallery/A-place-in-the-country.6567651.jp (http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/eveningnewspicturegallery/A-place-in-the-country.6567651.jp)  no money but a little exposure  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 06, 2010, 06:41:25 PM
On a roll now Bob - this week Edinburgh, next week the world :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 06, 2010, 06:53:54 PM
TBH Howard, they have posted some dire images in the past so its no big deal  ;) I just enjoy sending something I like in to them.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 06, 2010, 08:38:45 PM
WMMFGT, the local paper published one of my pics http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/eveningnewspicturegallery/A-place-in-the-country.6567651.jp (http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/eveningnewspicturegallery/A-place-in-the-country.6567651.jp)  no money but a little exposure  :)

Well done.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 06, 2010, 11:01:20 PM
Well done Bob - nice to see your picture in print. Well sometimes - I did a job recently where they asked for some straight from the camera jpegs for an immediate press release that were fine. Didn`t bank on the terrible print quality when the Evening Post in Yorkshire sometimes get things wrong with their colour spreads. I turned from being really annoyed that the company i worked for failed to get my name published with the image that took up half of page 2 to utter relief that my name wasn`t on it when I saw how they rendered the colours!  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on October 07, 2010, 05:19:28 PM
After a protracted house moving session which saw me living in a hotel for a week i have finally got things working again.
Moat things still in storage but the iMac is installed with dongle broad band up and running.
Oh and i have the only seat in the house  :tup:

Funny what you miss once it's no longer available  ???

Now to catch up on what's been happening...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on October 07, 2010, 09:26:02 PM
I wondered where you had gone thought you must be on holiday. What area are you in now ?... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on October 08, 2010, 08:34:23 AM
Still in Sussex, but in Horsham. But it's 30 miles closer to the North West  :tup:

I only have dongle broadband but the speeds are really good, considering its just a dongle - but it's also interesting how much bandwidth is used just logging onto this site and getting my e-mail each day. Last nights comment + e-mail = 14mb, so i've got to be a bit careful how much i use until hard wired into the net again  :-X

But good to be back
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on October 08, 2010, 02:38:36 PM
Just seen Photoradar and my snow shot made the shortlist - don`t know if a list of 35 for the landscape section can be called a shortlist really but it made it.
http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-landscapes-shortlist#ad-image11

Looking at the exotic locations and more classic landscapes in with mine I don`t expect to get any further but at least my effort at putting up a peopled landscape to try to mark it out  made some impression.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on October 08, 2010, 05:12:13 PM
Well done matey and good luck.
At least your shot looks natural.
 IMHO, far too many of the other shortlisted shots look false and over cooked
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 08, 2010, 05:49:00 PM
Well done matey and good luck.
At least your shot looks natural.
 IMHO, far too many of the other shortlisted shots look false and over cooked
RR
Alf

Even more importantly (for me) it looks original.  Just clicked through them all (in about 10 seconds...).  There were only about 3 where I didn't go "yeah, seen it a million times...".  Yours was one.  As for the rest?  Some very nice versions of lone tree, jetty at dawn/dusk, wheat field, curvy thing with see and sky.  But there are only so many of those you can take.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 08, 2010, 06:27:14 PM
Just seen Photoradar and my snow shot made the shortlist - don`t know if a list of 35 for the landscape section can be called a shortlist really but it made it.
http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-landscapes-shortlist#ad-image11

Looking at the exotic locations and more classic landscapes in with mine I don`t expect to get any further but at least my effort at putting up a peopled landscape to try to mark it out  made some impression.  :)

Well done matey, my Forth Rail Bridge was more of a postcard than an otstanding new take etc, so well done and I hope you are suitably pleased with it. I will keep my fingers crossed for you  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 08, 2010, 06:45:53 PM
Yeah, what they all said. And you never know . . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on October 08, 2010, 06:52:16 PM
WMMFG? Just watched Sam and Mark on CBBC (I have a nine year old daughter) - brilliant, especially the 'hedz' sketches. Obama, Gok Wan and Gordon Ramsey as international trouble shooters - priceless.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 08, 2010, 07:01:30 PM

Looking at the exotic locations and more classic landscapes in with mine I don`t expect to get any further but at least my effort at putting up a peopled landscape to try to mark it out  made some impression.  :)

Looking good Jinky. Fingers crossed. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 08, 2010, 11:24:52 PM
Well done Jinky.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 09, 2010, 10:24:32 PM
WMFGT? Posted queries on 2 separate forums today on 2 separate issues. One on Adobe relating getting updated Camera Raw working and the 2nd on Ubuntu forums relating to finding the directory tree for a Windows program I was running using WINE (a windows emulation program) Not only did I get prompt responses to both, both responses helped me fix my issues.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on October 10, 2010, 09:49:14 PM
Well done Bob and Jinky for get the nod on your respective images  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 11, 2010, 07:50:26 AM
[Well it was Saturday, but I'm trying to give up the internet at the w/e]

Did a HELP portrait shoot for a youth club.  Really was a lot of fun.  One of the best bits was trying to get a group of 11 in front of a 6 foot background.  There were 4 photography "stations" and all the punters got their pics dumped unedited onto CD. They were encouraged to give a donation to the centre.  I found out later that they were running some of the snaps on a 10 foot projection TV....

The organisers were really appreciative and kept us fed all day.

Oh, and one of them is getting married in a couple of weeks and didn't have a photographer.  Lucky I had my iPad with me...............
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on October 13, 2010, 07:15:31 AM
Well done Jonathan. I'd have liked to take part but have no free time just now.

WMMFGT? The Chilean Miners footage.  ;D :tup: I hope the rescue continues to go smoothly.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 13, 2010, 08:30:27 AM
Yes I second that, much quicker than they first thought but still a very long time to be down there, good luck to them.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 13, 2010, 09:07:19 AM
Fully agree and wonderful news.  :beer: :beer: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 13, 2010, 12:28:19 PM
Just watched some of it now, amazing stuff and nice it's 2 month ahead of the predictions.  :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on October 13, 2010, 07:14:13 PM
couldn't agree more, I just hope they cope alright with all the press pressure etc and let's see how long it takes before Hollywood make the movie of course it'll be set in America though....glad to see it's going well though and I hope they all recover from the ordeal fully.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 15, 2010, 06:53:12 PM
Well the website's been slammed today.  Busiest day ever.  Fortunately Super Cache has done a beautiful job and pages are still rendering nice and quick.

Had a dig around to see where all the traffic has been coming from.  Turns out somebody put a shout out on Twitter about it.  Some bloke called Vincent Laforet.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on October 15, 2010, 11:26:18 PM
Well the website's been slammed today.  Busiest day ever.  Fortunately Super Cache has done a beautiful job and pages are still rendering nice and quick.

Had a dig around to see where all the traffic has been coming from.  Turns out somebody put a shout out on Twitter about it.  Some bloke called Vincent Laforet.....

Oh the Canon video man  :tup:

If you have half the success of him, you will have it made  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on October 16, 2010, 08:00:42 PM
    WMMFGT   I'm a bit behind so one day last week really
I saw the scousers and the miners celebrating and thought Thatcher had died. :2funny: Alas not. :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on October 17, 2010, 12:12:36 PM
WMMFGT Studio lights I bought on Ebay arrived, a 2 light set of Elemental M300 & a background stand. first observation-I need a bigger living room.
I am sure I read somewhere that i need to turn these on for an hour without flashing them to look after the capacitors if they are not used often, is this correct?

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on October 17, 2010, 12:42:52 PM
I've been approached by my local Ryman Premier side to come in as their official club photographer. Needs to be verified, but looks very likely.

I've been shooting there for a while from the stands, but in the last few weeks have had pitchside access.  So this is the next step up.  Love doing it and putting something back into the club I support.  They already use some shots in the program, quite nice to see them in print.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on October 17, 2010, 06:26:18 PM
I've been approached by my local Ryman Premier side to come in as their official club photographer. Needs to be verified, but looks very likely.

I've been shooting there for a while from the stands, but in the last few weeks have had pitchside access.  So this is the next step up.  Love doing it and putting something back into the club I support.  They already use some shots in the program, quite nice to see them in print.

I was "adopted" by a local rugby club last year and now get into all games free,  :), do they have a flicker site or club site it would be very nice to see some of your efforts, I share mine with the team and supporters on  flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/)  let me know if you have any tips.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: minky_monkey on October 17, 2010, 10:37:00 PM
I've been approached by my local Ryman Premier side to come in as their official club photographer. Needs to be verified, but looks very likely.

I've been shooting there for a while from the stands, but in the last few weeks have had pitchside access.  So this is the next step up.  Love doing it and putting something back into the club I support.  They already use some shots in the program, quite nice to see them in print.

I was "adopted" by a local rugby club last year and now get into all games free,  :), do they have a flicker site or club site it would be very nice to see some of your efforts, I share mine with the team and supporters on  flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/)  let me know if you have any tips.


I'm not sure you need any tips! I'm still very much on a new learning curve, especially in low light conditions. You've got some wonderful backdrops to the games.  More attractive than the places I visit!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/minky_monkey/
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 18, 2010, 08:30:48 AM
Quote
More attractive than the places I visit!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/minky_monkey/

Congratulations Martin. What could be more attractive than a trip to Canvey Island on a bleak Winter's day. ;)

Must get down to Kingsmeadow and watch you at work.

Come on you K's.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on October 18, 2010, 10:55:54 AM
I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything _too_ embarrassing at the wedding on Saturday.  The one with the TV cameras there.  http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/gemma-and-adam-as-seen-on-tv
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 18, 2010, 06:35:31 PM
Hi

Woohoo A Granddad Again for the 13th time, born on Saturday 16th Oct 2010, Our new Grandson, came unexpected when Kirsty (mum) fell and knocked herself out, she was rushed to hospital. as her placenta had ruptured, in the fall, so she had to have an emergency cesarean birth, both Kirsty and Brogan had to go into intensive care unit, Kirsty is now out of ICU and in the maternity ward, Brogan is still in ICU but getting stronger, Dad Ryans (our eldest son) well chuffed with him, his first son

S0 meet Brogan hes 2 days old on this shot, I was allowed to take

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5093528391_ac44676edb_b.jpg)

Dave
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on October 18, 2010, 07:01:20 PM
 :beer: :dance: :beer: :dance: :beer: :dance: :tup:

         You did say 13 did'nt you?....as in thirteen!! :D
                          Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 18, 2010, 08:04:14 PM
:beer: :dance: :beer: :dance: :beer: :dance: :tup:

         You did say 13 did'nt you?....as in thirteen!! :D
                          Graham.

LOL You read it right LOL

Thanks for the good wishes I'll pass them on  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on October 18, 2010, 09:11:18 PM
Many congrats on the birth Dave - hope everything passes smoothly from now on  :beer: :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 18, 2010, 09:26:37 PM
Many thanks Irv

Kirsty fainted banged her head on a door knocking herself out, and collapse onto her stomach Ryan heard her fall and called the ambulance, they said it was a good job he did, Brogan was 3 weeks early and 6lb 5oz
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on October 18, 2010, 10:11:10 PM
Congratulations Dave!!

Hope Mum's back on her feet and Brogan can be taken home soon.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 19, 2010, 09:26:39 AM
Many thanks Carol, Ill post more photos of Mum,Dad and Brogan soon :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on October 23, 2010, 05:33:40 PM
A full page feature of one of my weddings was published today in the Lancashire Evening Post. Not sure they picked the best of the pictures I sent but I can't do anything about that. Not to keen on the way they have croped them either but thats newspapers for you.... The bride and groom are paralympians and the paper put a lead headline ( if thats what their called ) on the front page which said " From Olympic rings to Wedding rings "  Anyway its free advertising so I shouldn't complain.... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 23, 2010, 07:46:58 PM
Congrats Dave  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 24, 2010, 07:55:58 AM
Hees another shot Of Ryan and Brogan

its not the best of shots as it quite darkened in the special care ward and no flash is permitted, he should only be in here for a few days the nurses say about a week, they will move into a family room 3 days before he his allowed home and both parents can stay overnight as well, those rooms arent darkened so I will get some better shots, Kirsty is now back at home, but still sore

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1418/5107719797_755e8e95c5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davenjulie/5107719797/)
Ryan And Brogan My Son And Grandson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davenjulie/5107719797/) by Just Daves Photos (http://www.flickr.com/people/davenjulie/), on Flickr

Dave

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Sarasocke on October 24, 2010, 10:01:31 AM
Oh, Dave, that is just gorgeous. I've got a real lump in my throat.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on October 24, 2010, 10:13:08 AM
A full page feature of one of my weddings was published today in the Lancashire Evening Post. Not sure they picked the best of the pictures I sent but I can't do anything about that. Not to keen on the way they have croped them either but thats newspapers for you.... The bride and groom are paralympians and the paper put a lead headline ( if thats what their called ) on the front page which said " From Olympic rings to Wedding rings "  Anyway its free advertising so I shouldn't complain.... :legit:

Noticed I have had quite a few more visits to my website since yesterday which must be due to the newspaper but as they say its yesterdays news now so I will have to see if anything comes of it tomorrow.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 24, 2010, 02:36:30 PM
Noticed I have had quite a few more visits to my website since yesterday which must be due to the newspaper but as they say its yesterdays news now so I will have to see if anything comes of it tomorrow.

Lets hope you get more work off the back of it Dave

Oh, Dave, that is just gorgeous. I've got a real lump in my throat.

Thanks very much Carol for your kind words  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on October 25, 2010, 08:14:46 AM
Congratulations Just Dave and Dave (sounds like the Two Ronnies).

Had an email via my website from an old colleague after he had seen a couple of pictures of mine in a local glossy subscription magazine. It seems months ago since they asked for the images and I'd forgotten about them. Negotiated a years subscription for their use at the time, a whopping £36! So I'll phone them today just to remind them.

The online version is at
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?referral=other&refresh=s09X1Kz73k0Z&PBID=3c836346-2dc7-4289-9acd-941e218c3666&skip=

Click on the bottom right hand corner to turn the page, I'm on page 20.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 25, 2010, 08:25:31 AM
Many thanks Alan

Congratulation in being published, you need to be a member of the website  :(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on October 25, 2010, 04:51:27 PM
Well done Dave, Dave and Abbers.  :tup:

Got out early today to catch the sunrise and we had mist over Swan pool. Also, went all round Sandwell Valley and fell over four foxes!  :o It's like buses, you wait ages for one and four appear together.  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on October 26, 2010, 01:20:43 PM
It's my 35th wedding anniversary and I remembered!!  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on October 26, 2010, 01:29:58 PM
Thanks OB

Congratulations to you and your GLW  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on November 02, 2010, 04:11:51 PM
The Mining museum that I shot some of the Re Photography images at want them for the display and touch screen interactive device they have AND the guy that organised the event wants to publish two other images in their internal government magazine  :). Someone like my work.

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 02, 2010, 07:16:08 PM
  I've finally got some nice big(ish) prints made and framed gallery style and they'er up in the local posh hairdressers for sale.
  The proprieter is a fussy git and he chose all the "Urban Landscape" shots over the pretty pics (Much to my delight.)
  The framer/printer/gallery owner who did the printing and framing has said he would like to make up some to display/sell in his gallery. :dance:
                  Graham. :)

Oh, and Iv'e just had confirmation that I will be photographing JedWard at the end of the month!
                       I Rock!                                      
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on November 02, 2010, 07:32:08 PM
Congrats Bob and Graham  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 02, 2010, 07:53:28 PM
Congrats Bob and Graham  :tup:
  Why thank you! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on November 04, 2010, 07:57:30 AM
Oh, and Iv'e just had confirmation that I will be photographing JedWard at the end of the month!
                       I Rock!                                       

You do.  They don't ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 04, 2010, 02:39:52 PM
Just got a wedding booked for 26th May 2012. Never had work booked that far in advance even in the electrical trade....Something is telling me to give up on the Football photography.. :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 04, 2010, 04:41:53 PM
Oh, and Iv'e just had confirmation that I will be photographing JedWard at the end of the month!
                       I Rock!                                       

You do.  They don't ;)

   No, they don't!.... But Motorhead do.......I'm snapping them in a couple of weeks. :dance:
               Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on November 04, 2010, 07:29:00 PM
Just has my waxwing pics have just been on Granada TV :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 04, 2010, 09:51:31 PM
Just has my waxwing pics have just been on Granada TV :)
       Oh. Nice one! :tup: :beer:
                 Graham. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 08, 2010, 12:37:58 PM
THIS (http://gizmodo.com/5678601/what-your-choice-of-camera-says-about-you) pretty much offends everyone - made me chuckle anyway.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 08, 2010, 01:55:50 PM
Blimey, and I thought I had a Sony! :o Must check the front of the camera! :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 08, 2010, 01:59:08 PM
 . .  and if he has got a garage load of M and K series Pentax lenses lying around that he thinks are only worth $75, I'll have 'em.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 10, 2010, 04:09:49 PM
Finally went and did it! Ordered my first ever Apple computer. iMac desktop 27", quad core and got extra memory so will have 8 gigs to start.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 10, 2010, 04:12:05 PM
oooue, did that F11 trick. Very nice.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on November 11, 2010, 08:51:38 AM
oooue, did that F11 trick. Very nice.  8)

You know about F9 and F10 too?  Now hold shift while you press them...

WMMFGT?  Just agreed a deal with a "major studio lighting company" - I'm going to be running training courses for Lencarta (http://www.lencarta.com/).  First is on 28th of this month in Kent.  Join us?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 11, 2010, 12:33:30 PM
Finally went and did it! Ordered my first ever Apple computer. iMac desktop 27", quad core and got extra memory so will have 8 gigs to start.  ;D

Can't think you'll regret it. iMac and Photography are ideally suited to each other.
My only drawback with my Mac set up is...  ???

I don't have a MacBook to take with me on trips so i can honestly assess my pictures before waiting to come home  :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on November 11, 2010, 06:48:36 PM
Jonathan congrats on the deal would love to come but alas no annual leave left  :(

WMMFGT
I have just done a photoshoot for a friend, I burnt about 18 shots to disk, and did about 8 7x5 prints and 3 10x8 prints for him, he said he would give me some money for them which I was happy to take as although he's an old friend I don't see him that often any more. He came and picked the prints and cd up yesterday and is going to give me £75.00 for them...now as it's a friend and I am nowhere near good enough to be a pro, I am very happy with that as I was thinking £40 - £50.00 would be ample and he is happy as he absolutely loved the shots so we're both happy..alas as we're skint at the mo I can't put the money towards new kit which I would have done otherwise but hey ho we're £75.00 better off (or will be next week when he brings round the money lol)...

That and getting an 8.5 out of 10 for a shot of a stag I took in Richmond Park was well chuffed with that.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 11, 2010, 08:45:34 PM
Finally went and did it! Ordered my first ever Apple computer. iMac desktop 27", quad core and got extra memory so will have 8 gigs to start.  ;D

Can't think you'll regret it. iMac and Photography are ideally suited to each other.
My only drawback with my Mac set up is...  ???

I don't have a MacBook to take with me on trips so i can honestly assess my pictures before waiting to come home  :-\

I bought an old HP laptop and installed Linux Mint on it just for that purpose. Has RawTherapee and Gimp on it. Good enough for quick cleanup and assessment of shots.  Switched the photos to a old laptop drive that I installed in an external case and just plugged into my PC when I got home. The lap top was reasonably inexpensive and the other stuff I had lying around.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on November 11, 2010, 11:45:24 PM
Finally went and did it! Ordered my first ever Apple computer. iMac desktop 27", quad core and got extra memory so will have 8 gigs to start.  ;D

Can't think you'll regret it. iMac and Photography are ideally suited to each other.
My only drawback with my Mac set up is...  ???

I don't have a MacBook to take with me on trips so i can honestly assess my pictures before waiting to come home  :-\

I bought an old HP laptop and installed Linux Mint on it just for that purpose. Has RawTherapee and Gimp on it. Good enough for quick cleanup and assessment of shots.  Switched the photos to a old laptop drive that I installed in an external case and just plugged into my PC when I got home. The lap top was reasonably inexpensive and the other stuff I had lying around.


I always wondered if it was worth picking up a 2nd hand lappie just to purely use  photo editing programmes on?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 12, 2010, 09:29:31 AM
.........and an absolutely fantastic talk by a dear lady called Joan, who used to work for the BBC Photography dept. She had some amazing shots of the famous (and infamous  ;)) but it was the anecdotes that went along with the photos that made it interesting.

Was lucky enough to hear the same talk last evening Keith, absolutely fabulous. Just to think how excited we all get if we get a picture published in some obscure magazine and Joan in her heyday was getting pictures in every type of publication you could think of, and if you watch TV everyone here will have seen her work at some stage or another! I'd known her for some years before she mentioned quite casually,  ' I used to do some photography for the BBC and a little freelance work after'.

Her modesty is inversionally proportional to her impressive skill and experience, but isn't that always the way in life?

P.S. I discovered she occasionally runs a studio lighting course for the club's members, FOC. ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 12, 2010, 01:11:53 PM

I always wondered if it was worth picking up a 2nd hand lappie just to purely use  photo editing programmes on?

Well Irv, if you're like me, the idea of taking photos and waiting a week to see how they really turned out (that little screen on back doesn't cut it) is frustrating. With using linux it's really just the outlay for the laptop. I admit, if you're a Windows person some of the programmes can be clunky in comparison. If you're tempted, you can download all sorts of different 'Live CD's to try linux out without installing it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 12, 2010, 08:40:32 PM
Always worth having a spare laptop for carting around for editing pictures - if you can afford it...
The only question is - what size screen do you feel would be best for you?

For me, i want an Apple screen and am just not sure whether to go for the iPad route, which really does show the pictures in glorious clarity and colours, or the MacBook route which provides far greater editing opportunities (oh and costs almost another £1k more in price)!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on November 13, 2010, 09:04:19 PM
WMMFGT , I came home from the rugby to find an email from the Scotsman asking if I had been at the Currie v Hawick game as they wanted pictures for Sunday and Monday edition, I sent off six, which they were delighted with and asked for my bank account details to send the payment, boy do I feel good today.

So if like me you have been submitting work every week with nothing more than a polite yes keep them coming, they will eventually reward you.  :dance:

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 13, 2010, 09:33:15 PM
Well done bob.  :tup:

Have a wee dram to celebrate.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on November 13, 2010, 10:03:32 PM
Picked up our Caravan today.  :tup:

Going to give it a drive around tomorrow to try and get used to it before we go for a weekend trip. :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 13, 2010, 10:06:07 PM
That's great news Bob, congratualtions :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on November 13, 2010, 10:34:08 PM
Well done bob.  :tup:

Have a wee dram to celebrate.  :2funny:

Hic! funny you should say that oldboy  ;) Thanks Abers its nice when a day ends like this. This may be a bit corny but at this time of remberence, we have good days because of those that paid the ultimate price, thanks to all of them.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on November 14, 2010, 10:37:18 AM
Congratulations Bob.  :) And yes, we have a lot to be thankful for today.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 14, 2010, 11:40:39 AM
Well done Bob.   :tup:   Hope the paper is paying a reasonable amount for your pictures as most of them are extremely tight when it comes to paying for them.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 14, 2010, 01:19:43 PM
Well done on getting the pictures used Bob.

For us amateurs - pictures in print is worth almost as much as the fee received.

As for today, we have a friend representing his branch of the military at Whitehall, and have other friends who will spend the day grieving over a son who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
We never really do forget...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Delamanda on November 14, 2010, 03:32:15 PM
Well done Bob - that must be a great feeling!

Something made me feel good yesterday (so hope it's still ok to post it here)  - I got my LRPS  :dance:,

It made me feel so good that I downed quite a lot of champagne so don't feel too good today ...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: SimonW on November 14, 2010, 03:38:21 PM
Congratulations Del, well done indeed.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 14, 2010, 03:51:25 PM
Well done Del - is you panel online anywhere?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Delamanda on November 14, 2010, 04:10:49 PM
Thanks both - I'm trying to upload it at the moment, but you know me and technology ???  Will post a link if I succeed.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on November 14, 2010, 05:13:19 PM
Congratulations Delmanda!  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on November 14, 2010, 05:15:04 PM
Something made me feel good yesterday (so hope it's still ok to post it here)  - I got my LRPS  :dance:,

It made me feel so good that I downed quite a lot of champagne so don't feel too good today ...

Congrats indeed. Better go and have a look at your submission...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 14, 2010, 05:35:41 PM
Well done Delamanda.. :tup:  I got mine a few years ago at the HQ in Bath. Quite a nerve racking experience and my assesment didn't come up untill mid afternoon after which I had to drive all the way back to Preston but I had a good night in the pub later.
Was Margaret Salisbury one of the judges on the day.  Also it would be nice to see what you submitted on here if possible...... :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 14, 2010, 06:12:48 PM
Something made me feel good yesterday (so hope it's still ok to post it here)  - I got my LRPS  :dance:,

It made me feel so good that I downed quite a lot of champagne so don't feel too good today ...

Well done Del.  :tup:

Suppose, we will have to call you sir now!  ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Delamanda on November 14, 2010, 07:36:10 PM
Thanks all! 

@Dave:  I have just uploaded them - I tried to put them in an album but can't work out how to rename it, so they're somewhere here in "New Album".  I'm not sure what order they've come out in, so here's the hanging plan:
(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10312/normal_Hanging_plan_DB2.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=8422)

@Oldboy - Madam will do nicely!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on November 14, 2010, 08:04:30 PM
Well done Del - great stuff!  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mick on November 14, 2010, 09:57:07 PM
Thanks all!  

@Dave:  I have just uploaded them - I tried to put them in an album but can't work out how to rename it, so they're somewhere here in "New Album".  I'm not sure what order they've come out in, so here's the hanging plan:


Go to your Album via Gallery / User Galleries / Click the first letter of your user name /  Choose your album.  Click properties, and you should see where to change the name. / click update album.

Or even easier, look at the latest images block on the front page, and at the bottom of it you should see a link "My Gallery" ;)

Finally and easier still.  Click the link to your gallery that I just added to your signature.  :)

And, Congratulations on your LRPS status Delmanda.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on November 15, 2010, 07:44:30 AM
Well done Del. Wish I had the bottle to try it, congratulations .

Bob
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on November 15, 2010, 07:57:32 AM
Thanks all! 

@Dave:  I have just uploaded them - I tried to put them in an album but can't work out how to rename it, so they're somewhere here in "New Album".  I'm not sure what order they've come out in, so here's the hanging plan:

Congratulations!  Nice panel.  Hmm, maybe I should try for a qualification some time....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on November 15, 2010, 01:41:08 PM
Many congrats Del a fantastic achievement  :tup:

WMMFGT
Just me and Rose had a long weekend in Devon, just chilling eating walking and chatting. The weather wasn't great but we had a real good time and the house was still standing when we got back
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 15, 2010, 04:58:24 PM
   Well done Del. I may just have a go at that.

        Anyway, WMMFGT.
                                    Motorhead's "People" just this minute mailed me with accreditation to photograph the show in Derby.
                                    The show starts in two hours time!
                                             Graham.  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 15, 2010, 07:07:10 PM
WMMFGT
Just me and Rose had a long weekend in Devon, just chilling eating walking and chatting. The weather wasn't great but we had a real good time and the house was still standing when we got back

Recharging the batteries. Glad you had time to spend together without the family getting in the way.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on November 15, 2010, 07:39:02 PM
WMMFGT
Just me and Rose had a long weekend in Devon, just chilling eating walking and chatting. The weather wasn't great but we had a real good time and the house was still standing when we got back

Recharging the batteries. Glad you had time to spend together without the family getting in the way.  :tup:
Thanks Oldboy  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 16, 2010, 11:42:04 PM
My Mac arrived a day early!! Thank goodness the mutts are excitable and noisy as I didn't hear the door bell ring. I managed to get to it before the delivery driver drove off.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on November 19, 2010, 09:33:18 AM
WMMFGT?  Feedback from yesterday's client :D

It was an important job for me.  Every year this London based bridal wholesaler packs up all their dresses, drives up to Birmingham and spends a whole day in a studio with a photographer they have used for years.  I've spent about 3 months persuading them that I could do a better job.  To win the business I had to make a couple of compromises.

So.....we had 1 model, no wardrobe stylist, a small studio and 21 dresses to shoot in a day.  (8 sets is considered a tough day's work).  We started at 9 with hair and makeup.  By 2:30 I'd shot 7......  Then we kicked it up a notch....... :D  At 5:15 everyone apart from me was packed and out the door.  21 dresses, 920 frames and a very very happy client.  They are already talking about next year.  (I was lying on the floor exhausted.)

Phew.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on November 19, 2010, 01:28:19 PM
WMMFGT?  Feedback from yesterday's client :D

It was an important job for me.  Every year this London based bridal wholesaler packs up all their dresses, drives up to Birmingham and spends a whole day in a studio with a photographer they have used for years.  I've spent about 3 months persuading them that I could do a better job.  To win the business I had to make a couple of compromises.

So.....we had 1 model, no wardrobe stylist, a small studio and 21 dresses to shoot in a day.  (8 sets is considered a tough day's work).  We started at 9 with hair and makeup.  By 2:30 I'd shot 7......  Then we kicked it up a notch....... :D  At 5:15 everyone apart from me was packed and out the door.  21 dresses, 920 frames and a very very happy client.  They are already talking about next year.  (I was lying on the floor exhausted.)

Phew.

If you do it next year in Brum, then i should deff be able to give assistance ahaa...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on November 19, 2010, 02:12:25 PM
If you do it next year in Brum, then i should deff be able to give assistance ahaa...

Thanks - but that's very unlikely.  Client is London based.  London is a couple of hours closer to me.  Really no reason why we'd go to Birmingham (and I don't understand why they ever did).

Stats of the last look make interesting reading (if you're into that kind of thing).  First shot fired at 16:28, last at 17:09 (yeah 9 mins into overtime).  In 43 minutes we did 253 shots and 6 changes.  Model's dad was there (she's 19 and came from Wales) so during each of the changes he and I went upstairs to the chill zone while the girls changed her in the shoot area.  So yeah, I ran up and down stairs 6 times too.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on November 20, 2010, 04:44:20 PM
.........and an absolutely fantastic talk by a dear lady called Joan, who used to work for the BBC Photography dept. She had some amazing shots of the famous (and infamous  ;)) but it was the anecdotes that went along with the photos that made it interesting.

Was lucky enough to hear the same talk last evening Keith, absolutely fabulous. Just to think how excited we all get if we get a picture published in some obscure magazine and Joan in her heyday was getting pictures in every type of publication you could think of, and if you watch TV everyone here will have seen her work at some stage or another! I'd known her for some years before she mentioned quite casually,  ' I used to do some photography for the BBC and a little freelance work after'.

Her modesty is inversionally proportional to her impressive skill and experience, but isn't that always the way in life?

P.S. I discovered she occasionally runs a studio lighting course for the club's members, FOC. ;)


Alan so glad you got to hear the talk she was absolutely lovely and enthralled us all with her photos and stories. Could be interested in a lighting course if I could sneak in as a "guest" and wouldn't mind paying a "green fee" if necessary so keep me informed  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on November 20, 2010, 06:26:34 PM
Part of my display at Preston Guildhall has been placed next to the Wallace & Gromit display  (Their creator Nick Park is also from Preston ) and his father was a local photograher.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 23, 2010, 07:23:45 PM
Well done Dave.  :tup:

Just had this photo shown on the local BBC news weather report.  :2funny:  :beer:

(http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10149/normal_DSC_9755_Sunrise.jpg) (http://cameracraniums.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=8468&fullsize=1)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Delamanda on November 23, 2010, 09:22:25 PM
Well done Dave and Oldboy!  It must be great to see your work on show/on telly!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on November 24, 2010, 08:26:47 AM
Well done Dave and Oldboy!  It must be great to see your work on show/on telly!!

I second, that well done guys, looks like we will be taking snow pics before we kow it.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on November 24, 2010, 08:38:29 AM
Well done Dave and Oldboy ;)


OOh snow - always get excited when I hear we might have snow. Want proper stuff though - not that stuff that comes and turns to slush straight away and more than a covering mind  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 24, 2010, 10:46:28 AM
Well done you two.

Jinky, we've even got snow forecast for here for the weekend. It's January weather already.  :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on November 24, 2010, 12:34:51 PM
Well done you two.

Jinky, we've even got snow forecast for here for the weekend. It's January weather already.  :'(

Yes well done fellas.

We've got snow forcast for the weekend too. It's normal weather.  >:( Of course we seldom get it, the weatherman just likes to play with us. :-[
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on November 24, 2010, 02:59:36 PM
I was about to throw my battery grip in the bin as the shutter release and rear e-dial had stopped working. But I decided to clean the contacts on the camera.

That did it, all working now :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on November 24, 2010, 03:09:57 PM
Good stuff H. It makes you proud when you DIY eh!
Same story here. Our dishwasher (out of guarantee) stopped draining and working properly. I took some bits out to check and unerneath the drain area found a little plastic disc impeding a fan of some sort there this morning. Put it back together ( no spare bits left over) and works perfectly. Did not even use a manual!
Having been told to get the repairman in this morning I now await adulation as Dishwasher Repairman supreme in a house where my DIY skills are often lampooned  :) Should be able to buy some gear with what I have saved - methinks not!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on November 24, 2010, 07:13:37 PM
That fan would probably be the pump Jinky  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 24, 2010, 07:40:26 PM
Thanks for the comments all.  :tup:

Now, if I was to sell any picture can I say, 'As seen on TV'?  :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on November 24, 2010, 07:44:48 PM
I was about to throw my battery grip in the bin as the shutter release and rear e-dial had stopped working. But I decided to clean the contacts on the camera.

That did it, all working now :)

Well done.  :tup:

Same story here. Our dishwasher (out of guarantee) stopped draining and working properly. I took some bits out to check and unerneath the drain area found a little plastic disc impeding a fan of some sort there this morning. Put it back together ( no spare bits left over) and works perfectly. Did not even use a manual!
Having been told to get the repairman in this morning I now await adulation as Dishwasher Repairman supreme in a house where my DIY skills are often lampooned  :) Should be able to buy some gear with what I have saved - methinks not!
Now just the cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and vacuum to go!  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on November 24, 2010, 09:01:45 PM
Recently did some portraits of my sisters family and she asked if i could remove her wrinkles so tongue in cheek i did so on one shot of her and brightened her eyes, whitened her teeth. I was expecting something along the lines of "you are taking the p*#s" but she is chuffed to bits & showing all her friends.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on November 29, 2010, 06:32:21 PM
Just managed to get online again off to camera club in a few mins but had to post this

Popped into the local Cancer research charity shop at the weekend and picked up an old Andy Rouse book (kind of a year in the life of) it was dated 2001 but still a worthwhile read even though it's primarily film based (canon pro 1v and Pentax 645 mf & I am pretty certain that Andy now uses Nikon but I may be wrong) but lo and behold 'twas only when I got it home and was showing the missus I realised it tis a signed copy...paid £4.50 for it well chuffed as it was worth it for the photographs alone never mind the fact that it is a signed copy....even though it's an older book I don't care  ;D :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on November 29, 2010, 07:09:16 PM
   Similar thing happened to me keith.
          On hols a few years ago in Midhurst went into charity shop to get somthing to read  (I have a thing for biographies.) and picked up "The Downing Street Years" by Maggie Fatcher.
          The old bats only gone and signed it has'nt she! Just waiting for her to be gatherd to God and I can stick it on Ebay!
                                 Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 01, 2010, 06:38:59 PM
2 things:
1. Got a Merry Christmas email card from the national offices of a group I`ve done some work for. Thought I recognised the image they used from all their various, numerous regional shoots for the year - it was mine  :)

2. Good - I think. Confirmation that an agency  acting for Channel 4 are to come up to Leeds on 14th December to film me with a view to me appearing on Come Dine With Me (I like cooking - don`t laugh! ). I`m in the final 14 after two telephone interviews but Channel 4 pick the final 4 contestants in early January for filming week of 24th January. Seems it was some of my "bizarre" multiplicity shots requested to show my character and my stories of Jinky my ventriloquist dummy ("Do you treat him as a member of the family?") that got me thus far.
I aim to do something of a portrait shoot as part of my evening if allowed and pepper the walls with my best shots and be presented as a wannabe pro photographer to try and generate my name for more business in the new year when I aim to do some advertising. Of course they will have made me look such a plonker from selective editing that it will probably be bad publicity - but is any publicity bad publicity? maybe yes ;D
Jinky maybe coming to a TV screen near you - you have been warned! :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 01, 2010, 07:01:16 PM
  Go for it Jinkers old chap!
                                     I also have been known to dance around a kitchen, and was invited to put myself forward to appear, God only knows where they got my details.
                                     I politley declined their kind offer.
                                                    Graham. :tup:
                                     
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 01, 2010, 07:34:37 PM
Jinky congrats to you, I love cooking but would dread the idea of doing something like CDWM, as I like to take my cooking slow, most ambitious thing I ever did dinner party for 10 people 5 courses and yep I cheated on dessert those were bought from Lidl (really really good desserts there) but only because so many people liked different things I didn't want to be making about 6 different desserts for people...hope you get picked and maybe I'll make a point of watching it...keep us informed

Graham great feeling isn't it picking up a signed copy I suspect yours will be worth more than mine but i wouldn't want to sell mine anyway

Also taking our cat Salem to the vet this evening and being told he isn't seriously ill, he had a bald patch appear on his back the other week which the vet treated, then we thought some more bald patches had appeared but it was just where his collar has been, and his front left leg has been really swollen for the last couple of days, so the vet had a look at him and literally pulled out a big patch of pus from a cat bite (could've been our other cat Willow that bit him or it may have been the local neighbourhood bully boy tomcat) so he's had a jab of antibiotics and he's got another course of tablets as well....so nothing really serious as we were really really worried about him so although it was a £68.00 visit he's worth every penny...we've literally been back about an hour and he's already showing an improvement going out and running around in the snow and ice.....so very chuffed he's ok
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 01, 2010, 08:15:23 PM
Well done jinky and I hope you get picked.  :tup:

Glad your cats OK krennon and amazed at the cost - very cheap.  :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 01, 2010, 08:24:13 PM
Thanks OB, yep our vets pretty good £68.00 for a jab tonight plus a course of antibiotics and the pulling the pus/bite out I was quite chuffed as well and it wouldn't have mattered what it cost he's worth every penny (we do have him insured anyway but with a £70.00 excess)

And I wanted to thank you for your comments on my rutting deer and stag shot it was nice to see what others thought of them especially the stag shot the judge marked down....so thanks for your comments as well it was much appreciated especially from you, as I love all your wildlife shots.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 01, 2010, 08:26:41 PM
Thanks OB, yep our vets pretty good £68.00 for a jab tonight plus a course of antibiotics and the pulling the pus/bite out I was quite chuffed as well and it wouldn't have mattered what it cost he's worth every penny (we do have him insured anyway but with a £70.00 excess)

And I wanted to thank you for your comments on my rutting deer and stag shot it was nice to see what others thought of them especially the stag shot the judge marked down....so thanks for your comments as well it was much appreciated especially from you, as I love all your wildlife shots.  :tup:

 :-[
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 02, 2010, 08:33:25 AM
Glad your cats OK Krennon. Ours has had bites in his tail twice recently where he has pulled all the fur out to keep it clean and self treat. Pretty sure it must have been one of our local urban  foxes chasing him to the cat flap and catching him. Ashamed to say we went for the surviving in the wild / self treatment approach each time keeping an eye on things in case vet needed and he did well ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 02, 2010, 08:52:16 AM
Jinky on Come Dine With Me? Not sure the world is ready for that . . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 02, 2010, 12:37:25 PM
Jinky on Come Dine With Me? Not sure the world is ready for that . . .
             No! He'd be great...honest!
             I'd love to hear what that narrator bloke has to say about him. :2funny:
                                Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 02, 2010, 01:01:13 PM
My kids are threatening to disown me - does that mean they won`t cost me anything then?  :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 03, 2010, 04:52:35 PM
This does go under the heading of "me and my big mouth".

I was on Twitter yesterday and mentioned to a designer I know who happens to have the most amazing bridal coat that it would look awfully nice photographed in snow.

In the past 24 hours I've been on Twitter, Model Mayhem, Skype and the phone almost constantly.  On a tiny budget we have sourced:

1. Model
2. Make up artist
3. Hair stylist
4. Landrover to get people around
5. Castle
6. 2 of the most gorgeous huskies in the world (seriously they have won awards)

All I have to do is shoot it tomorrow.  In a foot or so of snow.....

Can.  Not.  Wait.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 03, 2010, 05:36:48 PM
serves you right for advertising the fact that you had cleared your drive way and challenging any one to complain about it.

They didn't complain - they just reasoned that as you were now free to get out...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 05, 2010, 04:52:47 PM
Cake.  Piece of ;)  Apart from all the snow melting...

http://peoplebyryan.com/fashion/snow-queen
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 05, 2010, 05:03:17 PM
Cake.  Piece of ;)  Apart from all the snow melting...

http://peoplebyryan.com/fashion/snow-queen

Cracking couple of photos with the model and dogs looking good.  :tup:

I see what you mean about the coat.  8)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 05, 2010, 07:21:39 PM
   Jonathan!........Your starting to annoy me! :knuppel2:

                     Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 05, 2010, 09:07:18 PM
My christmas cake recipe  :tup:

CHRISTMAS CAKE - Ingredients:

* 2 cups flour
* 1 stick butter
* 1 cup of water
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* Lemon juice
* 4 large eggs
* Nuts
* 1 bottle Brandy
* 2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the brandy to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the brandy
again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and
drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large
fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best
to make sure the brandy is still OK. Try another cup... Just in case. Turn
off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the
cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit
gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the
brandy to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something.
Check the brandy. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one
table. Add a spoon of sugar, or some fink. Whatever you can find. Greash the
oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget
to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish
the brandy and wipe counter with the cat.

Bingle Jells!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on December 06, 2010, 12:47:21 AM
The Mrs. and I made Marmalade today. Bourbon Marmalade, Drambuie Marmalade and Peach Schnapps Marmalade. I'm ready for Christmas breakfast at least! ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 06, 2010, 08:22:15 PM
Great set of shots as always JR the one with the model twisting in the wind is terrific!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 06, 2010, 10:39:45 PM
Just got back from Camera Club got a 9/10 for my View from the Tate Terrace shot (need to load it into the gallery) and 8.5/10 for my Rutting Deer shot which is in the wildlife gallery so 17.5 out of a possible 20....well chuffed and think that may have put me at the top of the leader board in the Standard Class  :tup:......Great judge that Mr Abercrombie sir will know, Jay Charnock of Rich & Twick PS very very constructive comments and some great advice particularly about the three things that make a photo....Timing, Geometry & Lighting....which when you actually stop to think about it, is exactly what a photo is all about.....very chuffed with my scores though and the compliments she gave out to everyone not just me....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 06, 2010, 10:42:41 PM
Well done Keith, told you a camera club is the place to learn. Taught Jay everything she knows ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 06, 2010, 11:14:21 PM
Thanks Alan and you were spot, on join a club I've made a few friends there and we've been out on a couple of shoots n stuff and if anyones been reading AP in recent weeks there's been lots of letters back n forth about perceived "camera snobbery" I have not come across this at all it's not what you take the shot with it's the shot you take that matters, a couple of members have put shots in that were taken with point n shoots that have scored highly....so anyone thinking of joining a club I say do it.....you can only learn from it...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 07, 2010, 09:19:10 AM
Well done indeed Keith. I particularly liked the Stag shot and thought it worth all the marks it be given.

Hope to be joining in the Horsham Club in the new year now the move has started to settle down. Also have the Crawley club just up the road - but a 25 minute walk is preferable to a 25 minute drive!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 07, 2010, 06:46:09 PM
A couple of things so far this week.

Two print acceptances for International Exhibitions.

1. Mono person picture for the 2011 Smethwick International.

2. Mono landscape for the RPS Members Exhibition. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on December 07, 2010, 07:00:51 PM
Seing one of our own getting a Highly commended in POY

Well done Paul.

http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48 (http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 07, 2010, 07:07:25 PM
Seing one of our own getting a Highly commended in POY

Well done Paul.

http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48 (http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48)

Many congrats Paul hope it speeds your recovery :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 07, 2010, 07:32:53 PM
Congrats Paul - don't suppose you got paid?

Shame about the contest overall though - same old same old - winning pictures a mixture of specialist equipment, exotic locations and freakshow.

Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on December 10, 2010, 08:34:52 AM
The Rugby cub have sed me to fy to Penzance on Saturdy to shoot their game aganst the Cornish Pirates , now I now they appreciate my efforts  :).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 10, 2010, 10:41:37 AM
Seing one of our own getting a Highly commended in POY

Well done Paul.

http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48 (http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/photographer-of-the-year-2010-commended-photos#ad-image48)

Never has a picture summed up Dubai better - the worlds largest building site  :tup:
Nicely done by the way...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: michaelb104 on December 13, 2010, 10:30:29 AM
After a 4.5 hour drive to work finding that I’ve got IOTW.

Really chuffed, thank you.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 13, 2010, 10:42:14 AM
Well done Mike.

My friend posted on Farcebook that his kindle had packed up. Went into the study and found that all my books were still working  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 13, 2010, 06:39:02 PM
Out of the blue had a Kindle for my birthday last month, made a change from a sweater! Been chuckling to myself each evening having downloaded some P G Wodehouse gems, which I haven't read since some forty years ago. So they do breakdown do they? I must tell Gussie Fink Nottle when I'm next in the Drones Club. :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 13, 2010, 06:40:18 PM
Brilliant Tringle made me laugh.....

Why would anyone want an "electronic book" I can understand it if you're a student and you can get text books for it or if you live in a bedsit...or if you are partially sighted as you can increase the font/page size but really I like to turn pages and feel paper between not slide my finger over a screen and make like I'm on the USS Enterprise......

wmmfgt work flew by arrived at 8 finished at 5:30 felt like I'd only been there for a couple of hours that and my boss bought me lunch (she's good to me and great to work for) and finding out that as my wife passed an inspection at work she has been given Xmas Eve off....which means we can drive down to Devon first thing on the 24th instead of going down in the afternoon.... :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on December 13, 2010, 06:52:31 PM
Why would anyone want an "electronic book" I can understand it if you're a student and you can get text books for it or if you live in a bedsit...or if you are partially sighted as you can increase the font/page size but really I like to turn pages and feel paper between not slide my finger over a screen and make like I'm on the USS Enterprise......

I was also given a kindle this last autumn. It's handy if you travel a lot, saves carrying the bulk of a book. The screen's quite nice, being an e-paper, rather than an LCD screen. It can also store many many books. Do I prefer a real book? Well, they both have their advantages.

WMMFG? I found €100 on the street on Saturday. Given half to charity and wondering what to do with the rest...

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 13, 2010, 06:59:03 PM
I forgot to add that my wife is an avid reader and I only seem to get to read with it early morning and late night. She suggests that it will save me all those trips to the charity shop taking her used books down there. I think she is angling for one of her own! ::)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 13, 2010, 07:03:09 PM
Out of the blue had a Kindle for my birthday last month, made a change from a sweater! Been chuckling to myself each evening having downloaded some P G Wodehouse gems, which I haven't read since some forty years ago. So they do breakdown do they? I must tell Gussie Fink Nottle when I'm next in the Drones Club. :dance:

Excellent reminder Alan. Recently got an iPhone and i'm enjoying having books on there to read whilst sat around waiting for my next train...
P.G. Wodehouse and the drones Club here i come   :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 13, 2010, 11:26:58 PM
The only trouble with a Kindle is, it's hard to bend the corner to mark the page!  :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 14, 2010, 11:11:21 AM
The only trouble with e-books is that you don't own them. So you can't give it to a friend or a charity shop when you've finished with them.

I'd get a kindle like a shot, but only if I could have ownership of the texts I buy.

Like that will ever happen . . .
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on December 14, 2010, 02:26:35 PM
The only trouble with e-books is that you don't own them. So you can't give it to a friend or a charity shop when you've finished with them.

Yup, a serious down side for the consumer, but this seems to be the way all such content is being marketed now. It's a win-win situation for the copyright holder: you can sell it lots of times to the same person. In a few years I see the market going to pay per read. It's like the music industry, which has hobbled people's music collections via DRM. The common problem there: you replace your computer, and you need to transfer the content to another machine that might not be licensed.

The problem with this consumer model for the kindle is that it's tied to Amazon - what happens if Amazon goes bankrupt and the Kindle management service is no longer available? Can you transfer your purchases to a non-Kindle device? What happens in 100 years when these works are no longer copyrighted, but there's no legal means (thanks to DRM and the DMCA) to convert them to an open format?

Quote
I'd get a kindle like a shot, but only if I could have ownership of the texts I buy.

Like that will ever happen . . .

Mine was given to me. And I'm still in two minds about it: I can appreciate the convenience, but don't like the ephemeral ownership of the contents.

That said, I've only bought one ebook for it, and most of the content is from project Gutenberg. And the books are not much more expensive than a couple of newspapers or magazines, all of which end up in recycling anyway (although with newspapers and magazines the contents have an effective expiration date).

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: rksmith51 on December 15, 2010, 09:42:17 PM
WMMFGT ?  the payment for my Scotsman images went into the bank today, now what do I need  :legit:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 16, 2010, 06:52:21 PM
wmmfgt....

Being told it's Dress down all next week we have a company shirt and tie that we normally have to wear and we've been let off for next week, that and allegedly our boss may be taking us out for lunch one day....and I'm only working 4 days next week then weather permitting off down to Devon on Xmas Eve....hopefully leave early (about 7) get there in time for lunch.....yay.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 17, 2010, 05:29:46 PM
Not too sure it made me feel good, but it's ironic relevance made me chuckle. Whilst posting on another thread about horses defecating on the road I was puzzling how to spell faeces, I used turd instead :-\

I went to Google and typed in the first couple of letters and right by faeces was 'Facebook'. As Howard in France always refers to Facebook as Farcebook I will now call it Faecesbook. Very apt I think. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on December 17, 2010, 07:18:10 PM
The Gas fitters told me they will be finished on Monday and we will have central heating again.. :tup:   To speed things up I wired the boiler for them. The frustrating thing is that I no longer hold a " Part P " certificate so the fitters have to check it.  >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Hinfrance on December 17, 2010, 08:18:39 PM
Not too sure it made me feel good, but it's ironic relevance made me chuckle. Whilst posting on another thread about horses defecating on the road I was puzzling how to spell faeces, I used turd instead :-\

I went to Google and typed in the first couple of letters and right by faeces was 'Facebook'. As Howard in France always refers to Facebook as Farcebook I will now call it Faecesbook. Very apt I think. :tup:

Couldn't have put it better myself  :dance:

Good news about the heating Dave. It's even a bit nippy hereabouts just at the moment.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on December 17, 2010, 10:13:37 PM
Had a visit from my sister today and she had bought me a years subscription to practical photography as a thankyou for doing some portraits for her, nice to be appreciated.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 19, 2010, 01:37:57 PM
I got home safely after a "fairly tough" 28 hours.

Here's what happened:

Friday 2:30, friend who is a professional wedding photographer rang me in tears.  I won't go into details but due to a family emergency she had to be a long way away very soon.  Could I cover a wedding on Saturday?  Sure.

Spent Friday afternoon prepping kit, reassuring bride (who of course had no idea who I was - she just knew the photographer she had chosen was cancelling) and talking to other photographer's second shooter.  Plan was I would be primary and 2nd would do the other stuff including some special requests from the bride.  No sweat.

Saturday 8:30 set off with camera kit, extra lights and enough stuff so I could sleep in the car if I had to.  Plus food and a rug for the wheels just in case.

9:30 arrive at bride's house 30 mins early.

9:45 seconds shooter bails out on me............

....lots of pics....

11:30 arrive at church (wedding at noon).  Snowing hard.  Put car in pub car park and curse not bringing a shovel.

11:50 Bride arrives in rear wheel drive, automatic Daimler with no traction control.  Chaffeur looks visibly worried.  Snowing very hard now.

12:00 wedding doesn't start.  Only 1/4 of guests have made it - others are on way or stranded.

12:00 - 1:00 - the best church EVER.  Vicar and choir make coffee for us, steal milk from neighbours and sing carols.

1:00 wedding.  Most guests have made it - some are still in Surrey.

1:30 pics in church (vicar VERY accommodating "it's just a building - do what you need to")

2:00 sweep couple of inches of snow off car with broom borrowed from chorister and set off for reception.  Conditions very very hazardous.  Local choir who heard where we were going said there was no chance of getting there.  I make it 15 miles in 45 minutes.  Quite a bit of it sideways.  Guests who had taken gritted roads (gee, thanks Mrs Satnav Woman) took, err, 90 mins... :)

3:30 onwards - reception etc.  Drinking, carousing, pics in snow.

8:00 I realise I can't make it home.  Reports from friends on Twitter say "don't even think about it - many people stuck in Canterbury for hours".  Start negotiating a rate with hotel :D

9:00 start drinking with guests.... :)

Sunday...

7:30 up bright and early

8:00 breakfast, check weather, ring people to get up to date

10:00 leave for home

12:00 Arrive home - 2 hours to drive 40 miles in conditions that really aren't great (yes, my traction control really does work - and the antilocks)

So yeah, I'm pretty happy just to be home safely with no dramas.  Oh and I'm pretty pleased with the pictures too ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 19, 2010, 02:22:41 PM
    Sounds like your friend, the Bride & Groom and everyone involved are going to be grateful to you!
                                    Graham.  :tup: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on December 19, 2010, 03:59:15 PM
Above and beyond the call of duty Jonathan! Hope you enjoyed yourself nonetheless and you got to raise your rep even more :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 19, 2010, 05:35:22 PM
Glad you got home safely Jonathan.

I've no doubt you've done your cred no end of good.
As to the chaos described - i think that quietly you enjoy a good challenge   ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Eileen on December 19, 2010, 06:16:47 PM
Glad all turned out well in the end Jonathan. I'm sure the B&G are really appreciative of all you've done. Very professional (in the best sense of the word).
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 19, 2010, 08:05:41 PM
Thanks everyone :)

>> Above and beyond the call of duty Jonathan!

TBH not really.  I sell my clients certainty.  When I agree to a job it will get done.

>> i think that quietly you enjoy a good challenge

Of course ;)  Actually I could have done with a little less - both CLS and radio trigger mysteriously stopped working.  First dance pics were brought to you with the help of duct tape.

Now there are pictures.....

http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/suzanne-and-peter-a-wedding-in-the-snow
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 19, 2010, 08:31:09 PM
Excellent set of pictures - and story.

But not much snow -only looks about 2" - got about 8" here. Time you got a decent car - proper 4x4 - wouldn;t have got you home any easier, but would have got you there easier :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 19, 2010, 08:34:35 PM
As has been said, you are a true professional JR.  :tup:

Cracking series of shots, which are even better considering you didn't have time to checkout the venues beforehand also, with the conditions forcing you to adjust on the hoof. I can understand why you are proud of them and fully justified in doing so.  :tup: :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: SimonW on December 19, 2010, 09:01:11 PM
Jonathan, those wedding pix are perfect. I'm sure the B and G must be thrilled. Lovely to see your work. I can appreciate the pressure on a wedding photographer under noraml circumstances, never mind all theextra hassle.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 19, 2010, 09:15:58 PM
But its exactly that, that makes a decent Pro. Adaption and making it work. And so no one else knows that it's been cobbled together at the last minute - or a second ago. Because when they look back in 10years at their pictures, they will have, to a degree, forgotten the issues, and just have a set of superb pictures to look back on.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 20, 2010, 12:10:53 AM
Thanks everyone :)

>> Above and beyond the call of duty Jonathan!

TBH not really.  I sell my clients certainty.  When I agree to a job it will get done.

>> i think that quietly you enjoy a good challenge

Of course ;)  Actually I could have done with a little less - both CLS and radio trigger mysteriously stopped working.  First dance pics were brought to you with the help of duct tape.

Now there are pictures.....

http://peoplebyryan.com/weddings/suzanne-and-peter-a-wedding-in-the-snow
I always follow your links and enjoy looking at at your work, and this series IMHO is your best to date.
You should be proud of yourself for producing this quality of work given the time scales etc.
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 20, 2010, 08:58:16 AM
Thanks very much.  IMO not my best work of the year but fairly close ;)  The children in the church is my favourite.

>> But not much snow -only looks about 2" - got about 8" here. Time you got a decent car - proper 4x4 - wouldn;t have got you home any easier

Yeah it was just a couple of inches in Staplehurst - 6 - 8 in Canterbury.  But as you know it's not the depth that matters.  Front spoiler will clear about 6 inches of snow but half an inch of packed snow under the wheels is enough to make it exciting.  Almost all I know about driving on slippery stuff involves using the clutch so driving a new car with auto transmission was interesting.  Paddle shift rules though - you can change gear while sliding and keep both hands on the wheel :D

I know it's not a proper 4X4 - but there's a hilariously "parked" Vitara in Canterbury.  I reckon they are waiting for dark to claim it so people don't laugh at them for getting stuck on a flat straight bypass.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 20, 2010, 09:23:30 AM
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Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 20, 2010, 10:16:49 AM
Absolutely cracking set of shots and a great story JR, the B&G must be very happy with those shots especially as they hadn't even met you prior to your arrival..as already said the consumate professional as ever.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 20, 2010, 05:09:55 PM
     WMMFGT?

                  Just got home to an email from the local BBC radio folk music presenter.
                  They've offerd me a two night (paid) gig, photographing the Shefield Folk Chorale singing and performing a 3 act Mystery play at the Derby Cathedral.
                  Two nights, two performances, two chances to get it right!
                                  Graham.  :)

 Oh. And it features the world famous (In folky circles) Graham & Eileen Pratt.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on December 20, 2010, 06:08:33 PM
Wow awesome!  I was right with you until I read the word "folk"..... :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: hevans on December 20, 2010, 06:46:46 PM
As usual, JR, beautiful shots. My fav. is the one of the father putting on his shoes.

Sounds like you had a great time - it seems you thrive on and enjoy adversity and challenges.

H.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 20, 2010, 07:10:04 PM
Wow awesome!  I was right with you until I read the word "folk"..... :D
            You know, I know exactly what you mean.
            It will be the traditional, finger in the ear, beer with twigs floating in it, kind of folk! But hey, It's a full blown choir, in a cathedral and it's going to be stunning!
                                 Graham. :dance:

PS   Those pics you did over the weekend are just great. There's a real "Spirit of the blitz", "OK we're here, lets make the most of it and have a good time." sort of vibe. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 20, 2010, 09:40:53 PM
    WMMFGT?

                  Just got home to an email from the local BBC radio folk music presenter.
                  They've offerd me a two night (paid) gig, photographing the Shefield Folk Chorale singing and performing a 3 act Mystery play at the Derby Cathedral.
                  Two nights, two performances, two chances to get it right!
                                  Graham.  :)

 Oh. And it features the world famous (In folky circles) Graham & Eileen Pratt.


Well done Graham.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 20, 2010, 10:25:16 PM
when i see folk - i think "Steeleye Span!" Well done on the paid gigs Graham.

WMMFGT?

Actually getting my train back to Horsham.

For a hairy 10 minutes i thought i was going to spend my night in the middle of no where (well between Holmwood and Ockley) for the night because my train discovered there was some snow falling. Really - this place is sooooo remote (4 miles from Gatwick Airport) that you can never get a mobile phone signal on any network!!!

Yes i'm so glad to be home - just in time to get to bed so i can do it all over again tomorrow  :doh: :o
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 21, 2010, 05:57:46 AM
when i see folk - i think "Steeleye Span!" Well done on the paid gigs Graham.

WMMFGT?

Actually getting my train back to Horsham.

For a hairy 10 minutes i thought i was going to spend my night in the middle of no where (well between Holmwood and Ockley) for the night because my train discovered there was some snow falling. Really - this place is sooooo remote (4 miles from Gatwick Airport) that you can never get a mobile phone signal on any network!!!

Yes i'm so glad to be home - just in time to get to bed so i can do it all over again tomorrow  :doh: :o
         Could'nt you get everyone out to give it a shove?
                         Graham.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on December 21, 2010, 06:59:15 AM
Severn Valley railway kept gong all weekend.   :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 21, 2010, 09:01:40 AM
Great stuff Andrew. It's not all gloom and doom where public services are concerned. There are people who go that extra mile to ensure that services are maintained, and because they have a sense of duty to their 'customers'.

Speaking to my younger daughter last evening, who is a district nurse, and is responsible for a small team of such nurses in the immediate area, and she tells me that no patient has missed a visit despite the treacherous conditions over the past week. Every housebound patient, the elderly, the frail and weak and disabled and in some cases the terminally ill have received their visits for treatment and care. This has meant that they have worked well beyond their allotted hours to achieve this, often walking a couple of miles to reach their destination. Not just a one off job, but each and every day. That's professionalism and dedication! :tup:

And by the way, these are the people that the government now wants to impose a 3 year pay freeze on. >:(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 21, 2010, 09:07:39 AM
Severn Valley railway kept gong all weekend.   :tup:

The Severn Valley uses "real trains" - not the modern alluminium tubes on wheels occupying railway lines!
I remind you of the story last winter, when the newly built A1 "Tornado stepped in to provide a service from London to Canterbury where no South Eastern service could.

Modern trains are built with a kind of shoe gear that just doesn't like falling snow.
Southern has recently been given an influx of older stock to provide extra seating capacity with passengers moaning about getting "cast offs". What said passengers are now finding is that these older trains not only run better in the snow - but actually clean the snow off the lines as well. There's progress for you!

To use Southerns previous mantra "using the best of the past to improve the future!"

As for medical staff - if the greedy politicians were to take a 3 year pay freeze then the nurses and other front line staff could get closer to the wage they deserved...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 21, 2010, 09:47:30 AM
Just had my first unaided shower / hair wash in 12 days and feel mcuh better. After my hernia op with complications my gut is starting to work better and getting stronger each day. Limited diet but won`t do me any harm and I have lost some weight I needed to.

As for Abers point on the nurses NHS - I went from one end to the other in opinions when I was in. First day or so I was amzed at the lack of staff, organisation and more especially available bed to egt me out of a chair after 14 hours! Once the op was done, the complications set in and some of the more unpleasant aspects of what happened to me kicked in I never ceased to be amazed by the kindness, devotion to duty and sheer hard work of the doctors and nurses. Even in this government`s hands I feel the NHS will somehow survive due to that spirit and dedication but please give them a break!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 21, 2010, 05:16:59 PM
alas 'tis true nurses & doctors are worth their weight in gold yet successive governments don't seem to realise it, overall I have had excellent service from the NHS especially when I mashed my knee up, my physio was superb....they should all be paid a decent wage, lose the middle management and the various quangos etc and the NHS could be so much better than it is (and that is not to denegrate the front line staff in any way)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 21, 2010, 07:38:57 PM
Just had my first unaided shower / hair wash in 12 days and feel mcuh better. After my hernia op with complications my gut is starting to work better and getting stronger each day. Limited diet but won`t do me any harm and I have lost some weight I needed to.


Glas to hear you are on the mend.  :tup:

As you are on a limited diet, can I have your turkey?  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 22, 2010, 08:04:00 AM
No Oldboy ... but you can have my sprouts  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Delamanda on December 22, 2010, 08:13:29 AM
Glad to see you back Jinky!  Hope you're soon running at full steam.

Oldboy - you can have my sprouts too!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on December 22, 2010, 11:46:38 AM
No Oldboy ... but you can have my sprouts  ;)


Oldboy - you can have my sprouts too!

I love sprouts.  :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on December 22, 2010, 02:29:47 PM
Severn Valley railway kept gong all weekend.   :tup:

The Severn Valley uses "real trains" - not the modern alluminium tubes on wheels occupying railway lines!
I remind you of the story last winter, when the newly built A1 "Tornado stepped in to provide a service from London to Canterbury where no South Eastern service could.

Modern trains are built with a kind of shoe gear that just doesn't like falling snow.
Southern has recently been given an influx of older stock to provide extra seating capacity with passengers moaning about getting "cast offs". What said passengers are now finding is that these older trains not only run better in the snow - but actually clean the snow off the lines as well. There's progress for you!

To use Southerns previous mantra "using the best of the past to improve the future!"

As for medical staff - if the greedy politicians were to take a 3 year pay freeze then the nurses and other front line staff could get closer to the wage they deserved...

Tell them to buy Bombardier, made in Canada, where it snows.  ;D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on December 22, 2010, 03:13:01 PM
Severn Valley railway kept gong all weekend.   :tup:

The Severn Valley uses "real trains" - not the modern alluminium tubes on wheels occupying railway lines!
I remind you of the story last winter, when the newly built A1 "Tornado stepped in to provide a service from London to Canterbury where no South Eastern service could.

Modern trains are built with a kind of shoe gear that just doesn't like falling snow.
Southern has recently been given an influx of older stock to provide extra seating capacity with passengers moaning about getting "cast offs". What said passengers are now finding is that these older trains not only run better in the snow - but actually clean the snow off the lines as well. There's progress for you!

To use Southerns previous mantra "using the best of the past to improve the future!"

As for medical staff - if the greedy politicians were to take a 3 year pay freeze then the nurses and other front line staff could get closer to the wage they deserved...

Tell them to buy Bombardier, made in Canada, where it snows.  ;D

        Well Mr Spinner!
                                  I think you'll find they'er also made in Derby....where it's snowing! :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Mick on December 24, 2010, 01:54:25 PM
No Oldboy ... but you can have my sprouts  ;)


Oldboy - you can have my sprouts too!

I love sprouts.  :tup: :tup:

OB, Just remember what Sprouts can do.  ;)  http://sendables.jibjab.com/sendables/225/farting_elves
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on December 24, 2010, 06:32:13 PM
finishing work at 2pm :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 27, 2010, 12:01:33 PM
A place I've always intended to visit. Good photography, worth a look-at. :tup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12060599
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 27, 2010, 12:06:33 PM
Severn Valley railway kept gong all weekend.   :tup:

The Severn Valley uses "real trains" - not the modern alluminium tubes on wheels occupying railway lines!
I remind you of the story last winter, when the newly built A1 "Tornado stepped in to provide a service from London to Canterbury where no South Eastern service could.

Modern trains are built with a kind of shoe gear that just doesn't like falling snow.
Southern has recently been given an influx of older stock to provide extra seating capacity with passengers moaning about getting "cast offs". What said passengers are now finding is that these older trains not only run better in the snow - but actually clean the snow off the lines as well. There's progress for you!

To use Southerns previous mantra "using the best of the past to improve the future!"

As for medical staff - if the greedy politicians were to take a 3 year pay freeze then the nurses and other front line staff could get closer to the wage they deserved...

Tell them to buy Bombardier, made in Canada, where it snows.  ;D

It is with much joy that i tell you that ALL Electorstar trains are built by Bombardier  :D
Difference is - they DON'T work in Snow - apparently the tchnology didn't transfer across the pond  :-\
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 27, 2010, 12:08:23 PM
A place I've always intended to visit. Good photography, worth a look-at. :tup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12060599

Seen this mentioned before - could be the subject of a meet! It would suit your infra red system a treat i think Alan.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on December 27, 2010, 02:28:47 PM
As it's a privately owned cemetery there are a few restrictions in place. It would not seem the west cemetery is open for photography.

Details are here    http://www.highgate-cemetery.org/index.php/home
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on December 27, 2010, 04:19:46 PM
Thanks for the info Alan. Gonna give it a look.

OK, so what cheered me up - well it appears i have become the owner of a £600 32gb iPhone courtesy of my mobile phone provider screwing things up.
I now only require a "Sim only" contract on a yearly basis instead of the normal 2 year contract at a higher monthly rate to achieve what i had signed up for.

I have had to suffer a new number for the privilege, but as the number was already lost, i suppose this will do as a compensation  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on December 29, 2010, 08:37:28 AM
Just managed to play with my Mini Graphics Pad I bought from Aldi for the bargain price of £17.99 a few weeks ago. Works really well for editing in photoshop and for writing notes etc. Bargain with a 3 year warranty - cannot be bad. If you see one it`s worth getting. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: skellum on December 29, 2010, 06:21:29 PM
Preston North End have finally sacked manager Darren Fergusson... :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on December 31, 2010, 07:08:28 PM
OKAY it was Xmas day not today but the wife bought me a Lowepro 202AW bag for Xmas and I am well chuffed with it, pockets and dividers and a tripod holder, plus I've sussed out I can slip my fold up white balance reader inside the AW cover pocket so that stays out the way....If you haven't got more than 3 or so lenses that you carry with you then this is the perfect bag.....otherwise consider the 302AW.....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 05, 2011, 02:34:57 AM
Found a place in a neighbouring town that had the oven part I needed, in stock. Drove out and picked it up. Now I have a working oven! No need for take-out. :P
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 05, 2011, 10:33:17 AM
Found a place in a neighbouring town that had the oven part I needed, in stock. Drove out and picked it up. Now I have a working oven! No need for take-out. :P

So your're cooking now.  :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Just Dave on January 05, 2011, 10:44:10 AM
So your're cooking now.  :2funny:

 :2funny:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 05, 2011, 04:13:05 PM
Getting Elliott Erwitt's book 'Personal Best'. A photographer with a fantastic eye and a wicked sense of humour. :)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on January 05, 2011, 04:19:03 PM
Getting Elliott Erwitt's book 'Personal Best'. A photographer with a fantastic eye and a wicked sense of humour. :)

Ooo nice.

I got a copy of Avedon's "Performance" for Christmas and the images and print quality are just a delight.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 05, 2011, 05:24:25 PM
Getting Elliott Erwitt's book 'Personal Best'. A photographer with a fantastic eye and a wicked sense of humour. :)

Ooo nice.

I got a copy of Avedon's "Performance" for Christmas and the images and print quality are just a delight.
      Elliot Erwit for me too.
                                    I got "To the dogs". So much more than a book of dog pics. Beautifully observerd and as Alan says a very keen and evident sence of humour.
                                                                   Graham.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 05, 2011, 07:26:03 PM
Found a place in a neighbouring town that had the oven part I needed, in stock. Drove out and picked it up. Now I have a working oven! No need for take-out. :P

So your're cooking now.  :2funny:

With Gas! :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: irv_b on January 05, 2011, 10:28:17 PM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 06, 2011, 07:01:56 AM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:

     Passing my driving test was the most nerve racking but ulltimately satisfying thing I have ever done (Sad life, I know.) Much more than school exams.
     It's proof that your an adult at last!
                         Graham. :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on January 06, 2011, 07:29:34 AM
WMMFG - Newcastel score last night in this topsy turvy season when I feared the worst with the strike force available and that Ben Arfa has signed for us now on a deal. Please god let`s finish top 10 with no worries in the last weeks of the season.
Also finally feel on the mend after a month of dodgy stomach issues and pain from the operation I had. Still eating small portions but everything working as it should in my gut for the last day or two and I can eat just about anything except red meat, milk or pastry at this point. :)
Going out for only the 2nd time in a month today and on my own. Planning an exciting walk to local Sainsburys - only a mile or so- and doing a small shop until my daughter collects me on her way back from work - exciting or what  ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: ABERS on January 06, 2011, 09:12:13 AM
Glad to hear you're on the mend Jinks. You crossed my mind last evening as I was watching the BBC news and the piece about snow returning to certain parts of the country. I could have sworn the background picture was the one you had success with in the PR POTY. The sledging one with figures dotted around it. I may be wrong but if the news is on I-player you may want to have a look.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on January 06, 2011, 11:52:12 PM
WMMFG - Newcastel score last night in this topsy turvy season when I feared the worst with the strike force available and that Ben Arfa has signed for us now on a deal. Please god let`s finish top 10 with no worries in the last weeks of the season.
Also finally feel on the mend after a month of dodgy stomach issues and pain from the operation I had. Still eating small portions but everything working as it should in my gut for the last day or two and I can eat just about anything except red meat, milk or pastry at this point. :)
Going out for only the 2nd time in a month today and on my own. Planning an exciting walk to local Sainsburys - only a mile or so- and doing a small shop until my daughter collects me on her way back from work - exciting or what  ;)
Blimey Jinky, seems you've had a bit of a rough time recently. Hope things get better for you.
Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on January 06, 2011, 11:55:19 PM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:
Yes it will cost you money Irv. My daughter passed her test before Xmas so it cost me quite a few bob to get her a car and pay for the insurance as a Xmas present. Still once he's got his own car, you don't have to drive him to partys etc and then pick him up at some ungodly hour !!
Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 07, 2011, 07:10:10 AM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:
Still once he's got his own car, you don't have to drive him to partys etc and then pick him up at some ungodly hour !!
Nick

      Quite right. He'll be able to drive you to parties etc and then pick you up at some ungodly hour!  :tup:
                                 Graham.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 07, 2011, 10:02:16 AM
I know this isn't necessarily polite but...

Roy Keane has finally been sacked as manager of Ipswich.
Now we can get on with the business of finding a manager who can work with the constraints offered by a bunch of farmers with expensive tractors - but not a cook who can teach you how to boil an egg!

Also, England need a manager who's gonna lead a team to win the world cup, and they only ever come Ipswich  :tup: :dance:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: spinner on January 07, 2011, 01:12:56 PM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:
Still once he's got his own car, you don't have to drive him to partys etc and then pick him up at some ungodly hour !!
Nick

      Quite right. He'll be able to drive you to parties etc and then pick you up at some ungodly hour!  :tup:
                                 Graham.

A rite of passage! I remember when I got my license had to take my parents out to the Veteran's Hall every Sat. night and go by my aunt and uncles house to get them. Then do the reverse at 2 am. them all pished and my uncle wanting to hit up some carryout place (which he usually didn't eat). :beer: :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Jonathan on January 10, 2011, 05:08:23 PM
WMMFGT?

Prospective client just buzzed me on Twitter asking for a day rate for a location fashion shoot.

I quoted my happy price and asked if they had a particular location in mind.

"Yeah, we just decided Highclere - you know where they shot Downton Abbey.  Can we talk dates?"

I love my job.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on January 13, 2011, 04:48:11 PM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:

     Passing my driving test was the most nerve racking but ulltimately satisfying thing I have ever done (Sad life, I know.) Much more than school exams.
     It's proof that your an adult at last!
                         Graham. :tup:

urgh, hate them. Yeah i said them, plural. Got my damn fourth one coming up, just stupid stupid mistakes i make. The driving and the turns (left reverse, turn in the road and all that) are fine just stupid mistakes...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: bones615 on January 13, 2011, 05:52:53 PM
WMMFGT
One of my sons passed his driving test theory exam and he scored the highest in the class - I know ultimately it will cost me money but he was so happy when he told me on the phone :tup:

My eldest passed his theory on saturday morning, took him to the centre and asked if i could sit in the waiting area & read my paper - "NO it might be needed for candidates" so i waited downstairs & 3 people passed me, how annoying when there were about 20 chairs in the room.
Looking forward to his car, get back to messing with old bangers, old sound system in the loft to fit. Will probably have to wait until he's been to uni and earning though.

Simon
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on January 18, 2011, 01:35:06 PM
WMMFGT

Last night an excellent talk by a Landscape photographer called Paul Foley (sure Abers will know of him) he runs workshops Spirit and Vision as well, some absolutely fantastic images on display last night and all on these funny little plastic things that are apparently called "Slides"  ;) (remember them from circa 1974 I think)
Seriously it was an absolutely fantastic talk last night and if Paul is coming to a camera club near you then I urge you to join just to see his work and listen to him (Sorry Spin don't think he gets to Canadia but he does get to the USA apparently.)

Link here http://www.chrispalmerphotographer.co.uk/page16.htm and yes I know it says Chris Palmer but Chris apparently helps Paul run the workshops and apparently Paul is upgrading his site at the moment....
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on January 20, 2011, 09:19:50 AM
Not so much made me feel good but did make me laugh and I know I shouldn't really but it's human nature and it was her own fault for not watching where she was going

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12226192
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 20, 2011, 07:38:49 PM
Not so much made me feel good but did make me laugh and I know I shouldn't really but it's human nature and it was her own fault for not watching where she was going

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12226192


I saw that on AOL on Tuesday. It's proof that woman can't multi-task even though they say they can!  :doh:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on January 20, 2011, 09:44:55 PM
Spoke to my accountant today who said I didn't owe the tax man any money. In fact I'm getting a two grand rebate. Funny old world :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: picsfor on January 21, 2011, 11:22:23 AM
I smell a holiday coming up - or more camera kit  :tup: At the very least, a few pints  :beer:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on January 21, 2011, 08:24:32 PM
Not so much made me feel good but did make me laugh and I know I shouldn't really but it's human nature and it was her own fault for not watching where she was going

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12226192


See the lastest - she is going to sue the mall owners.  :uglystupid2:

feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Graham on January 21, 2011, 09:42:13 PM
Not so much made me feel good but did make me laugh and I know I shouldn't really but it's human nature and it was her own fault for not watching where she was going

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12226192


See the lastest - she is going to sue the mall owners.  :uglystupid2:

feature=player_embedded


    Stop the world, I want to get off! :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: nickt on January 21, 2011, 10:10:11 PM
The comments are quite good. Even the Yanks think she's a prat.

Nick
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on January 22, 2011, 08:08:08 PM
Everton not getting beat by West Ham....should have been a win :'(
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on January 23, 2011, 06:09:47 PM
Liking the new scheme/colour of the site.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on January 23, 2011, 07:13:18 PM
Liking the new scheme/colour of the site.  :tup:

+1
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 23, 2011, 07:19:33 PM
Liking the new scheme/colour of the site.  :tup:
Which one have you chosen?
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: CML-1591 on January 24, 2011, 12:28:14 AM
Liking the new scheme/colour of the site.  :tup:
Which one have you chosen?

you can choose  :o :D
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 24, 2011, 12:43:35 AM
Liking the new scheme/colour of the site.  :tup:
Which one have you chosen?

you can choose  :o :D
Have a look at the panel underneath the donate panel right hand side half way down the home page
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on January 25, 2011, 10:29:35 AM
WMMFGT Got an 8/10 for my B&W Trevethy Quoit shot in last nights print comp (it's on my flickr page)
and a 7.5/10 for a shot of a pebble with a rusty band on it, think it's put me in 2nd place with one comp left so it's all to play for now.....fingers crossed I can pull something out of the bag for the last comp and get some good points but the competition is fierce we've got some really good togs at our club....and it is just a bit of fun really I don't take it too seriously but I do like hearing the judges comments they're normally very encouraging and tend to give constructive criticism rather than make disparaging comments...
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jimthetrain on January 26, 2011, 04:23:33 PM
WMMFGT.  AMAZON.

I ordered a battery grip for my 7D (£139) (WEX £195) and a canon battery (£49) (WEX £72) on Monday evening with free super saver delivery and got it earlier on today (Wednesday). Top service me thinks. :tup:

Something slightly related. 7dayshop are doing fully decoded batteries for the 7D for less than a tenner and the write ups seem favourable. You notice these things after you have already ordered from somewhere else. ::) Might try a couple in the near future at that price.
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on February 04, 2011, 03:56:13 PM
WMMFGT Finding out that my company has just signed some more sites of one of our customers in the division I work for, which means possibly a lot more work and responsibility for me potentially, but it may also mean I can possibly negotiate a pay rise...fingers crossed 3 years without one I think I am possibly due a pay rise now (or they can give me an extra 2 weeks hols in lieu I'd be happy with that)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: Oldboy on February 04, 2011, 09:22:42 PM
WMMFGT Finding out that my company has just signed some more sites of one of our customers in the division I work for, which means possibly a lot more work and responsibility for me potentially, but it may also mean I can possibly negotiate a pay rise...fingers crossed 3 years without one I think I am possibly due a pay rise now (or they can give me an extra 2 weeks hols in lieu I'd be happy with that)

That's good news these days. Hope the chat on a pay rise goes well.  :tup:
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on February 04, 2011, 09:54:48 PM
WMMFGT Finding out that my company has just signed some more sites of one of our customers in the division I work for, which means possibly a lot more work and responsibility for me potentially, but it may also mean I can possibly negotiate a pay rise...fingers crossed 3 years without one I think I am possibly due a pay rise now (or they can give me an extra 2 weeks hols in lieu I'd be happy with that)

That's good news these days. Hope the chat on a pay rise gose well.  :tup:

yeah, go for it...i'm sure your worth it ;)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: anglefire on February 05, 2011, 04:16:24 PM
Not really today, but last weekend really!
Spent Friday night, Saturday lunch and Saturday night doing a 40th party for a neighbour, then went to Bala in North wales Sunday for some off roading and more pictures.

(http://www.disco3club.colston-online.co.uk/Bala/slides/IMG_2185%20EOS-1D%20Mark%20III.jpg)

(http://www.disco3club.colston-online.co.uk/Bala/slides/IMG_1943%20EOS-1D%20Mark%20III.jpg)

Full album is Here (http://www.disco3club.colston-online.co.uk/)
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: jinky on February 05, 2011, 05:04:51 PM
Just been watching a stream of the Newcastle - Arsenal game - what a comeback. Just watch Wenger moan and cry on MOTD . Should be fun.
Who needs a centre forward eh!!!
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: alan1572 on February 05, 2011, 05:45:33 PM
everton winning 5-3..what a game
Title: Re: What made you feel good today
Post by: krennon on February 07, 2011, 08:36:24 AM
Went to London yesterday for the Chinese New Year Celebrations got up there at about 10:30 and stayed at Trafalgar Square for a few hours then went on to China Town, great day out, even the coppers were friendly and acccomodating...shots to be posted soon once I've processed them...and no didn't get to Hyde Park and Speakers Corner but that's there every Sunday....Chinese New Year only comes but once a year....finally got home at about 7:30pm and was knackered....did get a red envelope from the money god with 20pence in it though :)

Diary Date for you all Chinese New Year Celebrations next year are on Sunday 29th January....

Kung Hei Fat Choi everybody....