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  • POTD 1 Feb 2009: More Roman remains 1 February 2009

    Capitoline Temple. Roman City of Dougga, The Tell, Tunisia.

    Impresive isn’t it?

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  • POTD 2 Feb 2009: Church, Snow and HDR 2 February 2009

    HDR: Church in Snow

    I said at the start of the year that there would be one exception to my POTD being something that I had uploaded to Alamy… it is something I have taken on that Day.  Well here is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) Image of a church in High Lane in Derbyshire.  Photographed this afternoon in snow.

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  • POTD 3 Feb 2009: Snowy Canal 3 February 2009

    Canal and canal boats in the snow

    Another image from yesterday’s trip out to Buxworth.  I’m just uploading a batch from that trip to Alamy as I type this.

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  • POTD 4 Feb 2009: Snow (3) 4 February 2009

    Church yard in the snow. St Thomas Church, High Lane, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

    I uploaded to Alamy my final batch of snow images from Monday’s trip out today.

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  • POTD 5 Feb 2009: Huts 5 February 2009

    A florest in former Coal Merchant Huts. Heaton Moor, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Today’s upload to Alamy was of the former coal merchant huts in Heaton Moor.  The huts have had many uses over the years but sadly most of them have now disappeared. The only remaining huts are now a florest shop.

    A little more info about these huts can be found on my POTD for 15 Feb 2007 – when the photos were taken:

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  • POTD 6 Feb 2009: El Jem 6 February 2009

    A toursist has a drink at a cafe in front of the Roman amphitheatre / Coliseum. El Jem, Tunisia.

    Spotted a request for images of El Jem in Tunisia on Photographers Direct today so decided to process some of mine so that I can submit them for consideration.

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  • POTD 7 Feb 2009: El Jem 7 February 2009

    The ruins of the Roman amphitheatre / Coliseum. El Jem, Tunisia.

    Another view of El Jem, Tunisia.  Trivia about El Jem:  Doubled for the Coliseum in the film Gladiator.

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  • POTD 8 Feb 2009: El Jem Again 8 February 2009

    The Roman amphitheatre / Coliseum. El Jem, Tunisia.

    I have a print of this image of El Jem hanging on lounge wall.  People keep mistaking it for the Coliseum in Rome.  So you can see why it was used to double for it in the film Gladiator.

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  • POTD 9 Feb 2009: Valletta 9 February 2009

    Dome of Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Valletta, Malta.

    The request at Photographers Direct asking for images of El Jem in Tunisia (the reason I’ve been posting El Jem pics on the POTD last few days) is also asking for images of Valletta in Malta.  So today I uploaded a couple of my Malta photos to Alamy.

    Maltese Balcolnies on M A Vassalli Street. Valletta, Malta.

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  • POTD 10 Feb 2009: The big bang 10 February 2009

    Firing of the noon day gun. . Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.

    Again for the PhotographersDirect request I’ve processed a handful of my Malta/Valletta images today.  These are all from the Saluting battery, where the fire the noon-day gun.

    The noon day gun, over-looking grand harbour. Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.

    The canons. Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.

    The noon day gun, over-looking grand harbour. Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.



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  • POTD 11 Feb 2009: Just catching up 11 February 2009

    Boxing gloves

    Just catching up on the backlog of images waiting to be sent off to the Libraries today. Making slow but steady progress.

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  • POTD 12 Feb 2009: A quick fix 12 February 2009

    A teenage girl with a mobile phone.

    Todays images is one I had to do a quick fix on before I could send it off to Alamy.  The depth of field wasn’t great enough to put the phone and the model in focus.  Neither was the depth of field shallow enough for the model to be truely out of focus.  The solution was to duplicated the image in photoshop.  Blur the copy.  (Gausian blur filter) and the apply a mask so that the in focus phone from the original image could been see though the now out-focus top layer. 

    Photoshop geeks hopefully will follow the above explanation.  For everyone else – it’s a photo of a mobile phone being held by an out-of-focus girl.  Enjoy.

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  • POTD 13 Feb 2009: Laptop and mouse 13 February 2009

    A teenage girl / sudent with a laptop.

    Not too hopeful about how marketable this upload will be.  I suspect the clothing, laptop and mouse will date it very quickly (It’s already 3 years old).  Still, if I leave it long enough it’ll be a retro/history image!

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  • POTD 14 Feb 2009: Valentines Day 14 February 2009

    Valentines Day Scrabble board.

    Created this photograph yesterday for Ann’s valentines day card.  Now it’s been uploaded to Alamy as a stock photo.

    For those who are interested in the technical details it is actually two photos merged together – one with the focus centred on the board, the other with the focusing centred on the tile rack.  By doing that I was able to get a much greater depth of field.  The photo was shot using window light.

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  • POTD 15 Feb 2009: Photographer at work! 15 February 2009

    HDR: The nave at Gorton Monastery. Gorton, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Yesterday the C3 Photographers group went to Gorton Monastery.  Today I’ve been working on those photos.  I took quite a number of HDR images durring the day.  Including this one which shows a number of photographers taking photos.  Perhaps the most remarkable fact is that this image is made up of three exposures and Matt (in the middle of the image) hasn’t moved at all and is perfectly sharp in the image.

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  • POTD 16 Feb 2009: Model Cold 16 February 2009

    Teenage girl with a cold or flu on the telphone.

    Finally finished working through the images I took a few years ago of this model.  Including these of her apparently suffereing from a cold.

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  • POTD 17 Feb 2009: Cannons 17 February 2009

    The canons. Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.

    I’m working on updating the keywording on images that have already been uploaded to Alamy (my Rome photos).  But I’m still keeping to my New Year resolution of sending something to Alamy each day, so I went back to my Malta photos and picked this image of the Saluting Battery looking along the line of cannons.

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  • POTD 18 Feb 2009: Saluting Battery, Malta 18 February 2009

    The entrance. Saluting Battery, Valletta, Malta.

    Finished processing my images from the Saluting Battery in Valletta.  This image is the last shot I took at the battery and is definiately one of my favourites from my time there.

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  • POTD 19 Feb 2009: Relax 19 February 2009

    Water droplets, splashes and ripples .

    There is something about this image that I find very relaxing – I could imagine it being used as a background to a lot things.

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  • POTD 20 Feb 2009: A drop of wine 20 February 2009

    Droplets and splashes in a wine glass.

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  • POTD 21 Feb 2009: Here be dragons 21 February 2009

    A carving of a dragon in the grounds of the Villa Borghese. Borghese Park, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

    26 February 2009:
    I’ve been away for a few days (Saturday – Tuesday) a chance to see my friends in Rugby and to visit “Focus on Imaging” at the NEC.  I didn’t take any photos on either the Saturday or the Sunday of that visit.  Also being away from home I wasn’t able to upload anything to Alamy.  So rather than leave my POTD blank for those 2 days, I thought I’d post a couple of Rome photos.  My Rome photos are already on Alamy but I am in the middle of updating my captions and keywords for them.  So it sort of counts as posting what I’m uploading to Alamy!

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  • POTD 22 Feb 2009: Trevi Fountain 22 February 2009

    Cleaning of Trevi Fountain. Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

    26 February 2009:
    Playing Catch-up.  Another Rome photo that I’ve recently updated the caption and keywords on.  I really like this shot – it give a realy good indicaiton of just how big Trevi fountain actually is.

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  • POTD 23 Feb 2009: Happy Birthday 23 February 2009

    Happy Birthday

    It was the 15th Birthday of my friend’s daughter today – we celebrated it a Pizza Hut!

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  • POTD 24 Feb 2009: Elephant and books 24 February 2009

    Knitted Elephand

    Back home and back to uploading images from my backlog to Alamy. 

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  • POTD 25 Feb 2009: Fugee – Garrick Youth Production 25 February 2009

    Garrick Youth Theatre.

    I was doing photos of the Garrick Youth Production tonight.  The play is a 1 act play called Fugee.  I enjoyed it.  As it is a youth produciton all the photos have to be password protected, so all I can do is show you a pic of the empty set.  Sorry.

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  • POTD 26 Feb 2009: Dugga 26 February 2009

    Capitoline Temple. Roman City of Dougga, Tunisia.

    Back to uploading Tunisian photos to Alamy this evening.  This is yet another photo of the Capitoline Temple at Dougga.

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  • POTD 27 Feb 2009: Z Z z z z . . . 27 February 2009

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    I’m tired too.  Too late to comment on this.  Must do this earlier than 1.20am!

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  • POTD 28 Feb 2009: Roses 28 February 2009

    Close-up of orange roses.

    A rose by any other keyword, caption, or description….!

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