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  • POTD 1 Jan 2012 Happy New Year 1 January 2012

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  • POTD 2 Jan 2012: Winter Fountain 2 January 2012

    Fountain with winter sun (Image Reference: 20120102A-E00032)

    Ann and I went for a walk this morning with friends Stuart & Lucy round Woodbank Park (4.5miles according to my GPS). The final part of the walk took us up through Vernon Park. I really liked how the winter sun was shining through the fountain.

    Water and translucent subject always do look better photographed with backlighting as in this case, and since there wasn’t much colour in the scene a black and white conversion was almost a no-brainer. A slight split toning effect was added in Lightroom along with a vignette to help draw the viewer into the image. I’ve also boosted the contrast and clarity sliders to give the image a bit more ‘bite’.

    2 Jan 2020 Update:
    I am sad to report that this fountain is no longer working and hasn’t been for five or six years. I’m so glad I managed to get the wonderful image before it was left to decay. I hope one day that it will be restored again.

    Settings: 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @70 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/uk/england/stockport1201

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 3 Jan 2012 – True West in Rehearsal 3 January 2012

    Today's photo comes from a rehearsal of the Sam Shepard play True West, which will be opening at Stockport Garrick Theatre in two and a half weeks time. Was at the theatre this evening to get a few images that could be used for publicity purposes.

    This show shows one of the actors, a writer, looking over a script he has been working on. Although the rehearsal was in the Theatre dressing room rather than on stage the cluttered background kind of works with the shot, I can almost imagine a writer in a cluttered home working and reviewing he work.

    #project365 #project366 #yip #POTD #IMBWeb #Theatre #Garrick #StockportGarrick

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  • POTD 4 Jan 2012 – Experiments with Bokeh 4 January 2012

    After a good journey to Fuerteventura we went for a brief walk round Corralejo in the evening. I set myself the task of capturing some bokeh images. Bokeh, for those who don't know, is a Japanese word for out of focus circles of light. I shot several images, but the one I've chosen as my POTD/Year in Pictures/366 Challenge image was from inside a shopping centre where all the columns are covered with lights, and there are blue strips of light on the floor.

    I wasn't sure about the out of focus person in this image when I took the shot but now I quite like it.

    You can see the rest on my gallery here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/corralejonight

    #POTD #366Challenge #YIP365 #365Challenge #IMBWeb #light #bokeh

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  • POTD Thu, 5 Jan 2012: Monument to the fishermen 5 January 2012


    Monument to fishermen and thier families

    On the harbour in Corralejo there are two statues which commemorate the part fishermen and their families have played in making of the town of Corralejo.

    The first statue shows a lone fisherman’s wife looking longingly out to see. Has something happened to her husband? A little further on is a second statue at first sight this appears to be a woman and child being comforted. As you approach the statue you see that the figure with them has a basket of fish and net. Closer examination still shows the figure is smiling. This is not a monument of comforting after loss, it’s joyful reunion of a fisherman with his family.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

    Image Reference: FE0105A-E00090

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  • POTD 6 Jan 2012 – Stone piles 6 January 2012

    Stone piles on the Corralejo dunes beach, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

    We found this pile of rocks on the "Dunes Beach" while out for a walk. I don't know if the rocks are just carefully balanced or are fixed together. Either way it looked impressive enough to warrant a photograph.

    More images from around Corralejo can be found here: photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/corralejo

    #POTD #YIP2012 #Project366 #Project365 #IMBWeb #Spain #beach

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  • POTD 7 Jan 2012 – Church and Trolley 7 January 2012

    This morning we wandered down to the old town section of Corralejo, and went looking for the church in the centre of town. The church of Nuestra Senora Del Carmon is three hundred years old. I don't know how old the building is.

    Lurking at the side of the church was an abandoned shopping trolley. I'll be honest, I moved the trolley in front of the church, for the photo. I processed the images in a number of different ways, but I quite like this high contrast colour version.

    Different versions of the church and trolley images can be found on my gallery: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/corralejo (They are part way through the album)

    All I need to work out now is why does putting a trolley in front of a church make an interesting image?

    #POTD #YIP2012 #Project366 #Project365 #IMBWeb #Spain

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  • POTD 8 Jan 2012 : Lobos Jetty 8 January 2012

    It was time to do a little Island hopping today we caught the ferry over to Lobos 2 miles off the cost of Corralejo. Population almost nil. Lobos is a volcanic island that is only a couple of miles in length. We circumnavigated the island – a walk of about 5.5miles. On route we saw this jetty, which looks far more interesting in black and white and with the sky darkened a little in Lightroom.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #YIP2012 #365Challenge #BlackandWhite #Spain #Lobos #366Challenge

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  • POTD 9 Jan 2012: Feet up at the pool (includes irony) 9 January 2012

    I admit I am a day late in posting this POTD image. For the record it WAS taken yesterday (9 Jan 2012) and given the events of today the irony of the image does not escape me. As those who follow me on facebook will already know: today (10 Jan) I fell down some stairs while sightseeing and have sprained both ankles. :-(

    I guess this is the main view I'm going to see for the next couple of days… except that both ankles are now strapped up!
    #YIP #Google365 #365Project #366Project #POTD #IMBWeb

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  • POTD 10 Jan 2012: Centro de Arte Canario, La Oliva 10 January 2012

    Art installation at Casa Mane Canarian Art’s Centre (Centro de Arte Canario), La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain (Image Reference: 20120110A-E00344)

    This was one of the places we visited in La Oliva (just before I sprained both my ankles). It is an open-air arts centre with interesting sculptures set in gardens. I was trying to get the entirety of this particular sculpture in shot but never quite managed it. I still like the effect of the composition though.

    January 2020 Update: Strange how my tastes in composition change. From all the images I shot on this day, I don’t think now, I would choose this as my POTD. Take a look at the gallery below. Which would you choose?

    Settings: 1/500s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @24 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/fuerteventura/laoliva1201

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 11 Jan 2012 : Barcelo Corralejo Bay Dining Room (11/366) 11 January 2012

    Barcelo Corralejo Bay Dining Room, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

    After spraining my ankles the day before I was just about confined to the hotel today. Spent most of the time in the spa in various pools, saunas and relaxation areas. No photos there didn't want to risk anything happening the camera! I tried to get a POTD at a local restaurant at lunch time… but it was closed. So set this one up in the dining room at the hotel. Unfortunately just after taking this shot the waitress came to move the four empty (unused) glasses and knocked the fanta drink all over Ann's dinner and narrowly missing my camera. I am wondering if it might have been safer to take the camera in to the spa after all. At least I'm not the only one who is accident prone round here!

    #POTD #366Project #365Project #YIP #365Challenge #366Challenge #IMBWeb

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  • POTD 12 Jan 2012: Chipmunk looking for food 12 January 2012

    A chipmunk looks at tourists at a cafe in Jandia, Fuerteventura, Spain (Image Reference: 20120112A-E00449)

    Visiting Jandia today we had nearly 5hrs to explore. Near the town’s lighthouse is where a colony of Chipmunks live. Had a lot of fun photographing these fellows as they hunted for food. There are really quite tame coming right up to you… and then running off very quickly before you have the chance to photograph them.

    I was quite taken with this image of one of them sitting on the rocks where the live and forage for food looking longingly at the tourists sitting outside the nearby beach cafe. I’m not sure how he or she regards them. Invaders or a source of a free lunch?

    Settings: 1/400s, f/4, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @105 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/jandia

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 13 Jan 2012 : Abandoned shopping trolley (13/366) 13 January 2012

    Abandoned shopping trolley, El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Spain

    Difficult to choose which picture to upload as my POTD for 13 Jan. We visited El Cotillo which is where I had planed to go a few days earlier but I sprained my ankles and we had to abandon that idea.

    On the whole El Cotillo is a nice place but there are a few areas of urban decay such as this building where I found an abandoned shopping trolley. I'm starting to think I could make a whole sequence of images based round shopping trolleys.

    With this image I was please I was able to balance the trolley on the left with the chair visible through the doorway. There has been some colour tweaking in Lightroom to generally reduce the saturation of the image.

    More image from the El Cotillo day out can be found here: photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/elcotillo
    #POTD
    #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #Google365Project #YIP

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  • POTD 14 Jan 2012 : Rope fence (14/366) 14 January 2012

    Rope fence, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain

    This was one of the images from our trip over to Lanzarote. It's a rope fence that has seen better days. As Ann pointed out it is quite an appropriate POTD to post. With my ankles still hurting and still needing to be strapped up, both me and the rope are a bit frayed at the edges.
    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract

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  • POTD 15 Jan 2012 : Palm tree with lights (15/366) 15 January 2012

    Palm tree with lights at night, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

    It's been a very lazy day today – largely due to my ankles constantly aching – managed to get out of the hotel twice. Once for a walk up to a shopping area for a craft fair and to get lunch. The second trip out was about getting a photo for my POTD. I've done better night shots in the past but considering this one was done with no tripod and a half second exposure I'm reasonably happy with it.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #YIP #365Project #366Project

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  • POTD 16 Jan 2012 : Bandaged feet on a lounger (15/366) 16 January 2012

    Bandaged feet on a sun lounger, Grande Playa, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain

    As you can see from today's photo my ankles are still strapped up… at least most of the time. We spent a large portion of today just relaxing on the beach, and enjoying the sun.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 17 Jan 2012 : View from a volcano (16/366) 17 January 2012

    The view from the caldera, Lobos, Fuerteventura, Spain

    Really wasn't sure my sprained ankles were going to let me do this! The island of Lobos has a dormant volcano on it. And I wanted to climb it. We left it till the very last day of the holiday and set of for Lobos. Ankles both strapped up, painkillers taken and off we set. I am pleased to say that the ankles held out and I even managed to overtake a couple of other walkers on the way up. Very difficult to pick just one shot from the experience as my Photo Of The Day. But I've settled on this B&W view from the very top looking back to Corralejo and the rest of Fuerteventura.

    More photos from Lobos can be found here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/canary/fuerteventura/lobos

    A great way to end the holiday. Tomorrow we come back home.
    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 18 Jan 2012 : Farewell Fueteventura 18 January 2012

    Fuerteventura Sign as viewed from the cafe smoking area at the air port Airport, Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain

    Time to say good bye – it has been a good two weeks holiday… apart from the sprained ankles. Really enjoyed the time away from home. But now it's back to work. It's going to be a challenge now to see if I can keep up the new photo every day.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 19 Jan 2012 : True West (19/366) 19 January 2012

    Stockport Garrick Theatre – True West Stockport Garrick Theatre, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    One image from the dress rehearsal of Stockport Garrick's latest offering "True West" about two brothers in America. A dark comedy. See: www.stockportgarrick.co.uk for more details of the play.

    More of my photos from the play can be found here: http://photos.imb.biz/garrick/truewest (Please not photos in the album contain plot spoilers)

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 20 Jan 2012 : Chinese woman with paper parasol (20/366) 20 January 2012

    Chinese woman with paper parasol Ian's Studio, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    This is one of a number of Chinese New Year related images from the aptly name "Chinese New Year Even" at the studio. You can see the rest of the images from the shoot here: photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/chinesenewyear – including the Chinese Dancing Lion.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 21 Jan 2012 : Dripping tap (21/366) 21 January 2012

    A dripping tap

    I really struggled to decide which image from the dripping taps set to use as my POTD. Still not 100% sure I made the right choice. The full set can be seen here: photos.imb.biz/stock/aboutthehouse please let me know which one you would have chosen.
    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 22 Jan 2012 : Barton Square Tower (22/366) 22 January 2012

    Ooops… this is posted out of sequence. It made it to my flickr stream in the correct place but somehow I failed to cross post it to Google+ etc before I posted the POTD for the 23rd.

    Barton Square Tower Barton Square, Trafford Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    Not a lot to say about this image. It was a cold and wet day, everything was dull, so the only way to get anything remotely interesting out of the camera was B&W and a lot of pulling and shoving of sliders in Lightroom!
    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 23 Jan 2012 : UK Tax Return Reminder (23/366) 23 January 2012

    UK tax return reminder and money ,

    Tax return done. Not much else to say about this one!
    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 24 Jan 2012 : Snake (24/366) 24 January 2012

    Snake at Ian's Studio, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    Studio was hired by a photographer to photograph some snakes for a client. They were kind enough to let me take a couple of shots, for my POTD.

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 25 Jan 2012 : Beni (25/366) 25 January 2012

    Beni, a teddy bear at Ian's Studio, Stockport, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    Meet Beni. Beni is a travelling bear and he travels with me round the world. (Or to be more accurate he permits me to join him on his travels) He will no doubt make a few appearances in my 366/POTD challenge. So I thought I best introduce him with his own portrait. If you'd like to see a small sample of his travels you can find them on flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/ianbutty/sets/72157600325736423/

    #POTD #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 26 Jan 2012: The Crucible 26 January 2012

    Stockport Garrick Theatre – The Crucible (Image Reference: 20120126A-E01193-5)

    This was a relatively quick shoot to produce an image to publicise Stockport Garrick’s forthcoming production of The Crucible. The lighting was two softboxes front either side and rim lighting behind the three actors. Minimal editing to the image… a boost in clarity and contrast, a reduction in saturation, the actor on the left moved slightly towards the centre and that’s about it.

    Settings: 1/20s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @84 mm.

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/garrick/crucible

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 27 Jan 2012 : Sloping drinks 27 January 2012

    Four glasses with different amounts of coloured liquid on a slope (Image Reference: 20120127A-E01207)

    Four glasses with different amounts of coloured liquid on a slope.

    This was one of the shots we set-up for the “Friday Night at the Studio” table-top night event. Easy to work out how it was done, but I still like the effect of it.

    Settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO 100. Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @88 mm.

    Set-up shot/behind the scenes: Four glasses with different amounts of coloured liquid on a slope

    You can see the other images from this shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/studio/tabletop2

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
    This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

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  • POTD 28 Jan 2012 : Orange (28/366) 28 January 2012

    Close-up of half an orange on a plate

    This is one of the 'props' that didn't get used at the Friday Table-top night at the studio. So I brought it home to eat it. But in order to keep the tax man happy I had to photograph it first as it brought by the business! (Also it stands a better chance of selling as a stock image if I photography before I eat it).

    I have to give credit to "Lucy*Photography" for the inspiration for this image. Her version is here: www.flickr.com/photos/whaleonland/6732886327/

    #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 29 Jan 2012 : Ceramic Goat (29/366) 29 January 2012

    A ceramic goat lit using painting with light techniques ,

    At Friday night's table top session one of the techniques I was teaching was the use of paining with light on table-top objects. For this POTD I used those techniques. The goat came from Fuerteventura. We try to bring back on small memento of our trips. This time it was a goat…. apparently the island's goat population out number the human population by 3 to 1. (!)
    #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 30 Jan 2012 : Leidolf Wetzlar Camera (30/366) 30 January 2012

    Leidolf Wetzlar Lordette Camera, Model Prontor-s with a Triplon f/2.8 50mm lens.

    Do you remember when cameras looked like this? This was my first camera… well to be strictly accurate it was my Dad's camera and he used to let me use it as a kid. I learned a lot about photography from this camera… like estimating distance – there was no focusing mechanism for it you just guessed how far away your subject was, and set the dial accordingly. No built-in light meter. Dad had one but we didn't use it – we used something known as the "Sunny 16 Rule". And best of all you didn't need a computer to process the images afterwards. You just put the memory ca… I mean film… in the little envelope that Kodak (remember them) gave you put it in the post and two week later you would get your slides back. Oh happy days.

    Shame all the photos I took were rubbish!
    #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #PlusPhotoExtract #365group +G+ 365 Project

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  • POTD 31 Jan 2012 : Keyboard Error (31/366) 31 January 2012

    Keyboard Error

    Stock photography was the inspiration for this image. Thought it might be a marketable shot. Reminds me of the genuine error message that used to appear on computer screens about 15-20 years ago when booting up: "Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue."

    I sometimes subscribe to the Pratchett theory that all technology is run by small imps… I am convinced it must be true because immediately after saving this image in Photoshop, my PC crashed and displayed the "blue screen of death" for the first time in years. I think the imp must have taken this as a instruction!

    #IMBWeb #365Project #366Project #YIP #365group +G+ 365 Project

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