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  • POTD 1 May 2007: Pyramids 1 May 2007


    The three pyramids on the Giza Plateau Cairo, Egypt. Although the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) on the

    Been working on my photo processing workflow today.  This pyramid photo was one of the test images I was using.

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  • POTD 2 May 2007: Workflow testing 2 May 2007


    A Stele at New Kalabsha. This is outside the Temple of the Chapel of Dedwen which was moved from th

    Still refining the scripts for output to photographic libraries today.  So again today’s POTD is one of the images I used for testing.

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  • POTD 3 May 2007: Egyptian Carvings 3 May 2007


    Stone carvings at Gref Hussein Temple. New Kalabsha since it was moved from the rising waters of Lak

    Among the photos I was working on today was this one of some carvings at at Gref Hussein Temple. New Kalabsha.

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  • POTD 4 May 2007: Butter-churn 4 May 2007


    A traditional butter-churn at Samuels Heritage, Co Waterford, Ireland.

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  • POTD 5 May 2007: PhotoMaps 5 May 2007


    A sphinx at Wadi al-Sebua in Egypt.

    I’ve added a new page to my website today.  It is all about PhotoMaps these are maps which contain markers to where photographs are taken.  I’ve mentioned this a a few times in this blog as I believe this is going to be a big thing in the marketing of photos in the future.  You see the page and some demo maps here: http://www.imb.biz/page.php?pg=maps

    Todays photo is one I’ve just added to the PhotoMap: Egypt which is on flickr.

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  • POTD 6 May 2007: Watching TV 6 May 2007


    Watching Heartbeat

    I’m staying with friends in Rugby for a few days.  Today’s photo is of Andrew and his daughter engrossed in an episode of Heartbeat.

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  • POTD 7 May 2007: Children not allowed 7 May 2007


    Children must not play on this site

    Due to the fact that it rained for most of the day, I spent most of today in and around my friends home.  Andrew’s son, Anthony, saw yesterday’s POTD (with his dad and sister on it) and wanted to appear on today’s photo.  While going for a short walk round the estate (durring a short break in the rain) I took this photo of him looking at a “Children not Allowed” notice, which I hope will make a good stock photo.

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  • POTD 8 May 2007: Alamy 8 May 2007


    Alamy Offices at Milton Park, Didcot

    Been down in Oxford and Didcot today.  I was invited to the Alamy offices to be involved in some testing… can’t tell you what I’ve been testing as it is covered by a non-disclosure agreement…. sorry!  So here’s a picture of the outside of their offices… which isn’t covered by a non-disclosure agreement!

    (Pictures of Oxford to be posted tomorrow!)

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  • POTD 9 May 2007: Radio Times 9 May 2007

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  • POTD 10 May 2007: Oxford 10 May 2007


    Meadow Buildings, Christ Church, Oxford

    Today’s POTD is a photo from Tuesday’s trip to Oxford.  The Meadow Buildings and visitor entrance to Christ Church Oxford.

    Dispite the changable weather on Tuesday, I’m reasonably happy with the photos I got of Oxford… they will make a good addition to my stock photo portfolio.

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  • POTD 11 May 2007: Worth a Punt! 11 May 2007


    Punts in Oxford

    I saw these punts mored up in Oxford earlier this week and thought I might make an interesting photograph.

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  • POTD 12 May 2007: Tom Tower, Oxford 12 May 2007


    Tom Tower, Christ Church, Oxford

    Another photo from the Oxford trip.  This time the quadrangle and Tom tower from Christ Church Oxford.

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  • POTD 13 May 2007: Oxford 13 May 2007


    The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

    Another photo from the Oxford trip.  This is the famous Radcliffe Camera in the centre of the city.

    A little bit of digital enhancement has been applied to this photo.  The verticals have been straightend a little and the saturation of the sky increased a just a tad.  But other than that, this is just about how it looked last Tuesday.

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  • POTD 14 May 2007: Christ Church Quad 14 May 2007


    An Oxford Porter inside the great Christ Church quadrangle, Oxford, UK

    This will probably be the last of the Oxford POTD photos (at least for a while).  This is the great quadrangle at Christ Church, Oxford.  On the left we see one of the traditional “porters” keeping an eye on visitors and students alike.

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  • POTD 15 May 2007: Celtic Cross 15 May 2007


    A celtic cross at Donegal Friary and cemetery

    I’ve been working on some photos from Ireland today.  Including this image of a celtic cross at Donegal Friary.  The image has been digitally ‘enhanced’ to create the silhouette and orange sky.

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  • POTD 16 May 2007: Head shots 16 May 2007


    Jonathan Higgs

    I’ve been doing some photos this afternoon for another actor.  Jonathan is a member of Stockport Garrick and will be appearing in the next production “Twelfth Night” playing Feste. (See http://www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/plays/07twelfthnight.html for more details).

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  • POTD 17 May 2007: An experiment in white 17 May 2007


    Jonathan Higgs

    I’ve been experimenting with processing photos that were taken against my white background so that the background is true white.  Traditionally this should be done in the studio with extra lights just on the background… as my studio is also my dining room I don’t have the space for such a large lighting setup.  As a result my backgrounds are usually grey… not an unatractive grey… but grey nonetheless.  A combination of a curves layer and a filter for removing vignetting appears to give the disired effect…. as you can see from this photo from my shoot yesterday with Jonathan.

    Why bother with this?  Well, certain stock images (and Jonathan isn’t a stock image btw) will sell better if there is a true white background.  It means the subject can be cut out easily and used against any background.

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  • POTD 18 May 2007: Death of Innocence 18 May 2007


    Death Of Innocence

    I’ve been doing some research today in order to correctly caption and keyword some images I took while I was in Ireland.  It was interesting and thought provoking.  Take this photo for example.  When I took the photo is was just another photo I took it because I thought it looked ‘nice’.

    Having done my reasearch today I discovered the painting is by the Bogside Artists (Tom Kelly, William Kelly and Kevin Hasson).  Details about this mural can be found on the artists’ website (http://www.cain.ulst.ac.uk/bogsideartists/mural5/).

    It is a painting of a 14 year old girl, Annette McGivigan, who was killed by the British Army on 6 September 1971 during the troubles/conflict/war in Northern Ireland.   The mural is called “Death of Innocence”.

    Somehow it no longer seems right to call this a ‘nice’ photo or a ‘nice’ painting. 

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  • POTD 19 May 2007: Another side to Derry 19 May 2007


    Colourful shops in Market Street, Derry, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

    After yesterday’s rather sombre POTD entry I thought I show you a different side to Derry today.  A row of rather colourful shops on Derry’s Market Street.

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  • POTD 20 May 2007: Hand Luggage 20 May 2007


    Manchester Airport – had luggage checkpoint

    I’ve got a trip coming up in the near future, and I’ve been a little concerned about taking my camera equipment as hand luggage.  So this afternoon with a fully packed camera bag I headed off to Manchester Airport to check that the size and weight would be acceptable.

    I was able to check the bag one of the hand “size matters” gauges and after chatting with both the airline staff and security.  My fears have been put to rest.  That’s one less thing for me to worry about… now if I could just do something about my fear of flying…..!

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  • POTD 21 May 2007: Giants Causeway 21 May 2007


    Giants Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

    I’ve been keywording more of my Irish photos today ready for submission to Alamy.  Including this photo of the Giant’s Causeway.  It was very dull, wet and uninspiring day when it was taken, thus the sepia effect to give the image some life.  Actually the effect was mainlly achieved in camera with a couple of cokin filters(sunset and tobbaco grad) and then adjusting the colour to a more pleasing tone in Photoshop.

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  • POTD 22 May 2007: In the air 22 May 2007


    Thomas Cook Airline

    I’m writing this entry at about 32,000 ft. Somewhere over Europe. But by the time you get to read this it will be a week later and I will be back home in Stockport again.

    Ann and I are on our way to Crete for a week.  For Ann this is a holiday for me it is  business trip… A week visiting and photographing the historical sites and tourist resorts.  I do enjoy my bussiness trips! (But not the turbulence which makes writing this on my PDA very tricky!!)

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  • POTD 23 May 2007: Sissi 23 May 2007


    Sunset in Sissi

    We spent today in and around Sissi, which is where we are staying on Crete. We have all our trips planned for the week. Despite my initial reservations about the remoteness of Sissi and the poor bus links (only one bus per day) it does look like we will be able to see many of the places we wanted to get to. We ended the day by watching the sun set as we ate our evening meal in the village.

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  • POTD 24 May 2007: Knosos 24 May 2007


    Bull relief at Knosos, Crete

    Today we went to Knosos the ancient city / palace of the Minoan empire.  It is quite a disorentating place with a maze of corridors and passages.  Near the centre of the palace is a wall standing tall above the rest of the building. On that wall is a releaf painting of a bull.  It is easy to see how a legend of a laborinth with a minator at its centre has become associated with Knosos.

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  • POTD 25 May 2007: Beep Beep Jeep 25 May 2007


    Zeus Cave

    Today’s excursion was a jeep safari – the so called “Beep Beep Jeep”.  The trip was part of road and took us up to the Lassithi plataeu.  We visited several loctions on the plataeu including Zeus Cave where Zeus was alegedly born, and a 2000 year old tree in Krasi which is said to be where Zeus turned himself into a bull and ‘courted’ Europa.

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  • POTD 26 May 2007: Holiday Photos 26 May 2007


    Self Portrait

    We spent most of today in Agios Nikolaos. The weather was OK, but we didn’t have much blue sky and the sun was intermittent.  Fine for sight-seeing but not for travel photography.  Sadly the last (and only) bus back to Sisi left at 3.30pm just as the light and weather was improving.  So I missed the best of it.

    Back in Sisi we took a picnic tea down to the harbour to watch the sunset.  People often complain that I never appear in my holiday photos. (Can’t understand that myself – if I want to know what I look like I’d look in the mirror!) Anyhow to keep those people happy, today’s POTD is a photo of me at Sisi!

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  • POTD 27 May 2007: The best job in the world! 27 May 2007


    Cretian Sea

    Today’s trip was to the island of Spinalonga, the island of tears.  Spinalonga was a lepper colony during tha first half of the 20th century.  En route there the boat stopped at a secluded by for a swim and a BBQ. Returning from Spinalonga we had a hour’s free time in Agios Nikolaos. The sky was blue, the sun was out and I got all the photos that I missed there yesterday.  In the evening it was photographing a church in Sisi and a picnic tea watching the sunset!  330 photos taken today.  I love my job!

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  • POTD 28 May 2007: Santo-Rainy 28 May 2007


    Oia – Santorine

    Today was an eighteen hour excursion…. to the famous island of Santorine.  Santorine is a volcano that erupted in about 1500 bc. That explosion was the largest known explosion to have happened on earth.  The resulting tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization, and is also thought by some to have been the physical explanation for the “parting” of the Red Sea in the Bible.

    In the 21st century Santorine is THE most beautiful Greek island, with terraced buildings with sun drenched white walls set against deep blue skies.  Unfortunately today it was raining!  (So I’ve had to be inventive in how I photograph the island).

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  • POTD 29 May 2007: Goodbye Crete 29 May 2007


    Writing my POTD entry

    As I write this we are sitting in the reception of our hotel waiting to go to the airport and go home.

    Tomorrow, I can finally start posting photos from our Cretan adventure to my POTD.

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  • POTD 30 May 2007: Back home 30 May 2007


    Copy Cats

    We arrived home at about 2.30am this morning after spending a week in Crete.  That is why there has been no POTD entries for the last week, if you were wondering.  I’ve kept my “New Year’s Revolution” (to do my POTD each day) I have done a photo of the day for each day that we were a way, but so that I don’t swamp you with them I’m posting one a day for the next week in addition to my ‘real time’ POTD entries.  The first of the Crete entries can be found here: http://www.imb.biz/page.php?pg=diary&d=2007-05-22

    But enough of Crete… what of today?  Well we got the cats back from the catery this morning, and took them for their annual cat MOT/injections staight afterwards (the catery is behind the vets).  Then we brought them home… only to rush Sybil back to the vets a little over an hour later.  She fainted/passed out and fell from a window ledge.  She was unhurt, thankfully, but after talking to the vets we think this is a symptom of a heart problem.  We will just have to wait and see how she gets on long term.  Shortly after we brought her back from the vets we found her and Sam side by side, in the two photo copier box lids that they have claimed as beds.   So that’s today’s POTD.

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  • POTD 31 May 2007: Sale: Bristol 31 May 2007

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