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How to get your kids to eat broccoli
After watching my offspring disconsolately pushing the verdant cruciferous vegetable delight known as broccoli around their plates for 20 minutes, hiding it or surreptitiously attempting to orbit it ( basically anything but eat it), I thought some fatherly encouragement might be in order. I was struck by inspiration; To the youngest (age 2) I phrased the notion that It might turn his poo green.Evidently the prospect of turning this now somewhat less turgid brassica into a green turd stimulated his imagination and it was gone in a trice.
Pleased though I was at this point, it was hardly a major accomplishment as we're still at the stage with this one where spontaneous avionics displays of his grub initiated by parents, culminating in emergency touchdowns on his tongue are still sufficient inspiration to actually ingest it. No the flash of genius was suggesting to his sister (an infinitely more sceptical 4 year old) that the element of competition afforded by a poo race might be amusing. Eager to entertain no further delay at the prospect of being the first to pass a large green stool, the aforementioned calabrese was promptly masticated.
Needless to say this was all too much for our distinguished dinner guest (Mother in-law) but even she agreed that the technique (although highly unorthodox) had demonstrated a remarkable efficacy in getting my children to eat their greens.
The Romanesque Cauliflower pictured, I bought just to photograph which I did using a low powered ringflash off the camera as a light source so metering was very much try-it-and-see I quite like the final spotlight effect and reminds me very much of a subject a raytracer might choose (appropriate maths could generate the fractal (it looks a bit like part of a Julia set to me) wood grain and spotlighting very much a raytracer's stock in trade) Needless to say the kids did eat this one afterwards without promising it's colourful egress from biological processing
A Ride On
The Watercress Line
From West Beach
La Vache Qui Rit
Ha! typical / atypical I don't really know anymore. After several years of very hot summers and drought, was 2007 just a return to the norm we all forgot about? Apart from the obvious distress caused by the flooding, I think it's been much better in a photographic sense. I was beginning to think the UK didn't 'do' proper clouds and went from a very un-picturesque fog, through gray featureless blanket cover straight into clear blue skys. This summer has had some spectacular clouds and brooding thunderheads which look great over agricultural land. The additional excitement and frisson of danger (do we take out wet weather gear or risk it)
Picking the exact moment is not something that landscape photographers have to do too much (on the scale of seconds that is) A Ride On The Watercress Line
as the title suggests was exactly that. It was a family day out (a day out with Thomas the Tank engine no less!) On the way between Ropley and Arlesford I spotted this scene as we flashed by, I wasn't that quick but on the return journey I was ready , window open, braced and most importantly IS (Image stabilisation) switched on, waiting for the perfect moment to slide into view, The red car was just lucky
With the current (or recurrent) bouts of foot and mouth and now Blue tongue, 'Daisy' here probably isn't laughing any more, unless it's about the possibility of our not being able to go anywhere in the Autumn either as no doubt we'll see mass footpath closures (less people spread infected midges about on their wellies). Just think of all the CO2
that we haven't released in all those summer barbecues that didn't happen. This was a cow of an exposure please forgive the pun
and I ended up processing the raw file twice once for the sky and once for the detail in the white parts of my smiling subject, then blending the two exposures I like o keep post processing to an absolute minimum but sometimes there's not much choice
Fun With Polarising Filters
Fun with polarising filters
A Drop Of Rainbow
Clearly Wet PLastic
With a polariser on your lightsource (ringflash in the case of Stress
behind the subject) and another in-front of the lens the stress patterns in transparent plastic objects can be revealed in glorious technicolour. In Stress
the subject is the centre of a transparent CD jewel-case.
In a later attempt to repeat the above with different objects I was somewhat hampered by the fact that I'd completely trashed a polarising filter taped to a halogen desk lamp (polarisers are expensive and do not like getting hot) I accidentally realised that I was in fact sitting in-front of a large polarised light source.. my nice LCD monitor. Whilst setting up a shot I'd rotated a polariser on the lens and the monitor completely blacked out through the lens
A Drop Of Rainbow
and Clearly Wet Plastic
are both shot directly in-front of an LCD monitor with the background set to white, A polarising filter on the lens is rotated until the monitor blacks-out so the only light provided is where the plastic rotates the plane of polarisation to allow it through the lens filter, in the droplets you can see the image of the monitor behind them
Water found in Bracknell
Jan 30th 2007
Drama as leak becomes geyser
Arriving home tonight I couldn't fail to miss the water leak outside the house that was going at about 10 litres / second. We dutifully called the water company who turned up an hour later (well one representative anyway)
scratched his chin and went away again....another 2 hours later some contractors turned up to dig up the road and mend the pipe. We were roused from veg-ing out on the sofa in front of "Holby City" after the trauma of feeding and getting the kids to bed by the gentle sound of err rain?
The leak had assumed a vertical dimension better than any of the fireworks I've seen for some time (OK apart from those for new year in front of the London eye... they really were rather special
) Is this normal procedure for fixing water leaks? Shame it was just too late for the January theme of or work photo competition... Night.
Work Photo Competition - Night
Sydney From Under The Bridge
After the sucess of the photo competition at work for getting everyone out and about shooting Images (well it motivated me anyway)
and my mushroom
shot being selected (for one if the five winning slots) We decided to do a mini competition each month, with a monthly theme. Voting on the best 3 each month with the ultimate goal being to produce a calender for 20078 with the work from all the competitions. The next theme up was Night. Panic a day before the deadline for entry I scanned one shot on slide film from 2001 Taken about 3 days before the awful 9/11 disaster
and spent an hour cavorting about on the back lawn with a torch flashlight
and some glow sticks in the rain trying some Painting with Light
to get the Night Gremlins
picture. Cold, rain and likelihood that the neighbours were busy calling up the funny-farm on my behalf forced me indoors where unobserved in total darkness I could perform a slow-motion version of twister or tai-chi with 3 glow sticks to take the final entry Glow Crazy
. All good fun. The best bit was that the Sydney shot was selected in the final 3 a candidate inclusion in the calender
We break you windows and poo on the border
Sulphur Tuft in the Dew
I've been promising myself I'd get out in the autumn and start photographing fungi. It took some one in my department at work to organise a photography competition to get me out doing it so this is the first one, taken lying in wet grass in the early morning In fact I'd been visiting this wee bestie since spotting it in the afternoon two days earlier to get the best shot.
Day 1. Beautiful fresh fungi and blemish free...but midday sun left it looking a bit washed out.
Day 2. Early morning rays kiss with a warming light.
Day 3 (this shot) a fresh dew and early morning warm light.
Day 4. Oh joy a frost .. I couldn't wait to get there and shoot him (we are friends by now) every thing was perfect (although he's starting to show his age a bit) arrive... *ollocks! The mower man had visited, must be philosophical about this I got a good shot in
Some of my favourites from the gallery pages
Lion In The Rain
Cotswold Wildlife Park 2004
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lake
Dinton Pastures, Reading 2002
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