Thursday, 25 March 2010

More messing with HDR

Here are a couple more HDR images. The first one is an apartment building on Aytoun Street in Manchester and the second is the view from the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago, looking West.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

For kids of the 50s


You couldn't put your Famous Five book down.
Hornby Trains, Potato Men, Muffin the Mule.
Making a den, going tracking.
The park had real rides that you might fall off & they were fun.
Leap frog, Simon Says.

Torchy the Battery Boy was on TV. Swearing wasn’t.
TV came in black and white with one channel until ITV was launched.
With ITV came the first TV adverts and how excited we were to watch them!
The first episode of Coronation Street, Compact, Emergency Ward 10!

Elvis was the King, Bill Haley was rocking around the clock, Bing Crosby found True Love & Perry Como was just going to Catch A Falling Star.

Steam trains.
Cobbled streets, The White Man, grandma donkey-stoning the steps.
Co-op divi, milk delivered to your doorstep in glass bottles, the Rag & Bone man.

Dandelion & Burdock, Cream Soda, Sarsparilla.
Money back when you returned the glass bottles to the shop.

Rows of desks in school, pump bags, muffs, gaberdines, gymslips & satchels.
Woollen balaclavas. Socks that only stayed if you turned the tops over wide elastic bands.
The cane, the strap, the pump.
Nitty Nora.
Passing & failing, winning & losing. Times tables.
Squeaky blackboards, standing in the corner with your face to the wall.

Whit walks, Maypoles, liquorice water.

Jack Frost on the inside of the windows, seeing your breath in the bedroom, being tucked in with your hot water bottle.

Dad banking up the fire or taking out the ashes. Cleaning the brasses with Duraglit.

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Location:Dairyhouse Ln,Macclesfield,United Kingdom

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A story from the quirky state of California

A story from the quirky state of California..............
A couple who tried to save water and money by 
removing their lawn are being taken to court by
 the city of Orange. Quan and Angelina Ha, 
who now have a scheduled court date, decided to
replace the grass on their front lawn with 
wood chips in 2008. The Ha’
said they'd just had a 
baby and began to think about her future 
and the effect of what is
happening to their environment.
Thus they made a decision to replace
their water thirsty grass with the
far more environmentally 
friendly chippings. At a time when
  Southern California cities fine
people for overwatering 
their thirsty lawns, the Ha’s said they've 
saved hundreds of thousands
of gallons of water and 
drastically lowered their water bill.
But the city cited them for violating a law 
that requires ‘live landscaping’
to cover 40 percent 
of the yard. The couple planted drought-tolerant 
plants last year but the
city said it wasn't enough.
The city said it wants them to come up with a 
compliance plan.

Ah yes, this is the land of the free!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Last HDR

Just finished my last HDR image of my first foray into the technique. It's the statue of Constantine the Great outside York Minster.