28 February 2009
25 February 2009
Seeing as i'm not getting out and about much these days due to ill health I thought i'd try a bit of experimenting with still life. Here's me holding some dried rose petals. I've added a vignette, converted it to mono and done some selective colouring in photoshop. What do you think, any comments/advice will be gratefully accepted.
- Manual Mode
- Lens Aperture - f/14
- Focal Length - 42mm
- Shutter Speed - 1/125 sec
- ISO - 100
- Metering Mode - Pattern
22 February 2009
One of my favourite places in Northumberland is Bamburgh.
Bamburgh Castle is one of England's most famous castles. Built on a basalt outcrop above majestic sand dunes, its ramparts tower over the shifting hues of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning views of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands in one direction and the Cheviot Hills in another. It is perhaps the most photographed of England's castles and historic houses and is the likely site of Lancelot's Castle, 'The Joyous Gard'. An 11th century Norman fortress, Bamburgh feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom - Edward IV - destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses. Lord Armstrong's Late Victorian restoration saved it from ruin, the castle providing a home to the Armstrong family to this day. Today, the life and works of the 1st Lord Armstrong are brought to life in the unique Armstrong Museum and Aviation Artifacts Museum housed in the old laundry building. The Castle is also licenced for civil ceremonies, making a stunning location for weddings.
21 February 2009
20 February 2009
19 February 2009
Taken at the Highland Cattle centre near Hexham, Northumberland last year.
The breed was developed in the Scottish Highlands and western coastal regions of Scotland, and breeding stock has been exported to the rest of the world, especially Australia and North America, since the 1900s and is used as grazer in nature reserves in the Netherlands. The breed was developed from two sets of stock, one originally black, and the other reddish. Today, Highland cattle come in a wide variety of colours.
Highlands are known as a hardy breed due to the rugged nature of their native Scottish Highlands, with high rainfall and strong winds. They both graze and browse and eat plants other cattle avoid. The meat tends to be leaner than most beef, as highlands get most of their insulation from their thick shaggy hair rather than subcutaneous fat. The coat also makes them a good breed for cold Northern climates.