August 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Abstract Tuesday, Project 365 | Leave a comment
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243/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Oil be back!

The blog goes on a two week vacation tomorrow night as we head south to Dover to meet up with a ferry bound for France – from there who knows, as nothing has been decided, but have camera(s) will travel! It’ll be a similar thing to The Little Trip 2009 but we’ll be looking at going somewhere different, but as long as it’s not work and there is a foreign supermarket nearby, I don’t mind 🙂

It’s all been a bit fraught these last few days – I noticed a fuel leak from the van a couple of days ago, and it required a fair bit of phoning around, some help from a lovely firm up in Yarkshire to supply a new tank (at a fifth of the price of Mr Fiat :evil:) and some re-arranging of work at the local garage – fortunately for me all the planets aligned and the van is now sat outside the house, primed and ready to go, but it really was cutting it fine – if I had any hair, I’m sure I’d have lost it 😉 On top of that work has been hectic, the holiday couldn’t come at a worse time (or is that a good time??), and P has been working crazy hours – we’re both worn out and in need of a rest – we may just have to park up in Cite Europe, the huge shopping centre in Calais, purchase our body weight in croissant and wine and stop there for a few days to recover – sounds like a pretty good plan to me!

Photos will be taken, but there will be a delay, and I probably wont write a passage for every day, but you never can tell.

See you in two weeks!



August 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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242/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.


A brunch treat of a toasted bagel, haggis, prosciutto and brown sauce – what a combination 😛 Italian / American/ Scottish fusion food – it would have had a Midlands twist, but unfortunately HP isn’t made here any more 😦 and to term it Dutch would just be plain misleading – it hasn’t got a ton of mayo on for a start. Maybe I should join the boycott of the sauce that is prevalent around these parts, but no other brown sauce touches it, and it is necessary for some dishes, but perhaps not all, eh Mum 😉

It worked surprisingly well with the HP cutting through the relatively fatty haggis, so 10/10 for the invention, but maybe I should have taken the picture earlier as it doesn’t show it in it’s full glory – it’s looking a tad squashed!

I wonder what kind of fusion food we can discover in the next few weeks – where to go more importantly 😉


August 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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341/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.


Well there was for a few minutes anyway, as well as some torrential rain too – just when I was walking across a rather exposed car park to the car – wet I really did get 🙂

This is another of those wide angle, looking up at the stars kind of shots that I like so much – this one is unusual cos the petals on the yellow flowers look fab with the sun shining through. I had attempted to take some shots of red berries on a bush we have in the garden, some were OK but the wind was so strong I couldn’t really frame a shot properly, and keep anything in focus – it was a case of hope for the best, and it wasn’t really good enough. If there is sun tomorrow and no wind, it may just be the pic, but I do really need to pack the van for the holiday – I wonder how many cameras I can squeeze in 🙂


August 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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240/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

It seems as though I’m going HDR crazy at the moment 🙂

It’s all coincidence rather than any specific plan – I was on the way back from an unsuccessful shopping trip for a laptop bag in preparation for the trip abroad (unsuccessful due to the fact the shop was closed :roll:) when I passed a church we’ve always driven past on the way into town, but never actually stopped to look at – it’s a pretty church but in the middle of an industrial estate, all a bit odd really at first look, but after a bit of investigation, well, a Wikipedia search, it turns out the church was built by the owners of the nearby factory, and unusually there is a bit of a write up too!

The ‘normal’ photos didn’t really do anything for me, maybe due to the light at the time, so I attempted another HDR stylee shot, and these were much better – maybe I’m addicted?? I’ve done a fair few in recent times, but I’ll have to be careful, too much and it soon becomes tired.

Two minutes after the shot was taken, it started raining – I love the summer!!


August 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment

239/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

It’s a nice August day, bit of a surprise there 😉 especially as it is the bank holiday too! I thought I’d make the most of the sun and wander down to the park to play around with some of the Lensbaby attachments – quite pleased with how they turn out 🙂 1 2 3

The pic I’ve chosen is both a Lensbaby shot and a HDR – the Lensbaby gives a blurred effect on the extremes of the pic with a much sharper centre, and the HDR means that both the clouds and the church are exposed properly. All good stuff, and thanks to Old Faithful for posing so nicely!


August 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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238/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Undead Lego!

This was supposed to be a “The Usual Suspects” type shot with the Lego pieces in front of a police line up type of thing. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the lighting to work as well as I’d hoped, and so I abandoned the idea, and tried the old depth of field blurriness trick. You can still see the lines from the original background, even if they are a little out of foccus.

This time next week the pics should have a French or Belgique twist, as the blog takes a well earned holiday – I’ll be taking the pictures, and if I can get WiFi we may even get the odd update – all depending on whether we make the ferry mind you, there have been one or two issues with the van that have stretched my sanity, but fingers crossed and a fair wind, we may just get there!


August 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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237/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

I was only messing…

…when I took this photo, but it actually works quite well, so it stays in the series – and it is another black and white piccy – although more accurately a Duotone,  not that it is really black and white technically, but it is a ‘reduced number of colours’ picture, and fits in with the style of the last few days.

Need a cup of tea now…


August 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Project 365 | 2 Comments
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236/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Tis abstract Tuesday after all!

I’ve only just realised there are a higher proportion of black and white piccies in recent days – I would apologise, but I quite like them 🙂 I had a bit of a wobble tonight, very nearly giving up, all because of another rusty fuel tank 😈 Fortunately, whilst cooking the tea, I had a wee moment of inspiration, and the outcome is today’s pic 😉 I quite like the textures!


August 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Project 365 | 1 Comment
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235/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Blue eyes!

Not really happy with this I’m afraid, but I don’t have the energy to repeat it 😦 The light wasn’t bright enough when I’d finished messing about with other stuff to get a decent pic, and so it’s not particularly clear – for that I can only apologise.

Must try harder…


August 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Posted in Project 365 | Leave a comment
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234/365, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

It’s not a flower 😀

I thought I’d give you a change today – when I went out this lunchtime the clouds were absolutely fantastic and this drew me towards the old Dunlop tyre factory in Castle Bromwich for some wide angle type architectural photography. Unfortunately by the time I got there the sky had become a little more overcast and not quite so interesting as earlier – they’re not too bad, but lack the definition and er, fluffiness 😉

The factory has been renovated by Urban Splash and is, amongst other things, a Travelodge – I think they’ve done a good job, but I’m guessing it’s better mid-week – there are shops and cafes there, but none seemed open on a Sunday unfortunately. Apparently it was once the worlds largest factory employing 3,200 workers!

The photo has been HDR’d and converted to black and white to give a more industrial feel – I quite like it!

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