Saturday, April 25, 2009

D of E supervising

Well this weekend I'm out supervising a D of E Bronze expedition.

It's not all bad though - the rain has stopped and the sun has come out, the kids aren't getting lost, and we're just about to have lunch in a very nice pub that does GF food I can eat. Lovely!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

How to...the Bridgnorth Model photo

I've been asked by a few people how I did the photo in the previous post. I admitted that I used a website rather than do it manually as I was feeling lazy.

Anyway, the site I used for this photo was

It's fairly easy to do yourself in a photo editing package.


Create a graduated mask from the middle to the edge, and apply a lens blur effect - this makes it look like there's less depth of field which is what you get when using a macro lens close up on a model.

Then you can increase the colour saturation slightly, which make things look more like they've been painted than real.

The combination of these two effects and a good choice of starting picture will give an illusion that will fool your eyes into seeing it as a model.

High up wide angle views make good pictures - my favourites are with trains!

Have fun, and don't forget to share your pictures if they're any good!



Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Model of Bridgenorth?

I love what you can do with a bit of photo editing software.  This is a real photo of Bridgenorth, fiddled with to make it look like a model.

Actually I cheated a little bit as I didn't do it manually as I've found a website that will do it for you and in most cases is s good as doing it yourself.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

1st Day of Advent

1st Day of Advent
Originally uploaded by Tim.C

My first photo for the Advent Released project for 2008.

Find out more at the Worship Released forum thread about it.


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Friday, June 27, 2008

My first go Geocaching!

We found one Yippee!
Now walking back to the minibus.

Edit on return home:

I'm not on this photo - I was taking it !!

It is (from Left to Right) Oli, Jamie, Jason.D and Jason.W

We were on a "What shall we do different next week" trip out from the church youth club. Though most of the yoof were busy elsewhere (just dodging the rain, I reckon), so only the 5 of us.

GeoCaching is the modern equivalent of LetterBoxing, but using GPS as well as clues!!

The web page about it is here


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Sunday, April 06, 2008


There is a lot of snow around this morning.

The kids are really excited!



Saturday, March 22, 2008

No digital editing...'s actually done by holding one of my son's toys in front of the lens on my camera phone.

Pointless, but I thought it was fun ;-)



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Misty again

Misty again,
Phone camera again,
Rushing to work again!



Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wow, this is cool

I was jumping from place to place on some bloggers' lists of other blogs they read, and I came across this video. So cool.

Thanks to Wulf's Blog for the starting point, and to Damn Cool Pics where I found the video.

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Early morning

It's just after 7 and the sun is coming up. I looked out of the window to see a wonderful view across the hills, with a mixture of valley fog and frost.

It's a shame that my mobile phone camera can't do it justice, and I don't have time to take a proper picture. Back to getting ready for work, already behind schedule!



Friday, January 11, 2008

The final construction

I forget to post the final picture, so here it is.

In the end I never got back to the construction and my wife finished it while I was at work.

Just in case you still can't tell, it's a roller coaster !



Sunday, December 30, 2007

Can you see what it is yet? Part 2

Well I spent the last couple of days building a wardobe, so my wife built the next stage of this.

It's getting bigger !!



Friday, December 28, 2007

The first couple of hours

The first couple of hours building produced this. And yes, it took that long - I was helping / being help by a 3 and a 6 year old!

Can you see what it is yet?



Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Can you see what it is yet?

Well, it's been a 'usual Christmas' so I won't go into all that, but I thought I could have a Rolf Harris moment with one of my 6 year old's toys. As 'dad' I've got the job of 'helping' to build it!

This picture is with it in the box, tomorrow we'll have stage 1. I've already warned my son that it could take several days to complete!!!

"Can you see what it is yet?"


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Random picture

I was just sitting in my local garage waiting for them to fit a new exhaust to my car - hopefully this will stop it from sounding like a tractor.

Anyway, I was filling the time by scanning through my photos on my phone. This one seemed interesting so I thought I'd post it here.

It was taken a fair while ago whilst walking in the Clent hills. The actual view was even better than the picture.

Anyway, back to passing time....



Sunday, November 18, 2007

Blogging with pictures

Well, after a little experimentation I have discovered I can easily blog with pictures straight from my mobile phone (as I'm doing now).

So watch out for a relentless drivel of such posts - and the pictures may be bad, as most will come straight from the camera on my phone.

Lets see what happens!

BTW this is a picture of my monitor lizard {GROAN}



Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Just press this button here...

I've been looking into the idea of Lomo photography lately.

It started with Wulf's picture on flickr that mentioned it, and a quick google search took me to

I'm more interested in the philosophy of 'don't think, just shoot' rather than the strange effects the Lomo camera produces.

However, finding a dodgy cheap digital camera on my desk, I thought "This takes badly coloured pictures - and my son won't think before he takes a photo - I wonder what will happen."

So I passed the 'camera' to my 2 1/2 year old son for his walk to the toddlers group.

This is the only picture he took that didn't have his finger over the lens.

He called it Car - at least that's what he said when he pointed and clicked.

I thought it came out quite good.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A favourite photo.

Flickr image

I can't remember how I stumbled across this photo set by Terri Lynn, but I was really impressed. I thought this one looked just like an album cover!

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Saturday, July 22, 2006


My friend Wulf in his blog has started posting some of his favourite pictures from Flickr (his blog entry is here)

I thought this was a great idea, and thought I might do the same, though without Wulf's organised regularity !

Watch this space.

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