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Last week, I posted the results of a photography meme in my Livejournal. The meme was a simple one: people comment with 3 things for me to take pictures of, and I go out and take the photos. The only downside is the latter half requires effort, and so the list of photos sat on my computer for a couple of years before I finally got round to making the post.

Anyway, I've seen that other people here have made their own art threads, so I thought I'd join in and create my own thread. Click on a thumbnail to go to my gallery and view the full-size version. By the way, the format of the titles in this section is "name of commenter" "item photographed".

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Pleaseremove's woodlouse

Strange as it may seem, I don't think I've got a photo of a woodlouse in my collection. So instead I shall give you a photo that may contain a woodlouse. It definetely contains snails.

Taken next to a sitting stone just north of Hove, while out geocaching with Ric a couple of years ago. The stone is locally known as Rest and be Thankful


Pleaseremove's slinky

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the latest development: the microslinky!


Pleaseremove's swivel chair

'Fraid I don't have a decent photo of a swivel chair, so how about a spiral chair?

These are in Sussex University's Library, and are based off the golden ratio.


Elemnar's computer

Actually, it's my computer, not elemnar's. Random snapshot showing the whole computer. The lights are actually blue, and come from the power supply.


Elemnar's animal

A very tame robin, seen flying around in the local garden centre one Christmas.


Elemnar's mug

The motto translates as Faith and love.


Olego's you

Me, from a couple of years back. I think the hair-trimmer part of the shaver had given out recently, hence the very thin beard.


Olego's your room

My room on campus, from my first year of university.


Olego's campus

My favourite is probably the photo of the Meeting House, but I do like this one.


Mirrordream's flame

Gas hob, 1/6th exposure, tripod. It needs a surprisingly long exposure.


Mirrordream's family member

Do cats count as family? I've always thought that they do.


Mirrordream's illuminated red wine

In the absence of red wine I've poured myself a (very strong) glass of summer fruits cordial. Lit from above by a halogen desk lamp.


Ryutsuki's hair

This is probably my hair. Craig most likely took this photo.


Ryutsuki's jacket

Rohan Axiom jacket. It lead a hard life at university (pockets always full of digital camera), and as a consequence it's not as waterproof as it used to be.


Ryutsuki's jumping jacks

Unfortuantly don't have one of these either. I thought I had a photo of one of the cats doing a VTOL impression, but I appear to be lacking that as well. Ah well, I'll have to draw a blank for this.


pTristan's bookcase

One of the older digital photos in my collection.


pTristan's object in motion

A DIY wind turbine, seen on Sussex campus early last year.


pTristan's book

But I don't want to be stealthy today! Today I am a dragon, not a frightened pigeon trying to avoid being seen by a hunting falcon.
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Random gallery update:

Reflecting pool


The leprechaun’s house


I keep meaning to do a more substantial update at some point. As always, criticism welcome.
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I think some of these pictures are rather good. I took the liberty of flicking through the other pictures on the website. The ladders of Jacobs one is by far my favorit because of the colours and the contrast between light and dark.

If there is one tip I can give you however it is to try and shoot a few pictures from different angles, not just from the front. It may give very different results.

(England is pretty.)
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This one? That was taken from a train, on my way back from a visit to Battle Abbey. Completely unplanned - I glanced out the window, saw the Jacob's Ladders, and then quickly dug my camera out before they went.

Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try next time I'm out with the camera.
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Update time! This is a cross-post from my LJ. As always, critique welcome.

These photos are from my holiday in Falmouth earlier this year. I stayed at Pendennis Castle - yes, really! The Custodian's House is inside the castle grounds.

Operation Chariot

From this harbour 622 sailors and commandos set sail for the successful raid on St. Nazaire 28th March 1942. 168 were killed. 5 Victoria Crosses were awarded.

View from the castle

It was a rather damp holiday, with the second day alternating between glorious sunshine and heavy downpours. This was taken during a short gap in the rain.

Castle heights

From the top of Pendennis Castle, looking north-east.

Pendennis Castle

Looking up at the castle.

The new Maritime Museum

The new Maritime Museum. Last time I was in Falmouth, the museum was a curious odd thing hidden behind the high street, jammed full of nautical history and exhibits. A few years ago they moved to a new development on the seafront.

Sailing boats

These small model boats actually sail! The vents on the right blow across the surface of the water, and you remotely control the rudder and tightening/loosening the sail.

Reversible canoe

This curious canoe is designed to sail in both directions. You sail with the outrigger downwind, and to tack you shift the sail from one end of the boat to the other and start travelling in the opposite direction. A normal boat always has the bow at the front - this one has two bows and no stern!

St Mawes Castle

A rather washed-out photo of St Mawes castle (I blame the camera, this was taken on full auto). Unfortuantly the castle was open friday to monday, and this was wednesday.

Evening coast

There's something about the wonderful reddish-gold colour you get in the evening.

Eden

The giant biomes of the Eden Project. The Project itself is built in a disued quarry. The central set of hexagonal panels forms the Rainforest biome, with the Mediterrain biome to the right. In the lower-right area is WEEE Man, a figure constructed out of all the electrical equipment an average person will throw away in their lifetime.

DANGER: Industrial Plant

Common Name: Industrial Flame Plant
Plant Family: FLAMACEAE
Latin Name: Industrialis carbonarius var. sordidus
Most varieties of the genus Industrialis extract energy stored in fossilized plant remains from ancient forests.
Industrial plants convert raw materials into an astonishing variety of useful products and harmful emissions.
Widespread over planting causes environmental damage and climatic changes.
Vidi cultum: David Kemp, August 2001

Mysterious gardens

It felt like I was in the game Myst.

Mediterranean biome

Inside the Mediterranean biome. The birds in here were amazingly tame, and will eat out of your hand.

Rainforest biome

Entering the rainforest biome (cue Crystal Maze theme). The humidity and temperature in here was such that the water vapour was condensing on the lens of my camera.

Waterfall

Up high at the back of the biome was a waterfall feeding a stream. The bridge just in front of this is a very nice place to stand – you can feel the spray from the waterfall and it does a great job at cooling you down.

Silent statue

A metal figure, hauling on a rope.

Pendennis at night

Pendennis Castle at night. Taken from within the grounds, with the camera balanced on a handy information board.
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Update part 2, again cross-posted from LJ.

Hollingdean hill

One of my regrets from my time at university: I lived only a few minutes from here for two years, and never once did I venture up here. This was taken about a year and a half after I moved away - I came back to visit some friends, and Craig recommended this walk.

Reflecting pool 2

Pause, and reflect upon your surroundings.

Growing boats

Some people grow flowers, or vegetables. Over in Fareham Creek, they grow sailing boats.

Wild tree

While out walking one day I came across this tree, chained down presumably to stop it snaring passing travellers. If you look closely, you'll spot that the chain is broken...

Insubstantial

It's hard to take a photo of mist - it's so insubstantial, and appears washed out.

Twilight path

On the former Deviation Line, north of Fareham.

Not these odds

The wrecked boat to the right is named "Against All Odds".

Birds of a feather...

...flock together

Dr. Evil's Secret Lair

This must be someone's secret lair. Drawbridge (well, swing-bridge), gates, towering walls, tidal access for secret yachts - it's got all the marks of an evil genius' base.

Brushstrokes

Taken from a Southern train, heading eastwards.

The golden coast

Taken in late September, with the last rays of the setting sun.

Skimming across the sea

Probably a crow, flying inches above the surface of the sea.

Sunset

I do like sunsets.

Golden trees

The setting sun makes these trees appear to glow.

Sunset 2

Ok, enough sunsets for now.

Nelson's Monument

Consecrated to the memory of Lord Viscount Nelson by the zealous attachment of all those who fought at Trafalgar to perpetuate his triumph and their regret.

Power!

Taken on Portchester Common

Beacon of light

I think that's a lighthouse on the Isle of Wight, lit up by a gap in the clouds.

The oncoming storm

Taken from Portchester Common, on a very wild and windy day.
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Recently the UK was turned white by an unusually large amount of snow. Now, *any* snow south of London snarls up all transport, but this was special, and lasted for over a week. This photo was taken on the night the snow first fell.

Snow

Taken at 8:20pm, 5th Janurary 2009. 5s, f2.8, ISO 100, converted to greyscale afterwards.
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The latest photos are nice. I like the "Twilight Path", it looks rather spooky, "Growing Boats" looks so awesomely abstract with the boats there, "Snow"'s grayscale looks good, too. "Hollingdean Hill" is awesomely calming and ambient. As for the technical side of your photos I can't say much as I am not an expert on photography, but I see nothing wrong with them.
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Bang!

Gun firing at Fort Nelson.
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A couple of rainbow photos taken a few minutes ago:

Reflected rainbow


Reflected rainbow 2
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Where I live in England it's rare to get any real amount of snow. And it's exceptionally rare to get enough snow to cause transport problems. And it's unspeakably rare to get it at this time of the year.

Guess what happened last night then?

Snow, 1/12/10

Snow at Fareham Marina, 1st December 2010. This had all melted by the end of the day.

Snow, 2/12/10

Snow at Fareham Marina, 2nd December 2010. Just a little bit more than yesterday

Snowfall

Snow at Fareham, 2nd December 2010. I used the flash when taking this to pick out the snowflakes.

Snow, 2/12/10

Snow at Fareham, 2nd December 2010.

Snowy path

Snow at Fareham, 2nd December 2010.

Christmas tree!

Snow at Fareham, 2nd December 2010. Now this is what a christmas tree should look like.
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Heh, I should start posting pictures of how much snow we've got. The snow in England is nothing compared to the amount we get in the highlands of Scotland like last year. The snow here is near to getting up to my knees...
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I actually saw, and had a chance, to go through snow what was approximately 80cm high. This is nothing in comparation with that. But I like your pictures. Didn't see snow very long time.
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A lot of it is due to location. In England, especially where I live (right on the south coast) real snowfall is rare. As a result, no-one bothers investing in things like winter tyres and snow chains, and while the council has lots of gritters they're mainly required for dealing with ice (icy roads are a serious problem here each winter).

To give an example, the snowfall back in January was much more than that in previous years. Winter '07-'08 and '08-'09 each had about a day when there was actual on-the-ground snow, and that was gone by the next day. In fact the snow in those photos had all disappeared by this morning.

It's a whole different situation in Scotland. Up there you regularly gets lots of snow and so the country as a whole is geared to coping with it. Down in the south it's simply not worth it.
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well, that explains everything. I really like snow . Treya, can you take some photos when the snow becomes very big? I'll take one soon I hope.
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Heh, last winter we had way too much snow at southern Finland...
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It's not weird. It's Finland, man. I'm lovin snow!

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Not much snow here, but the photos look pretty good.
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Those photos look excellent.
Too bad we (unsurprisingly) didn't really get any snow down in Devon this year. :P
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Now we have 20 cm snow... It's exellent for me... on the roads is possible to try some BMX tricks, but if I want, I can go out for some snow
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Is it nice to ride a bike on slippy streets? I'd like to see it :P.
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oh.. I'm just jumping etc.... When I'm trying turn, it often happens, that I have to take my leg down.
But I think tomorow I will make a video , if it will be made, it'll be uploaded somwhere...like youtube(for a small amount of time)
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Thread resurrection! Recently I've been scanning old films and uploading some of the better photos...

These were taken in 2007, in and around Brighton while I was a student there.


Rainbow fountain
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


Brighton sky
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


Sunset silhouette
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt
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A few more photos. The first three are from Beachy Head one evening in 2007:


Beachy Head sunset
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


Sunset sliver
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


Belle Tout Lighthouse
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


These were also taken at around the same time, but are a bit more abstract in nature...


Light painting
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt


Yellow blur
by the-boggyb on DeviantArt
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