June 2006

Information Superhighway?

Well, it proved to be very difficult to get a reliable connection while we were in Northumberland. Just 6 miles north of Morpeth and we might as well have been in the middle of nowhere as far as my 3G/GPRS card was concerned. I knew I wouldn’t stand a chance of a 3G connection, but even GPRS was so flakey it wasn’t usable. Some nights I was trying to get a connection for over an hour and I just decided that it wasn’t worth the trouble.

So, I’m going to try and give some kind of day by day account now that we’re back home, and I have a reliable internet connection.

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Sunday

Our first full day in Northumberland dawned wet. Just our luck. We’d had a few weeks of good weather before leaving home. But I’m determined not to let clouds and rain spoil our break.

We spent the morning just taking it easy at the cottage and then getting supplies in.

After lunch we headed out to explore the area immediately around us. We were keen for Shelly to get her first look at the sea so we headed towards the coast and found ourselves at Amble. Parking up near the dunes we put our coats on and set off for a walk along the beach.

Although it wasn’t actually raining now, it was still threatening to. Even though it was hardly ideal conditions, we couldn’t have Shelly not taking a paddle during her first trip to a beach. So, the shoes and socks came off and the trousers were rolled up and much fun was had splashing about in the little waves that brushed up on to the sand.

If the weather does improve at some point during the week then we’ll certainly be back to the sea to give Shelly the chance to try out her sandcastle skills.

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Baa

This is going to be home for the next week. It’s very spacious and as we’re just in the grounds of a farm it’s very quiet. All we can hear are the sheep and the birds. There’s lots of room for Shelly to run around and a nice big garden for playing football in.

Right outside our windows are views of fields full of sheep, woodland and the Cheviot hills on the horizon.

A pictorial representation of the predominant sound around here!

It is proving very difficult to get online here, the signal is very weak. I attempted to upload these photos last night but then lost the link. I’m just hoping that I can get back online at some point soon to post these. It could be that even if I can get these uploaded I won’t be able to get online again. If that’s the case then I guess it’s just going to be one big update once we get home!

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A holiday, a holiday and the first one in four years!

Yes, we’re away on holiday for a week. We not long ago arrived at our cottage in Northumberland and after checking that I could get online I thought I’d just post something here. I’ll be back later to post some photographs.

It has been a long time since we’ve been away and I’m so looking forward to this week, exploring a corner of the country I’ve never visited before. Hadrian’s Wall is calling….

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More Photo Fiddling

I’m still playing around with the photos I took at the gig on Friday night. My previous black and white conversions were lacking in contrast, so I upped that a bit.

Andy Griffiths and his band were also playing on Friday. I snapped this one from the side of the stage. Bloomin’ microphone stands getting in the way all over the place, but I’m pretty happy with the result.

Here Andy Griffiths can be seen (framed in angle of yet another mic stand) joining The Kate Easton Band for part of their set.

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Okay, a change of tack

Well, I’ve been happily getting on using my Mac for several weeks without feeling a need to post anything here.

I guess the point is that it just works, and it does a great job. I’m finally free of the all the hassles I used to suffer running Windows.

Well, just about.

I’m still using Windows for running Photoshop, and it looks like I will be until Photoshop CS3 is released. Yes, CS2 does run under Rosetta on the Intel Mac, but I just find it too sluggish to be comfortable with it. It is a pain having to switch machines just to edit photos, so come on Adobe, get a crack on with CS3 please.

So, what am I going to do with this blog? It started out as a Windows to Mac switchers blog, but I just don’t see any point in continuing in that vein. So, it’s going to become just a personal blog. From time to time I’m sure I’ll cover some tech. issues, but there’ll be other things on here too.

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Before Too Long

The evening of Friday 2nd June 2006 saw me down at The Musician in Leicester to attend the album launch of ‘Before Too Long’ by my friend, Kate Easton. It has been a long road to getting this CD out for Kate and I hadn’t seen her for getting on for a year I guess. I asked her for permission to take some photos during her set and she was very generous in permitting me to click away to my heart’s content. This was the first time I’d made an attempt at ‘concert photography’ and I was soon learning just how tricky
it could be. Not only do you have to deal with low light conditions, but there’s all kinds of clutter on the stage which ‘get in the way’ of the photographer - mic stands, microphones, monitors… And then you’re trying to capture a moment whilst not getting in the way of everyone else who’s come to enjoy the music. Did I mention low light? Okay, I was shooting with my Canon 20D set to ISO 3200 and with my 50mm f1.8 lens opened as wide as it can go. With that combination I was able to get shutter speeds ranging
between 1/60th of a second and 1/100th of a second. My 50mm lens when used with the 1.6 sensor size multiplication factor of the 20D gives an effective focal length of 80mm, so 1/60th was possible if I held very steady, but 1/100th was just fine.

I fired off quite a few from near the stage. Then realising that I was in need of another cold drink I headed towards the bar… only to find myself face to face with a friend I’d not seen for well… must be 10 years?! We’d not had any way of getting in touch with each other and I had no idea they were still in the Leicester area. After a frantic few minutes ‘catching up’ I endeavoured to return to the stage to fire off a few more shots, only to find that I had returned right at the end of the last song.

And how was Kate’s new album, ‘Before Too Long’? Bloody fantastic. I’m loving it to bits. Of the ten tracks on the CD, 6 are Kate’s own compositions. It’s hard to pin down favourites, they’re all so good, but if I had to single some out they would be ‘In Your Garden’, ‘Good Day’ and the title track, ‘Before Too Long’. The covers on here include a great rendition of ‘Loving You’ and ‘Which Will’ by Nick Drake. Kate does have a web presence on MySpace, although there’s
not a lot there yet. Not sure if she’ll be developing this in the future or not, but I thought I might as well link to it. She’s playing The Musician again on June 28th, so if you’re interested in some good music at a great venue then go take a look at their web site here.

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