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Less Formal Photos

A couple more photo's from the graduation.

Edward and Jez: Edd on the Motor Club's Fire Engine Jez.Edward and Jez: Edd on the Motor Club's Fire Engine Jez.

Edward and the LionEdward and the Lion

Edd's Graduation

My brother Edward graduated with a degree in Chemistry on 26 October 2005. I've already given him a personal congratulations but I can now give a very public one as well. He graduated from Imperial college, London who hold their ceremony in the Royal Albert Hall. I think the surroundings got to everyone as the ceremony was very staid and people didn't start to loosen up until the very end when the Med students decided to bring some fun into it by cheering and clapping their friends.

Royal Albert Hall: The Royal Albert Hall where Imperial college, London's graduation ceremony was held on 26 October 2005.Royal Albert Hall: The Royal Albert Hall where Imperial college, London's graduation ceremony was held on 26 October 2005.

Just Another Statistic

I have become just another statistic in the local authority crime figures. After returing from my brother's graduation yesterday and heading to my car I found that along with millions of other people in this country my car had been scratched and the person who had done it had not left a note on my windsheild to confess to it. I'm pretty easy going and with my old clapped out car of before I would not have given it a second's worth of irritation but with my new one it warranted at least 10 minutes worth. The reason for this is that the scratches, although not long, are rather wide and therefore more noticable and more prone to encouraging rust patches as they are down to the bare metal. Added to this the car hadn't even tripped the 1000 mile mark on the odometer. I was so close - only 25 miles to go.

The car is still there!

My car is currently parked in the space by the entrance to my block of flats so you have to walk next to it to enter the block. On the way past I noticed that the door was open. Obviously I'd forgotten to lock it. The thing is though that I haven't actually driven it since Sunday so it has been sitting, completely unlocked for three days!

I must live in a quiet area. I can't imagine it staying untouched anywhere else I have lived. Even the CD's that were in the centre well are still there.

Or maybe my music taste sucks so much that no one would want to knick them?

Want a Hug?

I'm now in a macro mood so I thought I'd try something different.

Spider Hug

This picture was taken using the macro lens through my reversed zoom lens. Doesn't it just look like it wants to give you a hug? Actual head size is approximately 2mm wide. It's quite hard to keep everything still and in focus with an extra lens to keep hold of but it seems to have worked ok. I'm not quite comfortable with creating some sort of contraption to hold everything together yet but give me time and I'm sure I'll be covering my new lens with tape and holding it in a clamp to keep it steady.....that reminds me - I have a vice in the broom cupboard. I could possibly hold a lens in that....

Macro Excitement

I finally got my new macro lens delivered that I ordered a few weeks ago so I've been playing with it this morning. I decided to get the new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, which is the new Macro lens from Canon specifically for digital cameras. This is the first 'expensive' lens I've bought but I didn't really have any ideas about how much better quality it would be.

Photo Recovery

The image recovery program finally finished at 0015 this morning and it worked like a charm. I would highly reccomend it. It's called Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery and it's a freeware data recovery tool geared towards recovering images. I've just put some quick and dirty versions of a couple of the pictures I took up here. The sky was particularly grey that day so the backgrounds are certainly nothing to shout about. I may play a bit more over the weekend and sort out something better but for now...

You're an Idiot Day

Today shall officially be known as the 'Kat, you're an idiot' day.

To celebrate the successful production of 37 years of Pegasus engines (they go in Harrier aircraft) there was a fly-by today at work consisting of a couple of Harriers the company Spitfire and friend and I believe a Hercules. We were allowed to bring a camera on site just for today so this morning I packed my zoom lens and camera and looked forward to geting some good pictures.

Bradley Stoke - Gaunt's Earthcott - Almondsbury

Living in Bradley Stoke can be both a blessing and a curse. Quite a few people live there but there is no real town centre and no high street at all. One of the good things about it though is that there are a lot of 'green paths' around so although you are near to very busy roads you can still feel like you are surounded by nature. As I'd been having trouble recently finding places to park legally when out exploring with my camera I decided I'd just explore what I could walking from my house. I'd finally bought the OS map for my area so map, compass (I like the security it gives), water and camera in my bag I set off.

New Toys

I bought myself some new toys and whilst I am waiting for one of them to turn up, one of the others arrived this morning. I am now the proud owner of a Hoya R72 Infrared filter lens. I wasn't sure whether I would be able to get anything even remotely decent out of it as the discussions I'd seen on the web either said that I would get nothing useable at all to my camera being able to get reasonable pictures in the infrared. It also seems that there is a big difference in quality compared to what lens you are using with some lenses being poorer than others.

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