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York and the NRM

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 25, 2011, 9:32 AM
Hey, you might of seen a few pics from York appear in my Gallery.

IF you are interested in seeing more, including some shots from the Nation Rail Museum, take a peek on my site.

Heres the link: www.adibrown.co.uk/wordpress/?…


Lovely weather!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 21, 2011, 11:38 PM
Yet I am stuck in a training course "bootcamp" with absolutely no free time to use a camera. Enjoy the Easter break (if unlike me you get one)!


Another Year, Another Entry

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 7, 2011, 5:23 AM
So another year has gone by with out a Journal Entry from me, I best write one. Not that it is going to be the happiest entry of all time.

Once again, winter came and the number of photography outings reduced. On top of that, the later half of last year become quite stressful job wise, culmulating in redundency for the entire work force. Fortunately I found a contract pretty quickly with a company I've worked for before, which has led to a full time role. There was also an illness leading to bereavement in the famliy.

So my mind hasn't really been on my dA account for the last 6 months or so.

With the coming spring and a new job and stability comes new possibiliies, and I find my mind coming back to photography. Especially having purchased a new camera. :)

I've posted a few images from the camera already, as per usual though, the response after a few months away has been dissapointing. I have a love hate relationship with dA. You see whilst it is an excellent place for displaying art, and viewing inspirational images by other artists and photographers, it is a place that requires and awful lot of work to get noticed. Sometimes I think that dA is more of a social media site than a artist community. The more +watch, +fave and comments you make, the more attention you get. Regardless of how good your images may be.

Which isn't to say the best people don't get recognized, I'm sure they do, but I do not think they get that recoginition just by posting a few pictures and sitting back and waiting for the comments and faves to flood in.

The problem I always have is that I want my images to be viewed on their own merit. I don't care so much about having thosands of page views a day and similar comments...the work load would just be too much anyway. I post images for people to look at, and dA isn't very good at letting people see it. If you go to the front page, you'll not get whats new, you'll get what is popular. And besides, new images fly by so fast. Unless you build lasting relationships with people, self promote your work, and spend a lot of time socially engineering your profile with the rest of the community, you stand next to no chance of being seen.

For a photographer like myself, who's work isn't of the very highest standard (though I hope I am above average at least), getting noticed is but a pipe dream. Even a DD did little to boost my visibility. If I post an image I'm proud off, and get no feedback, I start feeling that my images must be completely rubbish!

Ultimately though, so be it. If I do not have the time or inclination to play the game, or the confidence to promote myself gratuitously, then I will have to live with my images getting a handful of pageviews and maybe one or two faves. As the spring moves to summer, and I post more and more images, I expect the situation will improve...but should I take another winter break, I'm sure I'll be back to square one this time next year :)

This is the way it is, it is the same on every other site. Ultimately I'll have to put more time into dA (sucking time from other activities), or find another avenue to get feedback (such as joining a photography club perhaps).

Well, thats my stream of drivel for the is year, I hope you enjoy what ever images I get this year, and happy snapping/drawing/painting/prosing :)


Web site update

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 11, 2010, 3:19 PM
Whilst I've been distracted from dA by other things this year (I'll get back into it soon as I start posting more shots through out the summer), I've not been totally idle!

My personal website used Blogger to drive the front page "blog", which I used to update which photographs I had uploaded. Unfortunately they decided to change their rules and stop supporting the publishing of blogs to other sites (via FTP). So I recently spent a few days install Wordpress and various widgets. I'm fairly pleased with the results, it isn't perfect and people with old browsers or low resolution screens might have issues, but it's good enough for now :)

Site can be found at: www.adibrown.co.uk

It's mainly for publishing images to my friends, family and sometimes for the re-enactment community that I photograph a lot, but check it out and let me know what you think if you have a spare couple of moments :)


My first DD

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 22, 2010, 11:54 AM
Hey all,

I've been ignoring dA for a while, not deliberately, but more because the problems we've faced at work and the resulting job insecurity has made it hard to concentrate the time and effort required. Apologies therefore for ignoring your hard work and any comments I've missed replying to.

So it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to notice that I had a Daily Deviation on Saturday. Thanks to SerenaG519 for suggesting it, and evanhwong for the feature.

I was actually out on Saturday with the camera, the first time I've gotten out this year (I even missed all the Snow!). Will look at the shots later this week and post any good ones. The subject is a partially derelict 18th century manor house :)


Duck!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 15, 2009, 5:15 AM
Things are a little "up in the air".

The company I work for went into Administration this week, and lots of my colleagues were made redundent as a result. Some how, I managed to dodge that particular bullet, though I do wonder who is better off, them or me.

The situation is complex (and I can't say too much), but there is a rescue plan for the part of the business I'm invovled in. Assuming it goes ahead, we have a month or two to consolidate and move our servers and applications from one data centre to another. This may mean I have to forgo my planned christmas leave, though I'm hoping I can still get a reasonable amount of down time.

Naturally, it's a stressful time for me. So I might not be keeping up with dA as much as I have this past few weeks. I was doing so well too!


A Little Common Sense?

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 9, 2009, 6:28 AM
See: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/…

A Quote:

Message circulated by Andy Trotter, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, to police forces in England and Wales.

"Officers and PCSOs are reminded that we should not be stopping and searching people for taking photos.

"There are very clear rules around how stop-and-search powers can be used. However, there are no powers prohibiting the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place. Therefore members of the public and press should not be prevented from doing so.

"We need to co-operate with the media and amateur photographers. They play a vital role as their images help us identify criminals.

"We must acknowledge that citizen journalism is a feature of modern life and police officers are now photographed and filmed more than ever.

"However, unnecessarily restricting photography, whether from the casual tourist or professional is unacceptable and worse still, it undermines public confidence in the police service."




  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Intah-web
  • Watching: Top Gear!
  • Playing: Dirt 2 (ok, but more Rally please!)
  • Eating: My Words

One month behind!

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 30, 2009, 3:12 AM
Quick update.

Well, I'm one month behind on the dev watches at the moment!

I've been building a new PC, which has taken my mind away from the actual photography, despite that one of the reasons I'm building it is to have a better experiance when editing and storing my shots (and I was running out of disk space now I have a 20+ mega pixel camera!).

As yet I've not transfered photoshop to it, I've been waiting for the machine to bed in and not have any problems before I attempt to mess about with deactivating it on the old pc. I'm hoping to sort that this week, I still have lots of shots from the holiday in September I'd like to process, and some from a re-enactment battle!

I've also got a new monitor. A HP LP2475W, which is a "Wide Gamut" display. And I also got a Sypder 3 Pro to calibrate it...but boy have I been having issues with doing that! Quite often after calibration, the reds will be blown (which can be seen on Gamma testing images, showing the red channel up at 2.4). After much stress I "think" I've managed to get a good calibration (using "ColorEyes Display Pro" instead of the bundles Spyder sfotware).

It strikes me that you need confidence in your calibration tool, other wise how can you be sure what your seeing is accurate?


  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Guides to Calibration
  • Watching: Top Gear!
  • Playing: A bit of everything
  • Eating: As little as possible
  • Drinking: See above

Back from Cornwall

Sun Sep 13, 2009, 3:28 PM
Taking it easy

Heya!

Got back from Cornwall yesterday, and whilst I had a good time, I fear I didn't get the best shots I could have gotten. Weather conditions played a part, with strong winds blowing waves onto rocks covering filters with spray within a few seconds, rain, and even a couple of totally cloudless (and boring) sunsets. Together with a large number of tourists, and indeed other photographers all trying to get in the best spots, getting clean people-less landscapes wasn't easy. Lack of local knowledge also didn't help :P.

But I do think I've got a couple of usable landscapes, and some nice touristy shots from St.Ives and around the Lizard. And there was a lovely afternoon for Macro shots which I took advantage of :).

You just can't help wishing you could have gotten more! And besides, I had a nice break from the daily grind, and wishing I didn't have to go to work in the morning!

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  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Why does E=mc2
  • Watching: Stuff recorded on Sky+ over the last 2 weeks!
  • Playing: Champions Online
  • Eating: This, that and the other
  • Drinking: Milk

Off on hols!

Mon Aug 31, 2009, 3:13 PM
Taking it easy

I've been a bit slack this past week, and haven't gotten round to checking and commenting on stuff in my inbox. They'll have to wait a little longer unfortunately, as I'm off to Cornwall tomorrow with the camera for a 2 week break. I hope I get some good shots to bring back!

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  • Listening to: Stuff
  • Reading: Why does E=mc2
  • Watching: Blurays
  • Playing: iRacing
  • Eating: This, that and the other
  • Drinking: Milk

Close to 10k pageviews

Mon Aug 10, 2009, 11:52 PM
Taking it easy

Yup, at the time of writing I am about 30 pageviews from 10,000!

To be honest though I am under whelmed. Perhaps it is because how long it has taken to get this far, and how hard it seems to get decent feedback on my work. Feedback has always been my driving force for posting my work on a site like this. If I just wished to publish my work I would just post to my own photo gallery website. Unfortunately i am a single voice in the crowd, and I just cannot shout loud enough :p

Thanks to those of you that have had the time to be able to help me by posting thoughtful comments. I do understand it is hard to comment on everything you view, as I am sure you inboxes are at least as busy as mine. I am not blaming or accusing, just lamenting the way things are, I am sure I am not alone. Hehe.   

You have no doubt noticed a number of uploads over the past few days, all from exmoor which is on the north coast of the UKs south west penninsula. It was a great trip, involving on day were we caught a sunrise and a sunset in a single day. It was a tiring exeriance! It was really only my 2nd chance ever to catch the sunrise and I have alot to learn still. I must find some more locations, perhaps closer by, where I can catch the sun coming up more regulary.

Thanks for taking the time to read the ramblings of my confused little brain :p

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  • Reading: Why does E=mc2
  • Watching: Blurays
  • Playing: iRacing
  • Eating: This, that and the other
  • Drinking: Milk

Not a Crime!

Fri Jul 17, 2009, 1:50 AM
  • Listening to: Revs
  • Reading: Why does E=mc2
  • Watching: Blurays
  • Playing: iRacing
  • Eating: This, that and the other
  • Drinking: Milk
Taking it easy



The British Journal of Photography has launch a campaign to counter the growing feeling that the UK has become "anti-photographer".

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5D2 - My thoughts

Mon Jun 15, 2009, 3:51 PM
  • Listening to: Spotify
  • Reading: Pratchett
  • Watching: Chuck or The Big Bang Theory
  • Playing: My Piano - now with IVORY!
  • Eating: Too much!
  • Drinking: Hot Choccy - yes, even in summer.
Taking it easy

I like it.

Probably useless for Macro (still experimenting, but most likely will use my 40d for that still). But other wise, the detail I've been getting on my recent Reenactment gigs is awesome.

Speaking of which I have uploaded a good many images to my personal website (with just a selection of them posted here). If your interested, go have a look: www.adibrown.co.uk/

Would be really interested in what you think about them :)

I'm trying to look at all the Deviations people are posting, though I might not have the time to comment on many. Hope things are well with you.


....you know...I must do a skin for this journal lark....

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Hamble and a New Toy!

Sun Jan 25, 2009, 6:15 AM
  • Listening to: Random Play
  • Reading: Words
  • Watching: Nothing!
  • Playing: My Piano
  • Eating: Nuts and Choccy
  • Drinking: Anything with caffiene - except when it hasn't
Taking it easy

A friend and I took a trip yesterday to the area near Hamble-le-Rice, which is on the East side of Southampton Water. It was quite a nice day for going out with the cameras, the sun was shining, but the light wasn't harsh, and we got a good sunset too!

I'm still mastering the art of using grad filters on landscape (or waterscape) pictures, and I know I need to get some "hard" grads as all I have at the present are soft. I also need to get a non grad ND filter to allow me to "stop down" to get longer exposures. Netherless I think I got some good shots of the sunset, including what I think is a quite nice HDR image.

Whilst we were out, my new Canon 5d Mark II arrived at home (with the 24-105mm lens). Looking forward to trying that out, it supposed to be rather good at landscapes!

I've uploaded the pics from Hamble to my website, along with a few pics of Graffiti taken on the same outting, find them at: www.adibrown.co.uk/

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My very own website

Fri Jan 2, 2009, 10:03 AM
  • Listening to: Random Play
  • Reading: Words
  • Watching: Useless Xmas Telly
  • Playing: My Piano
  • Eating: Nuts and Choccy
  • Drinking: Anything with caffiene - except when it hasn't
Taking it easy

I spent some time over the Christmas break putting together my very own Photography Website:

www.adibrown.co.uk/

What do you think?

I'll still be posting the better shots here of course ;)

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Christmas Leave 2008

Sun Dec 28, 2008, 5:30 AM
  • Listening to: Random Play
  • Reading: Words
  • Watching: Useless Xmas Telly
  • Playing: My Piano
  • Eating: Nuts and Choccy
  • Drinking: Anything with caffiene - except when it hasn't
Taking it easy

I've just uploaded a few examples of photography from a reenactment event on the Watercress Line in the UK. This event attempts to recreate the atmosphere of a small railway station at Christmas During world war two.

If you are interested, you can find all my shots from the day here: www.wivelrodstower.com/Gallery….

Friends may have noticed I'm not that active on dA at present. To be honest, I find dA a diffulcult place being you often only get comments or faves in exchange for the same in return. I don't have the time, or inclination, to use this site like a arty version of facebook. I just want to post pictures and hope for some decent feedback with no strings attached. Thus my activities here will be limited to uploading the odd photograph and commenting occasionally on work I like.

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Live View for Close Up

Sun Jul 13, 2008, 1:52 AM
  • Listening to: Random Play
  • Reading: Words
  • Watching: The back of my eyelids
  • Playing: My Piano
  • Eating: A little as possible
  • Drinking: Anything with caffiene - except when it hasn't
Easy on the Spine

Been rather apathetic recently.

Anyhow, finally managed to get some "get up and go" yesterday and visted Mr Bogbrush. After a rather fantastic Indian meal, he took me a to a meadow he's discovered a short distance from his house. The resultant picture you can find in my gallery. The clouds were rolling in, the sun obscured, and there was an intermitent breeze to contend with, but we managed to get some nice shots before those dark clouds finally made it too gloomy to continue.

I haven't done much Macro/Close-up this season, so I've not really had a chance to try out the Live View mode that I have on the 40d in this regard. I have to say though, Live View for close up work is a great evolution in the Digital SLR world.

First of all I'm not having to bend over double so much to get an eye to the view finder. Even with an angle finder I found it back breaking sometimes. The large bright LCD on the 40d really helps here, allowing me to take a for much more natural stance when focusing on the little beastie I have in my sights. Though how great it will be in very bright sunlight I'm not sure - I guess I could find a way to shade it if necessary.

Secondly, and most importantly, Live View has a magnification mode. This allows you to zoom in 5x or 10x, and then navigate round the view using the cameras little joystick. This is awesome for helping me focus, I can frame the shot, use the joystick to move the zoom center point over the feature I wish to focus on (eg say the eyes of a butterfly), and zoom in. I can then fine tune my focus using this zoomed in mode and be alot more accurate about it than when squinting through the view finder.

Thirdly, being a spectacle wearer, my eyes aren't perfect, and sometimes with macro photography I find myself spending a long time looking with one eye through the view finder. This can sometimes give me a headache. Using live view I'm using both eyes, and not squinting, making the whole process a lot less painfull for me.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

:)

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Project: Iceland in HDR

Wed Mar 5, 2008, 11:47 AM
  • Listening to: The Cat moaning that the food isnt great
  • Reading: Books about Photography
  • Watching: Ashes to Ashes!!!
  • Playing: WoW (again, bah), Tablua Rasa, Eternal Sonata
  • Eating: Plain Bounties
  • Drinking: Latte
Learning more about HDR

I've been messing about with HDR on and off for a while now. I decided this week to see how HDR techniques could improve shots that I've long forgotten about, so I decided to start a little project and revisit some shot I took whilst on holiday in Iceland a few years back.

I selected some shots and then opened them in Adobe Camera Raw and made some adjustments to get a nice looking shot but whilst leaving the Exposure Value as "0". I then save out 5 TIFF's at -2, -1, 0, +1 and +1 Exposure Value. These I imported into Photomatix to create a HDR image, which was tonemapped and then saved back out as a TIFF. Photoshop CS3 was then used to balance the final image.

I'm not happy with all of the resultant images, but I've posted them all in hope for some feedback as to what you think. So stop reading this and go make a comment or two and let me know ;)

Cold up North by Wivelrod
Iced Landscape by Wivelrod
Walking Back in HDR by Wivelrod
Myvatn Hotspring in HDR by Wivelrod
The Ice Breaker by Wivelrod
Gulfoss HDR by Wivelrod

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Loving Black and White

Mon Nov 19, 2007, 7:28 AM
  • Listening to: William Shatner!!
  • Reading: Magazines
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: Metroid Prime 3, Crysis, Hellgate & Zelda DS
  • Eating: Plain Bounties
  • Drinking: Latte
Folders!

I'm getting more and more into looking for shots that will work in Black and White. For some reason I'm drawn to Black and Whtie images more than Colour. I spent last night trying various different ways of converting some woodland shots into Black and White, with various degrees of success.

I'm thinking about having "black and white" days, and limiting myself to a 50mm and/or the 10-22mm (maybe on on the 20d and one on my new 40d!).

dA recently introduced a "folder" system (might still be Beta) where you can sub divide your gallery into different folders. It's a neat bit of web code. I've put all my Black and White images (excluding the re-enactment shots) into their own folder.

wivelrod.deviantart.com/galler…

I need to do get some more shots to add to that collection! :D

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Sneaks back online

Mon Nov 5, 2007, 3:25 PM
  • Listening to: William Shatner!!
  • Reading: Magazines
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: Metroid Prime 3, Halo 3, Hellgate & Zelda DS
  • Eating: Plain Bounties
  • Drinking: Latte
PC Back from the shop

My PC packed up again 3 weeks ago, and it had to be returned. Seems the motherboard voltages were set a little high and fried one stick of memory and corrupted the BIOS. The company I bought from (Vadim in the UK), repaired it under warrenty and kept it a while to test properly. It was returned yesterday, on a SUNDAY, by one of their engineers - who was on crutches!

Now that's customer service!

So anyway, during the time the PC was away, I decided to have a break from dA - being all my software was installed on the PC, and tbh, I didn't feel like merely looking at everyones elses work when I have 2 memory cards full of shots I was unable to process easily and with no frustrations.

So there's a long slog of deviations and journals to catch up on, and lots of my own photos for me to work on and see if their any good!

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