Saturday, 27 February 2010

Afternoon in the Pub

Mel, Becci and I met for a Girly Lunch and then went to get our nails done in Crystal Palace, while our men convened at the pub to watch the football.  We timed our arrival perfectly, the match had finished by the time we got there :)  A fun afternoon/evening was had by all......

Most of these photos were taken using the square format pinhole camera setting on my LX3 (my new favourite thing).

Gruesome fake nail display at the nail bar

Andy with Scott in the BG


Phil and Brian

Scott, his cider, and Andy's opinion of said cider



Matt and Mel (aahhhh!)

Mr Blunders caught by surprise.



Mark and Mel

Phil and Matt, Tony in the BG

Scott and Mark

Brian and Tony

Totally engrossed in table football :)

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Cazpoo's Exhibition

Caz's exhibition of her photographs actually took place in November 2009, but I was using my LX3 without having properly RTFM first, so really had no clue how to use it and thought the photos from the evening were shite.  However, on recent review, decided they might not scrub up too badly as B&W snaps to be posted here,  because they do go some way to recording what was a great night.

So Caz, sorry it's taken such a long time, but here are some of your fans at your show!

Mark in the pub beforehand

Mark, Amon and Nessy

Scott and Jake

Scott, Jake and Amon

James and Amon

Paul, Tomasz, James, Andre and Mark

Caz in the middle!

Scott and Andre

Bad Boys


James, Tomasz and Andre

Jeremy and Mark



Scott and Jake

Scott, Simon, Mark and Jake


James and Paul

James, Paul and Mark

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Monday, 22 February 2010

Country Weekend

Have just returned from a lovely long weekend down in the New Forest with Mr Blunders, where there was walking, posh country houses, lots of mud (so I was able to christen my new wellies), rain/hail/sun and blue sky, and of course, much photography.  Have recently actually worked out how to properly work my (incredibly complex) compact camera, having bowed to pressure and read the manual from cover to cover, so used this for most of the weekend, in mainly funky square pinhole camera format.  Was positively liberating to be walking around unencumbered by my stonkingly enormous Nikon, and as much as I love my Big Boy DSLR the weight does sometimes become a tad wearing.  Loved shooting in square format , I often crop my 35mm shots square so it was great to actually be able to compose using a square frame.  The pinhole camera effect gives a vignetted and slightly muted look to the photographs which I really like, and whilst I usually shoot in RAW format these were JPG'd by the camera so were pretty much ready to go straight from the memory card, thus negating the requirement to spend hours of PP in front of the computer, staying up until stupid o'clock to work on them.  So what's here is a bit more "holiday snap mode" than the stuff I put on Flickr, but I've had a great time taking the following photos!

Mark on our first walk on Friday afternoon,
having just been hailed on.

It was VERY wet in those woods!

Mr Blunders consults the map (we're not lost, just slightly confused)

The beautiful New Forest

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it's Mr B!

A welcome stop at the pub, which was closed, but still let us in for a drink anyway :)

First pinhole camera shot (this subsequently proved to be rather addictive).

It was all very damp and there was lots of moss everywhere.

A visit to the National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset, on a beautiful Saturday.

Both ends of a cow .....

The Snowdrops were out in force, although according to the sign on the gate, only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - I guess they all went back underground from Tuesday to Thursday ;)

One of the ancient trees within the grounds of Kingston Lacy.

The long walk with snowdrops - lots of patience required waiting for people to get out of the way!

Mark contemplates the beautiful house.  I did like it so much, although it wasn't open to the public until March, so hope to return again some time to see inside.

Mark doing his Master of All He Surveys Thing.

My lovely new wellies (which were very black and shiny before our Friday walk - M called them my S&M boots)

In the grounds at Kingston Lacy

Details of the house.

The Snowdrops found a way in everywhere.

Lunchtime.  Mark had a jacket potato filled with curried something - he referred to it as "old lady curry", i.e. not very strong, therefore probably would have suited me down to the ground.

A True UrbExer's Car

Mr Blunders asks TomTom to tell us where to go.

The control tower, part of the RAF Ibsley airfield.

Now a home for bats and all bricked up.

Most of these shots are in pinhole camera mode with arty vignetting - hours of fun!

Mark doing his Photo Schnizzle Thing.

View from the control tower.

Me eight feet tall.

Photographing me photographing you.

Do Not Enter.

Mark doing his Rugged Thing.

Shadow Girl

Oh I do love my new wellies ;)

Mark reviewing his photographs.

Me as photographed by Mark

Me by Mark.

Now he's making me giggle .....

The Perfect Couple outside their Dream Home, photo by Mark.
(Do you like my wellies?)

"Where are my bloody glasses?
Oh, they're on my head" (ahem, cough)
Viveca photographed in some confusion by Mark.

It's not Proper UrbEx unless there's
a bit of barbed wire in there somewhere.
Photo by Mark

More fab photos from Mr Blunders.

Photographed through the gate, looking into the control tower.

Spotted on the drive back, this horse whinnied in delight
as I went over to say hello,
it was very gratifying to be so welcomed!

Friendly horse :)

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