Which way to KFC?

“Woody” and his mate used to live in the Leylandi trees at the back of the garden. Last year however, the trees went and he was forced to move next door but one.
Don’t think he bears a grudge though as he often drops in to say hello and aggravate the dogs.

Which way to KFC?

Quite tricky to get a shot off as he moves about quickly – it’s also very gloomy out there at this time of the year.
Was pleased with this attempt, especially as the patio doors haven’t been cleaned for weeks. The Sigma 70-300 is definitelty out performing the old Tamron in pretty much every area at the moment.

Waxing Gibbous……

Two words that no matter what, always make me smile like a naughty schoolboy. Absolutely no idea why, but it just does. As the old lens died whilst attempting a moon shot, I thought I’d test the new one on the same subject. I have to say that I’ve been impressed with the image quality of this sub ¬£100 lens for the football photos with little or no chromatic abberation which was sometimes a problem with the Tamron.

Moon over Canvey

Was quite pleased with the result of the moon as well – Detail is pretty good for a cheapy lens, and unless you’re pixel peeping it’s generally an acceptable image. This is a pretty heavy crop (not quite 100%) of the full photo, and as had a contrast boost and a little unsharp mask added prior to uploading.

Shutter speed was 1/320 @ f8.0 and you can see a bigger version here on my flickr stream

Shiny and reflective.

Test CD Water Drop Macro

Not sure why, but seem to have become slightly obsessive about reflections recently. Haven’t touched the camera for over a week and cabin fever has not irreversibly set in. Been meaning to hve a crack at these things since the storm in a teacup shot (see my Flickr stream) to try and capture some clouds etc. reflected in the water. for the last two weeks the skies have been a monotonous grey, so as the sun attempted to shine this afternoon I felt obliged to have a go at this.
Regrettably, my cd tray only had this knackered old thing in (it’s got more scratches than a cat’s scratching post) and I didn’t get the tripod out, but went OK from a test perspective.

For those that care, this was taken hand-held, with the Canon 50mm f1.8 plus 36mm kenko extension tube.

Daily Mail – Don’t Panic, there are still some things not on the list…….

OK, so it’s got absolutely nothing to do with photography, at all, except for the fact that Digital Cameras don’t currently seem to pose a health threat (yet).

You’ve got to love the Daily Mail – What other UK newspaper would care so much about it’s loyal readers that they’d bend over backwards to warn you about all of the things that might be bad for you !! Thank heavens that smoking isn’t as bad as this lot, or I’d really be in trouble.

Without further ado, the unabridged (but probably not yet complete) Daily Mail list of things that will give you cancer.

AGE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
AIR POLLUTION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ld-cancer.html
AIR TRAVEL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar…nt-fliers.html
ALCOHOL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-wine-day.html
ALLERGIES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…soy-sauce.html
ARTIFICIAL LIGHT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
ASBESTOS: (as if it wasnt bad enough already) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ng-cancer.html
ASPIRIN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
BABIES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
BABY BOTTLES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…fertility.html
BABY FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-alert.html
BACON: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cers-grow.html
BARBEQUES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
BEEF: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…st-cancer.html
BEER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.html
BEING A BLACK PERSON: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.htmland http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-women.html
BEING A WOMAN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…n-smokers.html
BEING A MAN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-women.html
BEING SOUTHERN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
BISCUITS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar…ods-avoid.html
BLOWJOBS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…at-cancer.html
BRAS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…a-bad-you.html
BREAD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
BREAST FEEDING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
BREAST IMPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-scare.html
BROKEN HEARTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rly-grave.html
BUBBLE BATH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…bath-safe.html
BURGERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…s-burgers.html
CAFFINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…abies-DNA.html
CALCUIM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…searchers.html
CANDLE-LIT DINNERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dufFps6a
CANNED FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-tin-cans.html
CARBOHYDRATES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
CARS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ld-cancer.html
CEREAL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
CHEESE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rs-spread.html
CHICKEN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ted-foods.html
CHILDLESSNESS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/co…old-fault.html
CHILDREN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…new-study.html
CHILDRENS FOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…rens-food.html
CHILLIS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…yes-alert.html
CHINESE MEDICINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…medicines.html
CHIPS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…se-cancer.html
CHLORINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ed-cancer.html
CHOCLATE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-snacks.html
CITY LIVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
CLIMATE CHANGE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…in-cancer.html
COCA COLA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
COD LIVER OIL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-capsules.html
COFFEE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…up-coffee.html
CONSTIPATION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…gher-Pill.html
COOKING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
CORDLESS PHONES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…th-danger.html
CRAYONS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…g-crayons.html
CURRY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…rry-sauce.html
DEODRANT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ed-cancer.html
DIETING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
DOGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ally-true.html
EGGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…cals-eggs.html
ELECTRICITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…new-alert.html
ENGLISH BREAKFAST: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…r-63-cent.html
FACEBOOK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
FALSE NAILS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…arn-women.html
FATHERHOOD: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…new-study.html
FIBRE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…k-warning.html
FISH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-scare.html
FLIP FLOPS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…tors-warn.html
FLY SPRAY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete…n-tumours.html
FRUIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…eath-risk.html
GARDENS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
GRAPEFRUIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…isk-third.html
HAIR DYE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
HAM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…nger-list.html
HEIGHT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ays-study.html
HONEY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ted-foods.html
HOT DRINKS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
HRT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dueJ7qOY
INTERNET: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-websites.html
IVF: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…cer-risks.html
KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz…sk-cancer.html
LAMB: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
LARGE HEADS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ne-cancer.html
LEFT-HANDEDNESS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
LIPSTICK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ng-cancer.html
LIVER TRANSPLANTS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…d-husband.html
MENOPAUSE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
MENSTRUATION: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…d-periods.html
METAL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…arkinsons.html
MILK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…an-cancer.html
MOBILE PHONES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-soared.html
MODERN LIVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-epidemic.html
MONEY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…teenagers.html
MORPHINE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudlHqN2
MOUTHWASH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…y-experts.html
NUCLEAR POWER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…es-cancer.html
OBESITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
OESTROGEN: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…st-cancer.html
OLDER FATHERS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudLlJsP
PASTRY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
PEANUT BUTTER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ng-fungus.html
PERFUME: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…infertile.html
PICKLES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ite-foods.html
PIZZA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…e-warning.html
PLASTIC BAGS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete…#ixzz0duexZlFs
PORK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…safe-beef.html
POTATOES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…oked-food.html
POVERTY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/co…old-fault.html
PREGNANCY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…eer-women.html
RADIOACTIVITY: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ncer-risk.html
RICE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.html
SAUSAGES: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…k-20-cent.html
RETIREMENT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0ducbviCE
SEX: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ex-cancer.html
SHAVING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
SKIING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ncer-risk.html
SOUP: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ys-expert.html
SPACE TRAVEL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…ing-space.html
SUN CREAM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar…un-creams.html
TALCUM POWDER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-day-risk.html
TEA: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…isk-women.html
TEEN SEX: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…#ixzz0dudvXOF7
VITAMINS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ly-deaths.html
WATER: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…-hotspots.html
WI-FI: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…-internet.html
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…ool-meals.html
WORKING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…te-cancer.html
X-RAYS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar…sk-cancer.htm

You don’t need to be a forensic scientist

To find fingerprints in my house…..
Was extremely bored the other day so I dusted off the 50mm and stuck 36mm worth of Kenko extension tube between it and the body.  Went on a circular tour of the house randomly snapping anything I could focus on.

Our dirty light switch

The great thing about the Macro shots is that they show up every single speck of dirt, grease or crumb of chocolate.  Shortly after I took this, I cleaned the light switch.