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    My personal Corona thread

    I've decided to try and get out every day either walking or cycling after a long lay off with a dodgy knee, the imprisonment dictated by the current state of emergency has given me added impetus to do this. I've already put an hour aside each morning to get my guitar playing going again, and the (hopefully) daily exercise will also work alongside getting a lot more photography done (hopefully). Also, Photoshop decided it didn't want to play any more, so I'm now on a learning curve with GIMP, which after an initial play seems very good. I'd like to think I'll post an image per day, but I know how difficult that can be, but we'll see. I guess a lot will be taken with my Canon G12. Expect some garbage along the way! So here's my first offering, "Through a Cattle Grid" . . .


    Day 1.

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    I was thinking of doing something similar, but by god I live in a relatively dull area for photography. I look forward to it my friend!

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    Following with interest
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    I was thinking of doing something similar, but by god I live in a relatively dull area for photography. I look forward to it my friend!
    No! There's always something worth photographing, you just have to look in the right place, get the camera out and get walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    I was thinking of doing something similar, but by god I live in a relatively dull area for photography. I look forward to it my friend!
    No such thing as a bad area for photography . Good pictures are all around you, sometimes in the most unlikely of places!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    I was thinking of doing something similar, but by god I live in a relatively dull area for photography. I look forward to it my friend!
    "A good photograph is knowing where to stand." Ansel Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    "A good photograph is knowing where to stand." Ansel Adams
    I admire the inspiration from folk, thankfully having a phone on the camera allows me to try and capture anything that catches the eye. I've shot the few parks to death, not interesting places to begin with (though the light may help at the moment) and the rest of where I live is pure suburbia housing. Last thing I need is people thinking I'm spying and perving with a camera

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    Day 2.

    Rusty bucket in tree.



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    Great idea Bob, and I look forward to seeing how it goes - looking good so far

    I set myself a task to take a photograph every day for a year a few years back. It worked really well for several months until I became ill and ran out of things to photograph in our bedroom! So I wish you greater success than I had.

    Lynn and I are confined to the house and garden due to being at high risk, (age/health), so I'm really confined to reviewing my previous snaps. An opportunity to improve some of my earlier efforts. I now use Silkypix for my RAW images and Affinity Photo for my JPEGs and the TIFFs produced by Silkypix. If you don't get on with GIMP then Affinity is very good, (better than Photoshop IMO), it also has a built in RAW converter which covers Nikon, Canon etc, I only use Silkypix as it is better with my Fujifilm X-Tran images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Great idea Bob, and I look forward to seeing how it goes - looking good so far

    I set myself a task to take a photograph every day for a year a few years back. It worked really well for several months until I became ill and ran out of things to photograph in our bedroom! So I wish you greater success than I had.

    Lynn and I are confined to the house and garden due to being at high risk, (age/health), so I'm really confined to reviewing my previous snaps. An opportunity to improve some of my earlier efforts. I now use Silkypix for my RAW images and Affinity Photo for my JPEGs and the TIFFs produced by Silkypix. If you don't get on with GIMP then Affinity is very good, (better than Photoshop IMO), it also has a built in RAW converter which covers Nikon, Canon etc, I only use Silkypix as it is better with my Fujifilm X-Tran images.

    Stay safe.
    Have you tried Capture one for Fuji files, its free and very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetorric View Post
    Have you tried Capture one for Fuji files, its free and very good.

    I have indeed and it is very good, but Silkypix is way better when you get to grips with the interface. But then it should be as Fuji has decided to major with Silkypix, (easy to understand as they're fellow Japanese companies), and so they get deeper access to Fuji's code than others do - which is why Lightroom etc often have issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    I have indeed and it is very good, but Silkypix is way better when you get to grips with the interface. But then it should be as Fuji has decided to major with Silkypix, (easy to understand as they're fellow Japanese companies), and so they get deeper access to Fuji's code than others do - which is why Lightroom etc often have issues.
    Thanks for that, I will have a look at Silkypix sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Great idea Bob, and I look forward to seeing how it goes - looking good so far

    I set myself a task to take a photograph every day for a year a few years back. It worked really well for several months until I became ill and ran out of things to photograph in our bedroom! So I wish you greater success than I had.

    Lynn and I are confined to the house and garden due to being at high risk, (age/health), so I'm really confined to reviewing my previous snaps. An opportunity to improve some of my earlier efforts. I now use Silkypix for my RAW images and Affinity Photo for my JPEGs and the TIFFs produced by Silkypix. If you don't get on with GIMP then Affinity is very good, (better than Photoshop IMO), it also has a built in RAW converter which covers Nikon, Canon etc, I only use Silkypix as it is better with my Fujifilm X-Tran images.

    Stay safe.
    Thanks Peter! I'll take a look at Affinity. I only really used Photoshop to add borders and maybe a little sharpening and contrast after processing the RAW files in Lightroom, and I'm already finding the borders easier in Gimp. I like Lightroom for ease of batch importing, and being able to use the Nik collection of software plugins from the Lightroom menu, which Google made free when they got it. For B&W I used Silver Efex Pro2 on the first image here, and Analog Efex Pro2 for the second one. Certainly worth a look, especially Silver Efex. Hope you both stay well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetorric View Post
    Thanks for that, I will have a look at Silkypix sounds good.
    It is, and it gets better, (quicker), with each iteration. The earlier versions were great at what they did but were so sloooooooooooooooooow. They addressed that issue a couple of versions ago and now it's quite quick. You can get a month's free trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Thanks Peter! I'll take a look at Affinity. I only really used Photoshop to add borders and maybe a little sharpening and contrast after processing the RAW files in Lightroom, and I'm already finding the borders easier in Gimp. I like Lightroom for ease of batch importing, and being able to use the Nik collection of software plugins from the Lightroom menu, which Google made free when they got it. For B&W I used Silver Efex Pro2 on the first image here, and Analog Efex Pro2 for the second one. Certainly worth a look, especially Silver Efex. Hope you both stay well.
    Lightroom is excellent for any Nikon or Canon user as it handles the Bayer demosaicing very well, but it struggles with Fuji's X-Trans sensor. They have made improvements but for Fuji users Silkypix and Affinity are better products all round. The Nik collection works just fine with Affinity too, as do many other PS plug-ins. Oh, and all updates to Affinity, (there have been many, it's currently at 1.8.2.620), have been free to-date. I use all three Affinity products, Photo, Designer and Publisher, they interlink with one another; and all have been excellent - a local UK company too.

    If you have standard borders than you can set up and record macros in Affinity Photo so with just a couple of clicks it's done.
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    Day 3.

    A hovering heron. This bird's been aloft here since the 2017 version of the Lumiere light festival.




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    Day 4.

    Ample social distancing to my subject I hope.



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    Day 5.

    It's quite surreal to be in a deserted and silent city that's normally thronging with people, with an empty space where there's normally a bustling outdoor market, live music and quite often the bird man with his falcons and owls on display. The two blokes who were there didn't have much to say, but our social distancing was good ! ;-)





    However, around the corner there was a message of hope . . .



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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    However, around the corner there was a message of hope . . .

    That's my favourite so far. As we said to the kids in 2016 whilst our youngest was stuck in isolation as holiday and anticipated event dates passed, not cancelled, postponed. Everything was reinstated, and now they say it to encourage their mates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    That's my favourite so far. As we said to the kids in 2016 whilst our youngest was stuck in isolation as holiday and anticipated event dates passed, not cancelled, postponed. Everything was reinstated, and now they say it to encourage their mates.
    I'm pleased you like it Matthew, and well done for giving your children such a positive attitude. I'm enjoying getting the feel of photography again, it's getting me off my ar$e when I really wouldn't have bothered otherwise. The freezing rain and hail at the end of todays ramble was actually quite invigorating! Hope you all stay well.

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    Day 6.

    A cold day, got hailed on as I set off! Took a route into the city that needs stout footwear, but affords lovely views. Cold and windy, so a couple of quick snaps on the G12 for today's effort, the camera got me out when I might not have bothered.





    Taken sitting here . . .





    A panorama to give an idea of the view, the Wear doesn't curve as in the shot that's an effect of the iPhone panorama, it's dead straight and where the track meets the stand of trees on the left is Durham Rowing Club, where the races all start when the regatta is held. That track would have dozens of people enjoying their Sunday in normal times.


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    Is the Market Hall closed? I reckon you'd be stood by the gates in the photo above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post
    Is the Market Hall closed? I reckon you'd be stood by the gates in the photo above.

    The market in town is the indoor/outdoor market, which is approx behind the tree in the first picture, @ 3/4 of a mile from where the pictures were taken. The market is indeed closed at the moment, sadly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    The market in town is the indoor/outdoor market, which is approx behind the tree in the first picture, @ 3/4 of a mile from where the pictures were taken. The market is indeed closed at the moment, sadly.
    Sorry, I was responding to post 18. I should have been clearer. As usual. Did I ever mention I was from Houghton?

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    Love those pictures of Durham (especially post 18). Iíll keep an eye on this thread. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post
    Sorry, I was responding to post 18. I should have been clearer. As usual. Did I ever mention I was from Houghton?
    Ah, I understand now! That's just where I was. I'm down the road from Houghton, just by the A690 sliproad to Belmont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Love those pictures of Durham (especially post 18). Iíll keep an eye on this thread. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you! I'm having a cuppa right now thinking about where to walk today and what I might shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Thank you! I'm having a cuppa right now thinking about where to walk today and what I might shoot.
    Finchale Abbey? Close and beautiful. Iíd imagine that a picture from the bridge would awesome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post
    Finchale Abbey? Close and beautiful. Iíd imagine that a picture from the bridge would awesome...
    By chance I was down by the river today walking directly towards Finchale! I went to photograph Belmont Viaduct (see next post). That's a good idea, there's a right of way for most of the route and a cheeky bit over fields to get there at the finish. I'll have a look at the map and if it's doable I'll make it a day out with a packed lunch, it'll probably be a good 10 miles or more the way I'd return on the other side of the river.

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    Day 7.

    Down to the Wear a different way, and then head north to take a look at Belmont Viaduct. There's some info on it in these links . . .

    https://historicengland.org.uk/listi...-entry/1120726

    https://www.palatinate.org.uk/durham...otten-viaduct/


    With hindsight I should have gone earlier rather than late afternoon and taken a lot more time looking for different angles, but that's for another day. The camera did it's job and got me out walking, which was the point. I could take a packed lunch and spend hours down there, and not just the viaduct, it's a lovely place.









    I'll be back down to see how quickly these grow . . .



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    Youíre making me feel homesick. Cracking pictures indeed.

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