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Got my Canon at last!

It’s been a long couple of weeks. Due to a pressing need to get a project done at work, Pete, Aled and myself worked the entire bank-holiday weekend - so today is the first break I’ve had in about fifteen days, assuming I can count properly! On the plus side we got loads done, and the weather was so nice we had dinner outside one day. smiley icon: smile

Last week I finally took the plunge and bought myself that Canon 350D I’ve been talking about for over a year. I’m very pleased with it, having picked up the twin lens + battery grip kit for a lot less than it was this time last year. Unfortunately I’ve been pretty tired and haven’t had time to play with it properly, all I’ve managed is a few snapshots in the evenings, just to check out what the camera can do. I’m looking forward to taking some time off, going on some propper photographical trips and learning how to be a photographer smiley icon: happy Hopefully I can persuade Ben to tag along too.

Last weekend was the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza, which I missed completely due to being at work. The whole of Mostyn street is closed off for three days and becomes a fair-ground. The (very big) field by the beach becomes a Transport meuseum of sorts for the duration of the event too, and while the fair was closed by the time I got home, I did manage to snap a steam powered traction engine going passed the chip shop! I also noted a couple of Big Rigs on my way past in a morning.

Last night Phil, Helen, Mike and Heather dropped in for a drink and a chat, which was very cool. Oddly Weatherspoons seemed full of old people - though that ought not be surprising in a town full of old people. Anyway, I have no idea where the normal Friday night ‘youngsters’ had evaporated to, but they were conspicuous by their absence (excepting a couple of young ladies in highly impractical police uniform and fluffy handcuffs). Regardless of the unusual age ratio we had a nice chill-out evening. Oddly my jacket is now the owner of some sort of flower, kindly donated by the ever-so-dashing Mike. smiley icon: wink Thinking about it I suppose I ought to put that in the bin now, lest people think I am a member of the local Mafia (entirely plausible with my slightly edgy ‘bad-ass’ demeanor and rugged good looks). smiley icon: laugh


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  1. Kath posted 15hrs, 22min, 35sec after the entry and said:

    Why on earth don't you run your diary entries through spell check?! Nice to see you're finally thinking about taking some time off, hope you mean more than a couple of days.

  2. Matt Wilcox posted 15hrs, 29min, 28sec after the entry and said:

    "Why on earth don't you run your diary entries through spell check" - Mostly I do, but sometimes I forget. I did run this one through Word - but then added a paragraph or two afterward!

    No, I mean I'm taking the weekend off. Back to work tomorrow smiley icon: smile

  3. Dawson posted 21hrs, 3min, 42sec after the entry and said:

    Glad to hear you took the Cano-plunge, the photos look great, can't wait to see more as you get more familiar with the camera. The lack of grain from these cameras freaks me out everytime and maybe I'm imagining it but digitals capture light so differently to film as well… so different and yet still so right!
    Anyway as much as I rattle on about film being the be-all-and-end-all I am secretly jealous of you and your 350D, I just love film too much to sell all my cameras and buy digital. More fool me!

  4. Matt Wilcox posted 2 days, 22hrs, 39mins after the entry and said:

    Well most of those shots were taken at ISO100, so there would be little grain on a film camera at that speed either. Plus these are a hell of a lot smaller than original size and that tends to nutralize any grain too.

    I'm not sure about the difference in capturing light - these are all edited in Photoshop. Part of the beauty of shooting in Camera RAW - even if i mess up the exposure a little when I take the shot, I can cure it in Photoshop without losing any detail. And then go about colour shifting and such on top of that.

    Looking forward to getting some more shots done, cheers for the encouragement smiley icon: happy

  5. GD posted 3 days, 3hrs, 18mins after the entry and said:

    Brilliant pic’s you certainly have an eye for a good shot. Then I suppose you take after me, then again I do hope not, lol

  6. Mikki posted 3 days, 20hrs, 4mins after the entry and said:

    Well howdy hey there ya young whipper-snapper! I thought id drop by to lower the tone of your very classy site! (seriously, tis great, and the folks up there ^ [somewhere] are right about your eye for a good shot! Nice photos bro, shall check the rest in a second. I am appauled by your ill-treatment of the flower, but don't let a young man's broken heart and gentle tears divert your attention from your style! mwahahaha…any 'comment' isnt complete without a "mwahahaha" i hope you understand! Take care mate, it was indeed a good night, and shall be repeated!

  7. Matt Wilcox posted 5 days, 15hrs, 57mins after the entry and said: smiley icon: happy Thanks GD and Mikki

    "don't let a young man's broken heart and gentle tears divert your attention from your style!" smiley icon: laugh

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