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Beauty and the beasts

We’re in Montana, and it’s beautiful.


No, I mean really beautiful.

Shadow Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

We made some friends amongst the natives.






The humans are friendly too. All in all, a lovely spot.


More pictures are sure to follow soon…

White Balance

I was quite pleased with this shot, taken by the Marathon Petroleum plant in Dearborn, Michigan last night.


(You can click it for a larger version, which looks much better)

This was handheld – I wish I’d had a tripod, but at this point the security guards pulled up and asked us to move on…

Part of what makes it ‘pretty’ is the use of two different types of lighting – given the industrial location, I imagine the golden light is sodium and the silver is halogen – and the camera’s auto white-balance did a good job of reproducing what I saw.

But when I got home and loaded it into Lightroom, I thought it would be fun to try calibrating the white balance based on a chimney lit by the sodium light. (I could have achieved a similar effect by selecting tungsten white balance in the camera.) The result was also pretty. Can’t quite decide which I prefer…


The call of the wild

East Anglia seems rather tame today. This was the view, a few yards outside our door, last weekend.

View from Bull Point

Good Morning

Good morning

Dawn, a few days ago, at Castletown, Isle of Man

Safe Harbour

Castletown, Isle of Man

A room or two with a view

Near Capvern, Hautes-Pyrenees, France.

The Englishman Abroad

Complete with fashionable headgear, knobbly knees, trusty hound, and Brompton (on kind loan from John)

Even mad dogs and Englishmen have been choosing early evening for cycling excursions here: it’s been very hot over the last few days. Light showers have made for a more autumnal climate today, though, which makes a nice change.

You’ll notice that, despite this being prime Tour-de-France country only a few miles from the Col de Tourmalet, my parents and I have somehow managed to cycle in the one flat valley in the area.

That’s just for our warm-up training, of course…

Thought for the day

A good holiday is when you can't remember whether it's Sunday or Monday.


The evening commute home

The harbour, Getaria, Spain.

Sunset over the Pyrenees

The Alternative

From the UK
To Santander
Without involving
Ryan Air

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