Saturday, 21 November 2009

Poppy Sketch


I created this image using Gimp and the procedure described in this article:

How to turn a jpeg image into a sketch in Gimp |

This is the original photograph:


The technique is quite straightforward and gives good results. I will be doing more I think!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Swithland, Leicestershire

Swithland, Leicestershire
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I went for a walk in Swithland Woods on Saturday afternoon but did not feel in the mood to take any photographs even though it was a nice afternoon. I wondered around some of the quieter parts of the woods and encountered only a few people. I drove into the village of Swithland afterwards and took this photograph of a round tower.

Swithland, Leicestershire

I then took some rather unsuccessful photographs of the nearby church. The sun was in the wrong place in relation to the building - a morning visit might be more productive. After leaving the village, I drove along the road which crosses Swithland resevoir.

Great Central Railway, Leicestershire

A steam train from the Great Central Railway was crossing the bridge over the road - another photographic opportunity which did not work out very well! I have cropped the photograph quite heavily to put it into something like a panorama format and get rid of a lot of extraneous detail.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Old Photographs and Flckr Statistics

Penmon Lighthouse
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

I have been having a look through my archives today - and found a series of photographs of Penmon Lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. These photographs must be some 10 years old. They were taken on 35mm film and have been scanned from the negatives. The Penmon Penninsula is an interesting place for a walk - as well as the lighthouse, there is the chance to see Penmon Priory and Puffin Island which is about half a mile off shore.

Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island

This view shows both Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island.

While going through my old photographs, I also found this view of Quorn Church in Leicestershire which I like.

Quorn, Leicestershire

All of these photographs have been uploaded to Flickr. My Flickr statistics have been a bit strange for the last couple of days. I normally have between 100 and 150 views per day. Yesterday I had 471 views which more than doubles the previous highest number which I think was about 230 views. 364 of these views are listed as coming from an unknown source. I normally only have about 5 views listed as unknown source. Are my photographs suddenly more popular? Or are Flickr's statistics misbehaving? The trend has continued today. So far, there are 213 views listed with 162 coming from an unknown source. I wonder what the coming week will bring.