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    More with the 100mm

    3 & 4 - cracking :)
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    Great North Run 2005

    Ahh, well there's a little story there, as it's been cropped and had a little cloning. I had only a few seconds notice they were coming which was kindly shouted out by the BBC cameraman who was working the boom camera next to where I'd pitched, so the original looks like this...
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    Photography round 6 - Black and white - closing date 11/09

    Well done Steve! - I knew that was yours. Congrats to all. Now then, wonder what's next...:)
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    Great North Run 2005

    Er, I hadn't noticed that! :D
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    Great North Run 2005

    Thanks for the comments :). Those about the gallery have been taken on board! Have a look now and I think you'll find it improved. Not sure about Firefox yet but I'm working on it.
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    back from Qatar

    The sunglasses shot is, as an idea, great but it would need to be cleaner (no sand on the lens). The last pic is, IMHO, a cracker - you've captured the atmosphere well. If I had one improvement it would be to "warm" it up a bit with a bit of post processing.
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    Great North Run 2005

    Actually, I'm not that sure about the gallery either, but it's very quick to set up and has a cleanish appearance. Maybe if the thumbs were bigger? Any opinions gratefully recieved, good and bad.
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    Annoying composition? Close-up shot

    I like that, and as has been already said, the rules are there to be broken, except you haven't really, as the picture is broken into vertical thirds, just with the focal point in the middle one. Just wondering if a tone (any primary colour) might suit this pic better
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    Great North Run 2005

    Some pictures from the Great North Run. There's too many to link to directly so I've put them in a web gallery. http://www.tynephoto.co.uk/gnr/index.html
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    Fruit macros

    Thanks for all the comments! :) I think I've achieved what I set out to, and I'll have another go with the lemons and add some more DOF.
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    Heaton Hall. One from this morning.

    Duly tinkered with...:) Converted to mono using Convert to B&W Pro, with red filter and Ilford FP4 settings.
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    Fruit macros

    Been trying my hand at some macros of fruit with the intention of getting the syle of pics often seen in lifestyle magazines. I've posted two as I think only one wouldn't have got what I was trying to do across. Both taken with 1D mark II and Sigma 105mm EX DG Macro. 1/30 f/2.8 ISO100...
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    How NOT to clean your DSLR sensor..

    Oh....my....god. Can they be serious?!
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    Insurance

    I've also got a 10D on my policy and I've done exactly that.
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    End of the line.

    Many thanks!
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    End of the line.

    Ah - I know it. I might well meet up sometime there - assuming the weather gets better!
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    Insurance

    I use Photoguard. They offer good cover, no daft excesses, fair (for an insurance company) exclusions and offer optional cover for theft from an unattended motor vehicle subject to a few conditions, such as Thatcham alarm/immobiliser. My policy has a minimum claim of £100 and no excess.
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    End of the line.

    Good pics Ken, and I think the slightly subdued tones suit the subject. Speaking of which, would you mind letting me know where they are? I might have a run down sometime.
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    Fuel Protest 2005

    Cheers folks :). Fingerz, it's a Canon 1D MkII. Ken, no-one would go near it apart from the bloke who was holding it like his baby!
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    Fuel Protest 2005

    It had been given an S-curve, but in my camera which allows a curve to be uploaded. First time I've tried it so it seems to work.
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    Fuel Protest 2005

    Cheers fingerz, but what do you mean by processing?! :) Straight out of the camera, resized, bordered and saved for web!
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    Fuel Protest 2005

    Taken earlier today at the less than successful protest by the fuel protester Andrew Spence and his colleagues in the Fuel Lobby, at Shell's Jarrow Terminal... Somewhat disheartened, a veteran of the 2000 blockade. Andrew Spence putting on a brave face Trying to get Shell...
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    Qatar

    I went there briefly a few years ago and compared to Saudi it's almost western. There's plenty of drink in major hotels and there are bars. (getting the priorities right!). The people are friendly and most speak English. Be very careful not to photograph individuals unless you have their...
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    Are Pixmania ok?

    I used them a few times when I couldn't find stuff in the UK. Their site showed the items were in stock but in each case (4 times) once I'd paid I got an email from them telling me they were out of stock, and it took ages for them to refund my card. Their customer services ladies sound good...
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    Flash Guns

    Missed that bit. Sigma will indeed honour international warranties but are providing a 2 year warranty on their authorised UK stock.
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    Returns to DigitalRev

    There's a UK-based ebay shop selling them here... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SIGMA-10-20mm-f4-5-6-EX-DC-HSM-LENS-CANON-EF-EOS-UK_W0QQitemZ7545415322QQcategoryZ4687QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem. They're advertising a one year warranty so it's safe to assume it's "grey"as Sigma UK offer 2...
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    Flash Guns

    It's not really a catch but down to personal preference whether you deal with them, or any of the many Hong Kong-based traders that mainly do their business on ebay, which is where One Stop Digital started out. I suppose they're betting on the small likelihood of customs putting a bill for duty...
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    Black & White shot

    I'd have been well pleased to have come up with that. Great pic.
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    Flowers

    I've got mine loosely stuffed with a sheet of cream toilet roll - works wonders and balances skin tones nicely!
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    Flowers

    Very nice pics :). I prefer the second as the vase intrudes too much and detracts from the flowers IMHO. BTW, the "diffuser" on your flash isn't :). It's a wide-angle adapter and is designed like a lens to spread the light, although it does lessen the harshness. You'd get softer light using a...
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