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From the canal, Oxfordshire

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These last few pics were taken with the D50 in case either of you were wondering. The one above (also on the D50) is, though technically OK, of course a bit dull.

Collective Artistes

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Twickenham: Spring Sunshine

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UAE - one less country to bother with

Another reason, as if you needed one, not to live in an Arabic country in the Middle East - see one of 22 royal brothers of the UAE president and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince torturing a man by whacking him with a board with nails, burn his genitals, run him over.... Ah me. Delightful people.I've not watched it myself but it is up on the Times Online website. I guess there is a chance that the man will be dealt with appropriately by the authorities there. (And Gordon Brown is a competent politician).

Swine Flu: No worries in the UK then 2.

Then there is this. Ah me, how delightfully dreadful this government truly are.

SWINE FLU. Not "novel flu".

The EU is no longer calling swine flu swine flu but has instead come up with the moniker "novel flu", apparently in an attempt to prevent damage to the pork industry. Now, when you have stopped rolling your eyes, perhaps you would like to address yourselves to the potential damage caused to the publishing industry by the EU's careless renaming.
If the EU wanted to prevent damage to the swine industry (sic), perhaps they should look at the industrial-size pig farms, here in Europe and the states, that will no doubt be roundly criticised in due course. More here, from 2007. It ain't natural that's fo' sure.

Are you ready for another cheesy title? Oh go on then: On Golden Pond

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I took this to compare with a Mandarin duck jobby I took about a bazillion years ago when I first got my D50 (bung "duck" into the search box - only one other entry comes up, at least as of today's date). It'll be on Mrs Lemon's somewhere. Whaddya know? The first one, when viewed onscreen, looks as good if not better. Must get me to printing up some poster size numbers....

Spring

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Self-portrait, Kew Gardens

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Sackler Crossing, Kew Gardens

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Fish @ Kew Gardens

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I know, I know, rather poor but the conditions, believe me, were not ideal: thick dirty glass tank, hundreds of kids milling about and shouting, uncooperative fish....

British Museum Visitor

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Pretty much untouched. Slightly burnt out highlights on the man's skin in places but overall, wahey, a keeper. Well, I like it anyway - the curve and the lion make it.

Juggler

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D700; Aperture Priority; 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 @90mm f/9.5; 1/250s; ISO 1600; -0.3EV

Bit of a snapshot I know but hey, early days! And look at the quality at ISO 1600!

Oh yes, and there are people in the picture - hello to them too. The woman back left is looking at me like I'm knifing puppies or something. Ah well, you can't please everyone.

I used to live in the same road as Thomas, albeit some time after he moved on

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Hands On with the D700, Part II

So, after many requests, (well, one), here's the skinny on the D700, used mainly so far with a 28 - 105 f/3.5 - 4.5 D.

1. Noise: All but gone at "lower" ISOs (i.e. 1600 and below); some issues thereafter but NOTHING like the noise on my D50 at 1600 or even 800 ISO. Hallelujah! I have a choice of apertures once more! Shooting indoors is possible, and I've only used the flash once so far, and that was for a heavily backlit scene at lunchtime today. However, despite all this good news (there's always a but....):

2. The lens isn't much cop, as far as I can see, wide open, and seems to get very soft below f/8. Now, there may be a way to fix some of this via in-camera, lens-specific focus adjustment - I haven't delved too deeply into the menus yet, but focus adjust appears is present, and I think it can be lens-specific, so I may give this a go at some point.

2. Weight: In truth, I'm not as bothered by the increase in weight as much as I thought I would be.…

Happy Birthday Mrs Lemon - 5 years old today (time to go to school)

5 yrs. 1950 posts. 1.06 posts per day per average. And 2 regular readers. Wahey, that's the way to make your mark!

Because he acted so badly about it, it should be spread everywhere

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Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

Hands On with the D700

The strap is poxy quality compared to my old one....

Oh Lordy

I can feel a D700 coming on. Bought the first bit today - a second hand 28 to 105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor: not the world's greatest lens but I was told by the man in the shop that it was one of the better Nikon zooms. So, of course, it must be, the man in the shop not having anything whatsoever to gain by making a sale... Doh.
Anyway, tomorrow, or, more likely, Friday, should see the new shiny toy showing up in the form of some new pics on here. Watch this space both of you!

Laws of Physics Broken in the Kitchen

The distance from the boiler to the sink in our kitchen is about 2 feet. Allow a bit extra for the bendiness of the pipes as they make their way from boiler to tap and you have, if you are generous, four feet of pipe. What is surprising is that the pipes manage to convey an amount of water roughly equivalent to half the volume of Lake Superior before anything approaching even mildly heated water arrives at the business end. How this miracle is achieved without pipes several miles in diameter is a mystery but if any physicists wish to verify this all they have to do is call...

Well, that's alright then - no more effort required

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Taking out the recycling, Southwark

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No you don't

Mmm, WMD anyone? Thought not.

Adios Ireland

I don't like swearing on my blog too often (you never know who is reading - nephews? nieces? LOLs*?) but this story in the Irish Times really does suggest that Ireland is most comprehensively fucked. 2.6% deflation? They are borked. I'm a bit tempted to say "well wasn't it obvious with the cost of housing over there being comparable to buying a house where the sun sometimes shines and there are jobs?" but that would, of course, be undeserved, mean and unnecessary.
2.6% deflation? Lordy.

*Little Old Ladies

Bust to boom in one easy move - just ask your local Financial Accounting Standards Board

I think, buried somewhere in here, are new rules that allow bust banks to report losses as, well, not-losses, or at least not-yet-losses, thereby "helping" them with their financial results and thereby allegedly helping to slow the crashing world economic situation. I'm not sure how lying about your assets will be of assistance in the long run but hey, why not give it a go? Everything else has been tried.

Our Beloved Boys in Blue

If this doesn't get you at least a little bit upset then please, do me a favour, don't leave a comment along the lines of "a few bad apples" - I'll take it as read you think that.

Religion 1, Humanity 0.

Here we have the religious press in Israel photoshopping women out of the government. Ah, I loves me a religious mindset.