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Elbow One Day Like This with the BBC Concert Orchestra and choir Chantage

A moment of contemplation

Another from Christmas Eve

Worth, IMHO, clicking through.

As ever, more over at PDP.

Christmas Eve Wedding - pics up on PDP

Winter wedding in Weybridge - the record is now available at PDP.

Flipboard magazine - A reason to buy an iPad?

Yes. Why?
1. It just works.
2. Your friends' Flickr photos and Facebook updates appear as magazine-style headings and look fresh and professional.
3. Intuitive interface (are you listening Project?). Flip over the pages, go back, forward - you understand where you are in relation to the app.
4. It makes the iPad make sense.

Happy Christmas from Mrs Lemon's

Taken yesterday at Joanne and Paul's wedding (congrats to you two once more!), this is Siena, a most beautiful bridesmaid. More to follow at PDP.


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Assorted, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

DSC_3016 black and white

DSC_3016 black and white , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1. That's better.

Snow Show

London took a bit of a pasting yesterday lunchtime:


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Another Version


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New Photography Galleries

A couple of new galleries at my website - Barry's 50th and Katrina's Baby Shower... Both fun events (see below for a report on the latter), and both with great people. You know, doing this photography, it is interesting to note just how kind and hospitable people generally are. Now, if only it were that way in the day job! Still, onward>>>.

Photographing Events No. 1: The Baby Shower

An interesting shoot yesterday – a baby shower at a nightclub… Hmm, you might think, how does that work? Well, you hire out the club during daylight hours and invite family and friends along for an afternoon of silly, fun games and presents, cake, sparkling drinks and the like. And you know what? People (well, OK, women mainly, but their kids and partners too in some cases), they loved it.

Photographically it was demanding but then that seems to be pretty much always the case – events where there are no problems with light / perspective / the need for silence / the need for speed: events such as these don’t exist. If you are looking for such perfect conditions it might be best to stick to studio work. Of course, what you won’t get in the studio but you will with a live event is an opportunity to take shots like this:

Now, nightclubs aren’t, of course, known for sunshine but I thought that, it being daytime, there was a chance there’d be some available light. Well, that was partly right …

Sheraz's 21st

Sheraz's 21st

Recent Photographic Events: Sheraz's 21st

Sorry to sing my own praises but I love this shot! More at my website.

Another World

So, I drop by the Royal Family website to offer my services as a wedding photographer (hey, you never know!). A banner headline made me smile: in the form of a type of FAQ, it said "What is a Realm?" Marvelous.

Click Here to Add a Title

Click Here to Add a Title, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Ireland: The End Game

Schadenfreude? I don't know. But there is a lot in the press about Ireland's denial that she is going for a loan to the rest of her friends in the Eurozone. Mmmhmm, that's right - she is NOT going to be asking for money. Ain't that the truth? Well, no, clearly it isn't. It has been over a long time in Ireland - like Wile E Coyote running on air the wrong side of the cliff edge, anyone watching could see from years back that property prices were completely bonkers and due to come crashing down. Nothing like that here in the UK of course..... :)


Ease of use: 10/10
Ergonomics: Bit heavy, volume switch gets moved unintentionally, quite slippery but nice shape generally: 7/10
Usefulness: As portfolio for photography work: 9/10; for anything else: 3/10
Apps - delight in: 4/10
Battery Life: 8/10
For watching the odd YouTube Video: 9/10
Overall: 6/10 (subject to review following forthcoming OS upgrade)

Google Analytics

tells me that there has been a 200% increase in web traffic on my website over the last day or so. Up from 0 to 2 people - trebles all round!

(Fridays are traditionally a quiet day on the interwebz of course).

The [Awaiting completion once word that means "when machines overtake humans in the intelligence stakes" has popped back into head]*

So, as I approach the point at which I have 1000 pictures on Flickr, I also approach 10,000 views. Hmmm, not wildly impressive is it? 10 views an item. So, how to improve that total:
1. Women. Naked women preferably, but fey high key close ups of women in their early 20s preferably lying half-clothed in an uncomfortable outdoor environment are also good. Poetry underneath as well, that helps.
2. Flowers. With shallow depth of field and a generally approving comment about bokeh.
3. Young men. Good looking unshaven young men lying around looking emotionally damaged. That's good too.
4. Seascapes. Where the sea is milky white and smooth from a long exposure. There should be a rock of some sort, or sand patterns, in the foreground and plenty of moody clouds. Sun low in sky or, in the case of black and white, invisible.
5. Mention of the word "storm" in the tags or title. We have about five genuine storms in the UK a year, at least away from Cornwall or the Highlands and Isl…

DSC_2491: Nature Does Pointillism, Man Loses

DSC_2491, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.


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Can you tell a man by his Apps?

Well here you go - front screen of my HTC desire at present:

Blik Calendar
Oblique Strategies
Retro Camera
Calendar (I know, a little repetitious - long story)

What am I missing? What, oh psychological Sherlocks, does it all Mean?


DSC_2413, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.


Masterchef, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Grouchy 10.26.10

Grouchy 10.26.10, originally uploaded by jezandia. Wish I'd taken this one. There are loads more as good - go take a look. Count Dogcula is fabulous. Click on link under picture to see Melody's (jezandia's) photostream.

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DSC_1861 b w , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Just, kinda, throwing this out for opinions.


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Photography: an awful job but someone has to do it


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On the Oxford Canal

On the Oxford Canal, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

D300s vs D700

Another event tonight (Theatre Souk put on by the theatrical entrepreneurs Theatre Delicatessen at a venue in Picton Place in "the heart of London's West End" as they say) that showed why the D300s is absolutely no match whatsoever for the FF D700. I think it might be time to upgrade the second body (no! Don't say it!). Srsly, the noise, the softness at high ISOs - not good. Mind you, much of it may be down to the soft 85mm that I keep telling myself is a great lens but, really, isn't.

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Pearly whatsit

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Dogs of Hackney 1 - Kai

Dogs of Hackney 1 - Kai, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Dogs of Hackney 5 - Roxie

Dogs of Hackney 5 - Roxie, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Dogs of Hackney 2 - Abi

Dogs of Hackney 2 - Abi, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.


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Gravestones at Lunchtime

Gravestones at Lunchtime, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

America 1952

America 1952, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Hidden Birds

Hidden Birds , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

A million thanks to Mrs Waziri and the Scotyard Police

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Mrs. Farida Waziri the chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
(EFCC). EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS)
with head Office here in Nigeria. We have been working towards the eradication
of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United
States Government (FBI), SCOTYARD Police and the United Nations.

We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of
west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA
CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria.

We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United
Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the
money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the

This email is been directed to you because your email address was found in one
of the scam Artists file and computer hard dis…

When in Delft....

Well, needs a bit of work..., originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Prow, Amsterdam

Prow, Amsterdam, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Sunflowers in Canal

Sunflowers in Canal, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Jane, Delft

Jane, Delft, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Bar Interior

Bar Interior, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Botanical Gardens, Delft

Botanical Gardens, Delft, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.