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Tech Age

Tech Age

Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Copper Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and now the Tech Age! Welcome to my bright, bold and vivid photograph of a person using a Samsung smart phone.

A smartphone is a mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system which combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use. It typically combines the features of a cell phone with those of other popular mobile devices, such as personal digital assistant (PDA), media player, GPS navigation unit and digital camera.

Most smartphones can access the Internet and can run third-party apps. They have a touchscreen user interface, with LCD, OLED, AMOLED, LED or similar screen. Smartphones became widespread in the 21st century and most of those produced from 2012 onwards have high-speed mobile broadband 4G LTE, motion sensors, and mobile payment. – Wikipedia

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Alone

Alone

Alone, water world comes to mind when I see this image, that bird must feel extremely isolated or at complete tranquility. A Very calm ocean gives the image the solace look and feel. Captured at Cart Gap Beach, Happisburgh.

Happisburgh is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is on the coast, to the east of a north-south road, the B1159 from Bacton on the coast to Stalham. It is a nucleated village. The nearest substantial town is North Walsham 6 miles (10km) to the west.

Happisburgh became a site of national archaeological importance in 2010 when flint tools over 800,000 years old were unearthed. This is the oldest evidence of human occupation anywhere in the UK. In May 2013, a series of early human footprints were discovered on the beach at the site, providing direct evidence of early human activity at the site.

The civil parish shrank by over 0.2 km in the 20th century by the erosion of its beaches and low cliffs. Groynes were constructed along the shore to try to stop the erosion. In the 2001 census, before the separation of Walcott parish to the north-west, the parish (which also includes the settlements of Happisburgh Common and Whimpwell Green) had a population of 1,372 in 607 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish is in the district of North Norfolk – Wikipedia

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/happisburgh-norfolk.html

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail, the photograph shows  an old Royal Mail train which was in use up until the 1970’s i believe. The unit itself is in great condition and can be viewed at Bressingham Steam Museum, UK.

A Travelling Post Office (TPO) was a type of mail train in Great Britain where the post was sorted en route. The last Travelling Post Office services were ended on 9 January 2004, with the carriages used now sold for scrap or to preservation societies.

Following an agreement in 1830, made between the General Post Office and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR), mail had been carried by train in Great Britain, between Liverpool and Manchester, via the L&MR. The passing of the Railways (Conveyance of Mails) Act 1838 required railway companies to carry mail, by ordinary or special trains, as required by the Postmaster General; however this act did not set the charges for such services.[1]

These special trains eventually became Travelling Post Offices (TPOs). TPOs were employed in many British Commonwealth countries; and the Army Post Office had its own TPOs.

TPOs were equipped with letter boxes so that mail could be posted whilst the train stood at a station. The post-marks from TPOs are valued by philatelists – Wikipedia

Golden Bunny

Golden Bunny

Golden Bunny, Lindt’s famous chocolate bunny. Just take a look at these beautiful golden chocolate bunny’s waiting to be gobbled up. Easter is not the same without these.

Lindt

The origins of the company date back to 1836, when David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his son Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann bought a small confectionery shop in the old town of Zürich, producing chocolates under the name David Sprüngli & Son. Two years later, a small factory was added that produced chocolate in solid form. In 1845 they moved to the Paradeplatz.

 David Sprüngli

With the retirement of Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann in 1892, the business was divided between his two sons. The younger brother David Robert received two confectionery stores that became known under the name Confiserie Sprüngli. The elder brother Johann Rudolf received the chocolate factory. To raise the necessary finance for his expansion plans, Johann Rudolf converted in 1899 his private company into “Chocolat Sprüngli AG”. In that same year, he acquired the chocolate factory of Rodolphe Lindt in Bern and the company changed its name toAktiengesellschaft Vereinigte Berner und Züricher Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (United Bern and Zurich Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Factory Ltd.) – Wikipedia

 

Trapped, Halloween

Trapped, Halloween

Trapped, this edit I designed for Halloween 2015.  A fantastic carving on the pumpkin and with the candle light, it really added a dramatic, scary look and feel to it.

Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening),  also known as Allhalloween,  All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. Is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,  the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

According to BBC Online, it is “widely believed” that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain and other such festival had pagan roots. Some, however, support the view that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins intojack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes – Wikipedia

 

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight, a side of shot of an authentic Turkish bowl. The bowl is beautiful and the colour is completely natural.

Articles made of glass, being the products of human patience, creativity, and skill, are valuable works of art conveying down to our present day knowledge from the depths of history. Though it is quite fragile, glass does not change once it has assumed a form, and with its rather stable nature it is an interesting material which, resistant to the effects of Nature, does not deteriorate.

Equal in age nearly to that of civilisation itself, glass-making is one of the most ancient and advanced arts among the Turks. In their homeland of Central Asia, and in the other places to which they subsequently migrated or in which they settled, the Turks have intimately interested themselves with this craft. The various techniques which they found locally they developed, embellishing them with their own skills and taste, arriving at wholly new syntheses. The finds from excavations and the very few examples remaining to us are evidence of this view. Nevertheless, owing to the different names which the Turkish nation has taken in various localities at various periods, these are faced with the difficulty of being attributed to Turkish culture.

Without delving too deeply into Turkish history and in the form of a summary, the importance placed on glass-making by the Turks beginning with their arrival in Asia Minor-Anatolia as it is known today-lasting down to the present day, as well as the romance of glass-making make up the subject matter of this series of articles – TCF

Example of Turkish bowls click here

Crystal method

Crystal method

Crystal Method

Crystal Method, a macro photograph in monochrome of a beautiful Quartz crystal I believe,  I do admire crystals always fascinates me to hold an object that is thousands of years old.

Quartz

Quartz is the second-most-abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, after feldspar. Its crystal structure is a continuous framework of SiO4silicon–oxygen tetrahedra, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedra, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2.

There are many different varieties of quartz, several of which are semi-precious gemstones. Since antiquity, varieties of quartz have been the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hard-stone carvings, especially in Europe and the Middle East

Crystal habit and structure

Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a six-sided prism terminating with six-sided pyramids at each end. In nature quartz crystals are often twinned, distorted, or so intergrown with adjacent crystals of quartz or other minerals as to only show part of this shape, or to lack obvious crystal faces altogether and appear massive. Well-formed crystals typically form in a ‘bed’ that has unconstrained growth into a void; usually the crystals are attached at the other end to a matrix and only one termination pyramid is present. However, doubly terminated crystals do occur where they develop freely without attachment, for instance within gypsum. A quartz geode is such a situation where the void is approximately spherical in shape, lined with a bed of crystals pointing inward.

α-quartz crystallizes in the trigonal crystal system, space group P3121 and P3221 respectively. β-quartz belongs to the hexagonal system, space group P6222 and P6422, respectively. These space groups are truly chiral (they each belong to the 11 enantiomorphous pairs). Both α-quartz and β-quartz are examples of chiral crystal structures composed of achiral building blocks (SiO4 tetrahedra in the present case). The transformation between α- and β-quartz only involves a comparatively minor rotation of the tetrahedra with respect to one another, without change in the way they are linked.

A local crystal shop\warehouse ‘Little Gems’ in Norfolk, UK can be found here

 

Intensity

Intensity

Intensity

A model shot, consisting of extreme contrasting and emphasizing the necklace around her neck. I really enjoy shooting in black & white, especially models (of all types). The  big jewel in the necklace was perfect for this photograph and I wanted the image to be really dark, moody and mysterious.

Scrap Metal, an HDR image

Scrap Metal, an HDR image

Scrap Metal

This old piece of junk is just wasting away at Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk. There is probably some monetary value in the metal alone. The photo has been edited in an High Dynamic Range format to show the detail in the machinery and to bring out the colour. This photograph looks fantastic especially when printed with metallic inks.

Aldeburgh

Is a coastal town in the English county of Suffolk. Located on the North Sea coast to the north of the River Alde, the town is notable for having been the home of composer Benjamin Britten. As the centre of the international Aldeburgh Festival of arts founded by him in 1948.  It remains an artistic and literary centre with an annual Poetry Festival. It is a former Tudor port and was granted Borough status in 1529 by Henry VIII. Its historic buildings include a 16th-century moot hall and a Napoleonic-era Martello Tower.

Second homes make up roughly a third of the town’s residential property. The town is a tourist destination with visitors attracted by its Blue Flag shingle beach and fisherman huts. Two family-run fish and chip shops are apparently cited as among the best in the UK – Wikipedia

Photography Tips:

Should you encounter any unusual objects such as this, HDR photography can liven up a photograph. This abandoned machine had lots or character, features and colours. Photography like all art is subjective, so this image may not appeal to everyone but some will love it. There are many manuals on HDR photography and online guides. HDR photography the combination of images, merged together at different shutter speeds. Different shutter speeds will allow in different levels of light. By combining these images you can manipulate the light, for which the camera cannot. The HDR technique can make  a photo look more exciting.

Almost any camera will do the job when capturing HDR, consequently the editing software is key. The software is where all the magic happens, the combining and enhancing.

Atomic Pooch, the last survivor

Atomic Pooch, the last survivor

Atomic pooch, armadoggan

This little mongrel was discovered at Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk, UK. The cloud formation in the background is completely natural. However, the cloud reminded me of a mushroom cloud, hence the reason I have altered the colour to resemble the atomic atmosphere. This photograph is an abstract art piece and is quite unique.

Atomic weapons – “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”

At approximately 8.15am on 6 August 1945 a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing around 80,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, causing the deaths of 40,000 more. The dropping of the bombs, which occurred by executive order of US President Harry Truman, remains the only nuclear attack in history. In the months following the attack, roughly 100,000 more people died slow, horrendous deaths as a result of radiation poisoning.

Since 1942, more than 100,000 scientists of the Manhattan Project had been working on the bomb’s development. At the time, it was the largest collective scientific effort ever undertaken. It involved 37 installations across the US, 13 university laboratories and a host of prestigious participants such as the Nobel prizewinning physicists Arthur Holly Compton and Harold Urey.

Directed by the Army’s chief engineer, Brigadier General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project was also the most secret wartime project in history. At first, scientists worked in isolation in different parts of the US, unaware of the magnitude of the project in which they were involved. Later, the project was centralised and moved to an isolated laboratory headed by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in Los Alamos, New Mexico. On 16 July 1945, scientists carried out the first trial of the bomb in the New Mexico desert. President Truman received news of the successful test whilst negotiating the post-war settlement in Europe at the Potsdam Conference. – History.co.uk

Some mushrooms are bad for you

A mushroom cloud is a distinctive mushroom-shaped cloud of debris/smoke and usually condensed water vapor resulting from a large explosion. The effect is most commonly associated with a nuclear explosion. But any sufficiently energetic detonation will produce the same sort of effect. They can be caused by powerful conventional weapons, like vacuum bombs, including the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. Some volcanic eruptions and impact events can produce natural mushroom clouds.

Mushroom clouds result from the sudden formation of a large volume of lower-density gases at any altitude, causing a Rayleigh–Taylor instability. The buoyant mass of gas rises rapidly, resulting in turbulent vortices curling downward around its edges. Forming a temporary vortex ring that draws up a central column, possibly with smoke, debris and condensed water vapor to form the “mushroom stem”. The mass of gas plus moist air eventually reaches an altitude where it is no longer of lower density than the surrounding air. At this point, it disperses, any debris drawn upward from the ground scattering and drifting back down (fallout). The stabilization altitude depends strongly on the profiles of the temperature, dew point, and wind shear in the air at and above the starting altitude. – Wikipedia

Photography Tips:

Sometimes in photography you need a bit of luck. Location is important as is the weather. But a little luck such as the natural mushroom cloud formation can make a photograph. Whilst you cannot train or work on your luck skills, you can increase the odds by putting yourself out there.  Should you encounter an image with an unusual quirk about it, use it to your advantage and create something unique.

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