Introducing Daniel Schoumakers and Kerstin Frank

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As many of you have now gathered I am into this textured photography… To me adding a texture to a photograph gives that photograph a whole new dimension.  I just love blending the layers, changing the opacity and playing around with textures and I find I now have a hard job processing a photograph without adding a texture. :D :D

Today in my Facebook News Feed I came across this post…. by Daniel Schoumakers

I just loved the texture and had to enquire whether Daniel had a link to this particular texture and the artist Kerstin Frank.

Daniel gave me the link to Kerstin Frank on Flickr  and I just love their artwork also.  Here is a selection of work from Kerstin Frank

Daniel in also a member of Flickr and I do hope you enjoy their work as much as I do.  Here is a selection of Daniel’s photos that…

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Katie Hopkins…. Please

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Do us all a favor and shove your head up your ass and drown on your own crap… to put it crudely.  People are applauding her article… about fat people eating themselves to death and facing the consequences by piling on the pounds and demonising  people who are applauding fat people because they won’t just sit in the corner away from society and hide.

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Now you listen here rent-a-gob Hopkins… some fat people are fat because of an underlying cause they were born with… or due to an illness.   Or they get fat because of their medication they have to take… in order to stop them from DYING or BEING IN PAIN.

How dare you, basically say that fat people shouldn’t be allowed to be on TV… I pay my licence fee like you so don’t tell me who I can and can’t watch on my own TV.

And if the TV and media only showed size 0 people and fatness was frowned upon how many teenagers and adults will end up with eating disorders because they are a little chubby? How many people will die… because they have become bulimic, anorexic or both because they are frightened to gain a couple of pounds… and their heart can’t cope with the strain no longer?  All because fat people are frowned upon and a disgrace to society.

I agree there are some people who can’t help themselves and keep away from the fridge, but your article doesn’t make them feel any better about themselves, does it?  In fact, to put it mildly, it will send them scurrying back to the fridge for another peace of chocolate cake, because you have made their low-esteem just sink to a new lower depth.

Fat people need education, help and fat people do definitely not need bigots and bullies, like you, wading into them making them feel ten times worse than they already do feel.  When there are bullies like you around, to be perfectly honest, these people don’t stand a chance… you will knock their self-confidence with every breath you take and word you write.

Answer me this Katie Hopkins what about the person who relies on a medication that is renowned for causing weight gain?  Should they be tucked away in the corner and hidden away from view and never get a chance to be on TV because they have an illness and the medication they take to combat that illness piles on the pounds?  Or should they not take the medication and possibly die?  Or should they refuse to take the medication to stop the pain they have to live with every day?

You have lumped all fat people in your article into one category… over indulging in food causes you to be fat.  You have not thought about the child that was born with an illness and has to take medication for the rest of their life and forever until their final breath will be over-weight.  Or the adult that develops an illness, like PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica), and has to take steroids in order to be out of pain. Steroids that cause them to balloon up…. don’t you think they look at themselves in the mirror and wish they were back to the weight they used to be?  Don’t you think they hate their own reflection and their self- esteem is at an all time low? Tell me what do they do?  Do they take the medication to stop the pain or do they suffer to stay slim?

Well thank you Katie Hopkins, you have made us feel a whole lot worse.  I was smaller than you were once upon a time… but medication has caused me to gain weight… medication I need to take to stop being in pain and to stop me from having a stroke.

People in pain, can’t exercise… and believe me we wish we were able to exercise. People with PMR have every large muscle in their body aching.  And believe me, if we hit the gym like you expect us to do… we’d be laid up in bed for a week.  And only when you have an illness like PMR, do you really know what pain is at times.

So rent-a-gob not all fat people are fat because we raid the fridge… some fat people are fat because of illness and through medication… well done Hopkins you really have made us feel great today…. NOT.

Education is the way forward… children being taught was is healthy and what is not …. an income that is enough so that families can afford to eat healthy foods and they don’t have to rely on cheap foods that are full of carbohydrates.  Haven’t you noticed, Katie dear, that all healthy foods are a whole lot more expensive than processed foods?

When you get people, like yourself, that are bigots and bullies, through your articles  you do not combat obesity, you make the problem more profound.

Obesity and its underlying causes can be a vicious circle…. you eat and gain weight… articles like yours condemn you… which then makes you feel like eating more and turning to comfort foods.

All you’ve done today with your article… is make the problem worse.  Well done… hope you are proud of yourself.  Just for your information and to educate you on some of the factors of obesity caused through illness…

  • Hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone regulates our metabolism. So too little hormone slows the metabolism and often causes weight gain. If your doctor suspects thyroid disease as a cause of your obesity, he or she may perform blood tests to check your hormone levels.
  • Cushing’s syndrome. This condition results when the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) produce an excess amount of a steroid hormone called cortisol. This leads to a build-up of fat in characteristic sites such as the face, upper back, and abdomen.
  • Depression. Some people with depression overeat, which can lead to obesity.

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Suck on that Hopkins…

I felt the earth move….

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Now talk about a strange feeling… something I have never encountered in my life, and by god did it feel strange. No matter where I was… even on a bridge I felt the same sensation.

Well it started in San Francisco, as I stood still on any pavement and even when I walked at a slow pace, I could feel the earth move under my feet… it felt like a rumbling sensation… just like you get, so I am told, if you happen to stand above a tube track that is close to the surface when a tube comes roaring through the tunnels.

I have never felt this sensation at all in my life.. not even in London where tubes are roaring up and down those lines at a constant pace.

Then when I went to Las Vegas I felt it even stronger in certain parts of the strip… than others but nowhere near as strong as I felt it in San Francisco.. In San Francisco it was a more intense sort of sensation of something rumbling under my feet.  Honestly I told the old man about it, whilst we were in Las Vegas and I was called weird…. but by luck one of our coach party heard me and said they had the same feeling…

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She also told me that someone had told her, it could be caused through a minor ear infection…. so I took it that this was happening due to the flight over to America… and thought no more of it.  Even though it didn’t feel as if I had an ear infection.

Throughout our stay, no matter where we went, I could feel this sensation at times.

But here is the strange thing… if it was a minor ear infection and I felt this sensation at the airport as we were leaving San Francisco, then why didn’t I feel it all once we landed?  Surely a minor ear infection wouldn’t clear up in a 10 hour flight, would it?  But since arriving back in the UK I haven’t felt it once.

And here are the coincidences..  We left San Francisco early Sunday morning of the 3rd May 2015 and they had an earthquake that afternoon and just over two weeks after we left Las Vegas they felt the effects of an earthquake in Nevada.

Talk about weird sensations…  Now isn’t there a song about the earth moving under your feet? :D :D

Yosemite National Park

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After we left San Francisco we caught the train on theSan Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley to Merced…. then we bordered a coach and travelled to Yosemite National Park.  The scenery and views from the coach were spectacular…. and as we neared Yosemite National Park the road we were travelling on meandered with the River Merced all the way to Yosemite.

At Yosemite, we were given a guided tour of the valley floor including spectacular views of El Capitan and the Bridalveil Falls.

This photograph was taken as we stood by the lake looking back towards those impressive rocks.

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Flying the flag

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st-georges-flag-largeNow we have been back in the UK for just over 10 days and I do miss being in the United States.  I just love the scenery, the warmth and the friendliness of the people.

Wherever you went, you were made to feel welcome and my god do they serve big portions.  Never in my life have I had pancakes for breakfast, but I just couldn’t resist them whilst over there.  And as for the Welch’s Grape Jelly, I would murder for that right now… I just loved the taste.

Where we stayed in San Francisco, the local Cafe owner introduced me to sourdough bread, which is a speciality of San Francisco and I loved it.  No more white bread for me whilst there,  I was happy munching away on the sourdough bread.

One thing I did notice over in the states the number of homes that had the Stars and Stripes Flag hanging from flagpoles in the ground or from flagpoles that are attached to the sides of the houses.

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Well that gave me an idea…. well him mainly after I mentioned how I thought it was very patriotic…. the St George’s cross will be hung from our house.

Whilst in Monterey we visited the local Home Depot and found an aluminium bracket that is placed on your wall all ready to hold a flagpole.  Well as soon as he touched down, he was on Amazon ordering the flag (which has arrived) and we are now awaiting delivery of the flagpole itself.

So when the delivery driver delivers that pole, come rain or shine, the following weekend we will be raising our flag…. and then probably taking it down the following week where the bloody council might object to the St. George Cross just in case it offends someone, just like they did in Radstock back in 2013.

All I hope he doesn’t go around singing Flying the Flag….

Palace of Fine Arts

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I have been back from my holidays for just over 10 days now and after mounds of washing and ironing and catching up on those mundane chores, I’ve just got around to putting our photographs of our trip into Lightroom.

We had a wonderful two weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in America… which I will tell you more about in future posts, but the first image that I have processed in one taken in San Francisco of the the Palace of Fine Arts.

We spent three nights and two days in San Francisco (wish it was more) and on a coach tour we visited the Palace of Fine Arts and after seeing such a beautiful place we had to return on our spare day to visit this spectacular place.  I just loved it there, and I do have to thank Laura Macky for her suggestion of…

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Palace of Fine Arts

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Photographer: Bren Ryan
Location: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Date: 2nd May 2015
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Aperture: f/7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 18 mm

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Daffodils

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I am just loving this photo manipulation phase I am going through… I don’t know what it is that I find so appealing but something is drawing me to it.  Maybe it is the creativity aspect… plus the learning of a software like Photoshop, that I am still not au fait with but learning on a daily basis.

Spring is finally here and the daffodils at Marle Place were blooming.. I just love how those three daffodils, in the above picture, were clustered together and how the light caught them.

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Feeling neglected….

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neglected blogNow this poor little blog of mine must be feeling all neglected by now where I haven’t posted in what seems like years… I have been so busy working on our Photography sites and processing photos that I have neglected this blog.

So this morning, I woke up did the mundane chores and said ‘Hey blog, how ya doin?’  Well the reply isn’t something you can print…

So what has been happening… well not a lot really.  Life is the same old, same old thing.  The dogs are still running around like headless chickens and causing mayhem, and the weather is improving but up until recently it had been, to put it bluntly, absolute shit.  Damp, rain, cold and miserable, and the only sunshine has been on week days and the weather has been a total washout at weekends.

But one thing I can say with certainty… I am fed up with the General Election.  There I was sitting down, watching a film, cup of coffee and then ‘ding dong’ goes the doorbell.  Yes you guessed it some wannabe canvassing for votes for their political candidate.

Honestly the end of this video is how I am feeling about the general election… totally fed up and pissed off with it.  The amount of letters I have received from David ‘Dishface’ Cameron is no man’s business.  The twat has never written to me in all my life.. yet when he wants something from me, he makes out he is my new best friend.  Well twat, I’ve news for you…. YOU ARE NOT!

Then there is the others, well I haven’t seen sight or sound of a Liberal Democrat in my area.. and as for Labour well, the burning question is ‘Do you trust Ed or not?’  Personally again … NO I DON’T.  And then there is UKIP, our local MP who is now UKIP, has done a lot for our area.. and yes for what he does and achieves, I would like to vote for him, on his past performance, but you get UKIP.  And Farage is nothing to write home about, is he?  Better when you had the better looking chap… Kilroy Silk at least he was pleasing on the eye.

They all promise to do this and that.. and then stab you in the back…. and yes I do want an EU Referendum, it was our fathers and grandfathers that signed us up for the Common Market to trade, what they didn’t sign us up for was for Brussels to dictate who we can have in our country, which laws we can and can’t have and all this human right’s crap that allows prisoners the vote, an immigrant to stay because of his cat and whole-life sentences are wrong and illegal.  And not forgetting, the ruling about the shape of our banana’s.

And if people think if we leave the EU, they won’t trade with us… wrong again… they will.  What the EU doesn’t want to lose is our money and the bail-outs we hand out.

So you see… you couldn’t make a decent one up if you could magically mix all the contenders up and come out with a RoboMP.   Mind you for a giggle, I would vote for Boris… at least he has you chuckling at his buffoon speeches and antics.  Yes let us all vote BORIS… With a Prime Ministerial salary he might be able to afford an on-call hair stylist.  Well if they tame his blond locks, he wouldn’t be Boris then..

Yes let us all vote for the Mickey Mouse party… at least we might have a laugh along the way… But truthfully, joking apart, whoever gets in… will blame the other guy with they renege on everything they have said in their manifesto.

Anyway I hope life is treating every one OK and see blog I haven’t forgotten about you… so stop complaining about being NEGLECTED… You are NOT.

Fairy Tale ….

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Today I wanted to try something new… I wanted to add art to a photograph I was processing which was taken at Marle Place on Easter Monday.  I loved the rich golden tones but I have seen many artistic photographs on Facebook by a photographer called Karen Burke. It was this particular Facebook post she created that inspired me.

I just loved how she made it so magical looking. And on Deviantart Karen has a sparkly overlay you can use free of charge … Many thanks Karen for posting this overlay and allowing us to use it.  Now to find the fairy I wanted to use… so off to Google and I found a clip-art image that was ideal for my image.

With a bit of masking, changing the contrast and brightness I managed to finally do my first artistic image…. I do hope you like…

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How I do my black edge

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As many of you may have gathered, lately I have been doing a lot of photographs of flowers we have taken and added a black background to them.  Yes you could use Photoshop, create a black background and then mask out the flower… But what if you don’t have Photoshop of Photoshop Elements and only have Lightroom, how do you do it?

Well here is a quick tutorial of how I have created my photographs.

I don’t do any adjustments to the flower/subject until I have got the black background surrounding the flowers/subject  This is simply because when you change the background and you have already done your adjustments your flower/subject just may not look how you envisaged.  So I do my black background first.

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I have a Local Adjustment preset that I use constantly, using the settings in this photograph on the right. You can create your own…

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You are at fault as well…

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No it is not just down to schools, the government and every one else to control your child. It is down to you the parent as well. In fact I will go as far as saying it is down to all of us to stamp out radicalisation. So before getting spokesmen and lawyers shouting their mouths off, look at yourself. It is your child and you should take responsibility for not knowing what you child is up to, who they are talking to and associated with and what they are doing.

If my child decided to take drugs, do I blame the government for not jailing every crack dealer going and taking drugs off of our streets?  Of course not.  It is not their responsibility to bring up my child it is mine.  If my child is old enough then they are responsible for their actions… as a parent I can only advise them, teach them right from wrong and try to teach them the skills needed to be a law-abiding citizen.  If they decide to take drugs that is down to them… and when I know deep down I have tried my hardest to stop them going into that downfall in life, then I can honestly say, ‘I tried to do my best but maybe my best just wasn’t good enough.’ But what I can’t do is blame other authorities for the actions that my child has taken or for my failings.

Three young girls have run away to join ISIS fighters… and the lawyer of one of the families has said this to reporters.

British authorities are not doing enough to alert parents when their children are at risk of being radicalised online, a lawyer for the family of a young woman who joined Islamic State has said.

Aamer Anwar told Sky News security authorities are not passing on intelligence which could allow families to prevent their children from travelling to Syria or Iraq.

These failings, he said, mean the UK is “exporting terror” abroad.
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We could easily substitute the word radicalised for groomed.. and blame the government should our children gets abused due to that child’s online activity.  But it is not down to the Government to make sure your child is safe online, it is down to you as a parent… you can’t blame the Government, they have repeatedly informed parents through educational programmes and online sites telling parents how to keep their children safe online.

Teenagers are very, very clever at keeping things from parents… but parents have to be devious to find out what their child is up to…

Do you know what?  The government can’t win can they?  If they turned up on your doorstep and said your child is doing this and that, because we have intelligence to prove it… the first cry would be about invasion of privacy and how that right has been breached by government snooping.

And another thing, I don’t care how much the government snoops on me, if it protects me, and no that is not people scaremongering that has made me think like that… It is reality.  The reality that the world we live in is not safe, the reality that there are certain groups of people that want to cause carnage on our streets, the reality that even walking the street is not safe, if you decide to join the armed forces and protect your country.  The reality that policemen and women now live in fear that they too are classed as prime targets for extremists.  So me giving up a little bit of privacy in order to protect others is the price I am willing to pay.  If the government want to read my emails so be it… they won’t find anything interesting, in fact GCHQ will be bloody bored shitless… to be honest.  If having to give my real ID to Facebook, Google, and maybe Twitter in the future is a thing I have to do, then so be it.  Being anonymous online can and sometimes does breed an online persona that is threatening and harmful to others. Some people react like keyboard warriors when they type their vitriolic comments behind an anonymous username like ‘TwitterTwat’.  Simply because they are anonymous and hiding behind a keyboard and monitor.

FFS… It is not down to government alone to stamp out radicalisation and keep us all safe, each of us have a part to play… especially those from the Muslim community.  If radicalisation is going on in their community it should be down to their community leaders and Imams to work together and stamp out the radicalisation of their youngsters.  Yes the government can help with giving them the resources needed but until Imams are prepared to work with authorities and give information about who they think is radicalising youngsters in their community and which families need to be watch… then nothing will change.  It will only change if the Muslim community are prepared to take drastic action in order to stop their youngsters running off to fight for ISIS.

Yes we can have tighter border controls but honestly if someone is hell bent on joining ISIS then they will leave Britain on the pretext of a package holiday and travel to Syria via Europe.  Having armed guards escorting every person around when they are abroad is the only way to stop people joining ISIS and that is not feasible, is it?

But our media can play their part… when you show these ISIS training films on your news channels and speak about what ISIS want and how barbaric they are.. you are NOT deterring radicalisation, you are encouraging it.

You and I know that ISIS fighters are barbaric and they are brutal and they have only one agenda and that is to create a nation purely based on fear and treachery.  So why do you keep showing us these clips?   In a young mind that has already been radicalised, you are not proving how wrong ISIS are, you are showing that mind how right ISIS is..  SO STOP.

And by stopping, it doesn’t mean we are putting our heads in the sand, it means we are not doing ISIS’s propaganda for them.  If you want something to die, then you cut off their oxygen supply…. well how about cutting the oxygen supply of ISIS and not report what they are up to.

I, for one, don’t need to see 21 Coptic Christians lined up in orange jumpsuits to know their fate.  Social media need to cut off ISIS’s supply as well.  Facebook, Google+ and Youtube need to take down pages and videos of their brutality immediately. Each and everyone of us should play a part in stopping ISIS propaganda immediately.  Like we should play our part in reporting crime and informing authorities of behaviour on the internet that could cause harm to another person.

Pages to promote ISIS are not doing the world any favours, so pull the plug on them. And we as human beings should report things to site owners, like Facebook, Google and Twitter immediately we find something that is promoting ISIS and let the authorities and site owners do their part in stamping out radicalisation.

As for these three young girls who have run off to be with ISIS, yes I hope they are found and brought home before they come to any harm, but they should face the consequences of their actions.  If as a nation we find that young men who run off to join ISIS are guilty of a crime than the same should apply to all that run off… whether they are man, woman or child.  That is what growing up in our society means, learning right from wrong… and facing the consequences of your actions.  When a person is taken against their will that in its self is a crime but to freely go to join a terror organisation is a crime in our country… and as they say, ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.’

And may one day we have world peace.

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