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Old 06-09-07, 10:16 PM   #1
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A photograph I almost missed...

I was out walking with my wife the other day, we were strolling the grounds of a local country house in Wigan... Haigh Hall. I was grabbing some shots with my camera... and composed a shot of a lady walking along the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool canal... but I did not press the shutter. I said to the wife that all I needed was for a cyclist to come around the corner and it would be a cracking image... but... in the absence of a cyclist, I lowered the camera and looked around for something else to capture. I was actually turning to face the other direction when my wife shouted 'CYCLIST!'.. so I turned back and just hit the shutter button. The resulting shot is out of focus... slightly overexposed, but I myself think it is just perfect in showing why we cyclist have a much better deal than those fools stuck in a jam...

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Old 06-10-07, 08:21 AM   #3
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Cadfael--your photo just recalls the lazy summer afternoons so well painted by the impressionists (I know, most of them were French, but still...). There's nothing like walking along the canals and seeing the narrowboats, the wildlife, the people, the locks.

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Looks like you were a bit out of focus there, shutterbug

Nice composition though. And I agree, cyclists have the best of both worlds - relatively fast speed, yet slow enough to appreciate all the little wonders of the world.
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Your photo is gorgeous and makes me jealous of all the green trees and water. I am in the SW desert, but do miss the greenery of Connecticut. Thanks for the memories.
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I am in the SW desert, but do miss the greenery of Connecticut.
I know what you mean. I'm a New Englander in Canada's only "pocket desert".
Takes a lot of getting used too, all these tans and browns!
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Looks like you were a bit out of focus there, shutterbug
Oh... it is a LOT out of focus. I did not really take the time for focus to lock... I just turned and fired away.

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Actually I think the "out of focus" kind of contributes to the relaxed softness of the feeling.

Nice pic!
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Actually I think the "out of focus" kind of contributes to the relaxed softness of the feeling.

Nice pic!
Agreed, it kind of gives it an in motion feel as well!
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Oh... it is a LOT out of focus. I did not really take the time for focus to lock... I just turned and fired away.

Thanks for the comments.
Did you get a repair estimate for getting the autofocus fixed?
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Actually I think the "out of focus" kind of contributes to the relaxed softness of the feeling.

Nice pic!

Agreed, gives it an impression of a Monet painting.(pun intended)
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I know what you mean. I'm a New Englander in Canada's only "pocket desert".
Takes a lot of getting used too, all these tans and browns!
That area is so interesting, but yeah, too hot and dry for me (I grew up just north of there, in the Okanagan Valley). Lots of great wine though, and really neat animals (although hard to spot - Burrowing Owls and Great Basin Spadefoot Toads are my favourites).

I was out riding through prairie farmland this weekend. Wish I'd brought a camera.
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How many times have you been riding either in a group or by yourself and thought about the tranquility of the area that you were riding through. I have thought about it more than once...especially since some of the places that I had drove through I had missed the beauty that was now obvious as I peddled by.
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How many times have you been riding either in a group or by yourself and thought about the tranquility of the area that you were riding through. I have thought about it more than once...especially since some of the places that I had drove through I had missed the beauty that was now obvious as I peddled by.
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Did you get a repair estimate for getting the autofocus fixed?
There is nothing wrong with the auto-focus... the fault was mine and mine alone. In my defense I will say it is a new camera and I am not used to it foibles yet... I had the Auto-focus mode set to the wrong setting, it was set monitor the whole frame and to let it decide what is the main subject of focus. It got it wrong... plus I did just swing from the hip and fire.... in fact, I was lucky to get the composition as good as it was.

But I admit I did worry when I looked at the preview screen... just in case the camera was kiffed. As it happened... another cyclist came the other way, so I took a shot of him just to check the AF was working okay...



... what can I say? He is enjoying himself.
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By the way... a bike on the towpath is the ONLY to way to see the Leeds & Liverpool Canal... except maybe for one of these...

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I just noticed your siggyline and usertext...

You must be a fine lass... because you are a Lancashre lass. Trust me I now... I married a Lancashire Rose, the best lasses on the planet!
I am too modest to agree, but I will say that my husband would agree with you .

Bred and born in Swinton, dragged screaming and kicking to the US. I visit every chance I get, which is not often enough!

My family have lived in Lancashire since before 1800...I am truly a Red Rose of Lancashire .

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