Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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The wren then became the centrepiece for a "bush" - two wooden hoops set at right angles and placed on top of a pole and covered with ribbons and evergreens.
'The song charts the progress of the wren from being hunted, caught, cooked and then eaten. There are many suggestions as to why the poor wren should be singled out for such treatment, such as it being a commemoration of the martyrdom of St Stephen and revenge on the wren because it is the reincarnation of an enchantress who lured men to their death in droves.
'The feathers of the wren are distributed amongst the wren boys as a good luck charm, being particularly potent against witchcraft and to prevent a shipwreck.'
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
As you can see we have very different weather here to most bloggers. It's either been rain, fog or an unnaturally still aura about the place. The one thing we haven't had is snow. Just as well really for the boats above moored by the harbour side wall I'm referring too, that's a real life working boat. There is also another behind out of view. I don't usually see the boats here in the day they are usually out at sea.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
After 36 years working as a labourer in the shipyards on the River Clyde (in Govan, Glasgow), Frank Redmond becomes stagnant and quickly sinks into depression. A naturally strong swimmer, Frank gets an idea while on a 'booze cruise' with his friends to swim the English Channel to France. A simple but heartwarming tale, especially relevant now with so many people thrown on the scrapheap again during this next recession. A movie of hope just to make you smile, and that's not a bad thing is it?
The lighthouse is not the only landmark in Ramsey to feature in this film. Queens Pier also features in the very first sequence and later in the film. Coincidentally it's also featured here for a previous my world, skywatch and abc post. Click here to see one of those posts. Just before I started this blog we had a weekend away across in England. On the way to the airport we passed a tent in a field. Nothing special about that you might say. What if I told you that tent had the one and only Burt Reynolds in filming A Bunch of Amateurs. If only I had know I would be doing this blog I would have stopped the taxi to the airport and got the camera out and got his pic.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
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The concept was DOT'S, the next host WIGGERS WORLD the guardians of skywatch are Klaus Sandy Ivar Wren Fishing Guy Louise
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is the jetty in Ramsey. As simple as that for a subject. The sun was behind the jetty. The tide as you can see was low. The sun high noon sun shone through the jetty slats bouncing the light on the low water creating a white glow. The jetty slats broke the light as it streamed through creating the illusion of the slats being black. Desaturate the image, so taking any colour out which in this case was a slight blue tinge to the water and there you have it, the above image.
Ok it's not that simple! Firstly you have to spot the potential in the subject in the first place. That is what separates photographers from people who take photographs. Composition. So many potentially good images are ruined by poor balancing or setting of the image. Think before you click. Have you got what you want in the right place. Timing. The light was perfect at this time, but only at this time. To get that slither of white swirling shimmering light was at the time of taking the image or not at all. The ensuing tide would have been too reflective casting a white sheet of colour over the water rather than just that central column with the outer edges silver and the slats jet black. Taken once only and desaturated to a monochrome image. No other alteration apart form re size for the blog.
Now it's your turn. Go on and post your results with no photoshop!
Unfortunately I won't be around to answer to many queries. Laptop time is now down to the bear minimum. Emails are on hold. It's why you have another archive from the real photography section. Not so much whether you like it, but to learn from.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Now there's no point in asking you'll get no reply, (just like Isle of Man Newspapers!), honestly no one's out to lunch as no one is at home. This is just another empty property I have come across on my travels around Ramsey, Lezayre Road in fact. If anyone was looking for prime spot in Ramsey to rent a flat(apartment for my American friends) then I would suggest here. A minute from the Swan pub, Shoprite Supermarket, The library in fact you could watch the Isle Of Man TT Races from the window. Any takers?
It really is rotten luck that a lovely building such a this should be lain to waste. On the other it makes a great photo opportunity. With the credit crunch now it's just a vicious circle of pretty vacant properties like this beauty awaiting a tenant or buyer while falling into ruin, then becoming to expensive to restore etc. I've no illusions about the romance of buildings such as these. Yes perfect for photographers, but I'd much rather it was restored and converted into affordable housing even if that means making it into a bland faceless facade. Unfortunately accommodation is paramount not my photographs.
This image is a month old. Still no laptop and my borrowing time is now down to a minimum. Some of you may have noticed I have had a little fun with this post.
To view the road this property is on, click below
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If you take the Bridge away and look up to Skyhill you will be looing upon the same view he Viking would have seen when they arrived marching towards Skyhill an onto battle. No skyscrappers to osbcure the beautiful veiw here.
MY WORLD and thank the skywatch gang once again for another inspired idea.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tree trunk legs can slimmed down in monochrome?
So what's odd about this. For me there are many things that are slightly odd, weird, quirky, peculiar about this image from the twisted branches to the odd trunk but I'll go with the spot of light you see. If this was colour you would know whether that was sunlight, moonlight, a sun flare, a fill flash etc. Oddly when you strip the colour from the image there is no point of reference, no colour, light or shade poking through the leaves and branches. The ball of light could be anything now, any time of day.
So here's my question for you photography enthusiasts out there, what time of day do you think this is. Just for fun of course, lighten up people I want this to be educational as you request, but please don't get in a flap.
Well you all know the problems I'm having and now I really am struggling. Only half the images to hand, and have to borrow Gary's laptop and upload one image only. So no at the moment no new images can be taken and it's getting to be a real headache as I cannot post at my leisure and choose an image and text in tandem already written. You could be getting some very bizarre images turn on the blog like my other tree odd shot click here
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
In Victorian times postmen who delivered Christmas cards wore bright red uniforms, and were nicknamed "robin redbreasts" hence people associated receiving their Christmas cards with robins. Cute story. The Robin legend says it received that redbreast from trying to remove the thorns from Christ's head and a small drop falling onto his breast turning it red. More about the all Bobbin Robbins can be found if you click here. Talking of Christmas Cards...
Remember my partner the artist is designing our card this year? He did just that and found online printing who could rush a delivery through. Well they did just that, they arrived this morning and they look fantastic. So far so good. When they arrived here the box was open and sopping with water. The post lady explained they arrived in Ramsey like that. So somewhere on the island between the Ferry or Airport at Douglas to Ramsey Post Depot the box was mysteriously opened and got a soaking. Fortunately most of the cards are OK, but some have unfortunately been irrevocably damaged. You can just imagine how angry we are yes I will be pursuing this and I shall want an explanation and compensation from the perpetrator. Island life for you.
I was also hoping to use the Robin as my own Christmas card this year, but due to the fiasco above and my own usual printers letting me down, Bobbin Robbin will have to wait until New Year. I swear by the way that is a live one and not one who has had a trip to the taxidermist. He was just very, very still.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
It's Saturday and I know you may have been expecting the infamous Ramsey Swing Bridge after my skywtach frday but afraid not. Not until I can open the precious file or take some new ones. Instead another sweet little connecting bridge. Luscious green isn't it? So once more unto the bridge!(stop groaning)
This footbridge stands outside the two schools in Ramsey, one on either side of the road. A few weeks ago I uploaded a shot of Lezayre Road and I mentioned the footbridge. Why do we need footbridges for such a quiet place you ask? Ah well, that would be for the famous Isle of Man TT Road Races. When the motorbikes are here the roads around the island that are part of the course are closed off to traffic. So you really can get trapped in one part of the island for a few hours and indeed trapped on one side of the road. The footbridges were erected to enable the kids to cross from one side of the road to the other. Good idea eh. Pity the kids aren't actually in school that week. Doh! To be fair there is practise week for the bikes(outside of school hours though so double doh!) and exams are occurring so perhaps there is method in the madness. I will exercise the benefit of the doubt. Have I ever see anyone use the footbridge, no. Have I used it. Your'e kidding me aren't you?
In keeping with photographing one subject a zilion times I will show you a shot from the other side wthin the space of a Manx minute and you won't believe the change in light and shadows. Cartier - Bresson for those of you taking note will come to mind for that shot but then so many of mine are anyway, like the black and white of this shot. You want to be a real photographer, not a computer manipulation whizz kid you will understand. Before I realised who he was I was taking images that way naturally. Photography comes from within you, not a computer.
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Isle of Man TT
Friday, December 12, 2008
Well I don't think it's the Isle Of Man Fairies weaving their Manxie Magic and painting the sky with ribbons of gorgeous colour. No I think it's just another wonderful sunset over The Poyll Dooey Nature Reserve. There again with a name as weird as Poyll Dooey you would expect faires elves and Mystical types to be living here. Might even be Ginnie the Witch another famous Manxie. Click on the red words to find out what I'm on waffling about.
Good news - The Maxtor is working
Bad news- No new laptop yet
Good news- I can start taking new images again
Bad news- No laptop to upload too
Good news- The Maxtor holds tonnes of images
Bad news- Gary needs his laptop back.. er now.
Gary is now designing his Christmas Card. Not just any Christmas Card, but a Political Christmas Card. You have no idea the places that this card will turn up, but put it this way a Black Door with a black door knocker and a White House will have a little bit of Ramsey, courtesy of Gary Barker, BBC now and again Political Cartooinst. Do you dare me to add my name, Babooshka Ramsey Daily Photo? Anyway he needs are greater we are sharing his laptop. By the way the cards are being rush printed tonight in America, yes that's right America. The best price and the best service. Now that's not manx magic.
To join us go to SKYWATCH.
The concept was DOT'S, the next host WIGGERS WORLD the guardians of skywatch are Klaus | Sandy | Ivar | Wren | Fishing Guy| Louise
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I am really struggling now for images. The maxtor has them and won't relinquish them. Not sure why yet. This is a mono version of colour image shown earlier but as I mentioned George and his antics in the Red Panda post I had requested to show the Boy George here. Do you really want to hurt his feeling by not saying hello to him? Please excuse the bird poop. George had a little accident which he is rather embarrassed about, but as I like natural images the poop stays. Sorry George.
(Gary and I should have been in London tonight at the Political Cartoon Awards, but with credit crunch meant no way were we paying £600 for flights and then a hotel. Manx airlines sort your prices or we will have no tourists!)
Do you have any escaped critters in your area?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
U - is for Up and Under
No I haven't gone completely mad "Up and Under" is a Rugby Union term. The image above is not a demonstration of this but it is an uplifting ubiquitous upshot. It' also an image I have easy access to. Still waiting on a new laptop and my photo library still in a transitional state. We have them stored but having connection troubles. Back to an Up and Under.
An up and under is a term used in Rugby Union. No I'm not explaining it trust me. Google the term and you will find out what it's all about.
Ramsey are the team in the blue shirts. The other team we shall just refer to as the opposition.
Another from what is turning into my "Rugby players as iconic images series." Only joking but they do bear uncanny likenesses to famous photos and statues. I'll let you work out which but click here and here to see the others.
Want to join ABC got the lovely hostess with the mostest, MRS NESBITT'S PLACE
For Uk readers- Eddie Waring - the only thing he ever said I understood was up and under.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I can't believe I haven't had the bridge yet for My World. So here it is the most famous bridge in the world, well my world, Ramsey Swing Bridge. Why is it numbered 13 of 100, because I was challenged to shoot one subject 100 different ways, and the subject just happened to be the bridge. Crazy I know, but the public get what the public wants otherwise I would be in a right jam with some of you out there not pandering to your whims. So the underground cult of Babooshka's Ramsey Swing Bridge contiues.
I actually do love this bridge, but I like bridges anyway. From the mechanics, the design and the purpose. Bridges afterall are connecting places. In this case the very little bridge connects one side of the harbour to the other. Over the bridge takes you to another world, Mooragh Promenande, Mooragh Park, the new swimming pool and the most importantly the beach. It may be bracing, ok blowing a gale, a little wet, ok torrential rain but it's still a beach that most people would like to relax and walk along but don't have and without the bridge above I wouldn't be able to get there. Well actually I could get to the beach, by taking a really, really long walk round the harbour but then I wouldn't be able to photograph such a picturesque bridge would I? That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. It swings by the way to allow ships with sail masts to pass through out to sea. Would you like to see it swung out. You would, click here( red is always a link)
Well still on the borrowed laptop and still on the old photos. I may have to do some night photography as the Christmas tree is up in Ramsey and the lights are on. I have also seen Santa Claus in someones garden but don't tell the kids. He looks like he has had too may mince pies already and I can't see him getting round the world in one night.