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2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 112 posts. There were 229 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 51mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 8th with 51 views. The most popular post that day was Sun, snow and good timing.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for water drops, water drop, beginning photography blog, spinning coin, and beginning photography blogs.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Sun, snow and good timing January 2010


Fun with water December 2009


Thumbnails November 2009


About October 2009


Ash in the sky for a sunset over the lake April 2010


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January 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

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Back to nature

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Having woken at the ridiculous hour of 5:30am this morning in order to fetch my parents from the Airport (lucky blighters have just been to Rhodes), I grabbed the camera and headed out the door. The reason was simple, on the way back over the Pennines the scenery was gorgeous, a low lying mist juxtaposed with the autumn colours just looked fantastic. There wasn’t a breath of wind, so I thought I’d head down to a local lake that I haven’t visited with the camera in the hope of getting some great scenary.

The best laids plans of mice and men, however… as it turned out there was the feintest breeze that was rippling up the lake, and the mist was obscuring the lovely colours. A quick change of plan and I started harassing the local birdlife. These were the result.

I think my favourite is the one with the swan dipping it’s head, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. The white background here doesn’t suit these images, they look best on a black background. Check them out on flickr (hit the zoom icon) for a better look).

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October 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Now on Flickr

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I’ve taken the plunge and sorted myself out with a real Flickr account. I’ve been resisting Flickr primarily because I wasn’t overly happy with the interface, but after playing around with a lightroom plugin to export directly to flickr I’m now an avid fan.

The upside is that I’m likely to upload far more images to flickr than I can to the blog, and with a large number of plugins available for intergrating flickr with a wordpress blog I hope to make good use of the extra capacity. No new images in this post I’m afraid, I haven’t played around with the plugins yet, but hopefully some coming soon. For now check out my photostream by clicking the link above or from the sidebar.

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July 31, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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Emley Moor and a mistake

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With snow still covering the ground I went off to purchase walking boots just outside Wakefield. This entailed a trip near Emley Moor so I threw the camera in the car with the idea of testing out my walking boots and getting some nice photos. Here is a small selection, with a couple more on my redbubble.

A bit of a different take with this one, the bush up close framing the mast in the background.

I’ve processed this image for an antique look, its a look that looks great with pretty much all photos of Emley Moor Mast for some reason, I’ve had to resist the temptation to do lots of this

I think this is my favourite image of the day.

And finally for this set, a black and white

So, what was the mistake. Pretty simple, a little bit of snow got on the lens and it dried as a dirty smear. As a result in a large number of images I had a small rainbow that ruined the photos. Fortunately I have been able to remove it in the majority without too much trouble, in particular treating black and white has helped. The lesson learned, always make sure the front of your lens is clean before shooting, such a small detail could end up ruining your best ever photo.

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January 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Monitor Calibration: Oh hell

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Well the last blog post threw up an issue for me. One of the images looked a bit blue for some reason. As a result I started doing some investigation, and unfortunately it seems I have a problem. My monitor here is setup too warm and a nats too saturated. As a result all the imagse I post to the internet are actually bluer and colder than the photos that I thought I’d uploaded. I’ve looked on my laptop, on parents puter, and finally got the opinions of a couple of other people on t’internet.

This is ridiculously annoying. Of note is the fact that even if I do calibrate my monitor properly most other peoples monitors will be off so they won’t see what I see, but at least prints will come out as they should. Frustration.

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January 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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Snow, more snow, and trees

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Well I took lots of photos, it seems only fair to share. Here we see two of my favourites from the day, hampered only by the boring sky. I am hoping against hope that tomorrow dawns cold and sunny and I’ll be back down the same path to take the photos.

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December 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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