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Last of the Escher-like shots of London's Natural History Museum that I'll post. This is a wide angle shot from the same perspective used previously so that it includes the roof of the museum as well. The title comes from Escher's 1941 paper called "Regular Division of the Plane with Asymmetric Congruent Polygons", which detailed his mathematical approach to artwork creation. Shot was underexposed slightly then tonemapped in post processing to stop the windows burning out.


12-24mm Nikkor @ 14mm


Post Processing

Aperture 2.1

Photomatix: tonemapped

Silver Efex Pro: red filter, coffee toning

South Indian filter coffee is a coffee drink made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter. The drink known as Kaapi, is the South Indian phonetic rendering of "coffee". The drink is also referred to as Madras filter coffee, Madras kaapi, Kumbakonam degree coffee, Mylapore filter coffee, or Mysore filter coffee. Outside India the term "filter coffee" may refer to drip brew coffee, which is a distinct form of preparing coffee.

Coffee has been grown in India since the 1600s, when it was first brought to India from Yemen by Muslim saint named Baba Budan.[1] The most commonly used coffee beans are arabica and robusta. These are grown in different states of South India, such as in the hills of Karnataka (Kodagu, Chikkamagalur and Hassan), Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris District, Yercaud and Kodaikanal), Kerala (Malabar region) and Andhra Pradesh (Araku Valley). The beans are usually medium-roasted and finely ground and blended with roasted chicory. The final coffee powder composition is typically equal quantities of Plantation A and Peaberry with between 10 and 30 percent chicory added in, producing a distinct aroma, thickness and colour in the resulting coffee.

During the parade in El Alto, Bolivia we saw several trucks and cars dressed up with balloons, dolls and blankets.


ISO 200, 65mm, f5.6, 1/640. Processed first using Photomatix details enhancer, then full noise reducation using Imagenomics Noiseware. Nik Pro Contrast, White Neutralizer, Tonal Contrast and very slight Graduated Filter Coffee. Some burning in PS.

Another view of Prague from the banks of the Vlatva. Nicer large.


ISO 100, 60mm, f7.1, 1/250


Photomatix tonemapping of single RAW.


Imagenomic Noiseware:

- Landscape mode


Nik Color Efex:

- Tonal contrast 20%, desaturation 20%.

- Procontrast: 18%, Color Cast 20%

- Graduated Filter: Coffee, 40%

- Darken lighten center


Nik Vivezza2

- Curves

- Reduce saturation, contrast and brightness on trees.



- Cropping

- Clone out remainder of car

- Clone out part of foreground

- Cover up burnt out clouds

- Smart sharpen on buildings 90%, radius 1.

View On Black


In explore

Thanks my flickr friends


A happy coffeetime to all my flickr friends

A little boy takes his first drink of the day at Chamboko's village. He was keen to drain the last drop. hes was probably not drinking coffee, but his pose reminds me of that ec


it's quite hard getting a shot of a single child in the village or indeed most of Malawi as tens or hundreds of kids will spring out of all the houses as soon as someone spots you have a camera. I ws a tad conspicuous sporting a hefty white 70-200mm lens. It's great to get shots of loads osf smiling griing happy faces... more of those later, but it does mean you have 2 seconds to take your shot before the composition is swamped.The light is fantastic in the early morning just after sun-up


Coffee is good in Malawi.Instant coffee is really expensive and filter coffee grounds were quite cheap.


This is a photograph of a coffee filter after water was strained through it. It dried with the water ripples still visible.


Mirrored and inverted color.

Location : Tabo, Spiti, Himachal,IND 2012


its was a long n tired day by driving from kaza to tabo near about 120 kms with worst roads but beautiful landscapes views with challenging Nala on way at Max car speed of 50Km, also was driving without food since a morning breakfast, and its feels so good when you reach your destination and Surprisingly find good place to have good " filter-Coffee made with yak milk + hard but good chocolate cake at such unexpected destination :)


Tabo Monastery is situated in the village of Tabo, in the secluded Spiti valley of the state Himachal Pradesh, India. Tabo village is at an altitude of 3,280 meters, it is a remote place, with often harsh and extreme weather isolating it from the outside world.& Tabo Monastery was founded in 996AD. With its original decoration and art images intact, it is considered to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India and the Himalayas.


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The Heifer - Mess(e)y Cow


Abstracted mixed media cow inspired by a small herd of heifers in a meadow next to the Chateau de Messey guesthouse in Ozenay.


Tile mortar, cardboard, aluminium foil, coffee filter, coffee grind, grass, straw, acrylic


50 x 60 cm

1. A happy, girlie girl

2. Moody

3. A tea person, except when there's good filter coffee

4. Sushi-freak

5. Constantly thinking about food!! (See pts above)

6. Hater of honkers

7. Jack of all trades

8. Master of none

9. Not too ambitious

10. Easily bored

11. Pro spanking (kids)

12. Out of any more things to list now!



(Thank you, Che Esco - for the tag. Take it on - Pangalactic Gargleblaster, Lazybug, Kittykaht, Sakshi and whoever else wants to do this! :-)


Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.


Conwy's a great place to get close to wildlife, to spend time with family and friends, or just take time out in fantastic scenery that embraces 4,000 years of human history. There’s a network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides to make the most of your visit and plenty if information to explain what you're watching. Perhaps you’ll meet one of our friendly volunteer wildlife guides who can help you discover just a little bit more?


In our Visitor Centre, our warm welcome will ensure you have exactly what you need for your visit. We have events to suit everyone from keen birdwatchers to beginners or young families, whether your interest is wildlife, history, art or any number of other subjects.


We love our food at Conwy so why not visit our monthly Farmers' Market or call in at the Waterside Coffee Shop, overlooking the lagoon, and enjoy a drink, a snack or light lunch using delicious local produce. We have a well-stocked shop, too, with good advice on everything from feeding birds to new binoculars.


We welcome group visits, but please book these with us in advance so that we can give you the best possible service. Entry rates are listed below, but we can also organise guided walks for a flat-fee of £30 for a group of up to 15 people, £50 for a group of 15 to 30 people. Please ring the reserve at least six weeks before your proposed visit to arrange a group visit.


Opening times


The shop and visitor centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am-5 pm. The coffee shop is open from 10 am-4.30 pm (to 4 pm from November to March).


Entrance charges


Members free. Non-members: adults £3, concessions £2, children £1.50. Family ticket £6.50.


If you are new to birdwatching...


Why not join a guided walk with our volunteers every Saturday at 11 am? They will help you spot and identify the birds. You can hire a pair of binoculars from us (£3 a visit). Just ask at reception.


Information for families


From our Visitor Centre, you can collect one of our Bingo cards, encouraging you all to take a closer look at the reserve. Bingo cards change according to season and are available in Welsh or English. There's a self-guided Discovery Trail, and all the tracks are pushchair-friendly. The Waterside Coffee Shop has a popular toybox to occupy little hands while you're enjoying a cuppa.


Information for dog owners


Sorry, we don't allow dogs, except registered assistance dogs, because there are breeding birds and, in winter, roosting birds on the reserve. There’s a popular dog walk along the estuary, running north from the reserve.


Star species


Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.


Black-tailed godwit


These elegant, long-billed waders can be seen on the estuary and lagoons here in autumn. Look out for their striking black and white wingbars as they take flight.




Look - and listen - for the acrobatic aerial displays of lapwings over the grassland in spring as they stake a claim to territories and try to attract a mate. These wonderful birds can be seen throughout the year.


Sedge warbler


Another warbler that returns from Africa in spring, the sedge warbler is easy to see because it 'pirouettes' up into the air from the tops of the bushes, singing its scratchy song as it goes.




Colourful shelducks are present in large numbers most of the year, with smaller numbers in summer. You can see them in flocks on the estuary and the lagoons.


Water rail


Water rails can be seen from the hides in winter. A bit of patience should reward you with a sighting of one of these skulking birds weaving in and out of the reeds.


Seasonal highlights


Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.




Lapwings perform their tumbling display flights. Grey herons build their nests. Birdsong increases from April as migrants arrive from Africa. Cowslips burst into flower around the coffee shop. Orange-tip and peacock butterflies take nectar from early flowers.




Warblers sing from the reedbeds and scrub. Common blue butterflies and six-spotted burnet moths feed on the bright yellow bird's foot trefoil. Young ducks and waders hatch. A profusion of wild flowers, including delicate bee orchids. Stoats hunt on the estuary track. Little egret numbers build up following the breeding season.




Waders pass through on migration. Ducks arrive for the winter. Grassland is rich in fungi. Dragonflies lay eggs on warm afternoons. Sea buckthorn and brambles are festooned with berries. Buzzards soar over the nearby woods.




Huge flocks of starlings settle down to roost at dusk. Water rails may be seen from the Coffee Shop. Close-up views of buntings and finches at the feeding station. Gorse bursts into flower from January. Look for tracks of birds and mammals in the snow.






•Visitor centre

•Car park : Ample parking with cycle racks.


•Disabled toilets

•Baby-changing facilities

•Picnic area

•Binocular hire

•Group bookings accepted

•Guided walks available

•Good for walking

•Pushchair friendly


Viewing points


Along the trails there are three hides and three viewing screens from which you get great views of wildlife and the scenery.


Nature trails


There are three nature trails that together create a circular loop of just under two miles. The Blue Tit and Redshank Trails are entirely accessible by wheelchairs and pushchairs; the Grey Heron trail is unpaved and can be bumpy.




Hot and cold drinks, lunches, cakes and snacks are available from the Waterside Coffee Shop, which stocks a range of Fairtrade and local produce.


Refreshments available


•Hot drinks

•Cold drinks







Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help with advice on everything from a new pair of binoculars, the right book to go birdwatching or bird food and feeders that will suit your garden.


The shop stocks:


•Binoculars and telescopes


•Bird food

•Bird feeders


•Outdoor clothing



Educational facilities


Our friendly field teachers run a variety of activities and educational programmes for children. These fun and inspirational sessions are available for schools, youth groups and clubs. For more information contact Charlie Stretton on 01492 584091 or email Educational facilities include an indoor activity room which is available for children's parties and community events. Please call for more information.


Group visits


We welcome group visits, but please book these with us in advance so that we can give you the best possible service. Entry rates are listed above, but we can also organise guided walks for a flat-fee of £30 for a group of up to 15 people, or £50 for a group of 15 to 30 people. Please ring the reserve at least six weeks before your proposed visit to arrange a group visit.


For more information


Contact us


Tel: 01492 584091



Enhancing RSPB Conwy nature reserve for people and nature


Over the next few months, RSPB Conwy will be transformed with a fresh look and exciting new facilities. We've been dreaming of this for years! Find out more about Conwy Connections and what you can look forward to.


What we've got planned


In autumn 2012 we started a programme of work that we're calling Conwy Connections.


The brownfield land that connects the visitor centre and coffee shop will be transformed into what we're calling 'Y Maes' - the 'village square' of the reserve. It'll be a place for families and friends to meet, relax and explore.


Hillocks and hummocks will provide elevated views of the reserve and the Conwy valley. It includes a play area, tunnel, picnic area, wildlife meadow, events area and much more.


Landforms and natural features will introduce more children to nature, stimulating learning through play and their own imaginations. It's going to be a wonderful place for everyone, throughout the year.


We're also constructing a new building which we're calling the 'observatory.' It will be a fantastic indoor space, built into the bank with the lagoon right in front of it. It's going to be a great place to watch wildlife, and we'll use it for events throughout the year.


It's by no means a run-of-the mill design. This very special, green construction will be built out of straw bales, rendered with clay on the inside and lime on the outside.


Other elements of the project that are yet to happen include new artwork for Talyfan Hide, a new viewpoint to be built on Y Ganol footpath and a big art installation. Watch this space!


It's all thanks to our supporters


The Communities and Nature project is supporting the Conwy Connections with £179,000. The Crown Estate pledged a generous £55,000 to build the new observatory. Tesco plc decided to donate the money it collected in its stores in Wales from the Welsh Government's 5p single-use bag levy to RSPB Cymru and a portion of this goes towards our project.


The fantastic volunteers of the RSPB Conwy Support Group also raised an impressive £30,000 towards the match-funding in less than two years. This shows huge support for what was proposed, for which we're very grateful.


We've also been able to install solar panels in the coffee shop and improve the car park, thanks to Conwy Connections.


Roll on August!


The Conwy Connections launch will take place on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August 2013. It'll be a fun-filled day for you and all the family to enjoy the new facilities first-hand.


Why not sign up to our mailing list to receive our regular bulletin? Email us, follow us on Twitter or read the latest news on our blog.


Conwy Connections is an initiative part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and is a component element of the Countryside Council for Wales' Communities and Nature strategic project.


RSPB Cymru would also like to thank those whose donations support RSPB Conwy nature reserve and visitor facilities, including The Crown Estate, Cemlyn Jones Trust, Environment Wales, Tesco Plc, Conwy Town Council and the RSPB Conwy Support Group.




9 July 2012


This is a Summary Access Statement. A full access statement is available to download from this page.


Before you visit


•Clear print site leaflet available from our reserve reception

•Free entry to members, Entrance fee for non members. Carer or essential companion admitted free with disabled visitor

•No dogs, except Registered Assistance Dogs. A water bowl is at the visitor centre

•Pushed wheelchairs for hire, free of charge, bookable in advance

•Visitor Centre open 9.30 am to 5 pm. Cafe open 10 am to 4 pm (4.30 pm in summer). Closed Christmas Day. Trails open outside visitor centre opening hours

•Check accessibility for events and activities

•RSPB Conwy is featured in A Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.


How to get here


•Llandudno Junction Railway Station less than a mile away

•Bus stop at Tesco or Llandudno Junction.


Car parking


•Eight Blue Badge spaces at visitor centre

•Large car park

•Gates locked at 5 pm

•Drop off outside the visitor centre

•Rolled stone surface

•No lighting

•No height restrictions

•Estuary viewed from parking outside entry gate.


Visitor centre and shop


Entry by three steps or a ramp with handrails on both sides. Heavy manual doors open outward. All one level with step-free entry and non-slip vinyl surface. Lowered counter. Two seats in reception. Good lighting. Clear print materials. Most text in English and Welsh. Binoculars hire. Some goods may be difficult to reach. Staff available to assist.


Nature trails


Three signposted trails, mainly flat; a mixture of surfaces including rolled slate and boardwalk. Benches provided. Information boards in large print.


Viewing facilities


Three viewing hides with adjacent viewing screens. Three stand-alone viewing screens with variable height viewing slots. Occasional weekend staffing at hides.


Toilets and baby changing facilities


A unisex accessible toilet with baby changing facility is in the coffee shop. Visitor toilets are behind the coffee shop.




Coffee shop 30 m past the visitor centre along a tarmac path. Panoramic windows on a single level with vinyl flooring. Self-service with staff available. Colour-contrasted crockery. Large-handled cutlery.


Picnic area


10 tables with wheelchair spaces between the visitor centre and the coffee shop. Visitors are welcome to consume their own food and drink here.


Education facilities


Step-free, level access throughout. Flexible layout. Non-slip vinyl flooring. Good lighting.


Help us improve accessibility by sending feedback to the Site Manager.


Thinking of buying binoculars or a telescope? Interested in using a digital camera with a telescope, but don't know where to start?


Book an appointment with an expert. Our one-hour field demonstrations will help you choose the best equipment for you – in the sort of conditions that you'll be using them, not just looking down the high street.


Telephone us on 01492 584091 to arrange your time with our advisers.


We also hold monthly demonstration weekends – check out our events page for details.


Chris Lusted, one of our optics team, says: 'Whether it's your first pair of binoculars, or you're thinking of upgrading your telescope, I love helping people to discover the world outside the window. I spend my spare time testing out new gear so that I can give customers the best advice.


'Everyone's different – your eyes, your hands, the places you go – so what's right for one person will be different from the next. I want people to appreciate birds well, so we can secure their future.'


How to get here


By train


The nearest train station is Llandudno Junction, less than a mile from the reserve. The quickest route is to turn left out of the station and take the first left down Ferndale Road. Follow the footpath to the right and turn left over the road bridge (Ffordd 6G). The road goes past Tesco and a cinema complex to the large A55 roundabout. The reserve is on the south side of the roundabout and is signposted.


A more enjoyable, but slightly longer walk, is just over a mile. Turn left out of the station and take the first left down Ferndale Road. Go under the bridge and after 200 m, go under another bridge and immediately up steps to join Conwy Road. Walk towards Conwy and at the start of the gardens, drop to your right and loop beneath Conwy Road through an underpass. Then it’s over the footbridge and follow the estuary track for half a mile until you get to the reserve car park.


A map to the reserve is on posters at Llandudno Junction railway station. If you’re travelling here by train, take advantage of our offer of a free drink. Present a valid rail ticket for arrival at Llandudno Junction in the Waterside Coffee Shop on the day of travel, and we’ll give you a free cup of tea or filter coffee.


By bus


The nearest bus stop is the number 27 at Tesco, follow directions as above. Many other buses stop nearby in Llandudno Junction (number 5, 9, 14, 15, 19 and 84), directions are as from the train station.


By road


From the A55, take junction 18 (signposted Conwy and Deganwy) and follow the brown RSPB signs. The reserve is on the south side of the roundabout. From Conwy, Deganwy and Llandudno, take the A546/A547 to the Weekly News roundabout, drive south past Tesco and the Cinema complex (Ffordd 6G) and cross the roundabout over the A55. The entrance to the reserve is on the south side.


Conwy is an upside-down nature reserve. Until the late 1980s, it was a river. Twice a day the tide went out and revealed huge mudbanks. Waders fed on the mud, and at high tide roosted along the railway embankment.


And then their world changed. What happened could have been disastrous for wildlife, but thanks to some inspired thinking and hard work, new habitats and a popular reserve were created. We also highlight some of the historic features to look out for when you visit.


This is where we came from


We're an upside-down nature reserve because the earth you walk over sat at the bottom of the Conwy estuary for thousands of years. In the 1980s, the government decided to build a road tunnel through the estuary to relieve traffic congestion in the old walled town of Conwy.


The design was revolutionary - it was the first immersed tube tunnel in the world. But it came at a price: the final outside bend of the river would be 'reclaimed' and covered with the silt from the riverbed. After the tunnel was built, this land might have been grassed over and grazed, but for a moment of wisdom from a town planner from Aberconwy Borough Council, Dave Phillips.


Over a pint with countryside ranger John Davies, they wondered whether the lagoons could become the centre of a new wetland. A phone call to the RSPB, and several years of meetings and negotiations later, after the tunnel was opened by HM The Queen in October 1991, work began to create the neighbouring reserve.


Stand on the reserve and you can see 4,000 years of human history that stems from the Conwy valley's importance as a 'highway', first by boat, later by train and more recently by road.


Most of the west bank of the Conwy is in the Snowdonia National Park. The land here has been worked for more than 4,000 years: Stone Age quarries produced axes for export, early Celts lived in roundhouses and grew crops and livestock in field systems with terraced cultivation, burying their dead in cromlech chambers that remain in today's landscape.


After the Roman invasion of modern-day England, the Celtic tribes kept the Romans at bay for several years, using their knowledge of the hills to sabotage the Roman forces and undertake guerrilla warfare. The Romans' superior technology and organisation eventually won through and they took over the Celtic forts, such as Pen-y-gaer, which guard the Roman road through the hills to Anglesey.


After the Romans left, the land returned to the local tribes until after the Normans conquered England. Then this area became the Checkpoint Charlie of Wales – Celtic Wales on the west bank and lands ruled by English lords on the east. There were plenty of skirmishes, with castles built, occupied and knocked down, and battles fought on the shoreline that reputedly made the River Conwy run red with blood.


A tale of two castles


From the reserve, you can look north to two castles: on the east bank is the Vardre, fortified from Roman times until its abandonment and destruction by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales, in 1263. On the west bank is the impressive Conwy Castle, one of eight huge fortresses built by English king, Edward I when he conquered Wales. Built between 1283 and 1289, the castle and the town were built with 6-foot thick town walls to keep the Welsh out. At £15,000 (about £9 million today), it was the most expensive of the 'iron ring' of castles built by Edward.


The village to the south, Glan Conwy, has been a settlement for at least 1500 years. Llansanffraid Glan Conwy means 'Church of St Ffraid on the bank of the River Conwy'. The parish was founded, according to legend, when St. Bridget (Ffraid in Welsh) sailed from Ireland on a green turf and landed here - a tale which probably stems from the arrival of Irish Christians in the 5th century.


Glan Conwy was a busy port in the Georgian era with ships commuting to Chester and Bristol, carrying flour from the mill, fruit from the farms, timber and slates from the upper Valley and iron from the furnace at Bodnant. Until the railway line was built, Glan Conwy was a shipbuilding village, with ships that went as far as Australia, and a row of warehouses along the wharf where the A470 now lies.


This part of the estuary was notoriously hazardous for ships, with fast tidal races and frequent winter storms. Several boats sank here, the remains of one being obvious in the muddy saltmarsh just off the reserve.


The fast-flowing tidal river below the castle kept out invaders and was dangerous for early ferries. Many people drowned trying to cross it, including passengers aboard the Irish mailcoach. Engineer Thomas Telford designed the causeway (known as The Cob) and suspension bridge as part of the first North Wales coast road, which with the Castle and estuary provides a scenic backdrop to the reserve.


The railway from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway, that runs alongside the reserve, was opened in 1863 to carry slate to a purpose built dock at Deganwy. Building the Cob altered the flow of the main channel in the estuary, reducing Glan Conwy's role as a port and the railway finished the boat traffic almost overnight, and with it a way of life, with its own language, was gone.


Lone trees clinging to impossible rocky crags are a bit of a Yorkshire Dales cliché, but hey, they still make great subjects! We're staying close enough to this locality to visit it under different lighting conditions, this was in early evening direct sunlight so there were lots of shadows. Want to revisit in a softer but not too flat light.


Explore #227 August 7, 2009


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Silver Efex Pro: orange filter, coffee toning

I quote myself from earlier this morning: "It was cold this morning on the beach. The wind was howling southwesterly in my face. My tripod had to be secured to the pier railing. There was no decent sunrise. All of that was perfect actually. What killed me was the southwesterly wind blowing the smell of hot breakfast and filter coffee from the Beverly Hills Hotel right up my darn nose! Sitting now feel a lot better in the hotel lounge sipping on a plunger filter coffee smile emoticon. The photo below (not this one) looks like a good one to edit and polish when we get home."


I chose a similar one from the same set (shown below). On some images I ended up with black streaks and on this one specks of some sort. Maybe the weather ghost were out wink emoticon.


PS - the newly painted The Beverly Hills stands out nicely like emoticon.


F10, 1.6 sec, ISO 50, Canon South Africa 6D from Orms with 17-40mm L - VND might have been on.


‪#‎beverlyhillshotel‬ ‪#‎umhlanga‬ ‪#‎durban‬ ‪#‎ilovedurban‬ ‪#‎landscape‬ ‪#‎sunrise‬ Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks I Love Durban, South Africa

Taken from a boat on the River Thames as it went upriver to Hampton Court Palace so shutter speed is 1/2000 sec to try and keep the image sharp. Done a bit of post-processing to increase contrast and accentuate the silhouette. The building is the Battersea power station, the largest brick building in Europe. If you're of a certain generation it's probably more familiar from the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, hence the title.


Post Processing

Aperture 2.1: crop

PTlens: perspective correction

Silver Efex Pro: vignette, red filter, coffee toning

Silver Efex Delta 100, red filter, Coffee 14 simulation.

I was lucky enough to have some time after work late afternoon on Mon the 22nd of September to have a grand filter coffee at Amapondo Backpackers and then head onto 2nd Beach at Port St Johns (Transkei - South Africa) with my camera. I was not that lucky as the wind was howling, gusting 30 km/h perhaps, and blowing onto the lens. So it was hold onto your tripod and wipe your filter all the time stuff. At least I managed to get a photo of Second Beach looking south & The Gap. This photo turned out fairly sharp with minimal spots to spot heal. I promised the barman some photos; a few more will follow. BTW: it was not as bright and colourful that afternoon as the photo shows. This is the second photo.

Edited with VSCO kp1 filter

...sometimes a vacation is being at home with family, with freshly-brewed filter 'kapi' on an old swing & while solving 'The Hindu' newspaper crossword;-))


( Yes, I am still a chai addict:-) but love an occasional filter coffee)

After a long cold exploration around Stourheads pathways and scrambling about in the dank grotto seen in previous shot I saw this charming cottage-style folly with smoke curling from the chimney-imagine my happiness when inside I found a lady serving filter coffee surrounded by all these cute paper tags on which people had written messages about their visit.

In a recent issue of the magazine Black and White Photography the nature photographer Niall Benvie wrote that "black & white photographers have cut a lot more expressive slack than colour workers...there seems to be an expectation that workers in black & white will be more than mere recorders, that they will put their personal stamp on a scene". Well, here's my stamp on a classic tourist view of the Ribblehead viaduct! The colour image is "pretty" in the chocolate box style but lacks any sense of the remoteness of the viaduct and the engineering required to put it there nor the deaths due to smallpox amongst the 2000 navies recorded in the local cemetery at Chapel-le-Dale. However, the viaduct was bathed in warm light against the blue of the clouds so the application of an orange filter created a much more dramatic landscape. This is also the "light" that made us late getting to the site of my previous post at Souther Scales Scar!



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Viveza: selective colour saturation

Silver Efex Pro: orange filter, coffee toning

this transfer was lifted from an old glass slide I recently came across. It was taken in 1917 and is titled "Lovers". The sepia effect is not photo shopped, I soaked it in some filtered coffee. As I watched the coffee swirl around the faces I couldn't help wonder what sort of lifes these two children had and how long they lived

Second image from the Natural History Museum in London. The architectural detail is distinctive, to say the least so I couldn't let that pass me by. Still trying to capture the M.C. Escher like appearance as well. Had to use some perspective correction to have the monkeys climbing vertical - this would be a fun place to play with a tilt-shift. The title comes from Escher's 1941 paper called "Regular Division of the Plane with Asymmetric Congruent Polygons", which detailed his mathematical approach to artwork creation.


Post Processing

Aperture 2.1

PTLens: perspective correction

Silver Efex Pro: orange filter, coffee toning

I was lucky enough to have some time after work late afternoon on Mon the 22nd of September to have a grand filter coffee at Amapondo Backpackers and then head onto 2nd Beach at Port St Johns (Transkei - South Africa) with my camera. I was not that lucky as the wind was howling, gusting 30 km/h perhaps, and blowing onto the lens. So it was hold onto your tripod and wipe your filter all the time stuff. At least I managed to get a photo of The Gap. The photo turned out fairly sharp with minimal spots to spot heal. I promised the barman some photos; a few more will follow. BTW: it was not as bright and colourful that afternoon as the photo shows :)

Hot Filter 'Kaapi' ( coffee) at Sri Krishna Udupi Bhavan, Balepet, Bangalore

Even though i would prefer Filter coffee more than cappuccino, but given the fact that i am genetically incapable of preparing a good coffee it's better to go for whatever the option i have :)


View On Black

We were waiting for two hours for the sun to appear on this easter Monday morning at around 2°C. And all we got was one second. But that one second of sun was so delightful! I feard that getting up at 04:00 and hiking for one hour in the dark would not pay off but eventially it did.


However on this spot I was limited to that one (prime) lens as I could only take the tripod and camera (not my backpack) with me while jumping over this big gap between the mountains. It turned out that I took the right lens with me.


Hapy Easter 2018, he is risen!


Nikon D800, AF-S 20/1.8 G ED, tripod, Formatt HiTech reverse GND filter, Coffee.

from oranges & silver oaks to coconuts and paddy.. It is a forest right across.

View of the Budapest Chain Bridge before sunset.


The Shot:

- ISO 100, 20mm, f20, 4 secs, Tripod.



- Imagenomics noise reduction.

- Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast.

- Nik Color Efex Contrast Color.

- Nik Color Efex Tonal Contrast.

- Nik Color Efex Graduated Filter coffee.

- Nik Color Efex Graduated Neutral Density.

- Surface blur on sky and water.

- Curves.

- Smart sharpen.

Rituals have a way of grounding me. I start the day with a big glass of water and a squeeze of lemon. Cool in the hot months and warm in the winter. Breakfast comes later as I'm a very early riser. I like the sound of the filter coffee machine as it prepares my morning breakfast drink, served in my favourite mug!


After breakfast, I love the ritual of making my bed and marvel at the play of light and shadows shining through the slits in the blinds. I love to smooth the sheets and cotton blanket and see the dappled sunlight illuminate my polka-dot cover.


Making homemade bread used to be a twice weekly ritual, it helped me through difficult times as it brought a sense of normality and reassuring repetition to my life. These days, I bake bread when I'm in the mood!

Still 'ere, just not frequent upload. Hope you like it. #filters

roof of Leadenhall Market in the City of London. Leadenhall is only a few yards away from some of London's most contemporary architecture. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. I almost walked passed this when we first visited, but the roof detail is exquisite. Apparently it has been used as the area near the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter movies. Can see why.


Post Processing

Aperture 2.1

Silver Efex Pro: red filter, coffee toning

Taken for group 'Macro Monday' 4th February 2019, theme 'Brew'.


This is the bubbles on top of filtered coffee while it's still in the glass jug on the hot plate.

On a beautiful rainy morning, with my beautiful, gentle warrior.

...or Filter Coffee as we know it is the most popular beverage in the Southern States of India. Its still served in traditional steel utensils only - the steel glass "tumbler" holds the coffee and the steel bowl is used to cool the coffee down in case you are in a hurry! The expanded space causes evaporation and hence faster cooling. We drank some of the best filter coffee in Madras (now Chennai) and Tirupathi in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Filter Coffee is a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans (70%–80%) and chicory (20%–30%), especially popular in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The most commonly used coffee beans are Peaberry (preferred), Arabica, Malabar and Robusta grown in the hills of Kerala (Malabar region), Karnataka (Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru) and Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris District,Yercaud and Kodaikanal). The signature froth is created by pouring the coffee to and from the glass to the bowl in a vigorous motion.

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