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March Photo Comp. Theme is "The Great Outdoors"

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gazza77 has chosen the March them and it is "The Great Outdoors", a good spring topic (if we get decent weather that is)

Sorry for the delay in opening the topic but I have been enjoying the great outdoors in Dorset.

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A lonely stone

Afloat in the stone heavings of emptiness

Keeps telling her tale. Foxes killed her.

You take the coins out of the hollow in the top of it.

Put your own in. Foxes killed her here.

Why just here? Why not five yards that way?

A squared column, planted by careful labour.

Sun cannot ease it, though the moors grow warm.

Foxes killed her, and her milk spilled.

Or they did not. And it did not. Maybe

Farmers brought their milk this far, and cottegers

From the top of Luddenden valley left cash

In the stones crown, probably in vinegar,

And the farmers left their change. Relic of The Plague.

Churn-milk jamb. And Joan did not come trudging

Through the long swoon of moorland

With her sodden feet, nipped face.

Neither snow nor foxes made her lie down

While they did whatever they wanted.

The negative of the skylines is blank.

Only a word wrenched. Then the pain came,

And her mouth opened.

And now all of us,

Even this stone, have to be memorials

Of her futile stumblings and screams

And awful death.

Churn-Milk Joan

By Ted Hughes

For the uninitiated, Churn Milk Joan is a boundary stone above Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, close to Crow Hill.

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Churn Milk Joan by 77gazza, on Flickr

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Middle Beach, Lulworth, Dorset8545246911_9833c0dca9_b.jpg

IMG_6716 by Dave Pagett, on Flickr

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A lonely stone

Afloat in the stone heavings of emptiness

Keeps telling her tale. Foxes killed her.

You take the coins out of the hollow in the top of it.

Put your own in. Foxes killed her here.

Why just here? Why not five yards that way?

A squared column, planted by careful labour.

Sun cannot ease it, though the moors grow warm.

Foxes killed her, and her milk spilled.

Or they did not. And it did not. Maybe

Farmers brought their milk this far, and cottegers

From the top of Luddenden valley left cash

In the stones crown, probably in vinegar,

And the farmers left their change. Relic of The Plague.

Churn-milk jamb. And Joan did not come trudging

Through the long swoon of moorland

With her sodden feet, nipped face.

Neither snow nor foxes made her lie down

While they did whatever they wanted.

The negative of the skylines is blank.

Only a word wrenched. Then the pain came,

And her mouth opened.

And now all of us,

Even this stone, have to be memorials

Of her futile stumblings and screams

And awful death.

Churn-Milk Joan

By Ted Hughes

For the uninitiated, Churn Milk Joan is a boundary stone above Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, close to Crow Hill.

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Churn Milk Joan by 77gazza, on Flickr

Good stuff.

It was cold up there last weekend...............

Other stones, poems, walks and photo opportunities are available in the Calder Valley.

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Good stuff.

It was cold up there last weekend...............

Other stones, poems, walks and photo opportunities are available in the Calder Valley.

I know it was cold, I was out in it take the photo. :D

No poem, but another walk (or near run!) to get up for another slightly larger stone in the Calder Valley this evening. Didn't get up there in time to catch the light as I'd wanted, but took a few shots anyway as I needed to catch my breath before walking back down.

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Stoodley Pike by 77gazza, on Flickr

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I know it was cold, I was out in it take the photo. :D

No poem, but another walk (or near run!) to get up for another slightly larger stone in the Calder Valley this evening. Didn't get up there in time to catch the light as I'd wanted, but took a few shots anyway as I needed to catch my breath before walking back down.

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Stoodley Pike by 77gazza, on Flickr

Your processing has left a halo around the tower, usually an indication that you have used simple selection with feather and then overcooked the adjustments.

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Your processing has left a halo around the tower, usually an indication that you have used simple selection with feather and then overcooked the adjustments.

Thanks for the comment. It's trial and error work at the moment using pretty basic software but hopefully that will shortly change. :)

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driving over t'top from Stockport to Normanton tomorrow so hope to get an entry into this competition from that!

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driving over t'top from Stockport to Normanton tomorrow so hope to get an entry into this competition from that!

Ah, past my current location to my previous one. I'm sure you'll spot something on the way over, but I wouldn't wait until you get to Normy. :lol:

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Ah, past my current location to my previous one. I'm sure you'll spot something on the way over, but I wouldn't wait until you get to Normy. :lol:

I was hoping for wildlife though!!! ;)

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I know it was cold, I was out in it take the photo. :D

No poem, but another walk (or near run!) to get up for another slightly larger stone in the Calder Valley this evening. Didn't get up there in time to catch the light as I'd wanted, but took a few shots anyway as I needed to catch my breath before walking back down.

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Stoodley Pike by 77gazza, on Flickr

Is Stoodley Pike part of the Pennine Way?

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Thanks for the comment. It's trial and error work at the moment using pretty basic software but hopefully that will shortly change. :)

Depending on the halo being light or shadow you can use dodge or burn to help balance it, though that would be out of bounds for our comp (I think).

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Depending on the halo being light or shadow you can use dodge or burn to help balance it, though that would be out of bounds for our comp (I think).

One to play around with when I get a bit of knowledge. I've acquired a copy of Photoshop CS2 as Adobe now seem to allow you to download it FOC as it's pretty out of date. I've also (subject to it getting here) bought a 2nd hand book about CS2 on the advice of someone at our local phoo group, which has cost me a whole £2.81 including p&p. Once it arrives, I can start teaching myself....

As for the editing, I wasn't going to enter it anyway, as I don't think it's as good as the one of Churn Milk Joan! I posted it on here with reference to the other Calderdale landmarks, etc comment from longboard. ;)

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One to play around with when I get a bit of knowledge. I've acquired a copy of Photoshop CS2 as Adobe now seem to allow you to download it FOC as it's pretty out of date. I've also (subject to it getting here) bought a 2nd hand book about CS2 on the advice of someone at our local phoo group, which has cost me a whole £2.81 including p&p. Once it arrives, I can start teaching myself....

As for the editing, I wasn't going to enter it anyway, as I don't think it's as good as the one of Churn Milk Joan! I posted it on here with reference to the other Calderdale landmarks, etc comment from longboard. ;)

I started with CS2 as my first serious piece of editing software, it is more than powerful enough for an amateur starting out, get your head around the tools available and its up to you where you go next.

The important thing is to always remember its far better to get it as close as possible to being correct in camera than having to tweak laziness in developing later.

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I started with CS2 as my first serious piece of editing software, it is more than powerful enough for an amateur starting out, get your head around the tools available and its up to you where you go next.

The important thing is to always remember its far better to get it as close as possible to being correct in camera than having to tweak laziness in developing later.

Exactly. The downside with CS2 is that it won't process raw files my camera, but I can still shoot raw, tweak them in the Nikon software then convert to jpeg to work on in CS2. Plus as you say, the more I work on my photography technique, the less I should need to tweak. Hence I'm planning on dragging myself of bed even earlier than tomorrow to walk back up to Stoodley Pike to get some photos in better light, hopefully!

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Almost like he had inside knowledge :angry:

I couldn't believe my luck with the choice of topic when I realised it coincided with my annual jaunt down south for a winter break.

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Exactly. The downside with CS2 is that it won't process raw files my camera, but I can still shoot raw, tweak them in the Nikon software then convert to jpeg to work on in CS2. Plus as you say, the more I work on my photography technique, the less I should need to tweak. Hence I'm planning on dragging myself of bed even earlier than tomorrow to walk back up to Stoodley Pike to get some photos in better light, hopefully!

When I had CS2 it wasn't compatible with my Canon Raw files and I did exactly the same, edit the raw using the canon software supplied, export the image as a Tiff and then editing that in CS2. A bit of a faff but needs must.

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eh? what are you saying?

Think he's avin' a larf mate.

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