Sunday, August 17, 2014

Five in one photographic reflector

I treated myself to a birthday present by buying one of these 5 in 1 photographic reflectors.  Now I've had a plain white one for years, a proper Lastolite one.  But I used a gold reflector the other week and really liked the effect, so I treated myself.
The reflector is about 3 x 4 feet so a decent size, the way it works is the inside springy bit is translucent, so it softens the light (or you can shoot a flash through it)  then the zip on cover has white, silver, gold, and black (to kill reflected light)  Ok the quality is cheap but it works fine, and I don't use a reflector all that often anyway, and it's easy to lose these things, I've seen them blow away in the past, and at under a tenner I won't loose too mcu sleep if I loose or break it.

The courious case of the early fireworks.......

Yesterday (my birthday) was also a walk for the Macmillan nurses charity, we'd originally planned to do the walk and have a picnic after and watch the fireworks display at the end, sadly my back was just too bad, and Shirleys foot was also too bad for the 10k walk, although the boys were fine with it.
So we switched to plan B, always best to have a plan B, and CDEF and G for that matter.

Anyway plan B was to walk the few hundred yards from a parking spot to the old Margam abbey which overlooks Margam castle and the fireworks display. Which is what we did, we took our picnic, some flasks of tea and a bunch of torches, and went and chilled out.

Now I haven't been out in the countryside in the pitch dark for a while, but it's still magic to see the bats ect.   Back to the fireworks,  the display was supposed to start at 10.oclock  sharp, the time the nurses come on duty or so the website said.... in fact it started at 18 minutes to 10 sharp, why the odd time I don't know, but luckly I'd set up ready.

Heres some pics of the firewoks and one I've called Dante's inferno (the steelworks) plus a slightly spooky pic of the castle itself at night..

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Todays is my birthday

As well as being an old git, I came across some facts that I found ... well sort of interesting.
  • I was born on a Sunday.
  • My star sign is Leo.
  • My birthstone is Peridot.
  • My birth flower is Poppy.
  • The season was Summer.
  • I was born in the Chinese year of the Snake.
  • The US President was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican).
  • The UK Prime Minister was Winston Churchill (Conservative).
  • I am 61 years 0 months 0 days old.
  • It is 364 days until my next birthday.
  • In dog years I am 427 years old.
  • I am 22,280 days old.
  • I am approximately 534,732 hours old.
  • I am approximately 1,925,033,521 seconds old.

Couriously The poppy is my favorite flower, and I like snakes, so maybe all this rubbish actually means something...   The jury is still out on that one.

Lowepro flipside AW400 update

After bit of fiddling with the layout in the bag I've now got two gripped bodies,  six lenses, my flash and a light meter, that lot added to the spare batteries and filters is fine.... well only one slight problem, the bag is now so heavy it's started to develop (pun intended) it's own gravitational field..... Bugger, now all I need is an assistant... or three.

US develop money sniffer to stop smuggling

The US have such a problem with currency smuggling from the US to Mexico that they have developed a machine that can "smell" money, the idea is border guards will use the machine to detect people leaving the US with currency on them.......  So that will be pretty much everybody then!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jarhead 2 field of fire (review)

IMDb "Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merrimette is put in charge of a unit whose next mission is to resupply a remote outpost on the edge of Taliban-controlled territory. While driving through the hostile Helmand province, a Navy SEAL flags down their convoy and enlists the unit on an operation of international importance: they must help an Afghan woman famous for her defiance of the Taliban escape the country. Without tanks or air support, Merrimette and his team will need all the courage and firepower they can muster to fight their way across the war-torn country and shepherd the woman to safety."

The film has little in common with the original jarhead other than the title (jarhead = US marine) And is filmed in Bulgaria, although the locations look pretty good.

Sadly for me the film didn't work, after the original Jarhead this was a poor follow up.  I never really engaged with any of the characters, and frankly there were too many mistakes. The small squad keep saying how low on ammunition they are, but still keep blazing away on full auto, the truth is they'd have been out of ammo in about 3 or 4 minutes right at the start of the shooting.  Even when they kill enemy soldiers (some with vehicles) theres no attempt to take the enemys weapons or ammo (or the vehicles for that matter) they just keep on with what they have and never run out of amunition.

Waynes rating   3/10   (don't watch if you enjoyed the original movie)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams died today

The actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today.
Williams started his tv career as the alien Mork in an episode of Happy Days, he was so popular a spin off series Mork and Mindy was made.
Williams was also famous for his stand up work as well as the many films he stared in. With Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Popeye, Dead Poets Society. The Fisher King, Peter Pan (in the movie Hook)  Toys, Mrs Doubtfire,and many other movies, including my favorite One Hour Photo.
Sadly like so many comedians and funny men he suffered from depression, his death is suspected to be suicide but may have been accidental.
Thanks for all the laughs Robin.