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Photography has many uses. #photography

Photography has many uses. It’s used extensively in marketing to sell products. A photograph, like music, can be used to set the mood. The mood can be sombre or it can be light-hearted. Photographs can be representative. A photograph can represent a person or a place, for example. Photographs have many uses. Commercial photographs, taken by professional photographers,  should be of high quality.

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Artist, writer, photographer? #ramble

Regular readers will know that I just ramble and share my thoughts on a Sunday morning. It is Sunday and the sun is shining in the Black Country! After 2 weeks of staying in I feel the call of the wilds! I think I’ll go for a walk this afternoon and take some photos. I am undecided about where to go. I can understand people who want to go outside their immediate area but we should stay local So Wednesbury or Darlaston? I  live between the two!

artist

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Pent up demand #FinanceFriday

Most economists agree there is a lot of pent-up demand in the economy now. People are spending less but many people still have their usual income so bank balances are growing. Many are asking what they will spend that surplus cash on when things return to normal. When the lockdown ends, many will rush out for a haircut and the ladies will be looking to improve their appearance in all sorts of ways. Can barbers and hairstylists offer a little more and take extra into their tills when the lockdown ends? Many other businesses might have an opportunity to increase sales too.

pent up demand

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Live streaming with a DSLR. #photography

I have set my camera up for video capture this week and specifically to live stream the video for Zoom meetings. I have two DSLR cameras and both have a HDMI socket so I connected that to a video capture card plugged into the USB on my laptop and once set up it worked great.

Zoom

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Covidiot morons #ramble

As always on Sunday morning, I’ll share my thoughts with you. I saw a news flash on my phone as I got dressed this morning. The death toll from Covid has now passed 80,000. I’m sure it will pass 100,000 before it is through. Looking out of the window, I see fewer visitors going to my neighbours houses. It is too little, too late, the virus is now out of control. The covidiot morons have done too much damage.

Wednesbury town

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A slow recovery? #financefriday

I didn’t do a finance post last week because the stock market was closed and there wasn’t much to say. There now seems signs of recovery despite the rise in covid cases. It is going to be a slow recovery, however.

slow recovery
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Keep an eye on your exposure #photography

Now winter is here we often have dark skies and the poor light makes taking a photo more difficult. If you just point and shoot with your camera on auto then you’re likely to get blurred photos. A DSLR gives you more control over the camera and you can make the camera’s sensor more sensitive to light when the sky is cloudy.

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Morons and fireworks #ramble

It is Sunday morning and as always I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Too much! I’m tired and so not thinking as clearly as I would normally. Why am I tired? Because the morons kept me awake the other night with their fireworks. The morons are still spreading their stupid ideas about covid on social media too. They seem to think that making the elderly and vulnerable expendable is an option. Don’t they realise that they too will be elderly and vulnerable one day?

Snow at night

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Pictures of the snow #photography

I woke up yesterday to see everything covered in snow so I had new photography opportunities. I decided not to clear it from my car and took some shots out of the window! The sky was quite dark so I had to raise the ISO but often when we have snow there is plenty of light if the sun comes out. Snow does reflect the light quite well.

Snow in gardens

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2020 the year of entitlement #ramble

It’s Sunday and as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. Yes, 2020 has been the year of entitlement when people claim they are entitled to go to the pub, entitled to ignore restrictions and entitled to have a normal Christmas. In Los Angeles, where they are entitled to everything from a high standard of living to glorious sunshine and a Baywatch lifestyle their attitude of entitlement has sent transmission of the covid virus out of control and their healthcare system into crisis.

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Looking to the future #financefriday

The news this week is that Cryptocurency firm Ripple have been charged with conducting investments without proper licences by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The case probably won’t affect Bitcoin and other cryptos but could lead to more regulation. Trading in cryptos continued over the Christmas with XRP (Ripple) being particularly volatile. I’m looking to the future and I won’t be investing in cryptos.

looking to the future

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The dark skies of winter #photography

Despite the dark skies, I went out and took a few photos on Sunday afternoon. The sensor on my camera can be adjusted and made more sensitive to light simply by adjusting the ISO. This is similar to changing the film on the old SLRs to a 400 ISO film, except on a digital camera the ISO can go up much higher than that. There is a problem with very high ISO settings however and that can be noise. The sensor will pick up stray light that shows up as tiny spots on the photograph. I shot the following picture on manual and the camera’s exposure meter showed it would be underexposed at ISO 100.

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