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There’s the recommended way, also known as the expensive way, using a chemical gel or liquid cleaning agent sold specifically for the purpose.

Then there’s the easy, free, ecological way of doing it. It’s simple and it’s free, just take a damp cloth dip it in the ash from the fire and rub it on the glass. When the cloth gets too dirty simply go and rinse it and continue as before. This method takes about 5 minutes and really works well even if you haven’t cleaned your glass in ages.

I wish that I could take full credit for this wonderful tip, unfortunately I can’t as it was actually my chimney sweep who told me about it, and even he can’t take the credit as it was one of his customers who told him!

Go on, give it a try, you know you want to.

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Today I gave the sourdough a rest.

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As promised in my previous post here is the start of what I hope will be a daily record of the sourdough ‘Starter’.

So first things first, the ingredients:

50gr Rye Flour
50gr Water

Note that I am using grams for the liquid and not millilitres, this apparently makes things that bit more accurate, you could equally use the American equivalent in cups, 1/2 cup of flour to a 1/4 cup of water.

Basic ingredients: Flour, a jar to mix and store the starter

Put 50gr of flour in the jar

Add 50gr of tepid (warm) water and mix well – this is what you end up with

As I’m using a lidded preserve jar I just close the lid, I don’t lock it in place I just loosely cover the top of the jar as some people say it could explode if it were airtight, if you don’t have a preserve jar then any reasonable size container that you can cover will do. Do bear in mind that this will grow considerably over time so ensure that whatever container you use is going to be big enough!

Put the jar in a nice warmish place, I use the airing cupboard.

Here endeth Day 1

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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Thought that I would reblog this one from my other blog as it may be of interest to those who follow me here.

PhotoLouis's Blog

Today I thought that I would share the phases of a photograph of the moon. The following three images are actually all the same image and show just what can be achieved with Adobe Lightroom after a photo is, shall we say, slightly overexposed – alright a lot over exposed actually.

The first image is the original out of the camera RAW file with no processing applied and when I first saw it I thought that there was going to be no saving it at all. The image was taken around 10pm one March night in 2011.

Canon 5d MkII, EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM, 1/2000 @ f5.6, ISO 6400 at 260mm

The following Lightroom processing was then applied to the image and it was then turned into black and white:

White Balance: Daylight

Temp 3250
Tint +0

Tone:

Exposure +0.35
Contrast +45
Highlights -79
Shadows +65
Whites +29
Blacks -40

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So after the sad goodbye came the happy hello, go and have a look at what made me happy.

PhotoLouis's Blog

After the Sad Goodbye came the Happy Hello as I gently removed the Canon 5D MkIII from its box. The big question was ‘will it live up to the expectation’?

First things first, get a cup of coffee, put the new battery on charge, insert one of my old batteries into the new MkIII, insert an SD card and take a photo!

ISO 6400, 5D MKIII EF 24-105 L @ 105 mm, f14 @ 1/160

ISO 6400, 5D MKII EF 24-105 L @ 105 mm, f4 @ 1/160

I’ll warn you now, the photos may not be the most exciting in the world I just wanted to get on and take some shots (especially at the higher ISO settings) to see what the camera was capable of. Over the past few weeks while waiting for it to arrive I had been reading all the reviews in anticipation and obviously I…

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Read why I just had to say goodbye to my Leica

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For a while now I have been thinking about selling my Leica and some lenses and on Tuesday I finally did it, or at least I part exchanged it for a new 5D MkIII and some cash. Obviously I would have got more if I had sold it privately but it’s always difficult to sell these things privately, so for me the part exchange was a reasonable way to go.

I’d had the M8 since 2007 and hadn’t used it since 2008, in fact I only ever took about 1300 shots with it in total and it’s not that it wasn’t a good camera because it was, and the quality of the lenses was second to none. Before I bought the M8 I had spent ages hankering after a real digital rangefinder camera and, like many, a Leica was something I had always aspired to, ever since I was allowed…

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