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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 13 August 2012

TWO BUILDINGS. (13/08/12)

I dropped into town today....I went to the bank to pay some cheques in. It's been a week since I've been in a bank.....longer since I paid in a cheque.
What entertainment!...They have a wee machine, they popped it in a corner. It should have had pride of place...I poke my debit card in...tap in my pin and go through the rigmarole of multiple choices. Money out, money in, cash, notes, coins. Pay a bill, get a statement, pay a cheque in. Brilliant! It's much better than using the self check out at Tesco. So many more opportunities for a foul up. It even gave me a little receipt with a picture of the cheque. Was I 'made up'?....I was gob smacked!...I had two goes as I popped the cheque in upside down....doubled the fun...It wasn't done was this little wonder...I got a bank statement...not good news. I also, on the strength of the statement, withdrew fifty pounds.
Go and find one...better than watching television.

I left the bank full of the wonders of the universe and found five more wonders on roller skates. Nubile young wonders distributing flyers. I asked if I could take some pictures... of them strutting their stuff. I usually get permission but failed today....The shortest and tubbiest said.
" Are you a bit pervy?"
I replied.
"  A bit pervy?".... Cheeky minx...The youth of today know nowt...I am very pervy. I make it a personal mission not to do anything by halves
I was still full of the excitement provided by the bank and it's wonderful wee machine.....I didn't get a picture but did have a laugh even if I was turned down by a lass in a Miss Piggy skin with wheels on her shoes. So magnanimous was I feeling that I put her rotund physique down to puppy fat...she will be a swan one day.

Whilst waiting for the bus back I snapped two buildings.












The Market Hall Darlington.

















And again.....the building on the left is another little gem.

















I should have straightened this but forgot.....Still smarting from my rejection by Miss Piggy and revelling in the National Westminster Bank's wonderful new toy. I'll save up a load of copper coins and give it another whirl in the future.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

27 comments:

  1. That first photo has been made to look as if it's a Victorian postcard. Super. I love it. If the lorry and car would only disappear!

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    1. HDR...it is getting better and it is so much fun to do....I could get rid of the cars and buses but stopping them moving is as much as I have time for...Five images superimposed make for ghosting.

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  2. Glasgow has some splendidly facaded building too but I can't recall one quite as ornate as the last photo here.

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    1. Glasgow is the architectural capitol of the UK. Liverpool is good but much more limited. London has it's good points. Gaz should give them the benefit of his tilt and shift lens.

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  3. LOL:) I know I know. You try to capture something truly wonderful by human beings and then SHUT DOWN. It's worse as a male photographer thanks to all the ones that ruin the name of "man".....but I think that goes back quite a ways:)

    I like what you did with the shots today. They look lovely and reflective. As for the wonders of banking.....crazy how they can scan a check and tell you how much you was written on the check. I love the new technology as it saves lots of time. Now if I could only see all the natural wonders of the world....:)

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    1. In the north of England there is not usually a problem. Ladies of all ages are pretty and pretty confident. Don't know what I did wrong today.
      The technology in the bank was new to me but I loved it.

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  4. The clock tower? We don't build things for show and beauty anymore.We're too damn cheap.

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    1. The Victorians certainly pushed the boat out but labour was cheap.

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  5. I thought you had used vintage cards at first. The buildings are incredibly beautiful!
    What do you do to make your images enlarge upon clicking them?

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    1. Go here...
      http://englishjavadrinker.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/fixing-bloggers-mistakes.html
      It is easy to do....If you have trouble ask Mark at the above blog.

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  6. The Market Hall building looks amazing. Lots of photos to be taken there. For some reason it reminds me of the historic Public Library here in Port Elizabeth

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    1. It is a grand building....I'll check who designed it. They often sold the same building more than once.

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  7. Superb work Adrian. It's one thing being able to manipulate an image but first you've got to be able to 'see' it! No problems there then!

    Talking of problems, things must be really bad when you get rejected by a roller skating Miss Piggy!

    As for that bank machine, I'm sure that, like all gaming machines, the odds are still stacked in favour of the owner!!

    Have my eyes deceived me...is there no money in fish 'n chips anymore?
    Harry Ramsden's is now branching out into pRawn broking..whatever next?..lol...[;o)

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    1. Rejected....It must have been the shower gel.
      Not a PrAWN Broker maybe a LOAN SHARK.

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  8. Good to hear the banks are spending our money wisely.

    A great set of pictures Adrian.

    Shame about Miss Piggy though.

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    1. It is a wonderful ATM or maybe I'm easily amused.
      A bigger shame as her mate was a fillum star.

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  9. I'm with you Adrian, I think the cheque machines are fantastic. I couldn't believe it when I used first one and a) it worked first time and b) gave me a receipt with a picture of my cheque on it. Marvellous!

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  10. Those pictures are beautiful. Too bad you didn't get a shot of the girl, I'm curious now.

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  11. Wonderful pictures of the buildings Adrian!! You make them look like works of art!! Cheers!

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  12. You do do lovely ramblings. I have just caught up with half a dozen previous posts, and I must say that I like your way of rabbiting on. Wonderful pictures to look at too.

    Thank you very much for your kind words. Give your two an extra hug from me, and if you have it handy and they're allowed, a bicky or two on my behalf.

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  13. Faskinating piece of electronics in the bank. Haven't been inside a bank for many years. The odd bits I have to pay in I do at the local PO but there are no nice toys to tinker with there.

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  14. Card machines in Post Offices seem to work the opposite way to all the rest. Have a trip into the big city and get some free entertainment.

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  15. Greetings Adrian! I am happy to come across your beautiful architectural images....your HDR is so pleasing to the eye, so color with excellent contrast and skies....I love the color in these and the design in the roofing...I took some pictures lately that has that similar rooftop, as I think that a lot of our New England architecture resembles England. These buildings look like dollhouses, very victorian...I love them....I also enjoyed your wonderful story about the bank and venturing from place to place...I hope your summer has been great! kind regards, Linda :)

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  16. Linda, I seem to remember you had a blog some time ago. Glad to see you back. Hdr is or can be a pain. I have stuck with it. Noise and sharpness are still the main problems. Colour curves and selected sharpening seem to be some of the answer. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Adrian :) I got a new blog, as my other one seems to become highjacked, as I couldn't login to it. I am happy to be back and see your wonderful photos and also happy you do HDR..I love doing HDR and am also learning so much about it everything I use it! Yes, I know what you mean about the noise and sharpness...Yes, definitely..I have to be particularly careful about having too much of the ghostly glow around the buildings...lol I now use Google Chrome as another photographer recommended some time ago, due to my Blogger computer problems...Now, Blogger is running more smoothly thank God....I missed the connection with lovely photographers/ friends on here..You are one of them...I love your storybook images with your great stories about true life..keep shooting! cheers :-)

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