Burns Night 2014

Just a quick snap from the Burns Night Celebrations Held by The Caledonian Society in Oslo this past weekend. Here the guys are singing Happy Birthday . It was Robert Burns 255th birthday

Singing Happy Birthday Robert Burns.

Norwegian Night

Norwegian Night by Davidap2009
Norwegian Night, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

New Kilt. At last my new new kilt has arrived ready for Burns Night. This tartan,Norwegian Night was designed by a friend and woven by Marton Mills in Scotland. The kilt was sewn together by a Kilt maker in the french alps
So this beauty is really international. My wife took the shot and knitted the jumper I have on .

Adventures In Printerland

As I blogged last week my new Epson 3880 A2+ Printer finally arrived this last Friday. It had been on order since November 7th last year.The Printer was bundled with a 3 hour course held by the importer for Epson products to Norway. He told me that at that time there wasn’t many to go around . Still I have it now.

The first evening I got it home I was too tired to do anything more that open the box and look at the paperwork.After a long week I felt a little overwhelmed by the shear size of the beast and I went to bed questioning what I had done.

In the morning those doubts had gone like the morning mist and I set about setting the printer up

The un-boxing was very straight forward and the setup was very self-explanatory. There were lots of blue tape bits and transport packaging to remove.
Next came the inks  all nine of them (at Kr 470 a piece !)”Shaken not Stirred” Once the inks are installed the printer head has to be primed and this takes about 7 mins and is a one off event according to the instructions.
I then installed the printer drivers and immediately went to the Epson website to update them to the latest and greatest. The rest of my day was spent calibrating my monitor and ink/paper sample to get the colours to match what I have on-screen. I’m not quite there just yet but I’ll come back to that another time. Having said that,the black and white prints are amazing.
I’ve purchased this printer for what it can do black and white wise and I haven’t been disappointed. I took a few tips from the course I was on and I let the printer control the black and white output with some small input in the advanced settings by me. The printer automatically swaps between the photoblack and the matte black ink according to what paper choice you use . Swapping the inks uses a little so jobs ought to be planned in advance. I purchased some rather expensive Epson Hot press natural paper when on the course. I was told to hang it up and let it dry  for 24 hours just like I did when I had a wet darkroom. Feels just like the old days again :0)
ONE BIG GRIPE:- Epson.If you read this why is the sample picture not the same as what I want to print? and Why, oh Why is it so small? .Small gripe over:0).
My workplace
My adventure continues and I feel after many years of just looking at my shots on screen It’s a blast to have some of my favs printed large at last.

Stay Tuned :0)


Yippee !

I just got notification that the Epson Printer I ordered in early November has finally been dispatched to me.

I’ve been waiting to take delivery of an Epson 3880 since November. However there apparently has been a shortage of them in Europe, Epson Norway had run out of stock.This will be my first real Photoprinter that I primarily will use for black and white shots. Bundled with the printer is the printer plug-in Mirage 2 also a 3 hrs course which I attended in December. Lets hope I remember some of it:0)

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes when the Husky team arrive with my package.

Face In The Woodpile

Face In The Woodpile by Davidap2009
Face In The Woodpile, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

Whilst I sat in my favourite chair enjoying a cuppa I couldn’t help feeling I was being watched. Then I saw the logs by the fireplace.

When not taking Photographs

n my free time you might find me making sporrans with a friend in his basement workshop. We have done this since 2003 and this is our 143rd . So If pressed I’d say it was my second hobby next to photography.

Photo wise this was taken on our dining room table (Re-claimed wood) with my iPad lighting from the side and bounce flash from the ceiling.

My Most Popular 2013

The Church of St Laurence. DenmarkHow Does Your Garden Grow ?Tulips in ColourHAPPY HALLOWEEN!!VW.Faded BeautySkagen Lighthouse
They called me MorrisNiess PortraitEmily (Again)Old Friend (MG Magnette)VW .Derelict BeautyPortrait with iPad Mini (Colour)
EuniceBeetle DownEmily (NeissII)Rotterdam. SplashtoursEmily (5100)Rotterdam Harbour II
Portrait in the SnowBus. TerminalSaab In The GrassPut On A Happy Face (Renault Dauphine)The Greenhouse Effect.VW. Here Comes The Sun

My Most Popular 2013, a set on Flickr.

This post is all about my most popular shots from 2013. To do this (I could never pick 100 on my own)I have relied on a set generator from dopiaza of my shots uploaded to Flickr in 2013.
Enjoy its top 100 picks.

Me…By someone else.

Me…By someone else. by Davidap2009
Me…By someone else., a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

A semi-selfie, Taken using my camera. I think it was my daughter or son that took it.

My Christmas Reading.

My Christmas Reading. by Davidap2009
My Christmas Reading., a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

Books I read this past Christmas. What inspired me to use this style of shot was this

Happy New Year to you all

Happy New Year to you all by Davidap2009
Happy New Year to you all, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

To all my followers I thank you for a fun2013 and look forwards to sharing some great moments to come in 2014.