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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Could you just ...

take a few pictures of my daughter, I've left my camera at home. Was the request from one of my neighbours. So, with a face as cute as this how could I possibly resist.

I've cropped this from the corner of the original, quite hard, and did all the processing in lightroom. It was such a long time ago that I can't quite remember what I did, even though *I think* that I could go back and check on the history. All sharpening and skinsoftening was done in there, as for me , for minor blemishes it gives a much smoother finish - maybe I am too heavy handed in PSE. Once I had finished playing, I exported and uploaded it, without touching Photoshop at all. I am really pleased with Lightroom, although in PSE, I could probably have wiped her nose better, for a quickie I am really quite pleased with this.

I really need to go through all my photos from the summer now and download them as "printers" from Lightroom, and take them to actually be printed. Who knows, if I do it might just bring me in a sitting or two ;-)

Saturday Afternoon

So after a quick lunch of salad and roast chicken from the chicken shop, a quick change of clothes and off for the desfile disfrazado, or, fancy dress procession

The majority of the village turns out in fancy dress, some in groups or peñas and some solo or with groups of friendsAfter the procession, we changed and went back up to the square for dinner and to see what "spectaculo" of music had been provided. Dinner was a bit of a shambles, as the whole shebang was run by the carnival committee, but what the heck, it was tasty when it arrived. The singer who eventually got on stage about 45 minutes late was... er different:-)

Monday, 28 September 2009

Blowing Bubbles

So, the weekend of 12 September and our little village was in Fiestas. Saturday was a bright and sunny day, the morning started off with games and a Fiesta de Espuma, or Foam Party, for the kids. Who absolutely loved it...

Even the Reina de la Belleza joined in the fun, although not entirely through her own choice.

I don't think it was entirely Juan's choice to be photographed like this either - teehee.


Originally uploaded by Sonriendo

Yet again I've not posted for aaaages - sorry. Sometimes real life just gets in the way.

The olives are just about ready to pick now. This year I am going to give it a go myself. I have found a recipe and now all I need is for it to stop raining! I really like what they call Olivas partidas, which are not very cured and still quite bitter tasting. It is definately an acquired taste, which has taken me about 7 years to aquire!

Thursday, 10 September 2009


Originally uploaded by Sonriendo

Well, with it being the last weekend of the school holidays, we decided to go to the nearby water park. We went with one of Charlotte's school friends familys and great fun was had by all. Armband man is Jesus, a complete toerag ;-) Today was the first time I have never seen him reach meltdown. By the end of it he was absolutely exhausted, and only the big rides were good enough. Raul on the tubes Nattie on the tubes Jesus Jesus and Lola

Thursday, 3 September 2009

With the sunlight in your hair

I am very pleased with how this has turned out, it's DD1 with her back to the soon to be setting sun earlier this evening. She has very sensitive eyes to the sun and they kept streaming, when I tried to get her to look in the opposite direction.

I shot a few from this side, aiming for that lovely wraparound sun flare look that seems to be all the rage at the moment, but my flares were just bog ugly. Something seems to have gone a little wrong with the processing around her eyes though, so I will have to try a re edit. I think it's where I did a brush adjustment when I thought that I was going to convert it to black and white. Must sort out a proper workflow so that dosen't happen again in the future. Will try to post another of her looking into the sun, as it makes her lovely red hair look even redder.

Now re-edited and replaced in a much larger size, don't think that I will bother posting to here direct from flickr again, the photos don't arrive here large enough for me.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Originally uploaded by Sonriendo
The other day, there was a fire at a local fruit packing warehouse, it was just a yard full of wooden palets and plastic crates. The girls and I saw it and took a few photographs.

We were talking to a reporter from Informacion, our local paper who couldn't find his photographer. I offered him access to my pictures, if his never turned up, and he gave me the email address of the paper to contact. I duly did so and left a link to my flickr set, and... Nothing - No reply or acknowlegement just - Nothing. Some people are so rude.