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Classic Cars in Prestatyn

Chris and I went to a weekend craft fair in Prestatyn last weekend and found a handful of classic cars in the car park by our venue. Chris is a classic car buff, show him a car and he can tell you car facts so that i often wonder how old he actually is. Me, well i love cars and driving and photography so i skipped out on our stall and went to photograph the cars. I have to ask what kind they are and then i have to get Chris to remember as i know i will forget but this time i remember there were a couple of Jaguar’s, a Triumph TR4 and a kit car, there was also a mini towing a tiny caravan and a Ford Cortina (i think).                                  It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was making very interesting reflections and shapes on the car bodies, so i swapped my lens for a 50mm prime and set about photographing the interesting bits. Below are the results, i am very happy with how they have turned out and they can all be found for sale on, prices start from £14.00.

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I processed them in lightroom 5 and used a vintage setting in perfect effects 8 before moving them into photoshop cc to finish them off. My favorite is the steering wheel and i am quite tempted to get it printed just for me!

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I freely admit that I support zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, and even SeaWorld to the max, 100%.

I even support circuses when it is done right, and I’ll define “done right” as using positive reinforcement rather than negative reinforcement.

To me, it’s pretty obvious when animals in our care have been trained with positive reinforcement.

It’s no different from you teaching a dog to roll over, sit, play dead, shake.

It’s done with treats, not whippings.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t like horse racing. I have been to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Races twice with a Photographer All Access pass. A total of twenty hours on two different occasions two years apart. I have yet to see anyone give a horse a treat. Rather, they prod them, poke them, whip them…….. Why are people not protesting that instead of SeaWorld? I don’t understand.

Do animals in our loving care remember those…

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September 21-28, 2014

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The bane of every parents night…. night terror’s! It starts off when they are small but then you get used to being awake at night with feeds and nappy changes etc but ‘Mum there is a massive spider on the ceiling over my bed and you have to come and kill it right now’ waking you from a very deep sleep is really not my favorite thing to hear at 1.45 am from my 16 year old terror! Having jumped feet from being woken so abruptly my first thought is ‘deal with it!’ my second thought is ‘damn i’m awake.’ Now i know when i have dragged my body into the terror’s bedroom that this massive spider is going to be, well, not so big at all, i also know that even though i have my glasses on the chances of me seeing this spider and dealing with it are slim as my eyes just are not awake enough to actually see straight yet. Navigating the stairs to the terror’s bedroom and squinting in the light i can see, well almost, that i am right, it’s not the camel spider i’m led to believe. I gave it a wake, loose it, smack a few poster’s in an attempt to be seen to be getting rid of it, moan at terror about being woken at stupid o’clock and retreat back to my bed. But now i’m awake! Thanks Kid. I also discover that i am not the only one awake as it looks like both terror’s haven’t been to sleep at all yet….. Grrrrrrrrr teenager’s! You may find the following images slightly ugh! The top image is what i thought i was dealing with, the bottom one sort of what i found.

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