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Few days ago I noticed a bug living in my camera. After much worry and panic, I finally came around to the idea of this little fellow setting up residence within my camera, so I let him stay. I don't know where in the camera he's living, but he pops up every now and then to say hello (in perfect focus), then goes back to his home to sleep.
He's now the official mascot of my Nikon D200.

Now of course, every camera bug and/or mascot needs a name, and I was left stumped. What kind of names are suitable for camera dwelling creatures? I asked people for suggestions and the winning one was "Quack", suggested by salteh
Using my camera phone (really not very good quality), i've managed to get a picture of Quack, happily wandering around his domain: minkles.org/images/quack.jpg

Part of me wants him to hurry up and die, another part of me doesn't. I've got a bit attached to him :(

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What shall I name the camera bug?

I was taking some photos yesterday and a strange little bug appeared in the viewfinder. I didn't really think anything of it at first, just waved my hand past the end of the lens and it disappeared so I carried on. Didn't even realise at the time it was in focus.
A couple of hours later and there it was again, this time, it didn't move! Of course, it was actually in the camera.

It's only just had the sensor plate cleaned so I'm guessing it got in there around the time that happened, I really don't want to take the lens off and risk getting dust back in it, especially considering I don't need to change lenses or anything (as I only have the one).
I took the camera back up to the London Camera Exchange in Gloucester and the guy said "Well it's not affecting photos, and i'm pretty sure it's not on the mirror or in the chamber, so you may as well leave it. It'll die pretty quickly." Now, I know my luck. Chances are this little bugger isn't going to die, and instead is going to set up home inside my camera... Provided the day to day workings of the camera and the photos don't get affected, he's staying. So, what shall I call him?


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My camera is back off holiday, with a nice clean sensor cover! So much for "It'll take a week". I bought it a present too, a nice new UV filter.

I hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them (especially when the pictures came out just right without having to mess about with them).

Please do not take credit for any of my work! I've already been pointed to someone doing this and I'm far from impressed by it.

Feel free to be critical of any of my photographs. I'm still finding my feet with this camera and the subjects I'm taking pictures of. Any critique/suggestions would be helpful in possibly sending me in new directions and trying new things.

Thanks for all the support, I love you guys :aww:

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I hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them (especially when the pictures came out just right without having to mess about with them).
Feel free to use any of them for whatever you want, all I ask is if you intend to use them as stock images that you let me know in advance. Please do not take credit for any of my work!
Feel free to be critical of any of any of my photographs. I'm still finding my feet with this camera and the subjects I'm taking pictures of. Any critique/suggestions would be helpful in possibly sending me in new directions and trying new things. Right now I'm just sticking to what I know; warm, vibrant colours with high contrast and any subject matter I find pretty or interesting. :)

Thank you to the following deviants for being so supportive of my work:
In particular GONE-EVERLONG for the features.
Thindomedel
adgjl01 (for taking me everywhere to actually take my pictures, without too much complaining)
mohaganbev
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I've been trying to go into new subject areas lately, inanimate objects and buildings and architecture in general. I went out today with my husband intending to have a little bit of a trek around Hay-On-Wye. It's a beautiful town and figured it'd be worth a visit, the idiot that I can be, I didn't think to check and see if any events were happening and it turns out today is the last day of the Hay annual festival (go me!).

Rather than try and go back through Talgarth, the road of which was completely packed with traffic and pedestrians, we drove along the route towards Abbey Dore (unknown to us at the time). Abbey Dore is somewhere i've been told to visit many times in the past and on seeing the signpost for it we both decided to go there instead and see if photography was allowed within the grounds (churches can be a little picky on that, i've found).

I was surprised when we first got there, it's down a tiny country lane and the only thing giving away the presence of the Abbey is a small archway with "Dore Abbey" written on a sign hanging from it. The location wasn't the only strange thing about it. There was no one there. At all. No one on the grounds, in the building, not a soul in sight. The abbey itself was still open and 3 services were scheduled for that day.

Churches, abbeys and cathedrals always leave me a little bit humbled but this, this was truely awesome (in the true sense of the word, not kiddy lingo). Everywhere you stepped there were graves under your feet, the names of children from the 1600s and earlier etched into the stone slabs which made up the Abbey floor. A4 pieces of paper that have discoloured from their time on display, with black text all over them trying to explain what the place would have looked like in its original time of use. Others trying to explain what various parts of the building were used for. Plastic flowers placed on a table in the entrance in what looks like an attempt to make the place seem inviting. Spotlights left stood infront of the original pictures which had been painted on the walls. Visibly blocked up archways where sections of the building have been removed over the years. Bits and pieces of broken stone strewn all over the place. All of this was only present in the perimeter; the entrance and the corridors.
In the very middle of the area open to the public was pristine and all of it seemingly modern, you would think it to be in any ordinary church. Everything dusted and polished, flowers on the alter, metal candlesticks, new electric lighting, completely out of sorts with the relative chaos and dereliction that surrounded it.

One particular part that made me feel a little 'uneasy' (wrong word? I guess baffled would be a little better) was the 2 chairs in one of the corridors. Those woven wicker chairs with high wooden backs that were popular in country cottages in the 80's. They were well worn and had obviously been used frequently for a long time. They were now sat in a corridor next to the main service area with what looks like months, if not years, of dust. In between them is a stone tomb, with the shape of a person carved out of its centre.

The word surreal doesn't come close to describing it. I almost excepted to see a sign somewhere saying "History; currently under construction". Tintern being surrounded by scaffolding has nothing on this.

Sorry to everyone who has me on their watch list, I know it's a lot of images. :(

I should get round to buying a subscription soon, and stop taking this place for granted.

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I hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them (especially when the pictures came out just right without having to mess about with them).

Feel free to use any of them for whatever you want, all I ask is if you intend to use them as stock images that you let me know in advance. Please do not take credit for any of my work!

Feel free to be critical of any of any of my photographs. I'm still finding my feet with this camera and the subjects I'm taking pictures of. Any critique/suggestions would be helpful in possibly sending me in new directions and trying new things. Right now I'm just sticking to what I know; warm, vibrant colours with high contrast and any subject matter I find pretty or interesting. :)

Thank you so much to GONE-EVERLONG for featuring my work so much lately and to Thindomedel for the never ending support! And to everyone else who has commented or favourited anything of mine. I really appreciate it :aww: And also thanks to adgjl01 for taking me everywhere to actually take the photos :)

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Here we go, new camera is now in action.
It's been a while since i've had an SLR and its taking me a while to get back used to it again. I've spent a few days playing with all the settings on the digital and i've hopefully got the hang of it now. The lense on it is driving me nuts though. But spending so much on the camera meant no money left for a decent lens.

I did have a pentax ME super a few years ago, i love the old film SLRs, there's this classic kind of feel to them, even if the photos do come out hazy sometimes. Well, i got another one, same day as the D200. Present from my mother. Needs a good cleaning out, and i need some film, but also loving that one too.

My last digital broke, my last film SLR got taken, and as i was going without a decent camera i'd been using a rubbish little samsung compact. No white balance settings, no iso, no control at all. That is of course unless you want to put a frame around the picture in a very cheesy fashion. Pretty much lost any passion for photography. It's nice to have it back. This is like heaven right now, only better. I've got cameras again :D

A lot of the pictures i'm taking at the moment aren't really of anything in particular, i'm kind of sitting around grasping the camera waiting to stop something that might end up looking nice. Sometimes i've got it right, others very wrong. Hopefully once it stops raining and i can go out, i'll find some decent subject matter. I live in the middle of the forest, so it shouldn't be too difficult :)
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