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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I think if you're going to go around wearing inch-thick blusher, a fluorescent pink track suit and beige Ugg boots, you should also have the courtesy to provide sunglasses to passersby. Conversely, passersby should be allowed to provide condoms to teenage girls who push prams into the streets without looking because they're either typing text messages into their mobile phones or lighting cigarettes.

Clearly I've spent too much time in Essex recently.

On the plus side, I've met a few intelligent beings on my recent travels, seen some beautiful scenery and gazed longingly at the sky.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-04-03 14:16 (UTC)
I like the cow one :). And the colouring in the bridge/sky one.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:19 (UTC)
Cool, thank you! The bridge/sky was an experiment so I'm glad to hear you found it appealing.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-04-03 14:55 (UTC)
Oooooooooh. I like this one.

Also: Did you desaturate everything but the sky and your face for the longing gaze image or does it just look like it on my screen?

Also also: Moo.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2006-04-03 19:26 (UTC)
it looks like that to me too. maybe we both have duff monitors.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:13 (UTC)
Nope, it was deliberate. An experiment. :-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:12 (UTC)
Thank you! Soft-focus effect. *nods*

Yes, the strange color on the longing gaze image was a happy accident. I was experimenting with the color channels, copied the green into a new layer and changed the blending mode. I think it was "lighten" that produced the final image, because most of the foreground stuff (like the bridge railings) was green.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2006-04-03 15:00 (UTC)
About the only good things about Essex are that it has the Thames estuary handy for dumping dismemebered bits of your enemies and a place called Ugley, unremarkable except that it is home to the Ugley Women's Institute.
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From: 24db
2006-04-03 17:09 (UTC)
there's a place in Hertforshire called Nasty as well
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2006-04-03 17:26 (UTC)
I don't think it has a WI though. My mother used to work for the Dairy Council, in which capacity she visited just about every WI in that part of the world.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:15 (UTC)
Hm, I wonder if the pram-pusher with the side-ponytail and wearing the mint-green track suit that I saw today was headed for the WI.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-04-03 15:11 (UTC)
I love the look on the intelligent beings' face. It's a face I'd make, for sure.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:20 (UTC)
She had her eye on me, schoolmarm-like, until I was well away from the field.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-04-03 15:58 (UTC)
The shot of the watering hole is extraordinarily beautiful; have you tried printing that?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:18 (UTC)
Thank you, and no, I don't have a printer, so I haven't yet. It'll probably be a while before I do. I've barely scratched the surface as far as image processing goes right now, so once I get to that point I'll probably go to the pro shop and see about printing services. Eventually I'd like to put together a little book of Loop photos but first I need to finish walking it.
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From: 24db
2006-04-03 17:08 (UTC)
You really should read Iain Sinclair's Lights out for the Territory, Liqud City or Edge of Orison http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0241142180/qid=1144084029/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_3_2/202-9195760-4283803.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-06 23:19 (UTC)
Ooh, the description in the link sounds most appealing. Next trip to Foyle's, which will probably be after I finish the Loop, I'll pick it up.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2006-04-03 17:09 (UTC)
Hmm, this sounds like a definite chicken or egg problem. They probably know about condoms, but you have to put down the mobile phone or cigarette to apply one properly.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-06 23:19 (UTC)
Maybe after a while the mobile phones and cigarettes fuse to their hands. That would explain a lot.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2006-04-03 19:29 (UTC)
the worst aspect of young pram pushers in my experience of seeing such persons around is their propensity to stop at the edge of the pavement when crossing a road, meaning that the pram/buggy/whatever is out in the road.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:24 (UTC)
Yes! Exactly! That's what she did. I was horrified.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:23 (UTC)
Well, apparently, if they do it early enough and often enough, they get free housing out of it. :-/

Me too. Cows are lovely creatures.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2006-04-04 02:45 (UTC)
I think if you're going to go around wearing inch-thick blusher, a fluorescent pink track suit and beige Ugg boots, you should also have the courtesy to provide sunglasses to passersby.

You saw Vicky Pollard in Essex?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-04 19:22 (UTC)
No no, it wasn't Kappa, it was Playboy.

The sad thing was, the girl herself was quite pretty, or at least she would have been in different clothes and without the makeup.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-04-06 23:22 (UTC)
Yay, thank you! I love trees too. The willows are at my favorite stage right now. Just enough of the leaves are out to turn them the most gorgeous shade of pale yellow-green.
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