I am looking for some volunteers to try a lottery experiment in the UK lottery. This is a first stage trial which will involve playing the UK’s Hotpicks game. It will cost you £1 to play, with the money going to your favourite government taxation system – the National Lottery.
I will need 49 volunteers, to basically cover all the numbers in the Hotpicks single number game with a coordinated attempt at winning. Please leave a comment if you wish to take part:
1. I will tell you which number to pick.
2. You must be in the UK to join in, as we are playing the UK lottery.
3. You will need to buy your own ticket, and if you do win, you can keep the money yourself (it will only be £5 I believe). I do not intend to ask for a cut, and this is not a syndicate where the winnings get shared out. There is no guarantee that you will get any money back.
I don’t know how many UK readers follow my blog, so it might not be possible to try this out yet.
If I get 49 volunteers, then the trial will be closed for any newcomers. First-come first served for this one.
Comments along the lines of ‘Oh, better keep your money in your pocket, the odds of winning are so tiny’ will be ignored on this post.
Here is the matching sunset to go with my moon rise. As you can see, it was a cloudless sunset, which usually means it’s less interesting as you don’t get the amazing patterns in the sky. Lucky the moon was out…
I have been experimenting taking pictures of the moon rising rather than the sun setting, although I actually took this one as the sun was setting. I’ll post the matching sunset next…
I was taking a look through some previous panoramas which I had done, and found this lovely one with a purple sky.
As usual, this was put together using shots from my Canon with a little help from Hugin to create the panorama.
This morning I woke up to see the moon still in the sky. I have tried a few times to capture the moon, but it usually comes out as a blurred spotlight in the sky. The best time to take the moon is when the sky is a little lighter. Taking the moon against a black night sky confuses my poor camera, and it just can’t balance the whites.
You will also need a camera that you can adjust the shutter speed to get the most detail from the moon. Other than that, a tripod and an enormous zoom lens would be good ideas too.
For those who missed the big event of the weekend, or who need a little cheering up this Monday, check out the Whose Blog is it Anyway? from the guest bloggers at Don Charisma’s blog. There are some great comic writings on there and all of them are fantastic pieces of improv.
If you want to read my second attempt at improvised writing, the read my post titled Why isn’t 11 pronounced onety-one?
Enjoy, and have a great week everyone.
dannyboybroderick light umbrella
This photo is a blend of 6 photos arranged as a 3 x 2 panorama and merged using Hugin.
The merging did have a few issues, but gave a nice effect in the end…
Another spectacular pair of sunset panoramas for you today. These sunsets were taken on the same day, with about 10 minutes in between them.
The first, wider one, is a full 360 degree panorama, which allows me to capture both the sunset and the moon. I would have preferred the moon to be a little larger, but you have to take what you can. Made from 6 x 1 portrait photos and fused together using Hugin.
360 degree sunset panorama
The second is a 180 degree panorama taken later, hence the deeper reds. This was blended from only 6 x 1 photos using Hugin once more.
180 degree sunset panorama
I’d be interested in hearing which you guys prefer…
I recently took part in an improv blogging day on Don Charisma’s blog, and was given the topic of Men Make Better Chefs than Women. As life is all about balance, I thought I would share these lovely photos of food that my wife has cooked up for me.
I do love eating, and fortunately my wife loves cooking. Must be a match made in heaven…
I have to admit, my wife didn’t make the croissants from scratch. I just thought they looked tasty.
This is another Hugin creation using 5 photos stitched together to make this panorama. The great thing with panoramas like this is each photo can be taken with optimum exposure and then the blending evens the picture out. If this was one photo, the bright sun would overpower everything else in the photo.
I haven’t done a photo gallery since my very first post, so here is my second gallery – a selection of ice sculptures from Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London.
These sculptures were larger than life, the swan, for example, must have been 15 feet high. They had to be stored in a super large room kept at -8 centigrade, we don’t quite get the cold temperatures needed to keep these enormous structures in one piece.