Writing, a photographic experiment with RAW and Premio Dardos Award

Writing, a photographic experiment with RAW and Premio Dardos Award

Hi everyone,

My family and I have spent the last few days at my sister-in-law’s place looking after her four lads while she and her husband were down in Melbourne. Hence no posts from me.

Today’s post will look at the writing/editing that I did there and also at a photographic experiment of mine. Given that I am no great photographer, I beg your indulgence. I need to get better as fast as possible because we will be travelling half way around the world in a fortnight’s time. While in Europe I really want to take photos to remember.

Finally, I have been nominated for the Premio Dardos Award, so let’s see what that involves towards the end of my post :)

Writing and Editing

I received encouraging feedback from the little teaser regarding Pari. So I have decided that this is the way to go. This said, I sat down with my laptop and tried hard to remove unnecessary words. There turned out to be quite a few. I did this following reading several blogs and articles where authors described editors’ impacts upon their drafts. Big message – no excess words. Hopefully I have achieved this.

The end result, with some additional story has been added here.

I must admit that I have tried to rediscover my old teenage angst and added this. I’ve also tried to recall the feeling of knowing that you are attracted to someone but that it is hopeless.

Photographic experiments

So I have owned a Canon 60D for a couple of years now, but never learnt how to use it. Horrific, eh? Well, I know how to point and click in automatic and I do love the shots. But I want to do more. So now I have started shooting in RAW and I want to test if what the articles say is really true – that RAW holds an awful lot of image data.

So experiment 1 was to take a photo at twilight (in other words in a dim environment) in RAW and see how well Adobe Lightroom could process it. Here is the picture:


No, not particularly exciting. But I figure that I will be taking architectural shots in Europe and I might not always have great conditions. SO what can Adobe Lightroom do with this?


I am astounded!

I did not even realise that those browns were in the chimney stacks. So my conclusion from this little experiment is that RAW photos plus Adobe Lightroom is a great combination. I can rest easy as I take photos.

And here is a close up of a flower that I took during the day just to practice composition.


Premio Dardos Award


My thanks to Fun Simplicity who nominated me for the ‘Premio Dardos Award’. It is a surprise as I hardly feel worthy of its stated aims.

What’s the Premio Dardos Award?
Premio Dardos means “Prize Darts” in Spanish. It is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.

The 15 blogs that I chose to nominate are (in no particular order):

  1. Radium Demesne
  2. Creakingbones
  3. Skyscapes for the Soul
  4. Catch a Falling Star
  5. Sharing it forward
  6. JPratt27
  7. Nipper and Tyke
  8. JennsPoint
  9. Rhiannon – Giggle Goddess
  10. MariaHolm
  11. Crash Course
  12. Abigail Howe Fine Art
  13. Zachary Childe – art technology life
  14. Grimwolden Games
  15. crowsfeat

Please forgive me for not describing each, but it is quite late as night as I write these words. :)

The Premio Dardus Award Rules:
1) Thank the Blogger who nominated you for the Award.
2) Include the ‘Premio Dardos Award’ Picture in the post.
3) Nominate 15 blogs that you think are worthy of the ‘Premio Dardus’ Award & Notify them.

I must admit that I have not notified them and am hoping that WordPress’ automatic notification does it (yep – I am about to collapse from tiredness).

So goodnight my friends and thank you for reading more from my muddled mind :)



PS: today’s featured image is a Camellia from my garden



  1. Thanks very much, I am very humbled! I really enjoy your blog and love the new redesign you’ve done – keep it up! Best wishes,


  2. Well done that man. Raw is the way to go. It makes large files but worth every pixel.


  3. Thank you for the nomination, Greg! I still owe you the questionnaire from the previous one, so I’m kinda happy this one doesn’t come with any =)
    I have read the new story snippet, and I really like the edit and additions! =) The “wedding wish” was priceless =)


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