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The Battle of Fulford

It was unseasonally warm for the time of year as the three noblemen drew up their men to form ranks next to the banks of the river Ouse, they numbered in the region of 5000. The strip of land they had chosen for the battlefield lay between the river and a beck (the local name given to a stream or watery ditch), though usually a mash the ground was firm under foot, except for the land around and beyond the beck which was still water-logged, and there they waited, though they didn’t have to wait for long.

From the south came the forces of Harold Hardraada, King of Norway who lay claim to England as the direct descendent of King Magnus of Norway who had made a pack with Harthancnut, the former King of England that if ether one of them was to die without a direct heir then the other was to become the king of both lands, but on Harthancnuts’ death the Saxon witan (council) refused to honour this agreement and so elected that Edward the Confessor should return from exile in Normandy to become King Edward I (it is while Edward was in Normandy that the William of Normandy claimed that Edward declared him his rightful heir to succeed him on his death and so the reason behind William of Normandys’ invasion merely days later), Hardraada was here to clime his birthright. Drawn up before his army was the smaller Saxon force led by the inexperienced 24 year old Edwin Earl of Marcie and his brother Morcar Earl of Northumbria aged only 20. The brothers were joined also by Waltheof son of Siward (former earl of Northumbria).

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Camera RAW and introduction

This is just intended to be a brief introduction to Camera RAW for those who might be new to digital photography, even if your not I can recommend some of the links and tutorial videos which I’ve included here I still find them useful to review from time to time, I always find something I’ve forgotten.

 

 

Camera RAW, what exactly is it?

Well first of all unlike other file formats such as JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) RAW isn’t in fact an acronym what it does stand for is raw as in unprocessed data and it is the data that is captured from the cameras sensor the actual file extension that your RAW file will have will vary depending on the manufacturer of your camera, Canon use the CRW file extension while Nikon use the NEF file extension, the reason for this is that each manufacturer like to specify settings which show the images shot with their camera in the best light. Here are the most common manufacturer RAW formats. (more…)

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Artical Review – Amazing Landscapes using Camera Raw and Photoshop

It is great to stumble upon an article which you really find both easy to read and informative enough that you keep returning for more ideas. Thomas Parpoulas has written such an article which really does exactly what it says on the tin ‘Amazing Landscapes using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop’.

Thomas takes you through the initial selection of a photograph deciding upon your goals, what you want your end result to look like and then a comprehensive step by step tutorial on achieving this. Whether you’re a beginner or someone with more experience I’m sure that you will all find something in this article which you will find useful in developing your own landscape Photoshop skills.

I will certainly be looking out for any other articles and tutorials written by Thomas.

 

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Cawthorn Roman Camp

On the edge of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors just off the road running between Cropton and Newton-on-Rawcliff and approximately 10min (4miles) drive north of Pickering is probably the most famous Roman site on the moors. Cawthorn Roman military complex dates from around the late 1st century CE and early 2nd century CE.

This site forms part of a network of sites across the moors and coastline such as the forts at Malton (DERVENTIO) and Lease Rigg, two villas and five coastal signal stations of which the best preserved example can be found inside the grounds of Scarborough Castle. Cawthorn is also not far from the well known Wheeldale Roman road. Thought for many years to be a surviving section of the Roman road linking Cawthorn with some of these sites, many historians now believe it to be of later construction built towards the end of the roman period.

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Free textures and stock photos& 3D models – online resource

Icon for Resources postsAnother handy resources I’ve come across, 10 Ravens a site that provides a variety of products such as textures, 3D models and stock imagery they have a large number of free and royalty free images. At some point I intend to collate all the resources that I have together to make it easier for everyone. Link – http://www.10ravens.com/

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Studford Ring

Icon for my walks postsThis fascinating ancient site is believed to be of late Bronze Age construction and is situated approximately 15 minutes walk northwards on the hill above the North Yorkshire village of Ampelforth.

Studford Ring is a very accessible site with access from both High Street where there is on road parking and as i did in this occasion from Ampelforth itself where there is plenty of free parking on the main street, where there can be found a rather nice pub, the White Horse. Which makes for a very civilised end to your walk.

The site of Studford Ring is a quadrangle earth work enclosure measuring some 54 yards across with an internal ditch approximately 12feet across and in places still 4 feet deep. The entrance is situated roughly along the south east edge and although threes and bushes now grow on three of the four back side the central area is free from any such vegetation and is grass covered with a number of mole hills. (more…)

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A Poor mans camera bag (aticle on PhotoTuts)

Icon for Photography postsFor those of us who can’t afford all the gadgets, bells and whistles this is a nice little article with an accompanying video (8:22) which covers some cheaper alternatives to the more expensive kit out there. Article can be found here: Taking a Look Inside a Poor Man’s Camera Bag.

 

 

 

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Resource: Free online stock photography

Something which is always a chore is finding the right image for your project especially in education where there often isn’t the money to pay for images or the time to get the person with the purse strings to pay for a stock image.

Stock.xchng is a nice online stock photography site which I came across the other day which has a large amount of free (both cost and royalty wise), I’ve certainly found myself using it for a number of projects which required a quick turnaround.

Stock.xchng can be found at http://www.sxc.hu/

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