Welcome to the Future

So then it’s here, the year 2011. Feels a bit like 2010, but then that also felt like 2009, and so on and so forth.

As we all know it’s just a number and just a measurement in time or even existence! Still I digress, what is meant to be here is a very simple Happy New Year to all of you readers out there, of which I’m aware there are at least two of you. Also I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and got everything you asked for!

Right then, pleasantries over, now time for business. It has been a few months since I last posted anything on here, and there have been many developments in different areas of my life. So try try and keep you updated here goes:

Website

Well after about three or four redesigns I think I may have the look for nee-nah.com right! For those of you who don’t know I have one or two different blogs and photo galleries online and decided a while back to make my domain, nee-nah.com the index site for all of these. So please feel free to pop over and see what you can see, eh!

Railways & Photography

So this has been a tad up and down on both fronts, as ultimately my photography rarely goes on with out my interest in railways taking president, however I did take some nice pics, in all that snow we had over the festive period, which can be found on my MobileMe Gallery.

The Railways and Photography has taken a dip in the latter parts of the year with very little in the way of trips out through September to December. Other than a delightful visit to Freightliner Crewe Basford Hall organized by Phoenix Railtours. So good in fact that I will be frequenting the site again in the next two weeks as I have a visit also planned on January 15th!

On the hardware front I have purchased myself a new digital compact, in the form of the Sony CyberShot DSC HX5V, very nice as well as a new pair of binoculars, Bushnell H20 10×42. And to top it all off at Christmas a Jessops FlashGun for my Canon EOS DSLR. New toys ahoy! Just need to test them out now, will be doing that very soon especially with the bins at Toton.

NYE AKA

The above simply meaning New Years Eve Also Known As. Marc’s new bar which opened  before Christmas in the old site of Yates. And low and behold I did DJ on NEw Years Eve to  pub full of real people who payed to go in! Did feel good after about 10 years, but hey you never loose it!

Smoking is Cool

Again I refer you to an older post of mine, whereI quit smoking. This did not last for long. As a new years resolution I am starting again, and so far I am doing OK, nearly 3 whole days and no cravings, and Im not even using patches!!!! so will I endeavor to stay uncool forever, we will see, watch this pace peeps!

Me enjoying a Burger at Jamies Italian, Oxford

2011…

So for this year there is much to look forward too, A life with out fags,  which in turn should give me more cash!  An exciting year ahead at work, me hopes and much more including something very new, which will be elaborated upon here in the near future.

So thank you for reading this silly little blog, I surely does not help you in life but I think it may help me somewhat, only slightly in trying to explain myself.

Till later on, bye bye!

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Hello there readers of my blog, I hope that I find you well? Just thought I best update whats going on with me and a very important milestone!

The very important milestone first me thinks. Regular reader of this poor excuse for a blog, and anybody who knows me, will know I have a bit of a sad obsession with Motorways. Not sure to this day as why I do but still I will endeavour to continue…

Anyway I have beaten my record of motorways in one day! More information regarding why I do this can be found on an older post here. My previous record of 11 has now well and truly been smashed! 14 motorways in one day!!! The day in question was Wednesday 25th August when I had to go up to St Andrews in Scotland for work, via Bury on the way. so the completer list is as follows:

M40, M42, M6, M56, M60, M66, M65, M61, A 74(M), M74, M73, M80, M9, M90

Good work indeed for me, albeit a very very long day. To beat this is definitely going to take something very special!!!

Anyway onto something completely different. My photography has been very low on the radar the last month and certainly need to improve and submit some more images for publication. However I have been published but by someone else! Strange yes i’m sure it is but please read on.

I recently picked up this months copy of Railways Illustrated, a monthly insight int0 everything I enjoy about my hobby, I open up to the editorial a few pages in and what do I see but a picture of me with other ‘enthusiasts’ at a recent open day held by DRS at its Crewe Gresty Lane Depot. This was a bit of a shock as I have myself taken images of Trainspotters and put them on a web gallery and even blogged about it before. It seems that the tables are now changed! I did send the picture below to a good friend and his reply was very funny, simply stating that I had “unfortunately cunningly disguised myself as me”

So until next time, keep an eye on my twitter feed, tumblr blog, facebook and flickr as its my birthday soon and Im sure that there will be pics of me being out and about all drunk and so on!

Be Cool Peeps!

Thanks…

I Just thought I would say a little thank you to my good friend Magic Moir. Because of his comments on a previous post, he gave me inspiration to submit some recent photos for publication. It has paid off as I have once again had a photo published. Again it is in The Railway Herald, so no payment as its a free magazine, but still its all good. So a big thanks to you sir, you have helped me get my third image published.

Nice one sir, nice one.

This is the image below, click on it to get more info on my Flickr page:

Hello!

Alas, I have failed you again, yes you the reader/observer of this my attempt at blogging more than pictures!

I unreservedly apolagise to you, the reader. If there is any of you out there that is???

Anyway as mentioned above, I’ve been away for a while. Holiday for one and in the wordpress wilderness. Work does have a lot to do with this, being ever so much busier. Also my other more geeky hobby has to be fair distracted me from updating this.

However as I sit here at home awaiting the clock to hit 18:00 when I must get back to work and down to London town, I have decided to keep you informed of my goings on and try to write a half decent blog. This may not be achieved on either front, but I will try.

There are a few issues which must be addressed for those of you who follow this blog and are keen to know how certain things are progressing.

  • I have another Premier Inn to add to my ongoing list – not interesting!
  • I adore the new iPhone 4 and iPad but alas have not even touched either, let alone purchased said items.
  • ALL of the TV I watch and enjoy has ended for good or come to its seasons end, 24, Lost, Doctor Who, Glee, Desperate Housewives, Cougar Town….
  • The no smoking has had a relapse, although the exercise is improving.
  • Im not submitting photos to railway magazines for publication, and I don’t know why? Laziness I suppose.
  • The World Cup has come and gone, England were useless, and the whole world now has discovered one of the most annoying man made objects since time began, the vuvuzella!!
  • My first and only car I have owned is no more, having got rid of the old Fiesta to the scrap merchant for a measly £40.

    Most of the above seem to be very negative, however I feel very happy and not down in the slightest. Im not sure as to why?

    Still, good times are among us, on the 31st July I will be celebrating with my wife our first wedding anniversary, a milestone for sure!

    Early September see’s my birthday creep up again, 31 this year! Even better news on that subject, a few weeks ago a few people guessed my age and I was told I looked 25-27 years old. Result!

    Im sure I will get very sad and geeky and verging on major camp-ness with The X Factor return in a few months, which will unfortunately lead us to Christmas!! Be wary soon as you see those ads on ITV, you know that the year is coming to an end, so get you jumpers ready.

    This brought me to another though after looking back at some older photos the other day, I feel I may bring back the roll-neck this winter? thoughts would be welcome.

    I feel that this blog may have opened the floodgates a little, and one hopes that I will return to here and keep you all enthralled with future posts. Time will tell.

    Until that time, please feel free to get in touch by leaving a comment or two below, it’s always nice to know that these ramblings are being read by someone.

    TTFN

    Improving

    I’m always keen to keep improving my photography, be it shots of people, buildings, trains whatever. So with this in mind a me trying to expand my range of different shots, I have invested in a book to help and guide me.

    Now it is centred around Digital Railway Photography, but it is a fascinating read, it’s opening my eyes up to new opportunities, with simple tips, tricks and so on. Later on it also has a large section on editing digital images through Photoshop. Not got to that bit as yet but I’m sure it will be as interesting.

    Let’s hope it will bring me some interesting and successful results, so watch this space.

    Night Photos

    As the title suggests this entry is all about shooting stuff at night, no not animals with a gun but stuff with my lens and camera. Now in the past I’ve been successful with my point and push compact but that has been whilst out and about drinking. Most of the results are exactly what I wanted, slightly blurred and with lights all over the place.

    However I have been out tonight with my DSLR and tripod to catch some pics down the railway station in the dark. I’ve had a somewhat mixed success. Now when the trains were standing still I had not so much of a problem, when there moving at slow speed that is when the problems occur. Now I know that i’m restricted here as my EOS 400 D only goes to an ISO setting of 1600, but I have seen many pics on the internet at 3200 ISO in the dark which are OK. What I need to find out is how to catch stuff whilst moving at high ISO settings. What speed, what aperture setting??? There is such a book available on the subject and me thinks come pay day it will be ordered.

    Until then I will continue to experiment…

    I’ve done something….

    As I have already discussed in previous posts, i’m a rail enthusiast, now that may shock you. But I feel i’m quite a normal kind of guy, not your stereotypical ‘Train Spotter’. My friends would even agree with me on that one!

    However, I recall showing one of my good friends, Mr Moir a few pics in the past of some ‘proper’ spotters, and he found it very amusing.

    Jump forward many months and I feel that I will have to share this little thing with him also. Now as a enthusiast in all aspects of railways I do take photographs of trains. I have also been taking photographs of train spotters taking photos of trains!

    Strange, weird, maybe bonkers, but still amusing. I’m sharing this with you to see what you think. Some of the photos it is a tad hard to spot the spotter. One photo even had a female spotter! simple sit back and indulge, you will however find many stereotypical spotters in this images, so you have been warned.

    Follow this link here of click on the image above

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