Clearing away the waste
28th December 2014
Walking on Sand
2nd January 2015

Impressions and repairs

Happy New Year!

My laptop started crashing. It would just suddenly click and switch off without warning. While I was baking bread the other afternoon I got my screwdrivers out. I was fairly certain that the issue was with overheating and so I completely dismantled the machine, took out the motherboard and sure enough the heat exchanger next to the fan was full of three year’s accumulation of dust and fluff.

The insides of computers do get mucky. The electrical charge of the component parts attract house dust. The more you clean your house the more dust will find its way into your electronics. (I was first told this by a television engineer who said that the cleanest houses always had the dustiest t.v. interiors.) I often have the computer running in the kitchen, using it to listen to radio programs while I cook so I guess that there was a fair amount of bread flour inside. We have also been doing a lot of renovations in our home and so  plenty of wood and brink dust would have got in there too.

This is the second biggish repair I have had to do in the last month. My son’s laptop screen had failed. It wasn’t cracked, it just gave a stripey white screen. Fortunately I had a spare screen from a long-dead machine tucked away in a cupboard and was able to swap them over.

After I had tightened the final screw I crossed my fingers when I pressed the power switch. It all came to life and since the repair it has been happily working hard, carrying out resource-heavy adjustments to multiple large photos without a hiccup. The bottom of the machine isn’t getting as hot as it was before, which is a good sign. It’s also running faster now.

The bread tasted good too, although I did manage to burn my hand on the oven shelf when turning the loaves around.

It’s much less worrying fixing photographs. If one gets it wrong it is far easier consigning a photo than a laptop to the recycle bin. And, it doesn’t hurt as much as receiving a brand from the oven.

One of my favourite techniques that I often play with is moving the camera while taking the shot.  I look for lines in the landscape and move the camera along the direction of those lines, so vertically up tree trunks or horizontally across a horizon.  There are a few images taken this way in my Abstraction gallery. I experiment with different shutter settings along with panning  speeds and discontinuous movement.

This shot was taken in the late afternoon looking over the river towards a marina. (For those doing it, this the first image in the 52 in 365 Challenge. I’ll be tagging the posts with the linked themes.)

ISO 200, 35mm, f/22, 1/10th second

ISO 200, 35mm, f/22, 1/10th second



  1. Tammy says:

    I am so lucky I have a husband computer engineer…he keeps my computer happy for me! My fan just went out and he replaced it so it wouldn’t overheat! I feel your pain!

    I just started playing with moving the camera and am loving the artistic results…although I have not gotten one as good as this image! Love your creativity and how you are always trying new stuff!

    Happy New Year to you and yours! I have switched blogs for the new year….you can find me at:

  2. Love the soft colors and the mystical quality you’ve created.

  3. Madelaine says:

    Happy New Year, Ivor!

  4. Julie says:

    I have played with this camera technique before but never with such fantastic results as yours. I really love this one. I’d frame it, for sure.

  5. Ivor says:

    Thanks Julie. I added a texture to it as well as you can probably see, A technique I am gradually trying to improve.

  6. Ericca says:

    I am sure the original portrait was lovely. Still, you just can deny the surreal beauty that you developed in post. Lovely work!

    • Ivor says:

      Hi Errica, although there is a bit of development word and the addition of a light texture, the main blurred effect was achieved by moving the camera during the shot. I’m glad you like it.

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