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One of the things I remember most from the house that I showed you yesterday was the fridge.  Here, before I explain, take a look.

This area that was covered in is between the two parts of the house.  The water tank was undercover to keep it cool, and hanging next to it is the meat safe.

I have a closer image.

This is so amazing that this was it and this is how they kept their food.  Meat was put in the meat safe to keep the flies off it.  I don’t know if they put anything else in it.  I don’t know how long the meat stayed in it, bit funny when you think they survived doing this, and yet we are told not to let our meat defrost on the bench.  I grew up with meat being defrosted on the draining board of the sink, never got sick from it, but apparently it is bad for you.  Go figure, our paranoid world and our fear of germs plays such an important part.  Advertising companies have earned their money there.

I downloaded a trial version of HDR Efex Pro 2, by Nik Software.  I got involved in trying it out and forgot about time, but more on that later.  I knew that I wanted to do the meat safe today, though when I went to do the second image, there were problems with bracketed shots, and instead of it being a 3, 4 or 5 image HDR it was done with a single image.  Tonal mapping added and then what, well.

Sometimes I load an image up that I want to work on, and when confronted with it, I don’t know, I just can’t figure out how to do what I want to do.  I have to play, leave it, go and have a cup of tea, go back and keep playing.  This image was definitely like that.  It has been a really difficult image to work with.  Unlike the first one.

The first one, it was easy, it is a 4 image HDR, and I knew that I wanted the point of focus to be that meat safe, and next the water tank, so I made sure the lighting highlighted those.

I hope you like both, I do, and in the end I am really happy with how both came out.

I am doing a webinar in the morning, hopefully going to learn some cool tricks to use with some other software.  Also, as I previously stated I also downloaded HDR Efex Pro 2 today.  I have played with it, not sure about it.  I really like the results I get with Photomatix, and I have to wonder, do I really need to purchase more software to do the same thing, how much better can it be?  I do like the fact that you can use it as a plugin in Photoshop.  I am going to have to play with it a lot more, to be in a better position to judge.

I am going to post the original images from the first two now.

The meat safe was probably one of the hardest things to photograph.  It was rocking in the gentle wind.  Oh well, that happens.  Anyway I have talked enough.

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