This is where, as from the 1st May 2011, I shall be taking REQUESTS for my image a day.
Each image will have the name of the person who suggested that particular photograph; these could be friends or family, and maybe even random strangers... who knows! All I do know is that this is going to be an even bigger challenge than last year.

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bus stop next stop, havant green cuppa cherry tom castle air soay ewe trumpeter finch beacon hill cemetery landing jetty stonehenge shitless renault nineteen gas fire prohibited sole mates twenty-fifth cheers! fishy clockwork orange controversy market parade first to fly body, posts and ribs communication zest stars ice cream soda bubbles per annum snout, trotters and curls

bus stop

Tuesday 31st May 2011 - 'Bus Stop'

As suggested by my Dad, "Bus Stop".
Taken tonight, just down the road from where I live, using my headlights as the light source.

next stop, havant

Monday 30th May 2011 - 'Next Stop, Havant'

As suggested by Jamie Smith, "Speed".
A train going past at the level crossing on New Lane in Havant.


Sunday 29th May 2011 - 'Green'

As suggested by Damien Lowe, "Recycling".
A straight shot of our very full recycling box which is probably emptied every couple of days into our main 'green' bin.


Saturday 28th May 2011 - 'Cuppa'

As suggested by Magda Thompson, "A Nice Cup Of Tea".
I don't do cups... but I do have a groovy mug.

cherry tom

Friday 27th May 2011 - 'Cherry Tom'

As suggested by Magda Thompson, "Red Fruit".
Thought I'd avoid the obvious, plus the fact that it's the only red fruit we had in... so it had to be a sliced Cherry Tomato.

castle air

Thursday 26th May 2011 - 'Castle Air'

As suggested by Peter Clark, "Context".
Last night, as we left the Marisco Tavern, we were advised that there was every chance we'd be departing Lundy Island by helicopter. I walked up to the Tavern this morning to find a notice board which read, "May 26th Departing Visitors - Due to an adverse weather forecast, M.S. Oldenburg will not sail today. Departures from the island will be by helicopter. A flight supplement is payable in the Tavern. Please be here at 10:15am for your flight briefing. Thank you."
Both Tanya, myself and my parents had never flown in a helicopter before and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. The photograph includes St. Helena's Church and the Twin-Engine Augusta 109 we flew in, owned by Castle Air. As a matter of interest, the building jutting out from the right-hand side of the church is the castle we were staying in.

soay ewe

Wednesday 25th May 2011 - 'Soay Ewe'

As suggested by Sue Anthony, "Sheep's horns".
There were two breeds of sheep found on Lundy Island, the domestic kind found in the fields south of quarter wall, whilst the feral Soay sheep roam the rest of the island. The flock were established in 1944 being chosen as the closest primitive breed to what would have been found on the island in the Bronze Age.

trumpeter finch

Tuesday 24th May 2011 - 'Trumpeter Finch - Rhodopechys githaginea'

As suggested by Sarah Austin, "Puffin"
Now then, it was only just the beginning of the season for Puffins on the island, and when you're encountering a 400ft drop whilst peering over cliff faces, the Puffins being over halfway down, it's as good as impossible to photograph them.
So, since this bird, the Trumpeter Finch, is usually only found in the Canary Islands, across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, it was an absolutely remarkable find and incredibly rare to be spotted in England, let alone Lundy Island.

beacon hill cemetery

Monday 23rd May 2011 - 'Beacon Hill Cemetery'

As suggested by Peter Clark, "Death".
Beacon Hill cemetery was excavated by Charles Thomas in 1969. The cemetery contains four inscribed stones, dated to the 5th or 6th century AD. This particular view includes St. Helena's Church in the background.

landing jetty

Sunday 22nd May 2011 - 'Landing Jetty'

As suggested by Vicki Gibbon, "Harbour Activity".
Since we were now on Lundy Island, this was the only harbour, and this was as active as I saw it during our five-night stay. Taken at 05:43am.


Saturday 21st May 2011 - 'Stonehenge'

As suggested by Lisa Ward, "Out Of This World".
Now then, I have to admit that this may be construed as a slightly tenuous link, yet when you've set off on your holiday to an island that's just three miles long by half a mile wide, subject matters aren't easy!
This was taken at 03:58am, Stonehenge in Wiltshire whilst on our way to Bideford.


Friday 20th May 2011 - 'Shitless'

As suggested by Peter Clark, "Fear".
A self-portrait with quite a bit of Photoshop manipulation.

renault nineteen

Thursday 19th May 2011 - 'Renault Nineteen'

As suggested by Paul Burgman, "Renault 19".
Found a used car specialist in North End, Portsmouth, who had a Renault 19 for sale... drove down there, only I couldn't find the car :-(
So, I have to hold my hands up and say that this is my photograph of the image online, manipulated in my own way. Gutted.

gas fire

Wednesday 18th May 2011 - 'Gas Fire'

As suggested by Magda Thompson, "Fire".
Thought I'd wait for complete darkness (and for The Apprentice to finish) before I took this shot of one of our gas hobs.


Tuesday 17th May 2011 - 'Prohibited'

As suggested by Dawn Richard, "Cycling or Bikes".
A cycling prohibited sign at Emsworth Mill Pond.

sole mates

Monday 16th May 2011 - 'Sole Mates'

As suggested by Tanya Lowe, "How about shoes?"
A handful of a possible hundred that Tanya has in and around the house...


Sunday 15th May 2011 - 'Twenty-Fifth'

As suggested by Christine Widdall, "Something in the shape of a "Y" for year".
Just some road markings in a car park at Emsworth.


Saturday 14th May 2011 - 'Cheers!'

As suggested by Sarah Austin, "Since you're going to a beer festival, how about a 'cheers' shot?"
Jamie, Damien and Tanya all enjoying the second real ale of the day at Yapton Beerex.


Friday 13th May 2011 - 'Fishy'

As suggested by Sue Anthony, "Macro shot of some fish nostrils".
So, this is exactly that... had to keep enough of the fish (a Salmon) in the frame so you could tell what it was. If you're wanting one, they're great to make stock from and are just 91p from Morrisons.

clockwork orange

Thursday 12th May 2011 - 'Clockwork Orange'

As suggested by Jan Cuer, "Ian, I recently saw a photo depicting 'A Clockwork Orange'. Just wondered what your take on it would be!!!"
Strangely enough, I'd used this very alarm clock from Boots eleven years ago when I entered it into a Amateur Photographer of the Year round called 'Charades' back in 2000. Tanya reminded me that I'd actually kept the alarm clock (sprayed with orange car spray paint), so I took a new shot this afternoon.


Wednesday 11th May 2011 - 'Controversy!'

As suggested by Sue Renshaw, "A picture to say we're going up to the Championship".
As soon as I showed Tanya what I was taking a photo of, she said, "I can't believe you're even bringing that into the house, I'm going to tell Damien." This shot will probably cause a HUGE stink with my Pompey mates... I live next door to a Manchester United fan, so think how I feel!
Think it's time to hide the evidence now and maybe this is the time for Facebook to have a 'dislike' button (or something stronger!)

market parade

Tuesday 10th May 2011 - 'Market Parade'

As suggested by Kevin Parry, "A tilt shift shot".
Taken from the top of the multi-storey car park at the Meridian Centre in Havant.

first to fly

Monday 9th May 2011 - 'First To Fly'

As suggested by Vicki Gibbon, "Dandelion seed head".
And that's what it is.

body, posts and ribs

Sunday 8th May 2011 - 'Body, Posts and Ribs'

As suggested by my Mum, "Since it's Dad's birthday on Sunday, something musical."
A macro shot of a flute. Thanks to Sarah and Molly for allowing me to borrow it.


Saturday 7th May 2011 - 'Communication'

As suggested by Peter Clark, "Suggestions - I'm thinking more abstract - Life, death, romance, fear, communication, just as starters. :-)"
So here's the 'communication' suggestion, taken from the floor of an old red telephone box on the Chidham peninsula in West Sussex.


Friday 6th May 2011 - 'Zest'

As suggested by Joe Kelly, "Macro shot of sliced lemon."
And that's what this is.


Thursday 5th May 2011 - 'Stars'

As suggested by Maxwell Law, "Next request is stars as they sort of follow stripes."
Wanted to also use a Starfruit, only they aren't in season. I hunted around for a Starfish too... so frustrating when you can't find what you're looking for! In the end, as a last resort, I popped into the Sue Ryder shop, and although they didn't have what I wanted, they did have this star-shaped 'bowl' on sale for just £1.95... that did me.

ice cream soda

Wednesday 4th May 2011 - 'Ice Cream Soda'

As suggested by Einir Roberts, "Peter and I have been discussing ice cream sodas, so an ice cream soda please, thankyou."
Decided to use a cocktail glass, the long glass just wasn't working... hunted around for some red cherries in Morrisons... the closest they had were strawberries.


Tuesday 3rd May 2011 - 'Bubbles'

As suggested by Lisa Ward, "My next request is "bubbles" please."
A macro shot of a Galaxy "Bubbles" chocolate bar.

per annum

Monday 2nd May 2011 - 'Per Annum'

As suggested by Christine Widdall, "Something in the shape of a letter "A" (Latin symbol for the year from annus")
Taken at Emsworth Harbour.

snout, trotters and curls

Sunday 1st May 2011 - 'Snout, Trotters and Curls'

As suggested by Sue Anthony, "A snout please, preferably still attached to a snazzy pig."
Taken at a pig farm, just outside of Funtington.

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