What’s In A Name?


Well I’ve gone and done it. Goodbye Adobe. My contract for Adobe CC has come to an end and I’m a free man. Free to choose the software that I want to process my images. Admittedly I could have done that before but why pay for something and not use it. So why have I ditched Adobe? After all, they are probably one of the biggest names in photography software. Simple really. For some time now I have been unhappy with the quality of Olympus RAW files that I am able to process with Lightroom. Maybe it’s me being too critical, but some time back after one of those updates to Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw I noticed that images were “wishy washy” and very soft. So much so that I was really having to boost the colours and sharpening.

Right then onto Names a strange subject for this weeks challenge but there you go. Depending on how you approach this building near Lands End in Cornwall it could be as the name suggests. Lands End is the most westerly, but not southerly, point of mainland Cornwall and England. The “last” bit comes into play if you make the journey from say Scotland to Land End. My personal thoughts are it’s an over-rated tourist spot with exorbitant prices for parking, refreshments and even taking photographs. The famous Lands End Sign is owned by a local photographer and roped off. Last time I checked £10 for a photograph. I suppose a tog has got to make money some way.

First and Last House

The Duke of Lancaster, What a glorious name for a rusting hulk. I have mixed feelings about the poor “old Duke”. It’s great to photograph but it’s becoming a bit of an eye-sore….and despite what has been said I think the allowed graffiti has only made the Duke an even bigger eye-sore.

Duke of Lancaster

One of the things about living in Wales is dual language signs. As a non Welsh speaker it used to scramble my brain at first, especially with road signs. But over the years I have got used to it. Here you can see the Welsh and English versions of the word optometrist, even the building name is dual language. The truck and it’s load did make it down the narrow high street, just clearing a bank sign, out of photograph by a few millimetres

Tight Squeeze

I’ve done a fair bit of travelling in the USA, on the East Coast, Florida from the Keys to Pensacola and also up the Atlantic Coast. Feeling a little bit more adventurous I’ve managed to get up as far as Charleston, taking in Savannah on the way. On the West Coast a nice little driving trip over two weeks around California, Nevada and Arizona. One of the places that really impressed me for it’s natural beauty was the Grand Canyon, but for sheer engineering it has to be the Hoover Dam. Sure you’ve got Las Vegas with it’s gaudy high-rise hotels and casinos, all built with modern techniques and equipment. The Hoover Dam dates back to an age when the work was done mostly by an army of workers some of whom lost their lives whilst working on the dam or underground in the diversion tunnels.

Hoover Dam

My final photograph is from a small road in Yorkshire called Hardisty Hill. In a guest post on Ancestry, “What’s in a Name? Hardisty: a persistent surname”, Howard Mathieson states that

The Hardisty surname is derived from an English place name. From A Dictionary of Surnames (Hanks and Hodges), we learn that Hardisty “is a habitation name from a place in Yorks., in the parish of Fewston. The place name is recorded in 1379 as Hardolfsty, from the Old English personal name Heardwulf (composed of the elements heard hardy, brave, strong + wulf wolf) + Old English stïg path)”.

Hardisty Hill

Now I’m a Hardisty and so far I’ve managed to trace my family back to Knaresborough around about 1750. Knaresborough is only 11 miles from Fewston.

Well that’s it for this week. I hope you liked the photographs.

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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24 comments

  1. Loved your photos and intrigued by your surname and its beginnings (there is another word but I’m having a senior moment here). How exciting to discover this. I’d have this photograph enlarged and placed in a prominent position in my hall if I were named Hardisty!
    And, if you don’t mind telling, what programme will you use in place of Adobe Lightroom?

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    • I am now using ACDSee for all my processing, Mari. I’m still getting used to using it because Adobe Lightroom it certainly is not. The big test will be next week when i I manage to get out into the National Park and take some photographs, That will allow me to really test the Import, Keywording and Categorising functions of the software.

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      • Thanks for letting me know. I’m still with Photoshop (never could get on with Lightroom) but I jumped from 9 to 14 only to find that APS has left off some of my favourite tweaks and I’m quite disappointed. I’ve had to use Gimp on two occasions recently and I advise quite a few beginners to the world of photo-editing to start with this free programme.

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  2. Love the descriptive color (or “colour” as y’all would say) that accompanies the gorgeous photos. ” £10 for a photograph”? Yikes. I wonder if he gets many takers on that. I spent many months in Ireland, and the dual language signs there are as you describe the dual language Welsh ones, and very different from what we experience in the States. Are the road signs in Wales like the ones in Ireland, where they are on round poles and with a bit of effort the sign pointing to the various villages can be rotated so that they point in the wrong direction? That and the Gaelic made navigating quite interesting. 🙂

    Glad I found your site. I enjoy it quite a lot.

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    • Nearly all of the signs in the UK are fixed by two poles so you cant swing them around. There are still the odd ones though in remoter areas where they are on single poles. Mostly Japanese, or these days Chinese pay those ridiculous prices for a photograph with that sign. Thanks for takingthe time to comment.

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  3. Wonderful photos. I have a VHS showing the construction of Hoover Dam. I like the first photo – first and last house… reminds of the freeway rest areas. Before entering, it says this is the last area… the next rest is in ….miles! Is that sign Hardisty Hill pointing the direction to your property?

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    • When i visited the dam, a good few years back, you could still do tours inside and take photographs, so it was really interesting. I wish I had property on Hardisty Hill but I live in North Wales, land of sheep, glorious coastlines and endless mountains.

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      • My husband was born in Walla Walla, South Wales, lived until 10. We went back to visit from Sydney to Cape Tribulation. We flew from Sydney to Caine, he dived in Great Barrier Reef, then drove to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation.

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  4. Love the photos. I also was not impressed by Lands End, so only went there once – about 8 years ago.
    I’ve never embraced the Adobe world. My choice is a Linux system (don’t like Windows) running XNView MP (also runs on Windows) with Gimp and Darktable (Linux and Apple only) for raw processing.

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    • Thanks for commenting. I cut my teeth on Photoshop way back when, We used it at work for graphics for training materials. Oh how it has changed since those early days. Lightroom really was arevelation when it came along and I adopted that really quickly. But like I said, recent updates for some reason don’t seem to be giving as good quality and I’m having to do more.

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    • Unfortunately with no maintenance it’s looking rustier and rustier. The local council has never wanted it there so no doubt they will come up with some “elfin safety” to compulsory “acquire” it, and then put it up for scrap disposal.

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  5. Mile you’ve included some interesting info here. It sounds as if you made quite a trip. Hoover Dam, as you say is a marvel to behold. And yes lots of men died as they helped build the dam. I find those narrow streets a bit much. I don’t see how anything gets delivered there. The most interesting aspect of this post is what you learned about your name. As another commenter wrote, frame that pic and hang in a prominent place.

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    • One of these days, Yvonne, I must do a blog on Conwy and Caernarfon towns, both of which have castles. Narrow streets, high town walls, nightmare for traffic, but great to walk around and photograph.

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      • Please go to those towns and get some great photographs. It has always boggled my mind how anyone drives in parts of the UK and Europe. The towns are all so old and of course, I know that motorized vehicles had not been invented much less thought of. Those old towns are unique and very special.

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  6. Hi Mike, Quite a few thoughts in your post. Was surprised by your Adobe departure…I am still a subscriber and read it with interest. Your travels in the US made it to my last home of 15 years- Charleston. Now you have to make it out to the west coast. I enjoy your photographs and blog– happy new year!

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    • Only time will tell if I’ve made the right decision Jane. I find ACDSee quirky, but there again I did the same with Lightroom when I first started using it, way back when. I loved Charleston, Savannah too.

      Whenever we visit we like to hire a car and get out and about. On the Charleston trip we stopped off at Flagler Beach and St Augustine for a couple of days. Then onwards to Amelia Island and a quick trip to Cumberland Island. Followed by Charleston, back to Savannah and then Orlando, each for a few days.

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    • It’s a bit quirky and I’m still getting used to it, but I like experimenting. It’s non destructive like Lightroom so I’m not losing anything from my photographs. Now is a quiet time for me before I start getting out into the mountains and coast again so I’ve got the time to experiment

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