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“Faster, Higher, Stronger.”
-Olympic Motto

I felt a little despondent about the upcoming Paralympics a few days ago when I heard that the Olympic torch passed through the town – at least eight hours after the event. There was no publicity, nothing to say that it was happening. It came and went and you were lucky to see it if you were in the area at the time.

After the success of the London 2012 Olympics, I really hope that the same attention to detail is given to the Paralympics. The medalists from Team GB are being hailed as Super Humans, but realistically the Super Humans are those who have overcome adverse conditions, loss of limbs and whatever else to be there, tonight, at the opening ceremony and for the next two weeks competing.
My faith was restored somewhat after listening to an uplifting interview with Channel 4 Paralympics Presenter Daraine Mulvihill. I wrote my blog in my head on the way home after hearing her on the radio. Her excitement and her own personal story that took her to where she was today was inspiring.
Daraine was a cross country runner with several medals to her name when she contracted meningitis at the age of sixteen. She had both of her legs amputated below the knee and lost all of her fingers. She runs on blades now, and if there is ever a presenter than can empathize and really know what the athletes are going through – she’s the one.

I also had a spare half an hour at lunchtime and against my better judgement, bought Hello! magazine after seeing a six page spread on the elite British Athletes of the 2012 Paralympics. So I’m buoyed once more to be behind my country all the way, and I hope that wherever you are – you might also spare the time to catch up on the Paralympics and support your respective teams. Let’s watch Oscar Pistorius take that gold and Jason Smyth keep his title of the ‘Fastest Paralympian on Earth…’ and let’s be proud of how far we’ve come not only as countries but as human beings.

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“The piano keys are black and white
but they sound like a million colors in your mind.”

– Katie Melua

As a rule, I don’t shoot in Black and White and when I want to use the gray scale tones I do it afterwards in an editing program. Occasionally though, I remember the auto function on my camera and have a play with it. I quite like realising that I can shoot something I’ve shot before and it will look completely different just because I’ve taken out all colour.

They say (whomever they might be) that shooting in black and white is the ultimate lesson for any Photographer regardless of skill set or experience. Abolishing colour means that you concentrate on making most of the light that you have, using it to your advantage and learning about shadows and tones.

Well actually, I just shot in black and white and learned nothing other than frustration at the fact that my Camera appears to be on a ‘go slow’ in Aperture priority mode. However never mind! Taking out the colour achieves that moody grainy effect that I sometimes wish to capture. Mostly because my settings are all wrong, but still, it’s a result. Another Photograph (or two) another day closer to finishing this challenge…

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