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The Jaguar XK120 was a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. It was the first post-war sports car from the marque, succeeding the SS 100 which ended production in 1940 with the start of the war in Britain. The XK120 was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show vehicle to highlight the new Jaguar XK engine. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production as a standard model.
The first cars manufactured in 1948 and 1949 had hand built aluminum bodies on an ash frame. Jaguar built 240 of these alloy bodied cars prior to moving to a more mass production XK120 in order to meet the demand for this popular model. With the 1950 model year a production version had a steel pressed body with alloy doors, bonnet, and trunk skin. Other features included torsion bar front suspension, and a removable windscreen.
Power came from a dual overhead cam 3.4 L straight-6 engine, Jaguar’s famous XK engine. With an alloy cylinder head and twin side draft SU carburators, the XK engine was very advanced for a mass produced unit, developing 160 bhp with the standard 8:1 compression ratio. This same basic design of the XK engine was used in 3.8L and 4.2L versions into the late 1980s.
The XK120 name referred to the vehicle’s impressive 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed – even faster with the windscreen removed – and at the time of its launch it was the world’s fastest standard production car[1]. It was available as a coupe (FHC or Fixed Head Coupe, introduced in 1951), convertible (DHC or Drop Head Coupe, 1953), or the original roadster (OTS or Open Two Seater). An XK120 FHC can claim the only import win in NASCAR when it won NASCAR’s first road race at Linden Airport, New Jersey, June 13th, 1954 with Al Keller at the wheel. Earlier in the year, on 31 January / 1 February, an XK120 Coupe driven by Mrs D Anderson, Chas Swinburne and Bill Pitt had won the first 24 hour car race to be held in Australia, the 1954 Mt. Druitt 24 Hours Road Race.
The Roadster had a very light weight canvas top and removable side curtains screwed to the doors, which had no external handle – to open them you reached through the screen to pull a cord on the inside. It also had a removeable windscreen, which could be removed so that "aeroscreens" could be fitted. The DHC or Drop Head Coupe had a padded top and roll up windows. Both the FHC and DHC had an elegant wood veneer dash, whereas the roadster’s was leather. All models were manufactured with spats to cover the back wheel arch which enhanced the streamlined look, but when optional (from 1951) wire wheels were fitted, the spats had to be removed to make room for the hub spinners. There was also an M version (called SE for Special Equipment in England) which included increased power, stiffer suspension, dual exhaust, and wire wheels.

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How about a cool, refreshing drink?

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Taken for Active Assignment Weekly: Geometry in nature

Assignment
Nature is usually something irregular, soft, unruly. But often we can find perfect geometrical shapes in it, e.g. triangles, squares, circles… I’d like you to capture those.

Restrictions: Don’t put the shape into the image through Photoshop or put two (or more) images together into one – it must be there naturally. All other PP activities are ok.

Dare: make it look as clean, "mathematical" as possible. With this I mean straight, clear lines, not the rugged, scraggly nature-look…

I hope I’m not being too confusing – I realise it’s one thing to think up an assignment and another one to state it in words… 😉

What it took
The perfect round shape of the lime fruit, and the nice, straight lines dividing it up into segments looked like they matched the assignment.

After a dozen test-drops where I got nice water droplets almost each time, I filled the glass with tonic water (imagining that the bubbles would look good… sadly they went off really quickly before I got a decent shot) and icecubes and stuck a slice of lime to the edge of the glass.

Flash to the left front of glass, camera aiming straight at glass. Short tele used to ensure camera would not be splashed. Camera triggered by what-cha-ma-callin’ (also known as Nikon ML-L3 remote) which I pressed sorta the same time as the icecube was hitting the tonic water surface. Background is a white sheet.

The successrate from the test drops had disappeared. Out of 20 drops, only this one came out with decent water drops.

Image recorded as raw. Opened once and white balance changed to "tungsten" to get the blue look. Then the same image opened again and the white balance this time set to "flash" to retain the colour of the lime. The two versions of the image then just overlaid in photoshop with a mask.

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