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Time lapse to a beat
Utterly stunning timelapse from Julian Tryba of the New York skyline - just when you thought you had seen it all, this takes a giant leap into the future. This makes the landscape a pallette which you can draw upon and integrate into a piece of music. It is wonderful. Sit back, watch, marvel (and then go and read how he did it). NYC Layer-Lapse from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

posted on: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

What the Victorians did for us
The Victorian era was the age of invention, although the discovery of photography just pre-dates this with Niépce’s famous View from the Window at Le Gras in 1826....

posted on: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Tour of Britain: at 240fps!
Just back from an afternoon at the Tour of Britain where Steve Cummings took the overall general classification....

posted on: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Nik Collection now Free
For all you photography lovers out there, a great announcement from Google to say that the Nik Collection is to be made freely available....

posted on: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

EGU Photo Contest Finalist
It was a great honour this week to hear that my entry for the EGU 2016 Photo Contest (below) made the final cut....

posted on: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

OS Photofit Cover Landed!
Yes its landed!! My winning photo has now been published by OS and is available from Amazon, displayed in all its glory. Evidence of my copy and the photo credit!!

posted on: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Long exposure image banding
I quite often experiment with neutral density (ND) filters for long exposure photography as part of images I produce and, over the last couple of years, have had two particular problems (neither of which I have examples of any more so I've pulled in some links from Google Images): 1....

posted on: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Note to self... Nikon Custom Banks
My Nikon D700 has what are called "Custom Banks" - on face value these look like ways of saving your settings (for example if you have a preferred setup for a type of shooting) which you can then use later....

posted on: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Pixel Shift Marvel
The newly released Pentax K3 II is a top end APS-C DSLR in a similar vein to the Canon 70D and Nikon D7200, with a BIG however....

posted on: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Get yourself Explorer Sheet 162 for Greenwich & Gravesend
Get yourself a copy of Explorer 162 Greenwich & Gravesend..... well come July anyways. Yes the OS have announced the winners for the next Photofit round so sneak a peek at some great photos over at Flickr including my winner.

posted on: Sat, 30 May 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

It's arrived....
24 MP of pure CFA free joy...... How good do I need to be for santa?!

posted on: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

VOTE NOW !! OS Photofit
The Ordnance Survey is currently mid-way through their competition to source (cheaply?!) new photographs for the covers of the iconic series of maps - the competition is called Photofit with the first two rounds now having closed (the next covers the iconic 1:50k Landranger series)....

posted on: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Monochrome Cameras
It's a strange situation now - in the past monochrome (or B&W or panchromatic) photos were the standard images to be produced....

posted on: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

A Mother’s Illness, a Daughter’s Duty
A tender, haunting and very personal project photographing death - it's hard to not feel a sense of attachment and loss at the very personal photographic story telling of the end of a persons life.... it comes to all yet we feel so unprepared for it...

posted on: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Shooting some film.....
Now this article really brings new meaning to the phrase!!! I REALLY gotta get myself one of these - imagining doing a portrait session in a studio!!!! Or going out shooting some street photography - me thinks you might get in to a little bother. So cool though!

posted on: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Note to self... Preset White Balance
Another photography note to self.... many cameras allow you to directly measure the white balance in a scene and set it prior to shooting. This can be very useful particularly if you are shooting JPEGs. Nikon's use what they call Preset White Balance. If you set white balance to "PRE" (rather than auto or any other setting), who have 6 (on my D700) memory banks which can store a white balance setting. Long press the WB button to put the camera in to measurement mode and fire the shutter. The measurement is then stored in the memory bank and all subsequent photos then use that white balance setting. Very handy!

posted on: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Earth Gigapan
How much fun is this?!

posted on: Fri, 23 May 2014 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Just back from the European Geosciences Union in Vienna (more on that in later blog entries), but thought I would post a vertical panorama of St....

posted on: Thu, 01 May 2014 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Note to self... AF Assist on the D700
Note to self - AF-assist only works when in single servo mode and with single point focus on the centre spot. It don't work otherwise and you can't focus in a dark location!!!!

posted on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Sony RX100 - a compact DSLR
I've gotten far more in to my digital photography recently - see gallery - and my DSLR (Nikon fanboy!)...

posted on: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

And hot on the heels.....
.....of Nikon's camera, Samsung now has an Android camera. I remain to be convinced, but maybe.....

posted on: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Android Camera
Yes, it's true Nikon have released an Android camera. Not too surprising really and opens up a realm of processing opportunities. So rather that a phone/PDA with a camera bolted on, we now have a camera with PDA capabilities. Should be interesting to see how the technically challenged take to it......

posted on: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry

Imaggeo geosci image library
A nice catch from Paolo (thanks!) at EGU last month was the launch of Imaggeo which is an open access geoscience image library....

posted on: Tue, 08 May 2012 | path: /photography | permanent link to this entry