30 December 2009


Off to Delft in the morning, Eurostar willing. I am imagining:
1. Canals.
2. Snow and ice.
3. Hot chocolate.
4. Stylish stationery, including, hopefully, the coolest, most organising 2010 Diary the world has ever seen.
5. Early darkness.
6. Ice skating.
7. Photos like Bruegal (sp?) paintings.
8. A new bag from the nice bag shop in Amsterdam.
9. A somewhat boring and depressing Monday when everything will be closed.
10. One late night (tomorrow).
11. A glut of episodes of The Wire.

29 December 2009

Bicycles, Ruthin

I don't know why, but I like this one. Well, I do know why in fact, and it is a personal thing, but here goes (feel free to mock - geekery is eminently mockable). It is the combination of a prime lens, the D700 and a decent bit of light - it combines to show just what the camera and a decent lens are capable of given the right conditions. I reckon this could be printed 24X16 or something and it would still look great. Click through if you don't believe me.

Father and Daughter

28 December 2009

Photo Competition

I was asked to provide a link to the competition I entered over the course of 2009 in AP Magazine - well here it is. No easy link to the pics that I had placed I'm afraid, though anyone with any familiarity with my Flickr stream will in any case have seen most (or possibly all) of these.

No Photography, Tate Modern

Bzzz Face

Taken whilst on a photowalk with a friend met through Flickr, Nick Kidd.

23 December 2009


Pogo Nogo

Here's a business plan one might want to avoid. Invent an interesting product that some people may wish to buy, then ensure that, in the run up to the Christmas period, it isn't available in the shops. Sit back and watch your company go down the pan.

15 December 2009


OK, so my last picture didn't get placed, which does disappoint me somewhat. However, I finished 8th in the Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition in AP magazine. Which, given that I stuffed up my first two entries, isn't too bad. ONWARD!

8 December 2009

Happy Christmas

Drinks, Terrace

I'm doing something wrong. The sky looks horrible in this, and the picture just doesn't have the quality I would like it to. Yet I think that the camera I have is more than capable of rendering this scene in a manner that I would find acceptable - it was taken at ISO 3200 which might sound a lot but which, from following various websites and forums, I understand would normally give rise to better results than this. I must persevere - perhaps I am not "shooting to the right" sufficiently aggressively.

30 November 2009

29 November 2009

The Art of Photography Defined

"As for [Henri Cartier Bresson], I think that any art where there is a single obvious meaning is a failure except in advertising and propaganda.... The perfect photograph should hurt to look at, but be compelling enough that you can't look away."

These comments are by a guy called Hugh Crawford and are from a thread on The Online Photographer and for me sum up what I think Art, and photography, are largely about, albeit that I would replace "hurt" with "invoke melancholy". Why melancholy? Because the most beautiful things in life (and Art should, I think, be about beauty) contain elements, however small, that are indicative of their own decay. It is why great Art cannot be appreciated at its greatest at the moment of its conception.

25 November 2009

More Mac Awfulness

Interesting. Now that I have a Mac, I find that I hate Quicktime even more than I did previously. It really is like something out of the stone age, slow and arrogant and awful.
On the other hand, I will admit, without let or hindrance, that I like the touchpad on my Mac - it comes naturally now for me to use one, two, three or four finger gestures that mean moving through a workflow, for example using Nikon Capture NX, is faster and more satisfying than it could ever be with a mouse.