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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.

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

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.


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.

Fern, Italy

I think this one belongs in the "trying too hard" camp.

Jane, Italy

What were those things we had to draw in our science exercise books? Flasks of course.

Pins, Biennale, Venice

Cinema Italia

Jane, Italy

Biennale, Venice


Near the Dolomites - Tovena

Venice Reflected


Kiss Goodbye

Fresh Coffee 1

Coke Bottles


Nr Waterloo


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!

Unicyle and Commuter

Young Blue Eyes

Covent Garden Red


I like the design of the clock.

One Canada Square plus Light

Spot the Crouton

So this was taken with a manual focus 85mm f/2 lens. I reckon if I had tried the same thing with an autofocus, I wouldn't have got the shot. Pre-focusing - its the real deal.

One Canada Square

Bicycle Park

This is a dull little shot isn't it? I might well take it down soon.


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.

London Eye

Houses of Parliament

The Most "Flickr" Photo Evar

This sums it up nicely in some ways. More here.


Lulu Guinness on Toast

Bench and Blue Bokeh (and not quite enough of the latter unfortunately)

Wave Power

View from Richmond Hill

That yellow band of stuff you can see is, I believe, smog.

Poppy Seed Heads

Horseshoe Pass, Wales

It didn't occur to me until after I had taken this shot that this is the view from the lay-by where a policeman killed his children and then himself after separating from their mother.

Cloud over Brighton

Accidental Shot Inside Pluriel

Cold but Beautiful

An austerely beautiful autumn day today - a chill northerly wind only partially counteracted by a bright sun. The red kites that live along the M40 were particularly noticeable, about 20 of them massing over some trees about six miles north west of High Wycombe - they made a beautiful sight.

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.


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.

Camden Market 7

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Camden Market 4