28 December 2010

Christmas Eve Wedding - pics up on PDP

Winter wedding in Weybridge - the record is now available at PDP.

Flipboard magazine - A reason to buy an iPad?

Yes. Why?
1. It just works.
2. Your friends' Flickr photos and Facebook updates appear as magazine-style headings and look fresh and professional.
3. Intuitive interface (are you listening Project?). Flip over the pages, go back, forward - you understand where you are in relation to the app.
4. It makes the iPad make sense.

27 December 2010

Project magazine ... A reason to buy an iPad?

No. Why?
1. Download and install takes forever.
2. The design is broken as there is no way to navigate on most pages.
3. It loves itself more than the reader.
4. It freezes more often than a polar bear's arse.

25 December 2010

Happy Christmas from Mrs Lemon's

Taken yesterday at Joanne and Paul's wedding (congrats to you two once more!), this is Siena, a most beautiful bridesmaid. More to follow at PDP.

21 December 2010


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20 December 2010


Assorted, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

DSC_3016 black and white

DSC_3016 black and white , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

That's better.

19 December 2010

13 December 2010


DSC_3536, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

9 December 2010

Another Version


DSC_3520, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

8 December 2010

New Photography Galleries

A couple of new galleries at my website - Barry's 50th and Katrina's Baby Shower... Both fun events (see below for a report on the latter), and both with great people. You know, doing this photography, it is interesting to note just how kind and hospitable people generally are. Now, if only it were that way in the day job! Still, onward>>>.

6 December 2010

Photographing Events No. 1: The Baby Shower

An interesting shoot yesterday – a baby shower at a nightclub… Hmm, you might think, how does that work? Well, you hire out the club during daylight hours and invite family and friends along for an afternoon of silly, fun games and presents, cake, sparkling drinks and the like. And you know what? People (well, OK, women mainly, but their kids and partners too in some cases), they loved it.

Photographically it was demanding but then that seems to be pretty much always the case – events where there are no problems with light / perspective / the need for silence / the need for speed: events such as these don’t exist. If you are looking for such perfect conditions it might be best to stick to studio work. Of course, what you won’t get in the studio but you will with a live event is an opportunity to take shots like this:

Now, nightclubs aren’t, of course, known for sunshine but I thought that, it being daytime, there was a chance there’d be some available light. Well, that was partly right – the front half of the venue – the RS Lounge – was reasonably well served with windows, but at the back (where, wouldn’t you know it, most of the action took place) it was verging on coal mine-like levels of ambient light by 3 p.m. The newly acquired SB600 thus got a full airing and performed pretty well and, even though it isn’t my preferred modus operandi, it saved the day on a few occasions. At times, bouncing the flash wasn’t an option – dark grey for the most part, the walls and ceilings didn’t lend themselves to low ISOs and great depth of field. But what the club lacked in photogenic qualities the mother-to-be (hi Katrina) and her guests more than made up for in looks and attitude. So, a light hearted afternoon full of challenge – what photographer could ask for more? Here’s one of the flash-based numbers:

Technical details? Well, OK: All shots taken with a combination of a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 24 – 70 zoom; ISO and aperture all over the shop and some 3200+ ISO work included. For the flash shots I bounced where possible but some straight-to-face shots had to be done where the aforementioned grey paint issues precluded other methods. Things were happening too fast for off-camera flash most of the time: though this would have been possible, I had already said that I would intrude as little as I could – most people don’t want their parties to turn into one long portrait session – hence I mostly used onboard flash with some of the compromises that entails.

More photos will appear here in due course. While you wait (!), here's a final shot from early in the afternoon when there was still some light:

20 November 2010

Another World

So, I drop by the Royal Family website to offer my services as a wedding photographer (hey, you never know!). A banner headline made me smile: in the form of a type of FAQ, it said "What is a Realm?" Marvelous.

15 November 2010

If Ireland Defaults, Who Gets Hurt?

Monthh-old post from an interesting blog here, but still pertinent given the news coming out of Ireland. The tiger is now pretty much a rug.

14 November 2010

Click Here to Add a Title

Click Here to Add a Title, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Ireland: The End Game

Schadenfreude? I don't know. But there is a lot in the press about Ireland's denial that she is going for a loan to the rest of her friends in the Eurozone. Mmmhmm, that's right - she is NOT going to be asking for money. Ain't that the truth? Well, no, clearly it isn't. It has been over a long time in Ireland - like Wile E Coyote running on air the wrong side of the cliff edge, anyone watching could see from years back that property prices were completely bonkers and due to come crashing down. Nothing like that here in the UK of course..... :)

13 November 2010


Ease of use: 10/10
Ergonomics: Bit heavy, volume switch gets moved unintentionally, quite slippery but nice shape generally: 7/10
Usefulness: As portfolio for photography work: 9/10; for anything else: 3/10
Apps - delight in: 4/10
Battery Life: 8/10
For watching the odd YouTube Video: 9/10
Overall: 6/10 (subject to review following forthcoming OS upgrade)

Google Analytics

tells me that there has been a 200% increase in web traffic on my website over the last day or so. Up from 0 to 2 people - trebles all round!

(Fridays are traditionally a quiet day on the interwebz of course).

The [Awaiting completion once word that means "when machines overtake humans in the intelligence stakes" has popped back into head]*

So, as I approach the point at which I have 1000 pictures on Flickr, I also approach 10,000 views. Hmmm, not wildly impressive is it? 10 views an item. So, how to improve that total:
1. Women. Naked women preferably, but fey high key close ups of women in their early 20s preferably lying half-clothed in an uncomfortable outdoor environment are also good. Poetry underneath as well, that helps.
2. Flowers. With shallow depth of field and a generally approving comment about bokeh.
3. Young men. Good looking unshaven young men lying around looking emotionally damaged. That's good too.
4. Seascapes. Where the sea is milky white and smooth from a long exposure. There should be a rock of some sort, or sand patterns, in the foreground and plenty of moody clouds. Sun low in sky or, in the case of black and white, invisible.
5. Mention of the word "storm" in the tags or title. We have about five genuine storms in the UK a year, at least away from Cornwall or the Highlands and Islands. Yet somehow they are captured daily on Flickr. Hmm. Must try harder.
Well, I've only done half of these.... so, back to it.

*Obviously, this happened some time ago in my case. And the word is, of course, "singularity".

12 November 2010

Apple vs Google

Is it apple messing with google or the other way around that makes the two companies incompatible on the iPad?

9 November 2010

DSC_2491: Nature Does Pointillism, Man Loses

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DSC_0096, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

8 November 2010

Can you tell a man by his Apps?

Well here you go - front screen of my HTC desire at present:

Blik Calendar
Oblique Strategies
Retro Camera
Calendar (I know, a little repetitious - long story)

What am I missing? What, oh psychological Sherlocks, does it all Mean?

7 November 2010


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5 November 2010


Masterchef, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

4 November 2010

Grouchy 10.26.10

Grouchy 10.26.10, originally uploaded by jezandia.

Wish I'd taken this one. There are loads more as good - go take a look. Count Dogcula is fabulous. Click on link under picture to see Melody's (jezandia's) photostream.

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DSC_1861 b w , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

28 October 2010

Just, kinda, throwing this out for opinions.

27 October 2010


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17 October 2010

Photography: an awful job but someone has to do it


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On the Oxford Canal

On the Oxford Canal, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

D300s vs D700

Another event tonight (Theatre Souk put on by the theatrical entrepreneurs Theatre Delicatessen at a venue in Picton Place in "the heart of London's West End" as they say) that showed why the D300s is absolutely no match whatsoever for the FF D700. I think it might be time to upgrade the second body (no! Don't say it!). Srsly, the noise, the softness at high ISOs - not good. Mind you, much of it may be down to the soft 85mm that I keep telling myself is a great lens but, really, isn't.

15 October 2010

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13 October 2010

Pearly whatsit

DSC_0256, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

10 October 2010

Dogs of Hackney 1 - Kai

Dogs of Hackney 1 - Kai, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Dogs of Hackney 5 - Roxie

Dogs of Hackney 5 - Roxie, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Dogs of Hackney 2 - Abi

Dogs of Hackney 2 - Abi, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

7 October 2010


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6 October 2010


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Gravestones at Lunchtime

Gravestones at Lunchtime, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

3 October 2010

America 1952

America 1952, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

2 October 2010

Hidden Birds

Hidden Birds , originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

19 September 2010

A million thanks to Mrs Waziri and the Scotyard Police

Attn: Beneficiary,

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14 September 2010

Spotify: As drearily awful as it ever was

I tried to use Spotify on my new Android mobile. Unfortunately the service is every bit as shockingly rubbish as it has been on my laptop. How they get the good press they do is a complete mystery to me. Avoid it like the plague.

5 September 2010

When in Delft....

4 September 2010

Prow, Amsterdam

Prow, Amsterdam, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Sunflowers in Canal

Sunflowers in Canal, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Jane, Delft

Jane, Delft, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Bar Interior

Bar Interior, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.

Botanical Gardens, Delft

Botanical Gardens, Delft, originally uploaded by patrickdodds1.