Music from Every Orifice, and a Sudden Realisation!

Day 4 It’s a long but leafy drive from Memphis to Nashville, a bit like a 200-mile long tree lined avenue, but with bigger trucks! The road is misleadingly uniform, so it’s a surprise how different the two cities are. … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

An Historic Day

Day 3 The drawback of being a stone’s throw from the airport is somewhat curtailed sleep as the flights start at about 4.30. Oh well… First stop is a fabric shop on the outskirts where Frances buys some tassles, and … Continue reading

Jumpin’

Day 2 Another early start, but thanks to jet lag it’s not a major issue. Reagan National Airport turns out to be an architectural gem, and I get some great shots of the main hall. Operationally it’s not at quite … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

Back in the USA!

We had a trip to the USA in late September and early October, which was highly enjoyable and produced a few interesting photos. Here’s what happened…   Day 1 Up early for flight to Washington. Everything goes smoothly apart from … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

This week I am supporting the TRW presence at Automechanika in Frankfurt. Due to a cock-up on the packing front by the team leader this morning found us short of a wireless router essential to connect our demonstration vehicle to … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

New Toy, New Challenges

I’ve just got a new toy, a Panasonic GF3 converted for infrared imported from the USA. I went for the 590nm filter which admits a fair bit of the visual spectrum for the popular “goldie” look, and which makes sure … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Auto Everything? Not Quite…

A friend asked me a few weeks ago about how I get such depth of colour in my images, and whether it was related to using automatic modes on my cameras. I had to explain about shooting RAW and correcting … Continue reading

Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Photography

Looking Down Dark Alleys…

I’m finally getting round to the first pass (!) on my Morocco photos. Work, my app development and the slow release of Capture One support for the Panasonic GX7 have all got in the way. Here’s one from our second … Continue reading

Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Two Nations Divided By A Common Language

This doesn’t survive “translation”. Researching our forthcoming trip to the South Eastern USA, I found a guide to a small town on our route in North Carolina with the splendid, and somewhat misleading, title Doggin’ Asheville. Not what I expected … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Humour

All Change… (part 2)

My transition from Canon cameras to a lighter micro four thirds system is proceeding rapidly. In the last two weeks I’ve sold off the Canon 550D and Panasonic GH2, which both moved very quickly, my Panasonic flash and my CF … Continue reading

Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Photography

Caught by The Law!

Don’t get too excited. Those of you hoping to see me carted off in manacles and an orange jumpsuit will be sadly disappointed… No, the law to which I refer is Moore’s Law, which states effectively, if you need reminding, … Continue reading

Friday, July 18, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

That’s Better!

After the less than excellent photo on the previous post, here’s one I’m quite pleased with. We did a trip to The British Library and St. Pancras Station on New Year’s Eve. Here’s a fascinating detail from the great statue … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Photography

All Change…

Since I got the Panasonic GX7 I’ve been thinking about whether I could switch entirely from the big Canons to smaller cameras. Two things were stopping me: the GX7’s poor performance with action, and the fact that occasionally I need … Continue reading

Webkit, KitKat and Deadlocks!

I don’t know what provision Dante Alighieri made, but I’m hoping there’s a special corner of Hell reserved for paedophiles, mass murderers and so-called engineers from big software companies who think there might ever be a justification for breaking backwards … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Busy Bee…

I’m sorry things have been quiet on the blogging front recently. I got back from my very restful holiday in Barbados expecting to take some time to find new work. Within two hours, before I could do anything, I had … Continue reading

Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography, Thoughts on the World

The Achilles Heel

As regular readers will know, I’ve been very impressed with the Panasonic GX7, which is a remarkably capable little camera. It did the bulk of the work on my Morocco trip, and I have seriously been considering whether we have … Continue reading

Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Man Up

This is a comedy thriller very much affecting the style of Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen’s latest, the hilarious Bad Monkey, uses almost exactly the same Floridan and Bahamian locations, and reading this book almost immediately afterwards did feel a bit like … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Reviews

Resistance

This is a fascinating book, although its title and blurb are rather misleading. I was expecting something along the lines of a Welsh Defiance (the story of the Belorussian Otriads which successfully battled the Nazis behind the Eastern Front), or … Continue reading

Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Reviews

My First Android App: Stash-It!

After a couple of months of busy early morning and late night programming, my first Android app has finally been released. Please meet Stash-It! Stash-It! responds to an odd side-effect of the difference between the iOS and Android security models. … Continue reading

Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Apps, Code & Development, My Publications, Thoughts on the World

The Concert for Jon Lord

Last Friday we attended a wonderful concert celebrating the life and music of the late Jon Lord, “musician and gentleman”. This unique event filled the Royal Albert Hall, both in front of and the stage, which as befits the man … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

Getting Ahead of the Curve – Final Update?

When I purchased my Panasonic GX7 on the day of release, I did expect there to be a slight delay in getting software support (see here), but I got frustrated when no fewer than three versions of Capture One came … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Scarily Bad

Reversing the scarily effective performance of Google Now, I just had a dangerous experience with Google Voice Typing. I attempted to make a note in a busy café with a lot of background noise. After I stopped talking it sat … Continue reading

Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

RIP Google Currents

Regular readers may be aware that I became very fond of a Google app called Currents. This took RSS-enabled news feeds, and presented them as attractive “magazines”. For feeds with significant image content (like most of the photography blogs I … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

What Do I Mean by “Agile Architecture”?

A little while back I was approached by EITA Global, a global provider of on-line training, and we have now agreed that I should present for them a webinar entitled “Agile Architects, and Agile Architecture”. The current plan is for … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

That Was Quick…

OK, here’s the black and white version. A couple of interesting challenges here. To get enough contrast I had to take the yellow component in the mix right down to zero, and also go for a much “darker” look overall … Continue reading

Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Photography

Remember When There Was Something Called Dark and You Couldn’t Make Photographs?

Sadly, this isn’t my own quote, but it is very apposite. I decided to break my journey back from Kingston Lacy in Salisbury, and took a quick walk before dinner down from my hotel (apparently the longest continuously operating hostelry … Continue reading

Ansel Would Be Proud?

I had a day off today from work, chasing contracts and Android development, to focus on photography and writing. The core was a workshop with the famous and venerable landscape photographer Charlie Waite, at the even more famous and venerable … Continue reading

Developing for Android

Regular readers will realise that I’ve been rather quiet recently. The reason is that over the last couple of weeks I’ve bitten the bullet and started seriously developing an “app” for Android. As always when I have a programming project … Continue reading

Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Android, Code & Development, Galaxy Note, VMWare

Scarily Good

My new phone (I upgraded to a Galaxy Note 2 as I was running up against memory limitations on the Note 1) has a potentially useful but also quite scary feature. There’s a service running on it called “Google Now”. … Continue reading

Friday, January 31, 2014 in Thoughts on the World