Waterfall in the Rain

Day 9 We awake to something we haven’t seen so far this trip – rain. Fortunately I’m a great believer that bad weather makes good photographs, so hopefully we’ll still enjoy the day. We get back on the Parkway and … Continue reading

Monday, November 24, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

In the Blue Ridged Mountains…

Day 8 North Carolina. Lattes! Sparkling mineral water!! Vegetables!!! We drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and join the Blue Ridge Parkway. This was one of FDR’s great public works initiatives in the 1930s. Running along the ridge … Continue reading

An Unloved Park?

Day 7 A slightly frustrating day. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited of the American parks, but in some ways it feels like the least loved. We are shocked by fresh graffiti in what may well still … Continue reading

An Experiment

Readers of longer standing may remember the agonising when I had to replace my 2009 Toshiba laptop, as there had been yet another shift in screen aspect ratio standards, and in order to preserve a decent vertical screen size, I … Continue reading

Sunday, November 23, 2014 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

A Tide In The Affairs Of Men

Observations on the Inaudible, Incomprehensible and Impossible “Interstellar” Continue reading

Sunday, November 9, 2014 in Reviews

What Camera Should I Buy?

Just Brilliant: Continue reading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Humour, Photography

Into the Mountains

Day 5 After last night’s “oh bugger” moment we establish that the “right” Lynchburg is only about 60 miles south of Nashville and therefore a manageable diversion. The drive down is very pleasant, and the tour interesting, although our guide … Continue reading

Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

Goodbye Dr. Love

I was very sad this morning to hear of the passing of the great reggae singer, John Holt. Help Me Make It Through The Night is very possibly my favourite reggae love song, and the contrast between his sweet voice … Continue reading

Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

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, PCs/Laptops, 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