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

Getting Ahead of the Curve – Update

When I bought the Panasonic GX7 on the day of release I realised there might be a short delay before it was fully supported by third party software. A few weeks on and there was support from Adobe and some … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Morocco – Did I Need Two Camera Systems?

Here’s the list of the main kit I took to Morocco: Canon 7D body Canon 550D body Canon lenses: 15-85mm,  17-85mm, 70-300mm, 10-22mm (The 550D and 17-85 were basically “spares”, although both got a small amount of use.) Panasonic GX7 … Continue reading

Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Camera History

While my memory works tolerably well, and as I suspect I’m about to enter one of my periodic phases of camera replacement, I thought it would be interesting to write up a list of the cameras I have owned and … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Morocco – What Worked and What Didn’t

As a tail piece to my Morocco blog, and as a service to anyone else considering a photo trip there, here are a few notes on what worked, what didn’t, and how you might increase your own chance of a … Continue reading

Sunday, December 1, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

First Attempt at a Star Trail

I’ve tried processing my star trail shots from Morocco, and the results are better than I expected. The above is from my first night in the Erg Chebbi. With a full moon the foreground is perhaps a bit overexposed, but … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Back to Marrakech

The final day of the trip was mainly a long, hot drive over the two mountain ranges between N’Kob and Marrakech. Unfortunately I was on the left side of the minibus, and the sun carefully matched the gentle rotation of … Continue reading

Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Starting Back

After a very cold start (see previous post) we had an early start and trekked the short distance across the remainder of the Erg Chebbi. At the edge we said goodbye to the camels and transferred to a couple of … Continue reading

Shooting Camels

It may be the middle (OK, edge) of the Sahara, but it’s bloody freezing. I’m currently lying in all my clothes, in my sleeping bag, under a heavy Berber blanket, with my cheche on my head, but it’s so cold … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Into the a Sahara – Sort Of…

The “entertainment” last night is best glossed over – lots of drumming but no real way to distinguish any part from any other – a 10s repeating loop would be much the same. We woke up to quite a strong … Continue reading

Getting Covered

We had a dawn start to photograph the town of Tineghir from a panoramic overlook. It’s suddenly very cold – not much above freezing first thing. The angle of the light was again a challenge, but I got some good … Continue reading

Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

W’as ‘Is At?

We started the day with a short drive to Ouarzazate (pronounced “was is at”) which turned out to have very uncooperative banks: none would cash a travellers cheque, and one even refused to change sterling and dollars into dirhams despite … Continue reading

Friday, November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Kicking Up Some Dust

Still in Ait Ben Haddou, after a quick trip to the top of the hill and back we found ourselves back in the kasbah museum. Someone had the idea of kicking up some dust to illuminate the strong shaft of … Continue reading

Exploring Ait Ben Haddou

Dawn start to photograph Ait Ben Haddou lit from the East by the rising sun. This is a very familiar view to viewers of a certain class of film. We spent the morning mainly exploring the interiors of a couple … Continue reading

Over the Mountains

On Wednesday we moved off from Marrakech,  up over the Atlas mountains. Quite a long drive, made even longer by a couple of factors. Firstly a bus full of photographers will stop repeatedly to shoot every pretty hillside village. Second … Continue reading

The Water Seller

The friendly water seller. Continue reading

Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Day Three – Gardens, Snakes and Haggling

I’m falling behind a bit with my blog, not for any technical reason, but simply because the days of this trip are so packed they leave little time for anything except sleep. Day three was also spent in Marrakech. We … Continue reading

A Career in Modelling?

Well not me, obviously! Mind you, our guide for our second day in Marrakech, Mohammed, was even more generously padded than yours truly, so maybe it’s not the barrier you might think. Within half an hour we had him hiding … Continue reading

Exploring the Souks

A gentle first morning, waiting for the others to arrive, but by lunchtime we were assembled. It definitely works well for me arriving slightly early and having time to sort myself out. After introductions and a leisurely lunch, we got … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Off to Morocco

Well the Morocco trip is finally here. In the words of Magna Carta (the band, not the power sharing document) “I’m sitting in an airport lounge, waiting for a plane.” The weather at Gatwick is completely grey and depressing, but … Continue reading

Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel