The World’s Worst Panorama 2018

Here’s my traditional end of trip contribution to the world of fine art photography. Peter Lik watch out! From the left: Alison, Yours Truly, Nigel, Keith, Paul, John L, John B, Ann, Lee Continue reading

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Namibia – What Worked and What Didn’t

Here are some facts ands figures about our trip, and some guidance for prospective travellers and photographers. Cameras and Shot Count I took around 2900 shots (broken down to 2788 on the Panasonic G9, 78 on the GX8, and a … Continue reading

Monday, December 10, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Normal Service Will Be Resumed After Completion Of This Rant

The last day of any trip is always a bit sad, and hard work with the travel. However this year three separate organisations covered themselves in something which is not glory, and I have to get this out of my … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Humour, Namibia Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The Andrew Johnston Iceland Camouflage Masterclass

The trouble is, there’s a recurring theme here… Continue reading

Monday, December 3, 2018 in Humour, Iceland Travel Blog, Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Typically Tropical!

Well, a line, anyway. We’ll all be back over the line sometime tomorrow, when we fly back. That’s sad. From the left: Lee (group leader and owner of Photo Adventures), Ann, John B, Paul, Alison, Keith, Nigel, Tuhafenny (our excellent … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Twin-Lens Reflex :)

I noticed while gathering for the bushman walk that five of our group were "packing" a pair of Canons. This shot was inevitable. Thanks to John B for the title – excellent photographer’s joke. I am happy to explain if … Continue reading

Into the Kalahari

Having been out until gone 11pm doing the night photography, I boycotted the dawn shoot back in the quiver tree forest, had a bit of a lie in, and joined the party at breakfast. We then moved off north. On … Continue reading

The Quiver Tree Forest

Sadly we’re into the last few days of the trip and have to spend most of the next few days hacking back from the extreme south west of Namibia to Windhoek which is well to the north. Monday started with … Continue reading

Ghost Towns

Today we visited two ghost towns based around diamond mines. In the morning we visited Elizabeth Bay, which is about half an hour from Lüderitz behind a substantial security screen as it shares its location and access road with an … Continue reading

Monday, November 26, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The British Government Reviews Its Brexit Strategy

Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy and not properly focused, but that’s nothing to do with my photography! Continue reading

Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Humour, Myanmar Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Empty

Lee agreed that we could all have a lie-in, so of course I woke up at 4, and was just getting back to sleep at 6 when the sun rose over the mountains and shone straight into my room. Bugger… … Continue reading

Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Wolwedans Game Drive

We’ve been a bit spoiled by the game drives at Okonjima, where it was almost a challenge not to see a great variety of game. The Wolwedans equivalent was less productive: after 4 hours in the jeeps under a blazing … Continue reading

And Another Dead Tree…

There’s a long-running joke between Frances and myself that I like to use a dead tree as foreground interest in my photos. In Namibia, it’s often the only viable target, and I’ve found that I’m in very good company. We … Continue reading

Into Wolwedans

My cunning plan to have a lie-in worked, and I had a great night’s sleep, sorted myself out, and had a leisurely breakfast. Those who had chosen the "third 4.15 start in a row" option got back looking distinctly frazzled. … Continue reading

Deadvlei

Deadvlei is the home of the iconic Namibian desert image: a dead tree on a salt plain with an orange dune in the background. Despite the ubiquity of such images, in practice it’s a single relatively small location, a bowl … Continue reading

Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Oryx from the air

‘Nuff said. Continue reading

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Nice Chopper (Ride)

Up at 4.14, but in a very worth cause, our helicopter flight over the Namibian dunes. We had to take it in turns, as the company only have one helicopter with three passenger seats flying at this time of year, … Continue reading

We’re On The Road To Nowhere

Playlist for today: On The Road Again : Canned Heat Highway Star : Deep Purple Bright Side of the Road : Van Morrison Call Me The Breeze (I keep blowin’ down the road) : Lynyrd Skynyrd Goin’ Down The Road … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Hot Dry Desert, Cold Damp Desert

Despite the distractions of the chalet’s canvas roof I eventually got an OK night’s sleep, and woke up ready for action. With the sun just rising we had a great pre-breakfast shoot at Spitzkoppe, with the rock formations beautifully lit … Continue reading

Thrills and Disappointments

5am call, quick cup of coffee and back in the big FWD for "leopard tracking". This was a dawn game drive with a tracker for the radio collars fitted to the park’s other leopards. On the way we stopped to … Continue reading

Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

A Long Drive, then a Great Opener

It’s looking like we will spend a lot of time on the road. Once our transport arrived on day 3 we drove back out to the airport to collect the final member of the group, then back past our hotel … Continue reading

Back On The Road

I’m off on my photographic travels again, this time to Namibia. I’m travelling with Lee Frost of Photo Adventures, as I did to Cuba and Morocco, and it promises to be an interesting mix of landscape, wildlife and general travel … Continue reading

Fraud Prevention: Why Don’t Banks Do More?

Banks constantly tell us to do more to protect our financial details against online fraud, but we live in a world where there is often no alternative to exposing important financial information to potential misuse. The frustration is that there … Continue reading

Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Thoughts on the World

Is Theatre Killing Theatre?

Is the theatre its own worst enemy? Is it the engine of its own destruction? Let me explain what I mean. We love the cinema. We go most weeks, and most weeks we come away feeling well entertained, even inspired. … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Thoughts on the World

That Was Too easy…

There is an old plot device, which goes back to at least Homer, although the version which popped into my head this evening was Genesis of the Daleks, a 1970s Dr Who story. A group of warriors fight a short … Continue reading

Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Android, Thoughts on the World

Prediction Realised: The AlpinerX

In October last year I wrote an article celebrating the hybrid analogue/digital watch and offering some architecture and design observations from my collection of them. I ended up slightly sad about the style’s fall from fashion, but confidently predicting that … Continue reading

Friday, July 6, 2018 in Thoughts on the World, Watches

Panasonic G9. Close? Yes. Cigar? No.

This article was also published as a guest article on "The Online Photographer". My Panasonic GX8 arrived pretty much on the day of official availability and has been my primary camera for almost three years, including two major photographic trips, … Continue reading

Friday, June 8, 2018 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography, Thoughts on the World

OK Google, Here’s Another One…

Having established that there’s a real, valuable use case for Google’s phone-call-making AI (making outgoing calls which have to be routed via complex menus, lengthy queues, or security gatekeepers) I got thinking. When I was in my early 20s and … Continue reading

Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Thoughts on the World

They’re All Missing the Point

Since Google’s demo of an AI bot making a phone call a few weeks ago, the reaction I have read seems to be completely polarised. About half the reviewers are blown away, believing it to be unleashing AI wonders/horrors which … Continue reading

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Thoughts on the World