Author Archives: Andrew

Pearl Harbor

Day 16 Today we have another long-awaited organised tour: Pearl Harbor. Preparations are complicated by an additional security directive since we tried to arrange the same trip in 2016 – you are allowed no bags of any form, quite a … Continue reading

Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Waimea to Waikiki

Day 14 Waimea is an odd place. After a lazy morning we go out in search of a coffee. The tiny cinema opposite has updated its programme. Apparently this week it’s "Angry Bird 2", showing on 5 days, "Sat cloed". … Continue reading

Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Tours and Shows

Day 13 We have booked a guided tour of the Allerton Gardens. We are both expecting a short walk through a botanical garden with someone spouting a lot of Latin names, but it turns out to be nothing like that. … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Helicopter over Hawaii

Day 12 The morning is centred on an activity I have been looking forward to all summer, my helicopter flight. After a short drive I arrive on time, check in, pay, and watch the safety briefing, which seems to be … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Waimea Canyon

Day 11 Sleep is again interrupted by bedding problems and over-keen roosters. Chickens are in fact a major factor on Kauai. Almost everywhere you look you can see one or two padding around, and it’s rare that you can’t hear … Continue reading

To The Summit

Day 8 – Haleakala For a mountain lodge the night is surprisingly noisy: large vehicles on the road, guests moving cars around all night, and a rooster who gets confused and starts crowing at 1 am. In addition we have … Continue reading

Friday, October 25, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

We’re On The Road FROM Hana!

Back on “The Road to Hana”, but now “from”. The northern stretch is well-surfaced but we’re soon back to regular single-lane bridges. Our early start means we are well advanced on the way back before we meet consistent traffic, but … Continue reading

Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Hunting Coffee in Hana

Day 6 I make a fairly early start and go down to the small beach to watch the sunrise. Just as the sun is getting established it starts raining, but the result is an amazing rainbow behind the hotel, and … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

We’re On The Road To Hana…

Day 4 – Retail Therapy We’re awake early, and spend an hour catching up with political developments in the UK. Then at 7am we discover behind a nondescript door next to the “boutique doss house” a wonderful coffee shop which … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Off To Hawaii

We finally managed to make our trip to Hawaii, which was cancelled at the last minute in 2016. Here’s how we got on… Day 1 We have a faultless flight by Virgin to San Francisco. Despite dire prognostications we leave … Continue reading

Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Hawaii Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Shit Hit Fan!

Something in the note on my desk this morning hinted that my day was not going to go quite as planned… Continue reading

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Cross-Posting

Musings on how to streamline the photo blogging process Continue reading

Yes, Kit DOES Matter

Picasso had his blue period. I had a blurry period. There’s a common line in much of photography writing. Set aside those actively trying to sell you something, and most will at some point claim that "kit doesn’t matter”. The … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Zero Limit

This is billed as “Artemis meets Gravity“, but it would be more accurate to say “Deep Impact meets Eastenders“. The main plot element is that a rogue asteroid mining operation accidentally puts the rock on a direct impact course for … Continue reading

Friday, May 3, 2019 in Reviews

The Spy. Why?

While this is an enjoyable read, it prompts one big question. Why did the author feel that a heavily fictionalised re-telling of this utterly thrilling true story was needed? In the preface Gross says that he wants to tell “the … Continue reading

Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

Darwin’s Cipher

I like a good techno-thriller, but since the death of Michael Crichton and with Phillip Kerr moving onto German detectives and unpleasant tales of first-person murdering pickings have been thin. I have enjoyed the works of Daniel Suarez, and the … Continue reading

Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Reviews

Random? That’s a Coincidence…

My programming project of the last few weeks has been to build my own “rolling portfolio”, which shows random images from my photographic portfolio as either a screensaver or a rolling display on a second monitor. I’ve implemented a number … Continue reading

Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

The Jester and The Unicorn

A fable, sort of… The jester who wanted to be king asked the crowd “Do you want a purple unicorn?” Almost half the crowd said “We are happy as we are, and we don’t believe unicorns exist”, but slightly more … Continue reading

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Icons, or Heroes?

I’m slowly working through, and very much enjoying the BBC series Icons. There’s been a lot of discussion about whether it makes any sense to have a "final" in which "iconic" sportsmen, politicians and scientists go head to head, but … Continue reading

Friday, February 15, 2019 in Thoughts on the World

Testing, Testing

I’ve been having a few problems with my RSS feed, hopefully now fixed. If you view my blog via the feed and don’t see a picture from my trip to the Kolmanskoppe diamond mining town, please let me know. Continue reading

Friday, January 4, 2019 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel, Website & Blog

The Favourite: A Great Opportunity Missed

I was really looking forward to The Favourite. It had a lot going for it. The period – the reign of Queen Anne, the end of the Stuart dynasty and the wars with Louis XIV – is an important piece … Continue reading

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Thoughts on the World

Why I Like My MacBook, But I’m Beginning To Really Hate Apple

Battery Replacement on a 2015 MacBook I realised a couple of weeks ago, much to my horror and chagrin, that I had been walking around with a potential incendiary bomb. Not that I had done anything wrong – this is … Continue reading

Monday, December 17, 2018 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

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