Category Archives: Photography

Taking the Long View

I’m aware that I’m a slightly lazy photographer. I’m not a great one for pre-dawn starts or rushing out the minute the weather changes, and I do tend to walk around with a single zoom lens on my camera making … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

A Bit Stretched!

Apologies if there hasn’t been much activity on the blog lately. I’m deep into the invention of the expert system I wrote about previously, and that’s filling the relatively small brain of this bear, and not leaving much space for … Continue reading

Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World, Website & Blog

Creating 3D Images for On-Screen Display

There’s a significant dearth of information on the internet regarding how to create high-resolution 3D images for display on a suitable TV. While many of us regularly enjoy watching visually stunning 3D movies both in cinemas and also on television, … Continue reading

Monday, April 18, 2016 in Photography

Does a Photograph Portray the Subject, or the Photographer?

Mike Johnston (no relation) over at The Online Photographer has recently run a number of articles discussing the extent to which the photographer adjusts the “look” of a photograph (see What Should a Photo Look Like?) His primary examples were … Continue reading

Monday, March 28, 2016 in Cuba Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

My Travel Page

Some things don’t scale. You start off doing something, but before you know it it’s outgrown its usefulness and needs to change. So it is with website design… I started off with lists in a couple of places on this … Continue reading

Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Photography, Travel, Website & Blog

Camera History Update

As part of a general tidy-up, I’ve updated my camera history page, with a new photo of the "fleet". It may amuse you, especially as the count has crept back up again! "Photography" is a combination of many separate hobbies, … Continue reading

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Photography

Backing Up

Coming up with a reliable backup policy is a challenge as data volumes grow. My approach is as follows. On a weekly basis I do a full backup of the system disk of the more "volatile" PCs in our collection, … Continue reading

Thursday, February 4, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Photography, Santorini, Thoughts on the World


As you know, I enjoy looking for patterns and coincidences. One potential source is the various ways I display my photo portfolios, and I occasionally spot the screensavers on two devices, for example, showing related images. This is interesting, but … Continue reading

Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

An Open Letter to Panasonic

I was recently invited to provide some feedback to Panasonic on the design of the GX8, and thoughts for its successor. I’ve decided to draft this in the form of an open letter, and also post it on my blog. … Continue reading

Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Photography

Platform Flexibility – It’s Alive!

The last post, written largely back in November and published just before Christmas suggested that camera manufacturers should focus on opening up their products as development platforms, much as has happened with mobile phones. While I can’t yet report on … Continue reading

Monday, January 4, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

Do We Want Product Development, or Platform Flexibility?

There’s been a bit of noise recently in the photography blogosphere relating to how easy it is to make changes to camera software, and why, as a result, it feels like camera manufacturers are flat out not interested in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Photography, Thoughts on the World

A Surprisingly Tricky Subject

This really shouldn’t difficult. The image above is from the entrance to the Rinpung Dzong, in Paro. It’s a series of pictures of Buddhist deities which have been painted on bits of cloth, glued to the wall, and joined at … Continue reading

Bhutan: What Technology Worked, and What Didn’t

Bhutan isn’t especially demanding on equipment. If your style of photography is similar to mine you will need a wide range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide (for when there’s limited space in front of a large building) to long telephoto … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Last Light

Bhutan: What Worked and What Didn’t Sorry it’s been quiet for a couple of weeks. Inevitably there’s catching up to do on the return from a trip, plus I’ve had a couple of practical challenges before I could start properly … Continue reading

Friday, December 11, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Oh Well…

You’d think that with tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, umpteen years of experience and an undying dedication to their art, 12 other photographers could take a nice picture of me. However, this was the handicraft of a … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

In Close

I’ve discovered that I’m tending to go to extremes with my lenses on this trip. The shot in the previous post used the 12-35mm at 12mm. This shot was taken down into the Punakha valley from above, using the 100-300mm … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Mississippi Minimalist

Not much to say about this one. I’m just catching up with some shots from our USA trip last year (trying to clear the decks a bit before the Bhutan trip which is now less than a week away). I’m … Continue reading

Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

The Tail End

Day 16 A much better night’s sleep. Washingtonians obviously follow the "Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting" rule, and cause less trouble on other nights. I’ve also developed a hybrid bath towel and pillow scheme which fares rather better in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Photography, USA 2014

Washington – The Monuments

Day 15 A rubbish night’s sleep. Between stupid pillows (of which more later), shouting drunks in the street, private cars beeping horns and the local emergency services insisting on using full sirens and horns throughout the small hours neither of … Continue reading

Monday, October 26, 2015 in Photography, USA 2014

The End of the Road

Day 13 A day of odd contrasts. We awake to fog so thick we can’t see Abbot Lake from our room, a distance of about 30m. It’s still thick by the time we’ve had breakfast and checked out, and the … Continue reading

Morocco Portfolio Uploaded

I’ve just finished processing my shots from Morocco, and have uploaded the portfolio to my album. In addition, there are several new panoramas you should notice at the top of my web pages. Take a look at Continue reading

Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Panasonic GX8 – First Impressions

  I was asked the other day what I think of the Panasonic GX8. As I predicted here, it’s absolutely the right size: sit it on the desk next to the GX7 in its half-leather case, which is how I … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in Photography

Man at Work

Another low-contrast shot from the Marrakech Medina, which didn’t look promising out of the camera, but I think works well after processing. This was at a much shorter range than the "bread" shot of last week’s post, but the cloud … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

More Multishot Techniques, and Going 3D

I have been using multiple shot techniques almost as long as I have been interested in photography. My earliest stitched panoramas were in the days when you got a spare set of prints and took out the razor blade and … Continue reading

Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Photography

It’s Not Just What You Do With It, Size IS Important

On paper, the Panasonic GM5 should be an ideal "carry around" camera for me. The same sensor and processor as the excellent GX7 and GH4 in a neat pocket-sized packaged. A proper electronic viewfinder. Access to all the Micro Four … Continue reading

Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Crash, Bang, Wallop, What a Picture

I was literally just about to get into bed in my hotel in Liverpool last night, when the air was rent with loud explosions. Fortunately nothing sinister – just fireworks giving a cruise ship a good send-off on her voyage. … Continue reading

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Dark Shadows

I’m finally getting around to processing the remaining shots from my Morocco trip in 2013! I had parked a number of shots from the Dades Gorge, because we were shooting almost into the setting sun, and they were either hazy, … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

It’s Not the Camera, It’s the Photographer… Well, Sort Of…

There’s a frequently made assertion in photography books and blogs that the choice of kit doesn’t really matter, and a good photographer will make great images regardless. I don’t altogether agree. While I think it’s laudable to encourage photographers to … Continue reading

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Photography

Into the (Infra)Red

Last Summer I purchased a Panasonic GF3 which had been converted to infrared photography. Like with many gadgets, there’s a period where you play with the funky effects, and I quite like the way you can get a really deep … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Barbados, Photography, Travel