Archive for August, 2010



August 31, 2010

I tried to replicate the blurred soft light photo that I posted a few weeks ago. I wanted to recreate it without the hard spots. It’s impossible! When a photo has objects which are placed in certain locations, it’s possible to recreate it, however,when it’s an abstract photo based on the placing of lights against other coloured objects, it’s not so easy to recreate! Anyway, I had fun trying and here’s a different soft light creation that I kind of like.


Collective 5 – Retro Arcadia

August 30, 2010

This strange light shot, Retro Arcadia has been on the blog before. I entered it for this week’s Collective 5 light theme and made it into the top 5 photos. It may not be a big deal but I’m over the moon. πŸ™‚ If you want to take part in collective 5 (and you know you do, especially David) then click here to see next week’s theme.



August 27, 2010

After pretty poor previous attempts to get close to the butterflies, I finally managed. The Whipsnade butterflies are clearly more tame πŸ˜€



August 26, 2010

Not sure what to say about this. Here’s some flowers. No idea what they are (they look similar to blue bells). Again, I really should have read but, I….. CLICKED!



August 25, 2010

This is the most pathetically named of this week’s posts. Sorry. I love the detail on this big fuzzy bumble bee, he’s gorgeous. Despite the day looking miserable to start with, it brightened up, the sun came out and the wind abated so that the flowers weren’t blowing around and making my macro life difficult. This bee was also kind enough to stay in one place long enough for me to get closer than I’d normally do.



August 24, 2010

I love these flowers, they’re so vibrant. They look like little sunflowers to me. Do you know what they are? If I’d bothered to read as opposed to just clicking I’d know but alas I just clicked.



August 23, 2010

Normally over the weekend I take some photos based on the daily shoot themes. I did give it a go but it just wasn’t working so, I left it. Luckily, on Sunday I went to the Whipsnade Zoo for the last time this year 😦 Β and (sorry David, no Β shots of fierce animals) in the wonderfully awesome butterfly gardens, I went macro mad. I love the shots I got over there, you may not if you’re sick of my macro insect shots. πŸ˜€ I’m tired as I’m writing this and, I’m scheduling for the entire week so, expect a lot Β all of this week’s posts have a one word title. Feel free to suggest a better title in the comments if you want. :p

Anyway, Elliot loves ladybirds and they seem to be quite fond of him. As we wandered around the butterfly gardens he’d put his finger out and they’d crawl onto him. Here’s one that had other plans though, sitting happily on the remains of some flower. It looks like a pretty decent fluffy pillow to me. πŸ™‚


My Gravitar

August 21, 2010

Here’s a rare weekend post:

A few people have asked about my gravitar (or been freaked out by it). So, I guess I should explain why I look the way I look. πŸ™‚

A couple of years back I used to have a different blog in which I’d post about things I’d seen online etc… For one particular posting I was searching Google Images for ‘evil’.

Digression 1 – So now you’re wondering, why was he searching for evil… right? Well, I was looking for these horrific dolls that I’d seen somewhere else.

Digression 2 – AND now you’re wondering… what on earth was he searching for dolls for. Let’s clear that up as well. My mum collects porcelain dolls from around the world in their native costumes. These things are hideous, they scare me. At the time I was writing a semi scary simple point and click shooting game. I didn’t want to use humans so I had these evil little dolls pop up and the player would click on the doll to shoot it…. don’t worry, nothing too violent.

These were the dolls I used. Freaky, right?

Anyway, back to the original story. As part of my search I found that puppet that (for those of you who’ve seen photos of me) will notice, it kinda looks like me. So, I used it as my MSN messenger image and then it made its way to my Facebook, Google Talk and now WordPress logos.

Finally, for those who want to know, it’s apparently from a song called Evil, by a group called Interpol. Maybe I should watch the video on YouTube sometime, to see where I come from πŸ˜‰



August 20, 2010

Here’s a photo that I entered into the photo comp that I participate in for this bi-monthly theme, Birds. It’s not great, it’s not perfect but, I like it. πŸ™‚ I took it at London Zoo in, yes, you guessed it… London! Mother and baby, perfect for a shot. I took this, took a few more and then my memory card said ‘FULL’ Damn it, raw… DAMN YOU! I bought a bigger memory card after this. Never again, never!



August 19, 2010

Normally a magician doesn’t reveal his secrets. Well, I’m not a magician (but hey, that’d be awesome, to be the next David Blaine… although technically he’s an illusionist)… Anyway, I digress. This photo, I kind of like it. I think it turned out nicely. It was taken the weekend before last after visiting London Zoo. We went to the local park (Regent’s Park I presume) and it started to rain. Rather than run away, I sheltered under a tree and sent the kids out into the rain to play… πŸ™‚ They had fun. Anyway, some guy was playing football with his kid and the rain and the red ball, what a great combination. I got a quick shot with my zoom lens hence the blur. The original photo was actually taken in the day and it looks boring, gloomy and uninspiring. So, that’s the secret behind this photo, it’s quite post processed (unlike a lot of what I post). Basically, I upped the contrast and the saturation and pulled the gamma down to darken it, to give it that night feel and accent the rain and grass a bit more. I used freeware to do this, IrfanView. That’s Magic! Amazingly, it’s not a macro photo! WOW!