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Professor Yaffle

Professor Yaffle
Professor Yaffle, the carved woodpecker from the 1970s children's television series, Bagpuss.

Professor Yaffle, the famous carved woodpecker from the children’s television series, Bagpuss. He, amongst other original puppets and props from the 1970s episodes, are aptly on display in a small shop within Whiteleys in London.

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Digging for Bait, Swansea Bay

I often see silhouetted figures out on the edge of the tide digging for bait, toiling away filling buckets of ragworms and lugworms. I’m glad that I was able to capture this image, my first with a telephoto lens (Canon FD 70-210mm) – I like the bands of colour and the tiny contrast of the yellow bucket in the centre of the frame.

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Photography Swansea

Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk

Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk
Swansea Waterfront and the view to Mumbles at dusk
The view across Swansea Bay towards Mumbles is beautiful, and this is as close as I can get to recording how it really looked at dusk this evening.

This photos was an experiment with a long exposure to get that glassy look to the sea paid off. Taken as RAW at ISO100, this was a 30 second exposure at f/18.0 on a Canon 550d, developed in Lightroom.

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Photography

Apples

Soft Apples
Soft Apples

I have recently bought a Canon 550d, my first DSLR camera. Fascinated as I am by old lenses, I bought a high quality FD/EOS adapter so that I can use the Canon FD range of lenses that were used from the early 1970s until 1990.

A local camera shop has a large range of secondhand FD lenses in stock, and by the looks of it they rarely sell any, so I was able to pick up an FD 50mm F1:1.4 for a good price (part exchanged my old Panasonic Lumix FZ30).

This is one of the first photos I took with this lens, a bowl of apples under fading daylight. I am rather pleased with it – the resulting image is soft and appley – just how I’d hoped.

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Moon over Mumbles

Moon Over Mumbles
Moon Over Mumbles

Taken a few weeks ago, the crescent moon set all the way to the horizon. Here is a view of it looking across Swansea Bay towards Mumbles. I’m glad that I had my camera handy.

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LG KC910 Renoir Photography

Sample photos taken with an LG KC910 Renoir

In the last few days I’ve taken a lot of photos with my new LG KC910 “Renoir”, and I’m quite taken with the camera.

Here’s a slideshow of photos taken with the phone – this will update automatically via Flickr:

I’ll do some more movie recording soon, and post ┬ásamples here.

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Gadgets Photography

Nokia E71 Review: Part Two – The Camera

I’ve now had my E71 for a couple of weeks or so, and I’m still loving it.

The camera is renowned (from reviews that I’ve read anyway) for being between utterly average and really poor. These definitions are, of course, subjective. After a few weeks of use, I would prefer to call the camera “idiosyncratic”. It behaves with quite a mind of its own.

So rather than going through the camera’s interface (that can be found elsewhere), I’ll talk more generally about it.

Let’s begin by letting this Flickr gallery do some of the speaking for me. Adjustments made to these photos range between none at all, to drastic. Most of them were done ‘rough and ready’ in iPhoto.

I’ll be tagging photos with “E71” for a while, so feel free to see what else I have taken over on my Flickr pages.

The phone that the E71 replaced was the 3 Skypephone, whose camera really is utterly, utterly awful (in the 1st generation phone at least). Bear that in mind when I say that I actually think that the E71’s camera is reasonable. I probably say this because I’m used to editing photos, and I don’t mind a bit of camera noise. I like to take arty (in the loosest possible terms) and unusual shots, and for the odd snap with friends, it fulfills those needs entirely.

I sometimes find that it takes an abnormally long time to take a photo, and often when this happens, it is very overexposed. However, in some of the occasions when this has happened, I’ve loved the results! In a way, since the camera is a bit of a novelty really, I love this unpredictability.

The Boot Inn

In low light conditions, there’s lots of noise, which according to some renders it unusable. I prefer to ignore that and use it to my advantage. I’ll make grainy and gritty photos instead:

Salisbury Gasometer II

I’m finding that the limitations of the camera is making me think more about composition, that’s for sure!

In the next post I’ll focus on some of the software that I have thus far installed.

A walk in the country
“A walk in the country” – The only adjustment was a slight desaturation. The lens blur is from the optics.

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Photography Web Stuff

Zooomr Mark III launched


[Update] I can’t log back in after the first time – all I’m getting is a blank page. Apparently they’re swamped with interest, and things are being ironed out.

Just a quick message to say that Zooomr has relaunched! When I’ve used it a bit more, I’ll post a review of it here.

If you’re into photosharing, do have a look.

Link: Zooomr