Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

As it's Halloween and Sunday, I'll just be running a skeleton crew today.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Who Remembers Freeman, Hardy & Willis?

If you are over about 30 in the UK, then the chances are you will remember Freeman, Hardy and Willis well, probably as the place your Mum took you to buy school shoes. They survived from 1875 until the mid-1990's, so the time when there was a branch in almost every town is long gone, but evidence of their existence is still around today.

Much younger is the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 AI lens this image was taken with, which judging by the serial number, was made in the early 80's. Nearly 30 years old and as sharp as you could wish for, and a real bargain on ebay.

Oh, and just for fun, here's what it would have looked like in 1875 ;-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Great program on BBC TV last night about how we see, or rather, interpret what we see.

Available on iplayer here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Been Busy ;-)

No update for quite a while, as I've been extremely busy. The main thing that's been occupying my time has been putting together a new system for stitching panorama's, which is something I really want to do more of. It's a great way to create very high resolution images in a distinctive and rewarding format, but it is not without it's challenges.

When I say 'system', it's really my personal methodology for visualising the results and then creating the individual images that make up the final image. Most of the gear I'm using is fairly standard, but there is one bit which I'm using which I've developed myself. I've not read or heard of anything similar elsewhere and so I'm keen to keep this to myself for now. Until that is, we've at least proved it out and clarified what is sensible to do in terms of protecting our intellectual property.

What I will do over the coming weeks is share some of the results, so look for some upcoming posts with example panoramas!