Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Love handles

Love handles by craigand
Love handles, a photo by craigand on Flickr.


The brief today was to use direct, on-camera flash and still make a good picture. Not sure if I actually managed that, but the shapes and shadows I find pleasing. The hint of a very subtle heart shape formed by the handle and its own shadow adds another bit of depth. Or maybe I'm just waffling? Either way, here it is. Number 3.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Life … Don't talk to me about life


Number 2. Today's theme is "emotion", so what better emotion that paranoia?

Monday, 29 July 2013


1337 by craigand
1337, a photo by craigand on Flickr.
The first of my new Project 365 attempt. A silly picture combining the modern computing world with what I consider a true throwback to proper text-based computing; Vim. I still use Vim on a daily basis at work. In fact, my computer screens are pretty much covered with tiled terminals and vim instances. No pointing devices, no touchable screens, no cursor keys (if you're a purist). Just you and a ridiculously powerful, expressive editor. None of your ham-fisted multi-touch hand mashing, anyway.

Vim for iOS is real. I didn't make it up just for this shot. You can get it here:

Be warned; it's blooming horrible. Escape is mapped to \ so it's 3 presses just to exit insert mode ...

So, anyway, yes,  I decided to give this Project 365 thing another go. May as well, eh? I haven't done one for two years now and I need to keep practicing, so it seems a good way.

Of course, the coincidence with my recent acquisition of a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC has nothing to do with it ... *ahem* More on that in a different post.

So what's new? Well, I'm trying to be organised this time. Not just wandering around aimlessly getting frustrated at my own lack of inspiration. I made a list of 52 "themes" from a range of subject types, situations, techniques and styles, made 4 copies of that list, and then kindly asked my computer to randomise the order. This makes 364 "tasks" for my Project 365. The last one is a treat for me; pick whichever one I like. Hopefully by then I'll be able to do that.

So here we are, picture number 1. Here's hoping I make it past 193 this time!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Lanzarote, July 2013

For the first time in my life thus far I went to one of those "hot holiday" type places. The thought has never appealed to me, not being a fan of people, resorts, package deals or *shudder* tourists. However, go we did, and very nice it was. It was before high season, so there were few people, no queues and, somewhat unexpectedly, a reasonable amount of natural history and culture around. Here are a few snaps to commemorate the occasion.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Helios 44M f/2 58mm

Helios 44M f/2 58mm by craigand
Helios 44M f/2 58mm, a photo by craigand on Flickr.

My first SLR lens. Still one of my favourites. Especially on Fuji Velvia film.