Jurassic Coast – Burton Bradstock, Dorset

What with the arrival of summer, wedding, and broken cars I’ve not had the time (nor the inclination to get the camera out and capture anything particularly interesting at all for weeks) That said, I did find some time to apply some ‘different’ techniques to one of my archived collections. The result was this shot, taken a couple of years ago on a camping trip to Dorset (not my favourite part of the country by a long shot). The clifftop walk from Burton Bradstock towards Lyme Regis affords some spectacular views, this being one of them.

Jurassic Coast (re-edit)

Trigger Trap Mobile and a traffic jam……

Not taken many photos at all lately – far too busy for that with all the exciting things going on at the moment. I did however get another chance to mess about with time-lapse animation using the TriggerTrap mobile application and the iPhone whilst in the car on the way home from work.
Still waiting on my cable/dongle combination so I can start using this thing on the proper camera.

More information on the mobile app can be found on the TriggerTrap website…

One bite at the apple

It’s said that you only get one bite at the apple. Usually along with other such notions as “you only live once”, “life’s too short” and other similar nonsense.
After taking this shot I can categorically and most vigourously refute this as in fact, it took me several bites to get it looking like that.

One Bite at the Apple

Didn’t work quite as well as I had in mind, but I did spend less than 5 minutes taking it and less than half of that steam-rollering it through photoshop. I know what needs to be improved with regard to composition and lighting, but given my poor back at the moment, I really couldn’t be pfaffing around with snoots, reflectors and multiple lights (Still have that image in my head for a re-shoot).

Journey home – More testing of the trigger trap

Further testing of the Mobile App, TriggerTrap. After a few false starts managed to keep it running till the battery ran out on a 63 mile journey home from work. Distance lapse trigger was used in preference of time-lapse. quality is plainly an issue on the iphone once rendering etc have taken their toll, but will certainly be interesting testing some of the other triggers with the SLR when the cables arrive.

Finch on a branch

Apologies to bird people for not knowing what make and model this is. Was at my parents at the weekend and was astounded by the number of birds nicking peanuts and attacking the fat balls. Unfortunately, every time I went outside they flew off so I had to shoot from inside the conservatory. Was a dull day and I never had the tripod with me so the keeper per click ration was extremely low. Shot @ 300mm handheld, many shots were blurry, not only because the birds were extremely quick, but the feeders were blowing in the ferocious wind.

Some sort of Finch

A trip to the doctors……

Testing the new ‘Trigger Trap’ mobile app went better today than it did when I first installed it…. was looking forward to playing with a sequence of photos triggered by the distance lapse function, but was disappointed to find that it hadn’t actually taken any. Tried it on a very short trip to the doctors this morning on time lapse, and considering this was direct to the iphone rather than the SLR (waiting for cables to be delivered fro that one) wasn’t too bad a result (obviously could have done with a longer trip to make it a bvit more interesting and justify a soundtrack.  Completely unedited – Just assembled with timelapseassembler

Indoor Fireworks

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness

Fairly sure you shouldn’t play with fireworks indoors but it was raining. Only had two that I found in a cupboard earlier, and they must have been really old as they fizzed rather than sparkled.

Net result was that I managed to balls up the exposure (they were seriously underexposed) so any editing has seriously degraded the IQ. Tried something different on this one – Created loads of layers and rotated each one a bit…… Might work for star trails but not so good with sparklers indoors…….

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness