Triggertrap – Test shots….

I’ve had the app and the dongle for a while and other than some time lapse vids of the journey home from work I’ve never actually used it. This week I finally got round to purchasing a 2.5mm to 3.5 mm cable so I can use it to trigger the flash instead of the camera and subsequently started thinking about what I could use it for.

These were a hastily set up test session to try and get the setting for the ‘Bang’ trigger to work – Had a few issues initially whereupon the camera kept snapping away after the noise but after a few tweaks I think I got it sorted. I know that these are a bit rough round the edges, but as test shots I’m quite happy with them. All I need to do now is set something up properly with a decent background (not the shiny sink), replace water with milk (or cream) and swap out the smelly pickled onion for something a little more attractive……

Onion splash - Triggertrap Mobile

Week 14 – Christmas Spirit – eating drinking and gambling…….

Every Christmas, without fail, ever since I was a boy. at some point, the Spinning Top is out of the cupboard the table is covered in loose change and an hour or so is spent putting and taking.

Christmas Games - Put and Take

Said to have been ‘invented’ as a game during the first world war, the dreidel, or spinning top is used to determine whether you put coins into the pot or take them out.
that said, similar devices can be traced back to 16th Century Germany, as well as Ancient Greece and Rome, as detailed on the Antique Gambling Chips website (extracted below) All I know is that it’s fun and the kids enjoy it too.

Origins and brief history. Put and Take is one of many forms of Teetotums (any gaming spinning top). The Teetotums were known in ancient Greece, and the Dreidel (put and take instructions on the four-sided spinner) was developed in 16th century Germany. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica article on teetotums, “the hexagonal (six-sided) teetotum was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans.” The earliest teetotums were used as a substitute for dice, especially useful in board games. Put & Take tops, like the standard brass one pictured just above, originated in America and were very popular from the early 20th century to about the 1940’s. They could be carried in ones pocket and used anytime in a bar, army barracks or other gathering place for an impromptu gambling session. Each player would contribute chips, coins or currency to a pot. One dictionary gives 1920-25 as the period for the origin of the term “put and take.” An Australian gambling-related web site says, “the Western world’s game of put-and-take [is] rarely encountered since the 1930s. … I suspect that the reason for the … disappearance … from the English and American gambling scene is that too many loaded tops were being used. In other words, there was a great deal too much putting by novices and taking by cheats.” So the heyday of Put and Takes was the 1920s and 30s. There is the 1921 silent movie “Put and Take”, a 1921 “Put and Take” Broadway show and song, at least five American patents regarding Put and Take taken out between 1920 and 1940, and even a 1929 “Put and Take” jazz swing composition. (Today, there is a casino game “Put and Take” that uses playing cards instead of a spinner!. Today, there are also grifters hustling people with crooked Put & Take dice. And of course, there are virtual Put & Take aps where you can design your own game. Now-a-days there are too many manifestations of Put & Takes games and rules to mention on this page, which is dedicated to vintage items.)

A strange flower in a garden devoid of flora

Strange Flower

Whilst out in the garden I was surprised to find this. Surprised mostly because our garden is utterly devoid of Flora with the exception of our neighbours Ivy and some weedy grass. No idea what kind of flower it is and never have I seen one like it before. The Stamen are shaped like some sort of Alien Helicopter and the flies seem to like it, as do the gnats. Otherwise it was just there, on it’s own

Recorded for posterity with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 with a 12mm Kenko Extention tube attached.

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)

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.