January 24, 2007

Japanese generations

Bruce Osborn: Oyako - Portraying Japanese Generations.

These shots by bruce Osborn of different sets of parents and their children in Japan are really interesting, and in some way unsettling. I love the fact that in some shots the kid is the non-conformist, while in others it's the parent. And how many kids have followed in their parents footsteps.

January 01, 2006

Favorite photos of 2005

It's been a bit of an odd year for photography. Although I feel like I've taken far fewer shots then normal, it doesn't really seem to be the case. I've hit just over 7,000 for this year, which is up from last year. I've just felt a lot less focused on photography as an activity. My shots have been far more casual.

Picking my Favorites of 2005 has been a little tough. Although I feel like I've taken less shots in the last 12 months then the previous 12, I've picked more shots this year (60) then I did for last years set (44). Maybe that's just bad editing?


August 23, 2005

Photos on an architecture site

I was asked if some of my architecture images could be used on Architypes.net. The site is a collaborative wiki that's focused on describing architecture as a set of patterns , each of which correspond to an idea for successful architectural design. A pattern might, for example, descibe a way in which a building uses natural light or fits into it's environment. It's an interesting idea.
My shots are sprinkled around the site in different pattern descriptions, and also listed conveniently on this page.

July 07, 2005

Rake Art

My friend Lenny's rake art shots are pretty stunning. Take one rake, 1 beach and shoot photo from a kite. Easy. Not.

June 23, 2005


There's been a lot of traffic about Poloroid-o-nizer recently, but I figure there's no harm giving it a bit more. It IS cool, after all. There's also a Flickr Group for it.

March 31, 2005

Another cool Flickr viewer

Seems to be a few new examples a week of people exploiting the Flickr API. The Flickr Related Tag Browser is one of the cooler ones I've seen recently. Try typing "Egham" in here for a few photos in and around us.

March 26, 2005

Shots from Orlando

These shots from our Orlando Vacation ended up being mostly of the Kennedy Space Center. Not sure why. There are a few others.

February 23, 2005


Thanks to Caterina for including a photo of mine in her brief blog entry on Flickr about the spiral tag.

February 17, 2005

Photoshop plug-in

I was looking at this cool photo on Flickr by Orbital Joe called Fells Point ShiftyG filter, and was curious what a ShiftyG filter was. Through Google I found this great plug-in tool for Photoshop , which I assume is what Joe has been using, called virtualPhotographer. It has a whole bunch of great color and black & white effects, and costs zero dollars.

February 11, 2005

Small World

Can anyone guess the process behind the beautiful shots in the Small World series?

February 09, 2005


I saw this cover for the book The Island Walkers when I was at Third Place Books over the weekend. For some reason it struck a chord with me as inspiration for doing collages, particularly of macro photos mixed with architecture. Just want to remember to try something like this out with my own photos.

January 27, 2005

Day out #2

A second day out while Matt was staying, this time a walk along the South Bank in London.
These are mostly of the Tate Modern and an exhibition of the work of Mark Newson at the Design Museum.

The London Eye - Lomo(ish) version

The London Eye - Lomo(ish) version

Starting out with these instructions I've been messing around with Photoshop to make this shot look like it was taken with a Lomo camera.

Basically, my variation is to:
- Open the photo.
- Using the Brightness/Contrast dialog set the contrast to +20.
- Using the Hue/Saturation dialog set the saturation to +20.
- Create a new layer.
- Set it to an Opacity of 80%.
- Set it to a layer blend of Soft Light.
- Set the foreground color to black. (hit D).
- Pick the Gradient tool, set it to radial, then pick the Foreground to Transparent fill. Hit the Reverse checkbox (so it switches to a Transparent to Foreground).
- Fill the layer from the middle out.

Here's the before shot:
The London Eye

January 25, 2005


It's tough not to make Stonehenge look like just a pile of rocks. I've done my best for now. Having some of the detail, like crows and people help, I think.

This was part of a day I spent randomly driving around the countryside with Matt Kotler, and there are some shots of a white horse and other bits an pieces included.

January 15, 2005

Blogged on Flickr

Thanks to Caterina for blogging about One Letter, the new group I've created on Flickr. I'm excited so many people have become members ("Consonants") in such a short space of time. 80 and counting.

I totally buy her comments about site maintainance:
"Groups that have active administrators and frequent photo pruning mostly flourish, while others that see no care and tending often die."

Of course, that means a certain commitment of time. I may have to rope others in if it gets stupid. I totally buy Caterina's comment about making a group "useful" though, by avoiding it being watered down by photos that don't really "fit".

January 14, 2005



I've created a group on Flickr called One Letter for photos like this one, of one letter. I hope to build up quite the alphabet. Feel free to join and post.

January 04, 2005

"Best" of 2004
I feel a bit embarassed picking the favorite shots I've taken during 2004, but, inspired by my friend Tony, i've put together a set, with brief explanations (sort of) of why I like each shot.
Favorites of 2004.
Hopefully I can learn something from each for future shooting.
Lego World
Lego World
Last week I posted this picture to Flickr of a world globe built from Lego, and a few people have started using notes to show where they live on it. That's such a good example of the compelling nature of this site.

Wish I'd managed to take a photo of the other side!

December 16, 2004

Parking Spots
Another truly great example of the Internet at work.

November 30, 2004

Flickr review
A review from the Christian Science Monitor of Flickr, which I'm heavily into at the moment.

November 27, 2004

Another shot at Woburn Abbey. Got lucky with the lighting, and managed to keep it fairly in focus by leaning against an archway wall. This whole place is beautiful at night.
Shannon and I went to Woburn Sculpture Gallery last night for the wedding of some friends. Here's an atmospheric shot of a marble bust, caught in the dark.

November 26, 2004

College Photographer of the Year
Thanks Tony for the pointer to the 59th College Photographer of the Year awards. Some really stunning shots in here, most of which are photo-journalistic in style.

November 23, 2004

Wedding album
Recommendation from Dan for a decent wedding album company.

November 16, 2004

November 15, 2004

Frank Huster
Some stunning portraits from frank huster, a friend of mine in Seattle.

November 12, 2004

Hydrant sign
Hydrant sign
Are those gunshot wounds, or just a sign of age?

November 02, 2004

the smiling stingray
the smiling stingray
As pointed out by Boing Boing, this really is quite a serene shot.

October 29, 2004

Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale - Some really great photos, and compelling interactivity on this site. I like the way the first photo fades back when you go for the menu, and the way the "Info" buttons work on the thumbnails. For some reason I keep on reading her name as Amityville.

October 26, 2004

Pictures & music
Thought the Olympus m:robe products looked cool. They mix a camera and MP3 player in a device with a 20gb hard drive.

October 19, 2004

Photo montages
I really like these simple montages, created by David Hilliard, with just two or three shots taken from slightly different perspectives.

August 26, 2004

Some serious gear
How the Pros work the Athens Olympics.

January 22, 2004

Trying something new
OK, after a long period of extremely manual album making, I'm finally trying something more automated with this series of shots of the towpath outside our house on a frosty day. I'm using a tool called JAlbum which alows the creation of complex templates from which you can publish your pictures.

Thumbnail generation is automatic. Sub-page generation is automatic, and they have a whole set of tage you can use to set up the pages any way you want. It's a bit like MovableType for images, but feels more flexible (to me) then MT for handling albums.

May 01, 2003

Flags on a pedestrian bridge.

March 28, 2003

More Alki
Finally uploaded some shots from the walk I took along Alki Beach about a month ago. Kind of mixed. Weather was good, and I ended up focussed heavily on rust, rather then the beach, or people.