Sunday, 26 April 2009
It's very tiny indeed, only 5 metres by 5 metres . . .
Lots of geraniums, as they are easy to coax into bloom all summer . . .
I was enjoying the wireless broadband, flipping around the 'Net looking for 'editorial photography' links for the new college project. I looked around, noticed the plants, which are starting to take off, so I took a few photos . . .
I used the old Canon DSLR 350, shot in RAW as usual, and used the fabulous 24-105 zoom lens. These were taken at 15.00 h, and the light was STRONG and BRIGHT.
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Well, I learned to love that MacBook Pro. But I've let it go today. It's gone to start a new life with an ex-pat who has had her laptop nicked. She has no interest in photography, but I guess there's folks out there who just want a reliable, sexy little computer, which does things 100 times better than a PC ever was designed to do.
I'm desktop-publishing on my ancient AJP laptop, six years old and incredibly slow, but just hanging in there, with Photoshop and the Internet. Tomorrow I pick up my 'new' second-hand MacBook Pro, just like the last one but with larger RAM and a faster processor. And a back-lit LED screen, in place of the very nice indeed TFT screen. Still the same 1440 x 900 display. Not quite as sleek as the brand-new glass-screen 17" MacBook's, but considerably cheaper. And still 100 times better than . . .
Saturday, 11 April 2009
This photo was taken by Eddie Adams in Saigon in 1968, a general shooting dead a Viet Cong suspect in the street, just after he was apprehended. Adams was awarded a Pulitzer prize for this shot.
We were discussing this just the other week in a presentation at college (HNC Photography): what legal or moral restrctions there might be if you wanted to shoot someone who was in a public place at the same time you were.
Ian Jack riffles through the arguments for and against, in his very short essay in the Guardian. It's at
There's lots of coverage in the Easter Saturday issue, about the newspaper seller who died at the G20 protests here in London last week. I am glad that I had a chance to read Ian jack's comments. His insights are sound.