Photo365 – Day 57 – view from a window

26. 02. 2011 at 21:16

A shot taken today in a local cafe using a Fuji compact.

Photo365 – Day 47 – fossil on slate

16. 02. 2011 at 20:05

I used to go to the East Coast for my family holidays as child, Skipsea to be precise. It was a great location for finding fossils as the coastline suffered badly from erosion each year. I remember finding lots of interesting fossils on walks with my mother.

Last year I returned and the road our caravan was on has been taken by the sea but the coastline looks similar, there’s just several yards less of it. I found this fossil on the same part of the coast, and today decided to photograph it on a slate background. The brown patch to the upper left is a crushed leaf that has been on the slate for a number of years.


21. 05. 2010 at 08:47

I’ve always been the one in the house that’s had to deal with spiders, bees and other bugs. More recently with the introduction of a cat I’m now also in control of frog, bird, mouse, vole and, would you believe it, worm removal. None of it bothered me, until last night when this thing appeared.

what is this!

I’ve no idea what it is (any clues?) but it was much bigger than a bumble bee and with no reference as to whether it would sting or bite gave me quite a shock as it took off and flew like a Hercules in an uncontrollable fashion. There was a huge sense of relief when I managed to get it out through the window (I’m not a squasher, I like to let them go)

For all those overseas readers you can tell from the shock that us Brits are a bit rubbish when it comes to bugs!

Back to the 80s

22. 08. 2009 at 13:24

Martin Fry and ABC

That’s where I went last night in Clumber Park at a gig that had a line up of T’Pau, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, ABC and Human League.

Back in the 80s I’d roamed away from UK music to more obscure ambient and German rock. So 80s music doesn’t really appeal, but I went with work as a night out for the team…and, despite reservations I really enjoyed it. T’Pau were average, and only did a few songs. They were off before they’d had chance to get warmed up. Then Go West came on and got the crowd moving. Not me I’m not a Go West fan, although the singer did sound really on form. And then they did U2’s Vertigo and that rocked.

Next up Belinda Carlisle, Started off great and I mus admit to fancying her in the 80s so good to see she’s still in good form. Sadly the same couldn’t be said for her voice which started to miss notes after the third song. Nevertheless, hearing some of the classics was good, even though they were out of tune!

Then ABC. I’ve known them since the early electronic days when they were Vice Versa. Never a fan of the glitzy pop style of the 80s though. And last night they didn’t deliver to my ears. A disappointing set.

Finally headliners, Phil and the girls with Human League delivered a great set. The drum structures and synth pieces worked well to get the crowd bopping. Recognisable hits such as Don’t you want me Baby and Love Action sounded even better than I remember, and then they played Empire State Human from the first album. Giving the Girls a rest Phil sang this one alone and it was a classic moment. The highlight of the night for me.

Image resolution and Pixel dimensions explained

14. 08. 2008 at 18:11

Someone asked a question today that got me to think that pixel settings is still not really understood. So I thought I’d explain what the Image Size resize/resample option does.

When you open an Image Size dialgue box you usually have three methods of adjustment. One to scale styles one to constrain proportions and one to resample.

Constrain proportions and scale styles are checked (ticked) by default. If you want to stretch the image so it looks squashed then you’d uncheck constrain proportions and adjust either the Width or Height dimensions depending whether you wanted it stretched across or up. This can be used subtly to make a landscape look more like a panoramic shot, but should be used with care.  If you want to keep the image the same proportions you keep these ticked and the aspect ratio remains the same.

Resample Image is the one that gets most people in a pickle. By default this will be set as default. If you leave it at default you will notice that the resolution setting is unconnected from the width and height in the Document size settings. Resolution is usually set at default at 72ppi (pixels per inch) If you change the resolution to, say 300ppi you will notice that the Top value Pixel Dimensions will increase dramatically. This is because you are about to resample the image. Doing this instructs Photoshop or similar image-editing program to add pixels (interpolate).

If the box is unchecked you will see it connects the Resolution settings with the Width and Height. If you now change the default 72ppi to 300ppi you will see that the Pixel dimensions stay the same, but the width and height decrease.

You are basically taking the 72 pixels in each inch and squashing them into 300 per inch. Computer screens are set at 72ppi so you do not need an image to be set to a resolution of 300ppi, although it doesn’t matter if the file is, because the computer will display at 72ppi anyway.

Now the person who asked the question had been told he needed the image to be 300ppi for a magazine submission. While it’s true that magazines and book publishers need 300ppi files the only important figure is the pixel dimensions, because this determine how big an image can be at 72ppi, 240ppi or 300ppi.

So what do you need to know? Any good magazine editor/picture buyer will know how many pixels he/seh needs for the image and will request the necessary…ie he/shh will request a 2400pixel image. As they are printing at 300ppi it means they have asked to use the image at 8in (2400pixels / 300), yet the same image on your computer may appear to be 33in (2400pixels / 72) if you change from 72ppi to 300ppi with the resample image unchecked the 2400 pixels will stay the same. If you check resample image when changing from 72 to 300ppi your 2400pixel image will increase to 10000pixels and will be a huge unecessary file.

Hope that’s clear…if not ask questions here