Archive for 'General News'

Oct
31

Recently on a trip to Ireland we stumbled across this abandoned church. It was originally built about the early 11th century but has been abandoned for many years…

It was spooky and surreal place. Replete with cawing Ravens, cracked tombstones, and hollow stained glass window coves.

We only had time to take a few iPhone snaps and here they are.

Happy Halloween!

 

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Oct
10

Cameras are expensive. We all know that. Like, really expensive right?

Actually not really…

Professional grade cameras have come down on a ‘bang for your buck’ or ‘real price’ basis a great deal over the last 15 years.

The digital revolution is largely to thanks but so to are new production technologies. This means that today you can buy a pro-grade camera that can make great images for around 1/10th the price of you could 10 years ago.

Thats not to say you can’t pay more for better. Leica have been building camera since 1849. We’re talking pre automobiles here – and they’re still building great quality products today, for those with deep pockets that is (like, really deep).

I know what your thinking right now. “Man, I just have too much money. This sounds great!”.

If thats you and your also in the market for a world benefiting tax evasion tactic new camera you too may be interested in the new Lecia one off for RED charity auction.

How much will it cost? £10,000? £50,000? That would be ridiculous right? It can’t be that. Well, your right…This one of a kind is going for five – hundred – thousand – bucks.

Thats £320,000 (give or take a 2004 Honda civic or so)

Woa.

Image courtesy of BBC

Check out the story here from the BBC

Think thats pricey? Thats not even a quarter of the value the most expensive camera in the world sold for. Again, its our friend Leica to the rescue.

David Douglas Duncan’s 1923 Leica O Series camera sold for $2.19 million in an auction in May 2012.

Here it is.

Leica

Yipes.

Sep
30

The folks over at Top Gear have some fairly inspiring and truly epic road trip adventures both on and off the screen.

This months edition of Top Gear Magazine, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, celebrates those adventures and more – including one of our own!

Within its pages you’ll find my own photographical contribution to the world of ‘epic auto adventure’ detailing one such road trip in Iceland whereby I encountered glorious roads, a wonderful culture, and breathtaking landscapes of active volcanoes and towering glaciers. One such glacier nearly claimed my life and left me naked on the side of a mountain! (Personally I blame Loki)

Luckily, the Gods of Old Norse mythology chose fit to spare me, but took my camera as payment. Hopefully they took some great pictures.

You can read about the adventure in this months edition of Top Gear in ‘how Top Gear changed my life’ and also read about it in more detail including  some more pictures from the trip itself here on our site.

How Top Gear changed my life my Iceland adventure TGcover photo2

 

Aug
22

Popular Mechancis just did a bit showing that company FLIR (who do many of the militaries infra red cams) have developed a prototpe mass market option.

FLIR INFRA RED CAMERA

FLIR iPhone Infrared Camera

So what are you seeing here? Well its an iPhone of the 3 variety, so this must have taken some time to develop, and the resolution is poor (about 0.3 Megapixels) but hey thats just about perfect because its all fuzzy blue and red anyway.

The guys over at FLIR say its enough “can spot a person at about 300 yards” though so, if night spotting was your thing, I’d say you’d be impressed.

Rightly FLIR are considering the mass appeal of this complex tech but I think technophiles and those wishing to pretend their a secret agent or the like would probably be quite happy to fork out the unknown quantities of cash to get they’re hands on one.  UPDATE: Looks like it would cost around several thousand dollars.

But hey, maybe it will come in gold like the new Apple iPhone 5S?

 

 

Aug
20

Gizmodo picked out some great historical shots from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Theres some rather interesting stuff in there.

 Louis-Émile Durandelle, Exposition universelle de 1889 / État d’avancement, 1888, Albumen silver print.

Louis-Émile Durandelle, Exposition universelle de 1889 / État d’avancement, 1888, Albumen silver print.

The french actually hated the tower when it was built.

Unknown (photographer), Moon Crater, late 1850s, Salted paper print from a Collodion negative.

Unknown (photographer), Moon Crater, late 1850s, Salted paper print from a Collodion negative.

It took another 160 years to visit.

  Eadweard J. Muybridge, Running (Galloping), 1878 – 1879.

Eadweard J. Muybridge, Running (Galloping), 1878 – 1879.

Muybridge is often credited with ushering in the age of the motion picture. His high-speed sequential photographs predated the first movie cameras and projectors later in the 19th century.

 

Jul
23

Day 2 (ish) of the young Princes life and he makes his  first public appearance. With substantially more dignity than I  imagine I would have presented the world aged 24 hours. Day 3 – We get a name! HRH George Alexander Louis Windsor the Prince of Cambridge.

When he grows up and ends up going there for University, thats going to sound even cooler than it does already.

Prince George of Cambridge came into this world loudly. Yes, 42 guns heralded in the birth of the third in the line to the throne to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations. It was loud and pretty awesome.

The guns are actual World War 1 originals operated by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. Named such when King George VI (the young Prince’s great-great-grand-father) decided in 1947 that, following the mechanisation of the last batteries of horse-drawn artillery, a troop of horse artillery should be kept to take part in the great ceremonies of state.

On this occasion 71 horses pulling 6 First World War-era 13-pounder cannons fired a 41 gun salute which enthralled the crowds no end.

Also, the band played ‘popular tunes’ such as the Indiana Jones Theme, Star Wars Imperial March, and a few other greats to get the crowd in the mood.

Check out the shots below.

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Photographer awaiting royal baby prince outside hospitol
patriot awaiting royal baby prince outside hospitol
patriot awaiting royal baby prince outside hospitol
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
42 gun salute cannon firing outside buckingham palace for royal baby prince george
Victoria memorial outside buckingham palace
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Jul
22

Today I was down at St Marys Hospital Lindo Ward , along with nearly 1,000 other members of the worlds press, covering the exciting new birth of British Monarch. It was a great day for patience and friendly banter.

The Police did a brilliant and fair job. The BBC and other news outlets were respectful. We all waited very patiently for a very long time and were happy to learn that the Prince was born at 4:24pm .

He is 8lb 6oz and everyone involved is happy and healthy. His name? Best bets so far is for a George first name.

It also happened to coincide with the hottest day of the year, and the hottest day for over 7 years. The temperature was 33c / 90f and it definitely felt more like 40c within the media herd. That said there was a strong sense of comradery  and patient expectation.

Time For The Photography and I wish Kate and William and their new baby boy all the best in the day, weeks, months, and years to come.

Its an exciting time for Britain!

Here are some behind the scenes photos from today.

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Jun
4

The sites been updated to make it shinier and prettier. Enjoy!