Cynics Soapbox

Random thoughts...

Photos

Earlier this year my pro account at flickr expired. I had the usual notifications prior to this and it casued me to start wondering what I wanted to do with my pictures. This wasn’t an easy question to answer as there are a lot of possible answers and an almost infinite range of answers already in existance. A few weeks ago I made my answer public and so far I’ve been very happy with the results. So what...

Timelapse Processing

I’ve always enjoyed creating timelapse movies and with newer digital cameras it’s easier than ever. I bought Rosie a GoPro Hero2 camera at christmas and this has a dedicated interval shooting mode that works very well. My D300 also has an interval mode, but is limited to 999 frames – a limitation that the GoPro doesn’t have. In fact the biggest limitation of the GoPro appears to be the battery! As an experiment this afternoon I stuck the...

Bikes

A pleasant day in March saw 3 of us heading to the Alpine Bikes Winter DH Series round 3 at Innerleithen (a downhill bike race) for an afternoons photography. Neil is a mountain biker and has covered such events before, but for Dave & I it was a first. The weather was good and it even stayed dry! The event took place on a track that snaked between trees, down drops, over jumps and generally challenged the riders – though given...

Phew...

September 30th saw me complete my 366. The thought of taking a picture a day for a year (a leap year, hence the 366 not 365 days) didn’t seem too daunting when I embarked on it, but as the year wore on my attitude changed. Some days I found myself not wanting to pick up the camera as there was just too little time or too much going on. That this last year has seen a lot of changes...

Strobist Meetup

Like a lot of others I’ve been bitten by the strobist bug. Thankfully there is a small support group in Edinburgh – which met last night to have a session. The venue was the old ruined chapel on Salibury Crags, Edinburgh. Organising an outdoors event in April in Scotland is always a slightly risky proposition due to the unpredictable weather and last night proved to be no exception. The forecast at the start of the week was for rain and...