Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category

February 2010 desktop

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Click on the thumbnail above for a 1280 by 1024 pixel desktop image with a February 2010 calendar. Its on my desktop computer for what is left of this month. James Watt (with slide rule and plan) on the left, so a tenuous link to Maths.

Chocolate mushroom package

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Ruth gets chocolate from an international sweet shop in Birmingham. This Japanese pack seems to contain mock mushrooms with chocolate caps and biscuit stalks. I love the typography on the back of the package…

Some of the details appear to be telling a story (aimed at children?)

And the teacher figure appears in red on the back [...]


Monday, January 4th, 2010

Click for a 1280 by 1024 desktop wallpaper image with a January 2010 calendar on it.

Guess the angle

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Can you guess where the postcard photo was taken from? I’ve been printing calendars. Back to work Monday, kicking off with the data handling module.

Gratuitous Images

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Polish tea bags and Walker Evans

Copyright free images

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Image*After and MorgueFile are Web resources where you can find and download high resolution photos for use in PowerPoint presentations or Web pages. MorgueFile’s name comes from the archives kept by newspapers and the Police of old photographs. You can used the ‘advanced’ search page in Flickr and specify only images with a Creative Commons [...]

Fish and Chips

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Digbeth Is Good is a blog devoted to a part of Birmingham I walk through most days. The chip shop is being done up. I hope they keep the sign.

New camera

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Fujifilm Finepix J12 point and shoot makes nice classroom pictures. Battery has to be removed for charging.


Monday, August 18th, 2008

It is that time of year again, teaching will be under way in a month or less. This photo makes me think about negotiating the ground rules with new classes of students (I’m a bit more liberal than the ‘manager’). I’ll need to add in some rules about using Moodle/e-mail as well, if only to [...]

Partial eclipse

Friday, August 1st, 2008

14% partial eclipse visible from Midlands despite showers and cloud.

Science: Night and Day

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Francois Jakob quote from his autobiography called The Statue Inside about science found on the side of a building on the University of Birmingham campus


Sunday, July 6th, 2008

DigiKam has a nice range of photoediting tools


Friday, June 27th, 2008

Delphinium flower mimics a bee.

Ubiquitous computing

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

The multimedia capture device we all carry

English books in Polish

Friday, May 16th, 2008

And, for heaven’s sake,
Cormac McCarthy?

Once upon a time in Wales

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Perrott’s folly

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Folly open for exhibition


Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Mobile phone art again…

Brass corners

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Brass corners on your tables to make them last longer

Values and work

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Quotes from construction workers


Saturday, February 16th, 2008

First winter holiday for 5 years…

Duncan Edwards

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Munich disaster remembered in Dudley

Phone photos

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Dec 2007

Snow and work

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Time passes


Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Oxford is an hour and a quarter away on the train…

No good boyo

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

What a name for a boat

Signs and symbols

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Not a bad one as signs go…

Some signs are accidental

Curzon Street

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Curzon Street Station – building without a use at present

Leaf fall

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Sycamore leaf caught in chain fence

Orange phone

Friday, September 14th, 2007

street furniture suffers badly in some areas…

Street art

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Chalk drawing of a man in a top hat on a boarded up door in Wolverhampton

Giggleswick scar

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Monochrome photos from the Dales

Bubbles in glass

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Strong colours and plane of focus

Photos now on Flickr

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Kodak EasyShare C310 for quick snaps


Friday, November 17th, 2006

Wooden toy found at the Frankfurt Christmas Market that is in Birmingham UK at present.

Autumn photos

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Out and about with slowish colour film and a macro lens (55mm). I find the very sharp depth of field attractive under some circumstances, but it is tricky to choose the right plane of focus looking at the little ground glass screen with the camera hand held.

Shop signs

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

The shop signs in the Stratford road show recent changes in ownership, and advertise the new approaches to retail provided by the Internet.

Birmingham centre photos

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

28mm and around town. Just a few views taken with a film camera over the last week. I’m really getting back into the 28mm focal length on 35mm film.

Crystal balls

Friday, September 1st, 2006


Gothic and brick

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Its for a story

St Alkelda’s in Giggleswick

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Saxon church – some photies


Monday, July 17th, 2006

A favourate focal length regained.


Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Jinpow exhibition with a nice Flash site

Calendar wallpaper

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Photoshop and then copy paste a calendar in

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Ruth wants to visit Chicago again one day, this picture looks like my idea of small town US.

Canada day

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Ruth likes the idea of Canada


Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Just some photos

Fazeley Street

Friday, May 5th, 2006

More photos of the street

Unusual mould

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Black rust form mould grows in concentric circles


Monday, May 1st, 2006

Some snaps on a visit with sunshine


Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Convection cells in a round bottomed flask


Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Bike with wire

Whitby Photos

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Some of the better snapshots over the week… mostly Fuji Reala and Jessops processing and scanning


Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Just back: images soon

Edge detect

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Photoshop edge detect works best with strong outlines

Crate in Warsaw

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Crate in shop window in Warsaw, Poland. Margarine?

Ruabon Brick

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Red brick from Ruabon changes colour in the rain…

Robert Frank coloring book

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

The Robert Frank coloring book is a series of outline drawings by Jno Cook based on Robert Frank’s book The Americans
Jno Cook was trying to make a case about the interpretation of Frank’s book
The rest of Cook’s web site is interesting – he is an artist and fully paid up member of the US Awkward [...]


Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Cropping from quick photo on the bus

Picture message

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

This ended up in the inbox


Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Wet dusk does streetlights, digital camera

Christmas eve

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Chilling out

MP3 interview – Simon Wheatley

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Podcast interviews – DIY Studs Terkel?


Saturday, December 10th, 2005

Stan’s Cafe and others start the hohoho web site dedicated to unusual christmas lights

Out of focus

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Mistake leads to interesting image

Why we have timetables…

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Multitasking doesn’t work very well

Christ Church, Oxford

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

This tomb shows a very scary painted figure and an old style horroscope. The place must have looked totally different when the walls were polychrome murals and lit entirely by candles….

Finding the focal length

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

When photographers include the Moon or Sun in a picture, you can find the angle of view and the focal length of the lens by a simple application of trigonometry.

Big Name

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Is Keith the new Kevin?

Coventry Market

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

Coventry covered market has good light and isn’t always full..

Final things

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Small details

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Macro lenses are ace – but there is so much detail around…

Logarithmic Spiral

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Is the hand painted decoration on my Taramundi an accurate logarithmic or equiangular spiral or not?

Macro World

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Looking at things through a simple jeweler’s loup can provide a refreshing ‘take’

Fall of the year

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

The word ‘fall’ was used in Elizabethan England to describe autumn – now it has become a US word but still the best one.

Yellow Bus

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Cropping 800/1840 ratio from front left of a frame taken with a 24mm lens gives a ‘normal’ perspective.

Martin Fuchs photo blog

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Nice stuff from Magnum nominee

On the number 45

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

grab shots, guessed exposure

Exposure guesses

Monday, August 15th, 2005

List of typical camera explosures for 400 ASA film – handy for when you forget the meter when using a seriously old camera

Bolton Priory

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Bolton Abbey in Warfedale, Yorkshire

Wood photos

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Trees and shadows in local wood. Signs of human activity but no one seen.

Bridge and entry

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Spray can tags on a steel bridge and a newly painted wall

Dog Star Man

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

Stan Brakhage – film maker

Local pictures

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

Pictures around Birmingham city ring road

Sunday walk

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Chromagenic monochrome again, but this time with some tweaking. Curves on the door (corresponding to a two bath developer characteristic) and contrast on the roof.

Wall with paint

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Kodak chromagenic black and white film… has a cyan mask on the negatives so the photolab prints come out close to greyscale with a nice duotone look.

Wall on outhouse in a yard in Wallasey.

Steel bridge

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Fazeley St

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Photos from my route to work

Wallasey Photos

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Liverpool photies

Sunday, June 5th, 2005

Trike Boy

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Nice bank holiday and good luck with the exams!


Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Olympus digicam on ‘macro’.

War photographs

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Dmitri Baltermans was an ‘official’ Soviet photographer. His war photographs are bleak and direct. Mark Bernstein quotes Lilia Efimova about the media coverage of the war memorial on May 9th in Moscow.


Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

This way

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

Bill Stickers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005


Monday, April 25th, 2005