I was a bit late for the Chelsea Chop this year, but this was the result.
I went to visit our new cat who's presently residing in the local Cat rescue centre. We went last weekend just to have a look and ended up deciding there and then on one. They had quite a lot of black cats (as has been in the news recently), but we felt that actually a black cat will go quite well with our furniture (not to devalue the little critter). She is a 'He' and is currently called Sooty (though he might become a Schubert). This was my third visit and he was definitely much more friendly this time round. So hopefully when we get him home he'll only improve and get more friendly. He does rather enjoy fishing which could be some cause for concern amongst our friendly blackbird community.
turns out they're right, black cats really are hard to photograph
and a little bouncy
bluebottle on takeoff
bluebottle on soil
in a little closer, the detail is glorious
this little chap kept a curious eye on me
This little bumblebee spent just long enough servicing the sweet peas (wild, so sadly not fragrant) that I was able to get a few shots of him. I still need to work on the aperture to improve the focus depth and capture more detail.
having a drink
up close and personal
Hope valley from Mam Tor
Vale of Edale to the north
Nether Moor, Peak District
Back Tor above Castleton
rather too friendly sheep
weathered post on Barker Bank
fields towards Eyam Moor and Hathersage
the nobly top of Win Hill above the Ladybower Reservoir
the heather of Bole Hill
more heather in glorious pinky purple
- Matthew 5:48
- Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21
- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Why google is giving me reason to question this is that if something is perfect, or perhaps the more perfect something becomes or attempts to become, the less perfect it appears. With Google, it used to just work. They did one little thing really well, not perfect, just better than others. But now they're trying to do everything and seem to be under their own self delusion that they are the best at everything. You could just brush this off under the consideration that they have relinquished their earlier claims and simply become evil. But as a user, the more they have conquered each aspect of life and tried to second guess actions - pre-emptive searches, google now, map routes - all these things are essentially suggesting to us that they've got our back, they're always there with the answer, they're perfect.
But of course they aren't and increasingly little flaws which previously you would overlook on a rough object, become increasingly noticeable and annoying. The way google navigation speaks in an almost but not quite human way, the auto complete which fill out when I didn't want it (& the reverse), chrome spell check's inability to suggest "anti-aliasing" from "antialiassing", the blandness of their search results, the advertising of things I've just purchased. All these little niggles are getting more and more annoying each passing day. There is an analogy with computer generated animation - the closer they get to simulating reality, the more those subtle slight differences like the odd jerk of a limb, appear to break the impression. Whereas with a cartoon, Wile E. Coyote runs out over the ravine, pauses then falls - fine. Even with my blog posts now, I leave one spelling mistake and it breaks the flow, whereas before there were hundreds and all was good (fun at least).
Perhaps It's human nature to seek out flaws in others. Certainly people who give that impression of being perfect (confident, cleaver, happy all the time etc) really tend to grate on me. I fear that if I came across Jesus and he was this perfect individual then either the tiny flaws he did exhibit would stick out like logs in the eyes, or I simply wouldn't like him.
This chap landed in my garden at the weekend and hung on the clematis for ages enabling me to shoot far too many photos trying (and not quite achieving) the money shot I was after - the compound eye in crisp sharp focus. Hand held, I can't get the utter clarity I desire. Furthermore, when you condense the image to the web (from 6k to 0.6k) all the resolution is kind of lost. Still, more pleased with the results and realised that I need to switch to aperture priority more often and perhaps centre around 7.1 to give more focus range to capture with. Insects are just too small for fully wide apertures.
dragonfly on the clematis
a little closer
and closer still
lower thorax and wings
abdomen in sharp relief
lets have a look at those beady eyes
the best compound eye shot of the day
two wings with some lovely foliage shining through
in this photo you can see catch the clear panels in the dragonflies wing
this crop is a little filtered for the colours
and an arty dragonfly shot to conclude
This was the first boot of my new Raspberry Pi. I'd plugged it into the TV as a monitor along with a spare tiny keyboard and mouse. The lack of a MicroSD card was nearly a spanner in the works, but then I discovered one languishing in my old HTC Desire S. This was nearly scuppered by the lack of SD converter until I realised I could (with some trickery) connect the HTC to my Mac in order to format and copy over the NOOBS image successfully. Then install took 20 minutes or so by which time I was fairly tired and ready fo bed. Once booted I wiggled the mouse in Debian to prove success then shut down.
raspberry pi first boot
When last in London I took some nice photos aimed into the sun. I was really pleased with the results captured, the exposure was such that the scene was visible but with some tremendous bleaching light effects. Not what I expected - with a crappy phone camera all you get is darkness with a bright spot. That\'s the joy of a proper camera. And so (when I remember) I've been taking more photos aimed into the sun rather than using the sun as a backlight. Here are a few recent results from Scotland.
green leaves of the horse chestnut
tall grasses in the evening light
my impression of a Brian Cox documentary
I was sorting through my catalogue of desktop backgrounds and found these three fly photos that I took back in 2005. Now with my new D7100 I thought it about time to try my hand again at some fly macros principally in search of the perfect compound eye shot. I've not made it yet, but I'm getting reasonably pleased with the preliminary results. More to come I'm sure, but to temper the files (which are otherwise getting a little too annoying in the house at the moment) there is a picture of a bee in flight (the focus is not particularly sharp I'll admit).
a rather cute blue bottle. I love the colours of the rock (2005)
sepia filter applied to this, but the eye is magnificent (2005)
the focus of this was well caught (2005)
this bee was visiting the morning courgette flowers (recent)