Monthly Archives: July 2011

Infrared photography – 2nd attempt

As the weather was nice with clear blue skys and just a few clouds I decided to give infrared photography another go. I have a Nikon D70 which is particularly sensitive to IR light, and a hoya R72 filter which blocks out most visible light.

I white balanced on some brightly lit grass, then set the shutter speed to a low value. I can’t see anything in the viewfinder when taking pictures and the autofocus doesn’t work so well, so I set the focus to infinity and hoped for the best.

The results were ok but as they were taken without a tripod so the images are a bit blurry. The pictures were channel swapped in Gimp and the levels adjusted which gave a good deep blue tone in the sky and water.


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Crochet doilys

I used to crochet a lot in the past so when I saw this video the first thing I thought of was plant cellular structures, then it reminded me of the open work found in crochet doilys.

I decided to make a few which will eventually be joined to form this wonderful lampshade

Most of the doilys are based on old patterns, some of which I have adapted.

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A dark homage to the multi format transfer department at ITN affectionately refered to as Mufty, where carefully locked away deep in the vaults, obsolete kit such as the Sondor, RTI 6120, Cintel Y-front and Bosch Fernseh have all found resting places.


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Penshurst Adventure

I took my newly acquired and lovingly restored Raleigh ‘Misty’ Mixte on a mini expedition to the medieval stronghold of Penshurst Place in the Weald of Kent. It’s a 14th century mansion-house built for a former mayor of london and later acquired by the Sidney family in 1552.

‘The original medieval house is one of the most complete examples of fourteenth century domestic architecture in England surviving in its original location.’ Wiki

It was a beautiful day to follow the National Cycle Network route number 12 from Tonbridge to Penshurst, I tried to capture the marvel of the journey in the pictures below.

I passed a stream clogged full of duckweed and found the greens and shadows stunning

Reflections in a stream passing through woodland

Some white cattle graze in a field, they were really sweet.

Flower bed flag

Arrow motif in a hedge

Bear and wire man

Wire man, I really like the way the wire contrasts with the brickwork

I love all the different textures and forms of white in this photo


Colourful Medieval Poles

More Poles

Views of the garden walls and magnificent trees

The main garden in front of the house

Penshurst Place

Nice little window in the garden wall

Arrow head motifs (which I think are part of the Sidney family coat of arms) frame the view

A tree with lots of holes

Seed head detail

Eryngium flowers

Waterlilly pattern

Porcupine with arrow-head motif

Geometric topiary

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Plant forms 1.0

I have a deep interest in the forms and patterns found in the natural world, with a particular interest in plants.

Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Acquiring a large garden in 2006 gave me the motivation to study plants in greater detail. I’ve  learnt much about plant geometry from the blog dataisnature, also the amazing processing code creator Daniel Shiffman and the hyperbolic crochet inventor Daina Taimiða.

Last year I got a macro lens for my camcorder and went on a geometric adventure in my back garden, here are the results

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The Thames Path: Man versus Nature

I’ve always had an interest in the ecosystems and habitats that interface built and natural environments, the places within cities and at their edges where nature finds a foothold largely ignored by people.
It was with this in mind that I journeyed by bike along the Thames towards the Thames Barrier, searching for those magical spaces where a tapestry of plantlife exists within man-made cracks and crevices

Here is a short photo essay.

Buddleja davidii the Butterfly Bush, is a garden escapee species, originally from china  the common name is due to the large numbers of butterflies attracted to its rich nectar.

Grass seed heads against a dumped refuse sack.

Blackberrys growing up through cracks in the pavement, this is the common or uncultivated form otherwise known as Bramble.

Oenothera glazioviana the Evening Primrose growing on the concrete path next to the Thames

Evening Primrose flower head, these are often used in herbal remedies due to the calming, sedative properties in the plant.

Stones, ‘weeds’ and cigarette butts

Papaver rhoeas the common Poppy against a blue fence

Convolvulus arvensis the Common Bindweed amongst Buddleja near Canary Wharf

A type of Plantain stretching its leaves and flowers against a wall

Plants invade a disused jetty

Buddleja with some threads attached

A dead tree is left to rot in a car park near the O2

Sculpture and plants near the O2

Sedge grasses growing on the banks of the Thames near the O2

A forgotten doorway is slowly being reclaimed by nature

Some waste art mimics the natural forms of the vegetation along the riverbank

A local artist reminds us that nature and man can co-exist

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