This spinning top came from a Christmas cracker and has been far more fun that it should have been.
An old globe lamp that I recently rediscovered. I remember being absolutely fascinated by these as a child.
The Christmas decorations have gone up.
There is a road in Poole, Dorset where lots of the houses kind of compete with each other using Christmas decorations. It’s got to a point now where the local media usually cover the event each year. There are at least ten or so houses together in a cul-de-sac that are all absolutely plastered in lights and decorations of all descriptions.
This was a quick psychedelic shot taken with a Lensbaby, (I’m not particularly keen on Lensbabies to be honest with you!).
This is the Bournemouth Carnival Band and you will often see them performing around the town centre, usually raising money for charity (as they were today).
I have seen them numerous times and it always brings a smile to my face to see thirty or so band members in full Spiderman costumes. Not only do they look great but they sound good too!
Fortunately I had my camera handy today and was able to grab a couple of shots.
Jet skiers enjoying the water by Bournemouth Pier.
A neon sign shot taken in Bournemouth Gardens, Dorset, UK.
Here is a black and white night time shot taken in Poole, Dorset a few evenings ago. Truth be told I am simply unable to resist bicycles! They are always screaming out to be photographed.
Here are a couple of night time shot taken recently in Poole, Dorset to mark the 11th November 2011. I had originally hoped to venture outside during the daytime to capture some shots but in the end had to find my inspiration after dark.
It was pretty much impossible to avoid the fact that the date could be expressed as 11/11/11 recently, with numerologists crawling out of the woodwork everywhere you looked, while getting incredibly excited at the prospect of this once in a century event (these events seem to happen far more regularly than the excitement they generate would suggest).
There was even a Flickr group created especially for the occasion, as well as numerous other sites set-up to encourage people to document the day and I decided that I wasn’t going to miss a good opportunity to create some photographs. I was quietly considering the options available to me when I suddenly remembered seeing these lights embedded into the pavement back during the summer but was unsure at the time how to make an interesting shot with them. Fortunately 11/11/11 gave me the perfect opportunity to return for another attempt.
I don’t really need much of an excuse to take a photograph, even if I am a little dubious at times about the significance of the event in question!
So last night we went along to see some fireworks at a local display and the venue we had chosen also had a fun fair with a bunch of rides featuring lots of neon lights and motion. It had been raining quite heavily when we left the house and I hadn’t taken my ‘proper‘ camera with me. So I nonchalantly took out my iPhone 4S and snapped a few impromptu images shortly after we arrived. When I got home I was pleasantly surprised with the result of one of the shots in particular.
I think what is really incredible is that the iPhone camera (and lots of other mobile phones I’m sure) have the potential to capture such decent quality shots in less than ideal conditions. It’s wonderful to have such a capable camera in my pocket with me everywhere I go and from now on I’m going to make a more concerted effort to use it. I think Chase Jarvis may have actually been onto something when he said that The Best Camera is the One That’s with You.
This has really made me reconsider how I think about my iPhone camera in relation to my Canon DSLR. I guess at the end of the day all that matters is making the shot, everything else is kind of irrelevant.