A RedBubble Collaboration

I've been with RedBubble for a few months now and, so far, it's been a good experience. Much as I suspected, it's turned out to be far more useful than Photobox.

One of the things that happens a fair bit there is that people will work together on collaborative projects. It's not something I've really looked into myself (although a friend and myself have knocked a couple of ideas about but haven't had the chance to do anything yet) but I've always been intrigued by the idea.

About a week ago Lloyd Harvey commented on my photograph Beyond the Trees, saying that it reminded him of one of the early scenes of H. G. Wells' book The War of the Worlds. He then went on to express a desire to take the image and turn it into what he was seeing.

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Given my interest in doing some sort of collaboration, and being a big fan of the book (I read it many times as a child and own quite a few copies), I was intrigued by the idea. So, a couple of BubbleMails later we had a plan.

Lloyd delivered the result to me yesterday:

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I think he's done a great job (and I do like the idea of a tripod getting ready to take on Billingborough) and the bulk of the credit goes to Lloyd: I just took a photograph, he did a lot of work creating the tripod and then processing the final result.

Have a look at his page for the image for details on how he created the work. And be sure to have a look at his website too.


UK Earthquake

Last night I got to experience a relatively rare event: an earthquake in the UK.

This is only the second one I've ever knowingly experienced (and, coincidently, both events have happened while I've been living in Lincolnshire).

I was woken up, just before 0100 UT, and noticed a roaring and rattling noise and then I realised that the bed was shaking too. Given that we live on a route used by large lorries my first thought was that it was a large lorry going past. I then realised it was much stronger (and stranger) than that and came to the conclusion that it was an earthquake. Also, by UK standards, it felt pretty strong.

I got up and had a quick wander around the house to check everything was fine and I then noticed that my ADSL connection had gone down. I got that going again and then went and checked on the USGS earthquake website and, sure enough, there it was.

Currently they're placing the epicentre somewhere north east of Lincoln, not too far from Market Rasen.

The British Geological Survey put it at a 5.2 and give the epicentre a slightly different location (just north of Market Rasen whereas the USGS map places it south of there). They've got PDF file of all the main details.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre also have some information about it.


Describe my photography

This morning I added a few more pointless stats (along with some more pointless graphs) to the photography section of my site. For no good reason at all I thought it would be interesting to see the most common month, day of week and hour of the day.

And then I realised that, using the most common item in each table, I could sum up my photography:

Apparently you're most likely to find me using my Canon EOS 400D on a Saturday in August, between 14:00 and 14:59, to shoot in landscape orientation at 1/200, f/8.0, ISO 100 with a focal length of 55mm. I won't be using the flash, I'll be using matrix metering and the exposure will be done in program (auto) mode.

Chances are I'll be taking that photograph somewhere in Lincolnshire, probably in Billingborough.

Oddly enough I don't think I've actually taken that photograph yet... ;-)