Images of the day
I might have uttered similar mutterings before; people always talk about blogs in terms of the quality of writing and other such piffle that we won’t bother ourselves with today. A lot of my favourite blogs contain few words, and lot’s of other cool media, mostly photos and images but often videos and bits and pieces. I see some great images every day. Here’s a few great ones that popped in to my feed reader just in the last day or so. And funnily enough, not one of them is from the many great photoblogs I’m subscribed to.
Laura Byrne / Joe Coleman
Laura Byrne / Joe Coleman
Creepy discarded dolls
I only just discovered that you can view a Flickr search result as a slideshow.
Test post for posting to WordPress directly from Flickr. Was driving me crazy getting this set up. If you have trouble getting this working this might be the problem:
Go to wordpress Settings page > Writing, then select the checkbox beside “enable XML-RPC”.
The Missus had her 40th a couple of weeks ago and I had a bit of fun designing and printing a few things for the party. Got a bit carried away actually, it was almost like a branded event in the end. I did invitations, a kid’s t-shirt, a window decal, stickers and a bib! Mostly via cafepress.
Costa Rican Ricky
I was going to do a quick Photo Friday post and had a look through my flickr and came to this one:
But every photo has a story. That’s Ricky on the right, and his apprentice on the left. Ricky is a guide. He brought us through a Costa Rican jungle pointing out different insects, birds and animals. What you can eat, what can eat you, that kind of thing. Our very own Ray Mears. I absolutely loved it. Great day. The highlight of the honeymoon. Here’s some more pics from that day:
And here’s a photo of the treehouse we stayed in. (http://www.costaricatreehouse.com) which was fantastic.
See: Full Honeymoon flickr set for more.
Rude boy rock
Speaking of things that look like things, I noticed this rock by a stream in St. Annes park recently.
Dance wiv me
You know when you’re flicking through your camera and you see two shots that were taken in quick succession and it looks like a little animation and you sit there for a while making the people dance? No!? well I’m always at it. Thought I’d add some music to this one…
Stills from that movie in Rome
Here’s some stills from that movie I was shooting in Rome last year.
Not really. Just messing around with this photoshop tutorial.
“What’s the point in asking me to draw a clown on your whiteboard if you’re going to run out of the room screaming!?”
No, no, no – not Space SHIP
Mmmm, Spacesheep spits Shiraz when squeezed. Mmmmm Space Sheep Shiraz.
OOPS I married a sketch!
Another face of the earth
I bought a foot spa a couple of years ago. See I’ve garnered this odd affliction, where standing still for any amount of time kills my feet and leaves me utterly exhausted and fatigued for hours. Walking isn’t a problem. Standing kills me. Have been to two different doctors to no avail whatsoever.
One suggested a foot spa. Or maybe I thought it would be a good idea myself. Either way, it is now cast aside, like a bathroom version of a George Foreman grill, stuck in that useless little nook beside our shower. Any time I am seated on the throne, it looks at me with that big fake smile, begging employment. I don’t pay heed to such folly charms and go about my way without paying it any attention. I’m absolutely positive that as soon as I leave the smile fades and those hollow eyes fill with veruca salt tears.
I must send it on to Faces of the Earth, where it may at least find some friends.
A thousand words
Last November Claire Gingerpixel decided that instead of moaning about the lack of non-denominational schools (which is all I manage to do) she’d try and set one up. Fast forward 10 months to the start of September, and there she is taking photos of the first day at school in the new Educate together in Greystones. Great photos at that, as ever. What an amazing achievement. First day of school is my recommendation for blog post of the month.
This was meant to be a test post. I’m just testing something…obviously… and went to post a random photo. I really like this photo though specially as it was taken by a 4-year-old just running around with a camera.
Token for a ride
Found this ‘ride token’ in my pocket. It’s from Funtasia in Bettystown. Now if I was single and the kinda guy that used cheesey chatup lines… just saying… if!
Quick post on phone from hospital. Anna Elizabeth Braine was born today at 4.44pm. Both girls are fine and we’re all over the moon. See flickr photo in sidebar.
Update: Some proper photos here:
Some more on Flickr:
Wowsers! This is one of the most amazing photos I’ve ever seen. I know no more about it but it appears to be a wasp-like creature glistening with dew. Look at those eyes, nature multiplied by nature.
Spotted at www.likecool.com.
Some great photos by a Great uncle
My Great Uncle, Harry Braine, set up the Dublin Camera club in 1945. Apparently he spent some time in the Tower of London having been arrested as a spy for being found with photos that were used to plan attacks with the bouncing bomb, or something like that. I say apparently as I suspect my father, Harry Braine, added a pinch of salt to some of his stories.
Apparently, he also had one of the first cars in Dublin and he also invented the car battery, or at least a part of it. Although I have seen photos that give the latter some credence, and there’s no doubting that he was a prominent member of the Photographic Society of Ireland. According to the History of the Dublin Camera Club (pdf), club meetings were sometimes held in his Drumcondra garage and he won many awards. The Bathers, above, is available to buy for a few hundred quid the last time I checked. Maybe I’ll buy it some day. But for now it’d have to go to the bottom of a list of currently unaffordable luxuries.
Here are some other great shots he took. Some backstage photos from Dublin theater back in the day. Found at www.news4.ie
And our youngest is the latest in a long line of Harry Braines.
P.S. Speaking of photography, here’s a fascinating project:
This exhibition features people whose lives are coming to an end. It explores the experiences, hopes and fears of the terminally ill. All of them agreed to be photographed shortly before and immediately after death.
Dundalk Ice Dome
Ice skating is one of the rare physical activities I find myself enjoying but was restricted to doing once a year, and while listening to Jingle Bell Rock. I considered roller blades for about 1/2 a second but even thinking about it made me feel like a nipple. So we were looking for something to do at the weekend and came across the Dundalk Ice Dome. Took a motorway hour to get there but it’s something else (for an ice rink). It’s a full-on ice hockey stadium with a huge rink and there weren’t that many people there at all.
And in other weekend photos:
Mini me Zoolander
Here’s a great plug-in for your browser. It’s called Piclens, installs in the blink of an eye and works great. It’s a photo browser for sites like flickr, Picasa, and facebook. Searching through Google images is no longer a chore. Jesus I sound like I’m straight out of an Ad – it’s just really handy. Below is a video of me looking around Gingerpixel‘s Flickr photos, although the crap quality doesn’t really show off how good it looks, you can kind of see how easy it is to use.
John Williams makes it look so easy.
I really like this photo. It’s almost illusionary. Looks like its printed on a block of metal or something. Or some layered photoshopping was involed, but nope, that’s exactly how it came off my phone. It’s from the inside of Alcatraz pointing out a small window to San Francisco (I still haven’t got around to writing about Alcatraz – here’s a summary: best tourist attraction ever!).
Don’t go out on the Moors!
If you think Sandyford Industrial estate is bad, try Airside Business Park in Swords. There’s nothing out here at all. There’s only one wee bit of eye candy that shines out of the nothingness – the surrounding land untouched by human hands. I love that kind of rough rugged land that you don’t usually see beside a workplace, specially when its foggy. Just wish I had a better camera phone.
Fake model photos
Had a bit of Photoshop fun making holiday snaps look like model towns. Here’s two of the better ones:
A riverside in Stockholm looks like a Guinea pig is about to arrive on a boat.
There are some great one’s on the
Tilt-shift miniature fakes Flickr group.
Here’s a video featuring the original Tilt-Shift photographic technique.
Two and a half years later I’ve finally rooted out all our wedding photos and stuck them on Flickr. Full collection is here.
Bride to be
Fi in the Rolls while I was on the LUAS!
Let the festival begin!
Inside the Marquee
My 30 second Speech!
The Ska ban, Special Brew
Our honeymoon tree house in Costa Rica
Costa Rican beach.
If you were at the wedding, and you’re on Flickr please add your pics to this group.
You’ve been Gingerpixel’d!
Had the pleasure of being the recipient of Gingerpixel’s fine photography talent at the weekend. Just wish I’d thought to have a late shave!
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