Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Endless Day" by Vander Yacht

Via Daydream Lily, via Vander Yacht (blog with animated version) from Time-Life's Life Nature Library - The Poles (1962) by Willy Ley.

I've finally gone full frame!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Mouille Point

More pictures from today on my flickR.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New lens!

Before there was the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L... there was...

The Canon EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM.

2009/12/22 Loot

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Every monkey was kung fu fighting...

I don't like reblogging unrelated news, but every now and then an article comes by that you just can't ignore:

Taekwondo monkeys attack their trainer

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't die on me 350D!

Following my previous blog post, I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to plug the USB cable in again. And, again, the camera froze, and after taking the battery out and putting it back in, refused to start up.

I tried leaving it without the batteries in for 15 seconds, a minute, 10 minutes, 5 hours, 12 hours. Nothing. At this point I started getting desperate.

I searched for a step-by-step photo guide on how to open my Canon EOS XT/350D up and got the link above. After every photo I tried putting the battery back in just in case the camera changed it's mind.

After taking the 5 screws out at the bottom, I put the battery in, and the screen powered up! Rejoice! I tried to set the date and time but... no buttons responding?!

I take out the battery, put it back in, and no signs of life.

I continue dismantling the camera, getting as far as removing the back cover. If you are going to do this, be VERY careful, as there are ribbon cables attached to it (for the LCD screens). The last camera I took apart, the LCD screen ribbon broke because once you remove the plastic casing of the Samsung ES10, the only thing supporting the LCD screen is it's incredibly fragile ribbon cable. Thanks to eBay, I was able to get a replacement and fix that camera.

Now with the back cover removed, and holding it carefully in my hand, I inserted the battery back in, and tried the power switch. Nothing. Then I remembered that with the back cover off, the CF card compartment's door cannot trigger the microswitch telling the camera whether the door is open or close.

Holding down the microswitch with my hand, I turn the switch on, and SUCCESS! I manage to set the date and time, and get to the ready-to-shoot mode. I don't have any CF card or lens on at this moment, so I of course get the "No CF card" and "f/0" on the displays. I switch the power off, and let go of the microswitch.

Carefully I assemble the camera back together, and put the battery, CF card, and lens back on. Everything works perfectly.

Now to cross fingers and hope it doesn't stop working again before I have enough money saved to buy a replacement.

I'm not sure why it started doing this. I almost always use a card reader to download photos instead of using the USB cable to copy them off. I have used it before, and I've used the USB cable as well to shoot tethered to my PC, but it's not something I often do. Maybe something was loose or just needed a little nudge in the vicinity of the USB port? Who knows.

And my camera is still working now :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Canon EOS XT/350D wont' start up!

So earlier, having forgotten my card reader at work, I plugged my camera into my PC to download the photos off. PC saw the camera but wouldn't see the photos on it. Weird...

Anyway I unplug the camera, and the top LCD stays on. I turn the power switch off. The display STAYS on. I take the battery out, and put it back in, and try to turn the camera on. Nothing goes on. I try my other battery, same result. PANIC! I really don't want to have to replace my camera.

After some Google'ing, I stumble across this thread on DPReview, specifically this thread by JohnB47 more than 2 years ago:


A previous poster gave the following sequence as a possible cure for lockups etc. I know that this worked for at least one person. You need to follow the sequence to the letter. Worth a try.

1.) Turn off the camera.
2.) Remove both camera batteries.
3.) Close battery cover.
4.) Turn on/off switch to "On".
5.) Let camera sit for at least 15 seconds.
6.) Turn on/off switch to "Off".
7.) Re-install both batteries and turn camera on.

I decided to take everything off (lens and CF card as well) just for good measure.

My camera is working again.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Wishlist (Camera Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Cheap enough to get new)

Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (Old but cheap & good)

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (Biggest problem...)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Delerium - Myth

it's a weird game

i nudge life,
like an unborn child

a dream inside...

i'm living in your dreams
i'm where you cannot be
i'm way out of your reach

i'm living in your dreams,
i'm where you cannot see
is it you or is it me?

i can't protect,
what you can't forget
but now i live behind your eyes,
you recognise me
as only a memory that comes through

i'm living in your dreams
i'm where you cannot go
beyond everything you know

i'm living in your dreams
you won't find me anywhere,
i've vanished in the air

Delerium featuring Joanna Stevens - Myth

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009


"Hiding from the blue in your eyes
I never told you that I don't need a reason to be
In love with the smile on your face"
Anneke van Giersbergen & Niels Geusebroek - What's the Reason?

"One day you'll see
I've been here
for you all along
and I will
never let go of your hand"
The Gathering - Pale Traces

"Clouds in my head
have been parted with grace
By the voice of an angel
revealing her face
And her words they make sense
and I do understand
Falling in love isn't part of a plan"
Röksopp - Only This Moment

"I believe,
this is heaven
to noone else but me"
Sarah McLachlan - Elsewhere

"Young boy in the market
sees the girl alone
and asks her:
"Have you lost way your home?"
She sings:
"You say the most beautiful things,
just like my violins,
look into your eyes,
I am at the center of the sun"
Conjure One feat. Annie Decatur Danielewski - Center of the Sun

"and this is how you made my heart a hunter"
Delerium feat. Jenifer McLaren - Fallen Icons

"And when I dream, I dream of you"

"And when I dream, I dream of you
You smile my way, you take my hand
And then we walk, into the blue
And I can breathe again

You are the only one I love
I wonder who is kissing you tonight

And when I dance, I dance alone
But I pretend, you're by my side
We dance the last, waltz of the world
And I can finally breathe again"

Bel Canto - Foolish Ship

Saturday, November 14, 2009

True freedom

No sane mortal is truly free,
because true freedom is so terrible
that only the mad
or the divine
can face it with open eyes.

- Terry Pratchett

The real sleeping beauty

And Kate Beaton hits the nail on the head. Typical

"Wherefore do ye toil,"

"Wherefore do ye toil; is it not that ye may live and be happy?
And if ye toil only that ye may toil more, when shall happiness find you?
Ye toil to live, but is not life made of beauty and song?
And if ye suffer no singers among you, where shall be the fruits of your toil?
Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end.
Were not death more pleasing?"

- HP Lovecraft

These skimming stones still lie...

"All I want, is to reach the horizon
where these skimming stones go on forever
For as they sink, I sink with them
Just to hold your hand right now,
would be all that I know
And I'll take you down,
to the depths of my soul"

Sleepthief feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw - Skimming Stones

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

PFSC - Loot

Today is the 26th. I hate 26ths. 26ths are very bad days for me. Ironically, this arrives today:

So fitting.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Canon EOS 350D + extension tubes + FD macro lens

The subject (taken with EF-S 18-55):

  • Canon 350D

  • ±55mm of extension tubes

  • FD to EF converter

  • Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro

  • (all pics resampled down, not cropped)

Focus at infinity:

Focus at 23.2cm (1:2):

"When I grow up..."

Via Daydream Lily

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Buy the Pictures for Sad Children book

Buy the Pictures for Sad Children book

USD15. +USD7 to have it signed. Shipping USD3 for USA, USD5 international.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sleepthief - The Dawnseeker

At least something good came out of this horrible day :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Camera setup

Canon EOS 350D

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Canon EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 Mk II USM

Canon FD 50mm f/3.5 Macro

Canon Speedlite 580EX MK 1

My 3 favourite books (atm)

3. George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four

2. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

1. Richard Matheson's What Dreams May Come

Note: Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room! should have been in that list somewhere. My bad.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Love is...

"You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Romain Laurent

I love this photo.

© Copyright 2009 Romain Laurent.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

A rose a day

London - An 87-year-old North Wales man has put a fresh rose at his wife's bedside every single day of the 60 years they have been married.

Tom Shovelton also kisses his 83-year-old wife Joan first thing every morning and before they go to sleep each night, reports the Daily Mail.


And Mr Shovelton believes that if more couples made a selfless gesture to their spouse or loved one, there would be fewer broken relationships.

Via Too sweet.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Canon S90

The new Canon S90. Finally someone decided to put proper, physical, ring controls back on cameras. Now, instead of frantically mashing button combinations as if you're playing a video game, you just turn a dial to control what you want.

When shooting in Manual mode with my Canon 350D, if I want to change Shutter Speed, I turn it's scroll wheel. To change the Aperture, I need to hold down a button and turn the wheel. With the S90, you turn a large ring on the front of the camera to change settings.

Canon have also decided to let their engineers make important decisions for once instead of the marketing team: instead of just pumping up the megapixel count to ridiculous levels to wow naïve customers, they've decided to make the sensor bigger. My simple understanding of physics tells me that a larger sensor means a larger surface for light to fall on. All other things the same, more light would mean a greater signal, which means a clearer picture less noise.

I'd love to have a camera with proper, dedicated, customisable physical controls to be able to control aperture, shutterspeed, ISO and white balance, instead of having to fiddle with buttons. I don't really need 20+ MP, ISO 32'000, Live View or 1920x1080 video recording. What I do need, is to be able to set the core functions easily, quickly, and without having to think about it. You wouldn't replace the steering wheel or pedals in a car with buttons, so why would you do it to a camera?

Hopefully this will start a trend in digital camera design.

All images © 2009 Canon USA.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Re: "Keep chivalry alive"

Emil Pohl wrote a letter to News24 entitled "Keep chivalry alive" on gentlemen and the behaviour of some of his colleagues. Some of the comments other readers left makes me question my faith in people. Examples:

I'm trying to imagine a situation where guys would do that. Either they resent her. Your female colleague, she's a bit of a B#$%tc, right? Or, are the guys into console or network games? That usually drains all charm from guys within a couple of years.

(...) Just remember, guys hardly ever use his social position and his gender as a weapon to demand something without actually asking for it. Women do it all the time... As far as I'm concerned women wanted to be liberated, now's your chance, go fix the car!!!

Have you heard that women are turned on by bad boys? They always fall for bad boys. All the gentleman don't get the good women. Us bad boys we do get hot chicks not Ugly Betty's like your co-worker. I don't think she's hot, cause guys never turn down an opportunity to be beside a beautifully women

Allan Sugar
Chivalry is not dead - its just boring and doesn't get the girls knickers off. I'm not saying be rude, but girls love a man they can have fun with. Just ask me ... I get laid as regularly as clockwork. Don't hate the player - hate the game

This tongue-in-cheek one made me laugh though:

I always allow a woman to enter a room before me. You never know who or what is inside ...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sleepthief - Labyrinthine Heart

New album from Sleepthief coming soon. Preorder on Amazon, tracklist on Kirsty Hawkshaw, Kristy Thirsk, Jody Quine, Roberta Carter Harrison, Zöe Johnston. Can't wait :D

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pictures for Sad Children
The Book

Pictures for Sad Children - The Book, by John Campbell: coming soon, sort of but not quite really, maybe. Sometime.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Re: Love vs Career Love

Liss of Daydream Lily blog recently put up a post entitled Love vs Career Love. There were lots of wonderful comments, but here are my favourite three:

Toni Brockliss
Love. You can love your career, but it doesn't love you back.

Miss English Rose
In work you are generally quite often replacable, but if someone loves you and wants you for the rest of their life then you are irreplacable. Who is going to make you cups of tea and snuggle with you on the sofa when your retired and have no one around?

Love. Jobs and careers come and go. I want someone to sit and hold hands with when I'm old. A career can't hold my hand, or hug me, or listen to my ramblings. No job is worth giving up love.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sleepthief - Eurydice

Eurydice is the beautiful opening track on Sleepthief's The Dawnseeker album, featuring the vocals of Jody Quine.

It's based on the Greek myth that basically revolves around Eurydice dying, and her husband, Orpheus, travelling to the Underworld and playing such sad and mournful music that he was allowed to take Eurydice back to the land of the living.
Read more on Wikipedia.

“I've lost you my lovely
To the depths of an ocean
My blind faith,
I follow you with my hope and devotion

I'll sing for your freedom
I'm lost to release you
No heaven waits for us my sweet
I'll follow your demise to hell and beyond”

Eurydice music video on YouTube

Sleepthief - Dawnseeker on:, Discogs, Amazon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

High Dynamic Time Range

Take high dyanmic range (HDR), combine it with time lapse, and you get High Dynamic Time Range images.

Image © Martin Krzywinski.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


ATB - 9pm Till I Come, ATB - Don't Stop, Lost Witness - Did I Dream (song of the siren), Above & Beyond presents OceanLab - Sirens of the Sea Remixed, and ATB - Killer (CD 2)