Monday, October 30, 2017

Greenwich 2001 and 2017

In 2001 I hired a Nikon D1 to try Digital. On the way home I stopped of in Greenwich park and took a picture of the clock by the observatory.

Fast forward to 2017 and I was in Greenwich park with just my iPhone and took a picture of the same clock.

Now I did not try and recreate the same angle etc from 2001 and it was just a quick photograph between tourists. 



A full resolution shot of the clock from both files



Now I am not sure how much Blogger will degrade the images.

All images are as taken with no resizing. 

Also the costs The D1 was around £3500 and the 160MB memory card was £415

The iPhone 8 £699

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Greenwich on an iPhone

We had a day in Greenwich, with tickets to do the tour upclose to the ceiling in the painted hall. When we arrived I found my camera battery was dead so it would have to be the iPhone.

Anyway we arrived slightly early for our tour so had time to look around the chapel.

Then it was on to the Painted Hall

After getting hat, hi vis jacket, and audio headphones we met our guide. An initial history of the room and explanation of the wall murals it was up the stairs to just under the ceiling.

It was not easy to see the images on the ceiling, but with the help of a hand mirror it was easier. I then tried using the camera on the screen side of the phone and it was even better than the mirror.

I was really amazed by the clarity of the images even from the secondary camera. 

After the tour we had a walk around the rest of the buildings

Sunday, September 24, 2017

iPhone 8

Well its a month since the last post and lots of things have gone on but not much photographically.

Big thing is I have a new phone. So took some pictures on the phone and with the Nikon and here are the results.

All images resized to 1500 pixel across.

Nikon D700


Iphone straight out of phone, Nikon Processed in Bridge.

Nikon D700


Nikon D700

iPhone straight from camera.

iPhone tweaked on phone

Really very impressed. Quality is far better than a pro digital from the turn of the century. and the phone only cost £200 more than my first 160mb CF card!!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Phone box Library

From Farnham we went on down to stay with friends who have just moved to Somerset and from there we had a trip down to a National Trust house near Tiverton.

The house was interesting but in the village below the house was an old phone box converted into a village library.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


After a very late night with lots of good wine it was nice to have a short walk to get breakfast on a beautiful summer morning.

So with camera in hand we had a walk across Farnham.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Straw Bales

Spent a bit of time photographing local pubs today. While out I found a field full of straw bales

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hurry on a Sundown

While watching the World Athletics the TV camera cut away to a magnificent sunset. as we are only 20 miles east I dashed out and saw a similar sunset here.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gravesend Clock Tower

Three posts in a row featuring refurbished spaces. Today I had the chance to get pictures of the clock tower in Gravesend. It has this year had a restoration. New lighting put in and general tidy up.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Having a Whale of a Time.

After the V&A we were wondering what to do so we had a trip across the road to see the new installation of the Blue Whale skeleton in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The V&A

On the visit to the V&A to see the Pink Floyd show, we had arranged to meet up at the Exhibition Road entrance. As it was many years since I had been to the V&A, I was amazed at the changes to the entrance, which is now called the Sackler Courtyard.

On enquiring how long it was since the entrance was built, I was told 'only three weeks!'

No wonder none of us recognised it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Their Mortal Remains

Went up to see the massive Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A today.

Three hours later we fell out at the other side. After an amazing audio and visual experience.

We each had our own set of headphones and a box that picked up the audio track of each bit of the show. So with the sound turned up to maximum it was a slow wander through nearly 50 years of music. At the end you came out into a room with images projected onto all four walls, and a blasting soundtrack.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not Being an Anorak

I will start today by giving the following disclaimer.

'I AM NOT AN ANOARK! I may take an interest in slightly obscure subjects, but I am not obsessive about things.'

Everyday on my walk to the station I pass many different manhole covers set into the road and pavement. 

These cover all different types of services, Water mains, fire mains, optical fibre internet, electricity, gas and phones. It is the phones that are the most interesting as each is marked with whatever the current name and Logo is for the company running the service

I think the oldest cover is this one 

It is branded as Post Office telegraphed. 

These three are all branded as Post Office Telephones

Next in age looks to be this cover branded GPO and has the number 65 on it which I think may have been the year of manufacture.

Next is this one.

Branded PO and what may be a date of 1972

Next comes this

With the Telecom logo with the morse signal for T making up the bar of the 'T' in the logo. This could be dated to 1987

Finally these covers

Branded BT and possibly dated 2002 and 2017.

AsI said at the start I am not obsessive about this, its just I find it interesting to have all this history at my feet on a short walk to the station.

Storm Brendan

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