Long time, no posts!

Apologies for the lack of posts of late – one reason is that I’ve been finding the 366-projects (one-photo-evryday) quite time-consuming, as typically I have to take some photos, process them, select suitable ones, and upload to some or all of Flickr, my photo diary, 365project and Blipfoto!

My Blipfoto project suffered a blip in early February, when I received a very polite email from them pointing out that borders are not permitted – I’d used an image I liked shot on the iPhone 4S with Hipstamatic: this put a border on the image automatically, and I hadn’t really thought about the implications. I was sufficiently upset about breaching the rules, if accidentally, that I discontinued the Blip version of the project then.

As mentioned in the previous post, I’m finding the photo-every-day project difficult, and on the whole it makes my photography less enjoyable, though I’ll stay with it as long as I can – some images appear on 365project and my Photo Diary page, and sometimes on Flickr as well.

I’m almost always using micro four thirds cameras now – the image-quality is more than adequate for use on computer screens, and also any prints that I can produce here (A3+ maximum), and of course they are much lighter and smaller (if you include the lens) than any other interchangeable lens camera, and the lens range and quality is excellent. I do sometimes use the Sony A55 as it has a larger sensor, but the A900 is ‘relegated’ to the role of studio camera due to its size and weight, and of course my age!

I’m replacing my Smart car, partly as a result of the problems a simple puncture caused (locally, imagine how much worse it would have been if it had happened at a photo workshop in NW Scotland). While I wait for the new car, I don’t like using the Smart (imagine the complications if it got damaged before I take delivery of the new car), and that is restricting my mobility, and what photographic equipment I can carry with me – either walking or on the electrically-assisted Brompton bicycle. This focusses the mind more on using the iPad as a VERY portable accessory for photographers, but although I used it, the A55, Eye-Fi card and Shuttersnitch very effectively recently, I do still find the apps available on the iPad are limiting – I believe this is largely due to limitations imposed by Apple rather than the apps themselves.

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About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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