28 April, 2011

Welcome to my web site.

As I add items the older stuff gets pushed down the page so you will need to scroll down to see it. This front page only shows the most recent entries – to find older articles visit the index page or use the search box.

The photo at the top of the page is me standing in the middle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah staring at my shoe.

Estuary Sunset

19 January, 2015

We went for a day trip to Mersea Island in the Thames Estuary yesterday to celebrate janice’s birthday with a rather delicious fish meal. Then we watched a beautiful if rather chilly sunset over the estuary. Nice day.

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Chris and Janice look very happy :)
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Christmas and New Year 2014

15 January, 2015

Some things changed this Christmas. Some things stayed the same.

Christmas Eve we went to Eva’s name day party and encountered her fabulous food spread.

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Christmas Day was super quiet and relaxed, I had a cheese sandwich for Christmas lunch.

Boxing day was very busy, a quick food drop to my Aunt Joyce , then a room with teeming toddlers in Hackney, then Earls Court, via the The Guardian, for a very pleasant evening with Henry’s uncle and aunt.

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Then the gathering of the Swash clan a couple of days after Boxing Day

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Finally a pretty good New Year Eve party at Tremlet Grove. I experimented at the party by just using my iPhone 6 as the camera plus an off screen flash unit, worked moderately well but the low light is always challenging for anything less than a top range DSLR.

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Then I rested.

Poppies at the Tower

6 November, 2014

We visited the poppies installation at the Tower, which was pretty spectacular, and wandered back across Tower Bridge and along the South Bank to Borough Market. It was a pleasing sunny day of bright colours, red poppies, blue skies, the colours of borough market. Even managed to squeeze in a Pearly King and Queen.

To see more photos click here

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Down West with the iPhone 6

2 November, 2014

I wandered about in town yesterday in the pleasant warm late autumn sunshine, through the huge building site that is TottenHam Court Road station, and visited the new Foyles Bookshop building (very nice). In the process I took a few photos with the new iPhone 6 and I haver to say I remain very impressed by the abilities of the camera on this phone. Here are a few photos from my walk.

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We visited the Malevich exhibition at the Tate today, it was very good, and then wandered back to London Bridge via Borough Market. It was my first excursion with my new iPhone 6 and I wanted to see what the camera could do. It turned out it could do a lot. The photos it produced, for a camera phone, are very good indeed, and it has some remarkable video capabilities. I shot a short time lapse video of the Thames using one of the new iPhone’s built in video FX. The phone itself has a super faster CPU and graphics processor and I tried out the app ‘Replay‘ that can create an edited video in seconds with just a few quick taps. On a phone!

Here are the results.

Here are some photos, to some more click here

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Here is the times lapse video I made on the iPhone.


 
Here is the video I edited, sitting on the Tube, using the Replay app on the iPhone.

A Birthday

28 September, 2014

My old friend Jane celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, a lot of old friends, a face or two I hadn’t seen for a very long time, and lots of kids wandering around. My photography was pretty haphazard, too busy gassing, but here are a few.

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A wedding

26 September, 2014

My daughter Rosie married Henry on Saturday. A perfect day :)

To see lots of photos click here

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Chris is 50 and Dad is 91

7 September, 2014

We had a small gathering, with some faces from way back when, to celebrate my brother Chris’s 50th birthday and my dad’s 91st birthday. Great evening with a lot of laughs. To see all the photos click here.

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Smithfield Meat Market

16 July, 2014

Sometime soon Smithfield Meat Market will be redeveloped and renovated. I passed through the market on a long meandering walk yesterday and managed to grab a few photos of the old dilapidated, grand Victorian fabric of the place. You can see all the photos by clicking here.

UPDATE: I have just added some more photos from a second visit to the market.

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Spent a delightful evening partying with some old friends in celebration of the joining of the pensions of Geraldine and Ralph :)

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Casie is thirty

5 January, 2014

My niece Casie has just turned 30 and last night she had a packed and glitzy birthday party in a pub on the Caledonian Road. A great evening for a great girl.

To see all the photos from Casie’s party click here

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On the way to the party I managed to get a nice shot of the impressive new square at the front of Kings Cross station.

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Christmas

5 January, 2014

Christmas has come and gone, and this year we did everything differently. Christmas Eve was at Rosie and Henry’s, Christmas Day was at Henry’s mum’s (where we got empirical proof that it is possible for another family gathering to be as loud as a Swash gathering), Boxing Day was a quiet and much reduced gathering in Hackney and the Swash family do was also small because much of the older generation were missing.

To see all the photos from Christmas Eve click here

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To see all the photos from Christmas Day click here

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To see all the photos from Boxing Day click here

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To see all the photos from the Swash family Christmas gathering click here

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A week in Wales

November 15, 2013

Isabel and I spent a week in wales on near Cardigan and in between the rain storms we managed a bit of walking. To see all the photos This is Isabel walking the cliff top coastal path as the wind drives the waves onto the rocks below. Here are some photos of the beautiful Poppit […]

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