Friday, December 23, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A summer romance

Towards dusk a local flock of galahs congregate on the power lines atthe end of our lane (to catch the last rays of warmth). the rest of the story requires no words

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Harmattan winds

Originally uploaded by imageo.
The dust-laden north-easterly harmattan winds blowing from
the Sahara have reachedcentral western Ghana. Christmas must be near!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Photomosics :: More Experiments

Photomosics :: More Experiments
Originally uploaded by imageo.
Returning to the experiment I started last week, I have been taking a number of time lapse photos (using the night scene setting on my camera, which leave the shutter open up to 4 seconds) from a moving bus in the early mornings. Of course the images are blurred and streaked out, but the colours and the abstract patterns are pretty amazing. I like the effects such "abstract" photos can create when you combine them, and add repeating paterns as in he examples below. (I used the picture grid feature in picasa's collage maker, and gimp for the grids)

Picasa collage jigsaw overlay with GIMP pattern filter

Picasa collage GIMPmosaic

Picasa collage modified using GIMPmosaic
You may need to click onto the larger image to fully appreciate these

This post preceded photofriday topic :Blur by a few months but I'll put a retro-link back here now

Friday, December 09, 2005

Weight:: PhotoFriday

CAT785 150tonne hal truck

for photofriday topic :Weight

How many larry's, is too many

African Dawn

Originally uploaded by imageo.
I guess it is hard to feel the balmy embracy of yet another hazy - misty dawn in central western ghana.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Mobile Marketing

Originally uploaded by imageo.
Roadside sellers are all along, any road you care to take in ghana.Like most Ghanians, Sonali has a lovely smile and was happy to have her photo taken, but I doubt this web presence is going to have much impact on her sales.

Monday, December 05, 2005

The bread makers

The bread makers
Originally uploaded by imageo.
This family were busy preparing bread rolls, as dusk fell. These rolls are comonly sold on the roadside by ladies with a large basket full of the rolls perched on their head.

Front & Center

front & center
Originally uploaded by imageo.
The smartest dress secruity guards in town. Late afternoon but i did use a fill flash to make sure the dark skin tones had a little detail.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Road Trip Collage

Road Trip Collage, originally uploaded by imageo.

This is is one of those, "now for something completely different" posts. It was inspired by firstly photo fridays experimatal topic and secondly by boredom (I am currently spending 4 hours a day in a bus travelling the backroads of ghana.

This is a collage of available light images taken on a very misty morning, from a "moving" bus.

for photofriday topic :Experimental

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Heat "noise" in low light

This is one of this " creative accidents". I used picasa's "I'm feeling lucky filter" on a chronically under-exposed photo (I sometimes do this just to see what is there!) and got the characteristic blocky "heat noise" you get in most lower level lighting/long exposure digital images, suddenly formed a beautiful pattern/texture. The art of such imperfections can be beautiful, at least sometimes.

The original under-exposed image.

for photofriday topic :Imperfection

Friday, November 18, 2005

One Place Four Different Times

These are all photo of the same resteraunts on Anse Vata beach in Noumea, as the "Evening in Noumea" and "Cameraphones ..." posts below.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Worn :: but wallpaper worthy

Luise Harbour Cruise Wallpaper1
Luise Harbour Cruise Wallpaper1,
originally uploaded by imageo.
From time to time I like to make up screen wallpapers, from my favourite photos. My Olympus Camedia Software includes a nice wallpaper maker, but I normally add extra stuff with Corel Photo Paint. This well worn securing ring on the barge deck made a perfect background to counterbalance my backlit photo taken from the same barge. Notice I have reversed and cropped this background image in the walpaper. My wallpapers can be downloded free (for personal use) from my Flickr Account.

for photofriday topic :Worn

Thursday, November 10, 2005

An evening in Nouema

Available light images taken from my hotel with nightscene setting and a tripod (It is very difficult to hand hold low level light photos with most digital cameras, unless you want blur!)

Cameraphones :: Are they any good?

This photo was taken with my mobile phone (NEC 410i). Maybe cameraphones are not quiet ready to rival my traditional olympus camera, but still suitable for reasonable snapshots

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Finding out more about your photos

Looking along the central range of New Caledonia

Most modern digital cameras store a lot of information in the jpeg file header. This is normally referred to as EXIF information, not all image software reads all of this information. I have found a very nice EXIF reader by Ryuuji and don't be put off by the japanesse, I'm sure you will find the links.

The EXIF report

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Warmth :: A Tropical Dawn

Warmth of a tropical dawn
Originally uploaded by imageo.

Watching the dawn over the pacific, from Luise Harbour, Lihir Island. Papua New Guinea

for photofriday topic :Warmth

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Reflections :: On a wet deck

In these photos I was mainly interested in the abstract patterns and colours in the reflections

So I have deliberately used sharpen filter applied multiple times to emphasis the texture of this "subject-less" photo.

On the water :: Back Lighting

Examples of backlighting (late afternoon)

Saturday, October 29, 2005


Originally uploaded by imageo.

This photo show a mosquito, They breed them large up here in New Guinea, many carry malaria. Unfortunately it is an all to common problem for photographer who like to go out and dusk & dawn when the mosquito's are at their most active. The other thing of interest is the small reference card that is a great accessory to your flickr card. It can be laminated and use to help provide size reference for macro and close up photos. This mosquito has a wing span of over 15mm, making her probably female and a candidate for carry malaria.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Climbing up the hill

A track through paradise
Climbing up the hill
Originally uploaded by imageo.

This is actually an easy track by New Guinea standards, but climbing the hills uses a lot of energy (and swet) and gives you some beautifully lit photos, and an excuse to stop and catch your breath.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Always look on the bright side...

There is always a bright side
Always look on the bright side...
Originally uploaded by imageo.

I'm currently working in New Guinea, at Lihir Island, there are no GSM

services for my mobile phone and I don't have my own access to the net. Yet there is public access available via some shared PCs in the mining camp. Ii is a bit like a low bandwidth internet cafe I guess, anyway it works fine for basic email, and does mean that if i carefully resize an image I can still easily post it to my blog. I have used flickr's email submission system and the special address they have generated for me (it is a unique address for each person) When I email to this address not only is the photo stored in flicker, my email message is used to create a blog enter in the blog of my choice. If you are reading this it must have worked.

If you have a flickr account and a blog make sure you set it up. Then even with the slowest, lowest speed, most basic connection to the net you will be able to keep photo blogging.

PS: It worked but sorry about the format it came out (not sure if it the email of flickr to blame). I had to edit out the extra HTML break lines