Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Bowie, master of reinvention, passionate creative force and rebel of the best and most rare kind.





A lot of the images on this blog are from my phone. While it has not replaced my DSLR it has become my everyday carry but it does have limitations when it comes to lenses. When I saw this article on Boing Boing for a cheap set of clip on lenses it got me thinking about whether or not it was worth the trouble. Looking over to my left I noticed a similar but larger set of accessory lenses from one of my oldest digital cameras a Kodak DX3900 that I no longer use but have held onto since 2003.


I figured these lenses were probably slightly better quality but I lacked a way to attach them. That said, I figured I could try freelensing using my phone instead of risking getting the sensor on my DSLR covered in dust. This way I could have some fun until I worked out how to attach them or gave in and a bought a cheap clip on set.

Enter my trusty studio assistant Edwood. A simple two light setup on my desk resulted in these images.

This was a quick and dirty test of different combinations. I tried stacking the macro lenses onto the wide and tele but had difficulty focussing. The macro was probably the standout for me but overall the lenses are too big to freehold and really impractical for use outdoors. The results are also a little soft but I could probably improve on that if had more control over aperture.

I’m now sold on the idea of getting some add-on lenses though and having something universal rather than for a specific phone makes sense.  I would also like to see if there are telephoto options so I think I will see what else is out there.

A selection from 2014

Ever watch a series on television and there is an episode made up almost entirely of bits from previous episodes?

Yep, that’s what this is. I went back through the year to find some images my most recent followers may have missed and to remind myself of what I got up to.

For those of you who have stuck around, thanks.


Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

A rushed update for this week as the semester grinds on and work is due. I decided to outsource my workload related anxiety to Edwood and as you can see he is a bit dark on me at present…

There is always times for looking at photos though. Here is this week’s selection.

Portraits made by Diego Arroyo

Some gorgeous photos of Japan through the seasons by Yoshi Shimamura  aka knulp

Listening to…  Lake Street Dive 



Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

A new semester begins this week and it feels like I will never get to read anything that isn’t for work or study. Roll on June 2015.

Distressed and deserted buildings by Bas van der Poel

Hideaki Hamada works with what he has to hand, including his children.

JoeyL is a young man with a passion to document tribes and societies that are disappearing all over the world.

Listening to…  I get stuck on themes pretty easily and yes, it’s another fusion clip that has me thinking I really must work harder to level up.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

The lull before the storm of a new semester is here and the break I had planned has been taken up by work demands. I did finally get to have a decent look through the McCurry book though.

Portraits of Sudanese emigres by Mike Mellia. There are also portfolios of commercial work.

Listening to more fusion…  This time classical meets pub rock as the 2Cellos take on AC/DC. It’s Cello but not as you know it.