The fallout of Instragram – a personal story

A few months ago this little tech mess happened Instragram: no we would never do that honest, so along with other tech minded friends we took a few minutes to look at how our images are stored and who can do what with them.

I tried a few alternatives and then suddenly it hit me, I have Flickr Pro account and the Flickr app on my phone so problem solved I can take mobile images, save them on a site that at least respects my rights and put a few fancy (read as pointless) filters on my images.

So here is what I have so far from my mobile – Enjoy.

Not my normal gear – each photo is taken with a Samsung Galaxy S2 using the Flickr Android App.

The last ride to workFound this in an Old MagazineReady for lunchSnowmen need to drinkMe and My BobbieRetro CastlefordGood Memoriesyear 1 report!


York in Snow

Last year I did a rather popular blog post on the snow in the UK in York (see it here), so as the snow came once more I went out for 10 minutes to shoot a few quick shots. I was mostly there by myself, a runner ran by me which made me take a look at the rather Greek snow sculpture which is only Greek in my opinion due to the lack of a head and view of her breasts.

I also heard the familiar sound of a rowing boat, now running I can see; a crisp Sunday morning ‘go for a run before the world has truly awaken’ but rowing?!?! Shock was one word as the 2 man boat emerged from the freezing fog at -2c!

Anyway take a look at the below, normal stats apply all taken with a Nikon D3000 with 18-35mm lens no tripod this time. Click to see more detail on Flickr

Let me know which image is your favorite…

Snow measurement in my Garden 05/02Rowing in snow and fogRowing is life for someA life ring in snowA row of houses on the ouse with snowSnow covered pathSnowwoman and dogSnowwoman and dog 2Snow runnerStairs to Ambrose streetTow path into fogMillennium bridge in Fog

Working at the NRM

While putting some of my recent work on my back-up hard drive I came across some old pictures I took on my then amazing ‘smartphone’ Nokia N95. These shots are from my time working at the NRM, I hope this gives you a little snap shot into my time working for such a fun and active museum.

I’ve picked out a few highlights here:
What would brian do??
This is Brian and he was taken from a press cutting after turning up to the museum for a party after over 50 years in the fish frying business, me and Ms Senior then made a little area for him. When puzzling over a marketing idea we would ask ‘what would Brian do?’

Tornado in paintshop with tony

This is Tony who was the guy who painted everything in the Museum – his skills with a paintbrush were on another level, if you look around the Museum all the locos are hand painted mostly by HIS hand… mental. This is him next to his new project just a brand new full size steam loco!

DofH at York 3

This shot is Duchess of Hamilton arriving at York Station, this one had a special place in my heart as a Friend of the NRM first suggest that this project be undertaken and I’m pleased to say he made it to the launch of the restored loco but then sadly passed away a few months later. Ian Smith was head of CMS Ireland and a wonderfully enthusiastic man, a kind warm and gentle man, when he saw this in the Great Hall he had a tear in his eye and hugged me. He was a great man and I miss him, so this shot is for him.

Everyone on train

This is the Marketing and Press department for the museum circa September 2008 (with me behind the camera). We had some good times…

The rest of the photos are below so enjoy the little snapshot into my working life at the NRM.

Yorkshire wheel down (3)Yorkshire wheel down (2)Yorkshire show - DawnYorkshire show (4)Tornado in paintshop with tonyTornado before the public got to seeTornado before the publicTornado arrives 09Steam train at NRM June 2010Snow at workYorkshire wheel downOppsFlying Scotsman wheel dropLinolnshire show 08KGV arriving from swindon 09JP's back (5)Ian HislopGreen arrowGreat reunionGreat reunion (7)Flying Scotsman bolier test fitFlying scotsman 09 (2)First deltic modelDofH at York 1DofH at York 2

Am I good at this?

So these past few days there has been a bit of an acceptance of my photography skills. First off, on Sunday while taking photos for my local church (which was ace – post on that coming soon), one of our friends asked if I could take photos of icons in York to be made into canvases for her house! Do you have any idea how ace that is, paid to do something I like doing!

Then I got an email from York residents festival saying I had been added to their flickR page after entering their competition to find a iconic picture of York. I’ve hyper linked the FlickR page above and just there <<< so click on and check out the ace photos of York (I’m page 3 (as always *wink wink*)).

I’ve put the 3 photo’s I submitted below so you can check them out… so send prayers etc that I win as it would be ace, but just taking part is what mattered – plus some of the other entries are blindingly good, I won’t say which but one has blown me away.


NRM Topaz etc

York Snow  6

Snow, Ice, Forest and Sunsets

So this is the end of my Camera for 2010 (although some goes into 2011), for this post a few things have come to pass, firstly RAW processing has become a part of my photography. For those who can’t be bothered clicking the wiki link basically my camera has been set to take around 4 times more information than a normal photo meaning that I have more infomation to play with which is a real eye opener. So all of these photo’s have only had raw processing stuff done to them and not a single photoshop design file has been opened.

Second change… Gibson has a FlickR pro account which means I can do a nice  stuff like below – click on one of thoose images and you can see them on FlickR.

Now the photograph’s are mainly on the river Ouse when it has completely frozen over on Christmas Eve, the others are taken when me and Mrs G went walking in Dalby Forest and in Thixendale. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Also check out what happens when you throw a bag of rock salt into a frozen river…

River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (9)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (8)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (7)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (6)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (5)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (4)River Ouze fully iced over December 2010 (3)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (2)River ouze fully iced over December 2010 (1)Millenium bridge, York December EveningRock salt & Ice 2Rock Salt & iceDalby Forest December 2010 (11)Dalby Forest December 2010 (10)Dalby Forest December 2010 (9)Dalby Forest December 2010 (8)Dalby Forest December 2010 (7)Dalby Forest December 2010 (6)Dalby Forest December 2010 (5)Dalby Forest December 2010 (4)Dalby Forest December 2010 (3)Dalby Forest December 2010 (2)Dalby Forest December 2010 1Walking in Jan 2011 (2)Walking in Jan 2011

Welcome to York’s Ice Age

Although we are out of the worse of it (for now), at the start of this month York had been in the icy grip of winter. This winter grip included a solid layer of snow or ice on paths and roads, flowing rivers iced over and a -14C walk to work!

During the 29th of November and around the 9th December I took my Nikon D3000 to work and back everyday and worked out what would work and what wouldn’t and hopefully the images below show the best of York’s ice and snow scenes on my route to work.

By the way the purple coloured image – original colour of the image! Couldn’t believe how vivid it was… anyway enjoy the images and these images are also on my flickR account to the left.

Merry Christmas and thanks for reading this blog, and do remember what Christmas is all about (clue is in the name…)


Snow that’s a weekend

York In Snow November 2010

Greetings to you, so with most of the north east of Britain in ‘snow land’ I thought it might be ‘on trend’ to show you some pictures of York in the Snow. They were taken mostly on the 27th of November just after a night of snow fall. Towards the back we have some pictures from St Nicholas Fair, York – this Christmas fair attracts thousands of people but it was nice to enjoy it today while a few people may have been put off by our snow. The first few photos of the fair are from Friday while the rest are Saturday.

So here are the photos below, enjoy them and comment with any thoughts or advice. You can ever tweet with ease thanks to some tweeks to this blog.