UK bill to provide photographer protection.

Posted on March 16th, 2008 in photos by Andy

Interesting news that a politician is actually doing something useful for once and is trying to get a bill that basically provides more protection from police harassment to photographers taking pictures on the street. There have been several cases where people have been stopped for taking pictures in public – the silliest one being a photographer in Blackpool of all places.  I wholeheartedly agree, especially after being stopped by the cops in Columbus and the excuse of "suspicious activity after 9/11" is a great coverup.  One of the points that I hadn’t previously thought about is that it is perfectly acceptable to have CCTV filming you EVERYWHERE you go, but it is not ok to take your own pictures????? Now we just need something similar in the US but well done Austin Mitchell.

Shrove Tuesday pancakes.

Posted on February 5th, 2008 in photos by Andy

Day 36 - Pancake Day

Today is Shrove Tuesday or commonly known as pancake day in the UK. A special day in the Helsby household due to the connections with the Olney pancake race that mum ran in a long time ago. Last year Dad apparently ran in his local pancake race too. This year I just tossed the pancakes as Dublin doesn’t do a pancake race but it would be a fun thing if they did. This would be the second US pancake race as Kansas competes with Olney (and Olney won this year.) I cheated and used bisquick for the pancake – the first came out like traditional american pancakes (very thick) – the second was too thin and stuck to the pan and the third one was just right  (but also stuck to the pan!) Apologies to the guys at work who are reading this but I wasn’t going to dress up in a pinny and headscarf for the picture!


Flickr Southern Theatre Tour

Posted on January 20th, 2008 in Events,flickr,FlickrMeetups,photos by Andy

I had a really good time at the Southern Theater yesterday with the Flickr Group – I think there was about 50-60 people there so you had to be careful about who you were stepping in front of but it was fun. I’ve not captioned the 60 photo’s I am in the process of uploading onto Flickr yet – that will be a project for this week. Everyone’s photos are available at cmhflickrmeet011908 – I recommend you subscribe to the rss feed to see the photos come in on your reader. The obligatory group photo shot was taken by Fensterbme as usual – Thanks!

I do have a picture of the day for yesterday and today but I won’t be able to upload them until after this batch gets uploaded so stay tuned.

Photography workflow.

Posted on January 17th, 2008 in flickr,PhotoProcessing,photos by Andy

Day 17 - TimeI think my daily picture taking process should get a bit easier now. Up until now I’ve been ejecting the compact flash, SD or XD card from the camera and then putting it in the card reader. However tonight I plugged the Canon into the usb cable and saw it come up as a mobile device in Windows Explorer. By right clicking on the device and choosing properties I was then able to select an action on inserting the camera. One of the options is to copy the pictures to a specified directory on the disk AND put them in a subdirectory of todays date, another option is to delete the pictures off the camera afterwards. Seeing as though this is a process I do manually at the moment, this should be really helpful. As the camera has a really good battery life (I’ve just swapped the batteries over for the first time) I’m not too concerned about draining the battery whilst the data is being copied across. I might use the card reader process on Saturday when I get back from the Columbus Ohio Flickr meet at the Southern Theatre. Seeing as though this trick has saved me some time, I thought it was appropriate that the photo for today was Time.

My first ski session.

Posted on January 4th, 2008 in photos,work by Andy

A bunch of us from work are going skiing tonight – it starts at 10pm and finishes at 3am (and then we have a 45 min drive home). I’m really looking forward to it as I’ve never been skiing before. Always wanted to go but it probably wouldn’t have been as much fun on my own as with a group of friends from work. I’ll take the camera but won’t be taking pictures whilst on the skis though. Therefore my picaday picture will be late today, but it should be a unique one for me!


Posted on January 2nd, 2008 in Changelog,flickr,photos by Andy

I’m going to try and post a photo a day on Flickr this year – not sure how long this will last but I’ll give it a go. The last 7 photos will appear in the left hand sidebar on the website and you can also subscribe to the photos in a RSS reader too.

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