Guerrilla photography improvisation: using the car’s sunshade as a graduated density filter for a dramatic sky. Shot on an iPhone 5 with an Olloclip wide-angle adapter.
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I write about Apple at TUAW, technology and science at Action at a Distance, and about food at Objection: Salad!. I'm on Twitter too: @penllawen. I put pictures on flickr and Instagram.
Michael Wolf takes stunning photographs of dense high-rise housing in Hong Kong. They are all of this style — symmetric, oppressive compositions of seemingly endless buildings and walls and windows, with nary a glimpse of sky or land, hypnotic in the sheer mass of humanity they represent. There’s more at Architecture Of Density.
As you may know, Tumblr’s very own Rachel came to stay with Danielle and I last week, and we had a great time showing her our humble little corner of Wales and England. It’s always great fun to have out-of-towners (or even, as in this case, out-of-countriers) visit because you get to do the tourist things you might not otherwise think to do in your own town. Naturally I carried my cameras around and shot (I think) a few good pictures. These are my favourites. You can see a few more on flickr, if you like these ones.
Walking the dogs this morning, I eschewed my DSLR and took my Panasonic GF1 camera instead.
A few years back, I picked up an old Russian made lens on eBay on a whim (a 1970s-era Jupiter 8, 50 mm f/2) but as you can only use it in pure manual mode on the camera I found it clumsy at the time. I’m a bit more clued up on photography now, though. so I dug the Jupiter back out and took some shots today. I’m pretty pleased with how both of these turned out. I certainly cannot fault the lens for sharpness, it’s resolved the dew drops on the daffodil really nicely.
It’s a very strange place. Designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis over fifty years in a supposedly Italinate style, it was supposed to show how it is possible to create buildings that did not detract from the landscape they sat upon. In practice, it has buildings in oddly different architectural styles, painted in bright pastels, and abounds with tiny little details, jokes, and quirks everywhere you look. (It reminded both myself and Danielle of Carmel-by-the-sea in California, if only for the all-you-can-eat buffet of architectural styles.)
Trompe l’oiel tricks abound. For example, this wall had three windows in identical styles — but the middle one of the three was a painted-on fake:
Elsewhere, two sides of a wall delimiting a small plaza contained two sculpted viewing ports — one real, one fake:
You can see more of my pictures from Portmeirion in this flickr set.