Photos of Phones and Phonographs (occasionally)
Last one for 2007
It’s new years eve, and I don’t have anything more thrilling planned than a night in with my pipe and slippers, listening to the wireless and sorting my saucepans into alphabetical order.
Tomorrow I start a photo a day, and in the spirit of using up good ideas before I start, here’s a photo of a pierced navel orange.
I’ve been rummaging through a number of boxes, which I’ve been meaning to sort through for years. I’ve found something rather special.
It’s the receipt from my first ever juggling convention. Over the last few years, it’s bothered me that I can’t quite pin down which year I started juggling in. One of the landmarks I had been unable to pin down was my first convention.
I was there for a single day – Sat 2nd Oct 1993 – It doesn’t really help me to date when I learnt to juggle though, but I remember being able to juggle clubs by that point. I also remember Mushy Pea Jon, compering the games, wearing a chicken suit and standing on a step ladder.
I’ve been playing with my cheap-as-possible-sound-activated-flash-trigger again.
After ripping through a whole packet of balloons trying to get the distance between the balloon and the mic right – this is the best I managed. It’s not bad, but I think I can do better. Time to buy more balloons!
More forking about…
I’m glad I’ve got those two ideas out of my head now.
Working to a theme
I’m trying to improve my photography, and to do so I’m setting myself little challenges. Or rather, I’m asking people to set me challenges, to give me concepts, objects or themes to take photographs of.
Tonights was suggested by Jay Lin, and was “pointy ends”
I’m forking bored
So I’m playing with cutlery.
Today, I was on the roof of the physics building
I had cause to be on the top of the physics building today, helping to keep an eye on James to make sure he didn’t fall off the roof when checking out some of our wireless antennas.
The physics tower is the tallest building on the hill where the University sits. Said hill is the highest hill in the populated part of Bristol (I think Dundry is taller, but it’s outside the city) – Despite being that high up, the view was really quite uninteresting.
My Fisrt Rangefinder
I know, I know. I’m supposed to have just gone digital. What do I go and do? Buy another 35mm camera.
I found this camera in a charity shop in Horsham at the weekend. I’ve never owned a rangefinder, and it was under a tenner so I bought it. As far as I can tell it’s mechanically sound,
although the light meter on the top doesn’t appear to work Edit: the light meter does actually work.
I’m going to load it up with slide film now, and take it out photowalking with me this week.
Audio flash trigger…
I’ve spent the last couple of days building an audio flash trigger. The idea is that it fires the flash when it hears a loud noise, like a balloon popping or an egg smashing. So far, I’ve spent under £2 on the project. When I’m happy with it I’ll post some more info, build pictures and instructions etc.
It works, but it ‘s going to need a little bit of practice to get any decent results. This is the best I’ve managed so far:
The next stages are to:
- Solder up what I’ve got, so I can use my plugboard for something else
- Build a delay box to give better control over when the flash fires
- Either buy a new flash with power controls, or modify my existing flash (Replace the LDR with a variable resistor) – a lower output from the flash should be a shorter burst of light, which will reduce the motion blur I’m getting
- Sort out a black background cloth, and arrange some more interesting lighting!
- Get myself a lense that’s better suited to this than the one I’ve got…