Foto Friday CXXVIII


This picture was taken just around the corner from last week’s, at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. This one makes me laugh because of the word for crab in Portuguese – sapateira. If you say this word fast enough with the correct accent it sounds A LOT like “it’s a potato”. In fact it sounds so similar, Mafalda was describing a dish to me and I thought she was talking about a potato, not a crab. Probably not funny to anyone else, but at last the picture is cool.

1/60s f/5.6 50mm ISO 1000. Contrast adjusted. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXVII


This picture has many object that I like: a lamp post, bird, fishing boat, love locks stuck to a bridge (n.b. I only liked the ones on Pont de Arts in Paris), rolling hills, and haze over the bay that looks orange because of the setting sun. I also like this picture because Mafalda and I were standing in similar places, each with a camera, and we managed to frame it differently. This was taken from a small pier in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco during our trip to the USA. The fog was stronger than I expected, but this day I really liked the color it turned.

1/250s f/8.0 100mm ISO 100. No Adjustments. Au revoir until next week

Foto Friday CXXVI

IMG_7785_trolley_3This is the Szabadság híd (Liberty or Freedom bridge) in Budapest, Hungary, which is over 100 years old and carries pedestrians, cars, and trams between Buda and Pest. The buildings in the background are part of the famous Gellért Thermal Bath hotel site. I like bridges in general, but I also liked this one because it looked much different to the rest of those crossing the Danube, and it looked just as nice at night as during the day. I got lucky with this picture, as the traffic broke as I was crossing the street and I managed to capture one of the older trollies. I was trying to get the bridge in a sunset picture, but the best I could do was catch the orange rays coming through the iron supports in the foreground.

1/250s f/5.6 170mm ISO 1600. Selective coloring. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXV


This is a very timely photo, as the Perseids meteor shower peaked here in the UK only a couple of days ago. You might remember two years ago, when I ventured out to try and capture a meteor in a photograph. This year I went back to pretty much the same spot, except this time I pointed my camera at Perseus (instead of the other direction) and waited for the show. I was West of Oxford looking back East over the city, which means plenty of light pollution, plus some low level clouds, both of which are visible as the bright orange clouds above. I took pictures with several different settings, but I found that mostly what I needed to do was wait for the constellations of interest to move up in the sky and be free of the background light. After continuously snapping every 20 seconds for near an hour I was cold and a little bored. At the peak there are supposed to be 1-2 meteors visible per minute, but I didn’t see nearly that many. I did manage to see the longest and brightest one I’ve ever seen, and I think at least three of them crossed the area that I had my camera pointed toward. The little guy on the lower left is the best of the two that I managed to capture.

15s f/3.5 18mm ISO 800. Contrast adjusted. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXIV

IMG_6179This picture is one of many I took at my sister’s wedding, and I can’t help but smile every time I flip through them. [Claire, I promise that I’ll get back to it soon, so I can send you some good ones.] You are looking at the seating assignments, which I thought were presented in a very fitting way, although I think most people just sat where it felt comfortable.

1/125s f/5.6 100mm ISO 250. Vignette added. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXIII

IMG_7580_blurIt has been so long since I updated a Foto Friday that I almost forgot how to do it. The good news is that I probably have about 2000 pictures to go through from my recent travels through Europe and the USA. This is one from Comic-Con in San Diego where I went with my camera just to take pictures of the costumes and weirdos. I was actually about to pack up my gear and head home when I saw this little princess being paraded around. It was probably nearing 80 degrees (27C) and I needed a break from the full sun, so who knows how this little girl felt.

1/125s f/5.6 90mm ISO 100. Lens blur and vignette added. Au revoir until next week.

Site News


After about a three month break, I’m happy to be back to blogging about my photographs and exciting events.

After leaving Oxford I have been on a whirlwind tour of many places and hope to update you on my travels.  If you want a brief update you can catch my instagram feed here.

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Foto Friday CXXII



I can’t believe that it has been more than a month since my last FotoFriday post.  I also can’t believe that a month has gone by so quickly.  I have many important deadlines approaching and have been too busy to take pictures I guess.  Aaaaaaanywho, one morning this week I was up extra early and actually made breakfast (if coffee, toast and raspberries count as breakfast) and decided to take 5 min for some photography.  This picture nicely captures the morning light coming through the dining room for a fresh start to the day.

1/60s f/3.5 60mm ISO 3200. Vignette added.  Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXI


This week’s edition of FF actually includes a picture that I took this week for the first time in a while.  To the delight of many, earlier this week Oxford was greeted by a dusting of snow.  This is good for me because it continues my streak of seeing snow ever year (which was in serious jeopardy living in the UK and not going on a ski holiday).  The snow didn’t stick for more than a few hours overnight, but it was pretty to watch it fall, and I was up early enough in the morning to see it again.  This poor little flower must have been confused though – although I’m a little confused why a flower was in bloom in the first week of February anyway.

1/150s f/2.6 4.6mm ISO 100. Cropped, blur added.  Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXX


This picture is again from Barcelona, and again it is La Sagrada Familia.  Adding to the nature theme in many Gaudi works, the inside of this church instantly reminded me of a forest.  It is easy to see, with the large columns opening up to a canopy at the top, but it took an hour inside the building before I read the sign stating that the inside of this church is supposed to look like a forest.  The columns are made of different materials and are of varying diameters making them appear to be many colors and sizes, like you might find in a forest.  We also got lucky with the timing, as the sun was just at the right angle to blast through the stained glass windows.  One side of the building is red and yellow glass, and the other side is blue and green.  I have seen pictures from inside the church taken in the middle of the day and much prefer to be bathed in colored sunlight.

1/40s f/3.5 18mm ISO 250. Cropped.  Au revoir until next week.