Polaroid Partners With Blipfoto On A New Photo Journaling Service That Only Lets You Post Once A Day

I have been a member of Blipfoto since April last year. It is a great photography community and the Photo-a-day mandate has encouraged me to pick up my camera (or iPhone) every day since joining to post shot of varying quality and subject matter... great fun.

There is an opportunity to order a book of the years photos which seems like a nice momento, especially as the photos are meant to reflect that day in a picture..

It will be interesting to watch how the partnership with Polaroid 'develops' but it seems sure that this will give the opportunity for growing the community...


Fuji X-T1 in Austria

I took the X-T1 on a trip to Austria over Christmas. It was a pleasure to travel with lighter equipment.

Fuji Warranty Service

Recently my Fuji XE-2 developed a small fault on the rear LCD screen. The camera is under warranty so I contact Fuji via their site to arrange a repair.

The service was excellent. I received packaging within a couple of days with pre-paid postage included. I posted the camera on Monday and received it back the following Saturday morning fixed.

No quibbles, just an apology that the product had developed a fault.

Very pleased with this service!

Digital Photographer of the Year 2014

I was lucky enough to get second place in this year Photographer of the Year competition (Round 4) 

Second Place in Round 4 of Digital Photographer of the Year 2014

I used a Trigger Trap Mobile Dongle to fire flashguns when a sound was made. This allowed me to time the capture with the dart hitting the balloon at precisely the right time.

Trigger Trap

I did a quick test of the new hardware and mobile App (iOS) Set up to trigger my Nikon D800 to fire when sound is picked up by the handset.

Using the camera shutter actuation rather than flashguns is not going to result in as snappy a response time, but with care you can capture the immediate aftermath of a balloon burst (in this case filled with flour)

I fired a nerf dart (with a pin in the front) at the balloon from around 5 feet away. The time taken for the sound to reach the phone and for the phone to trigger the D800 and for the shot to be taken equates to around the time it takes for the dart to travel to the target.

The new hardware paired with the updated iOS App feels more reliable than the previous incarnation (which already worked great) it is also a little snappier to trigger (make sure that you set the correct values for delay in the settings menu...

I'd like to see an option for the trigger to fire the camera (or Flashes) on a numbered trigger count. e.g. fire the camera on the 2nd noise detected above x value. This would help avoid 'false' triggers for example when opening the shutter before a burst

Example photo attached with the two states of the flour balloon..


I recently picked up an iBlazr LED light for smartphones. This is a clever little device that can supply improved flash performance or video light for smartphones.

It charges via USB and connects to your phone via the audio jack. I'll post some shots taken with the iBlazr shortly.

Moving on...

I was on my way home from work this evening and stopped to get a snap shot of the fountains on the Southbank. A nearby security guard decided to move me on as there was a family with children in the fountain and I didn't have their permission to photograph them... The worlds going mad.


Balloon Burst - Behind the Scene

A quick post with some behind the scenes photos of a recent Balloon Burst photo that I took. I used TriggerTrap Mobile to fire the camera.

SB900 Flash, Water Filled Modelling Balloon

SB900 Flash, Water Filled Modelling Balloon

Trigger Trap for mobile connected to Nikon D800

Trigger Trap for mobile connected to Nikon D800

Finished shot, rotated 90 degrees and converted to Black and White

Finished shot, rotated 90 degrees and converted to Black and White