Experimenting with Super8

A couple of years back we found some old Super8 films at my Nans house, buried underneath years of collections and forgotten. The Super8 films were intact and in perfect condition. Hours of video locked away. And she no longer had her projector, that had died years earlier.

So we had all these locked away memories from 40 years ago, with no way of viewing them. We managed to track down a projector on eBay and settled for the Eumig Mark-501. A great little machine. After setting up the projector and getting it running smooth, I setup a video camera to film the projector. Got the room really dark, set the light on the projector to half power (too bright on full) and you get a pretty clear picture! I randomly had to adjust the focus on the lens when different film was spliced together but overall, really happy with them. Currently sifting through them in iMovie and editing them to pop onto DVD for my Nan. Looking forward to the final cut.

It feels strange watching old Super 8 video my Grandad made who died when I was only 2 years old.

I hope my Nan will enjoy seeing some of her memories brought back to life on her fancy new 40″ OLED TV. Look out for my Mum at the end holding onto my cousins coat as he feeds the ducks.

General Election Day, who is the HTML5 of British Government?

Here in the UK a General Election is upon us. The different parties are fighting for your vote and to promote themselves online most of the parties have launched brand new websites. Here is an analysis of the different technologies used to see who is the HTML5 of British Government.

The Labour Party

Notable technologies used:

  • jQuery 1.3.2 + jQuery UI 1.7.2
  • Prototype 1.6.1.0
  • Scriptaculous 1.8.3
  • Tiny MCE
  • CSS3 (or at least what’s possible using 2.1)
  • XHTML 1.0 Transitional

How does it stack up against web standards?

XHTML 1.0 Transitional with 301 Errors, 45 warnings (oh no Labour, thats bad!)

The Labour Party’s website is well laid out with a solid grid system organising content well. It has a great use of colour clearly defining the brand of Labour (Red). Overall a nice design worthy of any Government site. The use of jQuery seems to be a no brainer in modern websites and so it should be, it works so well.

Liberal Democrats

Notable technologies used:

  • jQuery 1.3.2
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict

The Lib Dems don’t really use a lot of next generation technologies. It pushes the boat out with jQuery, and that’s only used for the rotating banner.

How does it stack up against web standards?

XHTML 1.0 Strict with 1 Error (such a shame! It was only a target="_blank" too, never heard of window.open?)

The Lib Dems website is pretty horrible really. It’s untidy, poorly organised and their use of colour is pretty much horiffic. First impressions of the Lib Dems site is “Mothercare”, as they use the old Mothercare green their brand was originally built on.

Conservative Party

Notable technologies used:

  • jQuery 1.2.6 + jQuery UI 1.8
  • jQuery 1.4.2 (yes they really do include two versions, and ones not even Minified :-O )
  • Dreamweaver Flash AC_RunActiveContent.js (why in gods name? swfobject anyone?)

How does it stack up against web standards?

XHTML 1.0 Transitional with a pass! Huzzah! (With 2 warnings)

Well after that win for Tory (pass) their design doesn’t do too badly either. With a great use of colour and clear use of typography and layout the Conservatives website is a joy to look at and play with (Homepage). It’s just a shame this is a front for an actually poor site overall. The design completely changes when visiting alternative pages, which is a shame indeed. But at least it passed validation!

Additional Information

Lets compare their Twitter followers:

Let’s be honest though this is a bit of fun, vote for who you like, not how popular they are online, but I know who I voted for!

10 Amazing Stereographic Projection photos on Flickr

Stereographic Projection is an art-form which I’ve been eager to try for quite some time now. It’s one of my new years resolutions for 2010. The execution is very difficult to get right but the outcome of such a photography style is simply astounding. Here’s 10 to get your creative juices flowing.

Salt Pan Stereographic

© Martin Heigan – http://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_heigan/1518652806/

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DRVE

drve

I go on holiday in 5 days and it’s going to be an experience! Theres a group of us going (with about 7 cameras, 4 iPhones, a laptop, a motorhome and 1200 driving miles through Europe) Because there are four creatives on board we decided to build a website documenting our travels.

The outcome is http://drve.co.uk/ so make sure you check it out. You can also follow our tweets @drve09.

Manchester United vs Chelsea – Community Shield 2009 Wembley

Wembley Stadium

Update 6th Nov 09: My panoramic wembley photo has been used in Main Event Magazine (Thanks Ky for sorting this)
Update 12th Oct 09: This photo is now part of the Wikipedia page on Wembley Stadium as the header image

The game was full of controversy, foul play, substitutions and of course, goals. Chelsea finished up beating the Champions 4-1 on penalties and I took along my trusty SLR to photograph some of the action and I got some pretty good shots! Note: all the photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence which means they are free to use along with attribution to this site! Enjoy!

Cool

Ben Foster

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Rooney Loud Mouthing

Owen Man Utd Debut

Penalties

Cech Saves Giggs

Chelsea Community Shield Winners 2009

Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales

The things that annoy me about iPhone 3.0

Don’t get me wrong, the new updates for the iPhone are a much needed modification for the device. Cut/Copy & Paste, Tethering and MMS are all things which should (in my opinion) have been on the phone from the very first incarnation. These things were standard on even the most basic of modern phones.

Apple have played it clever. They brought out an amazing phone and missed out a lot of the basics. The annoying thing though is the fact that Apple is shouting about simple things such as “Read and write texts, emails and picture messaging holding your iPhone sideways.“. Wow! “Cut Copy Paste, Move text, numbers, email addresses between apps“. Honest to god these are not major selling points for the new iPhone software so why flaunt them? To say these are only 2 of the most flaunted updates how good can the other 98 be? Thank god Apple have updated the website today to show the other top features such as the search function, stereo bluetooth and the new language support.

Overall I’m happy with the new update and look forward to installing it next Wednesday (June 17th) but I can’t help but feel Apple have been deliberately holding this off for 2 years just to drum up a bit of cash/publicity. Classic Apple/Jobs, and to be honest, it’s worked on me, as ashamed as I am to say it, I’ll probably be on the phone to o2 next week about upgrading to the 3G S (which is a crap name by the way). :-D

WordPress Theme “Olivia” on it’s way!

It’s not far off release date! (well within a week hopefully!)

Features of the theme:

  1. Clean fluent design based on the 960 grid system
  2. Beautifully selected colour tones
  3. FamFamFam silk icons (as they are very pretty)
  4. Various stylesheets (colours)
  5. Widget ready, as all new themes usually come
  6. Other neat little features!

Check out the image of the design above and leave us some feedback and request for features!
We will post the download right here next week and will also submit it to the WordPress Gallery.

Check back soon!

Playing with light in photography

Starting off in digital photography can be a very unrewarding and unsatisfactory time.

Many beginners try photographing normal subjects without actually playing with the settings on their camera. We hope to quash any questions you may have with what your settings mean and what you can do with them as a beginner.

For this article we will be using light trails as a starting point as you can produce beautiful looking images while at the same time working out what each setting does. Please also note that each image used in this article will also display the settings used. Every image is taken using a Canon EOS 400D (aka Rebel  XTi). Please also note this is an article for digital beginners. Continue reading Playing with light in photography