Midnight Isle

Welcome to the Midnight Isle, where you will find posts about my photography and other visual artistry.

If you'd like to find out about my other interests, I also have an aggregated blog, which includes articles about programming and other topics.

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London Eye

On Saturday I went up on the London Eye, and took a few photos. It wasn't that easy to get shots because the pod was over-crowded, but I still had a good time, and I've decided to put my photos into a gallery, called Views of London. Most of the images have only been quickly tweaked (exposure, white balance, cropping, etc) and could do with some extra work, but feel free to give comments about any of the images as they are.

Here's a picture looking west along the Thames:

Looking west along the Thames from the London Eye

Spirits in the Woods

Well the exhibition has ended now, and I'm happy with the reception my images got. Whilst it wasn't undying praise, the general consensus seemed to match my own opinions of my prints, which is always a good thing. :)

Here's a photo of my panel:

my panel at Photo 2007 exhibition at Fairfield Halls in Croydon

I was pleased that the exhibition judge came up to me on the opening night and let me know he liked where I was going with the prints, though pointed out that the print quality needs attention (it does; I need to get some decent printing paper instead of Jessops brand stuff).

For anyone wanting to see the images properly, I have thrown together a little webpage containing my panel, entitled Spirits In The Woods.

Photo 2007

In just under a fortnight I will be exhibiting a panel of my pictures, as part of my photography club's annual exhibition, Photo 2007.

The event takes place from the 5th to the 10th of March, at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

If seeing my beautiful pictures is not motivation enough for you, twenty six other club members have work on display, a total of nearly two hundred and fifty images (prints and slides) on display, covering a great range of subject areas.

If you're in any way interested in photography (or art in general) I definitely recommend you come along and have a look — it's completely free and there's certain to be some great pictures on show.

Update: You can see my panel here.

Lydd Airshow

Last weekend I went to my first airshow in ages, at Lydd in Kent, and took lots of photos of the various flying machines there.

This entry is essentially just an excuse to show of some of the photos I took.

Eileen Donan - Scotland's Most Romantic Castle

Whether you know the name or not, there's a good chance you have seen Eileen Donan at some point - it is often described as the most romantic and most photographed castle in Scotland. The vast majority of pictures you see tend to be similar to this:

A typical photo of Eileen Donan castle, taken at dusk with the castle lit up and reflected in the water.


So, of course, when I visit it I am immediately looking for ways to be original; to take a picture that doesn't simply not look like the one above, but that goes completely against what people expect to see.