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Photos update

13/9/16 – at the royal standard in lyme – just realised it’s almost a year since i added any photos to my site, so i have rather a lot to upload – they normally do a good pint of palmers 200 at this pub 13/9/16 – walkers on the cobb at lyme 13/9/15 – more […]

Photo catch up

22/2/16 – A trip to Plymouth – This green domed building looks quite interesting – it is called the immersive vision theatre http://i-dat.org/ivt/ 22/2/16 – this seems quite a good idea for people who don’t want to carry their lock everywhere – since getting a brompton 3 years ago I have forgotten how heavy locks can […]

Bristol, rain drenched & dried

23/1/16 – Still getting to grips with the EFX20, have had it almost exactly a month now 30/1/16 – A trip to Bristol, not been there for about 4 months and luckily the weather was good for the day – this was quite near finzels reach 30/1/16 – view from the riverbank near bristol bridge […]

Cardiff Film & Comic Con March 2016

5/3/16 Cardiff film and comic con at the motorpoint arena – visited the same venue only about 3 months before for a concert with whitesnake, black star riders and def leppard It was pretty crowded and quite difficult to get a good framing with so many people getting in the way. Vigo the carpathian painting […]

Christmas, Bath & Cigars

7/11/15 – Some street art at eastbourne gate in taunton – i quite like it but there were loads of comments in the local paper from people who did not like it 21/11/15 – A trip to lyme 22/11/15 – firepool redevelopment project next to river tone 6/12/15 – another trip to lyme – the […]

Dismaland, Quantocks and Cat

We were pretty fortunate to get dismaland tickets as they seem to go within seconds of being released. Luckily a ticket did become available BUT it was £20 per head instead of the expected £5 however this was due to it being a friday evening slot with various bands on stage. It was a bit […]

A week off

Not strictly part of my week off, this was the preceding weekend – a land rover was parked outside sainsburys in taunton FULL of balloons! I think there was some sort of competition along the lines of “guess the number of balloons” This seems a bit an annual event – the sidmouth regatta – with […]

Exeter, Seagull and Flower Show

I had not been to Exeter for a while so decided a trip there was in order – it has the advantage of being only 25 minutes away by train. I have tended to get out at Exeter St Davids, however Exeter Central was the same price and only about 3 minutes by train between […]

Back from Holiday

It’s a month or so now since I got back from Vienna so thought I’d check out what I images I had collected – mainly locally in an around taunton but a few from lyme as well. This chap had a puppet on his arm while crossing the road The lift in Paul Street car […]

Vienna

Day 1 – Sunday 7th June This is the road outside the Hotel – this is really “Day 2” as we had already spent a full 24 hours travelling from Taunton to Vienna by train, but “Day 1” actually in Vienna. The worst bit was finding someone already in our cabin on the night train […]

BlankSlate theme

I’ve been using the “Sandbox” theme for a while and wanted a change so had a look at some other WordPress themes. A lot of themes seem to add quite a bit of “bloat” and I wanted just the basic theme that I can then customise. My “style.css” file is pretty basic just: html,body{background-color:white; color:dimgrey; […]

Leica M8 with Rawtherapee

These were mainly shot at f/4 although Leica digital cameras cannot record aperture as there is no data link between the lens and the body. I quite like the B&W preset profiles in Rawtherapee – there are 4 to choose from. 1/125s, iso160 1/250s, iso160 1/250s, iso640 1/180s, iso320 1/125s, iso160 1/250s, iso160 1/250s, iso160 […]

Here be dragons!

i quite like this dragon outside the brewhouse with the words “waterside house” – i remember seeing this dragon being painted in the orchard centre a firey dragon outside the cosy club a dragon in the entrance to the library outside sainsburys in county walk with a red cross and plasters this dragon at the […]

Phpmyadmin problems

Seem to have been having some annoying problems recently with phpmyadmin – I think it got upgraded by the upgrade was not properly configured and it kept causing mysql to crash. After a bit of searching I found that using sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin seemed to do the trick – I can now use phpmyadmin normally […]

mural

A mural that has recently been painted on Taunton’s “third way” – it cost £1000 to paint but it does seem to brighten up an otherwise rather featureless bit or hoarding just noticed capture nx2 has a feature to set the grey point which is handy compared with setting colour temperature which seems a bit […]

Faces

These 2 faces are visible to anyone travelling eastbound along the A38 in central Taunton near the junction with Paul Street Faces 1/125s @ f/16 (iso 100) It also seems to be the place where they store their supplies of toilet rolls

A week off

Lyme Regis 22/2/14, The Cobb Lyme Regis 22/2/14, The Royal Standard Cosy Club 23/2/14 Cosy Club 23/2/14 Taunton 23/2/14 Vivary Park, Taunton 23/2/14 Weymouth 24/2/14 Weymouth 24/2/14 Weymouth 24/2/14 Weymouth 24/2/14 Weymouth 24/2/14 Wells 25/2/14 Bath 25/2/14, London Camera Exchange Nikon F5 Bath 25/2/14 Taunton 26/2/14 Taunton 27/2/14 Taunton 28/2/14 Taunton 1/3/14, Railway Station

No Photography without permission

This is the old St James’s street swimming pool in Taunton. I quite liked the various reflections here and the difference in white balance between the interior and the reflected light. I did not actually see the “no photography without permission” sign until I viewed the shot in capture nx2. As I was actually standing […]

Crosses

I think I’m starting to get the hang of editing the D2X raw files using Capture NX2. It is quite different from the “modern” D700 which I previously owned, and being one of the oldest Nikon DSLR cameras it does not have “picture control” support. This actually makes things quite simple as there are basically […]

Vivary Park

Still getting used to the Nikon D2X DSLR – it seems to work quite well with my 28mm f/3.5 AI lens. I have not used a DSLR for a while now as I have mainly been using my Ricoh GR compact point and shoot camera. Both cameras have a 1.5x crop sensor but are at […]

Rawtherapee

Have been doing a bit more experimentation with rawtherapee – it’s possible to build custom profiles and up till now I’ve mainly just used bundled profiles. For example it’s possible to create a “unprocessed” profile and then use that as a starting point rather than starting with a bundled profile and then tweaking that, and […]

Ricoh GR sensor dust

Looks like I have an annoying dust bunny and the lens cannot be removed so no chance of easily doing it myself like with a DSLR! I’m hoping this will get fixed under warranty. f/16 – very annoying! f/11 – still v bad f/8 – not good f/5.6 – blurry now f/4 – quite blurred […]

Setting up a PWM profile for a CPU fan

I notice that it is possible to set up a PWM “custom” profile for both CPU fan and case fan on the ASRock H87 Pro4 motherboard. The default temperature ranges are 50 degrees, 60 degrees, 70 degrees, 75 degrees with 80 degrees as a “max” temperature where the fan will run at full speed.   These […]

Film Archives

It looks like I have been quite organised with my scanning backups as I have found quite a few film shots that I took the trouble to scan, which were mainly taken in 2012 at some time. These were taken with a Nikon FM2 and Pentax MX film SLR which are both fully manual 35mm […]

Italic Smile Theme

I have been using the “Sandbox” theme since starting wordpress at the start of 2013 but I was starting to feel there was simply too much white space in the blog. There are a LOT of themes if you go to the “add theme” menu so I have tried the “Italic Smile” theme which seems […]

Old Photos

Been sorting through some of my old photos again. Originally I had quite a lot of photos on Flickr and other similar places, but gradually it seemed like my photos were fragmented over various sites in a sort of disjointed way, so it made more sense to only post photos to a single site, hence […]

Brompton M6R

After hiring a Brompton M3L from the Brompton Dock in Exeter for a week, I’m very impressed with the quality of the Brompton so decided to take the plunge and get a Brompton M6R. The 3 gear bike works well, but in rural Somerset there are a lot of steep hills, so I thought it […]

Brompton Dock

Since having my bike stolen a couple of months ago I have been thinking of getting a Brompton folding bike as a replacement. Although I do not have a train based commute, I like the way the bike can be quickly folded and taken into the office rather than being stored in a bike shed. […]

Ricoh GR Day 3

Had a bit more of a chance to test the GR today – especially the manual focus feature as this means there is totally no shutter lag. I have “my1” set up for manual focus and “my2” set up for auto focus so that I can switch fast between taking scenic or architecture type shots […]

Old Photos

Time for a look at some more “old” shots from my D700. This group has a bit of a “dark” theme.   At the end of 2011 I started using flash quite a bit and got a Nikon SB910, which I sold in favour of an SB24 which cost about 10% of what the former cost. […]

Enabling AAISP ping graph in IPv6

I have noticed that the “ping graph” no longer seems to work since upgrading to FTTC, and I think it has something to do with IPv6 as if I view it on my mobile phone, which used IPV4 (when on 3G), the graph still works. However I have found that by disabling ipv6 on the […]

Branscombe

Amazingly for a bank holiday Monday the weather was not bad. There was quite a bit of sea fog near the south Devon coast yesterday, especially round the Exe estuary, but there was still plenty of sun at Branscombe although there was some fog at times. Branscombe has an excellent pub called The Masons Arms […]

Weymouth

Still using the D3100 for this trip to Weymouth, hoping to get the Ricoh GR soon, but it has not yet been released for general sale, so still a couple of weeks I expect, possibly longer. The weather was a bit dull, but luckily not raining. I have done some experimenting with presets in Rawtherapee, […]

Lyme Regis

Thought I’d use the D3100 for a change for this trip to Lyme – it takes a bit of getting used to switching from LCD on the GRD IV to viewfinder on the D3100. This is Herbies chip bar – used them before and got a nice portion of chips cooked to order, but went […]

FTTC Install

Just had an upgrade from ADSL to FTTC so I’m currently on the basic 40/10 profile. The engineer said the line was only running at 29% speed capacity so there is definitely a benefit to be had from upgrading to the 80/20 profile as the line can theoretically support 38.7 mb/s up and 137.8 mb/s […]

Old Photos

Just been having a look through some of my old photos from the D700 – have been busy backing up my archives from this camera. A few months ago I pruned down my D700 archives from about 20000 shots to about 1000 as it’s easy to end up with so many shots it becomes hard […]

Longrun Meadows

Not been via Longrun Meadows for a while, so thought I’d give it a go while there is so little mud underfoot for a change. This is the “Willow Cathedral”, which was built about 2 years ago.   Looks like there has been a fair bit of work done on chopping wood from along the banks […]

Firepool Lock

Thought I would have a look at what is going on at the Firepool Lock development area. The Viridor Office is the first new building you notice as you walk along the riverside East of Taunton centre. There seem to be a lot of locals who have criticised the building as being “ugly”, but there […]

Work starts on new road in Taunton

This looks like the “first cut” for the construction of Taunton’s newest road, the Northern Inner Distribution Road. This road looks set to hopefully follow on from the success of the “Third Way” which opened a couple of years ago. Being able to get directly from Northwest Taunton to both the station and the M5 […]

Rainy

Today was pretty rainy the entire day, so not really worth going any where so I thought I would shoot some pictures locally in Taunton. People probably thought I was a bit mad to be photographing in such appalling weather, but in some ways I think bad weather can make for more interesting photos. I […]

Upgrading phpmyadmin on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS includes an old version of phpmyadmin so I was trying to figure out how to upgrade it. The following PPA is the one to add: ppa:nijel/phpmyadmin see https://launchpad.net/~nijel/+archive/phpmyadmin?field.series_filter=precise but I could not get the command add-apt-repository to work The following page http://ubuntugeek.com/forum/index.php?topic=4196.0 has a command to fix this: apt-get install python-software-properties once this […]

Industrial

This is the old Norton industrial estate It has to a certain extent been redeveloped, but there are still large parts of it that remain as wasteland. Above is the Booker Cash and Carry site The Somerset Heritage Centre and Westcountry Feeds are two large units that have been built – this tank was next […]

Retro

This building in Bindon Road seems to have a bit of a “retro” 1970’s look to it. It is called Eley House and is the offices of Jelf. Moving onto the sights of Cyril Street West, we see some pink cherry blossom Finally, in Hudson Way it looks like someone had the idea of doing […]

Staplegrove Walk

Thought I’d try a new route through Staplegrove today. Starting with Greenway Road And then along towards Taunton Vale Sports Club – I noticed there was a memorial stone for a teenage boy that was murdered a few years ago here – not the sort of place you would expect this to happen really. There […]

More hip shots

OK thought I’d have another go at doing some “hip shots” today and see if I had any more luck. I was finding that a lot of my shots has a slight tilt to the right of about 2 degrees.  This is caused by me accidentally tilting the camera slightly to the left. Luckily Rawtherapee […]

Square

Just testing out the ability of the Ricoh GRD IV when it comes to shooting square format. It actually allows you to shoot RAW (DNG) in 4:3, 2:3, 16:9 or 1:1 which is quite handy. I think there are a number of advantages with square format, the main being that you do not need to […]

Doomed

Looks like these businesses in Chip Lane are destined for the bulldozer. It is not a long time now till work starts on the new Northern Inner Distribution Road (NIDR) in Taunton and these businesses are right in the path of the proposed road so will have to go. Making Life Easier is moving neared […]

Oak pattern

This is the same Oak that I saw a few days ago at Roughmoor – quite a good pattern from the branches. I now have my spare battery for the Ricoh GRD IV (the Ricoh DB-65 battery) so no more worries about suddenly running out of power.

Walk

Still pretty good weather but still pretty chilly. Better cold & sunny than warm & wet though. Looks like it will be more than a week till I get FTTC but should get it before the end of the month. Hopefully I should also be getting my spare DB-65 battery for the GRD4 before too […]

Sunny

It was pretty sunny today.   The four day Easter break goes too fast.  At least it is yet another 4 day week. Just noticed that my street cabinet has now been enabled for FTTC so have placed an order. Available Products Downstream Line Rate(Mbps) Upstream Line Rate(Mbps) Downstream Range(Mbps) Availability Date Featured Products WBC FTTC […]

Easter Sunday

The weather was actually pretty good for a bank holiday, so a visit to Brean Down seemed like a good idea.   This is the first day of British Summer Time, which is a bit of a shock to the system, and I wonder what is the point of it.   Why make the evenings lighter just […]

West Somerset Railway

Surprisingly for a bank holiday weekend the weather was not too bad The good thing about the West Somerset Railway is that it does not involve more than a few minutes driving each way They always have a good selection of real ales in the buffet car At Williton there is normally another train going […]

Anniversary

I’m trying to decide if flash or no flash works best for this type of shot, and manual flash at 1/64 power seems to work best. Other settings are ISO154, 1/30s, f/1.9 I have discovered a new trick with the GRD IV if you need to view photos without fully powering up the camera. Pressing […]

Old Oak

Actually had some brighter conditions today for shooting with the GRD4. This was quite a good old oak tree at Roughmoor, just off Silk Mills Lane Focus wise I was using the 5 metre distance setting in manual focus mode.    This seems like a good hyper focal setting for well lit scenes.   The program mode […]

Crossing

This bridge appears to have limited time left to stand as there are plans to replace it soon. It provides a pedestrian link between Leslie Avenue and Chip lane in Taunton, and crosses the main London to Penzance rail line. It looks like the new design will have ramps for cyclists and wheelchairs which should […]

GRD4 Snap Focus Mode

I’m starting to get a bit more used to the controls on the GRD4 – snap focus seems a good mode to have as it allows you to manually set a focus distance. I tend to leave it set to 2.5m mainly, but there is also 1.5m, 1m and even 5m & infinity.    This picture […]

Lunchtime Walk

A good thing about the Ricoh GRD IV is that I can easily shove it in my pocket which means that it is always ready to take photos.    When I used to use a D700 it was really heavy in comparison, so I would not take it out so often. It was surprisingly sunny today. […]

Taunton & Kilve

Have taken some more shots with the Ricoh GRD IV, in Kilve (yesterday) & Taunton (today). Noticed there is something a bit odd with some flash photos, where they are overexposed by about 3 stops occasionally – it’s a bit strange as I have updated the firmware to the latest version and it seems that […]

Lyme Regis

Some shots from Lyme Regis on Wednesday with the Ricoh GRD IV.    I had only just got the camera so was not too sure about all the settings at that stage. Luckily I soon figured out the basics like how to disable jpeg, as this just takes up extra disk space. I got a “free” […]

Ricoh GRD IV

I have now got round to ordering my Ricoh GRD IV digital camera.   With any luck it could be arriving in the next day or so. I have noticed that I seem to switch between film and digital every couple of years: 2006:   Nikon D70s (Digital SLR) 2008: Holga (Medium Format Film Lomo) 2010: Nikon […]

Darktable

Just been looking at a good raw photo editing package called Darktable http://www.darktable.org/ I’m toying with idea of getting a Ricoh GRD IV camera as a handy, easy to carry camera, with a 28mm equivalent prime lens. I’ve been shooting film for the last year since selling my D700, but it would be handy to […]

Reinstall

My W3TC plugin seems to have caused some problems and crashed my server. I have had to reimage the server but have left W3TC off for now.   Perhaps the saying “if it ain’t broke” comes to mind. Update:  Have now re-enabled W3TC but have not selected all the options

W3 Total Cache for WordPress

I have been noticing that my page has not always been loading too fast, so I have now installed the W3 Total Cache (W3TC) plugin for WordPress. I’m hoping it has started to improve the performance of the site. I’ve been running some tests on the GTmetrix site http://gtmetrix.com/ and it looks like some improvements […]

WordPress Permalinks

I’m trying to work out what is the best permalink structure to use for my site. I thought about using the default WordPress structure but it seems a bit basic with just the post id, but it is supposed to be good for speed & efficiency. I have been running a wordpress.COM blog for a […]

WordPress Setup

I’ve been doing some work on the WordPress setup process, as I’ve botched it up a few times now, but luckily tagadab easily allow me to re-image my server which only takes about 5 minutes. I’ve now switched to using a Ubuntu 12-04 LTS version (64 bit) instead of Debian, and this is easy to […]

IPv6 enabled

I have now upgraded my ADSL to IPv6 with the Technicolour Router, so thought it would make sense to make my website IPv6 enabled as well. Unfortunately 5quidhost are not yet IPv6 ready, and they explained that it was related to cpanel support, as they use cpanel for their hosting. Luckily Tagdab offer IPv6 hosting […]

IPv6

Just been doing some research about IPv6 – I’m not sure if 5quidhost are “IPv6 ready” yet, but at least my ISP supports IPv6.   The trouble is that my existing router, the ZyXEL P-660HW-T1 v2 appears to only support the “legacy” IPv4 system. I think I might update my router to the Technicolor TG582N as […]

Vuescan

I now seem to have got Vuescan running OK on Ubuntu. What I did not realise was that there were not two but three packages to install from Epson’s website for the 4490 scanner. iscan-data_1.22.0-1_all.deb iscan_2.29.1-5~usb0.1.ltdl7_i386.deb iscan-plugin-gt-x750_2.1.2-1_amd64.deb It was the final “plugin” package that I forgot! My first scan effort with ubuntu – the glass […]

Sandbox Theme

I’ve been using the twenty twelve theme for a while, but I think I actually prefer the “sandbox” theme by plaintext.org that I used on my wordpress.com blog. It’s quite a minimalist theme, and twenty twelve just seems a bit “generic” in appearance. Im not sure why the wordpress.org version of sandbox is one version […]

Ubuntu

After almost 3 years of using Windows 7 I have now gone back to Ubuntu again. One of my worries about making the switch was if my new wireless keyboard would work OK, so I gave it a whirl using “Wubi” where it lets you install ubuntu from within windows. This is good for “testing […]

Barred

This looks a bit like a prison, but it’s a actually the Somerset County Cricket Ground, next to the River Tone in Taunton I’m still getting used to my Logitech K400r keyboard with intergrated touchpad – I’m wondering why they made it so that the “f” keys have to have the FN key pressed to […]

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is one of my favourite local places to visit – There are quite a lot of interesting places to see like the Cobb, and the harbour. My favourite pub is the Royal Standard as they always serve a reliable pint of Palmers Ale – the Palmers 200 is a good one to try. […]

BMX

Taken on the seafront at Exmouth on Neopan 400 – have only shot a couple of rolls of this but it seems to work pretty well. I’ve been trying to streamline my blog a bit today and did a bit of experimentation with Google Analytics, but I’m not really convinced by this platform. It relies […]

Beach

I’m trying to optimise the image sizes for WordPress and notice that the Twenty Twelve theme has a 625 pixel max width, so I may as well make the “large” size 625 pixels wide as if it’s larger them WordPress simply scales to 625 anyway. Having a larger image that is scaled down just means […]

Boxed

Looks like my blog is actually showing up as having a ranking now on Alexa’s database, but it’s quite a high number – 16,735,342. Only been running this site for 3 days so far an I guess all sites have to start somewhere. This photo was taken with Ilford HP5 plus film. I think it […]

Test Image

Just testing out this twenty twelve theme – I notice there is a limit on the size of in-line images that this theme supports but I guess there is a reason for this as posting huge in-line images can present problems for people with smaller screens & mobile devices and it can slow down the […]

New Blog

Have decided to use www.boliston.com for my blog instead of www.boliston.co.uk, so starting a new blog rather than try and migrate 2 weeks worth of blogs to this new site. I was using the “sandbox” theme previously, but it seems that this theme has not been updated for some time and there was a warning […]