Monday, 29 December 2008

Tilt-Shift Landscapes ?

Tilt-shift style photography.
Some examples here.
I love the effect of miniaturising vehicles and people, combined with the enhanced colours.
From top to bottom: Sheffield, Hastings, Dartmouth and the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Thanks to Danny Nicholson via TWITTER for tipping me off to the TILT SHIFT MAKER site, which produces a 'tilt-shift style' effect on your own photos by giving you a simple interface for deciding which bit of the photograph to keep in focus.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Coastal Earth: re-presenting coastal landscapes...

Rich Allaway's homage to Dan's Urban Earth...

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all my readers....

Image by Ronald Lampitt

See you in 2009

Monday, 22 December 2008

Nearly there...

Thanks to my editor John Widdowson for the work on final stages of the manuscript...
On course for publication later in 2009...

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Britglyph: Collaborative landscape art....

Received an e-mail from Lawrence about the BRITGLYPH project.

· Guerrilla art is old news and the Turner Prize means nothing to the man on the street

· A new project is creating a unique piece of ‘user generated art’ that anyone across Britain can contribute to

· Using the gizmo we all have, a phone, the ‘Britglyph’ project records pictures taken at locations across the UK, forming an image on the map

· A digital dot-to-dot in simple terms

· There are 63 locations around the country that will make up the Britglyph

The project website is live.

It's a modern take on the idea of geoglyphs, such as the Cerne Abbas giant.

Check out the website for more details...

Friday, 12 December 2008

Take the wrong way home....

"You're lost without geography" the classroom display label says....

Today I deliberately went left instead of right after dropping the kids off at school.

A good book by Rebecca Solnit is about the art of "getting lost". One newspaper report on this book includes the following interesting quote:

NOT long ago in the Adirondacks on the summit of Mount Marcy, New York's
highest mountain, a wilderne
ss ranger was taken aback when a hiker whipped out a cellular phone to call his office more than 300 miles away in Manhattan and report: "I'm not
feeling well. I can't make it in t
o work today."

Is it possible to get lost with today's available technology ?

It was a very frosty morning today, so I took my camera with me on the school run, and decided to take a different route home than the one I use 99% of the time. I took some pictures on the way home, and a few are added below: more for you to use on my FLICKR page.

Try it today - take a different route home and take 3 images of things that you've never noticed before. See the new in the familiar...

Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Nice fieldwork in the school grounds by David Rogers...
Photo Orienteering
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Landscape Imagery - which one's your favourite ?

Just spent a considerable amount of time sorting out some images for a forthcoming document, and was interested in Noel Jenkins' current DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, where all the images were taken by Noel. Why not go along and vote for your favourite.
While you're at it, check out some of Noel's other excellent, and very geographical images HERE.
Jurassic Shipwreck: image by Noel Jenkins

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Final drafts being done...

Spending some time today working on the final changes (I hope) to the drafts for the Landscapes book...

3 of the Toolkit books have now been published, and are available for purchase from the GA.
Another 3 are due out before Christmas.

Below is a sneak preview of one of the resources from the Landscapes book:

Over the Christmas holidays, I will be adding new content to this blog with some further 'teasers' to build anticipation for the book's publication...

Also worth mentioning that the Teachers' Toolkit series is already an award winner...
It won the BOOK AWARD at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers conference in October.