Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Walk Around Crystal Palace

Decided to go for a late afternoon walk around Crystal Palace with my iPhone, using the Hipstamatic app set to random, which means whenever the phone is shaken the lens and film change.  This is quite hit and miss as I don't like all of the combinations, but I thought it would be a different way to take photographs and to show just how much can be done with this single photography app.

Sometimes the choice of lens and film works really well for a particular subject, other times it just doesn't.  I wasn't checking the photos at first but later on I decided that I would so that I could have a chance to photograph them using a different combination.  Some of these photos were also taken very quickly, in order not to be spotted by the people in them, such as those waiting to cross the road where I mistimed the car driving past and pressed the shutter far too soon.

Unfortunately I only noticed when I got home that the resolution had been set to the lowest possible, as opposed to the highest possible that I normally use. I don't know whether this changed when I shook the phone to change the combination, something I'll have to watch out for in future, but it does mean that these photos are not the best quality.  I may just have to go out tomorrow and do it all again!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Venice Day 11: Islands & Art

Hopped on the boat over to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore after lunch, having spent a pleasant morning on San Servolo with Mum so that she could have a look around there too.  I found out that the Museum of Madness was only open when part of a guided tour, and had to be booked in advance whilst being dependent on guide being available, so I will probably not get around to doing it this time.

On San Giorgio I was able to check the Marc Quinn inflatable version of 'Alison Lapper Pregnant' close up, having not realised before that it was indeed inflatable until a friend asked me via email if I had seen it yet.  I still don't care for it a great deal but have to admit that it is very clever, made up of many sections, and it must have been quite a challenge to create a huge inflatable model in such detail.

Along the north side of the island there were several large shells, cast in metal, which afforded fascinating and beautiful reflections upon their shiny surfaces.  Enjoyed taking photos of these with iPad and Nikon, to be later processed in monochrome. 

Another part of the Biennale was this installation set in a deliciously cool tunnel, all to do with snowflakes.  

Also checked out this exhibition entitled 'Fragile?' which only featured items made from glass.

Following all this culture I caught a boat down to Nico's on the Zattere for an ice cream and some sparkling water, and then another boat back to Paradiso, Giardini for spritz in the sun :)