Monthly Archives: February 2009


Foam on a beach

Pebble Pattern

A pebble on beach sand

Ride Till It Sizzles

Mountain biker riding a wall against a blazing sun

A mountain biker rides up a wall at The Playground, a free-riding area below the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl, South Africa.


Panned photo of airborne mountain biker against a blurred background

Joining a few members of our photo club and an energetic group of mountain bikers this morning for a shoot, I had great fun capturing panned shots of the riders against the background of the forest.

Flickr and image critiques

An abstract floral photo

Flickr has developed a reputation as a place where you will only get good comments on your photos. You know, the short comments like “Amazing colours” or “Wow! This is the best photo ever”. Should you also like to receive constructive criticism on your photos, you’re pretty much out of luck unless you build up a group of other like-minded Flickrers. And heavens forbid you should make a constructive criticism on the photo of a stranger; which risks anything from being blocked to being attacked by the photographer’s legion of fans. You might even be labelled, as I was, a negative person that never has anything good to say about anything.

I just read Why Negative Feedback Is A Gift and while it is talking about feedback from a company’s customers, it applies equally well to Flickr. If you are one of the Flickr members that hates receiving criticism on your photos, go and read this article. Then remember, next time you receive a critical comment on a photo, the commenter is not attacking you; they simply care enough to want to help you improve your photography.

Getting Closer

Fire on the Helderberg above Somerset West

If you compare this photo to the one in my previous post, that was taken last night, you can see that the fires are closer. They must be getting quite close to the suburbs high up the mountainside.

Fire on the Helderberg

Fire on the Helderberg

There has been a fire around Stellenbosch for the past few days and last night it had spread onto Helderberg, above Somerset West. This photo was taken from my front garden in Strand.

Nerdmag BlackBerry offer

Nerdmag are offering a BlackBerry Curve 8310 smartphone as a prize; so despite the fact that I am not the luckiest soul around I thought I’d have a go at winning it.

I’ve had a look at the features and think these are the coolest of them.

  • I love the full QWERTY keyboard. Having a deaf wife that relies on text messaging, I think that all handsets should have these.
  • The wide screen and trackball are great too as they will make web browsing that much easier. I do a lot of web browsing on my phone.
  • The GPS and mapping features are nice for someone like me that is always on the lookout for and trying to find directions to cool locations to photograph.

I have no interesting cell phone related stories. I am “teh boring” when it comes to cell phones. I always have the more affordable, less featured handsets and have never lost, destroyed or had one stolen. So I think I need to win this shiny, feature-packed smartphone so that I can step into the light and catch up with all the cool kids of the cell phone world.


A flower


Two teenaged girls texting in tandem