While browsing through Lightroom, I found this among my 2009 photos. I found these spiderlings outside our flat in Aberdeen one day, and I've never seen anything quite like it before or since. I got as close as I could with my best camera at the time, a Canon PowerShot G10, and this is the result.

I feel that the rough wall and depth of field focus works well with the soft bokeh of green vegetation and potato tub in the background. The palette of green, orange and brown, and surreal suspension of the tiny spiderlings is intriguing and repelling at the same time.

AuthorI.B. Simpson

During a walk around the outskirts of my local town, I saw this bin while grasping for cherries from the trees in the lane.

I found the brittle slate-like coating lifting from the corroding metal cut-out letters and bleeding into the white border utterly beautiful.

The shape of the space delineated by the coating's edge looks like a map (topography), fish or boat (side-view).

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Note: This post is part of a consolidation exercise, and was originally published 16 September 2011 at http://ibsimpson.calepin.co

16 September 2011

Mulling over Hans Petter Eikemo's thoughts on iPhone photo lag. Echoing his sentiments; the problem occurs as I experience some fleeting event. I want to capture it. From my trouser pocket to taking the photo takes me about six seconds, three if camera.app was open and active before I locked my iPhone. I have missed the moment. No Henri Cartier-Bresson chance; the man has met the puddle.

Hans Petter Eikemo of Ideon proposes [for a future iPhone]:

  1. When the camera app is inactive, a press on the new [camera] button will launch it.
  2. Every press captures a photo, even outside the camera app. As a remedy for the most fleeting of photo ops; you shoot instantly from the hip, and when the app is ready, you may review the results or continue to shoot assisted by the viewfinder.
  3. Press and hold the button momentarily to record video. The subsequent press stops recording.

I am against a new button, because we don't need one. The shutter release (sic - pixel sensor ready and capture) could be initiated in different ways depending on the situation. Let's go through some [iPhone] scenarios.

The phone is asleep in your pocket. You want to take a photo. Quick! Take if out of your pocket and either:

  1. double-click volume-up button (hold for video)
  2. double-click volume-down button (hold for video)
  3. depress volume-up and volume-down button simultaneously (hold for video)
  4. depress-volume-up and home button simultaneously (hold for video)
  5. depress volume-down and home button simultaneously (hold for video)


  • A setting would allow you to enable the feature to capture photos and/or video from sleep mode. Thus, Private Percy's Privacy is Protected from Prankster Peter.
  • A setting would allow you to launch into camera.app (or not) after taking photos from sleep mode.
  • Initiating video capture from sleep mode would launch camera.app while you are shooting that video.

Any thoughts?

AuthorI.B. Simpson

Whatever possessed this architect to be so playful? They should be applauded for this incredible homage to what I see as a Star Wars character, but could just as ably be a Space Invaders reject. I wonder when this building was designed and constructed, and if inside it there are other striking features and details.

Aside: Lochore Meadows Country Park is situated at Loch Ore. I am unclear on why it is contactenated, being that Lochore is not the same as Loch Ore, however I have respected the convention in this photograph’s title (and not at all for SEO optimisation).

“But most of the time I’ll still end up using the JPEGs; sue me. All that matters to me is the final image, the starting point is irrelevant if everything’s there that needs to be there. My days of being a RAW snob are behind me. Whatever works.”— Patrick La Roque

I have tens of gigabytes of RAW files, where JPEGs would do. In fact, if I make the time some day, I’ll do some spring cleaning, delete all the crappy photos, then batch convert most of the remainder to JPEG. (I’ll make some back-ups first of course.)

Because even after running jpegoptim—see here for an excellent how-to by my friend Koralatov— and losslessly reclaiming ~1Gb from the scarce free float of my 250Gb SSD, I want more space, and to keep the whole library on my laptop.

Yes, I keep backups too, but that subject deserves a post all of it’s own.