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I'm a Digital Designer, Art Director and Developer. I'm into photography, interactive design, the web, advertising and art.

San Francisco

Posted: May 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: photography | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Just back from a sunny few days in San Francisco, and have uploaded some photos of the city. There were more fisheye shots than I would have liked in my selection, but I am hugely impressed with the fisheye-hemi plugin for photoshop, which corrects the verticals in the image beautifully. It seems to have saved a lot of them from looking over the top, whilst preserving most of the 180° field of view.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor lenses: 10.5mm, 50mm and 18-70mm.
View the set (including full sized images) on flickr.

Broken umbrellas

Posted: January 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: photography | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

I’ve been meaning to post this set of photographs featuring broken umbrellas for a while.  Most, but not all, were taken in Glasgow.  There is, perhaps in that city more than others, a tendency to cast aside an umbrella with even the slightest fracture, presumably in frustration at the lack of protection it provides against driving rain.  I could go on about the form of the broken umbrella in contrast to it’s urban setting, but I won’t.

Vancouver seems like the perfect place to continue the collection.

Broken umbrella set: on flickr.

Drops of the world.

Posted: January 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Expanding on yesterdays idea, I’ve just put together a processing sketch which takes a ‘panoid’ (extracted from streetview links), and creates a printable net of the location.

To create the net, I modeled the drop in blender, and used its handy ‘unfold’ python script (scripts > mesh > unfold).  This creates an svg of the flattened net, which I imported to illustrator to change line weights and add tabs for gluing everything together.


Streetview tiles


Blender model




Unfolded net.


Added tabs.

The processing sketch takes a ‘panoid’, which can be extracted from the link to a google street view.  It then extracts the image tiles, and squashes them to fit the net, before saving it out as a jpg.  At the moment, it’s making pretty small files (water droplets of the world), which may be modified in future to create higher-res, larger nets.

It’d also be nice to have this accept an address, and do the geocoding to find the nearest streetview point.  Looks like this should be possible with the services google are now offering (getNearestPanoramaLatLng()).  With this in place, it could all be wrapped nicely in a user-friendly website.

There are definitely still some problems with the mapping of images to the net that will be resolved when making a higher resolution version, but it’ll be interesting to see what these look like once printed and assembled.

The processing files can be downloaded here: dotw.

New Year’s Photos

Posted: January 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , | Comments Off

New flickr set made up of images from a North West Coast Adventure in America.