Category Archives: photographs

I’m not very keen on roses…

… but I made an exception for these, fresh from the cottage garden of my godmother’s neighbour and brought round in a jam jar as a gift.

Summer Roses

The photograph was taken with the G800 in sunlight so bright I could barely see the image on the screen.  All I have done is take it off the phone and reduce it to 40% of its original size.

Rubbishing Art


Harsh critique, eh?

(Photographed with the Samsung G800, with the contrast turned up a bit with PhotoImpact).

Orchids and Shoes – 1

Orchids and Shoes

I don’t know why I found it so satisfying when the young man put his newly polished shoes on the windowsill in front of the orchids.  I watched him clean them with spit and with polish.  A fascinating process, and you can just see how shiny it got them.  It photographed ok-ish.   The camera is more sensitive to light and dark than the human eye, so the curtains were much lighter and brighter than they show in the photograph.

Reducing and Cropping

The earlier mornings and later afternoons are a daily delight, and when you add sunshine it’s bliss.

Here’s today’s photograph, reduced to 25% of it’s original size:

Samsung G800 - Reduced Landscape

And here is the mid-section of the photograph at full resolution, but cropped.

Samsung G800 - Cropped Landscaped

Not in Cuneiform any More

I’d forgotten that I’d photographed a whiteboard at work today until I downloaded my other photos off my phone this evening.

Since this is a record of what I see each day as much as it’s anything, I put it up here as today’s offering.

Not in Cuneiform any More

It’s not inherently interesting, but in the context of this blog I take comfort that so much early cuneiform is the deadly dull record-keeping of Assyrian and Babylonian civil servants.

Incidentally, the optical zoom on the G800 was useful for this because it allowed me to stand at the other end of the table and photograph the board straight on and still get the image to fill the frame.

Tulips up close and personal

The frustrating thing is that the Sony Ericsson has the better software controls (and I’ll miss them) but the Samsung is the better camera. These two photos were taken with everything except the flash and the focus turned to “auto”.

It’s not particularly bright in here (it’s my kitchen, it’s 7.00pm, it’s February) but both phones did pretty well.

Samsung Tulips

Interestingly, the Sony Ericsson (below) is closer to what I see, but the Samsung (above) is the more pleasing image.

Sony Ericsson - Tulips

Talking of not very bright – why did I commit to a photo every day for four weeks when it’s still dark in the evenings? Oh well.

That Sinking Feeling

When the one I spend my weekends with and I saw the abandoned ferry, it was surrounded by water. I wanted to see it beached on the sand, so I went back at low(ish) tide today and took some more photographs, and I took the opportunity to compare the Samsung G800 with the Sony Ericsson K800i. I’m also putting up a Picassa album, it is past time I did so.

The image below was taken with the Sony Ericsson, and I’ve reduced it to 20% of it’s original size. It seems rather hazy, though in fairness the lens needed cleaning.

Sony Ericsson Contra Jour

The image below is the same shot with the Samsung. I’d run out of memory on the phone and the original was half the maximum size the camera will handle. It’s been reduced to about 60% of its original size to match the other image.

Samsung Contra Jour

Despite that, it does rather make the point though. I’ll do some more of these with clean lenses.

I’m usually very careful not to photograph other people’s children, but I could not resist this one which is 25% of the size of the original:

Family Walking

Back to the ferry: I thought the Sony Ericsson was giving me brighter colours at the time, but now I wonder if LCD screen on the Ericsson makes the colours appear brighter. I can adjust both LCD screens on both phones, so it’s pretty irrelevant really.

Once again, the Sony Ericsson appears hazy in comparison with the Samsung. Both images are reduced to 20% of the size of the original. The Sony Ericsson first:

Sony Ericsson Ferry

And now the Samsung – I was wingeing yesterday that every single thing is in focus in Samsung-land but – hey – it can look really good like that:

Sand and Ferry

The Samsung places brackets around the central section of the image when you look through the view finder which is distracting, and this is one of the few images I took this morning which doesn’t have the subject plonked in the middle of the picture.

I messed around with the zoom feature a bit as well today, but there are only so many photographs of the ferry that you or I can look at, gentle viewer, without our exasperation showing, so I’ll put up photos which demonstrate that feature another day.