Travails with my camera


Cairo to Constantinople

I spent this morning at the “Cairo to Constantinople” at the Buckingham Palace Queen’s Gallery – a fascinating collection of images from the Prince of Wales’ Royal Tour of 1862. Most images were taken by the Victorian landscape photographer Frances Bedford.

The tour started in Cairo, headed to Aswan, back up the Nile via many of the most famous Pharonic and Roman Egyptian sites and Ottoman Empire sites, through modern day Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Turkey and Greece.

My favourites are those that remind me most of my tour with On the Go a few years ago.

The Sphinx, the Great Pyramid and two lesser Pyramids, Ghizeh, Egypt - Frances Bedford 1862 - © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

First Propylon of the Temple of Isis (Philae) - Frances Bedford 1862 - © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Mosque of Mehemet Ali (Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo) - Frances Bedford 1862 - © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Please note, all images are © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

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Colouring WW1 Footage

Excellent programme on TV3 Rhône last night about colouring WW1 35mm film.

A genuinely interesting method.  Tge image luminance is known.  So rather than using the RGB colourspace of Photoshop/Gimp, they use an ITU-R BT.709 colourspace.  They keep the luminance signal and generate the 2 colour difference signals, Cr and Cb.

This makes a lot of sense.  The colours were very lifelike and the techniques worked for motion pictures.


I recently spent a day driving around Northumberland with my dad. Here’s the best of what I’ve edited so far.

Aventura at Tower Bridge

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Army Cadets at the Menin Gate

How Much Is A Return To Ypres?

Army Cadets at the Menin Gate

Here two members of the UK Army Cadet Force view one of many panels of names inscribed on the Menin Gate. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. The memorial is located at the eastern exit of the town and marks the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the front line.

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Recording of Last Post Association

How Much Is A Return To Ypres?

A recording of the Last Post Association playing under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres). The Last Post Association is an independent, voluntary, non-profit-making organisation. It was the Association that first founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928, and it is the Association that is still responsible for the day-to-day organisation of this unique act of homage. It also administers the Last Post Fund, which provides the financial resources necessary to support the ceremony. It is a tradition that the Buglers of the Association should wear the uniform of the local volunteer. Fire Brigade, of which they are all required to become members.

The Last Post was a bugle call played in the British Army (and in the armies of many other lands) to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest. In the context of the Last Post ceremony (and in…

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Hill 62 Panorama

Hill 62 Panorama by GeordieCy
Hill 62 Panorama, a photo by GeordieCy on Flickr.

Paradise Wildlife Park

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Paradise Wildlife Park, a set on Flickr.

Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne. Good day out with a photography meetup group.


Lightpainting by GeordieCy
Lightpainting, a photo by GeordieCy on Flickr.

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