Cosplay at Collectormania London

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The Guv and Raymondo prepare to storm Olympia on a mission to arrest anyone found impersonating a Timelord. In the end, they had to hire a bigger van.

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The CID boys got caught by the Klingons. Big Klingon dude was not impressed when I got him confused with Bill Bailey.

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A brilliant group cosplay moment, with help from regular cosplayer Christel, and the wonderful Montserrat Lombard who plays WPC Shaz Granger in Ashes to Ashes.

Noticings – Photos of Things You’ve Noticed

Noticings is an interesting idea for a web site. It’s based around the excellent Flickr photo sharing site. Imagine Flickr crossed with an open-ended treasure hunt. You spot things – any things – and take photos. Sign in at Noticings so they know to check for your pics. Post the pics to Flickr, and tag them ‘noticings’. They also have to be geotagged – added to the map on Flickr. Depending on how you took them and got them there, that may happen automatically, but I had to do it manually after uploading.

BerriesYou then score points for the things you notice. There are a set of rules, and various ways of scoring bonus points, but they’re changing all the time as they work out what works and what doesn’t. You also have to have a little patience – things you notice are only added to the site the next day at 15:00 UTC. That also means you don’t find out about a problem until it’s too late to fix it – I tagged a photo as ‘noticing’ instead of ‘noticings’, and it cost me the points.

I’m hitting the problem that I’m not often out during daylight at the moment – winter isn’t great for photography when you have a job with ‘normal’ hours. Even when I am out, I don’t walk much during a normal weekday, but anything that encourages me to walk more has to be a good thing!

I’ve only had one ‘noticing’ so far, but it’s making me look for ‘things’ more when I’m out, and I like that change.

It’s been too long since I…

…took on a silly creative project that might not come to anything but will be a laugh and a half to try. It’s time to rectify this with the help of…

I’m taking my first brave steps into video… it’s taken me long enough, but with help it should be a great laugh to do. And remember, chums, that’s what’s important – enjoying the process, rather than obsessing over the end product. I’ll do that bit later when I have a ton of footage, an iMovie, and not a blessed clue as to what to do with it.

For now, me and the girls who are helping me out are just putting the ideas together ready to shoot on 27th, 28th and 29th November.

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Champagne Cork in the Spotlight

My new torch is really quite bright, and I found myself wondering if it was bright enough to use as a makeshift photographic light. A quick experiment shows it could have its uses:

Champagne Cork in the Spotlight

I just held the camera (Lumix DMC-FX550 (Search for "Lumix DMC-FX550" on: DuckDuckGo, Amazon UK, Amazon US)) in my right hand, and the torch in my left. I left the camera on auto exposure, and it worked out pretty well.