It’s time once again for me to try and figure out a way of starting one of my regular Instagram posts without using a variation of the phrase ‘it’s once again time’. Looks like I’ve failed again.
That’s presumably because it is once again time for me to show off another small selection of my Instagram photographs.
The backlog I have for my Instagram shots is nowhere as voluminous as for the rest of my photography, but there’s still a few I feel the need to share with you. In this set we have a few shots from the snow that hit the UK a month or so ago, and some random shots of various bits of London, including a pub, an Ikea, and Waterloo Station.
If you like these, then check out my other Instagram posts, or check me out on Instagram directly.
Snow by the NFT
Ikea Smoke Stacks
It’s time, once again, for another trip to my pile of choice Instagram images to display some for your delectation.
It took a flurry of snow for me return to using the service with any regularity. Since then I’ve gone a little bit crazy, sharing images of snow, trains and all sorts.
Despite the quantity, I’ve been pretty pleased with the quality of the Instagramming I’ve been doing, putting me in a similar position with my Instagram images as I am with all of my other images: backlogsville. So, much like my other images, I’m posting in the order that appeals most, rather than sticky to any sort of chronology.
As always, if you like these images, then you can follow me on Instagram or Twitter, or my Tumblr which contains a selection of my Instagram shots.
Boats on the Thames
When I sat down to compile this, the fourteenth sup at my well of Instagram images, I was surprised to see that not only was my last Instagram post over two months ago, but the images it contained were themselves two months old at the time. As I crawled back to pick up where I left off, my usual technique for compiling an Instagram set, I backtracked past numerous images, going past all of the good stuff that is yet to come. That is in no way to demean the images in this set. Quite the opposite, in fact: when I compile these sets I go through them chronologically, picking out the ones worthy of showing and releasing them in batches of nine. I’m just letting you know, Instagram #15 will be ready to go as soon as I need some shameless post-filling.
This is another great set that I’m proud of. There’s a final shot from during the Olympics, as a woman in London takes a snapshot of the Olympic Rings floating on the Thames. There’s a few shots from around London, there’s an image of me looking like a knob (as usual) and a shot of my wife relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon with her iPad.
Shameless plug: if you like this lot, then you can follow me on Instagram by clicking on my shiny new Instagram badge in the “Me, Elsewhere” section of the right sidebar, or clicking this link (which ultimately takes you to the same place), or visit my Tumblr, which contains a nice medley of Creative Splurges, the Daily Photo and my Instagram images all pooled into one page of nothing but images for ease of viewing. I actually really love that Tumblr, and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves.
I’m in much the same position with my Instagram images as I am with the rest of my photographs: I still have a digital pile of images I want to show you, which seems to be getting bigger rather than smaller as I work to catch up.
Much like with my other photos, this does at least give me the opportunity to mix and match a little and post images in a more interesting order, rather than chronologically.
It is therefore no surprise that this next batch is another mixed bag of images, albeit with a bit of a London theme.
I tend to fall behind a bit with posting Instagram collections these days. Sure, I had quite a lull late last year with Instagram – there was a six-month break between Instagram #8 and Instagram #9 – but that coincided with a break in using the app too. Nowadays I’m still using it pretty heavily, but don’t seem to get around to posting the collections as frequently as I should.
The idea behind these Instagram posts was always to present the best of the images I upload to Instagram; not all of them, but a selection that I felt good enough to stand alongside the other images on this blog. And always – with two exceptions – in batches of nine images. To that end, here are nine of the best since last we saw an Instagram post. I’m pretty sure I already have another nine good enough to make the next cut, so hopefully (a word that I often use to mean, ‘I intend to do it currently, but I might forget by the time I get round to it’) the next one will be along slightly more expediently than the last.
Before I’d even published Instagram #10, I had already built up enough images for another Instagram post. For those of you not familiar with my method of dealing with Instagram images, it’s simple: I can sometimes take quite a lot of pictures with the app, so whenever I build up a batch of nine great images, ones worth sharing, I wrap them up here for all to see.
It doesn’t always work out that way, of course. Instagram #3 contained a bumper set of twenty-seven images because I’d allowed a batch of pictures to build up, and Instagram #9 had six new photos appended to it just before publishing because I’d taken a few extra good ones between the time I collated the nine for the post and the time the post was ready to publish. But I’m now trying to be a little more strict on the whole ‘nine images to a post’ rule.
This set contains some of my favourite Instagram images – I’m sure I’ve said that on previous posts, but sometimes the best images I take are ones where I’m not distracted by having a full DSLR. My favourites from this set are the last two: a sunrise near the station at Twickenham, and an angled shot of the London Studios at the South Bank.
If you like these, you can follow me on Instagram – @CousinDirk – or follow my Tumblr page, where I post most of my Instagram images.
It’s an interesting time for Instagram. It’s made the news recently by being bought by Facebook for a whole billion dollars. A billion dollars, for an app distributed free without ads and with no real revenue stream.
I still love Instagram; it is essentially Twitter for images, which removes the language barrier and lets people the whole world over share in a more universal form of communication: images (I won’t say completely universal; the ways we interpret colour can vary tremendously between cultures and isn’t as universal as you might think).
I’m not entirely sure I like this whole Facebook takeover. Although Mark Zuckerberg has promised that Instagram will continue to be developed independently of Facebook, time will tell if that one turns out to be true or just a cynical ploy to keep the users around for as long as possible.
For now, I’m sticking it out; I can’t stop using one of my favourite apps just like that. That doesn’t mean I’m not considering other programs if Instagram were to start losing what makes it such a great program to use, or backing up my photos should Facebook’s sometimes questionable copyright or end user policy begin creeping into Instagram’s.
By which I mean of course, it’s time once again for another selection of my favourite Instagram shots I’ve then over the last month or so since my last Instagram post.
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m really pleased with this set. There’s a bit of variety (only two sun event shots) and even a bit of stealthily snapping someone on the train, which is a whole can of worms I’m not too ready to open fully just yet, but which Trevor Coultart has already begun to consider.
Enjoy, and if you like these, check out the Instagram category for the rest of the Instagram series.
It has been a long, long time since I last posted an Instagram collection. In fact, sources tell me it was last July.
That was also the month that I bought my current camera, so I must extrapolate that in buying the camera, my desire to muck about with filters and things on an iPhone waned a bit. That isn’t to say I’ve not been shooting a fair amount with my iPhone; I’ve been shooting quite a bit in fact. But for some reason I’ve not been throwing through the Instagramagigger so get interesting results as much.
Still, after seven months, I’ve finally built up enough images for another set – although this is a set of fifteen, instead of the usual nine, as I’ve managed to build up a few more images than I expected. Take a look.
By the way, if you’re an Instagram user and want to follow me, my handle is CousinDirk – same as my Twitter handle, my YouTube handle, and my Flickr handle.
Related: Instagram #1-8
One of the most depressing things about winter is realising at the end of your lunch break that the sun is already making pretty obvious machinations for the horizon.
The advantage of this however is that during your lunch break you get the chance to take some interesting photographs, even if, as is often the case, your iPhone is the only camera you have on you.
As I noted last week, I’m currently insisting on getting outside for my lunch as weather permits, and yesterday I wandered about in the general direction of Trafalgar Square.
Once again, the iPhone 4 is showing itself to be a versatile camera. I might start getting increasingly jealous of my wife’s iPhone 4S if I keep on going out at lunch and taking photos (although I’m already looking towards the ‘iPhone 5′ or whatever it ends up being called).
As I headed back along Waterloo Bridge (past the scene of a bit of a silly incident), the sun cast some even more impressive rays.
One of the most common issues I find when shooting with the iPhone is that a lot of the images, when shared (especially by email), sometimes come out upside down. I haven’t been able to figure out why but I can only assume it’s some kind of bug with iOS. Hopefully it’s something that will be fixed in the future as it can sometimes cause a headache.
One of the bonuses of using the iPhone is the amazing ease with which you can take a HDR photo. Whilst obviously not always as good as being done ‘properly’ (if you’re one of the photographers that considers HDR to be proper at all), it can get good results quite quickly which out worrying about a tripod. As an experiment I tried taking the same shot as above, but with the HDR setting turned on. In this example I don’t think it improves the image; it brings out the detail in the buildings and loses the effect of the silhouette, but I’ll leave you with the image regardless.
We’re currently involved in industrial action at work. We’re not on strike, but we are conducting that is now referred to as ‘industrial action short of a strike’, which in the old days used to be called working to rule.
For me, it’s actually working out quite well. I’m leaving for home on time, I don’t have to do some of the weird stuff that’s creeped into my job over the last few years (most of which whilst someone else was doing the job, but hey-ho), and also, crucially, I’m getting out of the office for my lunch break.
It’s amazing that, when you are stuck in a small office with no windows for most of the day, that you can forget that you’re in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.
On Friday for my lunch break, I headed out along the South Bank, aiming to head away from the supermarket I always end up buying food from. It was a cold day, but bright and clear; a typical sunny winter’s day (it’s about time we had one, it is December after all).
Presently I found myself wandering through an Xmas market. I was so distracted by the colours and sounds (and fudge) that before I knew it I was standing in the shadow of the London Eye.
As is typical for most work days, the only camera I had on me was my iPhone 4, so it would have to do. Continue reading