Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference)

This Monday was the start of the Apples’s WWDC.  I always try where possible to listen to the CEO’s opening speech.   Sometimes we have new hardware but mainly new software.

As someone who is trying to be more private on the web, limiting their use of applications like Facebook to only a few times a month and stopping internet access after 9 pm at night, there was much to interest me.

I am a self confessed Twitter addict and in Apple’s iOS 12 it will be interesting if I can use the social media limiting side to control my obsession.  As we try to create the right balance of intake of social media IM and Skype interaction with work, and downtime with friends and family tools like this may help.

A Vintage Affair

Every year the Doddington Hall Estate has a vintage market.  This year entitled ‘a Village Affair’.

We took the opportunity to dress up, Caroline in a vintage dress she had made herself, while I wore some English Brogues and trousers, Irish shirt and tweed jacket all topped off with a white Panama hat.

The market was not as big as some years, the uncertainty of the economy with the UK leaving the European Union is causing people to be careful what they spend.

Caroline purchased a small sewing kit, but I did not find anything myself.

Some of the market traders had dressed up and a few visitors.  There was also the odd photographer taking snaps.

After having a good look round we treated ourselves to ice-cream and headed home, a very enjoyable Sunday morning.

May update

 

May was a light month for photography, I was torn between the top shot and the one I actually published for photograph of the month.

This month I have a busy photography month, with a few corporate photographs and some studio sessions.

 

Spring Canal Walk

This weekend in the UK was a bank holiday, and unusually the weather was hot, with a clear blue sky.

I took Timmy the Greyhound for a long walk along the Fossdyke Canal.  With it being so hot, Timmy had his cool collar on and we finished the day with an ice-cream.

New Leica SL Firmware v3.2

For those lucky enough to have a Leica SL, I see that Leica have released new firmware.  As I have commented before, its something that Leica and Fuji are very good at.  Even there old models seem to get regular improvements.

Snowdonia Holiday

Last month we had our first holiday of the year.

We booked a small cottage in the Snowdonia National Park, a lovely village in the mountains called Beddgelert was our home for the week.

We traveled by car as the intention was to do plenty of walking with Timmy the Greyhound, who was just about recovered from his operation.

We are intending for our next car to be fully electric to minimise our impact on the environment so we planned an interesting cross country route, but one that passed a couple of rapid chargers.  It seems incredible that just seven years a go there was only one rapid charger in the country and the BBC doing a test took over three days to get from London to Edinburgh.  Though an owner of a Tesla Roadster did it in under twenty four hours a few weeks later after reading about the BBC report.

With it still being early in the season, we had snow many mornings and even a blizzard one day.

Each morning I got up early and took Timmy for a gentle walk along the river.

There was a nice church by the river which I took a few photographs of.  The holiday was not photography focused holiday I just took with me a pair of Leica M cameras.  An M4 film camera and a M10.

We were very lucky with the light and weather and I took some nice photographs during are walks.  The top photography was actually a series of photographs taken with the M10 and merged together in Photoshop.

Timmy enjoyed himself and many of the pubs in the village were dog friendly.  In fact the hotel where we had a meal on a number of occasions even had a menu for dogs, so one day we not only had a meal for ourselves but for Timmy as well.