Some photos from November 2009 November 30, 2009August 22, 2023 scott Sunset over a Braehead carpark. Why? Why not? Gods damn it, macro is hard. Really, really hard. So, yeah. Tiananmen Square. I had hoped to take some nice wide angle shots taking in the scope of the place. An excellent plan, stymied only by a fog that might be described as a real pea soup-er, were I a lovable eighteenth century Cockney scamp. As such, even this relatively close-in shot shows signs of fall off. Ah well. Right, that’s me away to China. Keep the seat warm. I’m still very disappointed with the atmospheric conditions of Beijing. Most inconsiderate of it. I’m trying to take photos here. Ominous skies herald the last rays of sun, as Scotland heads into its eternal dark night I say eternal. Until about the end of December, really. And it’s still light when I’m in work. Either that or a satsuma, anyway. There’s some very old trees in the Temple of Heaven grounds. Not those golden arches, though. A whole bunch of temples. Another November 5th outing. Any members of the wardriving community will speak in hushed tones of the “cantenna”, a crude device for amplifying wifi signals for interception using only a Pringles tube with the end lopped off. Ever eager to experiment, I wondered if similar results could be applied to camera lenses. Turns out that my camera was still unable to pick up any wifi signals. This was not altogether unsurprising. Tidying up the ream of pictures taken during the fireworks display at Glasgow Green on the 5th of November continues apace. A slow pace. I think my camera forgot to focus. Damnable automaton. I take no responsibility. Hmm. That said, the view of north-ish Glasgow isn’t much worth focusing on, as it turns out. Continuing the Temple of Heaven cleanup. Still sorting out the China photos. The Glasgow Central Mosque, viewed from Victoria Bridge. Hello, moth. More Temple of Heaven stuff. I am, at this rate, going to have to revise up my opinion of the E510’s low light capability. Lack of imagination, effort, or time? You decide. I confidently predict that I will have posted the only firework picture in all of the U.K. today. Not the ideal picture, nor from the ideal place. I’d expected the display at Glasgow Green to start about three quarters of an hour later than it actually did, thanks to some bum assumptions. As it turned out I’d only made it to Victoria Bridge before it all kicked off, so my camerabag resting atop the 1850’s stonework had to do for stabilisation rather than the tripod slung across my back, lugged around for the occasion. It’s good exercise, I suppose. None of the shots wound up truly spectacular, but this isn’t too terrible, I like to think. A broader view of the Temple of Heaven. Not the most well maintained washing machine, I admit. But it’s mine. Well, my landlords. And I love it. I suppose I ought to show myself. Even if I am flu addled and thereby looking worse than usual, which is more than bad enough. I’m not sure that the bloodshot, dark circled eyes look will ever be in fashion, but I can’t be bothered and am not vain enough to retouch it. Or shave, seemingly. Or smile. Smiling is for losers. Support for the Squinty Bridge. Temples and walls. Big round temple. Temples and walls. Again. Temple internals. Gates and Temple Dragon pillar Dragon head. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Braziers. Halls and gates. A model. Another model. Courtyard Temple from a wide angle Meta photography. I love this wide angle lens, incidentally. Temple from a distance. Hallway Roads and trees. Temple Tablets Gates Gates A little more wandering around Beijing leads to the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of old worshiped the skies to stop them falling in on us, or something similar. Tiananmen #2 Tiananmen #3 Tiananmen #6 Tiananmen #10 Tiananmen #11 Tiananmen #14 Tiananmen #15 Tiananmen #16 Too much smash for one man to handle. Exit music (for a film) Neatly regimented tree divisions in the Temple of Heaven grounds. I have no idea why I took this. I figure I’ll go through and process some of the more interesting China-based shots once I’ve got some sleep. Meanwhile, here’s a flash-assisted USB abstraction as a placeholder.