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Offscreen issue 5 is here!
My copy of Offscreen #5 arrived this week and it looks (and smells!) absolutely gorgeous. As always its a great read and I’m dead chuffed at how well “Al Power’s”: photos have come out. Obviously they couldn’t use all of the shots that Al took, so I’ve put up an Offscreen Photoset on Flickr to show the best of the bunch, most of which weren’t published.
I’ll stop banging on about it now, promise.
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I’ll leave you with this delightful gif made from outtakes from the shoot, which I shall simply call ‘Bike Dance‘…
Todd Dominey has been busy with his latest creation, Koken. Koken is a new web site publishing system developed for photographers, designers, artists and creative DIYs. It provides creatives with tools to manage, edit and publish personal web sites of their work. I’ve been working with Todd, designing the icons for the interface he’s created, which is looking fantastic.
What I particularly love about the way that way that Todd has announced Koken, is his use of a Facebook Timeline to show the history of the app. I’ve never seen this done for an app before, but its a grand idea, and an fascinating insight into its development.
Photographing the Moon
This photo of the moon was taken with an iPhone 4, putting the lens against the eyepiece of a 30x telescope. It’s not been particularly ‘fiddled with’ – just some sharpening and cropping in Photoshop Express.
To show how it was taken, my son Daniel and I shot it as a video instead, which shows how tricky it is to get it steady and positioned properly. Once the telescope was focused on the subject, its a lot of minute nudging of the iPhone to get the moon in the picture, focus on it, and take it.
Using a compact camera gives a better result (below), as the size of the lens and telescope eyepiece are very compatible. However, the best camera is the one that you have with you, and there’s a certain delight in being able to use a ‘cameraphone’, and the moon makes an ideal subject!
(shot with a Canon Ixus 750)