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July 29, 2008

London to Southend Bike Ride 2008

Writing about web page http://www.justgiving.com/jarvism

Once again me and Chris have completed yet another sponsored bike ride!
BHF Hearts First London to Southend Bike Ride 2008.

My speedometer clocked it in at 54 miles completed in a trip time of 4 hours 22 minutes.

The sponsorship page can be found here and is still accepting sponsors!

I’ll probably expand on this post at a later time, it was a busy holiday week afterwards and I have returned to a busier working week!

On a random note, one of my previous blog entries about the bike ride had been found by a rider who approached me at Battlesbridge and asked about it! I didn’t catch his name but I believe he was numbered 1679 (I think). I reckon he recognised my face from photos or more likely the air horn as, once again, I was the one and only “Horny Rider”.

London to Southend Bike Ride 2008

April 28, 2008

Cycled to destruction

This is what happens to a bike when you ride in excess of 8000 miles on it over at least 7 years. This happened shortly after my birthday towards the back end of February. I was cycling at the time and the fork half snapped, only the horseshoe shaped V-brake assembly and front wheel axle was holding it together. It wobbled all over the place, especially when braking as the wheel wasn’t true and the braking was uneven.

Broken Forks
Rusted Through

Over 7 years of rain, 8000 miles of pounding, hard braking and all sorts of abuse did this. It lasted through 6 London to Southend bike rides so helped me raise lots of cash for charity. The bike served me very well, although over the years, I had put on it 3 new front wheels, 4 new rear wheels, about 8 tyres, an entire replacement drive train (including rear gear derailleur, chain, cranks, front and back sprocket sets), new gear shifters, at least 10 pairs of brake blocks, 5 rear axles and associated bearings, 4 new gear cables, 2 new brake cables (including outer sheathing), countless inner tubes, new saddle, seat post, 4 sets of handlebar grips, 3 sets of V brakes arms, and god knows how many lights, speedometers etc…. but when you have a catastrophic frame failure like this, its time for a new bike.

I now have a GT Avalanche 1.0, 27 gears, front suspension, twin dual-cyclinder hydraulic disc brakes (which are the sharpest brakes on the planet), suspension saddle post and a heavy duty pannier rack for carrying all my shiz. All on this on the Warwick Cycle Scheme which I highly recommend to any Warwick Staff member.


September 19, 2007

Wastage on campus

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/environment

Havent you ever noticed how the IT Services header pages are totally pointless?? Why tell us how much credit we HAD before printing our current job? Its a waste of time and paper and ink. Also, have you ever noticed how computers seem to be left on 24/7? Its a bit excessive. Also, lights being on when the sunshine blasts in through the window. Or how about heating running while the windows are all open? WWWHHHYYY???

I now work in estates as a utilities technical assistant and the people I work with are keen to hear about unnecessary wastage on campus since we all ultimately want to stamp down our carbon footprint. I’ve mentioned a few of my own observations like these, as well as things like massive food wastage after a conference buffet lunch and tons of left over paper being binned and not recycled in some case.

Can you think of more incidents like these? Or other areas of wastage or inefficiency? DO YOU LEAVE YOUR SHIT TURNED ON ALL THE TIME??? Do you drive your car from campus to Tesco just to buy milk?? You lazy bastards. tut tut.

Why do people do these things and waste so much of everything? What criminal wastage have you seen happening out and about? What have you done about it or would like to see done about it? SPEAK TO ME!!


April 30, 2007

How big is A0?

For part of my final year project, I have to make an A0 size landscape poster. In order to try and get a sense of scale I made a page at this size and then put a few boxes on which would be the size of my monitor, TV and a normal A4 sheet of paper. All of this was to put A0 in terms of things I can relate to. Hopefully this might help fellow final year poster makers! (Or just scare you)
Here is the result to scale:
How big is A0?
To download a 100% scale PDF of this, download this: How big is A0?


April 25, 2007

Blue LED Fiber Optic Lights

Blue Fiber Optic Lights

Blue LED Lights (26-05-06)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/25s
Focal Length: 72mm (432mm eqv. on 35mm)

This was one of my early shots when I was playing around with my camera and testing out the zoom. I think i was on the other side of the (large) room.


February 04, 2007

Extreme Cold

Liquid Helium Return Valve
Liquid Helium return line on Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (25-01-07)
Camera: Sony Ericsson P990i SmartPhone

This was my first attempt to properly use the camera in my new phone. Using the macro function here to get a good close up view of the frost formations on the excessively cold piping. This frost formed within a minute of liquid helium (-196ºC) flowing into the VSM as we filled it. It later engulfed most of the pipe and made it about twice the size in solid ice. Its amazing to think that all of that water is from the air.


January 28, 2007

Brighton Pier

West Pier, Brighton
Brighton Pier (16-12-06)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/50s
Focal Length: 51mm (306mm)
Filters: UV & PL

View of the West Pier from the East Pier near sunset. Couldn’t help the blur unfortunately, I had the aperture wide open and the camera sitting on the railing and it still blurred! I think the auto focussing let me down.

Brighton Sunset
Brighton Pier (16-12-06)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 1/30s
Focal Length: 15mm (90mm)
Filters: UV & PL

This sunset was only at 3:43pm, not too long later and it was really dark. Quite depressing really.


January 25, 2007

Earlsdon Sunrise

Earlsdon Sunrise

Earlsdon (10-12-2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/2.7
Shutter Speed: 1/13s
Focal Length: 6mm (36mm)
Filters: UV & PL (Through double glazing)
Post Processing: Changed the levels on the skyline part of the image for some weak attempt at a higher dynamic range.
The photo didn’t look anywhere near as vivid as reality so I had to try and digitally recreate it without blowing it all out too much. It kinda worked, but its not great I admit.


January 22, 2007

Kenilworth Fireworks

Kenilworth Fireworks

Outside Kenilworth Castle Fireworks Display (04-11-2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 2s
Focal Length: 8mm (48mm)
No tripod


January 19, 2007

Southend Pier

Southend Pier September 2006
Southend-on-sea, Essex (23-09-2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/4
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Focal Length: 45mm (207mm)

The pier is 2158 Meters (1.33 Miles) long, and the visibility was particularly good when I took this, good enough that you can almost see the Kent coast nealy 10 miles away.


January 12, 2007

Gala Concert

Gala Concert

Warwick University Gala Concert 2006 (22-06-2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/2.7
Shutter Speed: 1/3s
Focal Length: 6mm (36mm)
Exposure Compensation: +2
Spot Metering
No tripod!




Gala Concert Fireworks

Warwick University Gala Concert 2006 – Fireworks (22-06-2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Lens Aperture: F/8
Shutter Speed: 2s
Focal Length: 6mm (36mm)
No tripod!

December 28, 2006

Need for Speed

Need For Speed

Rootes Lake (02–06–2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
A: F/3.5
T: 1/60
FL: 72mm (432mm)

December 27, 2006

Tight Rope Walker

Tight Rope Walker

Tocil (02–06–2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
A: F/4.0
T: 1/200
FL: 49.6mm (297.6mm)

Someone else who didn’t realise until afterwards that they were just caught on camera!


Diabolo Action

Sorry I didn’t put any photos up from my new camera when I promised! I’ll post some now. At this stage I was still getting used to the camera, so some of my early less staged shots were blurry. I was testing out the potential of using the zoom since I never had a zoom lens before. Here, it was useful for taking an action shot from quite a distance without anybody even realising.

Diabolo

Piazza (01–06–2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Aperture (A):F/4
Shutter (T):1/500
Focal Length (FL):53.9mm (323.4mm)

November 29, 2006

Big Brother

I am now a (half) big brother!!! My dad and his wife had a baby boy on Monday 27th Nov, weighed in at 3.45kg. He will be called Ben! Theres almost 22 years difference between us!
Look how cute…
Ben


August 28, 2006

24 Hour Gaming TimeLapse

My housemate Jonny decided to go hardcore after his exams and put in 24 hours of World of Warcraft. Me and other housemates decided this needed to be documented so I set up my camera to timelapse him throught the night. Being aware of the camera there, Jonny ended up doing some random animation antics through the night! Watch for moving food, drinks, chairs going missing, appearing and disappearing objects… its actually quite funny for a video of some guy at a PC!

YouTube:

Google Video:

The raw video is actually beyond hi-def quality as it is at digital camera quality (per frame) but MS Movie Maker soon destroyed that, shame. I’ve also done a couple of other random timelapses which are cool but aren’t quite as legendary as JonnyCam!


Rain Drop

Rain Impact

Tile Hill (23–08–2006)
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Manual: A:F/3.5 T:1/500 ISO:400
Flash (Full Power), Auto White Balanced
Post Processing: Cropped, Auto Levels (Mono Contrast)


June 23, 2006

Gotcha

Writing about Finale from Nath's PhotoBlog

Nathan Barrow

Caught in the act!


June 10, 2006

Zoom Compare

Follow-up to New Camera! from -[ The Jarvism ]-

Right, My old camera was a Sony DSC-P32
This was fully automatic, no zoom other than digital zoom, but all this did was crop the image down so a full zoom in was actually a smaller image. Anybody can do that in photoshop! To compare, this made this image:

Old Camera

In comparison, my new Canon Powershot S2 IS did this:

New Normal

There are some differences in colour but thats probably due to the various different modes I have each camera on, and the fact I didnt give my new one much of a chance to auto–adjust. In terms of field of view you can see that the old camera is slightly more wider angle.

My new camera can ramp up to 12X optical zoom (without any other adapters) and an example of this is here:

New X12

After this there is a further 4X digital zoom (taking it up to 12×4= 48X zoom) however, digital zoom simply blows up the pixels so it looks rough and grainy but it gives you an idea of what 4X zoom is like.

New X48

Quite a few compact point and shoot cameras do have maybe about 4X optical zoom, an example is the Canon Powershot A610 which I have used and this is also quite impressive. I think any kind of zoom is better than no zoom since no zoom normally means you get a very wide shot with no option to focus your attention onto something you want to see the detail with.

Anyway, I shall eventually be putting up some of the photos I've been taking recently, so watch this space!


New Camera!

Writing about web page http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_s2is.asp

Well, just over a month ago I got myself a new toy! A Canon Powershot S2 IS!

Canon Powershot S2 IS

I've been playing with it quite a bit recently and trying out some effects along with my friend Dave (who also has a new camera!) and Will with some random photography. Some of my photos will appear on the blog soon, but a load will also hopefully appear in the WSAF Photographic Exibition in Xanana Lounge and The Cooler!

I cant be bothered reviewing this camera, the link above has more than enough of a hardcore review! My comments though… ITS GREAT!