I dropped in on the “Coffee and Cars” event, run by Salon Privé, at Blenheim Palace last week. Although neither car nor coffee, this beast was my favourite of the show. I bet it would wake you up pretty damn quick in the morning too.
Note that this isn’t the Dodge Tomahawk that Chrysler built as a concept. This is what happened when an Englishman, Allen Millyard, saw the Dodge V10 concept bike and thought “that seems like a good idea, I’ll build one”. Amazingly, it’s actually road legal.
Here’s a video by Mr Millyard which shows it off very nicely.
I also managed to take some pictures of four-wheeled machinery. Those should appear here sometime in the not too distant future…
Something a little different that I’ve tried as an experiment. This is a cross-view stereoscopic image, which is a simple kind of 3D image which can be viewed without any glasses or special equipment. All you need to do is cross your eyes until the two images converge into a third image in between, then it should pop into 3D.
I was inspired by the CrossView sub on Reddit where there are lots more of this kind of thing, including many by people much better at it than me!
Oh and a quick tip: if you can’t make the small image below work for you, click it to try again at full size.
Here are a few shots of life in Oxford from this Summer.
All were shot on film, this first one on a Pentax P30, a fairly unremarkable manual-focus SLR from the early 90s that came free with a nice 50mm lens I bought from a charity shop back when I had a Pentax digital system. The camera is slightly odd in that it can only do full automatic exposure or fully manual. There is no shutter or aperture priority at all!
The rest of these pictures were shot on a Yashica Electro 35 GTN, the first rangefinder I have ever owned, and a masterpiece of 1960s Japanese technology with aperture priority auto-exposure, a parallax-corrected viewfinder and a 1/500 sec. leaf shutter. It’s quite a different shooting experience to “normal” SLRs, but I’d recommend giving it a go to anyone who likes messing about with old cameras.
Speaking of masterpieces of mid-20th century technology:
This site has become the internet equivalent of developing a film to find a Christmas tree at both ends. How appropriate then, perhaps, that I should pick a festive subject to ease myself back into posting here after a year spent worrying about much more important things than pictures.
These photographs come from the St. Edburg’s Christmas Tree Festival in Bicester. It’s a collection of an enormous number of Christmas trees in the old church, each of which has been decorated by local groups, organisations or businesses. For the little ones, there is even a treasure hunt to find tiny wooden trees hidden amongst the decorations.