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New Image File Format for iPhone

Apple Drops its Jpegs.

If you’ve been moving files from your iPhone to your PC recently, you’ll have noticed that Apple are no longer saving or storing files as ‘jpeg’ on the iPhone.  Instead the file extension reads ‘HEIC.’  It stands for ‘HIGH EFFICIENCY IMAGE CODING.’ and it came with the latest iPhone update.  It’s not new, and iPhone didnt even invent it, but incorporating it into the new iPhone image software is seen by Apple as the way forward for the future, after all jpegs have been around the internet for about 25 years.

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St George’s Market, Belfast.

Rainy Day Photography

Saturday 9th September 2019 – the morning was wet, for heavy rain has been lashing the British Isles, causing flooding.  Thankfully Northern Ireland has been spared the worst effects, unlike parts of England, where flooding has ruined homes and even led to loss of life.  It’s too wet to go out on the streets, but I had a sort of a back-up plan.  In Belfast is an old Victorian Covered Market, ‘St George’s Market’ (built in the 1890s)  – and I thought a visit might bring one or two photo opportunities.

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I liked this image.  It was captured in RAW and converted to monochrome, then combined with the original colour image. The metal girders are converging on the sign, while the two people in monochrome are like bookends, giving the photograph a sense of completeness.  It’s interesting that the woman on the left is pointing at the sign.

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Kilwarlin and the Battle of Thermopylae

Kilwarlin Moravian Church and Thermopylae in Co. Down!

Kilwarlin Moravian Church was founded by John Cennick (He of Gracehill, Ballymena fame) in 1755. 

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Kilwarlin is described on some internet sites as a ‘small village near Hillsborough, Co.Down’. The truth is that it is scarcely that, rather a ribbon development of homes along a very narrow country road, not wide enough for two vehicles to pass, and accessible only with great care.

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Smokers Welcome.

Following my earlier post ‘The Smoker’s Rest‘ – illustrating that in most modern businesses smokers are very much less than welcome, I was intrigued to find at least one shop in Belfast where smokers are most definitely welcome!

Miss Moran’s. Smokers Welcome!

Miss Moran’s shop in Church Lane, Belfast is a traditional tobacconists, with a huge stock of cigars, snuffs, pipes and tobaccos; not just a resource for those addicted to the weed, but a huge tourist attraction in Belfast’s city centre. Continue reading Smokers Welcome.

It’s a Pane/Pain!

There’s a story here. 

These men were unloading panes of glass from a lorry and carrying them into the rear doors of a business.  (Sometimes what happens at the back of a business can be more interesting, photographically than what happens at the front!).

Every time I see two men crying a large pane of glass I think of Laurel and Hardy! 

So, I decided to make some photographs.  I got myself into a good viewing position, and made a couple of exposures.

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Every time I see two men crying a large pane of glass I think of Laurel and Hardy!

A thought struck me!  I decided to change my viewpoint, and change the lens.  If I walked across the street, I would see the Jaffe Fountain through the glass as the men carried it – and if I changed the lens from the wide angle zoom that was fitted to the camera, to a standard zoom, I’d be able to get a better resolution on the final crop.  So I walked across the street, and changed the lens.  I was ready for when the men came to lift the next (and final) pane. Continue reading It’s a Pane/Pain!

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