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OK winter, time’s up, get out of here March 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Frozen rain

Is that a ‘screw you’ I hear?

When the rain freezes on the trees… January 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

… it’s kinda magical.

Frozen rain

(Click to enlarge.)

The heart of winter January 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Winter 2013

More fun with less colour January 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

After seeing one output from Silver Efex Pro recently, I have been playing around with it some more. This ice image is a perhaps a little too contrasty:

Winter 2013

But it is to my eyes a lot better than the B&W you get out of Photoshop’s native converter:

Winter 2013

(Click for bigger.) Clearly in niche areas like a colour to B&W converter there is room for a product that does better than Photoshop.

Take my colour away January 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I had planned on blogging about this speech of Thomas Hoenig’s, but that will have to wait as a reader very kindly turned yesterday’s middle image black and white, improving it significantly. Thanks, Bill.

Winter 2013

Normal servce will be resumed shortly January 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Meanwhile, some pictures…

Winter 2013

Winter 2013

Winter 2013

Winter is coming October 23, 2013 at 7:44 am


Delacroix? Géricault? Something like that…

Liquidity economics October 16, 2013 at 7:21 am


I had heard of this but never seen it until recently: this is a part of the Phillips Hydraulic Computer or Monetary National Income Analogue Computer. Personally I agree with Simon Wren-Lewis: more data-based empirical models which give some insight into a key issue or two, like Phillips’, and fewer theoretically sound models ignorant of reality would improve macro hugely.

Erudite political theory October 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I am acquainted with some scholarly political theorists, so I pride myself that this blog has an extremely high standard of discussion of these issues. In this spirit, then, I offer you:


BTW, I am lead to believe that US Treasuries do not have cross default clauses. That fact may, just possibly, be material in due course…

In the mountains September 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

There are signs that we could have a hard winter this year in Europe: they had their first snow of the autumn in the Swiss mountains last week. Awesome weather:

Sun on wood

When experiments don’t pan out September 7, 2013 at 6:02 am

With merely a high end modern lens (the stunning 31mm Pentax limited), a digital camera and photoshop, I managed to produce something that looks like a bad example of a 1910 Bromoil process print. Ah well, better luck next time.

Sun on wood

Mist, not rain August 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I didn’t get wet, but we did get some beautiful mist.

Sun on wood

I’m travelling without a raincoat… August 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

…and a storm is coming.

Sun on wood

Posting will likely be light for the rest of the week, especially if I get soaked.

Soaking up the sun July 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

Sun on wood

And then the rain started July 5, 2013 at 5:36 am

En vacances

The coming storm June 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Content coming shortly, meanwhile here is a shot from last week. As you might guess from the clouds, it rained soon after I took this. (No seagulls were harmed in the making of this holiday.)

En vacances

May graffiti May 28, 2013 at 6:32 am

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Saturday Sea May 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Sun on the Sea on Saturday

(Click to make it bigger, or if your browser does not support embedded colour profiles.)

The light has arrived… May 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

…even in the forest. It’s a little creepy though.

Sunshine in the trees

How not to win the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize April 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Wandering around the exhibition ahead of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, it seemed to me that there’s a recipe for how some photo prizes work. It might go something like this:

  • Select 0, 1 or (exceptionally) 2 artists with some insight for photography, sensitivity to the medium, and technical skill.
  • Select 2-4 artists who work with photography but have rather little insight, sensitivity or skill to a total shortlist size of 4. It helps if this second group is made up of conceptual artists making rather trite points about the kinds of topics conceptual artists like to be seen to comment on.
  • Be sure when deciding the winner not to take into account the quality of the photographs themselves, because thinking about a photography prize that way is just naive…

Now this may not be how it is with the Deutsche Börse prize, but given that Chris Killip actually has some skill with a camera, I wouldn’t advise that you bet on him winning this year…