fiftytwo o-eight

I’ve started my little photo challenge.

For fiftytwo o-eight I’m planning to post a new photo each week to my flickr account. The hope is that this will encourage me to spend a bit more time on my photography this year and who knows maybe even improve my skills.

OneI’m not exactly thrilled with the first photo, and I had to bend my own rules a little to take it but I didn’t want the first week to pass without taking an posting something.

The plan for the rest of the year is that I’ll take a photo each week and post it by the Sunday evening.

This year…

I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions, I guess it’s because generally I’m happy with the status quo. That said, last year I promised myself that I would be happier and more fulfilled in my work and earn more money, I’d also lead a healthier lifestyle. I managed to achieve two out of the three aims.

This year (2008) is set to be a year of considerable change. If all goes to plan we should finally exchange contracts on our house move next week and move by the end of this month. Being in the new house will make life much easier as a good shops and the nursery will be within easy walking distance. It also means that Isla will (hopefully) get in to the school that we want her to attend when she starts in September.

Personally as well as spending time getting our new house up to scratch I’d like to try and get back to the gym. I also want to get back into my photography a bit more seriously. So for the next 52 weeks I am going to try and update my flickr account at least once a week with one or more good photos I’ve taken that week. We’ll see how I get on, I realise that this is not the most exciting challenge ever but I wanted to do something and felt that committing to one photo a day would frankly be unachievable.

I also plan to blog a bit more regularly and maybe even redesign this site, just don’t hold your breath.

Microsoft launch Photosynth

photosynth logoMicrosoft have just launched Photosynth an amazing new website with software that “takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.”

With Photosynth you can:

  • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
  • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
  • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
  • Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
  • Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.

Photos are organised into collections, which are all taken in the same area. Browsing through the collections is an amazing and engaging experience, it’s an excellent time killer! So far there are only four collections to choose from but no doubt this will soon be added to.

The application only works in IE 6 or 7 which is hardly surprising, not good news for mac users though.