cricket, photography

Photos: the 2017 cricket season under changing skies

A photo story, from my Instagram feed, on playing cricket for Peterborough Town CC in England and the ‘beauty’ of our summer weather in 2017.

It's that time of the year #PeterboroughTown 🏏🏆 night & 🍽️ and possibly 🍻

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#PeterboroughTown cricket dinner 🏏🏆

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And the storm cometh. Ruining cricket at #PeterboroughTown ☔️ ⛈🏏😡

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Fielding done with #PeterboroughTown vs Rushton CC in #NCLT20 Semi-Final #cricket

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Moonlit cricket anyone? Well not quite but it was getting late and an interesting viewpoint

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Lovely thatched pavilion at Wellingborough School #thegrove #wellingboroughschool #cricketpavilion

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Ominous clouds over Bretton Gate for #PeterboroughTown 2s #Peterborough #cricket #clouds 🏏

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Well done everyone. Peterborough Town on our way to another Jaidka Cup final #cricket #PeterboroughTown 🏏🌞

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Cricket under leaden skies, Peterborough Town batting at Great Houghton CC #cricket #PTCC

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Foreboding skies above Bretton Gate for cricket with Peterborough Town CC 🏏… #cricket #clouds #Peterborough #PTCC

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And so it begins, #cricket 🏏… #PeterboroughTown #PTCC #northantsleague #northamptonshire

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First outdoor nets of the #cricket season at #TheGate with #Peterborough Town CC #PTCC #sunset

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photography

A January 2017 photo gallery: sunshine, roses, pine cones and artistic fly-tipping

Images from Instagram, January 2017, mostly involving sunrises, sunsets, roses, and things found lying on the ground. And you can decide whether there is one showing some attractively lit fly-tipping, or whether it is some clever postmodern art. 

All shot using my iPhone SE, normally the regular camera but occasionally Camera+, with editing, and in almost all cases some filters using the excellent Snapseed app.

Beautiful sunny morning in Peterborough. With a strong chance of brrrrr #reflection

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Who doesn't love a bit of sunset car washing?

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Nice of the 🌤️ to make a reappearance…

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Roses filter experiment #1

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Roses are pink, erm, that’s not right

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Found in Orton Longueville Wood, Peterborough

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The working week fading from view over Cathedral Square, #Peterborough #hometime

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A clear and frosty sunrise over River Nene from Town Bridge, Peterborough #sunrise #reflection #water #rivers

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On the way back from picking up fish & chips for dinner. Presuming this is some local art installation?

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Turning up the blue this morning 🌞 #sunrise

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journalism, mobile, photography, tools

Apps for taking control and exporting your iPhone ‘Live Photos’

Have enjoyed using the Live Photos feature on the iPhone (models 6 and above), creating short little animated clips alongside a photo still.

There’s only one main drawback, in that outside of Apple’s world, you can’t simply download the file as video, they don’t appear as video files on your device. A minor irritation of being locked into Apple’s world. I see great use for journalism as well as family events.

But a few weeks ago I spotted an app Motion Stills (A Google creation) for outputting them as video files or looping GIFs, also the ability to compile multiple clips into a longer clips. Get Motion Stills here from iTunes.

A post inspired by video storytelling expert Robb Montgomeryhighlighting a similar appwhich lets you easily export the Live Photo files as videos, GIFs and grab frames from the clips – plus it’s only a 6MB file size, compared to Motion Stills 33MB.

But both are handy tools if you are using LPs regularly.

photography, tools

Image editing using Google Drive and Chrome apps

If you have a plain Google or an Apps account, you can manage and edit images from within Chrome for publishing and sharing online.And the experience is pretty neat and efficient from my experiences.

Firstly, sign in to Chrome.

Install Chrome Apps for in-browser editing (I’ve used these as mobile apps and they have a similar look and feel):

Pixlr Express offers quick edit tools such as cropping, sharpening, resizing or improving quality or sharpness, plus an array of effects.

While Pixlr Editor has a Photoshop-style feel for more advanced editing with many adjustments and filters that will be familiar to Adobe suite users.

Upload images and graphics to your Drive, then when you need to correct/resiz/e edit images, view in Drive, then open with and choose the apps

Then in Pixlr Express you can save back into Drive overwriting the original or a new copy (original file type only), whilst in Pixlr Editor you can also save at different quality levels to Drive or your computer or as a PNG file and rename files, plus the ability to share with Facebook, Flickr or to Picasa.

This is a bite-sized tip included in my longer post: Fast, free and efficient image editing tools for digital publishing