Saturday, 30 June 2007

70-200 mm of pure goodness...

we got our first L lens the other day... a 70-200mm f4 L IS USM.
and I'm lovin it already. coupla sample shots here - at wide and zoom levels. The image stabiliser is kinda hard to use, I think we both need to practice a bit with moving targets. And the wind catches the lens big time.





Friday, 22 June 2007

the outlook for thursday...

Check out the London vs Wellington weather forecasts.... London should be just about kicking into summer, while Wellington should be diving into mid-winter, yet they are both pretty similar - mild, wet and a bit depressing. And Wellington actually looks nicer! What's up with that huh?

(post title taken from a great dave dobbyn song)

Thursday, 21 June 2007

shutterstock subscription purchasers

The last three months, I've been getting quite a few referrals for shutterstock subscriptions. If anyone's clicked through from this blog and bought a shutterstock subscription, let me know - i'ld be interested to see where you're clicking!

and thanks for your support!

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

dainty toes

Now I have my wedding dress (yay!), am looking into shoes...

The dream shoes are jimmy choo's and waaay to expensive (around £300+). But I've come across similar designs at about a third of the price!

The jimmys: 'Syria':

From Benjamin Adams (at Bridal Rogue Gallery in W1)


'Christie' - almost the same as the jimmy's but with some kinda cute diamantes


Sunday, 17 June 2007


just checkin out some lolcats on and came across these fellas. lol!

proof that the internet is just for pics of lolcats :)

Thursday, 14 June 2007

greek goodness

more pics from our greece/turkey trip are up on shutterstock for sale.
go buy some!

here's a few of my favs:
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007

changing the world one gift at a time

We did our first freecycle last night... passed on a printer to someone who needed one as we've upgraded - the printer is probably only worth £10 on ebay, then theres all the hassle of getting set up and posting it off - for the time and effort, freecycle has been worth it for me!

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. (snip) The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be another's treasure!

I'm a member of the towerhamlets group - heaps of good stuff, some trash, and some people asking for pretty outlandish stuff. All up, the good outweights the bad, and it's so much better than dumping stuff in a landfill or on the side of the road. There are over 4000 groups all over the world - so join up and gift some of that stuff that's been hanging around in cupboards and garages just waiting for that 'what if' to come around :)


whipped up a photoshop template and made a photo cube today. fun :)

photobox 2 photo of a photobox

comment me if you want the .psd template - fits an A4 sheet - photo paper is good, just strong enough. template has the cutting lines on it, and guides to resize images to. easy-peasy :)

otherwise there are a few sites out there that will either let you upload, or pull images from flickr etc and generate a pdf to print like tabblo

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

ikea for couch potatoes

if like us you live in london in a 'non-residental' area, and don't have a car, buying furniture and household items can be a real hassle.

if we're renting a car to go away, we sometimes try to drop by ikea or the supermarket on the way back and load up then. otherwise, it's lugging stuff on buses and tubes. and ending up with ironing boards banging tourists on the head (oops!)

internet shopping and delivery is our lifesaver. we use ocado (who deliver waitrose food) usually for food, and ikea in the uk (yes yes I know big international nasty place employing third world workers for peanuts etc etc - but there's not a lot of choice in our area for second hand or ethical furniture without paying through the nose) have finally opened up their internet shopping to london - our are is coming in june. delivery prices aren't earth shattering - much cheaper than their old model of buying at the store then leaving it for delivery. up to about 50kg they send it via courier, more than that is the classic london '2 man in a white (with ikea logo plastered on it) van'.
[image from ikea - besta burs tv bench]
Edit: just checked today and they now deliver to our postcode! Tho I wonder if it would be easier/cheaper to grab a streetcar and go pick up ourselves..?

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

£200K for something a kid coulda drawn

The new logo for the london 2012 olympics was unveiled recently (today? not sure). it's sure not impressive for the rumoured £200K spent on branding

What were they thinking?! Even the colours are foul! Doesn't represent either london or the olympics. *shudder*

Gonna have to leave london well before all the banners and branding and advertising goes up in case I get freaked out on the streets.

[Edit: someone beat me to it and set up a petition to get rid of it!]

Monday, 4 June 2007

successful weekend

one of the busiest weekends for ages for me..

  • got my wedding dress (vera wang!) and it's perfect - too expensive of course :)
  • ran in the Race for Life (did the 5km in about 35-40 mins) - was baking hot
  • got most of the wedding invites made - ran out of a few things towards of the end, and still have to write in the names and addresses, but the hardest bit is done!


Friday, 1 June 2007

busy weekend

got a busy weekend coming up.

my mum is in town, on saturday we are going to a Vera Wang bridal sample sale, and on Sunday running 5km in the Race for Life in the city of london.