Ever Wondered What Happens If…


If you try one of those ‘Art Effects’ in video? Here’s an example – shot on an Olympus Epl5, ‘Dramatic Tone’ (monochrome) effect applied to HD video on a moderately windy day at Knowlton monument.

Shot purely as a test, this isn’t too bad at all – but it needs some work. The inter-frame flicker is a bit distracting – this is fixable with some processor intensive post processing which I haven’t had the patience to try yet. This is the same ‘in camera’ effect which was used here https://28mmf2.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/a-bit-more-in-camera-processing/,and it does tend to be a bit jittery during stills composure so it’s not too unexpected. Also applying the filter slows down the frame capture rate which doesn’t help.

The final edit is two, five minute videos compressed to one minute for vimeo upload – hope you like them.

I really must get back to doing some stills soon!

Unexpected Results (one minute video)

The first full day of shooting pseudo-timelapse footage for a commission is completed – and quite a weight off my mind.

Thought you might want to see some interesting results from a very good day’s shooting at Knowlton – a 12th century ruined church in the centre of a Neolithic henge. This is fifteen minutes of footage compressed to one minute and there are phenomena here which just aren’t visible to the “naked eye” in normal time.

A very foggy morning yielded some results which were better than expected. The sun flaring through the fog looked terrible on the LCD of a Canon 60D during filming but worked out well in the final edit. Shot through a Sigma 10-20mm lens at f9 (ish)

This is one minute of fifteen which make up the ‘Autumn’ segment. The one hour video will cover all four seasons so lots to do!

So – hope you like it – thanks for looking.

US Servicemen in Dorset UK – 1944 Pre D-Day?


A favourite location – I must have stopped here hundreds of times – is Knowlton Church. It’s a Neolithic henge monument (4000 to 5000 years old) with a ruined Norman church in the centre (900 years old). Within the church ruin generations of  ‘recent’ visitors have scraped their initials and the year they were there, and one set in particular caught my imagination, scratched into the chancel arch.


This second one has the writing enhanced in Photoshop with the brush tool as it’s not that clear in the original (this wasn’t that easy on the right hand side of the photo). The ‘L’ near ‘MHW’ is a bit faint and may not be connected.


The year (1944) and the ‘USA’ must show these were made by US troops stationed in Dorset before the D-Day invasion. I guess  ‘PA’ indicates Pennsylvania, ‘TENN’ is Tenessee, ‘IL’ is Illinois and ‘DE’ Delaware?

A bit of research indicates that the main US troops in Dorset were the 1st US Infantry Division, the nearest unit being the 1st Division Signals Company at Blandford, but these soldiers might have travelled for miles.

It would be pretty amazing to find out the names of  ‘JHB’ from Pennsylvania, ‘HCG’ from Tennessee, ‘EET’ from Delaware (if the arrow joins the two sets of letters) and a ‘MHW(L)’ from Illinois, stationed thousands of miles from home 60 years ago. Why were they here for an hour or two in the middle of nowhere? If they were combat troops based in Dorset they probably landed at Omaha beach. If they were 20 years old in 1944, and survived the war they may still be alive.

So anyone out there with any ideas/family history which might add some information?

Sorry – nothing to do with photography this time, just something of a mystery. Might get some storywriter’s imaginations fired up too!