The power of a celebrity retweet

Green spider

On Saturday Professor Alice Roberts started talking about spiders on Twitter, spawned the #SpiderSaturday hashtag, and more interestingly to me, started retweeting pictures of the eight legged cuties that people sent to her. I thought I’d get involved.

Perusing through my Flickr Photostream I found a suitable image to sent to Alice, the small green arachnid you see here. On the off chance that the professor decided to retweet the image I made a note of how many views the image had recorded against it on Flickr. One hundred and seventy seven views. 177 views since June last year. Not my most popular image by a long way, but not a bad total number of views for me. I sent this tweet to the professor:

and then I waited to see if she would retweet it. To my delight the retweet came and I excited looked to see how this would effect the view count on the image, if at all. At the time of writing, just 24 hours later, the view count has rises from 177 to 524. That’s almost a 300% increase. 177 views in fifteen months, and 347 views in 24 hours. This is quite impressive. These kinds of figures are by no means earth shattering in global terms, but on my small scale this is a massive increase in traffic to my photostream.

If you have an important message that you need the world to see, then a celebrity retweet can really help.

Walking the dog – a Lego story

Walking the dog
Walking the dog

I’ve been practicing learning how to light with Lego mini-figures. They never seem to complain about me pointing a camera at them. I am probably a little too old to be playing with toys, but I think it’s great fun and really does help me figure out how to light such objects. I’ve made a short picture-story, and hope you like it.

I fear for minifig lady's safety
I fear for minifig lady’s safety
Who's that in the background?
Who’s that in the background?
A hero arrives
A hero arrives
The police arrive and the villains are arrested
The authorities come and the villains are arrested
Guard dog makes sure nobody escapes
Guard dog makes sure nobody escapes


The End.





Extension tubes

Pretty flower

Macro photography appeals to me. The idea of not having to ask your subject to pose and never getting a refusal when asking if you can take a picture fits right within my comfort zone.

The issue is, that I don’t have a dedicated macro lens to fit my new camera. I do have a have a macro lens for my ¬†older camera, but alas it will not work on the new one. So I was looking online at a couple of options. It was a question of how many hundreds of pounds do you want to spend? A few hundred or quite a lot. Hmmmmm, neither option seemed that appealing to me.

I’d been reading about extension tubes. These will alter the closest focussing distance of any lens you attach to your camera. I bought a set of three tubes of different size for ¬£41. These were then attached to my camera along with my trusty 50mm lens and I went out looking for flowers and insects. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

Lunch over

Another buzzy thing

Pollen eater


Feeding time



Good guy blogger In To The Orchard has been posting about his Summer Photo Fun photography project. This seems like good fun to me. This week’s theme is “Machine”, so I got the macro lens, tripod and flash gun out and had a go.

I lit the scene with a trobe, off to camera left to add those specular highlights. I have a blue gel on the flash head. I did try an orange CTO gel but the blue one looked a bit more “machiney” to me.

Hope my entry gets added to the project.