Fancybox 3

For a while now just over half of the visitors to mcaleavy.org have been coming from mobile devices and the image lightbox I was using, Fancybox, wasn’t really mobile friendly. It pops up a little window, and you really don’t want a little window on a teeny, tiny screen. Not great on a photography website.
 
Nothing else was suitable, and then Fancybox 3 turned up. But nobody had written a WordPress plugin for it. So I sharpened my pencil.
 
Lots of swearing and wrestling with JQuery and RegEx later and it works. It took 14 lines of code. They just took some finding.
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WordPress Albatross

Today’s discovery. If you’ve had WordPress installed and running your website for more years that you care to think about, and have been through a lot of different plugins and themes over the years, your database is probably full of crap. Read more ›

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Mayhem

Necromancy

This weekend Mayhem came to pose for me and the results were spectacular. It’s amazing what you can do with a £10 torch, a glow stick, a funny hat and a great model. We’re already planning more shots. You can see the rest of her images in her gallery.

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The Gray Room

Teal

Last week my friend John Gray kindly invited us along for a test shoot at his new studio, The Gray Room, in Bridgeton. So with Meg modelling and Sarah also shooting, we went along for a look.

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Bang!

Bang!

Shari came back into the studio for with a bag of interesting stuff. She knows me well enough to know that interesting is a hat, a corset and a gun with a Bang! flag in it. As always she was immensely patient with the interminable faffing that accompanies me trying to find the shots that I know are there. This is what we made.

Declivity

Declivity – Model: Shari

Pause

Pause – Model: Shari

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Milky

 

Model: Milky

Evoke – Milky

On Monday I shot Milky for the first time in a few years, and took a couple of infrared images with my old Nikon D100. Looking at these images one thing is abundantly clear. Equipment really doesn’t matter.

The model matters. The light matters. The idea matters. The execution matters. But the camera? My D100 is 15 years old. It has a resolution of 6 megapixels. It was good in its day, but that day was over a decade ago now. The lens was a mid range Nikkor zoom, the 24-85mm f/2.8-f/4 AFD.

Any DSLR you buy now will be better than this setup. OK, mine is infrared converted (a simple internal low-pass filter change), which is why I still use it, and I really should replace it. But it takes images like this one, and that’s hard to dislike.

The moral of the story is don’t worry about your gear. I have better cameras and far better lenses. They don’t take better photographs.  

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