I had the pleasure of seeing my first ISS (International Space Station) pass during the summer. Basically you get to see the space station hurtling overhead with the sun reflecting off it’s huge solar panel wings. This makes it look like a star flying through the night sky. It is a fantastic sight which I have now seen plenty of times. The easiest way to see it is to follow Twisst on Twitter. This service allows you to tell them your location and they will send you a tweet to notify you of upcoming passes that you will be able to see. It’s free and works perfectly.
So when I was leaving work and realised that there was one coming up soon I was rather excited given that it was a very clear evening. However I soon realised I would be stuck in traffic and the chances of seeing it were slim. However, as the time approached I was nearing the outskirts of Holywood and decided to drive down to the shore for and try and capture it’s journey overhead using a long exposure shot on my camera. The results are below. Click for the full size versions. You can see the diagonal light trail of the ISS as it moved upwards from the horizon and passed over Belfast at about 6pm tonight.
Coming into view in the middle of the image – the faint diagonal light trail (Click for large version)
Much clearer now (Click for large version)
Getting clearly visible (Click for large version)
Heading off into the night (Click for large version)
By way of a comparison, here is how far the FlyBe arrival from Bristol travelled in 30 seconds!
(Click for large version)
Once again, Virgin Atlantic have managed to pull out the stops and create a fabulous new ad campaign. Based on a Bond-esque theme it marries up the big visuals with a great sound track (Muse’s cover of Nina Simone – Feeling good). It’s a great follow up to their last TV campaign which was a massive success.
“Is that Linda?” Excellent.
This is a very powerful advert. There are many shocking and violent adverts promoting the message that you should always wear a seatbelt but this one is very different and very beautiful. Buckle up.
Spent a lovely evening on my friend’s balcony last Thursday. Few glasses of wine and a good catch up. Was great. His flat is right on the water overlooking the Thames. Grabbed this quick shot using the Hipstamatic App on my phone. You can make out the Gherkin and the London Eye amongst other silhouetted buildings.
The world is becoming a very lazy place to navigate, with Sat Nav becoming a commonplace feature on a lot of mobile handsets now – I do worry that the skill of being able to read a map is going to disappear. Whilst this may threaten the traditional names in navigation such as TomTom and Garmin it is opening up the possibilities of doing more with navigation and mapping both online and in a handheld format. And that has to be a good thing.
Geolocation services are springing up on more and more Apps and allowing people to interact more not only with their environment but also the people within it. A quick can of the “Nearby” function on Tweetie at any major event is a great way to gauge reaction and also see who is there!
I am very impressed with how Nokia have adopted the navigation and mapping services. They have made it part of the core functionality since the Nokia N80 and really got to grips with things with the Nokia N95, offering turn by turn voice navigation bundled with a lot of their contracts. It should be no surprise then that they were responsible for one of the world’s largest interactive installations recently in London. Check out the video below of their textable sign and integrated online campaign. It is beautifully executed and fabulously innovative.
Was going back through some photos today and got in to looking at my New York set that I took back in March when I was out there.
New York is an amazing place, so full of life and so many cultures all rubbing shoulders. I lived in London for about 5 years and whilst it I love the place and hold it dear, New York is just a whole other level.
This is just one of the many images I shot in New York, the yellow taxi is something of a byword for the place and with the Chrysler Building in the background it made for a nice composition.
I will be passing through NY again in January en route to Las Vegas – a whole other story – but will be a little sad not to be spending time in my new favourite city.
You can check out the rest of the New York set here