I’m very new to academic referencing and it can be very time consuming trying to work out what references to include on your assignments, especially so if you have changed your approach and need to re-write it.  I’ve started using RefMe[2], it’s free to use for basic Harvard referencing but to organise per project you’ll need a subscription. Ref Me makes it easier to keep a track on links and research references, books and quotations.  It’s also helpful as it shares data between an iPad, iPhone app, and the web interface.  You can also download a plugin to use with Microsoft word so when you are writing that assignment you can insert links and bibliography into your document.  One minor gripe on the word integration is that you can only load 1 project at a time, this is handy of all of your links are in one place but if you have multiple links across projects when you have a subscription then you will have multiple folders and can’t swap between them without losing continuity.  Maybe I’m looking at it from a disorganised way as I’ve just started using it but that’s a day 1+2 evaluation.  At time of subscription the annual fee is 24.99 GBP per year.  I’ll add that there are other apps/resources available so please feel free to make your own choices.

Update 5th February 2017

RefMe has been purchased by Chegg, this means the RefME app will now change to Citeforme [1]on 28th February 2017.  Overall from what I can see so far it should have minimal impact on how I’m collating references so far.  It does however not support the Mac version of Word, you will need to download the document from the web browser and then load this as a separate word document.  This is disappointing, details on the change can be found by accessing their link below.

[1] *** RefMe has been replaced by an app called ‘Cite This for Me’ in Feb 2017.

The app does not have all of the full functionality of RefMe and it’s worthwhile looking to see of there are other apps available.  I’ll stick with it for the time being.

Exercise 1.3


These images were taken using a 24-70 wide angle lens, the exercise asks for a number of images with a diagonal line to accentuate a chosen viewpoint.
My initial images for this exercise, the lead in lines move the eye very quickly along them and to the very point in which they leave the frame. when looking at the image you tend not to immediately see other aspects within the image without coming back and forcing yourself off the line to look.  If a focal point was missing in the upper part of the frames then you would be led straight out of the image.  I’ll update this page with other images from different locations to show different views.

#london, #morelondon, @_morelondon

This first image has 2 prominent vertical lines in the centre of the frame.  The eye goes straight to the image at the end and rather than leave the frame the eye lingers on the Tower Bridge tower at the end.  There is a stronger diagonal line from a building in the upper left of the frame that also draw the eye into the centre of the frame.  I took this image while lying on the floor to accentuate the lines of the man made stream at floor level.


Image 2 taken in the same location but further up the walkway.  The vertical lines in the stream are now offset and the building lines are now vertical rather than leading into Tower Bridge.  the viewpoint is the same but I feel that this image takes longer for the eye to reach the end of the frame.


Lead in lines from the upper left and lower right diagonal lines are very strong and lead the eye to Tower Bridge virtually immediately. I do come back to the man on the left hand side of the frame and wonder if he is going to fall from his chair or not.


Here I’ve moved onto the bridge itself .  We see a very prominent and very strong lead in line from upper left/left of the bridge structure into the Tower the bridge.

Exercise 1.1


I’ve taken 4 images at 1 second intervals from the same position.  All were taken handheld with the same camera settings ISO 800, f11, 1/125 of a second.  They have been imported directly from the camera and without image manipulation. Not a particularly great day for this exercise, had the sky not been a flat grey there would have been clouds and against a blue sky and with a. little bit off wind would have better depicted at the flowing of time and changes from 1 image to the next.

The images below are screen shots from Lightroom.


Frame 1 – 11:27:38 17/09/2016


Frame 2 – 11:27:39 17/09/2016


Frame 3 – 11:27:40 17/09/2016


Frame 4 – 11:27:41 17/09/2016

On first appearances all images are exactly the same, however when you compare the histogram data from image 1 & 3 side by side you see a change in the recorded colour values, although similar they are not identical:

In addition to this the details of the images from 3 & 4 show a slight change in the wind that has allowed the white flag (left of frame) to move slightly between frames. Again minor details but in the space of a second he world has changed not only in passing but perception of reality.


On first impressions this exercise seems pretty straightforward although at the time I could have changed the location.  I didn’t do this to keep the images quite neutral and to use the histogram to reflect what changes had occurred.  On reflection a different day and weather conditions would have made a more immediate impact on the passing of time, moving clouds, greater windspeed or a different location containing a moving subject such as a boat on the Thames.

Forgotten Estates

Ok, although this is in my research section its not directly related to or about photography.  It does hold interest for me though, the estate itself is as old as I am and although I’m not originally from the East End of London I’ve lived here for a few years now.  The estate sits on the approach to the Blackwall tunnel and also in close walking distance to canary Wharf that at the time of this estates construction was in severe decline and neglect.

My interest here is related to my locality to this estate, my interest in architectural photography and also with my interest in documenting the changes to this area.

I’ve booked the ticket and will be attending this event on 26 September 2016.

My write up and thoughts will follow.

The link to the booking page is (accessed 28th august 2016 at 13:13)