Friday, October 05, 2007

I'm no photographer but ...

I'm not a photographer and have no pretensions as such. But every so often I get a shot and I think 'Wow. That's not half bad Steve'. These were all taken in the past couple of years using my little Fujifilm E900 digital camera.

Incidentally, did you know that 'digital camera' actually means 'room of fingers'? Honestly, it does. The word camera comes from the Latin for ‘chamber’ and the two words show their shared ancestry if you pronounce the ‘ch’ as a hard K sound (as in chord) and the ‘b’ is silent (as in dumb). The term in camera is still used in law to mean a Judge deliberating in his/her private chambers and as a medical term for the chambers of the eye and heart.

Meanwhile, the Latin digitus means ‘finger’ or ‘toe’ (Interestingly, it is closely related to dicere which means to ‘tell, say or point out’ which is the root of such words as diction, dictionary and dictate). Its use in modern technology stems from counting. When we learn to count on our fingers, we are engaged in digital activity – activity involving our digits. Therefore, the term ‘digital’ has become associated with counting. And as all computing machines use numbers – usually the binary digits of 1 and 0 – they perform digital tasks. The first time the term was applied to computing was in 1956.

And you thought visiting this blog was going to be a waste of time ...

All of the photos are copyright (c) 2007 by me.

Clicking on them will give you a larger 2400 x 1800 version. They are (from top to bottom) a dog on a farm in Camborne, Cornwall; the river Thames at Spade Oak, Bourne End (love how many things are going on); some thrift growing on the towans near Hayle, Cornwall; the view from the plane window flying back from Lanzarote; and two swans on the river Wye in High Wycombe.

1 comment:

joelmead said...

Some really cracking shots. I particularly like the sky photo with the clouds…