This Monstrosity

When Apple removed the 3.5mm jack from the iPhone, I was annoyed. They'd bought Beats, and I assumed (still do) it was a long term play to only allow Beats to have officially endorsed Lightning headphones, and effectively erase most of a market. Given my reasonably heavy personal investment in headphones, this is irritating. I mean sure I could have just not bought a new iPhone but come on.

Apple's inclusion of a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter with new iPhones solves half a problem - you can now use your headphones. Unless your battery is about to die - then you have to use that Lightning port to charge. Super courageous.

If you trawl head-fi, or keep reading here, you'll discover that Apple's USB-3 Camera Connection Kit will allow you to use a low-powered USB device, and daisy-chain Lightning, meaning that you can charge and run a low-power USB DAC to give you that 3.5mm port. I mean, sure, it looks ridiculous, but you can do it.

It's still pretty early for this configuration, but more and more stuff is coming out. USB DACs aren't exactly a new concept, but powered ones are another thing to charge, and I can't be bothered with that, so I went for the AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, and if you ignore all the inconvenience, the audio quality is noticeably better, especially with a decent pair of headphones. I'd love to give the Chord Mojo a proper spin, but I'd rather have a Nintendo Switch so that's going to have to wait.


Snow Light Trails

I got off the train and it was absolutely smashing down with snow. I think there's something weird with my eyes today because everything looks really clear and beautiful. On the way to the station, I could see individual drops of rain exploding as they hit the floor. It's been a long day.

Anyway I thought the way the light was hitting the falling snow would make cool light trails and I was sorta right. Also sorta wrong - looks a bit like someone scribbled all over the picture.

These are all handheld at 1/4s so don't be giving me any shit about camera shake it was bloody freezing


The Road Less Travelled

If I'd brought my bike, I'd have been doing exactly the same thing.


To Sit

This was initially intended to be a funny photo but the composition just wouldn't work. Where this guy is sitting is the brow of a mound that encircles Brighton nudist beach and provides a little bit of contradictory privacy. You frequently see people walking along the top of this hill, not realising what it's for because they haven't seen the signposts. People do seem to learn quite quickly, though.

Unfortunately, to get him and a signpost in the frame just wouldn't have worked so here we are with this wannabe-artsy affair instead. I guess it kinda works, but it isn't funny.


This Dapper Gentleman

This was lucky. I can't do panning.