Timothy Armes' blog

Life as I experience it…

Alive and well

January 29th, 2014

My last post here was on the 11th April 2011. Nearly three years ago I chose to put this site on hold in order to make a change in my professional life. Needless to say my life has changed quite a bit since then and I’ve spent a long time deciding what I should do here. I’ve now reached a conclusion…

Henceforth, this site will provide me with a means to express and talk about my own interests, whether they be personal or professional. Rather than separate my life into different windows, each designed for a different audience, I’ve decided that I simply want to be myself.

Am I taking a risk by mixing business with pleasure? Perhaps I am. However I think that understanding a little more about person that you’re working with goes a very long way to assuring a great working relationship.

Like everyone else I’m a complex combination of many different abilities and interests. I’m a Brit living in the South of France, a freelance software developer, a husband, a dad of two, a passionate sailor, a photographer, a go player, a climber and a cook. I enjoy technology, astronomy, puzzle solving, teaching, travel, the mountains, the sea, music, working for myself and lots of other things besides.

None of these things may interest you. Some of them might. The chances are slim that all of them will, or else you’d be me. Bearing this in mind my blog will be organised into various categories so that, should you so wish, you can read just the posts that interest you.

For old-times sake I’ll be leaving most of my photography related posts – hopefully they’ll still bring some measure of usefulness to those in need.


Anatomy of a shoot: the invisible bike

April 11th, 2011

This unusual shot idea popped into my head recently, and I thought it would make an interesting portfolio piece. It’s a conceptual shot and I can imagine such an image being used for things like:

  • A bike company selling the idea of a frame that’s so light you won’t feel its weight
  • A company specialising in sports health food and drink who wish to emphasize that it’s the athlete who succeeds, not the equipment.

Technically it wasn’t easy to produce so it’s a perfect subject for one of my anatomies.

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Organising a mobile life in 2011

April 5th, 2011

In what has proved to be a very popular post I explained how I keep organised by centralising my daily information such as emails, calendars and tasks.  That post was written in 2009 and it’s still largely applicable to how I work today; nevertheless I get enough questions about it to justify an update.

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A bit of perspective please….

February 28th, 2011

Last weekend my three-year-old daughter’s school put on a folk-dancing show; a local group had been teaching the kids a few dances over the last few months (not an easy task I’ll wager!).

Literally all the parents were enjoying taking photos of the event...

Naturally, I took along my camera to take lots of pictures of Annouk, and the other parents did the same. I wish now that I’d taken a picture of the parents taking pictures, but I didn’t. I did however find this crop from one of my images.

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A new family member (oh, and a new lens to take photos of him)

February 19th, 2011

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. There’s a reason for that – on the 17th of December our new son was born. Clovis Armes, 2.97 kilos, and in good health. Well, mostly – he got caught in the bronchitis epidemic that’s going around here this winter and had to spend a while in hospital, but that’s all behind us now.

How can a proud father put photos of his children on his blog while still servicing the thirst for knowledge that his readership demands? I figured that this dilemma was justification enough to buy Nikon’s gorgeous new 85mm f/1.4G lens and put it through its paces.
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Canon vs Nikon flash systems (revisited)

January 17th, 2011

In March 2009 I posted a blog article comparing the Canon and Nikon flash systems. I was a Canon user back then, and after many years of hearing that Nikon had the edge on flash technology I was curious to get a better understanding of the concrete differences between them.

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A lifestyle shoot in a colourful café and a rainy town center

November 11th, 2010

I had a great shoot lifestyle on Monday. We used a tastefully decorated café in the morning and dared the rainy weather in the town center in the afternoon.

Here are some of my favourite images. Results like this require great teamwork – many thanks to my assistant Matt and of course Emilie without whom these images would be somewhat lacking!
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A comparison of the Canon and Nikon lens line-ups

September 30th, 2010

Updated 14/2/2011 – added new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Prior to switching to Nikon from Canon I compared the lens line-ups of the two systems to make sure that I wasn’t shooting myself in the foot.

I couldn’t find a decent comparison, so I thought it might benefit some of you if I were to post one here. The comparison is based on the current lens line-ups of the two companies. In cases where both a new version of a lens and the old version are still listed I’ve only included the new version.

I’ve tried to match lenses in each system to their nearest equivalent. The prices are from B&H at the time of writing, and are really there as a point of comparison.

All add my personal observations on the line ups at the end.

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Switch to Nikon – why would I do that?

September 23rd, 2010

I’ve had a few people ask me why I’m switching to Nikon. A few years back there were floods of photographers moving to Canon due to their monopoly over the full frame sensor and the image quality that comes with it, but today both systems are so extremely good – and competitive – that there seems to be very little reason to justify a switch.

I don’t think that my reasons for switching will apply to many other photographers, but I’ll explain my choice for those that are interested.

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Organising a Lightroom catalog

September 22nd, 2010

There are probably as many ways to organise your image database as there are photographers. How your images are organised will depend on your needs, the number of people accessing the database, the type of clients you have, etc.

Here are some considerations to take into account when cataloguing with Lightroom.

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