Some photos of autumn in Kent

After so much rain it was lovely to see some sun today. So I took my new Ricoh GR camera for a walk and a play. Still getting to grips with the instructions but here are some early shots.


The Alcazar gardens, Cordoba, Spain

Some pictures taken in the beautiful gardens by the Guadalquivir river.

Travel, Web/Tech, Writing

Location hunting – it all gets easier

I often get asked at talks how I go about hunting and recording locations for use in my books. The answer is… it depends. My habits have changed radically over the years.

In the beginning I did what I’d been trained for — walked round with a pen and notepad and scribbled down anything of interest. It worked, after a fashion. The trouble is I’m not good at reading my own handwriting, I lose anything that’s paper and you have to sort the wheat from the chaff afterwards.

When I was researching my first Italian book, now The Cemetery of Secrets, I tried photography for the first time. In Venice I shot off four rolls of film and took them to be processed the day before I came home. The lab kindly ruined the lot. Ahem…

Then along came digital cameras. Now there’s a possibility.

My latest tech tool is the best to date. Yes, it’s a camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera to be honest. But it’s also a kind of phone hybrid too. You can’t make phone calls with it. But you can handle data, either through wifi or a phone sim card. And being Android it has all the usual apps. So I can shoot a photo straight into OneNote (or Evernote if you prefer) and annotate a note directly¬†on it.

And it has GPS too so I get an automatic location for where the shot was taken.

The photo quality is OK rather than great. The battery life is that of a phone. But this is still a great advance on a notebook full of scribbles I can barely read.

Now off to hunt down some scenes for the next book…