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Photography – Macro Water Droplets Series No. 2




f/stop: 5

Shutter speed: 1/200

ISO: 100

Macro Focal length: 238mm

What do you think? Number 3 coming shortly….

More from the Water Macro Droplets Series

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February 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm 4 comments

Green Design – ‘Grow Your Own City Food’

Green i Design loves the Eco. Grow your own and save the planet as well as the pounds!

Here we have a guest post from our learned friend Peter Kirby-Harris, known to the kidz as Kirby / The Kirbster / Kirbalish and is studying for a PHD in Environmental Politics Oooohhhh…………………………………………………………………………………. get him!

This boy is an Eco Geeko. A walker by nature and a vegetarian by force, Kirby is more than dedicated to helping us understand how we can be that little bit greener.

So welcome to Kirby our very own Eco warrior and WE wanna see your results – grow it, snap it, show it. munch it, love it.

Get growing.


Room for growth? Put your home to the test.

Whether it is a desire to be more self-sufficient or the alarm at rising food prices, the issue of how much food can be grown on a local level has never been more important.

From growing herbs in window boxes to allotment gardening, this series of horticultural insights are your guide into the ever increasing world of grow your own (GYO)

The indoor herb garden.

This is something everyone can do no matter what size of dwelling. Minimal time, effort and money can bring about a pleasant although marginal boost to one’s own self sufficiency.

Ingredients – seeds, soil and plant pots. Easy.

Simply plant a few seeds (to increase changes of successful germination) into a pot full of soil and bury it about a centimetre deep. Keep in a warm place until shoots develop then position by window with several hours worth of daily sun. For maximum results try turning the pots 180 degrees every few days to ensure even growth for your plants. Try adding a little compost, if you can manage the smell, or some organic fertiliser.

Continuously harvest when ready for excellent additions to cooking. They could end up looking like this if your good to them.

This should only take about 1 hour a week of planting, watering and composting. This is well worth the effort, not only does it save you £’s per year on herbs and seasonings.

Sainsburys charge nearly £1 for a 25g packet of the stuff and think about it, pizza is just shit without herbs. Mmmmmmm.

July 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

Photography – ‘Chill Out’

Don’t know where you are and what the weather is like there, but for once I’m surprised to say I’m writing this to you from a rather warm London. With the recent temperamental climate here it makes today feel like a heatwave.

Make the most of it my friends because it’s a nigh on certainty that it ‘aint gonna last! So when you come in from sunning yourself in the garden with your factor 400, or come back from that sneaky extra long lunch break you just had and your looking for something to cool you down a bit – may we recommend this photo – taken by one of Green i Design’s resident photographers in April 08 no less.

A chilly little macro shot reminding us all that no matter where you are or how lovely it is today it’s never guaranteed and this could be just round the corner!! Now run, get your shorts on and catch that ice cream van before its all too late!

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July 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Photography – ‘Take Flight’

‘Take Flight’

Matt Swann of Scattershot Genius, California, Pismo Beach


105mm macro lens, 1/1250, f/5 and ISO 400.

The original shot was then converted into black & white in Aperture, where Matt knocked down the blue channel and kept the red + the green, resulting in the final image.


This shot of the seagull, is so crisp it looks like that little bugger is going straight for your eyes, or at least for your sandwich!

Matt said “I used my D70’s continuous auto focus mode to keep focus on the seagull’s eye as he flew – I can’t remember whether he was landing or taking off.”

Whether it was going up or down, Matt managed to get a beautiful image of the creature in flight, the light perfectly capturing each feather, an incredibly hard shot which would have taken a very steady hand, not to mention a bit of nerve. Well done Matt, Green i Design thinks you rule.

July 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm 2 comments

Photography – ‘Fleur Violet’

‘Fleur Violet’

A stunning shot, showing the advantages of a macro lens…. looks almost hand painted, good enough to eat.

July 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm 6 comments

Clean, Green & Effective – Videos of TV Advertising from Honda

Obviously we are big into our marketing here at Green i Design and one of my favourite Brands advertising themselves in the past 5 or so years have to be Honda. Recently they have been making headlines for their brilliantly innovative concept of producing a Live Commercial . The commercial itself featured a crack team of skydivers doing a real-time dive and producing the Honda “H” Emblem in the sky and wasn’t the slickest, most groundbreaking thing we’ve ever seen but that original concept was a perfect example of Honda working to achieve new things – perfect, I would say, for a motor vehicle company at present times to come across as.

Honda thrive on their reliable image built up from years of good solid car making worldwide since the seventies and have now built on that, focussing on Design, Creativity, Performance and their stellar work in developing new hydrogen cars.

Here is a short selection of some of our favourite Honda commercials from past years that we loved;

July 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm 1 comment

Treetop view at Kew

I was literally squealing with excitement at the thought of the newly unveiled, £3m Tree Top Walkway at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

Spurred on by childhood fantasies of tree dwelling Robin Hood types, Ewok villages and little militant teddies, I won’t lie, I was a little disappointed with what I found. Having practically frog marched my party through acres of Capability Brown’s finest, my heart was racing, expecting ropes, hoistings, angry 2 footers and Morgan Freeman, I was dismayed to see an old British favourite in its full heaving glory; the queue.

‘I’spose this means it’s good?’ muttered an enthusiastic gimp – what kind of logic is that???

I’m being too harsh we shouldn’t judge by line size, for of course there was a line, there was always going to be a line, Britain thrives on lines – collective line misery is something we are very good at, but thats for another time.

Aaaaaany way, I digress, we reach Kew’s new Treetop Walkway. A soring steel structure, taking you directly into the canopy above. It had been open for hmm, maybe 2 weeks so of course the lift was broken and people had to walk to the top – but in reality, this is probably a good thing.

After a 15 minute stairwell climb due to the achingly slow pace of the queue, 60 ft up, we reach the top and for the first time, look out at the 650ft walkway ahead of us. It is certainly impressive. I look down. We are freakin’ high, and the floor is see through – not cool if heights aren’t your thing, not cool if heights are your thing.

After letting my resentment for the lack of rope bridges go, walking the treetops was all well and good. However, I couldn’t help but think that this walkway had so much promise of being something really impressive, it just fell short repeatedly:

The view was / had the potential to be amazing but was restricted by the foliage (ok yes, yes, it will be better in winter i know, i know), the single line flow of treetop dorks was innately retarded and probably a hazard, that will probably result in the immediate death of everyone, who knows? But the most fan-tabulous factor of all was that good ‘ol treetop was wobbling!??!. Let’s just say it had a Millennium Bridge moment and I was outta there.

The Treetop walk is cool, don’t get me wrong, but just give this exhibit some time. When the hype has died down, the noobs who built it have been back to wobble school and the trees have died (winter not bad karma) then try again – especially any aeronautical dorks out there, go. go. go. (It’s worth it just to be able to look right into the eye of the pilots heading to land at Heathrow – those baby’s are low, I swear I touched a DC10, no really… that low).

p.s Dork = Good.

July 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm 2 comments


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