14 07 2015

I’ve been away from the blog for some time…

Currently far too busy in my day job. Plus voluntary stuff. This lack of free time isn’t helping me to improve the gallery (which I would like to simplify and freshen up).



16 11 2010


Welcome to WordPress!

13 06 2010

Congratulations on posting your first wordpress articles.

Same Barn Owl

14 04 2010

Are these the same Barn Owl? Hmm, maybe it migrated.

Owl 1 // Owl 2

A new LEADER blog

26 08 2009

200-jasonball headcropLast week I created a new blog for the LEADER Fund in the North Wessex Downs AONB. Essentially this becomes the website for the Local Action Group – the people who manage the fund.

Since it’s important for the group to be able to self-manage the website, and update it frequently, I made the blog at WordPress. The content management system is simple. Plus, even with the free basic service provided by WordPress, the blog design system allows for improvements to ‘brand identity’ as that develops. For a small fee the design possibilities can be  expanded hugely.

I also secured the domain name and forwarded the URL to the blog. This will be helpful for 3 reasons:

  • a simple web address is easier to remember
  • it adds a lot of potential to develop their website
  • the group can develop a 2-tier web presence in future

A sense of arrival

A straightforward blog facility can achieve much more than just raised awareness amongst their target market, the local community. This web presence will also boost the new organisation’s sense of progress and identity (earlier I mentioned branding, a good next step to examine) and it highlights the need to make a dedicated effort in marketing their campaign.

Even when you are ‘selling’ money, people need to know about it, recognise rapidly if it is relevant to them (or a friend!), and understand how to get it.

Discover the latest LEADER Money News…

Wheat header

29 09 2008

Often I take pictures for the sake of the photography itself, and things I’m simply interested in or impressed by… maybe I take too many! Here’s an example of planning a shot for possible uses, and then making a picture work for me. This is something of an ordinary photograph, turned into a crisp, memorable image.

Out in the field, in choosing and framing the picture I thought of capturing a subject that might be useful, and something characteristic of the crop. The wheat is against the sky, as I allowed for being able to alter the image digitally to this ‘abstract’ cropped image shown, or to silhouette shapes. The effects I’ve used are a mix of RGB colour curve adjustment, contrast and sharpening. That brought out the wheat and reduced the sky detail. Then I tidied up remaining cloud fragments. Now it almost looks like a studio shot!

Later I turned it into a web page header by adding text. See the finished image at the GM blog that I’ve created.

© copyright 2008 Jason P Ball

WordPress blogs are easy

26 09 2008

Blimey. Took me hours to sort out a ‘standard’ website for a conference. My design was simple enough, but then there’s DNS, FTP and all that. Setting up their blog on WordPress was very quick and simple indeed.

The Feeding the World Conference itself will challenge the wisdom of Defra’s acceptance and endorsement of GM crops. Defra ministers dismiss GM critics in the process and challenge researchers to prove – within 1 year – that GM is hazardous.

The Ecologist Magazine has 10 reasons to say ‘NO to GMO’ and doubts have certainly been raised about GM crops being the solution to hunger. Whereas Charles Abel writing for Farmers Weekly believes GM is needed to sustain the world’s livestock– and Michael Wigan at The Telegraph agrees that GM is essential.

Arguments on both sides are usually based on science, with differences in interpretation of evidence and, it must be said, perspectives on the future of agriculture and our impact upon ecosystems and the environment as a whole. That’s not to say that pro-GM is anti-environment. In fact if you believe that GM crops bring better efficiency, then this biotechnology is vital for a post Peak Oil world. Of course it’s not that simple. The big question is, what else is in store as we go futher down the GM road?