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Stop, It’s Travel Time!

July 6, 2014 Leave a comment

We want to travel. Alex Maccaw has succinctly said what is in my head:

…Ultimately that list ended up as:

South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, NYC, SF, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
… See as much as possible in that one year, and then revisit places properly in the future. If you don’t have as much time, I’d recommend focusing on an area, perhaps Asia.
For example, for my next trip I’m planning to:
Start in Beijing. Take the train to Tibet. Go down to Nepal. Travel overland to India. Make my way down to Mumbai. Fly to South East Asia and travel through northern Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

I have no idea how people simply afford to get up and do this. This would take years of saving and planning for us.

Maybe when the little boy is a few years older at which point he can appreciate it all. Currently we are planning to be in England in four years time for his honorary grandfather’s birthday. 

Hidden in Plain View

November 15, 2013 Comments off

One of the best points of having ‘Casual Clothes Friday’, particularly for me, is being able to hide in plain site.

As I particularly like shooting architectural and inner-city photography, it helps to be wearing clothes that are either or both plain and of a tourist appearance.

So today I am casually dressed. I won’t describe my outfit; you might recognize me!

But it is what I have managed to discreetly hide blows my mind. I wish I had thought of doing this 6 months ago when I started this role!

Inside my man-bag (a Crumpler tote bag) is all my usual paraphernalia (smartphone, glasses case, mini-LED-torch, business cards, coffee-club cards, ear plugs, etc) PLUS my Canon 50D with 40mm EF 1.2.8 STM lens.

This may not seem like much of a combination. But there is a point to this post….

Back in 2006, for the entire year, I hauled on my back a Lowepro backpack that had my Canon 400D with hefty battery extension hand grip and at least 3 lens. I thought I was oh-so-cool. I must admit I learned and taught myself a LOT about photography and camera usage that year. And I got a fervent taste for architectural photography. I have photographed almost every building around the Adelaide CBD. Yet I know there are still some to shoot, newer buildings that have eluded my lens, plus a few places I want to reshoot.

So being able to pack my current camera into such a small space is impressive. And allows me to get back to what he enjoys.

So if you see a plain-clothes guy shooting up in the CBD this morning … it might not be a tourist, but a local doing what he enjoys most.

Sunrise is Too Early!

November 14, 2013 Comments off

Sunrise in Kingscote I arrived in town (the Adelaide CBD) at 7am this morning!

As we drove through Hindmarsh Square we spotted the Sunrise crew and Vintage cars. My wife agreed to let me out to go shoot the cars and check out the glorified news reporters known nationally as the ‘Ch7 Sunrise Crew’.

But before my feet hit the grass, I quickly decided it was too early to stand in the sun. The sunrise is way too early today!

So now I am enjoying bacon & eggs on toast – plus my mandatory morning coffee – in a little café between Hindley Street and North Terrace.

After four hours sleep (courtesy of my son’s sleepless night), this consumption is good for my sore head. I’m also getting a doughnut and cola to keep me going all morning – I start the 8am shift this morning.

Have a happy day. See you on the flip side of midday.

From Paper to Glass

November 11, 2013 Comments off

Six years ago when I purchased my first smartphone … wait, let’s go back a step.

In 2007 I was shown the Apple Touch by a salesman at Photographic Wholesalers (Hutt Street, Adelaide CBD). I found it so impressive that I purchased one within a month. It served me well until about 2011. By then the OS was so old that almost none of the internal apps opened successfully. The only thing it was good for was playing music.

But I really wanted a smartphone. My wife watched phones enter the market, sit at exorbitant prices on the shelves, then slowly dissappear into semi-obscurity. Some met our needs and wants,  but very few were offered on contracts we could afford.

In December 2012 I watched an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A pen for drawing, a large screen, and looked easy to use.

Apart from the pen being near pointless (twisted irony!), I like this phone!

My point to this post?

Six years ago when I sat on a train with my Apple, I was one of about 10 people on 3 carriages with an Apple.

These days 8 out of 10 have a smartphone of some description. Most are listening to music. Some, like me, are writing and posting their first article for the day.

The world has changed.

Essential Security in Windows 8

October 23, 2013 Comments off

Interesting fact: There’s no need to install Microsoft Security Essential on Windows 8:

Colour Coded According to Microsoft

In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, Windows Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials. You can’t use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8 and Windows RT, but you don’t need to—Windows Defender is already included and ready to go.

Sigh. Which means if you want to install it as a backup to catch what McAfee and Norton never can, it’s not going to be easy. Good luck to those that try. Read the related articles and links to fully understand

My Ten Favourite Photographs (This Week So Far)

July 2, 2013 Comments off

I’ve had a few great opportunities to shoot interesting and varied photographs this week.

Of the many family, portrait, abstract, and landscape photographs I have shot with both my Canon 50D and my Samsung Galaxy Note II, these are my favourite. Well, so far. See if you can pick which were shot by Canon or Samsung…

Wooden Spokes on Old Tyre

Green Reeds in the Little Sahara sand dunes.

Walking thru the Dunes

Reed Shadow & Silhouette

Petrol Bowser, Sheoak Café

Two Trees on Horizon

Sequence of Trees

Between Road and Shore

Pano of the Little Sahara sand dunes

But wait, there will be more, to be sure to be sure, all the way from Kangaroo Island shores. Maybe even a few oars.

Finding my Photo Mojo (Again)

July 1, 2013 Comments off

Sub Title: Shooting Boots

Yesterday I had the weirdest and scariest moment of my life.
I thought I had lost my photo mojo!

I quickly connected my Canon L-Series 70-200mm f4 IS USM lens to my Canon 50D (I dream of having a 5D some day!), went out the back door and started searching for something to shoot.

Lo and behold, I found my father-in-law’s old leather boots, both covered in character that only time and hard-work can give. With ripped toes exposing the steel caps beneath, plus stretch marks where they have been hastily pulled off his old weary feet, these boots were instantly my subject of the day.

As the afternoon sun hit the backyard, I quickly found a surface apt for the job: The top of a honey-heater-box, coated in dirty white paint (because dirt fell on whilst the paint was drying) was perfect for the job!

As you can see from my photograph series of boots below, I still have my photo mojo!

Always feels good to shoot an interesting subject and shoot either with natural or appropriate lighting. Oh, photo mojo, you complete me!

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