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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. 

Using Twitter to Get Camera Recommendations

April 30, 2014 Comments off

Rear view of Professional SMC Member

Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.

For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.

Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:

I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…

With only one response, I chose to follow the link.

Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”

Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:

Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.

Multi Skilling Keep the Mind Sane

March 7, 2014 Comments off

Diversity is fun, but it can get difficult to focus on so many things at once. It’s actually what’s keeping me away from Facebook.

Right now I have my fingers in a bunch of proverbial pies that are starting points to potential virtual end-products.

One part of my brain is focusing on a new site design for my primary site – ezcreate.com.au. It is going to be filled with LOTS of circles. Some of them transparent PNG’s, others created with CSS utilising multiple background techniques AND circular bordering. That will be interesting. A lot of online research is being put in to determine exactly how to write the code.

Another part is currently doing the ASX Sharemarket Game. I read the Australian Financial Review most days from cover to cover. That is actually fun. I scan in those of interest, write copious notes on information that may or not relate to the companies I am investing within.

Another part has an idea for software that could revolutionise a whole lot of stuff I have been involved with over the last 18 years. Enough said on that for now. Anyhow, more coding and program to learn. Why? Just for fun. Aha, I am weird like that. Not sure when that will happen. Amusingly I have already designed the logo and app icon. Weird still, right?

Yet another part of my brain is currently job hunting. L1 Helpdesk is my preference. [See my LinkedIn.com account for my skill base]. Facilities Management would be also very interesting. [Again, LinkedIn]. Records management at a push, but I am not a big fan any more.

And I am contemplating a few courses, particularly in business management AND/OR getting RPL for my IT Helpdesk knowledge, experience and ability. Because it is all mostly self-taught, taught on the job, or simply experience from my long-term government role.

Not busy at all. Diversity is a no brainer. Completing the bucket list is the next step.

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.

Statistically Speaking

November 3, 2013 1 comment

My WordPress Statistics, Oct2006 - Nov2013

I have been blogging, on and off, since about 2000! I have been using WordPress since October 2006. Prior to that was Blogger/Blogspot. Prior to that: Geocities, Tripod … yeah, all the free services.

But 2013 has been busy for me, spending most of my spare time being a doting father to our gorgeous son. So my posts have been sporadic and less often. I have written a lot of stuff, but by the time I found an opportunity to type it up, the moment was gone, the information was old news, and I may have stopped caring.

But in the back of my mind, I have never forgotten about blogging. So I am getting back into writing stuff again.

Mostly because I want to change course from other online activity: Facebook. Yeah, I get a lot out of it the friendships with online friends, many of whom have become real-world-friends. Plus my FB business page makes me a bit of spare change per month for coffees!

But mostly I really want to start writing about the things I enjoy: Photography, Graphic Art, Self-Motivation, Computing - and a lot of abstract yet interesting subjects to me. The proof is in this post that was meant to merely a mention about my site-statistics as shown in the image at the top of this post!

Anyhow, I will post more often.

Or at least you will think I am. Scheduling – the best feature any blogging service can provide. Write at least 7 posts in advance, on the weekend, then schedule them for each coming day. Like this one. It was written within moments of this one, then scheduled for release tomorrow. Um. Today. Sunday. And since then I have written a further 6 articles! All of which you will see each day.

Blogging. Not just for the sake of it.

(#0012) World Vision

Don’t Stop The Future: Blok IT!

November 2, 2013 Comments off

Mother of a Board

I have a shed loaded with electronic waste that goes back 20 years.

I have motherboards, sound cards, old cellular phones, cabling, stenographer tape decks and much more. Somewhere in there I have a 3GB box that is twice the size of a standard shoe box - I use it as a paper weight and a reminder of a time that man wants to forget.

What I have noticed recently is that I still have most of the mobile phones I have purchased outright. This includes a few NOKIA bricks (sorry guys, it is true!). The earliest phone I remember owning was a flip-phone that always reminded me of communicators in Star Trek! Beamed straight from the series that continues to influenced the design of Tablets.

So I found PHONEBLOKS via advertising on Youtube. I quickly realised they deserve merit and entrepreneurial advertising!

Their idea is that the screen and features (ie, phone, camera, speakers, antenna, memory) are all separate blocks that connect to a standard base by way of pins and screws at the ends to keep it all secure. Therefore anyone in the world can build a phone to specifically suit their desires and lifestyle.

I reckon I would buy a PHONEBLOK. Imagine if each block embedded came in multiple colours. Sleeves and water-proof cases will still be necessary, bling is all part of the franchising of a product.

I’m keeping an eye on where this concept goes. So should everyone. The world is changing, again!

Now I am wondering what I am going to do with this shed of obsolete electronic gadgetry. Thinking of getting a strong metal muncher to make mince-meat of it all – and then somehow spraying it onto canvas or concrete to make wall art. Now that would be modern art!

Watch the video that describes how it all works and ‘fits’ together:

Copper Highway

Upward View of the Adelaide CBD Horizon

August 19, 2013 Comments off

I have found a PDF that makes good reading for Adelaide residents who have penchant for knowledge that includes facts, figures and fees. I have gone through it with a fine tooth comb: Below I have listed the pages and Fee-ID’s that might be of interest to the photographers of our great and ever-growing inner-city.
MonoContrasts

  • Page 20, Fee ID 0412 – Film Shoots Commercial Still or Movie, in line with guidelines
  • Page 24, Fee ID 0916 – Audio Visual Equipment 8×8 Tripod Screen
  • (Extra: Page 53 – all of them. Don’t feed the birds.)
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0109 – Business Promotion Handing out free samples
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0300 – Distribution of pamphlets
  • Page 57, Fee ID 0562 – Ladders / Footpath permits (Casual)
  • (Extra: Page 67 & 68 – photography archives. Read it.)

Appears to be nothing saying I’m not permitted from capturing photography of the Adelaide architecture for general use and potential exhibition.

Thus, I can continue with an idea (that I have mulling over for about five years) for my SALA exhibition in 2014.

Onwards and upwards I shoot!
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