Monday, February 28, 2005

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Mark & Renata's Engagement Party

Mark (my son) and Renata had their formal engagement party today at Beate's at the Studley Park Boathouse, Kew . It is a magnificent location for such an event.

And there were digital cameras a plenty (you'll be sure to see more later). From the frequently telltale "memory card full" beeps I estimate around 60 to 100 Mega bytes of photos were captured.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

post modernist spider

This spider had found a broken piece of plastic and somehow haulled it up into his about to be constructed web. Being on the inside of my window I decided he should finish the web outside, but he just ran away.

I think this is pretty amazing, and I assume he is a "curve leaf" type spider with a more modern outlook.

The modeling power of low angle light

This is just a simple photo of a single footprint in the sand in late afternoon sunlight. Yet the low angle of the light and rich colour gives the impression a sculpture, like a strong bas relief carved out of stone.

Is this a depression or raise footprint?

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Passing Landscape

Taking a photo from a moving car, is in generally not recomended. Especially with a compact or digital cameras because of their "delay" (the time taken to meter the light and get autofocused). By the time you press the button and wait the image you wanted to capture is 100 meters or so behind you. As you probably realise I like the challenge to break all those "well meaning" rules in the introduction to taking good photos guides & booklets. So here are a few photos I have taken from a moving car.

I was after the wide open spaces feels so I have cropped the photos above in a more panoramic aspect.

When you moving in relation to a subject, it frequently helps to pan the camera and follow your main subject (as in the group of trees in the distance). The part of captured image close to you may be a little blured or out of focus, but the subject should be nice and clear. I've also kept the horizon low in the frame again to enhance the feeling of open space.

What are the chances?

The other day I was taking some photos of the south Gippsland country side. When I decided a photo of my wife in profile as she drove against the backdrop of the meandering Tarwin River might be a good composition. I took about half a dozen, unfortunately none quiet captured what I was after. Thats the beauty of digital photography, its inexpensive to experiment and so you should.


Look at the reflection in the car's mirrors in this shot. What are the chances of getting seperate compositions in both mirrors from a moving car? I particulary like the fisherman. Maybe its time to buy a tattslotto ticket.

A sweeping bend in the Tarwin River

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Faded memories

I think I've stumbled on a deep dark secret of digital photography. The permance of Ink & Paper maybe not be quiet as good as you may expect.I first noticed a few snap shots on the fridge seemed different. Then I noticed a print I made some time ago looked bluer and the shadows a little washed out. Then I realised, "They were fading"

Ink jet print test (note fading on right hand side after only 3 weeks in the sun)

So I did a little test. I had printed this photo as a test on standard paper, in the normal setting for my printer. This gives reasonale images for report but not quiet photographic quality. I cover half of the photo with a card and place it on the window sill of a north facing window (the sunny side of the house here in Australia). After only 3 weeks in a not so hot summer I was totally amazed at the results (the right hand side is the exposed side). I've since been researching the issue of fading of ink jet printers, and I'm unimpressed with the lack of information. Reading the product information carefully I'm discouraged that permanence is hinted at on the papers and ink literature, more as a disclaimer than helpful advice.

I can see some further investigation is required.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Not so faded elegance

The beach boxes of Brighton are in some ways a relic of the past and at the same time a vibrantly colourful part of the cosmopolitan modern Melbourne.

Fortunately there is only one piece of grafitti, and hopefully the last but somehow even that looks artistic.

Friday, February 04, 2005

sunset 7 minutes ago (nearly)

I have just taken a few shots of the sunset, which was quiet spectacular here in Melbourne, after a couple of very wet days. My plan was to see how fast I could get the photos published in the net, using picasa and hello. Well they performed beautifully I had loaded my photos from memory card and had selected two of the better shots which I wanted to edit a little. Then I pressed the blogger button, and selected the images and typed in the captions. All in less than seven minutes.

Then I watched the message "Uploading image (this may take a few seconds)"
It took 5 minutes! Still it shows time to publish on the net is now, virtually no time at all. Finally a couple of minutes to edit this text and its still not dark yet.

This photo was "straightened" (rotated to horizontal)

I cropped this photo

Now to remember, is a red sky at night really a delight, not a warning!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005