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October 1, 2007

Collection Increase X 2

Overseas Parcel

This morning a parcel arrived, from The United States of America.

Jakes_World, from flickr and now ipernity.com sent me another gift, this time containing, an old 127 film camera and rollof 127 film, a Vivitar Minidigital Camera and a CD.

Thanks again, jakes_world, your kindness knows no bounds.

One day, rest assured, there will be some form of publication from this camera whether it be an exhibition, book or some other form of publishing, well see.

The viewfinder on this and similar cameras has a real other worldly feel to it, and of course these lenses produce images that have a look about them that is just unique and difficult to reproduce.

Given the number of overseas parcels I've received over the last 4 or 5 years, I can't help wondering what impact the internet has had on the postal service.

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October 3, 2007

VistaQuest Research

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Currently I have a ridiculously large card in my VistaQuest camera. One gig to be exact. Why? All 3 of you ask, well it just happened to be the first card I had lying around, when I unpacked it from the parcel and started mucking around with it.

So as an experiment I was hoping to leave ALL the images on the card until it was full, I was copying files across regularly, but left them on the camera, in the beginning.

So, yesterday I was out and about soaking up the glorious spring sunshine with a shoulder bag full of gear and the only camera I couldn't use was the Vistaquest 1005. This had me perplexed for a while. The camera seemed to function, it just wasn't showing any signs of taking a photo, 3 horizontal bars, on the tiny screen at the back.

So I popped back home and deleted all bar the last image, hey presto back in business.

So, I guess for what ever reason, the camera isn't designed for that many images, irrespective of the card size in it.

As for battery consumption, these cameras DO chew through them. However, I've found that a Lithium battery gets about 400 - 500 [almost 2 weeks] shots out of it, and as the novelty slowly wears off the batteries should last longer.

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October 4, 2007

Look Down


Found, on a street corner in Melbourne.

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October 5, 2007

Creative Phonecam Uses

This, Looks like an interesting competition from the BBC.

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October 6, 2007

Work Prints Gallery 124 X-mas Show

all in a dayze werk

Some work prints for an upcoming show at Gallery 124, 124 Hampshire Rd Sunshine. I'm planning on submitting these for the annual X-mas show. As first prints I'm pretty pleased with the results. They are actually from a larger series, one that has been in the pipe-works for 12 months already.

The 2 low key prints are on Ilford Multigrade, the 2 high-key prints are on my last packet of Forté.

All are developed in Ansco 120. A metol only soft and warm paper developer that I've been using for quite a few years now. A job I once did, paid me with Metol, thank god.

Definitely will be toning these, probably using sepia, on the high key shots, and selenium on the low key shots, I'm also planning on using bleach locally on the low key shots, looks like I've a few more Sundays to go before they will be ready.

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October 7, 2007

Why Use a Phonecam?

If, photography is about, light, time & space, then the tool you use to capture these things should be immaterial. To my mind good craft is important but invisible. The tool of choice then would be a craft based decision, based on your final output. If the image never goes beyond the screen or small print or low resolution output like a newspaper then a low resolution device is perfect. What if however you actually want to go the next step and make a print or for that matter a large print, say bigger than A2?

Two megapixels isn't going to cut it, not even 5 megapixels. Big prints then are out of the question. Small prints or screen based work is all that will come out of these cameras, unless your intention is make some sort of statement about the tools themselves. So a phone-cam or small low-rez device is perfect if you don't plan on going beyond the screen or small prints. I feel these cameras are perfect for capturing brief fleeting moments, or for carrying around with you constantly in a ubiquitous manner. Sometimes you can even predict how these cameras are going to behave and produce interesting results

Throughout history, artists are often trying to distill their work down to it's essence. Photography is no exception, one way to do this is to remove all reliance on tools, and using a small CCD with only automatic controls is one step down this path.

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October 9, 2007

New Browser

Sea Monkey Startup Screen

New Browser on the market folks, sea monkey. Check it out. Released, last month. yeah I know I know hardly cutting edge, but this ain't no technological blog ok?

Currently I use the following browsers in descending order of frequency, or have at least experimented with them:- Safari, Camino , Firefox, Flock, Opera

While I download it in the background I'll try and head all 3 of you off at the pass. Why so many browsers, I hear you ask, well, web design is a bit of a side interest of mine. Being able to view my work in ANY browser gives me a feel for how it MAY look elsewhere. Of course until I get a Macbook, sometime in 2008, I will need to rely on the kindness of other people I know who use PC's to surf the web.

SeaMonkey Preferences

On the surface nothing seems all that different from other versions of Netscape browsers, all the usual stuff like built-in e-mail, & news groups, and a html writer, called composer, 1996 anyone?

It can be dressed up with themes I see but the toolbar doesn't appear to be customisable at this stage, still I guess it's in early development so who knows?

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The Quest..

... is going well, thanks for asking.

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October 10, 2007


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It's that time of year when I eagerly await the arrival of daylight saving.

Sunrise over my backyard, 2007.10.10 05:45

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October 11, 2007

Must Have Accessories

There are two things I include in every camera purchase, a lens hood and a UV filter. To this day I'm surprised how many people shoot without either. Lens Flare is the biggest factor in degrading image quality, after dust and fingerprints on the lens.

Optional accessories would be a neck-strap, and tripod, followed by a step ladder.

Any of my readers care to share their accessory gadget list?

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This shot has been leaping out at me, for several weeks now. Finally got it, as best one can with a camera with no controls.

For either any of my readers who may care, I was standing in my own driveway when I shot this. Who needs exotic locations when the light is as glorious as it is here.

To quote one of my favourite photographers, and authors Robert Adams

"Nothing permanently diminishes the affirmation of the sun".

As an aside, one of the biggest criticisms of these cameras is their battery consumption, the current battery in this camera has been there for just over 2 weeks, and no sign of it losing any power yet.

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October 12, 2007

Picture Australia Website

Picture Australia's website has had a face lift and there are some surprises in there Kent Johnson has 326 images in the collection, barb, has 11 images, I have 96.

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October 13, 2007

Australian Citizenship test

Here's a joke to break the atmosphere, sent to me by my good friend Thomask

2007 Australian Citizenship Test

  1. Do you understand the meaning, but are unable to explain the origin of, the term 'died in the arse'?
  2. What is a "bloody little beauty"?
  3. Are these terms related: chuck a sickie; chuck a spaz; chuck a U-ey?
  4. Explain the following passage: 'In the arvo last Chrissy the relos rocked up for a barbie, some bevvies and a few snags. After a bit of a Bex and a lie down we opened the pressies, scoffed all the chockies, bickies and lollies. Then we drained a few tinnies and Mum did her block after Dad and Steve had a barney and a bit of biffo.'
  5. Macca, Chooka and Wanger are driving to Surfers in their Torana. If they are travelling at 100 km/h while listening to Barnsey, Farnsey and Acca Dacca, how many slabs will each person on average consume between flashing a brown eye and having a slash?
  6. Complete the following sentences:-
    • 'If the van's rockin' don't bother ?
    • You're going home in the back of a ?
    • Fair crack of the ?
  7. I've had a gutful and I can't be fagged. Discuss
  8. Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of a wedgie?
  9. Do you have a friend or relative who has a car in their front yard 'up on blocks'? Is his name Bruce and does he have a wife called Cheryl?
  10. Does your family regularly eat a dish involving mincemeat, cabbage, curry powder and a packet of chicken noodle soup called either chow mein, chop suey or kai see ming?
  11. What are the ingredients in a rissole?
  12. Can you demonstrate the correct procedure for eating a Tim Tam?
  13. Do you have an Aunty Irene who smokes 30 cigarettes a day and sounds like a bloke?
  14. In any two-hour period have you ever eaten three-bean salad, a chop and two serves of pav washed down with someone else's beer that has been flogged from a bath full of ice?
  15. When you go to a bring- your-own-meat barbie can you eat other people's meat or are you only allowed to eat your own?
  16. What purple root vegetable beginning with the letter 'b' is required by law to be included in a hamburger with the lot?
  17. Do you own or have you ever owned a lawn mower, a pair of thongs, an Esky or Ugg boots?
  18. Is it possible to 'prang a car' while doing 'circle work'?
  19. Who would you like to crack on to?
  20. Who is the most Australian: Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson, John 'True Blue' Williamson, Kylie Minogue or Warnie?
  21. Is there someone you are only mates with because they own a trailer or have a pool?
  22. What does "sinkin piss at a mates joint" and "getten para" mean?

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October 14, 2007

Test Results

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Have I said how much I'm loving this camera?

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October 16, 2007

Comic Life

Comic Life, a great little app for creating comics on computer is now available for windows

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October 17, 2007

Black & White in CS3

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Using Photoshop to create greyscale images from full colour ones just got even better using the new channel mixer in CS3.

There are several way to do this, and the channel mixer has always offered the most control. Now in CS3, it offers some very interesting pre-sets as well. All based around traditional b&w film & coloured filters. This image shows the dialog box accessed by the menu-bar, image>adjustments>channel mixer.

The presets drop-down menu at the top allows you to choose between several predetermined spectral responses and creating your own custom set of values.

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  • Infrared
  • Blue Filter
  • Red Filter
  • Orange Filter
  • Green Filter
  • Yellow Filter

Use of these kinds of filters have had a long history in b&w, photography. Panchromatic film in itself has only been a reality in photography since the 70's. Prior to this b&w film was more Orthochromatic ie sensitive to the blue and green but not the red end of the spectrum, this is why so many photographs from the early history of photography had washed out skies, and also saw many many smart photographers take 2 exposures, one for the foreground and one for the sky, from the same camera position, then in the darkroom simply sandwiching the 2 negatives together to produce a print. Others simply, kept a collection of skies on hand in the darkroom and used as needed.

Now CS3 enables you to mimic the effects that these filters have in how colours are represented in a black and white print. Yellow for example it is said most closely mimics the world the way we see it and of course Red filters produce dramatic skies, while colours like green and blue can be used quite effectively in the right situation.

When working traditionally the colour of the filter you used with block it's opposites and passed more of it's own colour. So for example when using a Red filter less Green and blue light strikes the film than red. Red objects reflect more red light creating a denser negative, producing a lighter print. Where as less blue and green light strikes the film making for a less dense neg and a darker print.

I can only wonder now at the demise of silver gelatin printing. As anyone, armed today with a modern DSLR, and a good A3 ink-jet printer can easily produce some wonderful prints using these technologies.

the real question is though is there a measurable qualitative difference between the two output methods, personally I still see differences in Silver Gelatin prints over ink-jet ones, but after 20 plus years of working with the medium I've come to appreciate some unique and subtle qualities that I've yet to see in ink-jet prints.

I may, in an upcoming article, show the differences between the pre-sets at least.

Another approach on Luminous Landscape

New Set

Just processed and scanned my first 2 rolls of 127, shot in my Ansco Cadet II. The camera works and gives the soft 1970's look I was hoping to achieve.

I did however have some difficulties with the film, the paper tape that holds the film wound up, is difficult to remove and I wasn't careful enough holding the untaped film resulting the tightly wound backing paper unfurling a little and giving me some fogging.

Still all in all a nice camera, and with a 40mm square neg just that little nicer than 35mm without the huge light leaks from my holga.

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October 18, 2007

Black & White

Here's 2 samples of the presets I was talking about previously, including the original file

First the original.


Next, the Yellow Filter pre-set.


Finally the blue filter preset.


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Macintosh Browser


The Googalyzer. Another browser, with an interesting feature set, designed for hard research, allowing users to keep notes and run multiple research projects at once.

I particularly like the button for google scholar.

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October 19, 2007

What is a photograph?

It is a complex, ongoing, spontaneous interaction of observation understanding, imagination and intention.

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October 20, 2007

Twelve Months Later

For anyone who cares, I have been posting 1 photo a day to my phone-cam blog, now for 12 months. The premise is I use the phone to not only make the image, but upload directly to the web, no software, other than phone's built-in software for choosing and uploading.

As an experiment in editing a body of work and shooting as often as possible, it has it's moments.

There is some crossover between, this idea and the newer project on flickr, Neo-Documentary. There is even some crossover, between the 2 projects.

Brooklyn Melbourne Victoria Australia 2007:09:26 09:23:00

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October 21, 2007



The sky over Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2007:10:21 18:07:28

Yesterday I mentioned that I've been photo-blogging for a year, using only my phone camera, I neglected to mention the other project on facebook, where I upload 7 pictures every Sunday. that's only been going for about 3 months or so, I think, but a different challenge each week, compared to the daily upload.

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October 22, 2007

LightZone 3

Just downloaded another photo editing application, called, LightZone. I haven't sussed it completely yet, but because,it edits, non-destructively, and in a way we see collour and light.

This from the website:-

LightZone is the only photo-editor that understands the way the eye sees color and light. Rather than editing pixels, LightZone edits photographic attributes, visually, live and 100% non-destructively.

Significantly reduces the time to perfect digital photographs

Delivers more predictable and precise results with less effort

Easier to learn and use than pixel-painting software

Features include:

  • Integrated RAW processing and Noise reduction Provides a seamless workflow from camera media to LightZone ZoneMapper™ Edits exposure values to improve detail and contrast
  • Re-light™ Improves image contrast with a single click
  • Regions™ Add unlimited selective editing to every tool
  • Complete tool set Sharpen, Blur, Hue/Saturation, Noise Reduction, White Balance, Spotting, Cloning, Red-eye removal and more

Screengrabs from the application.

LightZone Browse

lightzone edit

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October 23, 2007

Art With Heart

Know virtually nothing about this street art but it RAWKS!

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October 25, 2007

Better Late Than Never?

A word of Thanks to Elisabeth, Artelisa, on flickr and ipernity for organising an Exhibition called, When your beauty is also my beauty...an international semantic experiment in photography, featuring 12 photographers from around the world.

Here's her Exhibition statement.

When your beauty is also my beauty...
an international semantic experiment in photography.

How do we perceive images – whether made by ourselves or by others – and how do these "others" see our own pictures? Sixteen people – connected by their passion for seeing and photographing – some of whom know each other personally, and others of whom are connected only by online exchanges of photographs over several years, examine that question in this exhibition.

Initiated by and in discussion with Elisabeth Windisch (Germany), thousands of photos were reciprocally reduced to a selection of twelve from each participant: Gabriela Potts (USA), Hartmut Schneider (Germany), Oliver Nitschke (Germany), Stuart Murdoch (Australia), Paul E. Grebanier (USA), Kangan Arora (UK), Nils K. Windisch (Germany), Ned Lyttelton (Canada), Janette Toth (USA), Julia Wagner (Germany), Dario Taraborelli (UK), Marion de Man (Netherlands), Donald McLeman (UK), Scott Bookman (USA), Rainer Perrey (Germany).

This concept is explored in the form of small-format digital prints, from 12 to 14 October.

Location: Historischer Wasserturm (Historic Watertower), Gökerstrasse 3, Wilhelmshaven, GermanyVernissage: Friday, 12 October at 19:00, with opening remarks by Gabriele Iwersen Viewing hours: Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 October from 14:00 to 18:00

Sadly I was unable to attend the opening, there are pictures on flickr of course, in LichtEinfall's stream. thanks also to LichtEinfall [Rainer] for documenting it for those who were unable to attend.

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October 28, 2007


On Friday night I attended the opening of UNSENSORED 07, a photographic exhibition by a collective of photographers who initially met via flickr. The show is all shot on film. And the prints are on sale both from the gallery, and redbubble.com.

The works on display were all of exceptional quality and the presentation immaculate. The show itself hung very professionally too.

While it is difficult to really see work at an opening, Jaye Loring's work shot on a holga really grabbed my eye as did Hamish Innes-Brown's work.

I highly recommend a visit, to this show.

Details are:- UNSENSORED 07, @ Kerala Galley, 283 High St Northcote, 3070, Melbourne Victoria Australia. Gallery Hours Tuesday to Friday 12-5pm, and Saturdays 10-4pm. The show runs until the 10th of November. 2007

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Blogged Elsewhere

Been blogged elsewhere, with an old shot from my Nikon Coolpix 5400, a shot taken in 2005, no less

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October 30, 2007

Richmond Station

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FWIW, here is the same art work on October the 6th 2006

October 31, 2007

Leopard Upgrade

For those so inclined here's a long look at the new operating system by Apple.

My upgrade has gone relatively smoothly compared to many others, at the moment I am not able to use ecto, my blog publishing tool, only on this blog, and all my mail rules stopped working and now have to re-build them all.

Now to scope out all the new features, my favourites of which so far are, TimeMachine, the more unified interface look and the integration of Mail and Address Book and iCal.

About October 2007

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