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January 2, 2008

Good Advice

This last line in an article in the Age online newspaper about digital photography and memories is a classic, and food for thought!

Make a habit of regularly printing and saving your favourite pictures in a photo album. Kids will love pulling it out and looking through it.

January 4, 2008

Online Projects

Magenta has published it's latest magazine and offers sections for free download, an interesting if somewhat fence sitting approach to 21st century publishing.

What I find interesting about this issue of the magazine, is the project by Jeff Harris. Jeff Harris documents his own life and uploads a few of the photos to his website, he finds interesting after processing and printing the film. He also allows people to leave journal entries for any given date in the last 5 years. Then he chooses the most interesting journal entires and matches them with the photos he took on those days.

This quote from the magazine article on him, sums up quite neatly what I like about the project:-

Harris may be chronicling his life but, unlike most bloggers, he reveals little about himself. We can’t even pinpoint his age or occupation with any degree of certainty, let alone his tastes and opinions. Often what he is pictured doing—hanging out with friends, napping, bookstore browsing, swimming—makes his life seem unexceptional (even if he was photographed with Kim Cattrall on November 15, 2005, and some photos were snapped by Bruce LaBruce, Martha Wainwright and Don McKellar). So, instead of learning about Jeff Harris, we start reflecting on times when we were happy or sad, and how millions of people feel these same emotions every day. We are reminded that truly memorable, life-altering events don’t happen often, and many people have much more difficult lives than ours.

This project and several others, going on around the internet are the kinds of projects I could have only dreamed of in 1995 and am still excited about. The question remains though, is Western culture spending far too much time navel gazing, or to "borrow" from Roger Waters, "...is this species going to amuse itself to death?"

January 10, 2008

Test Your ISP

I did, mine is optusnet.com.au

End of an Era

Nestscape ends at version 9, I've a bit of a soft spot for this software and have downloaded the last version, even though the project in now ending

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January 11, 2008


Mt.Sturgeon at Dusk

I recently spent several days in a location that would make many photographers weep. Mt.Sturgeon at the foot of the Grampians in Western Victoria, is a spectacular Sandstone outcrop, at the Southern End of the range.

When I was first inspired many years ago to take up photography seriously, Photographers like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, were big influences. Grand vistas, fine prints, sharp and in focus images made on big cameras, to me these were all REAL photographs... then.

This location seemed to be a perfect spot for making some good images, like that, of truly a spectacular landscape. In 4 days I shot, 35 frames on a borrowed Pentax K100d, 20 or show shots on both my digital low rez devices, a roll of 127 and 2 rolls of 120 on my Hasellblad. Uninspired doesn't begin to explain how I felt. Why?

The light swept across the peak in an incredibly dramatic way that at the right time was positively breath taking. The peace and tranquility made it a cinch to 'switch' over to 'photography' mode. there was no reason NOT to be inspired. Yet I wasn't. I remember in 2000, when we were on our honeymoon in New Zealand, I started to question my need to make images that were not remarkable, we were on 10 day tour in a rental car, and weren't stopping for any great length of time anywhere so good light was elusive, and time limited my options to explore composition. So why bother making images at all? I guess we all move on?

Ever since my Uni days, I've tended to operate on at least 2 levels of varying approaches and ideas to photography, I guess this place just didn't fit into either notion, currently, I would argue that, low rez digi, is one of those levels I'm exploring and my maps idea is another.

Copyright and the big guns

sigh... why am I NOT surprised?

[From Hey, Isn't That . . . - washingtonpost.com]

Panic - CandyBar 3 - Change and Organize Your Mac OS X Icons and Dock

Candy Bar is is out!

[From Panic - CandyBar 3 - Change and Organize Your Mac OS X Icons and Dock]

for Leopard users only, still it looks good!

January 12, 2008

Some Clarification...

Yesterday, I talked about inspiration, and after an online encounter with a friend and reader, I realised that inspiration probably wasn't the best choice of words? I think perhaps MOTIVATIONS might be a better choice? These days, I make images to either 1. make prints from, 2. use online , or 3. use as tests, sketches or ideas for further exploration, [usually online].

When I plan on making prints, my approach varies, but often, I either use a kind of harvesting approach or have a very specific idea I'm exploring and shoot that. When I harvest it may take months or years for me to be ready 'see' for the image what it really is, which often then leads on to further image making. In quiet times like the height of summer [when the light is god awful], I often reflect back and look at older images made over the last 20 years and make discoveries which in turn could lead to, more discoveries or another show.

Online uses can be from as simple as a decorative image for a blog entry, or part of some of the ideas I'm dabbling with online, or for the sheer fun factor of it, and then there is a huge overlap with point number 3.

So what I meant was I guess that the location we stayed at for those 4 days, didn't fit into any of these 3 motivations. Of course that's NOT to say something won't come of the images I DID make some time down the track, so who knows....

January 13, 2008

Weekend Edition: Ding Dong - Macworld Australia

MJCP the editor is a funny guy:-

[From Weekend Edition: Ding Dong - Macworld Australia]

and it seems there is some speculation over a MAC owned and run stand alone store opening in Melbourne?

Long Time No See

a massage you say?

[From Flickr Blog]

gawd, just as well I'm having a barbie today

January 14, 2008

Image Usage

Since flickr enabled their users to turn on stats for their accounts it's been interesting to see where some of the traffic comes from on my photostream

One of those sources is a site called yotophoto.com, they are one of several sites out there, pulling data from flickr and allowing users to search for images based on the creative commons idea of sharing images. While this site accounts for less than 1% of my total views, it's good to see that tagging pays off even if people are looking at my stream for reasons other than artistic merit.

More on Stats

Stats for your account | flickr.com
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Here's some boring stats from my flickr stats page.

I wish there was an easy way to find all these images and add them to groups and add tags etc.

January 15, 2008

Insomnia #1 2008

Dandelife.com : The story of Stuart Murdoch's life
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

This service I signed up for some time ago, not really sure what it did, and upon revisiting last month I discovered it's like a giant feed off all your other web activities, like tumbler only more personal.

January 16, 2008

Watch the ending...

And a media whore to boot.

January 18, 2008

Macsweeper - The first Mac adware/malware attack? - MacTalk Forums

Sigh, bound to happen I guess?

[From Macsweeper - The first Mac adware/malware attack? - MacTalk Forums]

No need to bother really.

Skitch.com Free Public Beta

I love this little app and have sent invites to a few freinds, now it's in public beta.... yah...

[From Skitch.com]

...very useful too.

Macsweeper - The first Mac adware/malware attack? - MacTalk Forums

More Like a Scam really?

[From Macsweeper - The first Mac adware/malware attack? - MacTalk Forums]


Light Floods

glow in the lounge

January 20, 2008

Geek Portal

Thanks to the magic of flickr stats, I found this portal, looks interesting may need to study it for a while?

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January 22, 2008

Online Portfolios

Haven't had a close look, could be a good idea for temporary online exhibitions?

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Multimedia -- who cares? - Australian Macworld, or Memories....

Had to laugh at this article

[From Multimedia -- who cares? - Australian Macworld]

But serioulsy, what of the early experiences of computer generated art, sound, video, photography animations and so on. Well there is this book which has a special place on my bookshelf,

"The New Media Reader" (The MIT Press)

Even so something I've noticed in my cyber travels, particularly on flickr over the last 4 years or so is that notions of memory and identity don't seem to rank very high on most folks radar. As an artist it's often all I care about; in a creative sense anyway.

January 23, 2008

CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Bible According To Google Earth

Amazing work, thanks to Marcus for the heads up

[From CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Bible According To Google Earth]

this work has it all simplicity, believability, connection, cerebral and spiritual, amongst many other things.

January 26, 2008


Is this kind of work more prevalent because people can; easily do it? Or because of photoshop itself? Hand re-touching, a long lost art form, was capable of this kind of work but so time consuming it may not have justified it's cost? I suspect this use of photoshop and it's wide spread dissemination of the tool itself and what the tool is capable of, has changed the public's perception of photographs and photography.

January 27, 2008

Dali on TV in the 50's

In my opion he just about could have said yes; or no; to everything, he's a surrealist after all.

New Image Editor

Just discovered this new app, iris.app, which is still very much in beta, once they iron out a few issues, it MAY be worth watching. Personally it's too early to tell as so many of the main features I need in this kind of app just don't exist yet. Curves, working levels, are to name but two. It did do some strange things, when I got some levels to apply to my standard RGB image, though.

Developers please look at this old app and give us another one like it.

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January 28, 2008

Thanks to Polly Jane...

...for this apt description of the 2 approaches to modern image making using a cameras.

"...film photography gives us a different dimension - one is the shot 'of the moment' and the other has more texture and reason for existence."

Kind of ironic too, I used to process film as often and as regularly as I could. Today, I'm catching up, some of the film I'm processing today was exposed in April 2007.

January 29, 2008

Bad Studio Photography

Look and learn folks look and learn

Hat tip to Bedel from del.icio.us, for the link.

The author is by the way asking for submissions of bad studio photography.

Photo Editing Apps cont'd

A couple of days ago I mentioned a new kid on the block in the digital photo-editing arena.

Over the years there has been a shift towards soft being available online, rather than on a desktop machine, giving user un-precedented mobility in their choice of work place and environment.

Now Adobe is thinking of joining the ranks and adding their highly regarded photo editing application Photoshop.

Adobe Systems has announced that it will ship a beta version of its Photoshop Express online editing tool by the end of this year, with the full product to be complete sometime in 2008.

"By late this year, we anticipate having a beta version," said John Loiacono, senior vice president for Adobe Creative Solutions, speaking at the 6sight digital imaging conference. And next year, the online service will be "available to anyone," he said.

I wonder how such an application would perform, particularly given that photoshop loads all image data into RAM, regardless of zoom and screen usage, and over the years has gotten worse in terms of it's processing power and needs?

Thanks to subbzy for the heads up.

A cache of photographic negatives by Robert Capa that was...


A cache of photographic negatives taken by Robert Capa that was presumed lost during WWII has been recently located and recovered.

[From A cache of photographic negatives taken by Robert Capa that was... (kottke.org)]

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