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August 16, 2006

the first?

So a big heartfelt thanks to Andrew, for setting me up here with this new blog.

This entry is currently being written using the web interface of Movable Type, wil soon switch to Mars Edit for future editing and uploads.

Now just gotta fix this template up?

The Second?

Second entry, can't get MarsEdit to work, it seems the server isn't repsonding?

August 17, 2006

Photographic Memes

So, in the nealry 2 years I've been involved with flickr I've seen several memes come and go, the current one HDR, sadly shows no sigh of abatting. The newest kid on the block on the other hand, is "Through the viewfinder". Some interesting results, and a nice idea that if elegantly applied could produce some great results. Even Kottke is waxing lyrical about it the idea of digitally capturing a scene though an old camera.

Some flickr clusters on the matter.

August 19, 2006

Yet Another Web 2.0 Toy

My account at Last.fm.com
bbqs2art's Profile Page

August 31, 2006

Woo Hoo

Once again, a big thanks to Andrew for helping me fix a problem or two here on my blog.

Now I can post from my favourite blog editor MarsEdit, a piece of software developed by Newsgator

September 2, 2006

Web Map Meme

Another Meme has popped up on flickr, is it, however; a separate meme or part of the geo-tagging meme?

web map meme [nothing to see here]

September 3, 2006

Technical Difficulties....

So here we are on a lazy drunken Sunday Arvo, and it seems that using my powerful little blog editor called MarsEdit, has some level of responsibilities. It seems that I need to by default turn on commenting in Mars Edit, which I have now done but, the last couple of entries have this disabled, and being the less than quick geek that I am I don't seem to be able to turn it on on older posts. So if you want to comment on the last couple, and I know both of you are just dying to do so, feel free to do it here.

Meanwhile I'm scanning and tweaking.

Thanks as always to Andrew for the heads up

September 5, 2006

21st Century Publishing

So Schmaps an online travel directory service has used some of my images for their travel guide of Melbourne.

I have mixed feelings about this, but I put my images online with a licence that permitted it, so I guess I'll have to wear it?

What kind of badge is this?

For either of you who care, I've linked to the the images they used on their download-able guide below, I'm on a Mac as you both know and the download-able guide won't be ready for some time so I can't link to them in any way on the Schmap site, or even see how they look embedded in the publication.

Interior of the Hotel Lindrum, Williamstown overlooking the CBD, Museum of Victoria, Williamstown football oval, from the air, My front porch of all places!

September 8, 2006

Buddy gimme five bucks!

Recently a fellow Melbourne Flickrnaut regaled a story about a person they had photographed on the street outside Flinders St station, it wasn't a pleasant situation, and she handled it well I feel. Now the incident has made the mainstream press, in article by Terry Lane which then got picked up by the SMH.

All up; a heap of buzz has been generated by it, so to quote Oscar Wilde,

"...there's only one thing worse than being talked about
and that's not being talked about"

September 9, 2006

Fucking Funny Quotes

Number 002.0945, Comes from Humphrey B. Flaubert, of T.I.S.M

"The answer that makes me sound good is that we desired to circumvent the cult of personality that is inherent in rock music by choosing to remain anonymous. Unlike every other band in rock we chose to be anonymous. The answer that makes me sound good would probably also incorporate some lengthy discussion about Brechtian alienation techniques, about our post modernist grasp of ever cooling universe, and a dehumanizing society encapsulated in the somewhat paramilitary aspect of our clothing. All of those things would make me sound good, but actually we’re really boring guys.

God I love those guys!

Whoever wrote the Wiki entry knows plenty about them too, actually the style of the entry suggests, it is written by one of the band members.

A big thanks to digiboy for the heads-up, good luck in your search for their music, I've stumbled on some rarities in my travels, which you are more than welcome to. It's nice to see someone interested in them and poking around on the net looking for them, I know of at least one mailing list that exists, but whew it was hard work and I have long since moved from mailing lists to news feeds as a source of info.

September 10, 2006

The Gems You Find On Flickr

Flickr never ceases to amaze me in it's depth and surprising spontaneity of imagery.

Florencita, posted this image recently of what I can only assume is a fair ground in Paris, from her Paris series.

The simplicity of this image, as well as the poignancy of it has me searching for adjectives. To see this and make an image of something that seems relatively innocuous is a gift that is to be nurtured and cherished. The photograph reeks of poetry; life; death; and has several classical connotations as well as being firmly planted in it's own contemporary place and time.

Initially we see a white statue of what appears to be a male holding their face in some sort of remorseful pose, white clouds frame the sculpture, a blue sky helps emphasise the framing, in the lower half of the image, there is some buildings or functional architecture, the use and function of which is unclear, within this small building is a window, the window appears to open into another space within the environment itself a somewhat anonymous and empty one, but one that would it seems have some use for human activity. There appears to be kitchen like utensils in there, yet again no human presence other than the utensils exist.

The symbolism of this image and the underlying apparent tensions are what make this image for me, the huge white sculpture turning away from a harsh lonely and empty world, even if it is turning into the light, somehow suggest to me a poignant reflection of the current human condition.


-- from florencita - (?)

September 11, 2006

Pro Photographers No More?

I have a LONG association with Kodak. I have been using Kodak Films for nearly 20 years, in particular their black and white emulsions. This morning I was chasing some information about exposure. What a surprise I got when I hit the site, kodak.com, no immediately apparent link for professional photographers, what the hell is going on?

Kodak US website

So here's the link for the pro-photographers buried under a menu at the top of the screen.

Kodak US website flyout

Compare this to the Australian site below.

Kodak Oz website

Does this mean that Kodak U.S. no longer has an interest in Professional photographers, or have they simply lowered their level of marketing at them? I have to confess I haven't hit the U.S. Website for some time, so maybe this is not a new thing? Given that most pro's would perhaps semi-regularly check the site maybe it's something they are more than aware of already. But as far as I'm concerned, the Australian site still seems to be intent on making pro-photographers more welcome or at least give them an easy entry point to the site in general.

September 13, 2006

del.icio.us network?

del.icio.us

I have a del.icio.us account; who doesn't? But I only use it to store personal bookmarks, occasionally I actually visit my account page.Today I did and I noticed that the 'social networking aspect of the interface has expanded, allowing reciprocal account linking

September 17, 2006

Blogged....

...again over on the urban-nature blog

September 19, 2006

Photo Overload!

Barb from flickr invited me over to jpgmag.com, a site about getting published and making money. Well as far as I can tell form the brief time spent there this morning. Sadly though I have no images to upload as they ask for high rez versions, so maybe in a day or two I'll upload a couple. The site doesn't seem to encourage social interaction, so I'm asking if either of my readers are in there? Given that the Web 2.0 is all about the user/s?

September 20, 2006

Hard To Get Film Stock

Chris, another, friend from flickr, who has the somewhat unusual distinction of knowing me before flickr, before the world wide web in fact, sends me this uri for hard to get Polaroid films.

Use if for shots like this:-

x 4

September 23, 2006

First 4 Days

I am officially on holidays, we have just returned from Apollo Bay for 4 days, we had both been looking forward to this for some time as it's "feels" like it's been 'one of those terms'—for me anyways. Our stay was at Beacon Point, in the Mariners Cottage. Beacon Point is set on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean with views of Apollo Bay, nestled in native bush-land.

I wondered if there would be any web access, thus proving that I am once and for all truly addicted to flickr - oh dear!

There was none.

Day One 20.09.06

Spent the morning cleaning the house and packing ready to go, I tried to squeeze in some last minute flickr action, all I managed to do was upload a handful of images, recent images. The drive up was pleasant, we did however need to stop and buy a set of leads with a 3 1/2 inch jack on one end, so we could run the iPod through the DVD player whilst at the house, glad we did, but mad I managed to forget.

Upon arrival the accommodation is as exactly I had expected, and I was very pleased by that. When we were researching our options on the internet it is easy to get sucked in by the eye candy used to sell these resorts. Even with both our experienced photographer's eyes in looking at images in any medium there is always a niggling doubt in my mind as to what we are seeing. All unfounded as it turned out that the unit on the inside is as spectacular as it looks on the web, and the views are to die for.

light

With the unit inspected and the tunes drifting out of the stereo attached to the DVD player we relaxed and flipped though our magazines, I also found what I think will be a suitable location for a series of images to be taken over the 4 days and set up a tripod ready to shoot. Over the next two days every two hours or so I jump up and make an image. Day turned to night and we watched Bleak House on DVD, a recent gift for Nik, before an early night.

Day Two 21.09.06

Breakfast is included in our deal, haven't had croissants since our 2004 trip to Paris. So breakfast was a no-brainer. Some tough decisions though were needed to be made today. Do we stay put and relax read and eat, or do we head out and wander along a local beach or have a coffee in Apollo Bay proper?

Staying put won out, the weather isn't quite warm enough to sit outside, but it is by no means terrible either and with the awesome views out the huge double sliding glass doors it feels like we are outside anyways.

An uneventful day really, reading napping, a bbq lunch, and a short stroll around the resort, all mount up to more relaxing. One or two mobile phones calls were the highlights of the morning, [hi Mitch] after which both phones were both promptly turned off.

I brought a pile of books and magazines to read, so far the magazines were the only ones to see the light of day. We had a splurge at Magnation before we left, I spent $65.00 on magazines! This got me four in total, although one did have an extra magazine inside it.

A literary reviewer I am not, but I will say I am enjoying my copy Frankie, issue #13, the best article I felt was the one that dealt with Australian Television. Is the mainstream realising that today's 20 somethings [and many others] are bored with the one-way diatribe that is TV? Websites like Youtube and Google video are far more engaging and once you work out how to find the content great fun. It also has a small photo essay, “ Saturdays Around The World” that is not bad but, I reckon they could do better especially if they used flickr as a resource for finding images. The idea itself worked, it's just that the images seemed a little insipid.

The next magazine to be devoured was iCreate, a very expensive magazine from the UK. It describes itself as the creative magazine for Mac users. It has news tutorials and a bonus CD attached. As with all these kinds of magazines, the tutorials can be a little hit and miss, but the mag is well laid out and and the tips were enough to get me thinking about some ideas I'd been tinkering with in Indesign, they actually had a tutorial on pages, the drag and drop template driven equivalent page layout tool by Apple, which I might add is quite powerful. The magazine also openly promotes it's forums, something I will investigate myself no doubt—soon.

'T' The Journal of T-Shirt Culture Issue #1 is magazine number 3 I perused, so far looking like thinly veiled advertising but the eye candy is great and I'm always on the lookout for good T-Shirts. The last Magazine remains unopened by today. But when I get around to it I'm sure Pol-Oxygen won't be a let down, this had a bonus little magazine, O2+, describes itself as 208 Pages of Inspiring Designs, which I read as blatant advertising—in hindsight.

The day ended with a quaint Disney movie, on Austar, an hour or two of solitaire and finally a session of more Bleak House

Day Three 22.09.06

Nothing beats a home cooked hot breakfast, eggs on toast, hash-browns, sausages, bacon tomato and baby spinach, fruit-juice, tea or coffee.

Again time for that tough decision, oh wait is that rain…?

Most days we had some nice visitors too. A family of Magpies, some Parrots or Lorikeets, and some large difficult to identify black birds, ornithologist I ain't either.

After the rain stopped, we decided to head into town itself, for lunch, fish and chips of course. Not much loitering there though as neither of us are into chintzy tacky souvenirs, and while the beach itself is nice I find the rockier parts of the coast more interesting to wander along. On the return home being the sticky beaks we are we made a neat discovery of a partially demolished house site. This meant that I actually pulled out the Hasselblad, and shot 2 and a half rolls of film on the one spot.

stripes

The constantly changing light otherwise only served to slow me down, till eventually the clouds came over. The remainder of the day was spent in front of the box watching the rest of Bleak House and some other bits 'n bobs on Austar.

The unfolding spectacular weather pattern ocurring outside, was almost better than TV itself.

someone will get wet chasing that pot of gold

Day Four 23.09.06

Checkout day.

Slept-in had a lazy breakfast and packed up and headed home. I also re-jigged the playlist for the drive home.

September 24, 2006

Online Publishing

I have had an image used over on abbotsfordblog.com, one buried deep in my stream and like so many in 2005 hardly viewed or posted to many groups, thanks to trapped in a suit it gets to see the light of day.

breakfast

September 28, 2006

One Year Ago today

melbourne, victoria australia

As I approach my second anniversary of flickr addiction I am now in a position to revisit my flickr archives and post some images here. Surprisingly image making around these parts has ground to a halt, not counting the 4 rolls of unprocessed film sitting here on my desk, and several other projects tucked away on my hard drive [that I feel have question able merit]. I also still have 2 other online projects on the back burner and a 3rd slowly bubbling away, and I haven't organised my solo show for 2007 yet.

This image made on a photo stroll with ziz and AhlzMeh, was one of my such experiences, which ended up with us drinking free beer at an opening we stumbled upon down at the VCA. This image alone has had the power to evoke so many more thoughts and memories than I'm prepared to share, but it is for me a powerful reminder why photography is such an evocative and suggestive tool.

This is one of the projects I want to contribute to.

Discarded Object Poster Project

Have you ever seen a single shoe in the gutter, a beanie on the road,or a glove on the tram, and thought about whom the object may have belonged to, and how it got lost?

Embedded within the creases and stains of these objects is a human history that speaks of usage and ownership.

Discarded Object Poster Project involves photographing lost objects and making the images into posters that will be posted around the CBD. The shift in context of the object, especially in contrast to the expected advertising image, will reflect it as a trace of a person the remnant of an action or routine.

A map outlining the posters locations will be produced and launched at Bus Passenger Studio Space in early November. The map will help access the work and create a permanent record of the posters.

Discarded Object Poster Project invites you to submit an image of a discarded object, which will then be made into a poster. Next time you see a shoe/glove/sock (anything!) simply photograph it and send it to discardedobject at hotmail dot com (as a jpeg image, 300dpi or higher if possible) including the location of where it was found.

Thankyou for considering being part of this project!

This project is supported by CLUBSproject and Bus Gallery.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

September 29, 2006

Discarded Object Project Submission

Here is the first image I submitted.

<!-- insert poetic title about fallen women here -->

October 4, 2006

Published Online?

An online collaborative magazine has asked me to submit images for it's first publication, Metroblossom is:-

a collaborative space for exploring the interaction between humans and the nonhuman world. In particular, those presenting their work through this project are interested in the informal and undocumented life with which we are in constant interaction. Through these explorations, metroblossom argues that all life is meaningful, important, and more than worthy of our recognition.

They have chosen 4 images from my utterly urbane series.

Sunshine one [for Kent Johnson]

The images have yet to be published and I had to submit an artists statement as well, which in itself was a good process to go through, as I re-discovered some old bits and bobs of ideas quotes text that had been piling up in various places that I put to good use.

October 7, 2006

A Year Ago...

...today.

East

Geeky Stuff

Technorati need to release the spiders. Do it NOW! Technorati Profile

October 11, 2006

Old Geek news...

... a blog, by Google, aimed at Mac users

October 13, 2006

Time Capsule

Yahoo are asking for contributions to a time capsule they are putting together.

…the Yahoo! Time Capsule sets out to collect a portrait of the world – a single global image composed of millions of individual contributions. This time capsule is defined not by the few items a curator decides to include, but by the items submitted by every human on earth who wishes to participate. We hope to reach a truly global expression of life on earth – nuanced, diverse, beautiful and ugly, thrilling and terrifying, touching and rude, serious and absurd, frank, honest, human.

They are asking for submissions in several themes themes, Love, Anger, Fun, Sorrow, Faith, Beauty, Past, Now, Hope, You. They are also asking for media in a variety of formats, text audio video and of course photography which according to the flickr blog entry where I found this, is leading the pack in terms of numbers.

I had two goes at uploading something, didn't work so at least I can say I gave it a try.

This is the image I tried to up load.

I chose Faith as the category that I wanted to contribute to. [I originally wanted to choose hope but the artist's idea or maybe Yahoo's idea of what that meant isn't quite how I define hope, perhaps more on that later.]

My description.
A tree against a wall, co-existing, struggling; yet surviving. I believe in humanity's ability to adapt and to survive to co-exist, I believe that what we make is beautiful—most of the time—and how that, what we make, interacts with it's environment defines us.

Let me ask both of my readers this question then –
How do you define the word hope?

October 16, 2006

Blogged Elsewhere on the Web

On the Digital Photography School Blog in fact, in an article about using light to add impact to your photography.

*_*

October 18, 2006

Surrealism Personified

Just when you think you've seen it all on flickr up pops another great image maker.

This set by akiruna, reminds me of the power to transform the world into something that simply re-affirms our existence, dare I say it it fills me with—hope?

October 20, 2006

Geek-dom Overload

My good friend Bart, a fellow flickrnaut and top notch graphic designer, pointed me to this this morning.

pic-lens icon

The interwebs being the interwebs I dutifully went for a look. Downloaded and installed it. What's the big deal here, I thought? I can't see any immediate changes to my browser, Safari, and there is only an option to turn it off in the Menu-bar, but once I found the sweet spot I was sorely impressed!

Burtynsky Photographer

And now for something completely different, Edward Burtynsky's web-site is as beautiful as it is thought provoking, photographer or not you will be moved by the images and text here.

Thanks to barb for the heads up.

October 21, 2006

Sony Ericsson k610i Phone

beer gadgets 'n flickr

New phone with increased resolution, the ability to blog to blogger from the phone, more features yet to be explored I'm sure. One thing though and I'm not sure if it's me or not, but the interface on this phone seems marginally more elegant than my k700i, wish I could make the text smaller though.

So I guess there's going to be a flurry of cheesy mobile phone shots in these parts over the coming days, unless the novelty wears off quicker than that?

There is talk afoot of a Darkroom session amongst some of the Melbourne Flickrnauts, in the Melbourne Silver Mine Pool. Interesting idea, might be fun?

Simon Roberts a European Photojournalist, has some powerful imagery on his site I particularly like the Polar Nights series. Sadly It's a flash driven site so you will have to go poke around in there yourself to find the series I'm talking about, yet another reason not to use flash [imho].

The weather patterns here in Melbourne at the moment are perfect for photography, a brief shower followed by, sunshine provides glorious colour as all the dust is washed off things and the moisture glows beautifully in the sunshine.

Small update here as I sip my first coffee for the day in readiness to head out and snap of off the odd shot or two, this little people project is intriguing and insightful, thanks to felix42 over at delicious

October 24, 2006

Is TV Dead?

Jeff over at, Buzzmachine argues eloquently about the demise of TV, the head honcho of the BBC even attempts to refute Jeff's claims. I've long been a fan of the idea grass roots TV that is driven by viewers choice not some programmer's idea of what we want to see, with a sponsor leaning over their shoulder telling them what they are prepared to sponsor. Is this the beginning of the end of lowest common denominator Media?

We can only hope.

A couple of days ago, I commented on the fad that is HDR sweeping flickr, I have found another article on the matter

November 2, 2006

Photographers & Flash Player!

Rant warning here!

Been looking at a couple of sites that Joerg Colberg over on Conscientious has been pointing out, recently.

Flash player seems mandatory, why?

Apart from the usual usability issues, about flash, what do these photographers do when they want to make a small change to their sites, what of the people in the world not running high speed internet connections and high powered computers?

What if I want to dwell on an image for longer than the flash programmer has deemed suitable, what if I want to choose my own path through the images in their portfolio rather than one deemed a by the photographer, an advantage I guess

I gave up on the 3 sites that I clicked on from the Conscientious blog, and I'm on ADSL here at the moment, even though Spencer Murphy's seemed promising.

November 3, 2006

Meanwhile...

…elsewhere on the web, barb and myself have contributed to an online project called discarded object project

November 4, 2006

iView Media Pro

Archiving 101.001

As part of my submission to the discarded object poster project, I went trawling through my archives for about a dozen or so images that it had been suggested would work.

A task, that ordinarily would have sunken to the bottom of the pool if it weren't for flickr and iView Media Pro.

After setting up a special set of the suggested images using tags, I then tracked down the dates that I had shot them, by year. Then I loaded up that year's catalogue in iView Media Pro, and based on the dates taken from my flickr stream, I quickly, easily and accurately found each image. Then after locating the physical disk, I archive my work to CD roms, it was a simple matter or control clicking and transferring the file to the appropriate location on my hard drive.iView Media Pro is even polite enough to ask me, how I want to handle this process.

Archiving 101.02

All up a 45 minute job to track down about 13 images spanning 3 years of photography, not sure I can even do it that quick with proof sheets, as it is often a case of relying solely on memory of when an image was taken to find an image, my proofs are filed chronologically.

Currently my workflow involves, creating a catalogue of images every-time I download from the camera, then assigning keywords and any other meta-data that I see fit. Once that folder contains roughly 500 to 700 meg of data, I burn it to a CD, after creating a catalogue of the contents of the entire folder. Then each time a new catalogue is created I import the entire catalogue into an existing catalogue file organised by year. The advantage of importing catalogue files is that all keywords and meta-data is imported as well, so so long as I add the meta-data at the initial download that follows through to the final catalogue each year. Date of course are handled automatically and I assume are based on Camera meta-data and exif files.

All in all an elegant piece of software, which I am still learning the intricacies of, that is making my life and workflow much easier

November 10, 2006

Action.....

Things have begun to go into warp drive around here soon, keep an eye on my old blog to see what may pan out.

Things are being made worse by a lack of interwebs at work, thanks to technical problems from our ISP, what did we do before computers and the internet became so pervasive?

November 25, 2006

Double edged Sword

I really appreciate and am conscious of the sense of community provided by sites like flickr, and jpgmag, but in a noise to signal ratio world [where the signal is low] it's often difficult to get noticed, and noticed for the right reasons.

Sites like jpgmag, seem to have come from that need of recognition that so many folks hanker for. I wish I could say that I don't really suffer this, but hey I'm human and being ignored is something many humans don't shine to very well. So in the spirit of the online community that has developed over the last couple of years around photography, I ask both my readers to vote for my images on jpg mag.

While we're at it, please vote for barb, charlie, donina, gil hamish, mike.

November 26, 2006

Readin' Writin' No 'Rithmetic Though

Thanks to Alec Soth and Joerg Colberg, I've spent some quality time with some interesting links today, A.D. Coleman a photography writer who I respect, has an old school site that is homely yet a bit out of touch with contemporary web design and content delivery. It could be a blog, but I'm not sure it is? Worth revisiting though.

Another gem, by Bill Jay, is a site that allows you to download his writings as .pdf files, again kinda quaint and worthy of further exploration.

November 29, 2006

Tom Waits on You Tube

Well I missed this Letterman Show, never watch it actually, I personally know of nobody who normally watches it, otherwise I would asked them to have taped it.

Also a YouTube Video of the interview between Tom Waits and David Letterman.

November 30, 2006

Urban Landscapes

Born in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur lives and works in Montreal. She completed a BFA in 1996 and a MFA in 2002 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Since the late 1990s, she has been known for her large-format digital montages and her site-specific installations while she also produced public art works, videos and net art projects

Also, here is a bad interview by some one who doesn't REALLY appreciate Tom Wait's music. Either that or they just edited it poorly. I have to confess, I've talked about music and art in the past, if I WAS to align myself with a musician Tom Waits would probably come in first, followed by TISM.

Not sure if listing TISM is a good thing though?

Speaking of contemporary edgy punch in the face imagery.

December 1, 2006

Narrative - Story Telling

An interesting approach to story telling, and narrative is used on this Website of Tim Hetherington 's work

December 3, 2006

Time For Reflection?

Just returned from a day or two away, in the hills, with no web access.

I'm thinking of taking a brief hiatus from blogging.

To quote, John Cato, one of the men attributed with setting up photographic studies at a Tertiary level in Melbourne.

“ I use a camera”

December 11, 2006

Upcoming Photo Exhibition

roqueted

Thanks to the interwebs and word of mouth by one of my students, I have some work showing in Melbourne.

The Discarded Object Poster Project, which both myself and barb have submitted work to, will be opening Tuesday 12th, at Bus Gallery Passenger Studio Space, 117 Lt Lonsdale St, 6 - 8 pm.The show runs, until Sunday 17th December. Tours to view the posters around the city will take place on Wednesday 13th and Sat 16th at 12pm, leaving from Bus Gallery.

I never would have thought that word of mouth and the internet would have played a part in my creative output

December 12, 2006

Citizen Photojournalism?

Barb has had her image of the sunset over the beach published online by the age

December 14, 2006

NSW Portrait Exhibition?

Outside the NGV

A Grass roots campaign, has begun to attempt to re-instate the Citi-bank Portrait Photography prize and exhibition at the AGNSW*.

There is a flickr group that allows you to showcase your best portrait in an effort to show the folks at AGNSW* what they are missing out on, as well.

*Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

December 15, 2006

Australian Bushfires

Bushfire tag screengrab for my blog

The Australian Bush-fires have had an impact on flickr.

That speaks volumes in my opinion!

Will this bring an onslaught of "Art" images revolving around the devastation as has been mentioned in other blogs out there? Personally I am interested in the scarification of the landscape, and will venture out there, camera or two in hand, when it all dies down, might even pull out the 5 x 4?

December 19, 2006

Less is More..

...and popular isn't always the best, I'm told that this photo-blog is popular, I can see why it's popular but that doesn't make it good work. It is all obviously processed in a post production tool like photoshop. Over processed at that!

December 22, 2006

Silent Night

I may not be in a position to post over the next 4 days or so. I promise to return with a vengeance AFTER Christmas.

December 31, 2006

Flock The Browser For Web 2.0

Flock

Been Using Flock a fair bit of late, hats off to Lord Of The Flies over on flickr for prompting me to give it another go.

Flock's flickr stream bar

This browser is very much geared towards to Web 2.0 and the social aspect of the internet.

Flickr forms a major part in it's design and use, along with delicious, blogging and of course news feeds. Clicking on a small icon that appears in the bottom right corner of any photo on flickr allows you to launch that person's stream at the top of the browser window and then very quickly scroll across it to see what's new in thumbnail form. If something grabs you you can click on it to view the larger picture and entire page below.

Flock Uploader

It has a built in photo-uploader, that allows quick and easy uploading directly from it's interface. Tagging is real easy and adding to your own sets is an easy next step after adding a title description and tags.

Flock Snippets Bar

Another great feature is the snippets bar at the bottom of the screen, here you can store text and images for later use.

Flock & Bookmarking

Bookmarking has deli.cio.us built right in, this took me a little while to realise but was most likely due to my own ignorance more than poor design on flock's part. You can choose to share or not to share your bookmark/s as you work.

All in all this browser is shaping up to be a good all-rounder. I wish however that the curser when clicked around on the screen didn't keep disappearing, and I have yet to test flock for colour fidelity.

Colour & Flock

Well a simple test seems to indicate that Flock like Firefox doesn't use colorsync like Safari, ah well.

Safari & Flock Compared

January 1, 2007

Camera Icons

Holiday Fun

Many people like to personalise their computers in many ways, using different icon sets to the ones that come with the computer is one of them. I am no exception, of course though I like to try and find photography related ones. Rarely is there much out there. As a consequence,I make my own using my small collection of cameras, I photograph them and make icons using the neat little free-ware app called cocothumbX.If you have a mac and would like some let me know I'd be happy to share them.

January 28, 2007

A New Search Engine Is in Town

Search Engine

Snap.com is a new browser on the market with a unique approach to searching, very visual and reasonably fast, so-so results on my chosen search terms so far, might report back in a week or two with some user tested results.

I get the impression that their 'bot' is still indexing and if this is the case maybe they'll need to hurry on up and get a move on.

On a side note you can add a neat little bit of javascript to any site that allows snap.com to search images from that page. I took a screen-grab from my website as my mobile phone blog is yet to produce any results.


Snap.com in Action II

January 29, 2007

Skitch

Skitch

I'm beta testing this application Skitch, very nice indeed, simple intuitive, easy to work out, certainly not a high end graphics application, but more than suitable for most folks. Thanks to Atariboy for the invitation to test.

Useful for quick screen grabs or sketches that you need to e-mail, or use online somewhere. I guess given that I'm back at work as of tomorrow, this will come in handy in classes for sure and for working with peers.

It has the expected suite of tools for painting and drawing, a text tool and eraser tool, a small colour palette and the ability to capture a screen or a series of screens. They can then be either posted online, e-mailed or dragged and dropped in a variety of file formats. Archiving is a neat feature as well, I'm going to explore that further over the coming weeks, to see how I can better use this. Simple and useful tool for sure, especially when tied in with iView Media Pro and VoodooPad Pro.

On the exhibition front,things are all on track, just saving up for the huge hole about to be made in the credit cards when I get the images printed.

The second batch of A3 proofs looks pretty good. The profile I used was ok, out of the box, I haven't tested it exclusively yet, I'll maybe do some more testing over the coming weeks. I also think I need to consider different paper stocks, I used 5 year old paper made by Epson, and I know that the, variety and choices of paper stocks out there is mind boggling. Someone once told me that digital would see the re-introduction of choices only heard of in photography before WWII, when trade secrets started locking away all sorts of formulas and ideas. One can only hope, because I have to admit, the idea of making these prints though a service bureau is not filling me with joy, if I was to print them myself, either as analogue or digital prints I would feel far more comfortable about where they are heading, in terms of cost and final appearance.

Finally blogger is playing up this morning, so I have yet to upload my mobile phone shot for the day, one more go later, if no good this will make the 2nd day I've missed.

January 30, 2007

morning light...

... can it make everything beautiful.

this not toast

February 6, 2007

Photo Sales

serendipity?

Trying a new photo site, aimed at selling mainly, so not that much use to me, we'll see, already a few flickrnauts moving in.

February 13, 2007

A Request?

Anyone able to help me tweak my movable type template? I lost the whole front page for a few hours last night, all's well now except I really want to add some features such as links to other sites and my flickr stream.

February 16, 2007

GUI gripes?

snap gui

I have not been using snap a great deal, and here's a picture that tries to explain why. How much of this sluggish performance is my computer and how much it is the site and how much is it the interwebs itself?

Uploaded with plasq's Skitch

February 18, 2007

More Great Photography

File, has some great stuff and a couple of big names too. Checkit

February 19, 2007

Strangeness?

desktop-20070219-055327.jpg

While researching some idea for titles for my solo show in March, I noticed that my own set for the show, ranks number 10 in the google listings, yesterday anyways.

What a pleasant surprise. Hope it helps with the publicity?


February 25, 2007

Mophone Browsing

Opera Mini™ - Free Web Browser for your Mobile Phone

Thanks to Andrew for pointing me to this browser for my mobile phone, far easier to use than the built in browser on my mobile phone

Opera Mini


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February 28, 2007

Online Exhibition

Submit a piece to this gallery and have your work exhibited in Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, in the show entitled, "The rapid mutation of amateur photography in the digital age"

They are asking some pertinent and burning questions, among them:-

Does the digital shift constitute a revolution, or merely an evolution?
Does the shift represent a real democratization of photography?
Is citizen photojournalism worthy of its name?
Does the shift threaten the livelihood of professional photographers in fundamental ways?
Does the shift represent a shift towards more authenticity or truthfulness — or less?

Looks like others are thinking along the same lines, which is good I enjoy a good quest.

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March 1, 2007

Beginning of the End?

down the tubes!

So I decided to try and publicise my upcoming Solo Show on the flickr blog. In the past, if you had an upcoming event, adding it to upcoming dot org and notifying the flickr team via e-mail was all that was required to get it added to the front page of the blog. Sometimes you even got sent schwag. Well now it ain't so simple. Inevitable really I guess, flickr has turned into a monster and now that Yahoo owns it, the inevitable corporate language will creep in, along with lengthy delays in getting help. And it's that subtle language that is sending me the signal that things are not what they seemed, well I guess another year and then who knows. It has been a fun 2 1/2 years so far.

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March 11, 2007

Linkage

Just an interesting link today, thanks to 1000 words of flickr fame.

I am dropping the files off at the printers tomorrow, fingers crossed! Tomorrow week I start hanging the work.

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March 22, 2007

Browsers?

Usage Statistics for s2art.polydistortion.net - March 2007

Checking my stats for this blog the other day, and I was flabbergasted to see these 2 browsers even register on the radar!

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April 11, 2007

Sharing & Caring

save to del-icio-us

One of things that I've felt has been so exciting about the internet, is the ability to generate content, by it's users.

This is made all the more easier with sites like flickr, &and del.icio.us, as they partially exist for this reason. This ability then adds a level of power to the process of content creation unseen or heard of; ever. Of course with power comes some responsibility. This is where using the save to delicious link at the bottom of every flickr page comes in.

Assuming you have a delicious account. When you find an image you like, clicking on this link will launch a small window or open a page. This page will then enable you to add this image yo your delicious account, to share with others who use delicious, AND if you add the tag, "photoblog-posts" it can also be found by a site called, blog.photoblogs.org, who may then choose to feature this image on their own blog.

It's all about sharing you see.

If you didn't have a delicious account before reading this, I'm going to assume yo now do, here's my delicious account, I have a small network of fellow web users, and they have very kindly shared their links with me.

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April 14, 2007

I Remember When..

I didn't spend hours and hours on a computer or online.

Scrapblog Builder

Life has been a little pre-web around here. What with the discovery of my new location,and spending as much time as I can either out on location or in the darkroom processing and printing, or checking out some of the excellent shows on in galleries around town at the moment. I meant to post this a couple of days ago. Ne'er mind.

Thanks to lifehacker.com>via webware, this little gem will keep those who like to scrap book happy; me I'd like to think of it as a way to build and share collaborative work such as magazines. I have after all had a long [amateur] interest in page-layout, typography & graphic design.

At a professional level, my students could possibly use this site as well.

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April 20, 2007

Quoting 3RRR

I want one!

Five Phreakin' Mega-pixels

[posted with ecto]

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April 27, 2007

Creative Commons iSummit

In my inbox this morning

I'm writing to ask for your help.

Two years ago, iCommons established the yearly iSummit conference as a way to bring together the thinkers, innovators, and pioneers of the "Open" movement.

This year's iSummit (taking place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June 15th through 17th) will bring together more than 250 key players for two days of intense discussion and debate about our digital freedoms and the future of the Internet. It is critical to assure that a truly global legal perspective is represented at this important conference.

Creative Commons International affiliates are crucial to the success of the iSummit and of Creative Commons globally. The iSummit is the one opportunity each year for these dedicated volunteers drawn from universities and cultural institutes to learn from each other face to face and plan for the challenges and opportunities facing the movement in the next year. Enabling these volunteers to participate in the iSummit is truly the most leveraged way to support Creative Commons at this time.

In order for Creative Commons to provide affiliates with scholarships to attend this critical conference, we need your help in raising $50,000 within the next two weeks. This is a daunting task, but we strongly believe that you, our community, will help us reach this goal.

Please visit http://creativecommons.org/support to give to the fund. All of our usual cool premiums are available.

To help, Digital Garage, a major sponsor of iSummit 2006, is matching the first $20,000 that is contributed.

This campaign will end when we have raised $50,000, or in two weeks, whichever comes first. We will be posting updates from our international affiliates each day of the campaign.

If your company is interested in contributing matching funds or if you have questions about the campaign, please contact our Development Coordinator, Melissa Reeder, at melissa@creativecommons.org.

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May 2, 2007

Time wasting on the interwebs

So, as if flickr wasn't enough of a time waster, now twitter!

Here's my list of social/sharing sites that I'm involved in

So, as far as I can see, twitter is really for folks who as a flickrnaut recently said, "people who are chained to their computers". My question is then, are any of these sites of any real use in our lives, particularly if your job description does not include working all day everyday on a computer?

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May 3, 2007

More Social Sites!

Thanks to Jayjuice, I was reminded of my lastfm account and little did I know I also had a claimId account.

When will it end?

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May 5, 2007

24 Hours of flickr

I've signed up to this new pool on flickr called 24 hours of flickr.

Today, now not only am I committed to take pictures as much as possible, I am, with lot's of help from Andrew, finishing off moving my website. This means setting up/changing mail, both mine [no biggy] and Nik's [hmm, in the past I've only used/setup pop mail]. And hanging out with my old friend Dan Bacon and his financé, who I am taking to the airport this evening.

nik 'n missi

On the mail front IMAP is a little new to me, but I'm told it's a little more spam resistant. I'm the tech person in this house, so I "just make it work". Nik [seen here on the left] doesn't share my interest or patience with technology.

[posted with ecto]

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May 6, 2007

Contemplating...

...my next move. After yesterday's post regarding what to do, the ONLY digital shots I took were on my mophone, the rest on film. But now after looking through the pool, which I might add is a fair microcosm of what flickr has become, I'm thinking I may not add an image, we'll see what the film turns up?

on the way

time warp

[posted with ecto]

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May 8, 2007

Flickr's New Slideshow

Your favorite photos on Flickr

Flickr has re-jigged their slide show, bigger and better, not bad imho.

Check this slide show of my favourites

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May 13, 2007

New Photography & Art Publication

Only 13 days late! A new online magazine worth a look. Art Signal from Spain.

Thanks to Jim Johnson, over at (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography

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May 15, 2007

Tumblr

Another innovative tool that I can't seem to get to work? Tumblr pulls all your content together into one place, and can act as a quick interface for short blogging style notations. Personally I can't get it to work?

Tumblr

This screen-grab, shows what you can do with it, but, the part that really interests me is, the feeds tab. Using it you add all the right links then it supposedly collates all your feeds together giving you one great big blog, automatically? I think?

And what is the difference between this and virb?

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Tumblr re-visited

Well after a quick e-mail and a very quick response, it seems tumblr it self was in a bit of a mess this morning. So with much fanfare I introduce, my tumblr account

Confluence

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May 20, 2007

Jpgmag

There's been some stirrings at JPGMAG.com. Derek and Heather have moved on from the magazine.

It is strange yet heartening to see such a public display of quasi-corporate machinations and politics. I did have an account there but it was never a major focus of my creative energies so I've deleted it, in true flickr fashion there is even a pool of images of screen-grabs that people have taken as they delete theirs.

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May 25, 2007

Neo-Documentary?

The distinction between photo-journalism, documentary photography and art photography, has been blurred significantly over the last 10 years or so, I've created a new set, that I will use to attempt to explore this idea further.

This was the image that got me thinking.

The blurred bird, was the catalyst for that thought.

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May 30, 2007

Job?

Fancy writing for about.com?

There's a vacancy there for a photography writer, I gave it a go but didn't get far?

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May 31, 2007

1st Youtube Video

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June 4, 2007

Breif Hiatus

Sadly I'm not in a postion to blog as frequently as I'd like, for the next few days, so things will be a little light on.

No doubt about it technology will fail you at some point.

June 15, 2007

Triumphant Return

I'm back! After a dead laptop, and a weekend away at the Daylesford Foto-Biennale, things are almost back in shape.

Even though I don't have a built in DVD burner on my laptop, I've been able to retreive most software, that had no install disk, and all my documents made prior to December.

I've got to confess the excercise was the least painful of my entire geek existence thanks to the cd roms mainly and perhaps experience, plenty of printed serial numbers and a book of username password cominations.

Sadly I lost a handful of digital photos, whci is kind of ironic in a way, in my 20 + years of making images I lost 2 or 3 negs. I actually don't know how many digita photos I've lost, but suffice to say, my entire current project is still safe.

This weeeknd I'm hoping to re-visit Daylesford, at least for 1 day, and catch some more of the excellent work on show up there.

June 17, 2007

Early Web Art

Poking around on Zeldman's site I found this gem, of an early web art experiment.

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June 27, 2007

Collective Memory?

Collective Image Memory?

An interesting idea but still does it carry any meaning?

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July 19, 2007

New Google Maps Feature

Googles Maps

This looks like a cool new feature from Google Earth, is it even new though?

Thanks to Peter from the AusPcTagging Group for the heads up.

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July 20, 2007

Pownce

Pownce

I managed to get me an invite to pownce, thanks there brendadada. I have 2 invites left?

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July 27, 2007

Blogger.com, changes

blogger.com on safari

Some changes it seems have occurred around blogger.com, recently, is this a web standards move, or something to do with Safari 3.01?

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More Geek

I'm no technology commentator but this AIR app by adobe seems to have a lot of potential, and overall I ike the idea of applications moving off the desktop and online so to speak. Given that air is a technology that and I'm quoting Adobe here:-

Adobe AIR is a cross–operating system runtime that enables developers to leverage their existing web development skills in Adobe Flash®, Adobe Flex™, HTML, JavaScript, and Ajax to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) to the desktop.

Web developers are excited about Adobe AIR because it enables them, for the first time, to build and deploy cross-platform desktop applications without having to learn complex OS-centric development technologies.

Interestingly one even may give skitch a run for it's money. It's called screenplay.

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August 5, 2007

In The Beginning

This is where it all began, flickr even has, or is that had its own group

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August 10, 2007

Time Wasting 101

Googlefight

Feel the need to waste some time? Try this URL, type in two names and see who comes out the better.

For those who care Santa beats Jesus hands down! Jesus, 131,000,000 results - Santa, 301,000,000 results

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August 11, 2007

The List grows

In my search for a stable set of image uri's brenda has put me onto this site, theblackstripe.com, and this image is being hosted there.

Again the features are there like flickr, but as of this writing no signs of a "community" ie groups. The interface I would rate better than ipernity, and less funky than Multiply, but slightly more elegant.

I am disappointed that I can only seem to link back to one size photo as well? More to come over the coming days.

This is an interesting feature, a link to albums. And while ipernity and multiply might have this feature, I've yet to see/find them.

So I can for example link straight to the albums I create, but unlike flickr not to any slideshow feature? Hmmm?

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August 24, 2007

Summer Art in Europe

documenta 12 is one of the reasons I guess that the tyranny of distance* still forms a part of the Australian Psyche.

"The documenta is regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art, drawing attention from all over the world. It was initiated in 1955 by the artist and art educator, Arnold Bode, in Kassel. After the period of Nazi dictatorship, it was intended to reconcile German public life with international modernity and also confront it with its own failed Enlightenment.

Nobody would have thought at that time that the exhibition, often called the One Hundred Day Museum, would become an unparalleled success. Nevertheless, the twelfth documenta will be taking place in summer 2007."

I only found this thanks the social nature of the web, thanks Charlie, if you're out there.

*Strangely wikipedia has no entry for Geoffrey Blainy's seminal work, and yet I am able to find, an article, that appears to refute the notion/s about distance and character. A disclaimer also, I have never actually read Blainey's book.

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August 25, 2007

Politics

Hmmmm?

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September 5, 2007

Maps, Mapping & Web 2.0

I've long held an interest in maps in particular from the perspective of identity and location. Discovered this site this morning thanks to flickr

What I like about this site is it's a little more intuitive, than the others I've encountered so far, and the filters seem pretty powerful.

wiki map

Perhaps I'll wax lyrical a little more about the idea of maps identity and location in an other post?

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September 7, 2007

Old Skool Web Design

A free CD rom from RenoBrothers.com.au, given to us at the RACV home show, surprised me no end in it's poor design and usability.

Given that the clientele that were likely to show up to this kind of event, I was pretty dismayed at the lack of real text that could be zoomed and the reliance on pdf's embedded in a flash player.

I spent several minutes digging around the contents of the CD trying to find the place to start. Eventually, I did find it and hey what's a few minutes between friends eh?

Then! Lo and behold, the text didn't render very well on the front page command + did nothing to ANY of the text. Surely I thought to myself things can't be ALL that bad, this site looks very nice, so I continued to navigate around.

Eventually I got a bit lost, , so I thought no worries, I'll just hold down my back button and CHOOSE from a list of pages recently visited and get back to the page I think had the info on it I wanted. Sadly all got is a list of untitled pages?

RenoBrothers.com.au

The front page of the CD ROM

RenBrothers.com.au

This is actually the 3rd screen, with the pdfs embedded in a flash player, the second screen seemed more like a afterthought with a bunch of text links dumped in the middle of the page, not even worthy of consideration.

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September 10, 2007

A Question?

Anyone else using Movable Type, NOT getting, responses e-mailed to them since the new verison came out a week or so ago?

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September 25, 2007

Ipernity & Groups

Popped in to my Ipernity.com account last night, and to my delight discovered that they at last have groups. So naturally I started my own. No surprises on the idea behind it, it's a Lo-Fi camera group.

From the team at Ipernity themselves:-

Note: This is a very first release of Groups. We'll enhance of course this feature during the next weeks. We invite you to visit from time to time our Blog, where you'll find all the news about ipernity.

So I also joined a smattering of others as well.

How I will cope between flickr and ipernity is another issue to consider.

This forming of groups got me thinking, as many will be duplicates of existing flickr groups I'm sure, about the social fabric of online communities, and how they appear to mimic real life in terms of dissent and disagreement, except that when folks feel disaffected in online and web 2.0 communities, they simply move on and set up another community.

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Deja-Vu

groups

Here's a list of groups from ipernity, I think it speaks volumes that flowers, macros, sunsets, and black and white are popular.

In case you can't read the text or see the screen-grab hosted back on ipernity, here's a list:-

  • Mono Images ie b&w
  • Sunrise - Sunset
  • Architecture
  • Grafitti
  • Landscape
  • Flowers

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September 28, 2007

More on the Web

So yesterday, on flickr I left a comment about Australia's National Telco, Telstra and how I wanted to NOT get on a soapbox about them. One of the respondents asked, "What is Telstra". I responded by googling "We Hate Telstra", I came across this article, from the age, that summed it all up really quite well. Clicking on the author's blog link lead me to this article which incorporates ideas I've long held close to my heart.

What has this to do with photography? Well I'm glad that all three of you asked? Changes are afoot in the nature of the hierarchies of structure of photography, it's histories and acknowledgment of photographers who produce significant work. No longer will curators in dressed black, sporting condescending black rimmed glasses be the arbiters of quality and meaning. At the very least we will see the notion of good photography split into, many many camps and schools of thought, all out of reach and control of galleries both State Sponsored and privately owned, I'm guessing, anyways.

All in all I'm excited, about photography's spread and use that has been accelerated by the internet and the lowering costs of digital cameras.

All this from a casual comment and a quick google search.

Finally an article that extolls the virtues of Web 2.0, in particular flickr in the classroom. Albeit a little old, [written in 2005], some aspects of the article are no longer relevant. certainly worth some thought.

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September 27, 2007

The Power of the Web

Thanks, to monkeyinfez, for his recent input, as always, I'm impressed by the web's ability to bring people with similar ideas and interests together, check his stream on flickr, and his blog.

Now If I can just get my blog-roll happening again?

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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 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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October 18, 2007

Macintosh Browser

Googalyzer

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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November 20, 2007

Slide Show Feature

Blogger has just added a neat little slide show feature that allows you to run a slide show in the sidebar of your blog, all you need is an account with someone like flickr or paint-bucket or picassa, and away you go.

December 4, 2007

Places

A new feature has been introduced to the flickr experience, called places, it allows you to search for and find images of places around the globe.

December 9, 2007

2007 Flickr X-mas Meet

Melbourne Victoria Australia, Workshop Bar Elizabeth St.

Thanks to Burntfilm [Rob].

December 19, 2007

Technorati, & Blogging

It's interesting seeing how my images are used around the internet, the consumerist uses this image, in an article about Borders and plastic bags, another article about rock and roll and taxes used a graffiti image of Jim Morrison that I photographed, to decry the lack of 'attitude' to the tax department.

All this thanks to bighugelabs.com's flickr dna page.

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

netscape
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

January 11, 2008

Copyright and the big guns

sigh... why am I NOT surprised?

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

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
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

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.

February 3, 2008

Online software

Just sent off a request to Aviary - Creation on the fly / tools, for access to their software when it's launched.

[From Aviary - Creation on the fly / tools]

Thanks to Subbzy for the heads up

February 14, 2008

Search Results

The new game on flickr, laugh at the search terms people use on google and yahoo and get a bigger laugh on the images they find

Referring domain | Stats | flickr.com
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

February 23, 2008

From the flickr blog

Photography and memory are culturally intertwined in ways that are beyond my abiltiy to write about, but this little find, is; well; worth a thousand words.

[From Message in a bottle « Flickr Blog]

Perhaps you might like to skip the blog entry and head straight over, to photojojo?

Errr this assumes you have a flickr account right?

March 9, 2008

NetVibes

Netvibes a neat little tool I'm using to monitor all sorts of feeds data and other Web 2.0 stuff has just added a new feature of a public page and added a more sociable context to the site, page.

You can find me on, this page.

March 11, 2008

IE8 and Standards?

Haven't really been following this debate, but makes for an interesting read

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : Microsoft reverses version targeting default.

[From Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : Microsoft reverses version targeting default]

This is my favourite bit:-

"given a company-wide reorientation away from proprietary winner-take-all competitiveness and toward interoperability"

March 26, 2008

Nikon D90 Specifications Revealed

Here's a great laugh!

..."My Nikon contact tells me their R&D people are now working on a system that eliminates the photographer altogether. Nikon's customer research has discovered that when a photographer takes a great image, they claim all the credit. But when a photographer takes a bad image, they blame the camera.

By eliminating the photographer, Nikon plan to eliminate lousy photos altogether..."

[From Nikon D90 Specifications Revealed]

Now if folks in this thread would just read it!

May 18, 2008

Blatant Self-Promotion

Our national broadcaster has blogged about my trolley project.

[From Articulate: Lots and lots of photos of shopping trolleys]

Firstly, I am surprised that the ABC has a blogging system in place, secondly, I'm glad some one else, would appreciate the now finished project.

June 13, 2008

Web Games

A whimsical self portrait created using fd's tools, and these 12 questions from this blog

This is who I am

August 2, 2008

Excuses

I'm currently with out my laptop and it's associated software, stay tuned for updates

August 7, 2008

a.viary.com

Safari
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

I signed up for this online photo editing service, a.viary.com, with what appears to be a social twist. I have 4 invites left, let me know if you want one.

August 11, 2008

No Need To Worry

Yesterday I blogged about what I thought was an unauthorised use of one of my images.

Needless to say my fears were unfounded. The authors of the video that was used to market the book, was the only place that my image was used, and I've been attributed for my image so it's all fair and square.

This is in my mind the right way to behave in the digital era.

October 1, 2008

Commenting?

Since the recent upgrade of Movable Type, I've NOT been receiving e-mail notifications of comments. So I'm manually checking to see if folks have commented. If you've left a comment over the last few weeks and it has not appeared, please, e-mail me or leave another. I am checking more regularly now.

October 4, 2008

Yet Another Photo site

Through the vagaries of hyper-linking I found this site called Photo-shelter.

photosheler public page
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This site has a more commercial bent to it than flickr and other sites I've compared., it aims to sell 'stock' photographs. I've created an account and have been poking around for a few hours. While it doesn't have the smooth and intuitive, albeit flash driven feel of flickr, it's not bad. There maybe some social networking aspects to the site, but I've yet to find them. Which makes sense the site is about selling images.

Their up-loader on the other hand is not my liking, nor suited to my style of organising imagery. A beautiful tool is a sight to behold, and a joy to work with, this is none of those. If I am to spend extensive amounts of time using a tool, I'd prefer if it was elegant simple to use and had some sense of visual logic to it.

photoshelter uploader interface
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October 26, 2008

Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics

Should we be alarmed?

[From Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics]

Same old same old?

November 14, 2008

Identity Crisis: We don't know who we are any more...

...but have we ever

[From Valleywag]

sorry the article isn't about photography or identity per se, but a thought provoking read anyway, particulalry if you are paranoid about your identity online.

January 1, 2009

Magazine Advertising Predicited to Decline

well duuh!

[From A Photo Editor - Hello, Is That The Bottom I See?]

Magazines: We estimate magazine advertising revenue to decrease 15.0% in 2009 (vs. our prior down 12.5% estimate) and decline a further 5.0% in 2010.

Is anybody surprised?

June 23, 2010

Flickr is gone?

Well according to this page it is?

pffft
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August 12, 2010

More Online Experiments

Today, saw the creation of a new collaborative project, shared between myself and 3 other iPhone users. The project is hosted by posterus, and is called 4over3.posterous.com. We all share a similar approach to picture making and have a similar regard for the web and its ability to share regardless of time, place or space. Where it will go I have no idea, we are spread across the globe, 1 in Asia, 1 in Europe and 2 in Australia. I may consider expanding the project to include one or two more people, contact me if you have a passion for picture making, regardless of device, and can afford to connect to the web anywhere anytime.

I also signed onto the eyeem.com site, an online site dedicated to sharing of iPhone pictures.

While we are on the topic of Posterous, I've begun using the space as, another small gallery for spontaneous projects as they occur.

About interwebs

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to musings from the photographic memepool [the shallow end] in the interwebs category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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