Technical difficulties

Having some problems with my internet connection dropping out which have got progressively worse today, so my focus has been on troubleshooting… So it goes

[EDIT August 30] The drop outs have reduced to the point where I can start to do things uninterrupted but it is still happening. I think there is a lesson in this for creativity and photography regarding working within limits and around disruptions.

[EDIT September 2] Still having issues so I have stopped posting until this gets resolved…

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Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

This is s public service announcement for those who know me personally and occasionally follow this blog.

  1. I’m carrying a camera and a white reflector pretty much everywhere.
  2. You may be asked to sit for me with little or no notice.

You have been warned…

In other news, the work of Martin Bauendahl and Peter Augustin caught my eye.

Listening to some Robert Cray. Classic blues

 

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Came across a book on Sunday that I was apparently meant to have. It seemed too much of a coincidence to pass on it.

Read this if you want to take great photographs of people” by Henry Carrol is a slim volume but it has some great examples and advice within its covers.

Just one folio this week from Benoit Courti. There are a couple of galleries to check out and the work is worth the effort.

Listening to Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp & the Melbourne Guitar Quartet

 

 

 

Foo dogs and laneways

Foo dogs and laneways

A selection of images of Melbourne starting from the top of end of Chinatown and working my way down to Flinders Street via the smaller streets and lanes.

 

I walk past the two pairs of Foo dogs on the way to work most days and I have always admired the detail in them The metal and stone introduce their own qualities when you look at the detail in the manes. I also take different routes during lunch through the less popular lanes, so I had a rough idea of my route before I set off.

The weather was not great but the diffused light worked well for me. Starting my walk from the edge of the city meant fewer people to contend with and I will try heading out from the centre next time.

 

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

It occurs to me that I have been looking at portraiture for so long that I lost sight of why.

 

 

The why was so that I was better prepared and perhaps it is time to put what I learned into practice. Great ideas are worth little if they go unrealised and that is the next barrier I must get through. So less looking and more doing.

I did pick up David duChemin’s new e-book Making the image this week to read on my commute (I did say less looking, not none  after all)

Listening to Mediaeval Baebes. I recall having to order Worldes Blysse on CD back in the mid 90’s. Hard to believe 20 years has come and gone but their music is timeless (and a lot easier to get hold of these days).

 

 

More phone photos

More phone photos

I decided to put the rest of the clip on lens kit through its paces. These lenses display the same sharpness issues I saw with the macro lens. These are straight from the phone.

The vignettes with the fish-eye were to be expected and I could crop to square format to reduce it. These are fun lenses and I will continue to play with them but they are not going to replace my existing kit. I think some further editing would help. Keeping the lack of edge to edge sharpness in mind when picking subjects would work too.