trips to the beach

went down to the beach last night at sunset with the girls – the sunset looked promising (it wasn’t really that special in the end but its no biggie) and we had time before the girls needed to be in bed.

I picked up the cameras and a jumper too as it was a bit chilly in the evening air (isn’t it supposed to be summer already? I remember last year it was properly hot by now) and jumped in the car (I know, its only a 10 min walk, but we didn’t have that much time)

Was lovely down there and I took some wicked photos (for which you will have to wait as I’m in the city today and my photos are at home and I’ve not quite finished processing) – abstract and motion blur ones. Took a couple of portraits too which came out pretty well, although I wish I’d thought to being the flash gun to add a little fill light to one of the shots. Next time – I know what I want to achieve in the shot and how to get it now.

The girls went off up the beach jumping over the waves and splashing about in the twilight – they got totally soaked too – they are going to have to wear their bathers when we go again, they just can’t help themselves!

So yeah, was a nice night, relaxed, creative and fun.

Oh, and for those of you who want to know where I live – well, I’m not telling you specific details for obvious reasons, but here’s a general view of the bay from Google Maps.

The bay where I live

Nice, huh?

sunsets

Its been quite a warm and hazy day today which usually bodes well for a corker of a sunset.

I sat on the front porch for a bit as the sun made its way down and lit up the sky

sunset palm

sunset palm

I popped out to get a few beers and a couple of bottles of wine just before the sun went all the way down, then headed a couple of minutes down the road to where all the big posh houses sit high on the dunes overlooking the ocean.

The sunset was lovely and mellow – there’s no wind today and it was so peaceful on the beach. A school (or is is pod?) of dolphins were swimming lazing circles in the bay and a few people were swimming in the last light. Perfect.

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steps


sunset

sunset

The best thing about really still and quiet evenings is I can hear the ocean from my bed as I fall asleep.

photography club

I signed up to join the local club a few months back thinking it would be a good way to meet a few people with similar interests, maybe make a few friends etc, and by and large, I was right. The second Tuesday of every month an ever larger band of people attend Rockingham Photography Club to hear about latest camera gear, tips and tricks, techniques, look at other photographer’s work, enter competitions etc.

I’ve met some nice folk, learned a thing or two and even entered a few pics myself and done rather well so far. Last night there was a small technical issue and my batch of photos wasn’t included (along with a few others) but I didn’t really care – it was nice to see what other people had done without the pressure of my own stuff being judged. The standard of work submitted is quite good – there are some very good photographers who obviously work hard and have a good eye and then there are some others who are still learning.

Kingsley, the club founder and the guy who does the most organising and presenting was talking about backing up digital files last night and what he said made a lot of sense.

He suggested organising photos in folders by year then by month and then by date taken (I do this, just not the month, they are in the folder name of date taken) and then once that month is done, to simply back it up onto a DVD for long term archiving.

Unless you shoot more than 4.7G a month (which is possible with todays large files, however blu-ray will sort that out with 25G disks) it’s such a simple and inexpensive way to back up data in addition to the normal external hard drive method which most people do (I hope) The most it will cost you is 12 DVD’s a year plus cases and somewhere to store them.

So thanks Kingsley – a great idea – I use Time Machine, a second external drive and I shall also start doing this and keep the disks somewhere separate from the computers in case of fire or something.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, my entries for the monthly theme of “looking down” were:

spiralroadurban motion

food photography

Jay and I were talking about this a while ago – we should really document our food preparation!

Jay’s gone back to being Vegan again and I’m edging in the Veggie direction, although having been there and done that for 2 years, I know I’m never going to go that far again.

With all this new found healthy food comes preparation. Lots and lots of it.

So I’m going to document some of the more good looking food.

“Thats great love, hold it, pout, yeah, you’re a tiger *ceerrchick* (is that how a camera sound gets written?)”

Ok, I’m taking the piss a little, but I do love looking at people’s blogs where food is a strong theme, especially when backed up with photography 🙂

some excellent examples of this:

The Kitchen Wench – Ellie makes the best food and takes some wonderfully appealing shots of it too. Tell me you’re not hungry just looking at it?

Lauren – she’s into baking – cakes of all kinds, cookies and cupcakes. Nom nom! Really looking forward to more from her (and not looking forward to resulting exercise I have to do in order to not become a total lard-arse 🙂 )

Ok, its not a huge selection so far, but I’ll add to it as I weave my merry way though the hallowed halls of cooking blogs.

My first effort for this was posted way back on an old blog I used to have, the one where I met Jay, no less. Thats a story for another time 🙂

Apple Crumble

Ingredients: some apples, plain flour, butter and sugar, cinnamon.

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the ingredients

Peel and and core apples

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how'd you like them apples?

Chop apples into small bits, place in pyrex dish
Add a desert spoon on sugar and stir in well
Microwave for 2 mins to soften then add 1/2 a teaspoon of cinamon powder to apples and mix in well

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an apple a day keeps the doctor away

In a mixing bowl, add together 6oz flour, 4 oz butter and 3oz sugar. Mix up with fingers until all the butter has broken up and you are left with a fine crumble mix. Taste to check sweetness (shouldn’t be too sweet, its not a cake!)

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mix mix mix

Place crumble mix on top of apples and level out

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smoooooooth

Place in oven at 200ish degrees for 30 mins until crumble is brown

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ready for eating 🙂

Serve with custard (and red wine, apparently)

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and scoff

Now, clearly I wasn’t focussing on the presentation and photos back then when I did this (more than 3 years ago) but even so, I can *taste* it from these pics.

So, watch this space!

I don’t get Flickr sometimes..

Popularity, its a funny old thing.

Sometimes I think I take some really good photos, but get only a small amount of views and no comments on them, and other times, a shot I think is nothing special gets hundreds of views and favourites and comments really quickly.

Is it my perception of what’s good that’s off base, or do people really like average shots more than the truly good ones?

glossy

The only trouble with the latest batch of films is they are printed on glossy paper. It makes them look beautiful, so sleek, rich and deep, but they pick up fingerprints like a brand new black iPod.

Anyway – I’ve scanned them all in now, Holga and Trip and I have to say, I’m really happy with them. No post processing on them, only on a couple just to correct some slight washing out from the scanner, not to enhance the final result.

The Olympus Trip 35 shots that I was disappointed with initially have scanned from the print really well and come out with a definite vintage feel that I didn’t pick up from the print itself. Maybe its something in the scan process, they look very close to the prints to me, but somehow have picked up a little magic on the way.

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perth wheel
spaces

The Holga shots were wicked, and I’m finally digging black and white – I might have to buy some more Tri-X and shoot off a load more

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porsche

picture taking

so, after yesterday’s post – I have finally finished a 24 shot roll in the Trip 35. I’ll send it and the upteen rolls of 120 film off to be developed on Monday – hell, I might even take them in in person.

Was a busy work day – the car was playing up as the garage somehow stuffed up tightening the new alternator belt – they sorted that quickly whilst I waited, not that they had much choice, I just handed them the keys and plonked myself in the reception with my laptop (had to do some urgent work).

Jay went out getting lots of craft stuff for the kids today, so they had a making stuff afternoon which they really enjoyed – so did I, glad not to have the noise of the Wii in the background whilst I’m trying to work!! .

Took some shots at the beach this afternoon too – I havent done that in ages, so its nice to get some more photos. There’s a really annoying purple fringed spot on my shots with the Nikkor 50mm though – have no idea why, it only seems to be there at f16 and over.

So thats today, I have red wine and I’m going to chill – photos to follow

shooting with the Trip

I have the Trip 35 and the Holga with me today as promised and guess what – it was fookin’ cloudy again this morning.  Not a problem for the Trip, but the Holga needs sun.

So, I popped out across the road for a coffee with one the guys I work with and took the Trip.

The good thing about Perth is the traffic lights take an age to change and all go in sequence – none of this filtering across traffic to turn right or anything – so its possible to sit in the middle of St Georges Terrace, the main road through the center of Perth and take photos down the middle of the road before the cars start moving again.

So I did.  Squatted down and took some snaps looking down the barrel of cars waiting for green a light.

Then, to the horror of the security guards in the courtyard of QV1 – I *gasp* took some photos there too.  The guards started closing in, calling on their walkie talkies.  I mean, what a liberty, an open space and a camera.  I must be a terrorist, dammit, I even have brown eyes and a beard.   Its almost certain that I’ll go away and develop the film in my secret lair, studying the picture for the slightest security weaknesses.

Too bad for them then that I just walked off before they could aprehend Perth’s answer to The Jackal.

100% unsuccess rate

Every time I’m at the office in Perth I take a good long look at the weather forecast to see if its worth lugging a camera in with me for a few shots at lunch or after work. I’m only shooting with the Holga at the moment and I really love Velvia 100 film, which means it really has to be bright sunshine for any shots.

So far, I’ve managed to bring it in only to see clouds and rain roll in, and leave it at home only to see, as today, the clouds break and the sun come out.

Arse!

I need to find some 400ISO colour 120 film I think. In the summer here it wont be a problem, its always bright sunshine, but in this damp attempt at spring where the weather forecast has been pretty much random compared to what is actually happening outside, Velvia 100 just isnt fast enough.

I’m in again tomorrow, and its looking like its going to be bright sun, I’m bringing the camera no matter what!

Holga-tastic

Finally finished the first film in the Holga – the sun came out this afternoon and allowed me to rattle off the last couple of shots on random stuff.   Took another few shots on the way home too – I hope they’re going to come out like I think they might.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see – need to shoot a few more films before its worth posting them off to the lab for processing.

Was going to go to Fremantle tomorrow to do some more shooting, but Jay’s back is really bad still, so its probably going to be a very gentle stroll down to the foreshore at Rockingham and a coffee instead.

Am itching to find out how these pictures come out!!!