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I’ve been hacked... and a warning

I’ve been hacked… and a warning

  The Sun -Edvard Munch   Dear Friends: It had to finally happen, I suppose. One day an unknown would come knocking on my Internet door, with their hand out, demanding money with malicious intent, and promising dire consequences unless I complied.   I woke up to find the following email in my Inbox: Well, […]

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Hills Run  Rd, Maniototo, Central Otago  Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24/4 @ 14mm ISO 200, f11 @ 1/160s     “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” ― Marshall McLuhan   Background I am bemused. And I can feel the winds of the future beating on my face […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Creek, North Hokianga Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed, Lightroom F=4.3mm, ISO 40, 1/350s @f1.9     “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard   I have always thought of myself as a bit of an early adopter, but the more I think about it, the more I […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Hayes Engineering works, Oturehua, Central Otago Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed F=4.3mm, ISO 1000, 1/11s @ f1.9   “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor  This article is part one of a 2-part article on the rise of the phone as camera. […]

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Piki Te Maramatanga I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/100s @ f11   You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run. ~The Gambler, Kenny Rogers “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of […]

Toroa diaries V1.06

Toroa diaries V1.06

Arai te Uru, at sunset Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105 /f4 Art ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8 Kia ora tatou katoa: In a previous post back in March ( I think), I pointed out that I had sold up all my stuff and was heading to the Hokianga on a hikoi wairua/ hikoi whakapapa journey to […]

On surviving judges-a rant.

On surviving judges-a rant.

Concrete building, Birdlings Flat (A homage) Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55 /2.8 LM R WR ISO200, 1/150s @ f11     Sometimes those photographic judges we meet, you know, the nasty spiteful, ego-obsessed ones, for whom it is all about them, can do us a favour. Not long ago, I had a teary, highly-upset person on […]

Placeholder Post #693X

Placeholder Post #693X

 Maniototo at dawn, from Barneys Lane Pentax 645Z, 51.4MP,  PENTAX-DA645 28-45mm f/4.5 ED AW SR ISO 100, 1/24s @f14   “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then […]

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

 Storm, Lake Tekapo. Nikon D800, Sigma 35/1.4 DG HSM A.  ISO 100. 1/400s @f9   Kia ora tatou: I have despised Sigma lenses for years. But no more. A long time ago I owned a series of Sigma lenses for my Canons and Nikons. And they barked like a shantytown dog. There was the 14mm […]

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

Street art and door, Nelson. Fujifilm X-E2, XF-18-55. ISO 3200, 1/30s @f10 I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography – therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it.  – Ansel Adams Kia ora tatou: I have not really thought about this one for some years, but […]

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4. ISO 200, 1/220s @ f2.8 There is a simple and profound joy to be had from photographing simple but profound things. I have often wondered why people photograph the world writ small and what they see. Until now it hasn’t been a great motivation for me, because, for the last 30 years, […]

Hamba kakuhle [go well] Madiba.

Hamba kakuhle [go well] Madiba.

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of NelsonMandela

Land and landscape-finding your own tricks of the heart

Land and landscape-finding your own tricks of the heart

What we call landscape is a stretch of earth overlaid with memory, expectation, and thought. Land is everything that is actually there, independent of us; landscape is what we allow in through the doors of perception.  ~Scott R Sanders Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise. ~Surangama Sutra I have […]

The print is the performance-an opinion piece

The print is the performance-an opinion piece

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. ~Ansel Adams “For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.” – […]

Filing infinity

Filing infinity

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. ~Jean Arp There is a lot […]

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