I just click the shutter

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Gorgeous Clowns

My favourite little dinosaurs are the rainbow lorikeets: bright and colourful, acrobatic, clowns, stroppy, and just all-around fabulous. We’ve had a pair around a few times lately, and I’m very happy with this photo I nabbed the other day:

Colourful Clowns

40 year-old lens, btw. I love my Takumar 135.

I also love Lightzone, which I’m learning to use better and better. Perhaps a post dedicated to that might follow at some stage.

No RAW thanks, we’re iOS 8

So then. iOS 8 then. Pretty cool, save one thing in particular. No, I’ll not join the ranks of the poor folks who thought that all their photos had been eaten, simply because the album organisation had changed and the camera roll disappeared… I do mean something in the photos app though: it really does not seem to cope at all well with RAW files.

Swiping through an album of .dng files has become a painfully-protracted endeavour. One image moves a little off the screen, and…

Pause for effect…

… Eventually the next image takes its place. Deleting an image takes similar eons.

I haven’t found any mention of this online, but here’s hoping I’m not the only one to notice – and I particularly hope that Apple notice.

And sort it out.

Nailed it

I had a day most excellent today. Rosellas visited; then king parrots – a couple of bold ones even perched on my arm, then my young son’s, to have a feed.

Then came a pair of rainbow lorikeets.

Lorikeet redux

This month my Pentax has affixed to it my Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm – the perfect lens for today. 😀 After processing the resulting photos as usual, on my iPad, I had a go on my iMac, using Lightzone.

Lorikeet redux

If I do say so myself: nailed it. 😀

Lorikeet pair (LZ)


I’m engaged in a mini-challenge, or project at the moment. That’s over and above the single lens challenge on the Pentax Forums (using one lens every day for a month): as well as that, I’m limiting myself to 24 frames (like a roll of film) a week; I take all unmetered shots – without chimping, at least until I’ve moved away and can’t repeat the shot if I mucked it up. It makes me think much more about each photograph, and so far I’m enjoying it a lot.

It’s quite striking how well the “Sunny 16” rule works as a guide to setting the exposure manually, for example:

Swimming Willow

I’d recommend this as an exercise to everyone – with or without the manual exposure part. Taking a limited number of photos does make you think more about every single one

And your photo library’s clutter increases more slowly. 😉

Another side

I mentioned in my first post that I play guitar. Maybe I should post a merging of those two things: a photo of (a part of) me and one of my guitars. I’m rather happy with how this came out:


Call it a selfie that I don’t mind. 😉

Someone wants my photos.

So. Random message on Flickr. Incomprehensible-or-nearly username, and one photo on their photostream. Addresses me as “Occasionally” (Occasionally focused being my moniker on Flickr). Says they would like to “buy” some of my photos to use on a photography website they run (url not given). Use not specified. Say they “usually pay $75” per photo. Asks can I email them, because they don’t check Flickrmail much.


Personally, I’d tend to use my own photos on any photography website I was running. Well, like this one, I suppose. 😉 So if they’re asking for others’ photos, one wonders are they licensing those photos for others to use? Like a stock photo sort of thing. Or something else?

Of course I can’t check, because they didn’t give me the url. Searching on the supplied email address bore no fruit, either.

But let’s think: some random wants to give me a one-off payment of $75 each for unspecified and (given their use of the term “buy”) eternal royalty-free use of my photos.

And they don’t check Flickrmail much …. the cynic in me says they know that, being dodgy, the account will get blocked/shut down soon, and they wouldn’t be able to check Flickrmail.

I’m not completely sure whether to email them and challenge them on those points – with the (I think vanishingly-small) possibility I’d actually make some money from my photography, or just ignore them.

… I think it’ll probably be the latter though.

… And now I’ve had another bit of Flickrmail. This one seems less completely dodgy, but, well, with terms not exactly geared towards me. 😉 This was from someone at Crowdmedia – it would seem they ask for access to all your photos, and sell use of them to publishers, giving you half the proceeds. Mmmmm … nup. Again, it’s just too open-ended and vague.


Milky Way, Crux, and the Coalsack

Last night I posted that I was about to head out in hopes of photographing the Milky Way. That was the first time my k-30, Sigma 30mm, and O-GPS1 astrotracer were all used together:


I’m rather pleased with the result (this was processed, using the RAW file, on my iPad in Photogene4; I’m working on it on my iMac in Lightzone, and in Darktable, but so far haven’t quite matched this):

Milky Way, Crux, and Coalsack

No colours


This is another of my favourite photos, and again was taken with a cameraphone – this time an old Sony-Ericsson. My daughter and I were at the airport, and there was a young lad about her age also in the departure lounge. In an instant they found each other, and they remained inseparable until we boarded.

Would that adults were as blind to superficial differences.

An old beach


This is a photo I’m proud of. I took it with my old 3G iPhone, and to get to the shot I wanted I had to trudge a long way through sand and mud and water, with the muddy squelchy mess flying upwards with every step, up my back and in my hair. But it was worth it.

That was a few years ago. Recently I reprocessed it into B&W using Photogene4 on my iPad, and I like the result.

I just hit the strings…


I’m a guitarist; have been for much longer than I’ve been a photographer. – And recently I’ve realised that I approach the technical side of photography, and cameras, in broadly the same way. Synth players are technical and clever folks, knowing all about the oscillators and LFOs and modulating wossnames and all sorts of tricksy stuff. As a guitarist, I just hit the strings. Maybe I turn a volume knob on the guitar, and a gain knob on a distortion box, but that’s about it, really.

That’s how I like my cameras to be. The more things I can set or alter using physical dials, the better. I have a fairly new camera – the Pentax K-30 seen in this photo – but I use old manual lenses, so I focus and set the aperture manually. I wish shutter speed and ISO had physical dials, just like on an old K1000 film camera, for example (the shutter speed, anyway; film ASA doesn’t really allow for adjustment on the fly 😉 ).

It seemed a bit strange to me that I was driving a new camera in such a basic and old-fashioned way, until I clicked to the parallel with guitars.

I just hit the strings; I just click the shutter.

As this photoblog develops I’ll be posting some of my better photos, some thoughts about them, and some of my thoughts about photography.