Thursday, 18 October 2018

What happens to my blog now?.........

So, for those who may not have heard the news, Google will be phasing out Google+ over the next 10 months or so.

There have been stories floating around about the media giants answer to the social media question and how it never stood a chance against Facebook.  Google has said that the reason for closing was the slow adoption by the public of it's social media experiment.  Google is well known for dumping it's babies when they don't grow according to the expected growth chart!

The biggest reason for this action though, is that there was a security breach in Google at the beginning of the year which went unreported.  This breach gave access to personal accounts and private data of hundreds of thousands of users!

I originally went with Google+ because it was said that it was great for photographers.  High resolution photos could be uploaded to G+ at no charge and stored under my Google account without any restriction on storage space.

This worked in really well with my Photography Blog as well.  If I were to upload photos directly into my Blog story, there was a storage limit for them in my Google account.  However, if I uploaded my photos to Google+ where there was no storage limit, I can them import them into my Blog!

This method also gave me the bonus of a free online backup for my photos.

After a few years, photos loaded up to Google+ were taken out and swapped over to the new Google Photos section within my main Google account.  I still have the luxury of loading photos to this Google Photos account with unlimited storage and can still import photos from there to my Blog.  When that happened however, I did lose all viewing stats for my photos that had been on Google+ (at the last count, within 3 years I'd had over 4.5 million views and climbing on my photos in Google+).  A lot of interest in my photography! 

At about the same time, Google linked my Google+ profile with my Blog profile.  This was when the stats for my Blog started to climb.  All of the 1700 followers I had for my Google+ profile were now following my Blog.  When I posted on my Blog, it automatically entered as a status update and link onto Google+

Alas, I have no idea anymore how my photography is performing on line.

Once I had heard about the data breach on Google+ and that it would be closed in 10 months anyway, I made the decision to delete my Google+ profile straight up.  If there was any question about my personal details being compromised (and covered up!) then I wanted out.  

I still have Google Photos and my Blog but, Google+ was the lynchpin and interface with the wider public.

I have considered exporting my Blog from Google to other host sites (Word Press, Tumblr, even Wix now offers free blog hosting!)  Problem is that they all seem to have photo upload and storage limits that, in the future, may make things a little difficult.  I have considered having my own website (there are many web hosting sites).  That, however, would cost me to set up and also incurs a regular upkeep fee.  That would be fine if I were advertising and making money from my photography but, as a hobbyist photographer who shoots film, I am already in the red!  Ha ha!  If I go to another host site, I will also lose any search engine optimisation that I have on my current Blog that has accumulated over the years. 

I often wonder where I am going with my photography.  At the moment it is a wonderfully distracting hobby that gets me out and about; recording new places and meeting new people.  I have always said that making a business out of it would take away the spontaneity of the whole experience. 

Unfortunately, being a photographer these days (whether a business or hobby) includes a heavy reliance on social media to get your work out there. 

Praktica LTL3 and CineStill 50D

If you follow my blog, you will know that I wrote a piece at the beginning of the year about problems I had with age fogging on CineStill 50D.

Not wanting to leave it at that, I thought I should give it another try and see how it turned out.

One of my recent purchases was a Praktica LTL3.  A 35mm film camera that came with a Carl Zeiss 50mm f2.8 lens.

I gave it a good clean and loaded the film.

I figured that if the CineStill 50D came out age fogged again it didn't really matter, after all, I was simply testing out a new camera.


The film came out good..........   the Praktica had light leaks!    

Some are not as bad as others but still.....  I guess you can't win 'em all!

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Newcastle China Festival - 2018

The Newcastle China Street Festival is one of many programmed events during the Newcastle China Week.  The Street Festival is a celebration of Chinese Culture.  China Week consists of a Business Forum, Night Hawker Food Markets, the Street Festival and, stage and theatre productions to bring a greater understanding of the Chinese culture to the people of Newcastle.

A street festival is a great opportunity for a photographer to get out there amongst the people.  I find that people are more willing to have their photos taken at a street festival than they are about having them taken at other times when they are just going about their daily business.  

I took my Canon 600D with me. I had intended to shoot with my 50mm prime but, I decided to change to a Tamron 18-270mm f3.5 zoom as it gave me a lot more leeway with my shooting.   The Tamron has done an excellent job as you will see.  I shot in Aperture Priority mode which allowed me to have a quicker response to those unique moments that are gone in seconds.

For these photos, I edited in Lightroom using Nik Collection Plug-ins;  Colour Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro.

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I always enjoy running into a fellow photographer and having
a conversation about what gear we are both using!

Friday, 14 September 2018

A New Project - Fuji Velvia 100 slide film

I'd been promising to treat myself to a roll (or 2!) of Fuji Velvia 100 for some time now.  Fuji is notorious for stopping production of it's films at a moments notice (which reminds me that I have to stock up on some Acros 100!) and I want to try some of their colour slide film.

Fuji Velvia 100 has a reputation for super fine grain which gives great sharpness and, excellent colour representation.

This is a colour positive film, and used mostly for slides (remember?  those things that need a projector to view!)  It produces a positive image on a transparent base i.e. the film looks exactly like the scene.  What people are most used to are film negatives.  Now, these are called negatives because when you look at the film, the image is reversed; the lightest areas of the photo appear darker and the darker areas of the photo appear lighter.  Also, in the case of colour negatives, the colours are also reversed into their respective opposites.

The Fuji Velvia 100 has a couple of drawbacks that I have to remember.  It does not have the exposure latitude of a negative film.  Negative film has a lot of give and take when it comes to getting a correct exposure (about 3 stops) but with this film the latitude is only 1.5 stops.  It is also more contrasty than colour negative films I have used.  I have been doing some homework and there has been a trend to shoot this ISO 100 film at ISO 125 (that is about one third of a stop) to bring out more detail in shadowy areas that otherwise may turn out dark.  I think that because this is my first Velvia 100 film, I will shoot it at box speed to see how it turns out.  

A slight drawback with this film is that it does not develop in normal C-41 chemicals.  It requires E-6 chemicals and I will probably have to send it away or drive and drop it off (I think there is a place on the Central Coast that develops in E-6).

One other thing I look forward to is some long exposure photos.  I've read many reviews and all say that this Velvia 100 allegedly has a low reciprocity failure and can be exposed up to 3 minutes without a colour compensation filter.

This is not a film that I am going to go out and willy-nilly click through all exposures.  I want to plan my shots and record the settings.

Keep an eye out for the finished products!

Monday, 20 August 2018

Caves Beach and Pelican

Both of these locations are in the beautiful city of Lake Macquarie.  North of Sydney in NSW and just south of Newcastle, there are some great beaches and, of course, the lovely lake itself.

I have written about the lake before but, for those who came in late, here is a little bit of information for you.

Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal salt water lagoon.  It's a decent size covering 110 square kilometers (42.5 square miles).  It is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and is one of the largest salt water lagoons in the southern hemisphere.   The lake is connected to the Tasman Sea via a channel through Pelican, Swansea and, Swansea Heads.

Caves Beach is located on the Swansea Peninsula just south of where Lake Macquarie runs into the sea.  It is named for the caves which are accessible during low tide.  It's beach is a well known surfing beach and the location is also popular for spearfishing.

Pelican is on the eastern foreshore of Lake Macquarie on the channel that runs out to the Tasman Sea.  It is popular with fisherman and boating enthusiasts, whether that be for skiing, sailing or, just hanging around in a small tinny catching dinner.  Pelican has some lovely parkland on the foreshore with electric BBQs and lots of picnic spots.  It is also a great area for swimming in the quiet waters of the lake.

Kim and I had decided to go down to Caves Beach for the afternoon to get out and explore the rock pools there.  Of course, I took my camera!  I also took my Tamron 10-24mm lens to get in with some wide angle shots!

The sunsets early over Caves Beach thanks to the high rock bluffs at the southern end of the beach.  Of course, within this bluff and cliff area are the amazing sea caves.  The tide and light was against us so we didn't venture into the caves.  Rather, I concentrated on the light reflecting off the rock pools as the sunlight faded.

Once we lost the light we decided to head home but, travelling north on the highway through Swansea, I realised that I would be able to catch the last of the light over the lake at Pelican.  We took a detour and arrived just as the Sun was sitting on the horizon and casting a lovely warm glow in the sky that reflected perfectly off the water of the lake.  Got a couple of nice photos before deciding to do some experimenting with silhouettes; as you will see!

Arriving home we toasted our lovely afternoon with a glass of red wine and contemplated how good life is!

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What happens to my blog now?.........

So, for those who may not have heard the news, Google will be phasing out Google+ over the next 10 months or so. There have been stori...