The Vibrant Driveway


Just a quick note today. Our ISP is again playing up and typing on the mobile is a little testing after a super long Monday!
Shot on the GRD IV, cropped and reduced in Gimp.

Looking to the West

View to the West

For the last few days I have been shooting with my Ricoh GRD IV set to a custom setting ‘positive film’. I have written before about the great menu system on this little fixed focal length compact, with full manual controls.Positive film is a setting I have not, until this last week, used. I must say I like the colour settings it provides. Of course, one can just shoot straight raw/jpeg and adjust in post processing, but sometimes its fun just to customise it in the camera (as the Ricoh does very well) and shoot. Hence aside from resizing and signature, today’s image is from camera.

With an overall busy weekend, I got up early and took the opportunity to take a walk around the Bayswater area on the North Shore. Stopping at a cliff top, looking out west, we can see the Bayswater Marina, and then further in the distance, to the right, the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

As the sun slowly sinks towards the horizon, we see the end of another weekend. Im not quite sure where the weekend has gone!

Little Creature

Little thing

With a busy day out and about, it was hard to squeeze in any time to take some photos today. Whilst waiting outside a store, a cicada happened upon me, and hung around long enough for me to grab my GRD and take a few macro shots. Taken on the ‘positive film’ setting, aside from framing and signature, this is as shot from camera.

Friday! – time to explore the weekend

Explore the Weekend

One from the archives today as I have a dinner to attend straight after work.

Friday. For many of us (and equally not for many) it marks the end of the working week. Time to kick off the shoes, relax, or perhaps explore new pleases and meet new people. Today’s shot gives me a sense of both. I don’t recall exactly where it was shot , but was shot again on the Nex with the 30mm Sigma lens. In post, I added a cross processed filter with aqua hue, some faint ‘digital grain’ and the old instant snap type boarder.

Not quite sure where the weekend is taking us this week, but I will just assume this image is a precursor and enjoy the end of the working week!

Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

Feb 14th – Valentines Day! (some interesting facts there)

Today’s image, shot alongside yesterdays during the rain passing through. I loved how the environment had a mix of contrasts with the sun shining in areas, and the dark clouds in others. Not a lot more to say about it really. Shot on the Nex with 16-50mm lens. Small adjustments, but essentially out of camera.


Rain Away

Rain Away

After what feels like a few more weeks of amazing weather, works end welcomed the rain. I parked the car and strolled down to the beach, just missing the main rain cloud as it passed Rangitoto. The beach, flooded with rain, showed no sign of footsteps or human contact that no doubt crazed it earlier in the day. No sooner had I rolled off a few shots, and the next cloud of rain arrived, hastening me back to the car.

Shot on the Sony Nex, it was my first outing using the new 16-50mm power zoom lens Sony has released. Initially faulted on the 5N (due to firmware not being up to date enough for it), the latest firmware should fix most of its issues. I must say, it makes the Sony a nice small unit with a 35mm equivalent of  24-75mm zoom.

Image wise, in Gimp as usual, I resized, cropped adjusted contrast and sharpness a little.

Catch you tomorrow!

Forgotten Jetty


I am a bit sick today, so excuse the limited text. Forgotten Jetty, shot last week on the Olympus E-500. Converted to B&W in Gimp with vignette added as well as pushing the contrast a bit.

Blue and Yellow

Blue and Yellow

With ongoing in/out internet connections this weekend, I have managed to finally upload today’s shot, ‘Blue and Yellow’.

Shot on a recent walk, I love walking through the bush and looking up at the leaves of trees stretching up to the sun. On a clear day, the plain background highlights the details of the tree, and makes for a refreshing colour burst on the camera.

Post shooting, I pushed the contrast some in Gimp and resized.

Fingers crossed the internet is back proper tomorrow!

An Audience at Albany


The internet has gone down at home today, so I will take the opportunity for another mobile post.

Whilst up in the old Albany village, we stopped in on the local ducks with a loaf of bread. Something I learnt new was that common ducks can swim quite well fully underwater. I have only seen them bobbing, bums up, until today.

Todays image is shot with the vignette app on my galaxy s2

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