As Winter Approaches

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2015 has been a slow photography year for me to date. Work and projects at home have pushed it to the back burner. So, when the other half had a appointment in town, I took the opportunity to grab camera and take a stroll to re-acquaint with the old Ricoh.

The weather has taken a turn these last few weeks. Rain is more often and temperatures have dropped. Its a refreshing change, and one not entirely unwelcome – perhaps its the thought of dressing warmly and making hot soups. I guess each season has elements I enjoy.

The following is a mishmash of images from my walk around Auckland’s Westhaven marina and under the harbour bridge, linking the North Shore to the CBD.

Images shot on Richo GRD IV, with warm bleach bypass settings dialed in (increasing the cold wet mood of the day).

Till next time…

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2MP in the Rain – Using a 2002 Canon A40

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Cleaning out at work for an office move, we happened upon an old Canon Powershot A40. Boxed in pretty mint condition, this little compact was released in 2002. Producing a by now standards, obsolete 2MP at best image quality, this little machine was heading for the rubbish bin.

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For those of you who remember shooting with 35mm compact zoom cameras, the A40 is an excellent digital rendition. The grip and reach for the zoom are just right. The rear 1.5″ color screen (with live display!) function well for the vintage, and Canon’s mode select wheel, along with other controls are easy to reach and use.

2mp3Of course with 2MP, your post cropping options are slim! 1600×1200 is the best you get from it. I generally size to 1000 on my images here. That being said, back in 2002 a heck of a lot of people were still printing their images, and generally to the 4″x6″ print, which depending what you are viewing my post on, is likely smaller than the screen you are using.

2mp4The 35-105mm zoom has been the average pretty standard for some time on many standard compacts, and gives both wide enough and enough zoom to capture whats around you.

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I think considering what a rotten day it was – overcast, raining, the A40 did a pretty good job for an old piece of kit. I’ll give it another run sometime when summer remembers its on its way.

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Its output also reminds me a lot of the standard chemist developed films from the 90’s.

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So for now the old A40 is safe from the bin. But more for the novelty value as even all but the cheapest of mobile phones carry more output power, and in much smaller packages that suck a lot less power.

All shots taken around One Tree Hill in Auckland.

 

 

Rain Rain Wind Rain…and more Wind

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An archive shot today of a previous rainy day. Its been raining most all the week, but last night the winds came also. The weather forecast didnt make much of it, but for the second storm in a row, this non-cyclone storm caused more general damage to the city than thy cyclone several months back. All night the roof rattled and rolled (causing me to venture upon it after work to ensure it was all still there), trees broke, gates broke, fences fell. We lost a few tree branches and broke a gate latch, but were otherwise lucky.

As we enter the evening, all seems to be clearing.

Winter Work Ride 1

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It’s been a good while since I’ve been on my bicycle. I was thinking about it over the weekend. The news has been discussing general country obesity issues of recent. Over 60% of the country is technically overweight/obese! It’s appalling. I know using the standard height/weight measure, I’m included in that group (although I would argue it based on muscle mass). So between that and my poor sitting bike I decided to ride to work.
I woke up, it was raining. Tough luck, still riding. Makes lighting a fire on a Monday night even more rewarding I said to myself.
The aims to ride again tomorrow. Just have to dry my clothes and gear first! 🙂

Its Cold Outside

its cold outside“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

(As sung by Tom Jones – performed with Cerys Matthews)
I really can’t stay
But baby, it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away
Ah, baby, it’s cold outside
This evening has been
Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice
I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice
My mother will start to worry
Beautiful, what’s your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor
Listen to that fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry
Oh beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more
Why don’t you put some records on while I pour
The neighbours might think
Oh baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink
There’s no cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how
Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell
I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir
Mind if I move a little closer
At least I’m gonna say that I tried
What’s the sense of hurting my pride
I really can’t stay
Baby don’t hold out
Ahh, but it’s cold outside
I simply must go
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no
You know it’s cold outside
This welcome has been
I’m lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm
Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious
Oh, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door
Like waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious
Eww, your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more
Never such a blizzard before
I’ve got to go home
Ah, baby, you would freeze out there
Say, lend me a comb
You know it’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand
I thrill when you touch my hand
But don’t you see
How can you do this thing to me
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow
Making my life long sorrow
At least there will plenty implied
If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay
Get over that old out
Ah but it’s cold outside

Cycling in the Rain

Rain cycleA day off with a friend visiting from overseas. We and cold we hopped on our bicycles and cycled  the ‘Auckland circuit’. Starting in Takapuna on the North Shore we headed North to the Greenhithe Bridge. Over the bridge (where todays image was shot on mobile) and out to West Auckland. Back along the west, we headed into the CBD – pumping up a small puncture (showing our lack of repair kit) along the way. Heading through the city, we caught the ferry and ended in Devonport again on the North Shore. Somewhere around a 50km journey, wet cold and ready for dinner.

 

Rain and Earthquakes

RainAfter what seemed like (and can’t be far off) all of 2013 to date being sun, and then drought, Auckland finally got its first reasonable drop of rain today. Unfortunately for the Volunteers at the Devonport Fire Station, it occurred on our open day – but all went well all the same.

Some of our other big cities in the country have a total outdoor water ban at the moment, so planning ahead, and doing my bit to conserve water, I laid out buckets in the ‘common drip areas’ around the property to collect the rainfall to use later in the week.

Just after the rain calmed, we were hit by a relatively rare, for Auckland, earthquake! a 4.0 on the scale and 5km deep, it was felt widely around the area, with mixed reactions from those I listened to calling in on the radio. One lady thought the washing machine was on, another thought the building was going to fall over…just image somewhere in the middle, lower it a bit, and you are about right.

Image wise for today – shot on the Nex with 210mm lens. Using Gimp I added contrast and resized.

 

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