Annnnd We’re Back!

Yes dear reader; or is that readers? We have been somewhat quiet around these parts. With days to go to the summer holidays here in Australia, I have some catching up to do. So. Let’s begin. I bought a new camera at last. A Canon Powershot 9GX MkII. To say I am impressed with it… Continue reading Annnnd We’re Back!

Planned Solo Exhibition?

I am planning on applying for a solo show in the near future at my local community gallery.

The exhibit will be about my experience of Sunshine, in the last 18 years, we moved here in 2000. Initially when I thought of the idea I imagined I would have plenty of imagery. Well after 3 or 4 sessions printing, not so many it seems. This will impact on the timeline for when I exhibit and which dates will suit me.

Here are 18 prints chosen so far. By my calculation 20 to 25 would be a more desirable number. This means more shooting, not a bad thing, I’m just surprised at how few good images I have?

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Long Form Project Research

North Melbourne and West Melbourne are inner suburbs north of the CBD. They have been changing rapidly since we moved to the west in late 2000. There is currently a major infrastructure project being undertaken. It will irrevocably change the appearance atmosphere and function of the suburb. I recently visited there with this in mind and as part of an ongoing collaborative project with Gary. I learned several things. Some of these point to the history of the suburb, in particular its 20th century industrial past, others to where there may be big physical changes.

I used my time to make some digital pictures that will help me chart the changes as they occur and build on the existing collaboration with Gary. They will also enable me when I return with film cameras to make good choices in composition, and lighting.

Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Lauren Street & Barwise Street West Melbourne
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne, late one afternoon in October
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne
Corner Queensbury and Laurens Streets West Melbourne, one morning in October
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north from Footscray Road
Laurens street West Melbourne, facing north from Footscray Road
A decorative hoarding on the West Melbourne Station site
A decorative hoarding on the West Melbourne Station site

New Old Locations

I recently created a new album on flickr, it’s a small repository of images I intend to re-potograph.

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The idea was sparked by the above image, which is a place I drive past often and have watched it change dramatically over the years. When I made this picture in 2005 the small group of factories had just been finished.

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Over the years small firms have come and gone, painted and repainted the walls. The inevitable graffiti has been there so long I can’t remember when it first appeared? So I went to re-photograph it on Tuesday, and in the process found a part of Sunshine I had not seen before. While this location is technically outside my pc3020 Tumblr boundary I may add some images to it from the day. I will return with film cameras soon too, as there were trees that I think would work well with my ongoing trees idea, and if my solo exhibition about Sunshine gets off the ground I could include images made from there as well.

Here’s a few more images made on the day.

A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
A mix of man made and natural each compete for survival
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Signs of repatriation and devastation natural and constructed
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Freight Rail bridge, young gum tree and factories
Picturesque or soul destroying?
Picturesque or soul destroying?

 

Raw file processing with ON 1 software?

Phase One Raw file processed on ON 1
Phase One Raw file processed on ON 1

This image is just a jpeg of course, processed using a trial version of ON.1. This software looks promising. Also there is Darktable and many other applications useful for RAW file processing.  Since Adobe brought in their subscription model and Apple stopped supporting Aperture, I have been looking at alternatives to these applications. Affinity photo is another Photoshop challenger. If and when Affinity Photo adds a file cataloguing system it’s bye Adobe for me, maybe even earlier as ON 1 is only $99.00 Aus.

ON 1 UI in the developer section
ON 1 UI in the developer section

You can see in the screen grab above that the detail has been held in the highlights. So somewhere between export and conversion some info has been lost. I attribute this to my own inexperience as its probably only the second time I have ever used this software.