Our Brisbane photoshoot …

Sunday saw a bunch of us from our Grafix club venture into Brisbane for a photoshoot. Some grungy graffiti would be great, old warehouses or allies also on our list but generally we’d out on a recce to spot some good places to return …ideally we should be in the city for early morning street cleaners or later in the evening for the lights but hey! The idea is to gain some experience & knowledge of street photography!

Travelling from Glass House we met at Caboolture for the 8am train. Weather for the day is gloriously sunny.

Some of us don’t travel PT regularly, if at all, so just getting our train ticket was an exercise in itself!!! Speaking for myself over the 5 years I have been in Qld I have only braved the Qld trains once. Rocking up to the ticket window my request for a “return to city please”‘ was met with a “sorry we don’t do return tickets” …  uh???  Over the past few years Trans Link has introduced a new system  … Go card & not being regular users of PT we knew squat about this system but hey no problems the ticket master was about to enlighten us! It was after all his duty to sell us the Go Card!

Listening to his spiel & attempting to absorb it all we got the gist that, indeed, it was going to save us money which in my book was good. For the next 20/30 mins (just as well we arrived early) we were ‘entertained’ by this fellow … his jovial, appealing manner was just what was needed to  explain the whole process … he went out of his way to answer all our question & to make darn sure this group of – dare I say ‘befuddled’ ladies- understood just how to use the card & the pitfalls we should avoid.

Go cards swiped & all our new found knowledge filed away somewhere to be retrieved when required we headed off for the train … hopefully we put a smile on M’s face  as he certainly had us chuckling :D

At this stage we had no definite plan of attack however by the time we arrived at Roma Street station all was sorted we had the makings of a plan … we would split in 2 – some went straight into the city whilst the rest of us visited the Roma Street Parklands … all to meet up at Southbank for morning tea … sounded like a good start to our day!

I was part of the 3 who went to the parklands …we were very lucky to catch many of the plants showing off some brilliant colour a very pleasant surprise amongst the drab tones of the city buildings. I had not been here before & was suitably impressed. From the gardens we could either walk to Southbank … a long walk … or hop a bus & with our new Go card we could do that at no extra cost provided we moved on within an hour! With this in mind we used the hour to look over the gardens & see if it was worth a full day’s return visit … & yes it definitely is … there is a nice looking eatery for coffee & lunch!

Our hour up we searched out a bus … too easy one was right there so we boarded & headed for Southbank … getting the hang of this Go card!

Southbank is still in repair mode from 2010 floods & we felt there wasn’t much here today that was of interest to us. There’d been no call from the others so we wandered around for a bit. Time for a  lens change & whilst stopping I pulled my phone out to check & whoops there was a text message along with a missed call! The others had arrived at the Art Gallery & not particularly interested in Southbank so we made our way there to meet for coffee. More people around now & the day has warmed up somewhat … a glorious winters day … well warmer than a winters day more like spring which is only round the corner!

After a couple more phone calls miss directions & directions we finally meet up & by now thirsty & hungry … it’s almost lunch time … we catch up & enjoy coffee & lunch.

Our group has grown as we are joined by three more … after a chat & all refreshed we split up again & go on our way. Our group head on into the city for a wander & look see. As in most cities there are many interesting buildings such a shame we are losing so many through neglect! We wander the streets clicking away … there’ll be a lot of perspective issues with this lot:) … buildings on a lean … a tilt shift lens would be great!!!!

With our feet telling us it’s time we make our way to the station for the train home.

A very enjoyable day was had by all … will be added to the growing list of places to be explored again … maybe a weekend so we are ready for the early morning activities – no people only garbage trucks & road cleaners & the evening lights!

Cheers, Annette ;)

Brissy Compo

My new toy …

Well after months & months of wishing & hoping I now have my new toy … no its not any spanking new camera lens – I wish – or a medium format camera – wish again not much on my wish list ha ha ha  … but a toy that will save me sooooo much time & whole lot less grrrr’s, argrrrs, no’s!!!! & frustration!

I set my local PC man a task with a list of my ‘needs’ & budget for a new PC. He went about it with much gusto as he does & came up with a solution to which I took purchase of Friday. Mind you I had to prize it away from him he was so impressed with it’s speed!!!! :wink:

From the minute I turn on the power the system is up & running before I sit down no waiting, no more thinking ‘while that’s waking up I can do this this or that’ … that may change as over time I’ll no doubt clog it up, but while it’s new & clean I can enjoy :)

Won’t go into all the techy details as that is the other side of the fence for me. But needless to say it is 64bit & I now have 8 x more memory & have the option to grow more – twice as much more! Now all this new grunt power can be either good or bad – the bad or negative is it means I now have to set my alarm to get off my butt & move around – some chores will be relegated to ‘later’ as before I could do then in between recoveries!! the good – well where do I begin: my coffee intake will drop  (don’t have to walk away when things go slow), less wasted time retrieving programmes from their walkabout, fewer versions of the same file (I found I was having to save a file part way through flatten that new one & continue with my edits – in the end I could have 2-3 copies of the same file my PC couldn’t save once I got to intensive layer work) the new auto recovery has been a blessing & saved me oh so much time hopefully I won’t be needing that quite as often! Cross my fingers I won’t see that dreaded ‘not enough RAM’ message quite so often … if at all but that’s asking a lot! Then there are the simple tasks: I can now use a brush larger than 900px & quick selection works – yes:) I can also allocate a ton of RAM to PS & I can use the adjustment brush in LR with no lagging … so much more.

I can now be scanning slides & continue working on other files … finally my 100000’s of slides & 100000000’s of negatives may just see the light of day … at least take their first step & get to the PC with the chance of being put to paper:)

Wow has it all come down to this … it is so sad to be over excited with a toy that chains one to a chair!!!! :-?

My new PC came clean … only the OPS no added extras … it’s amazing what we get used to with a system bought from the shop pre-installed with so much garbage we don’t use or need. I can install what I want no excuse for a scrappy system … who said that ;)

More time for creating not waiting!

Cheers Ian :)

Add odds …

Taking time out to look back over what has taken control of my time over the past couple of weeks.

Replaying it in my mind yet again I find I have covered some old but new territory … when I say old I go back to the days I was involved in producing a newsletter … since then the software –  understandably – has migrated through several updates … hence the new territory!

I recently attended a CS6 Road Show where I was blown away with all the new development in the aptly named ‘Responsive Design’ arena. Accessing the internet over the new mobile devices means design now must be adaptable to fit the different screen sizes. Ideally creating these flexible designs should be achievable with the minimum of fuss … namely designing one website/page/doc that ‘resizes’ to fit across all mobile devices. Enter the fluid/liquid layout. Yes I know liquid layout has been around for years but now designers can easily design one to fit all … so to speak! Awesome. Interactivity & animation have also been given a complete overhaul & now soooo much easier to create especially for those of us who are logically challenged where code is way out there in the land of … dare I say … geeks … I’m speaking about myself here! I have designed our own websites so I do have minimal HTML & CSS knowledge but as I said very minimal & very basic so to me it all presents an exciting challenge to think that maybe just maybe I can now create something above basic on my sites … a lot of these smarts can now be done in HTML5 & CSS3 … wahooooo !!! If you attended the road show for inspiration it was there for the taking … a designer with ideas constantly flashing through their mind here was brain overload … there was so much inspirational ‘stuff’ demonstrated & I didn’t even get to the video presentations where I believe there is more awesome new developments! The guys made it look so easy of course & no doubt it is if you know which button to click … guess that’s part of their sell!

Back home & is this timing or what? We have been presented a project … just the excuse I needed to delve into In Design & check out all … well some … of the new smarts. We did & so with that completed are looking to do some more creative work.

I have probably given myself several months work as I now want to adapt Adventuredefender  & my photographic site  so they are easily viewed over tablet, mobile & laptop. Maybe I can redo our journals … display them as a booklet/magazine add some interactivity even videos … the possibilities are endless … only limited by my imagination & my ability to come to grips with the new capabilities the software offer! Image galleries hummm I’m not quite sure how they will be viewed on a phone … will need to do some research on those!

There is oh so much to learn just with these new devices alone. I need to figure out – how to turn it on, find the settings to set it up so it stays on longer than 2secs, email from it, take photos with it, work out what app does what & do I need it, then after all that sync the devices … what …  & just where did that file go to? !!!!! That may just take the rest of my days! Not to mention keeping abreast with all the updates – both device & software – to run everything I need, to do all I need to do. Also up there is the ever need to backup all that I’ve spent my time on creating … I have to learn & understand a new backup regime for our highly prized fine art images.

Talk about a Technological explosion   Arrrrrrrrrggggggg!!!!!

In the mean time my little herb garden is being strangled with the dreaded ‘farmers friends’, these Olympic games have encroached on my reading time & I wouldn’t be surprised if my worms had left home to seek out someone who loves them!!!!

Upon reflection I begin to wonder why I feel the need, why I feel I must understand all this new fandangled technology & then on top of that dream up a practical, useful use for it! Why do I think I need x number of devices that all do pretty much the same thing? After all we’re currently going through the ‘we must have this device to survive’ period so what I learn today is updated tomorrow … my brain doesn’t work that fast & is that how I want to spend my precious time?  Why am I trying to conquer the world in my late years when all I want to do is travel our vast beautiful country & capture some unbelievable images?  Then of course there is the flip side to my debate … a completely different direction to my thought process & that is that we are producing by far way too much ‘stuff’ & have been for years … far outstripping our resources. There are so many of the same shop which in turn are filled with rack upon rack of exactly the same ‘stuff’ … they cannot keep pace with all the new gear … & where is all the old stock going??????? But as I say that is another debate!

Meanwhile I shall plod on with my tasks & dream of the time we’ll be cruising the outback roads soaking up visions of our amazing Oz …