October 2015

Half a day in the British Museum is not enough

In case you are curious as to the point of this post, please re-read the title. Yep – it says it all. So we were in London for two days (how stupid is that? Should be longer.) . Our plans say “British Museum in morning. Westminster in afternoon.” Dumb, dumb, dumb. Shows you that we were only used to Australian museums where you waltz in, see everything within two hours,

Perhaps - a work inspired by recent discussions

I was pretty chuffed by feedback on my very simplistic Dystopia City Block renderings, so I thought that I would actually do something with the Dystopia objects. Unfortunately I had not saved my previous scene, so I had to start from scratch. I also thought that here was an opportunity to get back to one of the basic messages that I had intended for this blog, namely… anyone can produce good

Traipsing across Hyde Park to see the Albert Memorial

(NOTE: this is just a whimsical post without much purpose) Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel (Prince Albert as we know him) had an ambitious uncle named Leopold, who just happened to be King of Belgium during the 1830s. Crafty old Leopold thought that it would be a fine idea to encourage romance between his nephew and his English niece (a fine lass named Victoria). I’m not sure that we would

Emulating "Golden Hours" with DAZ Studio and Iray

Hi all, I’ll be very brief today. In my previous travel/photography post (the one about Warwick Castle) I mentioned the benefits of photographing during the so-called Golden Hours (early morning or late afternoon). I also flippantly said that 3D digital artists should look at emulating this more often because the lighting in so many works is very bland. Well, I’ve set as my post header the Warwick Castle photo that

Warwick Castle and demonstrating the golden hours

Summary In today’s post I will look at Warwick Castle as a tourist destination, a place where history is recreated, and also provide a practical example of the Golden or Magic Hours that photographers prize. Beware, you have to endure me talking about my relationship with this place. So proceed with caution. Warwick – location Warwick is a town towards the centre of England, and therefore is fairly easy to reach.

Witley Court and the joys of English Heritage

This post has three main topics: the benefits of joining local heritage groups Witley Court is a great place for photography the family that photographs together has fun together I like to plan things ahead. Nicole finds this very annoying - restrictive even. But it’s what I do. So when we decided to go to the UK I also decided to investigate membership of something like English Heritage or the National Trust.

Cameras I took travelling & photo editing software once home

Today’s post is not about my adventures as such, but about what camera equipment I took with me and then how I turned my very amateurish shots into something a little better. But first… I stumbled upon this competition to win a Leica M-P Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set! Valued at $10,000. From what I can tell from the terms and conditions it is an international competition. So have a

One does not simply fly into England

Actually I lie. We did simply fly into England, after a 23 hour journey from Australia. I then spent several hours in a hotel room becoming disgusted with the Android WordPress app. By the following night I had decided to use Facebook as a journal to record immediate thoughts and impressions. So part of what follows will be excerpts from that with other learnings etc. :) So an annotated version

I return!

A big hello to all my friends. Seven weeks since last we spoke. After composing and losing a post several times on the WordPress app for android, I gave up in disgust on trying to post while abroad. So over the next few months I must make up for it. Where to start? Well, they say that travelling broadens the mind. I must admit that my waistline is not the worse