In my day job I am a database programmer. I love data. The reason I love data is twofold. Firstly, within data there resides stories and I adore stories. Secondly, data offers a challenge in its presentation. How do you present data in a manner that is not only meaningful but also engages and inspires? For work I have been asked to find out more about using Machine Learning to
I have Adobe Creative Cloud but rarely make the full use of it. I mean, I use the obvious stuff like PhotoShop, LightRoom and Premier and to a lesser extent Illustrator and InDesign, but that is about it. What a waste! Anyway I thought that I would have a go a Portfolio. Essentially Portfolio takes a selected collection of images from LightRoom and turns it into a web site which
As many of you may remember, when I was unemployed one of the things I did to keep myself sane when not applying for jobs was to become a Google Local Guide. This meant visiting local attractions and food spots and photographing/reviewing them. The results were then placed on Google Maps. There was no money doing this, but there was an opportunity to get more free online storage from Google.
This is the next part of my (long overdue) series on my Trafalgar Costsaver European Cavalcade tour. In my last post I spoke aboutÂ the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Now we are entering the building itself. The path from the courtyard and into the Doge’s Palace is via a spectacular sixteenth centuryÂ staircase -Â Scala d’Oro (“golden staircase). You can see my daughter Rhiannon sitting on the stepsÂ smirking at silly
Hi all, Today’s post is two stories. The first is set today, during a little drive to a New South Wales’ town called Picton where I found a marvellous little “collectables” shop. Then back to Switzerland in September. Armour Collectables in Picton Obviously the name of this shop got my attention straight away. Two things that I love: armour and collectables. Alas I saw no armour in it. This said,
ShortÂ post today as I have not really been home much. Here is a photo of a flower from my visit to Warwick Castle that I subsequently “colour splashed”. I only learnt that term today, though I have seen plenty of people do it. I just did not know that it had a name. All I did was randomly pick one of my flower pictures and then: In Photoshop duplicate it
About two centuries before Christ was born people settled the Nidwalden valley. I’m guessing that they were Celts, the so-called Helvetians, based upon vague memories of some of my university studies done in the 1980s. One such place they settled became known as Stans, and I am guessing that from this settlement the mountain known as Stanserhorn got its name. Our tour guide got us out and into the coach
Imagine a place where in winter, every 10 seconds, water the equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool rushes down a waterfall. Well, that place is the Rhine Falls near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. These are reputedly the largest plain falls in Europe. The coach for our tour (Trafalgar’s Costsaver ‘European Cavalcade”) dropped us off here. (OK -Â it may seem thatÂ I’m giving them lots of free advertising,
For no apparent reason I found myself doodling with Lightroom and Photoshop while processing my Black Forest photos. I guess I’ve had a few things on my mind recently.Â Anyway, I thought I would share. They are not good, but what the heck, it gives you an insight into me.Â :) Original photo: It felt like it could be something more. So I made it into a black and white image
Today I share some of my photos from inside the Tower of London, and also my thoughts on how I post-processed them. Now one thing that you need to understand is that I am not a photographic expert. I’m also not a post-processing expert. Or even a particularly good hobbyist photographer. I’ve been using this European trip to try to teach myself something about DLSRs. So don’t get your hopes
So we caught the Tube to Tower Hill to see the Tower of London. The day was grey and I felt myself wondering whether I should have brought umbrellas. I also realised that my previous day’s photos of public monuments and the such was fairly sub-par. On this grey day I needed to lift my game! Naturally the use of the expression “lift my game” then went on to totally
Summary In today’s post I will look at Warwick Castle as a tourist destination, a place where history is recreated,Â 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.
This post has three main topics: the benefits of joining local heritage groups Witley Court is a great place forÂ photography the family that photographs together has fun together I like to plan things ahead. Nicole finds this very annoying -Â 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.
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
Hi everyone, My family and I have spent the last few days at my sister-in-law’s place looking after her four lads while she and her husband were down in Melbourne. Hence no posts from me. Today’s post will look at the writing/editing that I did there and also at a photographic experiment of mine. Given that I am no great photographer, I beg your indulgence. I need to get better
My wife really wanted to takeÂ my daughter into the city and show her Vivid – that’s the name given to Sydney’s Festival of Lights. I joined in after work, taking with me my Samsung Galaxy S5 with the app called “Camera FV-5”. Thought I might put the latter through its paces at night. The evening was exactly as I expected – lots of crowds and jostling and stumbling intermixed with