Vivid Sydney 2014

PhotoStream #009: Vivid Sydney 2014

Hi folks and welcome to PhotoStream #009.  Sorry it has been a while since I last posted but I have been away working in other parts of Australia, but I still managed to take my camera with me on those trips and I will be posting some photos very soon (just don’t look at the date-stamps – because I am posting my latest ones first).

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Karen Hutton Talks to Two of my Favorite Photographers…

Photographer and Interviewer Karen Hutton has a chat with two photographers I go to for inspiration all of the time when I go out shooting, especially Matt Kloskowski as he and I have the same interests in Landscape Photography and Scott Kelby for his thoughts on photography and the training videos his company Kelby|One provides to us Photographers and Digital Artists on Photoshop.

I have tried several times to get my photographs under the noses of these two for some time when they perform their blind critic of peoples work, because I would value their opinion of my work and their thoughts on what I should focus my efforts on.

Here is hoping that either Scott or Matt see this blog post and they get in touch.

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HDR Photo of The City

Photostream #008: Sydney Harbor, The Rocks and Vintage Editing.

Welcome to PhotoStream Number 08, it has been a while  since the last PhotoStream post (November 2012), sure that has been some posts about photography since then but nothing that specifically focuses on a particular type of photography.

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Finally An Opportunity to Sell Some of My Photographs…

For many years I have wanted to share my photography with the world and I currently do with the help of this blog, and and alongside this I have wanted to possibly sell some of my creations, many of the photographs you have seen on this blog over the years are also available for sale through, but I am yet to sell any.

Photography has always been hobby and I do it out of enjoyment not for financial gain, but it would be nice.  I have used my photography skills for over seven years helping a local photographer in my home town in the United Kingdom, but Landscape and Sunset Photography has always been my passion.

Since moving to Sydney, I have managed to get some quite dramatic pictures of several locations around New South Wales, and sharing them with you, my friends and family, the thought never entered my head that these photographs would get noticed by someone who runs his own Framing Business and wishes to print and sell prints of my Sydney Storm Photograph.

Storm-Rolling-in-Over-Sydney-Opera-House---Black-and-WhiteHe is yet to sell any, but he has said that he’s had some interest.

He also has it printed in Black and White, and Sepia and it is currently pride of place in the front of his window display.

ShopWindowDisplayIf you happen to see this post and are in the Sunderland area, head on over to Grays Framing, Sea Road, Sunderland and I am sure they will be able to help you out with what you need, even if it is not to buy a print of my photograph.



Intel NUC DC3217IYE and OS X 10.9

As many of you know by now, contrary to my recent article ‘Heading Over to the Dark Side‘ about moving away from Apples iPhone operating system and experiencing Android in any great anger, I am still a big fan of Apple’s products, including their very expensive Mac Pro starting at an eye-watering at $A3,999.00 and heading on up to their heart stopping $A5,299.00 for their 6-core system.

As much as I would like one of those, even their base Mac Mini at a little more reasonable $A749.00 is a little too expensive for me at the moment.

If you are familiar with this blog you will have read my tutorial ‘A Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price‘ where I go through selecting the correct hardware (similar to what Apple uses in their systems) to build yourself a powerful Mac Pro for a quarter of the price of buying a genuine Mac from them.

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Sydney at Sunset

The Sun is Setting Across the Skies of Sydney…

In my last post of Batten Down The Hatches… You Never Know When That Storm is Going To Come Rolling Through!!!, I promised I would go out again and attempt to get some sunset shots of Sydney Harbor.

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Batten Down The Hatches… You Never Know When That Storm is Going To Come Rolling Through!!!

Since moving to Sydney, I have found it a little difficult to get in the right place at the right time to try and get one of my trademark shots.

Every time I go to a new place, I always seem to come back with at least one Sunset shot, and my parents have always wondered if I ever take photographs of anything else… well… it just so happens I do, it was only because I was out and about on Saturday afternoon making a concerted effort to get into the right place at the right time to get a Sunset shot across the skies of Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, only to be presented with storm clouds, so here are some photos from that day.  I will upload more when I have finished going through them and editing them.

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The Calm Before The Storm
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 17mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/125 Sec.

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 The Storm Rolling Through Over the Sydney Opera House (Black and White)
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 22mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/80 Sec.

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 The Storm Clouds Over the City
Canon 30D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
ISO: 100 / Focal Length: 20mm / Aperture Value: f/4.0 / Shutter Speed: 1/80 Sec.

Eight Years and Counting…

Very quick post, to say thank you to WordPress and to all my readers.  It has just been pointed out to me (by WordPress), that today (March 07, 2014) is the 8th Anniversary of when I started creating blogs on WordPress.

8th Year Anniversary

This blog hasn’t been around that long (yet) but I am hoping that the information I post (some of it irrelevant to some) will be useful to the people who find it as the years go by.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and thank you WordPress for giving me the tools to get my point across on so many different topics.




Opps… Sorry Western Australia… Perth 21st Most Expensive Place to Live.

Ever since I looked at getting my Permanent Residency Visa to live and work in Australia, I had made one important restriction on the locations of Australia I would consider living in and not living in for a variety of reasons.  One such place I had considered a place I did not want to live was Perth, Western Australia.

Reason: I had spoken to several people in the UK, watched several television programs, read lots of websites  and this City was considered the primary destination for those wishing to emigrate from the UK and until a few days ago, I considered it one of the most expensive places to live in the world, let alone in Australasia!

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Heading Over to the Darkside… iOS vs Android

This very quick article is not designed to be a review of the iPhone 4 or the HTC One mobile phones.  I just so happens to be those phones I have, this article is to express my feelings of moving away from iOS something I said I would never do, and start using Android.

I will start off by saying, I am aware that the photo that starts this article shows the iPhone 5 and the HTC One side-by-side, just so I don’t get loads of comments about my mistake.  As I said this is about iOS vs Android not the phones themselves.

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