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Anchored at the Reef

Today’s Photo

I’m having trouble getting excited about any of the photos I’ve taken recently. Some of them will end up here, but for today I’m stepping away from the new stuff and going back to my first trip to Australia. This was on a sailing trip (in which we never sailed) out to the Great Barrier Reef. It was a three-day trip with plenty of snorkeling, as well as diving, for those so inclined. It was some of the best snorkeling I’ve done and I highly recommend a trip to the Reef if you ever get a chance.

Anchored at the Reef

Anchored at the Reef

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Rules Are Made To Be Broken

David DuChemin, one of my favorite photography bloggers, recently wrote a wonderful post on the so called ‘rules’ in photography. These rules are intended to cover everything from composition to lighting to focus. While I believe these ‘rules’ have a place, particularly in instructing beginners, David’s point was that just following the rules doesn’t on its own create art. Vision and creativity are also a necessity.

Check out David’s site for some great inspirational writing as well as some beautiful photography. Just be sure to come back and visit me again afterword.

Today’s Photo

I seems likely that maybe a few rules were broken here. This bamboo grove at the Sydney Botanical Gardens was completely covered in graffiti. Although maybe that’s obvious from the photo.

Bamboo Graffiti

Bamboo Graffiti

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The Intersection

I’m off for several days of hiking and camping in the Blue Mountains, about an hour and a half west of Sydney. It’s looking like I’ve got a good three day window between the weather. We haven’t had the rains they’ve had up north where all the flooding is occurring, but it’s still been an overly damp and gray start to the summer. (I’m sure I haven’t written about this before.) I’m rather bored with it all but I do try to console myself with the fact that it isn’t flooding here, nor is it painfully cold.

Today’s Photo

Here’s a long exposure shot of night-time traffic in the Sydney central business district during the busy Christmas shopping season. Click on the image below to view it bigger.

The Intersection

Car Lights at a Sydney Intersection

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The Measure of a City

What makes a city a great place to live? Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site – one of my favorite travel blogs – recently wrote a post about Seattle. It’s always interesting to see what ‘outsiders’ think of your city. While I don’t live in Seattle anymore, I still consider it my home in US. Matt did a pretty good job of covering the major points of interest, including a few that usually get missed. While he enjoyed Seattle, his final verdict was based on whether he could live there or not, and the answer was no. Seattle is too small.

Size is relative, of course. And while Seattle may lack a few things that might be easily found in a larger city, I guess those were things that weren’t that important to me. What I love about Seattle is the beautiful setting and the close proximity to numerous outdoor activities. In spite of the interminable gray skies, if I ever find myself living back in the US again, it will likely be in Seattle.

What is it that makes a place livable for you? And for those of you in Seattle, what is it about Seattle that you love and keeps you there (or not)?

Today’s Photo

I didn’t spend a lot of time at Pike Place Market when I was living in Seattle. It was often just a place to take out-of-town guests. I did get a chance to wander through when I was back there in October, though.

Pike Place Market

Inside Pike Place Market

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Endings and Beginnings

As 2010 comes to an end, this past week also saw the end of an era in photographic history when the last roll of Kodachrome film was developed. Now, I don’t generally get too sentimental about such things, but there is a certain disappointment and sadness in watching film slowly die out.

I’ve fully embraced the new digital age of photography, and have little interest in going back to film. However, I grew up with film and old manual cameras and I believe it was a valuable learning experience that most people trying to learn photography today are missing out on. Sure, having the ability to instantly review your shots as soon as you take them can provide instant feedback that allows you to make quick adjustments. But I think having to learn with film, where the amount of photos you can take is generally limited by how much film you have, and for which you may have to wait for days to see how the images come out, forces you to think a bit more before about what you are doing before clicking the shutter. Moreover, the fully electronic controls of today’s cameras leaves the beginner a bit detached from what those controls are actually doing. When aperture is just a number on a screen rather than a physical dial on the lens, it’s harder to grasp the concept of what aperture is and its effect on how an image comes out. The new cameras allow a greater of people to experience the joys of photography but, in some ways, make it more challenging to learn some of the technical details.

But the world changes and we make adjustments and move on to greater things in the future. May 2011 provide you with wonderful opportunities to make some new beginnings!

Today’s Photo

Sydney Park reminds me in many ways of Gasworks Park in Seattle; rolling grassy hills, leftover industrial machinery, and a great view of the city. And a great place to watch the sun set. Click on the image to view it larger.

At the Park

The sun sets at Sydney Park.

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