Autumn seems to be hanging on – with a front approaching we will probably see most of the autumn leaves go in the next few days.
While looking for a place in Enoggera Terrace (Red Hill) to shoot looking towards Brisbane I came across this fabulous shop – full of violins. They gave me permission to shoot inside their shop. Here are a couple of images.
In the above image I have incorporated a second image of the view from the window.
This is a 5 image stitch of Red Hill, Brisbane looking towards Paddington from Waterworks Road. This area is hilly and picturesque. You can see Mt Coot-tha in the background. This is where Brisbane’s five TV transmitters are located.
The original is a massive file and has an incredible amount of detail. For example you can see the texture on individual tiles on the church at the upper left, (and this is nearly 1km away) when you zoom in on the original! Surprisingly no-one was out on the verandahs of their Queenslanders enjoying breakfast in the morning sun.
This rail museum is a fabulous place. The blacksmiths workshop is a working workshop still worked by Qld Rail.
This was 1/4 second exposure handheld.
Still scanning our 30 year old negatives. Some places (eg Brunei, Singapore, Borneo) have changed dramatically since then, others haven’t changed for hundreds of years (eg Tower of London!). The technology today that is available is incredible. Here is a shot of Arab St in Singapore taken 30 years ago ( a 2 image stitch because I actually took 2 overlapping shots not knowing one day I could stitch them!). I thought I would check out the same location in Google Earth Liveview , and found that although the 1982 building had disappeared, the architectural style has been preserved. Unfortunately the “character” in the original has gone, perhaps for the better, perhaps not.
We have had some rough weather down here. Last evening I took my D800E to Canal Rocks. It was hardly ideal conditions, wind gusting to 45 knots, spray everywhere, and shooting into the sun. The camera was in a rain cover to protect it from the spray. I couldn’t let go of the tripod or it would have blown over. I had seen some evidence that the D800E was very good at recovering detail from shadows, so I just braced myself, tried to steady the tripod and decreased the exposure until the sky was not blown out (except directly at the sun). The rocks and water all looked pretty black. Back at home and in Lightroom I was easily able to recover the shadows!
This was not the best image to judge the resolution of the D800E – at times it was all I could do to stand up, and focussing through the plastic of the rain cover was difficult. However a large print looks pretty good, so I am pleased with the result.