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Archive for March, 2008

Photoshop Seminar

by on Mar.29, 2008, under Uncategorized

I took a day off work on Wednesday this week and spent it in the Austin Convention Center with several hundred other Photoshop junkies listening to Ben Willmore talking about Digital Photograph post-processing. It was an outstanding day – not only is Ben a superb photographer but he also has a knack for analogy that really helps explain some of the more daunting aspects of Photoshop.

I sat most of the day thinking about particular images that would benefit from some of the techniques he mentioned (maybe I’ll finally get my original Hamilton Pool composite “finished” at last!). All I need now is to find the time to play!

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Photos found on other sites

by on Mar.13, 2008, under Uncategorized

A picture I shot last weekend while in downtown Austin has shown up on the Austinist local news web site today. I also see that one of my Stirling pictures is on a Spanish travel blog.


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Cathedral of Junk

by on Mar.10, 2008, under Uncategorized

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Cathedral of Junk, originally uploaded by David A G Wilson.

Nikki and I had a great weekend using a couple of free days in the Radisson Town Lake (thanks to a silent auction purchase at some school fund raiser last year) to spend the weekend in downtown Austin and do a bunch of sightseeing, walking and eating. On Saturday evening, while Nikki was doing some shopping, I headed off to “The Cathedral of Junk” for a SXSW Flickr gathering. This opportunity to meet a bunch of photographers whose work I had admired from afar for some time was great and the location was also really interesting.
The cathedral was built in a South Austin back yard by the home owner, Vince, over a period of 19 years and now comprises a 2 storey high pile of assorted refuse containing many interesting alcoves, passageways and stairs. It’s a truly surreal place but well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

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Safari is now fixed

by on Mar.10, 2008, under Uncategorized

I was in the new Apple store in The Domain shopping center today and, while playing with an iPhone, noticed that I couldn’t load the blog using its version of the Safari browser. When I got home, I downloaded the latest beta of Safari for Windows and noticed the same thing so spent some time debugging this evening and fixed a couple of problems in the home page HTML that didn’t cause any formatting errors on IE or Firefox. As a result, Apple users can now view the blog as it was intended. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by the previous problem (though the fact that no-one pointed it out suggests there can’t have been too many Apple users trying to read the blog in the first place).

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Any Japanese readers reading this?

by on Mar.02, 2008, under Uncategorized

Every so often, I do a Technorati search to see who’s used my photos on the web. This week, a hit on one of my latest Hamilton Pool pictures showed up but I have absolutely no idea what the context is since I don’t read Japanese. If anyone can tell me what this site is saying, I would love to know!

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Renaissance Hotel Atrium

by on Mar.02, 2008, under Uncategorized

I was up in the Renaissance this past Thursday lunchtime as volunteer photographer at a rather grand Caritas fundraiser and managed to grab this photo on the way out. It’s an HDR (high dynamic range) image built from 3 different exposures using Photomatix (again). I didn’t have a remote shutter release with me and I was in a hurry so it’s not quite as sharp as I would have liked but I’m reasonably happy with the result.

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Registration Problem Fixed

by on Mar.02, 2008, under Uncategorized

Thanks to Miles who pointed out that registration for the blog was broken. This seems to have happened when I upgraded to version 2.4 of pMachine (the software that runs the blog) but failed to read the instructions about manual modifications required to the page templates to enable captcha entry on various form pages. I’ve corrected this now and all seems fine. To register, you now need to enter a code which appears at the bottom of the page. This is intended to stop spammers and other undesirable, automated scripts and programs from registering and using the blog to post or send spam.

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