I’ve just added a Music Menu to the website with links to radio stations on tunein.com, so as to allow some music while browsing Bendigo Scenic 1000 and the other Galleries.  Lots of local stations, some from Digitally Imported and others I have enjoyed in my travels.

Most open up in a separate tab in your browser and immediately start playing, but a few need a push of the start button to get them playing.

For those that require opening in a separate window, you may need to download and install Adobe Flash Player for it to work.

Unfortunately, 3BO doesn’t seem to be streaming at the moment. Maybe that will change in the future, so I will leave the link up there.

Will try to add more stations as I think of them, particularly those I have enjoyed on my journey. It’s a bit of a trip down memory lane 🙂

CHOM 97 7 in Montreal is still the absolute best, particularly when you catch a 97 minute commercial free session.

Enjoy!


Tray icons down on the lower right . . . yep, click to follow 🙂

Funny how those two seem to want an “E” in there somewhere.

FlickRrrrrrrr and TumblRrrrrrr

Kinda like Rrrrrrrevolution! 😉


What do you get when you take 1,000 photos and use them as 10,000 individual tiles to make up another Photo? A really cool looking Photomosaic.

These were a lot of fun to make, and I suppose part of the reason I am after 1,000 photos of Bendigo and surrounds for Bendigo Scenic. I guess when its done it will be called Bendigo Scenic 1000.

All the flower photos from before and taken this past weekend help out quite a bit with this, as the software which generates these mosaics needs not struggle to find a certain colour.

At first they may look a bit strange, but when you look closer you can see that each is comprised of 10,000 separate square tiles which are actually each a photo in and of themselves.

I have provided a zoomed in image after the first 5 mosaics which shows what the actual sized print of these mosaics would look like were they to be printed to their actual size of 11 feet x 6.25 feet.

The near term benefit is that finally it is possible to create Doona covers at Red Bubble with these images, as a Doona Cover requires images which are at least 13,000 pixels on one side. These fit that bill.

Problem is I’ve cheated a bit by using the Melbourne photos that I have, and at this point I am still short 240 Photos on my way to 1000 for Bendigo. So this is a bit of a test to see what these Photomosaics would look like. Thus far pretty happy with the results of this testing.

Applications? Might be pretty neat to have a business photo, staff photo, etc. etc. which is then converted into a Photomosaic with all Bendigo photos comprising the mosaic tiles.  Certainly would be a talking point at reception for many years to come.

Anyway, I’ll keep experimenting with this to see if I can’t get them looking even better. For now you can revisit these by checking out the Gallery called Photomosaics.

Song to go along with this one?

Well wonder of all wonders, in researching this next singer, it turns out he was born in the same city as I, Kingston, Ontario, but just 97 days later.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Adams

I always thought he was from Vancouver, but I suppose that was just the place he made it with his music. I wonder if he was born at the Hotel Dieu Hospital as well? Or maybe KGH (Kingston General). Anyway from reading his Wiki, seems he earns a crust from Photography when not singing. Isn’t that strange!

Again, you know this fellow, but since he has all his music locked down and not available to 3rd party site sharing on both the Tube and Vevo, here is a random duet I stumbled across which looked like it was a lot of fun. Enjoy!


Such amazing colours out there right now. Quite a few other photographers taking in the sights as well I noticed.

Music for this one? I know, open up the Flowers Gallery in a new tab and have a listen to this one. Wouldn’t want to ruin the moment with some loud clang and bang rock song.  🙂

Enjoy!


Be sure to get out this week to see the Tulip festival around Rosalind Park and the Fountain. Last weekend the conservatory was emptied out and most likely a large display will be on in there as well. These Tulips provide a rather interesting perspective to the photos taken last evening. Quite different, and as can be seen they haven’t opened yet, well at least the yellow ones haven’t – most likely the frigid evenings we’re having this week. Now pushed past the 700 mark in terms of photos for Bendigo Scenic. It’s moving forward quite nicely, and surely October will be the month it gets to 1000 Photos. 14 October is a key day, so lets see if we can get it done by then.

OK music for the evening. 2nd concert was in Montreal in 1979. Having grown up an hour west of there, we always listened into CHOM 97.7 FM, a very progressive rock station.

http://www.chom.com/

Sometimes it would come in clear as a bell, and at others the reception was very bad. FM transmission degrades after 60-70 km. Of course today one can listen from anywhere there is internet reception. A bit of fun this evening listening in to see what is new there in Montreal now.

By the summer of 1979, this band was for some reason very popular amongst Montrealers, their songs always playing on CHOM and so they toured to Canada and the US to introduce their new Album, “Breakfast in America”. Partner in crime for the evening at Parc Jerry was Alex Martin. Not sure where you ended up Alex, but that was one fantastic evening. Still not sure how we navigated the Metro all the way back to St. Jean afterwards, but it was worth every minute.

Enjoy.


Been having a few comments on a couple of photos which turned out to both be taken on 1 November 2013. It was just 3 weeks after getting this new camera of mine last year, and around 7 PM with fantastic sunset sky conditions, I was around the Alexandra Fountain testing things out.

Anyway I’ve decided to revisit that shoot and see what else I could come up with. What a better time to test out this new Lightroom Preset called “Punchy HDR”. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and these presets are just emulators of true HDR . . . it’s not actually the real thing. This one called “Punchy HDR” really brings everything out in an eye popping fashion. However, so much so that things can tend to look a bit grainy when done, if one zooms into the image.

Still it allows for quite a different look and feel to a photograph. In a way its like turning photography into Digital Art. So I have made a new Gallery called “Punchy HDR Fountain” – if you check out the Menu above. The images rotate through at 9 second intervals so as to allow time to see what they are all about. There are 31 in total, from that evening on 1 November last year. I think a few of them look pretty good. At the very least they are interesting to look at, and I think the best situation for this is when you find the perfect sunset sky when taking your photography as was found nearly a year ago.

 


Churning along here, processing and getting ’em up to the site. It’s definitely not going to take till March 2015 to get to 1000 photos. Sometime in October sounds about right, perhaps November latest. Given I have another 150 sitting in the processing queue and a few planned outings to take more photos later this week, it should progress according to plan.

Here’s a band I thought was going to really go places, but they turned out to be a one-hit wonder. From Winterpeg, didn’t realise they were from Canada until a few years after this song came out in 1993. But what a great name for a band – The Crash Test Dummies. Just a bit too alternative to keep creating great songs maybe.


. . . or 50 ways to look at a photograph using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Presets. Actually there are thousands of presets, and in fact an infinite number, depending on what you choose to do with them, but I have selected 50 presets to apply to a favourite image of the past.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is called this because Lightroom is basically the Photoshop rendering engine re-packaged in a smaller more affordable software product which is easier for Photographers to handle and catalogue the thousands of images they find themselves dealing with in the digital photography age. Presently it is not necessary to purchase Adobe Creative Cloud to get Lightroom as it is a standalone product designed for the consumer market. However, CC Users do get access to Lightroom along with their subscription.

A preset is simply a way of applying many changes to a photo in a single click. Such image parameters as Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation can all be tested with on a photo and then saved to a preset file. Then when the same situation comes up again in terms of lighting or desired look, it is a simple matter of clicking on that preset and all the same properties are implemented on the Photo in question. It takes a while to gather and/or create presets, but once that work is done presets become a major time saver when dealing with your photography.

As an example I have created the 50 Statues project here on the website as a separate gallery. With a favourite photo from the past of the statues at the Alexandra Fountain and a backdrop of the two mutual life buildings, it is possible to quickly render 50 different versions of the same image, just to see how these might look using 50 different presets. Presented as a separate gallery, with a speed between images of just 2 seconds, it is possible to see how all these images look quickly at full HD resolution – a pretty handy thing. With Invictus, it is possible to password protect any gallery created and so this is a good way to share photography for review with a client, so that photos can be selected for further processing or printing.

Anyway, for those 2 readers, one dog and a pet ferret who have been following this blog from the beginning, tonights song is probably no surprise . . . it was going to pop up eventually. Its from those Canadian Rockers from middle-of-nowhere Hanna, Alberta. I think you might have heard of them before:


. . . and the Tulips and springtime flowers are a bloomin’

The next 7-10 days should be a photographer’s delight in the CBD and gardens all around

Love is in the air also, judging by the locks chained up atop the Poppethead.

Perfect song for the moment is probably that most famous Springtime song . . . U2 and “Beautiful Day”.

Lyrics Wow! – http://www.lyrics007.com/U2%20Lyrics/Beautiful%20Day%20Lyrics.html

Crank it! Winter’s finally over. Yay!!!

Photo Credits:  When I get out with my Son, he gets to do all the shooting, so all the great Photos here are his.


I’ve had an inquiry about Mt Franklin, and so last evening I thought I would venture down and see what I could find. After checking out Google Maps I had found 3-4 locations which seemed ideal to capture it in advance. Thanks goodness for Google Maps eh, saves so much time for such things.

Well it turned out to be quite an experience. I arrived an hour before sunset and all the paddocks were lush green. Perfect. And all the while there, while on Porcupine Ridge, from every direction one could hear the Baaaaaaaah of sheep. Lambing is done now and all the new lambs were quite curious as to what I was up to. Otherwise such peacefulness as the sun set last evening. What a great place to live.

Early images proved quite difficult with the glare of the setting sun, which turned out to set much further left of Mt Franklin than I thought, but I have set up a new gallery so as to browse the results – a total of 18 photos so far, might add a few more. To refer to any image in this collection, simply raise the thumbnail scroller, then hover your mouse over the one you wish to refer to, next look to the lower left and you will see the URL and the reference to the photo (e.g. MtFranklin-1.jpg – my favourite so far, #16 is also pretty good). This slideshow is set up to display photos sequentially by date and time taken, so the presentation order will remain the same with multiple viewings.

The idea is to next attempt this at sunrise and then perhaps another time later in the morning around 11 AM to see how the colours vary and which look best. With trips to and from Ballarat this one should be very easy to revisit again and again to capture Mt Franklin in its best possible light. In any event I am happy with the first attempt as it provides an idea of various locations to take the photo from. In time it should be possible to gather 50 or so images into this gallery, from which I will place 4-5 on Red Bubble based on feedback received.  Please don’t hesitate to comment below.

So far I think I like the featured image for this posting as it provides a foreground fenceline and tree to add depth to the image. It also provides a nice variation in greens all the way up to Mt. Franklin which is about 1.5 km away from where this photo was taken.

As a tribute to the requester of this image, thanks for the feedback (yes the horse referred to earlier was actually where he was supposed to be), lets turn back to ELO and their 2001 Reunion concert after a 17 year hiatus from playing together live. So good to hear their sound again, as its been a while.  It’s always good to have music to listen to while editing photos.