Digitising

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Lake Geneva ca 1992

This is a digitised photo from a colour reversal slide (Agfa color 200 ASA, probably) taken in the early 1990s. Digitising does not need to be expensive. The scanner used for this conversion cost just 30 euros from Lidl! I think this particular Agfa color film is no longer made, such is progress. Before the advent of the digital world it was my favourite colour film for many years used mainly in a Nikkormat Ftn. For black and white photos I tended to use Ilford FP4 or Kodak Tri-X 400 ASA on occasions. Although the image scan quality is probably not as good as you would get from a photo lab., I think it is pretty reasonable, especially for the price and a must have investment for anyone with boxes of slides stored in the attic going mouldy.

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An English wheat field ca 1980

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Statue of a sea nymph, Vevey, Switzerland ca 1992

Have a heart

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Happy Valentines day! In all my days I have never received a Valentine’s day card nor for that matter have I ever sent one, as far as I can remember. If you don’t give, you don’t get or something. So here is a big heart to all my followers and likers and anyone else who might pass by, have a lovely day.

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Crazy trees

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Just one of the many crazy trees to be found in Taichung park, Taiwan. This park was landscaped by the Japanese when they governed the city and it has a real Zen feel to it. I took more than 500 photos with my Nikon while there but was unable to download them due to my Macbook Air’s incompatibility. So all the photos I posted to the blog at the time were from my smartphone. I am still wading through the Nikon photos but it is hard to choose, which to post as there were so many interesting sights. This park was close to where I stayed so I often spent time relaxing here at the end of the day having worn my feet and legs out walking.

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Vasa

Call me a bore but less is more…

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Surprisingly, I came across this ship for the first time today. The Vasa was a 17th century Swedish warship and the photo above captured my attention with all its incredibly detailed carpentry and sculptures. Much as I could admire such work I began to wonder why on earth would they put such artistic effort into not just a ship but a warship!

Then I learned that it sank on its maiden voyage just a few kilometers out from its Stockholm harbour. Blown over by a mild gust of wind in front of thousands of spectators and dignitaries. Two years of work by hundreds of craftsmen and artisans vanished from sight before it had even reached the sea proper.

You do have to wonder how such a thing could happen to a ship that was presumably designed to not just do battle in warfare but also withstand the extreme elements of weather at sea. As it turns out it was badly designed and most of the fault must lie with the Swedish King Adolphus who for his own glory presumably wanted an over designed ostentatious flagship, which proved to be top heavy. With the centre of gravity being too high due to the elaborate sterncastle and all gun ports open during its maiden voyage, it only needed to roll slightly for water to enter the open gun ports and that is exactly what happened.

Such a traumatic event must have had an effect on the Swedish psyche from that point on and may well account for Swedish minimalism in design today. A philosophy of which I am an adherent to somewhat. It could almost be compared to Sweden’s Titanic disaster but with thankfully less loss of life. Whatever, I think it is a good example of what happens when artists work for war mongers and those in high places flaunt their excesses to the world.

As it is we are lucky, generations later, to be left with one of the most spectacular works of craftsmanship that under normal circumstances would have probably been burned and sunk without trace in some European sea battle.

I suspect we are now entering the true age of minimalism to combat the climate crisis and probably not before time.

 

Focus vs shutter

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A buzzard glides on thermals rising from the valley this morning. I hear buzzards almost daily now but only see them on occasions. Once again this image is out of focus, probably due to the slow 1/60th shutter speed. I only got a couple of shots before it disappeared over the roof.

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A beautifully constructed wasps nest on my balcony. Here I used fill-in flash to help freeze the image. I am not a lover of flash as I find the images tend to be less realistic with hard shadows, but fill-in has its uses.

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I had another attempt at the squirrels this morning but little improvement despite some sunshine. Probably due to the slow 1/60th shutter speed again.