seaweed abstracts

I've started photographing seaweed on the beach at Encounter Bay when we are down at Victor Harbor. I have been exploring it's abstract qualities  in  both colour and  in black and white.

I started taking them  on the  poodlewalks  in the mornings with Raffi along  the beach when we were down here for the week. I don't have much time to take them after the sun rises and before it becomes too bright. 10-15 minutes at most  if there is no cloud cover.

Here is the colour version for contrast:

I converted the digital colour  file into black and white using the Silver Efex Pro 2 post-processing software.

Posterous closes

Posterous will close on April 30th 2013. So ended my experiment with  that form of  micro-publishing. Tumblr had become vastly more popular than Posterous in the field of short-form publishing or “microblogging.”

It's a pity. . Posterous offered the content and platform that pointed a direction to a more perfectly multi-media future for Twitter, where it could become possible to build a  network around both Posterous and Twitter users, and then allow for the melding of tweets, blogs, photos, and video. However, Twitter were interested in the talent not the product.

Posthaven  emerges? A  working version  by the  former founders of Posterous Garry Tan and Brett Gibson, which  can import Posterous blogs,  will be rolled out in late February. It will cost $5 per month.

This blog will be incorporated into  my poodlewalks weblog on the Wordpress platform.

trunk abstract

The digital suite  of Encounter Studio is now up and running and I'm starting to pick up the photography from where I left off before spending the  week at American River in Kangaroo Island.

Although I had this area in mind I've started simple:--abstracts of the river gums in the reserve cross from the studio. We have an 8 week old  silver standard poodle pup that requires constant attention when he is not asleep.

 

Posterous to close?

Another example of using the Leica with  slow black and white film:

I'm afraid that the post-Twitter Posterous micro-publishing platform  is going to close down sometime in 2013. It is a pity because Posterous was the ideal no-frills, no time-demands system that displayed photos quite well.

Is Twitter   playing the Microsoft card ---buy out a competing start up and stifle it thereafter until it died a natural but untimely death? Scepticemia puts it this way:

The developers might not close shop outright and instead close new registrations, while keeping the servers running for the existing users. However. they just let the system rot and not address the bugs that inevitably keep arising time and time again. Then, one day, something big goes wrong that requires a lot of resources in terms of money and manpower to fix and instead of fixing that, they go around closing shop, blaming it on the bug.

Twitter has a history of this --eg. Tweetdeck.

I will close this blog. It has done its job. Its the material on the books that I'm working on that represent the problem. Where to shift that material?

Leica snaps

The iMac at Encounter Studio is  now up and running, though it is still disconnected from the network. That connection requires tech support.

I scanned some recent black and negatives (6x6 and 35m)  last night  with the  flatbed Epson V700 scanner. The pictures  were made just before, and on the holiday at America River on Kangaroo Island.

The photo above was made with my  Leica M-4P, a Summicron 50mm lens, Ilford 50 ASA  black and white film. It only has minimal post processing Lightroom 4.

I had bought the 35m film by mistake --I was after 120 for the Rolleiflex---so I was trying it out to use up.  It is 20 years since I've made pictures with 35m black and white film. I'm pretty pleased with the  result--there is a nice tonal range.

Kangaroo Island: salt lake

I've upgraded the operating system of the 27" iMac to Mountain Lion, now that it has a new hard disc courtesy of Apple. I can now connect with my computer in Adelaide.  I've also upgraded  some of the photographic software--Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro--that I regularly use in my digital darkroom.   

This picture  of, what I take to be  a salt lake,  was snapped near D' Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island. It was next door to   the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park.  I  had been looking for some salt lakes  with easy acces without much success.  We just stumbled upon this one  on our way back to American River.  

It was the last  afternoon of our holidays on the island. We left for Adelaide the next day. 

leaves + bark abstract

The south westerly wind has gone. Temperatures are on the rise. The summer heat has arrived for Adelaide and the city will swelter with the heat. I'd given up going to the coast to take large format photos and decided to concentrate on doing abstracts in the reserve near the studio.

It was easier as the cloud cover early in the morning  provided me with cover from the early morning sunlight.

I'll  take the negatives back to Adelaide today  to have Atkins Technicolour  develop them. I'll scan them when I return to Victor Harbor on the weekend. I'll  then upload  them to see how the  the film versions  are different from the digital ones.

on location

I decided to do an 8x10 abstract  of the bark of the river gum  from Arkaoola  in the reserve opposite the studio at Victor Harbor.

I made a couple of black and white photos--one on each side of the trunk. It was still too windy to go to Kings Head  with the large format gear. The south west wind will slowly die out over the next couple of days then the temperatures will rise to around 40s C. 

bark abstract

This is an abstract of the trunk of a river gum in the reserve across the road from the studio  in Encounter Bay,  Victor Harbor

The tree  that had been bought down from Arkaroola by Suzanne's mother as a seedling back  in 1982 . It was planted in the reserve and it is now a solid tree.  

I am fascinated by the river gum's bark.  It is quite different from the local river gums in terms of  both texture and colour. 

I've taken a number of photos over  the Xmas break with a digital camera--a  Sony NEX-7--- mostly as a study  for a large format shoot. I am thinking about  using the 5x4 Linhof  in an early morning shoot.