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Archive for December, 2014

Where the mountains meet the sea – Kaikoura, New Zealand

Thought for the day…”  If at first you do not succeed, redefine success”

” Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without”

In a sign of the times, Reuters is reporting the first flight by a robot as a fare-paying passenger.  The robot, named Athena, flew with Lufthansa from Los Angeles to Germany.  The robot is part of research to design robots for work that is too dangerous for humans.   Apparently it was cheaper to fly it as a passenger than to send it as freight.  It flew economy class, but was turned off for the flight.

A view from the lookout overlooking Kaikoura, South Island New Zealand for the photo today, with the Seaward Kaikoura mountains visible behind. These mountains rise to 2610m,  and are part of the Southern Alps.  Although originally a fishing and whaling town, Kaikoura is now more famous for the (expensive) whale watching trips, and also for the trips swimming with dolphins.  New Zealand has 13 species of dolphins, with the Dusky, Bottlenose, Hector and Common dolphin being the most usual.    It is the Dusky Dolphin which are usual around Kaikoura, their acrobatics being very popular with tourists.

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And another photo from the archives….a chalet in Kandersteg, Switzerland..

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Would you turn off your mobile phone for a discount ?

Thought for the day…” Just because nobody complains does not mean that all parachutes are perfect”  (Benny Hill).

Spotted an interesting story in the news about an Italian priest who had installed electronics in his church to jam the signals to mobile telephones.    Signs in the church asking people to switch off their telephones had not worked, so the priest took things a stage further and installed the jamming device.   Local shopkeepers have been complaining that the phone-jammer is so powerful that it is affecting electronics in their shops as well.   That story reminds me of the story about the Israeli restaurant owner near Jerusalem who offered diners a 50% discount off their bills if they would switch off their mobile phones during their meal.    His idea was to encourage people to be social with each other again, rather than being glued to the screens of their mobile telephones.   Other restaurants in the USA have followed the idea, some even offering discounts to diners who give up ALL electronics for the duration of their meal.

No signs of any mobile phones in today’s photo, which comes from southern Oman.  Both photos taken with the Panasonic camera.

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And another photo from the archives… market colour in Mozambique.

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Santa in many different forms.

Thought for the day….” Money does not buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery”.

Something to do with the time of year I think……

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The meaning of life ?

Thought for the day…” Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”

With all the problems in the world (climate change, recession, unemployment, malaria, Syria etc……) it is surprising to read that scientists in the USA in Portland University have been busy working on perfecting a coffee maker that will work in zero gravity (zero G) conditions in space.    I may be missing the point here, but one, are there many people travelling in space? and two, could these same scientists have worked on something more useful??  Hopefully this ‘research’ was not paid for by taxpayers’ money.

Off to the small town of Arrowtown in New Zealand for the photo today.   The town was previously a historic gold mining town once had more than 7000 residents, who were attracted by the lure of gold in the nearby Shotover and Arrow rivers.   The Shotover river turned out to be one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world, and it is still possible today to pan for gold in it.  The photo was taken late evening, when the day trippers from the nearby tourist mecca of Queenstown had returned and had left Arrowtown in peace again.    A colour photo was converted to black & white, then to sepia, and the contrast was increased.

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World’s most expensive photograph – USD 6.5 million

Thought for the day…” Scientists say that the universe is made up of protons, electrons and neutrons.  They forgot to mention morons”.

News from the dpreview.com website (a great website if you want to keep up on the happenings in the photography world) that a new record has been set for a single photo.  The photo, called ‘Phantom’ by Peter Lik has recently been sold for USD 6.5 million.  Two of his other photos sold for USD 2.4 million and USD 1.1 million as well.    A tidy sum for a black and white photo.     If anybody is interested then they can buy my entire photo collection for USD 1 million, and I will throw in a couple of cameras as well……

Some black and white photos below of tree ferns in New Zealand.      Worth USD 6.5 million?????  Offers please….

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Last light of the day….peace and tranquility

Thought for the day…”  You are never too old to feel young”    ” Life is not a rehersal, it is the real thing”.

Rather nice story in the news on the BBC (and a good news one too) about a runner in Portsmouth, England who used a running app and GPS to propose to his girlfriend.     He used a running app to track his route, which spelt out the words “will you marry me” as a way of proposing to his girlfriend.     After posting the route online, his girlfriend said yes.     A novel way to propose !!

Peace and tranquility for the photo today….last light of the day in a small bay on Pralin, Seychelles.   Just a lone fisherman and the breeze, captured with the Fuji X-E1 and a 50-200m lens.  A good photo needs good light, and both these photos had it.   The high quality of the Fuji lens also made these photos.

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More blue skies….Seychelles again

Thought for the day…” Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is happiness”

” A negative mind will never give you a positive life”.

It is sad to read that the efforts of one Russian newspaper to lift spirits have failed.  The ‘City Reporter’ newspaper had decided to only print good news and happy stories for a day, but the result was far from happy, as it lost about two thirds of its readers.   It has gone back to ‘regular’ news now.     And despite it being almost Christmas, when you visit the shops and shopping malls at the moment, the bad tempers and stress are very evident.  Hard to believe that it is the season of joy and goodwill…..

Blue skies and uncrowded beaches from the Seychelles again…..no signs of Christmas stress here….And if you think that the colours look unreal, then just visit the Seychelles !!  Fuji X-E1 camera again.

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Christmas Fireworks in Bergen, Norway

Thought for the day…” You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them”

”  Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but rather playing a bad hand well”.

Two photos of the Christmas fireworks in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway.  About 275 000 people live in Bergen, which is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo, the capital.   Shipping, oil industry and touristm are the main industries here.  It is known as the city of 7 mountains, one of which was used to get the photos of the Christmas fireworks.  These mountains mean that Bergen gets a lot of rain, with about 2.25m a year.   In the lower part of the photo you can see the lake in the city centre from where the fireworks were launched, complete with a large Christmas tree.   Fireworks are believed to have originated in China over 2000 years ago, from where 90% of all fireworks now come from.   Interestingly, on New Year’s Eve in 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland, a chocolate firework was fired containing 60kg of  Callier Swiss chocolates !! No such luck for the citizens of Bergen, Norway though!

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Holidays in Paradise – Seychelles duo

Thought for the day…” Keep smiling and one day life will get tired of trying to upset you”.

Airlines again…..just been trying to claim some missing airmiles from Qatar Airways.  Would you believe that they have asked me to send in a SCANNED copy of my e-ticket?    Yes, I had to read that twice to believe it, they want a scanned copy of an e-ticket?   If I had nothing else to do in life then I would print out the E TICKET (what does that e in E-ticket mean, Qatar Airways???) and then scan it and send precisely the same information back to them again.  They might like to play silly games, I do not.

Two more photos from the recent holiday, to the islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Pacific.   it was the first real test of the new camera, the Fuji X-E1 and the results were great.     The X-E1 is a camera that makes taking photos fun again, partly because it does not have fireworks/party/food/sport modes but does have dials where you can again take control of the photos.      Add to that a larger sensor and some Fuji lenses which are outstanding in quality, and it is not hard to get some great photos.   Guess who came back with a LOT of photos !!    The Fuji X-E1 does not take good videos (seems to be a problem with all the Fuji cameras, as there are a lot of people saying the same thing) BUT it does one thing well, really well.   It takes brilliant photos.     The previous Sony A6000 was quickly returned to the shop, as despite having instant autofocus and more megapixels, was let down by lenses that just were not up to the job.  The best camera in the world is no use if the glass at the front is poor, and Fuji have made sure that what is on the front of their cameras is not going to let what is at the back of the cameras down.

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And also from the Seychelles, an Airbus A330 arrives at Mahe, with a Twin Otter already on the ground below.

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