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Archive for April, 2015

Holidaymakers heading home….time to fly

Thought for the day…” Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle”.

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time”.

I often get asked what camera I am using to take the photos.    Previously, it was the Panasonic FZ150 but now I have upgraded to the Fuji X-E1.  Both cameras have their good points, but the quality of the jpeg images from the Fuji is so good.   Far less time spent with editing on the computer now, as the pictures straight from the camera are so good.    The kit lens (18-55mm) is brilliant, and it produces fantastically sharp images, helped by an APS-C sized sensor.    The negative thing about the camera is that it does not make good videos, hence the Panasonic is still in the bag for the times when a good video is needed.    But for still photos, the Fuji X-E1 is hard to beat.  Not perfect, but no camera is, but a great camera.  As many people have said, it MAKES you want to take more photos.   And it does !

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The Panasonic has only a smaller CMOS sensor, but does have a 24X zoom lens, and an LCD screen that can be moved.  Initially I thought that a tiltable screen was a gimmick, but after a time you appreciate just how useful it is.   Going back to the Panasonic after handling the Fuji, you realize just how cheap and plasticky it feels, but it can produce some good images (and videos), as the photos on the website show.  But more and more, the Fuji X-E1 is the camera that goes with me and the Panasonic is gradually being retired.  But it is the end result that counts, regardless of the camera that has been used.

Today’s photo is from Funchal, Madeira, and the now bankrupt Sterling Airways.

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and another photo from the archives…. happy children in Laos…..

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Two from Oslo, Norway

Thought for the day…”Pretty words are not always true, and true words are not always pretty”.

“You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”.

Think of Scandinavia and you probably think of countries with high standards, countries that are clean and also countries that are fairly well-ordered.    So when you mention Norway, and the capital, Oslo, you do not tend to think of a city with problems.   Two of the big problems there are hard drugs and also gypsies.    What is also surprising is that this happens not just in the suburbs, but in the very heart of the city.    Just a few steps from the main train and bus stations (and sometimes even inside these) are people openly dealing in drugs, even during the daytime.   Drug use is also very obvious in the city centre, yet the police seem to do little about it.   It is not just the ‘soft’ drugs but the serious ones like heroin as well.  Around 250 people die each year in Norway from heroin overdoes.    And it is very obvious who is using these hard drugs too.   Add to that a huge problem with begging gypsies and it makes the city centre of Oslo far from pleasant.     Last summer gypsies were even setting up camp in the main squares and parks, then lighting fires to cook on.   Now they are plagueing the city streets, begging in shop doorways and street corners.    Add to that the explosion of grafitti in Oslo, and the city that tourists discover on arriving is far different from the city that they expected.

Staying in Oslo for the photo today…..a colourful corner shop.

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And another photo from the archives…..a perfect autumn morning in Geilo, Norway……

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Disappearing down the corridor

Thought for the day…..” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

” A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station”

No doubt there are many of us who will sympathise with the man from Colorado, USA who is being prosecuted for shooting his computer, which had gone wrong.   Probably anybody who has experienced Windows Vista or Windows 8 will especially sympathize with him.    Lucas Hinch, aged 37,  became so frustrated with his non-functioning computer that he took it outside and shot it 8 times.   A Colorado judge will decide his fate, although the computer is now definitely not working.    Revenge is sweet !!

Down the corridor for the photo today, something a little different with the camera…..and another triumph for the Fuji X-E1

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and another photo from the archives…..lakeside on Lake Malawi, Malawi…..

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Is air travel becoming too cheap?

Thought for the day…” A bad attitude is like a flat tyre.  You cannot go anywhere until you change it”.

” Look up to the sky.  You will never find rainbows if you are looking down”  (Charles Chaplin).

Is air travel becoming too cheap?   The Flight Centre, an Australian/New Zealand chain of travel agents, published some figures to show how the cost of a return ticket from New Zealand to Europe has fallen in real terms.  Interesting reading….

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Travel’s golden era
• Best price of a return flight from Auckland to Europe:
• 1947: $1170 (85 weeks’ pay of average worker)
• 1980: $1800 (six weeks’ pay)
• 2014: $1500 (1 weeks’ pay)
Source: Flight Centre
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Whilst the days of the 1 euro ticket in Europe have disappeared, it is still possible to get flights for under 20 euros.
The New Zealand tourism department are no doubt congratulating themselves on the record number of arrivals into New Zealand, now over 2.9 million arrivals a year.    The airlines are hopping with joy at the demand for seats to and within New Zealand.  Emirates Airline now flies 3 Airbus A380s a day to NZ, Chinese airlines are putting on extra flights and even low cost airlines like Air Asia and Jetstar (part of Qantas) are planning to increase services to cope wit the demand.   All very nice for the the airlines who now have full aircraft.   All very nice for hotel and motel operators in NZ, who are often fully booked.  BUT not so nice for the small towns and popular places in New Zealand.  Most of those 2.9 million tourists want to see the same few places (such as Rotorua on the North Island, and Queenstown on the South Island).   Some of the most popular walks (for example, the Tongariro Crossing) are so crowded that the idea of giving walkers start times has been discussed.   The media in NZ often shows the traffic problem in Queenstown, which at one time was just a small lakeside resort in the mountains.  Tourists are sometimes finding that their travel plans are now dictated by where they can get accommodation, rather than by where they want to go.  Same situation with buses, plans are now being dictated by when the bus has available seats, rather than by when and where the tourist wants to go.  As the number of tourists goes up, often the level of service goes down., cafes, shops and tourist attractions are suffering from the big increase in visitor numbers.    Queenstown, which was once a small, quiet lakeside town has become a major internnational tourist resort.    Try finding traditional New Zealand local life in Queenstown now.   Difficult.    The situation in some places (again Queenstown springs to mind) is becoming similar to the Caribbean islands, where the arrival of 2 0r 3 huge cruise ships absolutely swamps the local towns, when 7 or 8 thousand tourists descend at once.
No sign of any tourists in this photo, the hills near Tarras, Otago, New Zealand.  As usual at the end of summer, the hills here are very dry, and there is little for the sheep to eat.  This view was taken from the main road which heads down to Queenstown.
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and another photo from the archives….festival girl in El Salvador….

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On offer in your local supermarket

Thought for the day…” Failure is just success postponed”.

“If you want to make your dreams come true, then the first thing that you must do is to wake up”.

The local supermarket has a noticeboard which is usually full of for sale items.    But not always.    An advert seen recently amongst the items for sale….

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It is the bit about being used to living without hot water that worries me the most.  Would you offer a home to people who were not used to hot water and who did not want to pay rent?    Judging by their spelling, they are also not used to using a dictionary either.

Today’s photo comes from Otago, New Zealand, and is of the view from the Lindis Pass.   The main road from Queenstown north towards Christchurch climbs up to 971m at this point, passing through an area famous for the special grass called tussock grass.  From here, the road is heading down towards Omarama and the Lindis Valley.   Despite being summer, the road was remarkably quiet when the photo was taken.   Taken with the Fuji X-E1.

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New, looking old – more classic cars

Thought for the day….”  It is better to be looked over than overlooked”   (Mae West).

“If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, then you will get results”.

Lucky timing with the camera recently and a case of being in the right place at the right time.    There has been a rally of Ford Model A cars in the Otago region recently, and I just happened to be at the village of Cardrona when the cars were also there.   Over 4.8 million Model A cars were made between 1927 and 1932 , the car being a replacement for the famous Ford Model T.    One version of the car even featured a V8 engine.   Prices ranged from USD 385 up to USD 1400.   Interestingly, it was the first car to feature safety glass in the windshield.

Two of the cars are seen here, outside the famous Cardrona Hotel.  Originally a gold-rush village, it now sits at the base of a ski resort.  A disused (gold) mineshaft can be seen inside the hotel bar.   From here, to the left of the photo, the road climbs up the Crown Range, reaching a height of 1119m, before descending towards the tourist town of Queenstown.       Due to the bad light that day, the photo was converted to black and white, then changed to sepia, to give it a 1930s look.

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and another photo….some of the 20 000 plus runners in the Stockholm marathon…

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Idiot of the Week award goes to……GoPro Customer Service

Thought for the day…” Feed the mind a positive seed in the morning and harvest the reward all day”.

” Failure is just success postponed”.

Idiot of the week award goes to GoPro customer ‘service’.    I am not sure if ‘service’ is the word that should be used here, I can think of some alternative words that are more appropriate.    The story so far……bought a new GoPro Hero 4 Black only to find that it gets hot whilst filming in 4K then cuts off to save itself from burning out.   Not very convenient if you are trying to film action, as you can bet that the camera will have cut out just before the exciting part of the action.

The GoPro Hero 4 Black user manual warns you about the issue, and advises you to stop filming and let the camera cool down.  Again, not very practical if you are in the middle of an action sport.   Lots of emails to/from GoPro customer ‘service’ but they are now trying to deny the problem, even though their very own user manual, written by GoPro themselves, describes the issue.      The latest reply from GoPro customer ‘service’  (there is that word again), really takes the biscuit…..

“I apologize if our manual guide mislead you, that was certainly not our intention , anyway i would like to explain you that TEMPERATURE ICON is not a bug or a issue, like in most part of electronic devices or cars for instance this icon is present with the only intention of alerting the user the camera becomes too hot and needs to cool down.

I imagine if you were driving trough the desert on your car and the temperature icon come up you wouldn’t for sure ask for a refund of the vehicle, same thing apply s to our camera, Your camera was designed to identify conditions of overheating and is designed to respond accordingly.” (quote end)

Well I can tell GoPro that if I bought a new car which was designed for the desert, and it stopped working in the desert after only a few minutes due to overheating, then I most certainly WOULD ask for a refund. Remember that this is a brand new ‘action’ camera which was sold as a camera that would record in 4K. Indeed it does record in 4K, but only until it gets hot and cuts out. So the people at GoPro are still trying to deny what THEY wrote in their own user manual. My retailer has been fantastic about this matter, and I feel sorry for them, as they are caught in the middle of this whole mess. It is not their fault that the NEW GoPro Hero4 Black is bugged with this issue. The real fault lies with GoPro, whose customer ‘service’ are real idiots for trying to deny the situation.  They were the ones who described the issue in the user manual, and so were aware of it from the start.   So it becomes rather stupid for them to now try and deny the issue, even though it is written in black and white.   And the people at GoPro are either ignoring or are deliberately not acknowledging the other postings on the internet.    People have been testing this camera with infra-red cameras to record the overheating.   Same issue there too.

Yes GoPro customer support, I most certainly WOULD ask for a full refund on a NEW car that stopped working after only a few minutes, especially if that car was sold as a desert car.  Same with your camera, which turned out to be a useless piece of kit that I have lost money on.   Customers can forgive a lot IF they see that a company is trying, but not if that company is being like an ostrich, burying its head in the sand.

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and another photo from the archives….The Bosphorus and city centre, Istanbul, Turkey…..

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