Tilt Shift Pictures

by Administrator11. January 2009 17:43

Thanks to a link in the b3ta newsletter this week I've found a site that allows you to apply processing to an image to make it look like you have used a tilt shift lens to take the shot.

There have been quite a few images posted on b3ta that use this technique (although I think it was mainly done with photoshop, rather than with expensive tilt shift lenses) and they make the image look like it's a photo of a miniature version of the subject. Here's a Wiki entry on tilt shift.

I've been messing around with images to see what they look like after putting them through the web site, it's pretty cool.

Here's a before and after of Bronte Beach when Sculptures By The Sea was on:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Bronte Beach before tilt shift"]Bronte Beach before tilt shift[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Bronte Beach after tilt shift"][/caption]

Here's a photo of some boats on Sorrento beach down near where James & Amelia live:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Boats on Sorrento beach before tilt shift"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Boats on Sorrento beach after tilt shift"]Boats on Sorrento beach after tilt shift[/caption]

Also a while ago (the thing that started to get me interested in tilt shift) someone sent around this video that someone made of a monster truck rally taken with a tilt shift lens, makes all the trucks look like toys :)

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New Years Eve

by Administrator11. January 2009 17:31

NYE in Sydney, Fish only had 1 full day left after this one before he left to go home to the UK so we were booked on a jet boat ride in the harbour in the morning. That was a great experience, a hot day, and the harbour was a bit choppy so it was giving the guy who was driving lots of opportunities for getting air off the waves and wash from the ferries and other boats. We did a lot of 270 degree spins and sudden turns, ended up getting a little wet and couldn't see through my sunglasses by the time we got back to the wharf.

Back at the apartment we met up with James and Nads, and went for a swim in the pool, first time I had used it, hehe. Then the drinking started. I'd spoken to Matthew the building manager a few days ago, he had said that they were getting barriers put up in front of the building and they would have extra staff on, and that I had to give them a guest list so that they knew who to let in. Hahaha, a guest list, your names not down, you're not coming in!

We had stocked up on beer and food, the fridge was full, and I had dropped off the guest list, and we were watching the crowds build up on circular quay. They had closed the cahill expressway but weren't letting people on there in the afternoon. Circular quay was packed, there were fences everywhere, it looked like you needed tickets to go down to the opera house.

Ann, and a couple of her mates, Jase and Andrea arrived in the evening, along with Matt, one of James & Nad's friends, and we got stuck into drinking, watching the spectacle, playing Rock Band, and waiting for the fireworks, which were due at 9pm and 12am.

The 9pm ones were good, they went off from barges all around the harbour, but not the harbour bridge, as that wasn't closed to traffic until 11pm. You could see the same show going off all around, and lots of ooohs and aaahhhs from the crowds outside.

The 12am fireworks were the biggies though, absolutely amazing. I had my camera set up and managed to get a few good shots (and many not so good ones)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="NYE Fireworks"][/caption]

Click on the picture for more.

All in all a fantastic first NYE over here in Sydney, they'll have a lot to live up to for next year, as I expect a better fireworks show than this year :) And the hangover wasn't too bad the next day! Fish even managed to do most of his packing, well he needed to, as he had to be at the airport the next morning for 9am. He had a good flight back, apparently got upgraded to first class on the leg from Toronto to Heathrow, the lucky git.

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First Australian Christmas

by Administrator7. January 2009 06:22

It was Christmas Eve, but it really didn't seem like it, warm, sunny, we were in shorts and t-shirts, it just wasn't right! Still we were gonna have a good time, I'd got my Christmas sock stuffed with pressies (that's not a euphamism, the Tudorlies had sent me a Christmas sock and some pressies to put in it!), we were packed and ready to go when Nads arrived after finishing work in the arvo.

I drove up to James & Nads house, the first time I had driven over the Harbour Bridge, which was cool, and we stopped at a drive-thru bottle-o to pick up some beer and wine.

James had been shopping that morning for food for Christmas Day, he could have opened a butchers and fishmongers with the amount of stuff he had got, we were definitely gonna be 'chucking another shrimp on the barbie' in the morning :)

Christmas morning was warm, but overcast, but that didn't matter. The presents were under the tree (not exactly a Christmas tree, but it was a fine stand-in) and Santa had been and emptied his sack...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="The Christmas tree at Chez Scott-Dixon"][/caption]

Oh, the geetar is mine, I have bought Rock Band for the PS3 and now have a guitar, drum kit, and mic, to start my band with.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Me and my sock"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="James and his new remote controlled plane"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish and his pressies"]Fish and his pressies[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Present opening"][/caption]

After a present opening frenzy we got the car packed with the bbq stuff and headed out towards the beach. The plan was to have a bbq 'next to' the beach up at Mona Vale, as they have public bbq facilities there, however, when we got there the public bbq had been commandeered by a large family, who looked like they had no intention of moving or letting anyone else get a go on the burners, so we had to turn to Plan B. Which was, try every open servo on Pittwater Road to see if they had any disposable bbqs that we could take to Warriewood beach. We finally ended up executing Plan C, back to James & Nads, bbq in their back garden and then walk up to Warriewood beach in the arvo. This turned out to be a good plan, as it didn't involve leaving a car and other stuff in a carpark overnight, and it made things easier in the long run.

So we bbq'd shrimps for Christmas dinner, and they were fantastic. (And by 'we', I of course mean James :)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Bubbly on Christmas Day"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Chucking another shrimp on the bbq, episode 2"][/caption]

The weather picked up a bit in the arvo, the sun came out and we had a walk up the hill to the beach, which, for some reason, didn't seem as torturous as the last time I did it... strange, i guess it could have been the beer.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Christmas Day on the beach... ace!"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish and his christmas cracker hat"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish where he belongs... in the sea"][/caption]

So all in all, a great day, and I for one really enjoyed my first Aussie Christmas.

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The run up to Christmas

by Administrator7. January 2009 05:43

The Sunday arvo we got back from the Blue Mountains and the wildlife park saw us back in the city and down the pub. We were only going for 'one or two' but it seems like it ended with a bit of a session :)

We had dinner in the Lowenbrau, I knew it would be a good choice cos Fish goes to the Munich Oktoberfest every year :)

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish and his Lowenbrau"]Fish and his Lowenbrau[/caption]

We ended the night going through the cocktail list at Cruise Bar, I think I won the "get the gayest cocktail" award for the evening:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="My cocktail"][/caption]

Fish couldn't come to Sydney without a visit to Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay, so Fish, Ann and I headed over there for lunch on the Monday, it was a lovely day, nice and sunny. Both Fish and I were nursing hangovers, but a couple of glasses of wine, homemade fish cakes, and yellowfin tuna steak sorted me right out!

We were planning on heading to Bondi for the afternoon, but as Fish hadn't got his camera we headed back to the apartment first, and then ended up not leaving, we cracked open a bottle of wine we had brought back from the Hunter, and proceeded to waste 2 hours of Ann's life by watching Transformers on Blu-Ray. I love that movie, as does Fish, but it definitely wasn't Ann's "cup of tea"... hehe

The next morning we headed over to Manly on the ferry, Fish had a surfing lesson booked in the morning. It was cloudy that morning but still quite warm. Once Fish had donned his wetsuit and made his surf board choice we headed out to where there were a lot of people in the ocean practicing, and the guy called over a surfer dude to give Fish his lesson.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish about to start his surfing lesson"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="Fish "standing up" on his surf board"][/caption]

I have to be honest it did look like he was starting to get the hang of it by the end of the lesson... and it turned out the surfer dude was from Jersey in the Channel Islands, lol

To finish the day off we went to watch The Dark Knight at the IMAX cinema at Darling Harbour, having seen it already I knew what to expect but it was still amazing, and I think that Fish was suitably impressed.

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I've been a bit slack...

by Administrator4. January 2009 05:16

In posting over the last few weeks, but it's been busy here with Fish over, we've been doing all sorts of stuff. So now I have some time I'll upload the photos and post a few posts about what we've been up to and how fantastic my first Australian Christmas and New Year has been!

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