Photos and websites

February 16, 2009 · 0 comments

It seems like such a long time ago now, but back in 1998 I started my online presence with  It was my home for quite a few years, where I detailed my life and adventures.  It also was the online storage location for all my photos.

Back then everything was manual.  There wasn’t the free online photo storage locations that we have today, so I had to upload photos to the server, and use Microsoft Frontpage to edit the photo web page so that the photos would be visible.  It was quite a hassle, but I loved it nevertheless.

By 2005, we had Flickr (bought by Yahoo!) and Picasa (bought by Google). I used both of them, not really sure which way I should go.

By 2008, I decided to stick with Picasa, and put most of my photos into their.  You can see them by clicking on Photo Albums at the top of this page… or you can just click here.  The photo albums that are accessible here go back only to the beginning of 2007, when I moved back to Australia from New Zealand.

There’s a LOT of albums that I have to hunt down between 2005 and 2007. I’m not really sure where they are…

But regardless, I know I’ve got backups on DVD of every photo I’ve taken over the years.  That’s a lot of photos.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that my old website,, was offline. There were no files available. I tried contacting my website host in America, but they weren’t answering my emails. So I re-delegated the domain to the host I use for and uploaded all my website files from backup to the new host.  I must say, I was pleased to have the site back again.

My friend Ken asked why I bothered. Well, the simple reason is that it has great sentimental value. It has 4 years of journal entries, and 6 years of photo albums that are not stored anywhere else. At all. That’s their home, and as a result, it’s my home too.

I want to look after and maintain my home.

But the fact that the site went offline and the hosts unavailable gave me cause to worry. I decided that I needed to engage in a major project to re-house all my online photo albums in one, secure and backed-up location.

Last year I started the process of transferring all my journal entries from all the different sources into this one journal. I completed that. Then I started the process of re-tagging them all according to their content. I’m still 3/4 of the way through that.

My next major project will be to download, or restore from backup, every photo album I’ve ever created over the past 11 years and upload them to Picasa for secure online storage.

That’s going to be a lot of albums. Which will mean a very long Photo Albums page…

I think I might have to separate my album pages into years.

Back when I first started displaying my photos online, I never thought about what I’d be doing in 10 years time. That’s what I have to think about today.

What fun!


HDR Photography

February 9, 2009 · 3 comments

I’ve just learnt about High Dynamic Range photography today, which is a style of photography that accentuates colours and contrasts in vivid detail.  Here’s an example:


Isn’t that just awesome?  Here’s another example:


These are the kinds of things that I’ve wanted to do for years now, to get some extraordinary colours and contrasts out of my photos. I’ve learnt how I can now do that, so I’m going to start this weekend.

In the meantime, I found a website that transforms ordinary jpg’s into HDR-type images.  Here’s an example of what I’ve done to a couple images of my own:

street street2

In the second photo, the colours are clearer, and there’s less shadow…

Let’s try one more…

operahouse operahouse1

Can you see the difference? I certainly can – and I love it!

So the above examples of my own were done using some web software that you can use too. Go here – Create HDR.  Be warned… I had better luck uploading photos ‘from the web’ than I did from ‘upload photo’, which doesn’t seem to work.  If you use ‘from the web’ you’ll have to make sure your photos are already online, and you just give the HDR site the URL to your photo. It’ll do the rest.

The way to create these kinds of photos manually is to take 3 photos of a scene, in relatively quick succession. Each photo is set at a different exposure value – one is underexposed, one is normal, and the other is overexposed. Then you use some software (eg. Photoshop or Photomatix) to bring the photos together as one. The different exposures brought together create a very dynamic image.

Expect to see some work from me in this area in the near future!  🙂


A new camera

29 January 2009

I bought myself a new camera on the weekend, a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS.  I figured it’s time to upgrade, since I had my previous camera for over 3 years.  It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s true. I bought it in November 2005. This new one has 10 Megapixels, whereas the old one had […]

1 comment Read more →

Photo Album

5 January 2009

I’ve added a new page called ‘photo albums’, which you can click on in the menu at the top of the page. The photo albums are via Picasa Web Albums, which is where I’m posting all my photos, and the page will always show the entire series of public albums I have. Clicking on any […]

0 comments Read more →

Sydney visit

12 October 2008

I went to Sydney on Friday, getting back yesterday. It was a lightning, overnight visit to catch up with my friend Peter who lives there. Here’s a slideshow of some photos I took of where he lives. He literally lives on this harbour.

0 comments Read more →

Floriade 2008

12 October 2008

I went to Floriade today. Here’s a slideshow of some of the better photos. If you click on the slideshow, it will take you to a larger version of the photos you can browse through.

0 comments Read more →

Lake Burley Griffin

5 July 2008

Some photos of Canberra’s beautiful lake, on a lovely day in winter.

0 comments Read more →

Dyno Day

24 May 2008

I went to a Dyno Day to get my car’s power output tested. Being a turbo-charged vehicle, I thought it would be a good idea to find out what it puts out. While I was there, I took some photos of a lot of other really hot cars. Enjoy. My car ended up putting out […]

0 comments Read more →

Car Cruise

26 April 2008

We went on a car cruise with other Ford drivers of XR6’s, XR6 Turbo’s, XR8’s, and GT’s. Was a lot of fun, and included lunch too. Here’s a few of the photos.

0 comments Read more →

Hot air balloon festival

25 April 2008

‘Tis the season for hot air ballooning, and there’s a festival on. Here’s a few photos that I got after going to one of the festival days at about 7am… You can tell it was cold.

0 comments Read more →