Tag Archives: Camera

Living With Pigeons

If you don’t already know, Sara and I have been raising two abandoned pigeons since we found them on our balcony on a rainy Christmas Eve.  Here is a small snippet of a day with those fluffballs with skinny legs … all photos taken with iPhone 5s, edited with camera+.

Hi there, I see you’re watching Game of Thrones, mind if I join?

Oh wait, what’s this?!  And can I eat it?

Argh I don’t care, it’s mine anyway.

Wait, what are you doing dad?

If you try to steal this remote I swear I’ll bite your fingers off!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Told you.

You know what? I don’t even care, I’m tired now.

Get as close to me as you like, I’m seriously going to sleep.  Stop staring at my partially molted face feathers!

Zzzzzzz …

Bingo “Why does Boots get all the attention?”

No, I don’t actually want to play, I just wanted the attention and now I’m going to casually groom myyself on your knee, thanks.

On second thoughts, I’m tired too … zzzz.

Fun and exciting times on my day off work!  Boots and Bingo say hi to alll you readers out there!

Gmail Scam

Yes, I have broadened my range of writing to also accomodate public service announcements.  A while back I received this email …

 

I’d like to think I’m pretty aware when it comes to email scams, things like the Nigerian prince, USA Federal agent who claims to have my 1.5 million USD in a suitcase and even the paypal scam was pretty easy to spot.  This takes it to a whole new level though.  The email that sent this to me is no-reply@accounts.google.com.  When I saw this I immediately thought that this may have been a legit email.   I have received legitimate emails from google telling me of suspicious sign ins to my account and they have all checked out.  Everything in the email looks about the same as the legitimate ones, in fact in an article I read some people STILL didn’t believe that this was a scam …

Sorry Barry Kelly, but I think you lose this time.  Here’s the thing, I don’t even own a gmail account chris230889@gmail.com, I have a gmail account but that’s not even close to the real thing.  That email is logical, because chris230889 is the handle to my hotmail account, and most people use the same handle when it comes to these things, I’m just a bit weird so I like to change things up.  

Naturally the error they made in my email address rang alarm bells so I decided to do a bit of digging around.  A security researcher at malware.ru found that clicking on the links will take you to an online phishing site hosted http://www.privacy.google-settings.com and while it may look pretty legit it isn’t actually owned by google.  Instead it’s owned by “Aksnes Thomas” (sic) from Sweden with the email address aksnes.thomas@yahoo.com.  The phishing site’s source contains the email address valsowrom@gmail.co which the researcher believes could be the scammer’s real email address.

And if ll that went right over your head, the important thing to do is DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS.  If you feel paranoid and think that it was a legitimate Google email, just sign into your account as you normally would and change your password.  

Now that I have successfully made you all educated, aware and highly paranoid, here’s a soothing photo of my beautiful girlfriend handfeeding baby goats to calm the nerves.

Olympus OM-D E-M5, 12-50mm, Sydney Royal Easter Show

The Return

I’m back!

After more than a year of not writing anything and realising people were still reading some of my posts I have decided to get back into it and keep you guys entertained the best way I know how … photography.

Photography has taken a strange turn for me during my hiatus.  I never thought I could put photography second to anything in my life but I am starting to think that I’m better off this way.  Sure I haven’t made any money with my photography recently, but that was never the point.  I liked seeing things in ways nobody else knew how, I liked documenting moments in life that would never happen again, the money was just a bonus.  Unfortunately, the money also came with stress, long hours and tight deadlines which meant post processing into the next morning.

These days, I’ve down sized my kit, I still own the SLR gear but I have made some purchases (I’ll get into that later) which allow me to enjoy the moment a little more yet still take great photographs (if not better).  I now take photos only because I want to, not because I had to.

The above photograph was taken with my new baby, Sony alpha 7.  You can read a good review here http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/22/sony-alpha-7-review-full-frame-mirrorless-is-here.  I got it with the kit 24-70mm and then subsequently bought the Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8 as well.  I’ll definitely cover this in more detail in later posts as well as my personal impressions and maybe an informal review.  In short, I love the camera.  It takes photos at a ridiculous quality, very responsive, great in low light, renders colours beautifully straight out of the camera.  To top it off it’s the first camera that I’ve had which had wifi connectivity, so when I’m out shooting I can transfer photos straight to my iPhone, edit with snapseed and straight online for everyone to see.

Some may argue that cameras like this will never beat a DSLR in terms of performance.  I agree, but that’s not what I need my camera for these days.  These days I want a camera that gives me complete control, takes photos equivalent to (or better than) my Canon 5D MKII, yet in a smaller package.  The Sony a7 delivers in every aspect.

My older readers wil know that a great photograph has nothing to do with the camera anyway.  You are the photographer, and you decide how to approach a scene.  We bend the rules and challenge the norms to chase that ever elusive perfect photograph that we can be proud of.

– Chris

PS. Hopefully it won’t be another year or two before you hear from me again.