New Camera: Ricoh GR II


Purchased during the Black Friday sale on CR Kennedy’s website (Kennedys are the Australian Pentax/Ricoh/Sigma official importer) for a reasonable price.  Yes, the GR III is in the offing but from my reading of the features, some which I wanted were missing so I grabbed the II and have no regrets.

It does clouds pretty well.

Sunset cloud

Nobbys Beach

Not bad at macro if you get the distance right.

Random Pen

I’m looking forward to the weather cooling down, I feel the heat and the cold so much these days, my photography is pretty much restricted to outings in Spring and Autumn. Assuming we get to have those seasons, some years we miss out completely. The GR II is a wonderfully small and light camera, and I really love that its got a big sensor, the quality of image is vastly superior to the usual compact (though how would anyone know when viewing on the web)…

Anyhoo… more at some time in the future.

On again off again facebook.


Currently I’m on, but I’m not participating very much.  I went back because a luncheon I wanted to attend was only being notified on FB, so I rejoined.  Also some photography groups and “Lost” groups.  I love the idea of it, but I detest the implementation and the fact that we are sold as a commodity to make pots of money for someone else.  Yes, its a “free” service, but some things ought to be off limits, and on facebook, they arent.

Oh well.

Toby: A bit depressed


He woke to find it was raining, and although he doesnt mind getting a bit wet, he likes his mornings to be sunny!

Black Swans at Rest


As I was reprocessing this, I discovered, to my dismay, that I had huge dust spots on the sensor as the shot was taken. I had not noticed because the shots were all pale and didnt show anything untoward. Thank goodness for Photoshop Fix on the iPad.

This from the same morning as the previous.

Black Swans at rest

Unedited shot for comparison

Dust spots wahhhh!

Making a slow cooked Stew


Beef casserole, cooked in my slow cooker, and I made so much I’ll be eating it for a week (yes, I’ll freeze some).  Should be ready by about 6pm. YUM!


So I got out with my Pentax K5 this morning…


Some decent photos, though nothing really startling. It was really foggy, early, and it seemed to me that there might be something worth shooting in the outer edges of my suburb… and there was.

I particularly liked this one, of several that I shot of yards and yards of spiderweb. It/they were all through the trees, and all over the grass. With the fog and the dew on the webs, it appealed!

Webs in the morning

The best thing about this outing? I came home and had no pain in my wrists. I’m glad I didnt sell the DSLR gear.

Left facebook again


I think the final nail in the facebook coffin was, for me, the recent scandal regarding data sharing, NOT restricted to the USA, and reaching into Europe and Australia that we know of, and probably many more place that we don’t. Cambridge Analytica had no right to our information, but Zuckerberg didnt care… until he got caught. And then… “Sorry”? What? That really is way too little, too late. The only thing he’s sorry about is getting caught, and losing profit.

I know that most of my friends will remain on facebook, because they don’t seem to care about their own privacy, or what might become of their information in the future. Lets face it… CA has that info now and who thinks they are going to delete the personal info of over 80M people, at least 300,000 of which are in Australia. Zuckerberg sold us out, and I for one am over him and his shit.

We didn’t have facebook a few years ago. We wrote emails, we participated in forums, and we picked up the phone. I can live without it, and if I miss out on some social event because I am not there and nobody bothered telling me… well… do I really need it? No, I don’t. Facebook, and Zuckerberg, can go to hell.