• 🔗 Geotagging on the Panasonic LUMIX G9 — agoodplacetostand.wordpress.com/2018/02/2…

  • 🔗 Episode 1: Jean MacDonald and Manton Reece — monday.micro.blog/2018/03/1…

    Looking forward to this series highlighting some of the outstanding contributors on Micro.Blog

  • A New Zealand Adventure Begins

    Queenstown, a city on New Zealand’s South Island, is sometimes referred to as the ‘adventure capital of the world’, a title it has earned through the variety of outdoor and adventure activities that can be pursued in and around this alpine city.

    Even the flight into Queenstown is regarded as the world’s most scenic approach, as well as one of the ultimate landings for thrill-seekers.

    This is due to the need for the pilots to fly in over Lake Hayes, navigate through some very mountainous valleys and finally land on a runway that seems to lead straight into Lake Wakatipu.

    The first image shows one of the valleys through which arriving aircraft must fly, and a careful look will reveal an Air New Zealand Boeing 737 on final approach. The second image shows the final valleys and peaks to be navigated, with the runway of the airport leading to Lake Wakatipu.

    Skilled pilots of major New Zealand and Australian airlines regularly and safely make this flight, but it is nonetheless an amazing arrival for first time visitors and residents returning home alike.

    It is thrilling arrival to the start of an adventure to some of the most incredibly picturesque landscapes in the world, as the final image shows.

    Read A New Zealand Adventure Begins on my BalancedLight blog.

  • For my first sunrise photo session in Australia after 7 months away I thought I’d start with an iconic view of Sydney

  • Pre sunset today doing a photo tour back overlooking Wanaka. Amazing place, and just the photo guide, one other person and me!

  • Back to #thatWanakaTree for sunrise photos.

    About 10 keen photographers out clustered into a small part of the beach, tripods setup and waiting for the sun to appear.

  • Tonight’s photo adventures is sunset photography of #thatWanakaTree in New Zealand.

    At least 20 other photographers out sitting here but I think my @3leggedthing Albert is unique.

  • A beautiful evening of photography with my new Pana G9, 3 Legged Thing tripod, Lee Filters and Peak Design kit.

  • I’ve been a big user of 500px & Flickr for years. With all the hoohaa around Flickr plus the recent stuff happening at 500px, I think its time to make my galleries indie-centric.

    For my upcoming travels, I am going all in on Sunlit and my personal blog to see how it goes.

  • For Micro.Monday I would like to call out to @mattgemmell a sci-fi author who dabbles around here from time-to-time. His first book, Changer was brilliant, follow up Toll is on the way, and his weekly newsletter is often great. As it was this week

  • Colin Walker said:

    I’ve not opted for Reeder on the Mac yet.

    I’m using the Feedbin website as a Fluid app because I love that it shows whether posts have been updated, providing a delta of what updates were actually made.

    I do use Reeder on the Mac, but (like now) when I have to use a Windoze machine I really love using the Feedbin website.

    One of the (many) great things about it is the ability to post directly to Micro.blog.

  • Brent Simmons on why Micro.blog is not another App.net.

    Twitter and Facebook are convenient, sure, but so are fossil fuels, and the cost was similarly unknown for a long time. But now we have some idea just how bad these things are for the world.

  • Colin Walker on blog subscribe buttons

    Before the mass adoption of social networks you would have been hard pressed not to find a site with some variant of the RSS icon. Now it’s just the “follow us here” badges asking you to go to someone else’s property.

    Even worse, IMHO, are the so-called blogs that actually disable RSS subscribe functions so that RSS services can’t follow them…

  • John Gruber commenting on Walt Mossberg’s comments on iPad sales

    In short, iPad sales are way down from their peak, but amount to a unit sales market half the size of the entire PC laptop market. And iPads tend to last longer.

  • Nice to see a blog post today on the DeeperBlue website featuring one of my images!


  • I always enjoy seeing the photo kits of other photographers, and particular enjoy understanding why they choose the gear they have, and how they use it.

    Here’s a fun look at the kit used by full-time travelling photographer Brendan van Son.

  • Really pleased that the new update of Luminar supports HEIC, so that my iPhone photos can be edited in the app.

    Here’s a quick job on a pano I took in Rome last year!

  • Sharing is not always caring

    A great post by @manton - No applause for retweets. I particularly identify with this:

    The problem with these “just click a button instead of sending an actual reply” features is that they fool us into thinking we’ve done something meaningful by clicking. Anyone can click a Twitter heart button to show that they’ve noticed a tweet or enjoyed it. It takes very little effort and doesn’t mean much.

    Back in June 2017 I wrote a post On Likes, Faves and Sharing, in which I said something similar:

    The mindless liking of ‘stuff’ has the potential of a dumbing down thinking. By liking and faving we may well only be providing mindless positive reinforcement, and avoiding critiquing stuff.

    I try to appreciate posts and images that work for me by replying or commenting, rather than just liking or faving.

    The creator of the work has put a lot into creating that content. The least I can do is to take a few minutes to tell them why I like it.

    Sharing and retweeting is a poor substitute for giving real feedback, providing a meaningful critique of someone’s work.

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