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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Another month of Instagram

Another month on the road, another batch of Instagram pictures. This month I have continued travelling​—​in Italy, Scotland, Italy again, then in Austria. I have kept posting fresh daily photos to Insta­gram. The pictures are laid out below.

Thumbnail images of my 32 Instagram posts in May (I double posted on 9 May).

To continue the trivia from last month, a brief equipment score­card and review:

24 of the photos posted this month were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens (it gave me high quality out­put as I expected, I found its usability excellent because I am so used to it, but it was a damn heavy lump to schlep around).

5 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (output is remarkably good, I’m getting used to it, a delight to carry)

3 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XC 50-230mm OIS II lens (output from this lens is slightly better than I expected, its capabilities are typical of consumer-grade lenses so I won’t complain, and it was light and compact).

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The six most-liked photos for this month​—​of subjects in Florence, Bologna, Verona, Aquileia, Vienna and Salzburg.

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Monday 30 April 2018

A month of Instagram

I don’t like being the target of surveillance by Mark Zuckerberg and his gang. I wouldn’t want to add up the time I have spent on Insta­gram. I resent the ad­ver­ti­sing that gets more intrusive with each update. At times I feel like chuck­ing it in.

But, I do get a buzz from editing each image, composing a caption and hashtags, uploading the piece for my few fol­low­ers, and watch­ing their response. And so I keep doing it.

There is nothing insta about Instagram the way I use it. I select each image from my photo archive after it has had time to ripen and mature, per­haps for a month, or a year, or longer. These are pictures taken with a camera, not a phone. I edit each picture in Lightroom and upload it via the LR/Instagram plug-in.

I make it a rule to make just one post per day (I unfollow people who post too much).

I have spent the month of April travelling in Africa and Europe. For a change, I have been posting photos while they are still fresh​—​some on the day I took them, the rest a day or so later. Between 5 April and 30 April I posted the 25 tra­vel­ling pictures shown below.

Thumbnail images of this month’s posts. The thumbnails are linked to the full-size pictures on Instagram.

Trivia: I took two cameras on this trip​—​a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens (which I used for 15 of these photos), and a FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (5 photos) and XC 50–230mm OIS II lens (4 photos). One picture is a computer screen shot.

I play a little game with myself, trying to guess what sort of re­spon­se each picture will get from my followers. If I guess a picture will be unappealing I am usually right.

I had fair success in predicting which of this month’s pictures people would like. See the six most-liked images in the slideshow below.

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The six most-liked photos for this month​—​of subjects in Soweto, Victoria Falls, Florence and Bologna.

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Sunday 25 March 2018

Making a wooden bucket

George Smithwick makes a wooden bucket, mean­while ex­plain­ing what he is doing, with a glimpse of the life of a family of coopers. Fascinating.

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Tuesday 27 February 2018

A lantern slide of the Old Museum Building

I have recently acquired five nineteenth-century lantern slides of Queensland subjects published by the Scottish firm of George Washington Wilson and Co Ltd.

My favourite is this one, of the Exhibition Buildings in Brisbane. It is the earliest good-quality photograph of the building I know of. I have just started work on updating the conservation man­age­ment plan for this building, so getting this photo is a treat.

Fred Hardie (photographer), Exhibition Buildings, Brisbane, a lantern slide produced by George Washington Wilson & Co Ltd​—​number 17 in a set of 54 slides of Queensland subjects. This image is a composite of re­flect­ive and transmissive scans, to show both the photograph and the mount.

The photo shows the building soon after it was completed for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association. The architect G H M Addison’s design is shown off, with its con­trast­ing red and cream brickwork and its striking towers and domes. I am not sure who to blame for the plain wooden sheds that contain the entry turnstiles, but I doubt these were designed by Mr Addison.

The picture was taken on a whole-plate glass negative by the Scot­tish photographer Fred Hardie, who was sent to Australia in 1892 by the G W Wilson company to record the land­scapes, in­dus­tries, towns and people of the colonies. He took pho­to­graphs in Queens­land, New South Wales, Victoria, Tas­mania and South Australia which were sold in various printed formats as well as lantern slides. I am delighted that the original negative sur­vives in the University of Aberdeen’s George Washington Wilson Collection.

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