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Sunday’s Arcades and Alleyways Tour

by on Jul.31, 2009, under Outings

This Sunday WCC heads off on it’s much anticipated Arcades and Alleyways tour.

It will kick off at 8am when those brave/silly enough will have congregated outside the info centre at Fed Sq.

We will head over the road to Hosier Lane/Rutledge Lane and come out onto Flinders Lane. Turning right we will head to ACDC Lane/Duckboard Place where we will be at 9am.
From there we will continue on Flinders Lane up to Exhibition St and then turn left. The aim is to be in Coromandel Lane at 10am. Coromandel Lane runs off Little Collins St between Exhibition and Russell Streets.

Proceeding via Melbourne Place and on to Bourke St we’ll cut through to Little Bourke via Brien lane which is just west of Market Lane. On Little Bourke between Market Lane and Brien lane is another lane called Paynes Place. Go down here to a lane by the name of Croft. We should be here at 10:30am.

After Croft Lane it’ll be back onto Little Bourke and west into Chinatown. There’s a fire hydrant in Celestial Av which is off to the right and I think it’ll be about 11:10 by the time we get there.
Tattersall’s Lane is the next one down the road and also the next stop. 11:30am
Out on to Lonsdale, across Swanston and left into Caledonian Lane, west on Little Bourke into GPO lane.

Stop at the GPO at about 12:15pm for some more photos and then lunch. At 2pm we head into Royal Arcade followed by Block Arcade and through to Centre Place and Degreaves St, which could be a good spot for a coffee to end the afternoon.
It’s pretty hard to say exactly when we will be at certain places but as always you can ring me on 0403 803 299. The whole tour is contained within nine blocks and the distance walked will be 2 – 2.5 km.

Thank you to Ross Vaughan and Dave Sumner for their help in putting the itinery together.
See you there,
Pete

http://www.whereis.com/vic/melbourne/267-flinders-la?id=9000A38FCB3968&intref=emailmap

I was looking for a map I could download and mark the route on but had no luck – this is the best I can do.

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Geotagging for Photographers

by on Jul.29, 2009, under General

Craig Terry, Waverley Camera Club, July 2009

What is Geotagging?

  • In a photographic context, geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification (location) metadata to photos. This data usually consists of GPS latitude and longitude coordinates, though it can also include altitude and place names
  • Also known as Geocoding

Why Geotag your photos?

  • Web Display – Google Earth, Panoramio
  • Recording the image location
  • Travel
  • Documentation, eg Track Condition
  • Commercial / Government, eg Asset Location- Real Estate

How to Geotag your photos

  • Manually – Hand code or point/click on map (Panoramio, Google Earth…)
  • Auto Geotag – Camera with built in or connected GPS Receiver
  • Using GPS Log and software:
    -If you are carrying a GPS unit, your data logger will know where you were located in a specific moment in time.
    -By matching the timestamp of the photo with the GPS track point with the closest timestamp, you can geotag the photo.
    -Software will do this automatically.A dedicated logging GPS such as Sony or QStarz or Multipurpose Hand Held GPS is suitable for logging travel for Geotagging. It must have track logging, computer interface, and long battery life.

QStarz BT-Q1000 Travel Logging GPS

  • Compact, Self Contained, 100,000 points
  • 32 Hours claimed battery life per charge
  • Manual Memorise Button
  • Included software for Geotagging, Viewing track logs, save to Google Earth format etc
  • Mains and Car charger, standard Mini USB Port
  • Approx AU $150 (July 2009)

Synchronising Software

In the Field:

  • Set your camera clock accurately!- Use GPS time if possible
  • Record your track with GPS Receiver- Place in car or carry so that it has a clear view of the sky- Check regularly that it is on and is receiving a signal
  • Download Track Log to PC
  • Geotag your images
  • Display on the Web

References:

  • Geotagging Photos Powerpoint by Steve Johnson, GISP, CPSWQ Engineering Specialist, City of Orem, srjohnson@orem.org

Steve’s Sources:

Other web sites:

Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/

Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/

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Member(s) of the Month: Rosie & Andy Armitage

by on Jul.28, 2009, under General

This is the second in the series of the member of the month articles. After the huge success of the first article I thought that asking some of the newer members might be a good idea this time. So without further ado, here’s the August 09 version of the article focussing on new members to the club, Rosie & Andy Armitage.
Next month I intend to have a more seasoned member’s bio here, watch this space.

Andy & Rosie with their granddaughter, Emily Rose.
Q. What was your first steps with photography and what equipment did you use?
I started taking pictures with a little blue and grey bakelite 126 Hanimex camera in the 60’s. I know Rosie used her parents Box Brownie because I have seen the pictures of her and her cohorts on the beach in the ‘old country’. Film was pretty expensive then and my mum kept a close watch on the number of exposures we took. My most special picture from the old days is one of me and my dad on the back bumper of the Morris Minor (1000) Traveller that we used to do family trips in. I still have that picture somewhere and yes it will be worth printing it up now. Rosie has always been interested in photography herself and on a trip in Africa in 1997 she took 9 hours of video 8 film which together with a friend I edited down to 90 minutes to the pulsating beat of Lady Smith Black Mambaso/Simon and Garfunkle – now touring in Melbourne. Rosie takes pictures that are more architectural, she is much more exacting than I am something that is evident in her water colour paintings of birds, butterflys, flowers and leaves. Recently on a trip in Hamilton Island Rosie took pictures of green and yellow leaves so she can reproduce them in water colour and in Bangkok a couple of years ago she walked with the tigers and took some pictures when they were not looking. She joined me in a basic photography course run by the Caulfield Camera Club recently and enjoyed the experience.
We have lived in Australia 42 years arriving at the tail-end of the Vietnam War. That event has no particular significance except to spur us on to our scholastic achievements. As the soldiers returned to reclaim their jobs at wars end we had to do something to hold ours. Rosie studied commercial cooking and I did what I do best. We have always been interested in photography but had neither the spare cash nor the time to get too deeply involved until one day a ‘friend’ sold me her 35mm Cannon. I still have that camera somewhere -under the staircase!!
As we progressed at work and had more time to play we began travelling and our little two tone HB Holden Torana (British Racing Green and Pinnaroo Beige) took us all over the country providing us with many an opportunity for taking pictures. Years later, after a particularly successful trip up the East Coast to Cairns, and back through the NSW Central Highlands, Franklin caravan in tow, we made a spontaneous decision that our next trip would be a drive through Europe. So the next year through the RACV, we rented a Bedford Camper-van from Southern Cross Campers in Bagshot and 60 year old Mother-in-Law and 5 year old son joined us for 3 1/2 months as we drove everywhere in and around Europe. Many years later when he was about 30 our son arranged for the 2 of us to travel from his home in London to Paris by train and stay in one of the caravan parks we stayed in in 1980. It was fabulous!
We haven’t stopped travelling making at least one overseas trip every year for the last 28 years, nor have we stopped taking pictures; with more spare time and 57 countries later we will take off again in August to have another look at Thailand and also Cambodia and Laos. As we travelled we collected cameras, lenses and other photographic paraphernalia. I have always used Minolta Cameras because a cousin of mine had one and was able to help me to understand its workings. I learn from seeing and doing more than from reading and writing, and as you would expect Rosie and I have many 1000’s of slides, and many, many albums of photographs. We have been very lucky to be able to visit exotic places like Antarctica, Amazonas, The Lands of the Midnight Sun, Africa, South America, India, Egypt, China, Morocco, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy Russia et cetera. During all of this Rosie did her sketches and I took pictures. It is only now, in full retirement, that we have been able to do these things pour passer le temps – to pass the time away – and we are loving every minute of it!!
Q. What benefits if any have gained from posting images on the WCC Gallery?
I live showing my efforts in the comments gallery because I pick up useful tips from experts in the field who can point out not only where I might have done something incorrectly but also show me how to fix it. After 42 years together Rosie and I have become parts of the whole. She is an exacting water-colourist and is able to see the detail in things, I am more a big picture person, both of us are techno-peasants. We drive our son to distraction sometimes as he tries to explain how a simple TV or Video operation happens let alone what the histogram on the back of my Sony A100 DSLR camera says.
Q. What will be your next piece of equipment on your shopping list?
I recently hurt my back and will not be able to carry my entire collection of steel and glass Minolta lenses on trips so an 18-250mm Sony travel lens is probably something I would include on my wish list. Its on order!
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Martin Bailey Responds to the Previous Post

by on Jul.27, 2009, under General

Martin Bailey has responded to me regarding the previous post below and as a consequence has started a forum on his very popular site to allow members to publicise their own clubs. You’ll notice that the top of the list is WCC, so thank you Martin for responding positively to my email and BLOG post. Here’s Martin’s Text from his reply:

Thanks very much for that introduction blog post to your camera club too. That was very nice of you. I hope your members find it useful. It certainly helps to spread the word.

I took a look at the sites you linked to. Thanks very much.

Regarding adding a link to your club’s page; you gave me an idea. I’ve started a Camera Club Links post. It is better for search engines to find this if it has its own topic post. I’ve added your club as the only post right now, but will solicit more clubs to add to the page from now. It should turn into a useful list if people get interested. Thanks for suggesting this!

Here’s a link to the new post:
http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=3091

Cheers,
Martin.

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Martin Bailey Photography – Podcasts

by on Jul.24, 2009, under General

Just thought that this may be of interest to WCC members, it is the site of Martin Bailey who spends most of his time passing on tips to photographers. I have been listening to Martin’s podcasts for a few weeks now and find them a valuable resource, please visit the site and see what Martin has to offer.

Martin Bailey is a Tokyo based nature and wildlife photographer, specializing in capturing the nature of Japan, though turning his hands to many other genres. He releases a popular weekly photography Podcast, available in iTunes, as well a popular photography forum and this blog.
Born in England in 1967, Martin has lived in Japan since 1991, spending much of his time photographing the natural places of this beautiful land. He also runs popular wildlife and landscape photography workshops.

In addition to selling fine art prints and licensing his photography for commercial use, Martin is also available for assignment work, so if you need a photographer you can trust in Japan, Martin is the person to talk to.

Additional Information & Links
Visit the Photography Forum or Martin Bailey Photography Podcast page at Martin’s main Web site.

For more information on the Nature and Wildlife Photography Workshops, visit Martin Bailey’s Photography Workshops page.

Follow Martin on Twitter.

Read Scott Bourne’s Interview with Martin Bailey.

Subscribe to the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast in iTunes.

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