Search, Browsers and Google?

It’s a common misconception that you can only use Google to search online. There are other options and turning off Google should  be one fo the first things you do when you open a browser like Safari, Firefox or Opera. I use duckduckgo for all my searching online.

Changing this in your browsers settings is simple, and is similar for most operating systems.

With the DOJ in America bring an anti-trust suit against Google now is the time to help break Google’s monopoly over search, and claim back the internet.

Here are some screengrabs from my desktop machine in the 3 main browsers I use.

Safari preferences to change search engine
Safari preferences to change search engine
Firefox preferences to change search engine
Firefox preferences to change search engine
Chrome preferences to change search engine
Chrome preferences to change search engine

Needless to say I rarely use Chrome, in fact it took some digging to find where to make the above changes.


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AI & Photography?

Artificial Intelligence & Software?

The most recent version of photoshop was released on the 20th of October, for both the iPad and the Desktop. Adobe’s promotional material on their blog is promotoing the Artificial Intelligence side of the new update. Adobe, rightly or wrongly is seen as the leader in the field of Digital Photography. I want to vent about them here in my own little photography diary. Adobe justifies their use of AI to ‘save time’, and boost creativity, from the blog.

With the addition of these five major new breakthroughs, you can free yourself from the mundane, non-creative tasks and focus on what matters most – your creativity.

I would argue that for me the most creativity comes when I’m walking alone in one of my favourite locations. Contemplating either a finished print or a ‘networked image’, camera in hand. Any post production is just about fitting the values of the scene. Onto my chosen medium. In a manner I see fit based on my own aesthetic. This aesthetic is of course rooted in the long tradition of straight photography. Not to mention an appreciation of materials and processes I have strived to master. Having good teachers helped me start my own journey on this path in the early 1990s.

This time poor approach to craft has been a growing trend, and one that  I feel runs counter to good photography. Good in the sense that the picture is worth making and says something about meaningful, if this is the authors intention.

Change the perspective of your landscapes. Focus on the story you want to tell. Get rid of unnecessary details and create an impactful photo in one smart click

Recently I returned to Aperture to experiment and explore further, Apple’s professional digital asset management and editing tool. The differences between Luminar 4, and it are huge. To the point where I have to round trip my work to see what I can achieve. I’m still unclear as to how to proceed. I like the AI features in Luminar, but feel at the mercy of the software. The AI tools in Luminar 4 are good, but what do they really mean? I can find no comparable tools in Aperture. So I have to wonder am I doing these files the justice they deserve in Aperture? 

When artificial intelligence is able to create art works and portraits where does the human operator sit? I make images because it satisfies an urge. Indescribable; yet one that lies beneath the surface. That needs scratching at least several times a year. None of which involves much input. other than my own desires and understandings of the materials and processes I’m working with. Skills learned from many hours of making mistakes and asking the right questions.


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Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today is a series of pictures I blogged on both my old WordPress blog, and my old blogger blog.  I now also use tumblr as a separate standalone platform.

I continue this idea here on this blog, when it suits me.

This picture I made 10 years ago today on the 22-11-2020. It was part of a series I was exploring at the time, that looked at light and time. The project shifted focus when we renovated our home, and I picked it up from a different angle with a different set of parameters.

2010-11-22 19:52:52 from the facing north series
2010-11-22 19:52:52 from the facing north series

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Australian Centre for Photography to close

Australian Centre for Photography closing.

The ACP in Sydney is set to close it’s doors. More on the Sydney Morning Herald.
Stills Gallery also is to close.

I visited the space when I was in Sydney while it was still at its Paddington Street address several times of the years. For me however, the CCP in Melbourne is more central to the medium and the local art scene than the ACP ever was. The Sydney Morning Herald article suggests one of the losses of income plaguing the centre was teaching. Something that never attracted me either. So really I feel the ACP was very Sydney-centric. Perhaps the CCP is Melbourne-centric?


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Lewis Bush | GRAIN

Lewis Bush | GRAIN:

In its own right, photography, and in particularly those genres of photography primarily focused on events in the world, is underpinned its own set of apparently self-evident truths. Many of these concern ideas about the correct way to use photography, in other words what it should be able to do that the other representational tools we have available to us cannot.[5] This is significantly a little different from the often-discussed medium specificity of photography, in that these beliefs do not necessarily need to have a direct relationship to the actual technical qualities of photography (indeed sometimes they ignore these qualities altogether), but in many cases originate elsewhere in society and culture, often in ideas which significantly predate photography’s invention. The problem with these beliefs, and the value in exploring them, is that they shape and direct the ways we use cameras and photographs in ways which sometimes prevent us using photography as dynamically as we might, and as a result undermine rather than strengthen the goals we seek. For this reason, if no other, we should try to draw them out and assess quite how useful they are.


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Meanwhile on Flickr…

Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 2020-10-31 08:55:52

I’m testing my new iPhone 12, here’s a result posted on flickr.


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