Wordless Wednesday 20240724

Contemporary art meets classical architecture in modern Paris, at the Palais-Royal. Courtyard of Honor, with installation of columns by Daniel Buren. The foreground has small black and white striped coloumns spaced out intermittently, mirrored by the building behind, the former French royal palace located on Rue Saint-Honoré in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
Contemporary art meets classical architecture in modern Paris, at the Palais-Royal. Courtyard of Honor, with installation of columns by Daniel Buren.

 

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Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He has also nearly 40 years of silver gelatin printing under his belt. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century. Photobooks sit quite high on his radar too these days.
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ProCamera

IPhone & ProCamera

The defualt phone on the iPhone is execellent. And as I look at the pictures made in the first few iterations of the phone I can see big diffrences in quality of the images. How much of this is software, and hardware it’s hard to tell. For example my current iPhone will produce a file between 75 to 100+ MegaBytes in Apple ProRaw. I have been using my  iPhone in conjuction with the default Camera, and an app called ProCamera, since at least 2016. The feature that sets these two apps apart is the abilty to apply exposure and focus separately, with ProCamera. As well as a slew of features from White Balance to exposure to both over and under and shutter speed choices. I have over the years come to rely on the CameraPro app for tricky exposure situations in particluar. One of those situatons is my Weekly photo taken on Saturdays at 17:17:00. This idea has a dedicated tumblr. The app icon sits proudly on my home screen, where I can reach it quickly and easily.

My home screen on my iPhone 14 Pro On Friday the 21st of June 2024
My home screen on my iPhone 14 Pro On Friday the 21st of June 2024

Software Bug?

Last Saturday when I opened the app in readiness to take my weekly picture, after taking the shot I was presented with a screen that touted the benefits of puchasing the app. I had bought this app sometime prior to 2016! What the hell? Even by scrolling down the huge screen of which only the top portion is shown, there was no option to buy the app? I was perplexed. I immediately jumped online and started looking for clues or help. In the end I ended up in the support section of the company’s website. I dashed off a support request and attached the screengrab. As it was Saturday here and the company is in Europe, making it early Saturday morning there, I wasn’t holding out much hope for the next few days. So I contemplated deleting the app entirely and readjusting my home screen on my Phone to replace the missing icon.

The screen that asked me to pay for an app I had already bought in about 2016
The screen that asked me to pay for an app I had already bought in about 2016

Prompt & Efficient Service

Fast forward to Monday and I had received an email aknowledgement, that problem seemed to be a bug, their developement team were looking into it. Could I offer more detail? This I did.  The NEXT day I was emailed a promo code for the app. This I promptly redemeed and hey presto I had my favourite camera app back. Fully funtional.

This is top notch cusotmer service. I cannot recommend this app enough both for its usefulness and for the company’s customer service.

Thank you Cocologic, and thank you to your support team as well.


About the author.

Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He has also nearly 40 years of silver gelatin printing under his belt. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photographs in the 21st century. Photobooks sit quite high on his radar too these days.
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TYAT 2014-06-02

Ten years ago today, I was photographing this scene at least once a day at 8:30. Eventually the tree was cut down so I stopped making this picture.

I created a special tumblr for the idea too.

This is something that draws me to digital photography, and in particular, Smart Phone photography. Other ideas revolving around iPhones as cameras and the metadata they produce interest me as well. Lastly having tools that enable me to quckly and meaningfully search my digital archive are equally important to my creative practice.

Sunrises on the second official day of winter ten years ago, today. The scene is a mundane shcool oval with a lone gum tree. The light is spectaular as it is an ealry mor ning photo taken just as the sun rises in winter in June 2014. The time was 08:11:06.
Sunrises over a school sporting oval, on the second day of winter 2014. Ten years ago today. The time was 08:11:06.

About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over  30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates  many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs.
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Melbourne’s skyline

A saw line rooftop dominates the foreground of this picture of Melbourne's CBD seen from its western edge. It's a warm but overcast Saturday. The middle ground is dominated by newly built apartments while the office buildings dot the horizon
Melbourne’s skyline seen from West Melbourne. 2024-01-20 11:53:39
Melbourne's city fringe seen from a balcony of an apartment situated on the North Western edge of the CBD. A pool which is part of the complex dominates the foreground, a palm tree centre frame paths the eye with many high rise builtins in the backgound one of which is the Royal Women's hospital
Melbourne’s north western edge from 8 stories up. 2024-01-20 10:53:38

Two views of Melbourne only made possible by our interest in real estate.

Some Saturdays my wife and I locate and list some properties that will give us an idea of what we could get for our money if we decide to change our lifestyle. This has the added benefit of getting to see parts of the skyline that we would not normally see.

These 2 views from Saturday just gone are from different properties in different parts of the western edge of the CBD.

This is probably as close as I can get to a true flâneur in my own home town of Melbourne.

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Flânuering in Frankston

I recently had the good fortune to  stay overnight in a suburb called Frankston. While not that distant from where I live, it is far enough away to be out of the way. I haven’t walked the streets of this shopping precinct in Frankston for more years than I can remember. I in fact I may have never walked this part of Frankston. But I spent an hour or two wandering the CBD of this bayside suburb.

To say I was pleasantly surprised would be putting it mildly. I only have vague recollections of the shopping centre. It is now serviced by all the major food chains and there was lot s of pedestrian friendly “open” space.

I have to admit it’s rare that I feel a tourist in Melbourne, but here I was in Frankston feeling completely foreign; like the proverbial ‘fish out of water’. Nonetheless I could not help myself and wander about and grab a few images that caught my eye. As is often the case I found the small laneways and backstreets the most compelling.

Here’s a series of pictures I thought looked interesting.

a collection of dumped or abandoned chairs in a laneway in Frankston
a collection of dumped or abandoned chairs in a laneway in Frankston
Backs of older buildings often have more interesting things to see.
Backs of older buildings often have more interesting things to see.
Murals everywhere, is it street art though?
Murals everywhere, is it street art though?
The train station precinct in Frankston
The train station precinct in Frankston, surprisingly quiet for 8:00am on a Tuesday.
A red sign indicating the direction of the beach
A red sign indicating the direction of the beach amongst the pedestrianised area south of the Train station.

 

When these pictures make it to flickr, they will be titled with their exact time, and include geotag coordinates.

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iPhone turns 15


The iphone turned 15 recently, it has had a profound impact on my practice as an artist, but my experience clearly differs from many photojournalists use of the device.

Two articles dropped in my inbox recently, that demonstrate this. One from the AP News the other The Guardian. Mostly written by photojournalists, they seem either to venerate or denigrate this device. There is some shade of nuance between each extremes, to be fair. Many talk about using the viewfinder as a kind of extension to their seeing. Clearly none have worked with a medium format film camera, or large format film camera which requires the user to step back and take in the whole scene or think about a back to front and or upside down view on ground glass. In the 1950s these were common cameras for the press of the day. The iPhone actually mimics the ground glass of a 5×4 monorail or studio camera in terms of physically moving your face away from the device to compose the picture. This seems to have escaped most of the interviewees in both articles.

A blurred image of a moving car only made possible by a smartphone, in this case an iPhone, caused by shutter roll
A blurred image of a moving car only made possible by a smartphone, in this case an iPhone, caused by shutter roll

This then raises some issues about a professional versus an amateur. I myself have never sold or made an image for a client for money. Yet I have used film cameras of many types and sizes for more than 30 years. I have been an educator specialising in photography in all its forms since 1993. Taking the time to consider what is in the frame forms a large part of what I do all the time, regardless of camera used.

Also, I use a third party app to make pictures with my iPhone, this alone has impacted on my picture making experiences, with this device.  Yet I sense none of the professionals in the articles think this way? This third party app allows me to capture RAW DNG files and process them as I would any other digital capture.

In the early days of phone cameras prior to the iPhone my own experience with phone cameras, was one of being highly experimental . I had no preconceived ideas about what the device could achieve and no expectation that it would replicate the real world in any way shape or form. As I  experienced it. So why should a device with better optics and more resolution, interchangeable lenses amongst other things ever be expected to do this?

These days, having a camera in my pocket at all times is both liberating and exciting. As of todays date I have over 147 thousand iPhone images alone. Are they all earth shattering works of art? No! Is it possible to look back over this archive draw conclusions about what the images can “say”. Yes. The pandemic alone has prompted me to consider photo opportunities themselves. Some may see some light at a future date. Could I have done this without an iPhone? No. Would I ever have contemplated it? No.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photogrpahs in the 21st century.

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Throwback Thursday

abstract sculpture detail in avignon france
An abstract sculpture detail in Avignon France, on 23rd of June 2012.

About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photogrpahs in the 21st century.

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Project’s end?

Eight years after I began making the same picture on each day I was at work. Always at 8:30. Always from the same position. The project has now ended.

The changes in the scene that were most notable, were the weather. Others included the tree.

Often the picture made at 8:30 in no way reflected the weather for that day either before or after 8:30. Which isn’t reflected in the imagery itself.

The linchpin, that helped me decide to end it was the removal the tree. The tree had suffered some damage in the storms we had 10 days or so prior, and in the interim someone decided it needed to be removed entirely.

Here’s the first picture made in February 2014.

And the last made in December 2021.


About the author.
Stuart Murdoch is an Artist and Part time Photo Educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. He contemplates many things photographic. His ruminations include his own work as well other’s and the aspects of technology that impact on the sharing and consumption of Photographs. And of course the act of making and taking photogrpahs in the 21st century.

☛ Website | Flickr | Instagram | Photography links | s2z digital garden | Tumblr