After the storms.

These are the photos taken over the last two or three days after Cyclone Cook bypassed Dunedin.

And here are a couple from walks, when I did not have a camera. The cellphone camera is set up to do HDR, via google.

Nikon D800, Motorola X.

Yes, there has been a hiatus.


Over the last month or so we have been overly busy getting a studio ready for Robyn, who will rebrand herself as Robyn Gale Photographer some time in the future.

In the process, I managed to brick two cellphones. Useful things, until they go away. Then… you miss essential communications until it is too late. As Bruce is quite ill, this is not going to happen. The phone is now a Motorola X…. and this is Bruce.


And here are the other inhabitants of Casa Weka.


Motorola X, processed in Google photos.

The low end problem.

Tom Hogan has an ongoing discussion on Nikon and its problems. He notes that they probably make best of class Digital SLRs (particularly the D5 and D500) and their lenses are brilliant. But… they have lost the low end. No one buys small compact cameras.

Because we carry one. Consider this photo.

It was taken with my cellphone (Sony Xperia Z5) which has a 22 MP two thirds sensor camera with a reasonable sony lens: the photo was automatically loaded to google photos as a jpeg. I saw the scene, stopped, and took some shots. This one was processed in google photos.

The workflow here matters. I save the photos as raw and jpegs and export the jpegs. But I hardly ever, for casual shooting, look at the raw. I cannot adjust and expose for shadows as I can with a film or digital camera. If I had a DSLR, mirrorless or film camera with me I would have used them… but I was driving home after the gym, and I don’t carry such in my gym bag.

The good digital cameras have killed the small point and shoot Digital autofocus camera. And it is starting to leak into sports. Most of the crossfit videos that are uploaded (it is open season) are shot not with a video camera or Micro 4/3 or DSLR… but using a cellphone.

Even though the DSLR is better and a G4 or even a gopro would run rings around one. It is because uploading the files to judges via social media is seamless.

The best camera is the one you have with you. The best workflow is a simple one. Sony has this figured out at the low end, as does Apple, and Samsung. And Microsoft, and most generic Android phone makers.

The traditional camera makers have lost that market. They need not only be clearly and obviously better — in image noise and sharpness — they have to be as easy as Instagram. They are not.

Site stats.

I spent a fair amount of this month travelling, and I’m still processing photos. The traffic is… down. As expected

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Monthly Stats Report: 1 Feb – 28 Feb 2017

Project: Shattered Light



You can see the variation between wordpress and sitemeter fairly easily.


Page Loads

Unique Visits

First Time Visits

Returning Visits











Otago Harbour, cellphone.

These were taken using my cellphone tonight: one is a panorama based on multiple photos from the google photo system.

Xperia Z5 cellphone.

(And yes, I have better photos to process later, once the move to casa weka is complete)

Affinity: better than Darktable? Lightroom Killer?

I have bought the Mac home for the Christmas break, as there a couple of work projects that may need doing. This has different photo processing apps on it: one of which is Affinity, which I am experimenting with.

One comment: compared with my HD 1080 screen the Retina on my Mac is far, far better. As my work laptop is pushing three years old, the main issue I will have from here on out is screens and videos to drive it.

I just don’t want to spend Mac or Dell XPS prices to get it.

Some trial shots.

At first sight…. this can import a pile of photos, it makes very good monochrome, the defaults make sense, it has zone systems that work, and you can modify more than I do a file. I was processing d800 raw photos, but they are in my mind of moderate size: my medium format scans routinely are 90 — 120 MB.

It does slow down, at least on the old macbook pro I use. It is better than Lightroom, and as good (in my hands) as Darktable.