Saturday, July 22, 2017


"The world needs dreamers 
and the world needs doers. 
But above all, 
the world needs dreamers who do. "
Sarah Ban Breathnach


Friday, July 14, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dragin' flies





"The dragonfly!
Distant mountains reflected
in his eyes."
Issa

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ritual






“When tea becomes ritual, 
it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see 
greatness in small things. 
Where is beauty to be found? 
In great things that, like everything else, 
are doomed to die, 
or in small things that aspire to nothing, 
yet know how to set a jewel of infinity 
in a single moment?” 
Muriel Barbery





Friday, June 23, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Abstraction








"Ah, the nightingale! 
There were many people there 
But not one of them heard it."
Ryokan




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another Two for Tuesday








"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. 
Not to dare is to lose oneself. 
Soren Kierkegaard









Monday, May 15, 2017

Too old for Tuesday




"There's ageism in everything. I don't give a hoot. 
It isn't what other people think; 
it's what you think. 
But it's hard to come to terms with getting older. 
I admire people like Vivienne Westwood." 
Cyndi Lauper






"I've been running a full marathon every year 
for more than 20 years, 
and my record is getting worse. 
Getting older, 
getting worse. 
It's natural. "
Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monterey Analogue Sunset













“Sunset is a wonderful opportunity 
for us to appreciate 
all the great things 
the sun gives us!” 
Mehmet Murat ildan




Monday, May 8, 2017

If Pirsig Surfed





"We keep passing unseen 
through little moments 
of other people's lives. "
Robert M. Pirsig





Friday, May 5, 2017

When Apps Misbehave


Friends, I have 100's of old Kodachromes like these on Kodak Photo CDs which were cutting edge 20 years ago. After various upgraded versions of Photoshop and Mac OS changes, I'm unable to open the .pcd file format, which Kodak no longer supports. 

Can anybody recommend an App that they have used that works? The shot below is a bad scan by a lab - barely sharp and overly contrasty. The Kodak .pcd ones are 100 times better. 


Thanks in advance



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Somewhere else






“Everything in life 
is somewhere else, 
and you get there in a car.” 
E B White






Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Caterpillars






“The caterpillar does all the work, 
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
George Carlin








Monday, April 3, 2017

UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm



Another instalment in our series of vintage film cameras and lenses. These images and the ones in the post below were shot on the Sunshine Coast of Australia using a Nikonos V  35mm film camera from the mid-1980's.







The lens is the UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm introduced in July 1985. It should be used with the DF-12 viewfinder (the thing on top of the camera). Otherwise framing a shot is a bit "hit and miss". I usually use a diving mask as well. It goes without saying that being able to swim confidently in the ocean is mandatory for these kinds of shots. 

On both sides of the lens are knobs to allow adjustments for aperture and distance. Everything is manual, including film wind on. This camera does have an accurate light meter, though.





The 20mm Nikkor_UW is still an amazing collection of glass designed to work underwater only. I have read on the internet there are hacks to make it work on land -  like set it to F22 and Infinity or F22 and the closest focusing but neither have worked. So I use this lens only underwater. Here's what it looks like on land at F22.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Open eyes underwater











"Photography is a life-long journey 
and something you may never truly master.
Just enjoy the journey. 
It never ends - and I wouldn't want it to!”


Justin Lowery









Tuesday, March 28, 2017







"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal 
and give strength to body and soul. "
John Muir





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tribe follows tribe










"Tribe follows tribe, 
and nation follows nation, 
like the waves of the sea. 

It is the order of nature, 
and regret is useless. "
Chief Seattle




Monday, March 20, 2017

Water air fat rain





"Nature is so powerful, so strong. 
Capturing its essence is not easy - 
your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. 
It takes you to a place within yourself. "
Annie Leibovitz



Saturday, March 18, 2017

1986 Nikonos 35mm lens








"It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. 
But life at sea is better."

Sir Francis Drake











Thursday, March 16, 2017

1936 Rolleicord 6x6



"A camera teaches you 
how to see 
without a camera. "
Dorothea Lange




Monday, March 13, 2017

Time Flies



"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, 
hoping to transform it into a door."
~Coco Chanel




Saturday, March 4, 2017

The mundane is beautiful





“Observation is a dying art.” 
Stanley Kubrick