The old, the new, and the same old same old. It is that time of year again. Time to look back, time to look forward, and time to reflect that in the long run nothing really changes except our age and, with a bit of luck, our outlook.
My facebook header and profile pictures currently reflect that attitude.
This time last year I had already been burgled once, and was about to be burgled again. The year since has not been one of great achievement for me, party due to circumstances and partly due to my response to the circumstances. The coming year will see renewed effort in my current chosen profession and I hope to see some progress that I may, perhaps, be able to point to eventually with pride. I have also pretty much come to the conclusion this will be my last working year. Age and disability gradually encroach on my good intentions and ability. I increasingly feel a need to return to the country I know and love best. And I want to be idle. My own man to pursue whatever whim I may have. And can afford.
In the meantime I have a new camera to master. The new Sony RX10 Mark IV has arrived and it is a technical marvel. There is an excellent review of it here. It makes me realise that I should never have strayed from the brand, even for the Nikon. Over the last year my Nikon photos got worse and worse but until I replaced my glasses late this year with a new pair I could not see how bad they had become. The Nikon’s focus is badly out of calibration, something I put down to rough travel through the Kimberley. I now have a nice padded Pelican case to keep my cameras secure and safe.
I am learning to drive the Sony step by step. But I am mostly still in auto point-and-shoot mode. Even so, it does better than one might expect. I bought it on recommendation of a Canadian bird watcher, photographer and blogger friend. He warned me there would be a learning curve. It is a sophisticated toy with a lot of features to master. One thing it cannot do however, is infra red photography using the nightshot mode feature and IR filters which I enjoyed playing with using my old Sony 717 and 828. I may resurrect my ancient 828 and dedicate it to that purpose if I can get the batteries to hold a charge.
I am also keen to investigate HDR more, using the real technique of bracketed exposures rather than the ersatz method of software manipulation.
So here I am in Halls Creek, house and dog sitting with a month of idle time that I must try to use creatively. With five cameras at my disposal, counting the drone, I hope to produce a few images worth looking at. Here are a few practice shots;
And finally, a belated greetings card to everyone. Not my photo, but the same bird as above, at his home (via FaceBook).