Category Archives: Photography

Photography: Auburn Botanic Gardens & Surroundings

The weather this week hasn’t been particularly inviting, especially as Sydney was in the middle of getting hit by a large cold front. As a result, the weather was going to turn into an unpredictable mess of cold temperatures and … Continue reading

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Photography: Minnamurra Rainforest (Budderoo National Park)

Life had been getting somewhat routine at home, so I decided that I needed a bit of exercise and a nature break. On Tuesday 30th June 2015, with a family friend, I visited the Minnamurra Rainforest Visitors Centre in Budderoo … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 9: The Tram Catalogue

As promised from the last posting about the trams in Hong Kong, here is the “tram catalogue”. This is basically a collection of mostly front-shots of the numbered trams as seen in Hong Kong on my tram day, 8th January … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 8: Riding the Ding Ding Tram

[This is a posting about a trip I took to Hong Kong and China as part of a conference trip at around the beginning of the year, but as I’ve not had the time to “digest” and write posts about … Continue reading

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Visited: Vivid Sydney 2015 (22 May – 8 June) – Part 2

In this part, we continue where we left off with my Vivid adventure. This time, I return to see the rest of the Circular Quay exhibits, and spend some time walking through Martin Place and Darling Harbour precincts. Circular Quay, … Continue reading

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Visited: Vivid Sydney 2015 (22 May – 8 June) – Part 1

A new year means another Vivid Sydney event to explore. Best known as a festival of lights, music and ideas, this event is a worldwide phenomenon. This year, Vivid Sydney is bigger than ever, having the regular Circular Quay foreshore … Continue reading

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Visited: Transport Heritage Expo (6 – 8 June 2015)

Thanks to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I’ve managed to scrape up some time to blog about things, and make the time to visit some interesting events around Sydney, one of which is the Transport Heritage Expo. The Transport Heritage … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 7: Being a Tourist – Big Bus Tour (Part 2)

Yikes! Time flies, but time for blogging? Well that sometimes happens, but it’s no guarantee. Always good to get things down before the memories fade too much, so I’ll try to turn back the clock to the 6th January, in … Continue reading

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Teardown: Good Looking Counterfeit Nikon EN-EL14a Battery

Despite having thought that I kissed my money goodbye, I still went back to eBay to lodge a case. Within 24 hours, without any word, I received a refund and the case was considered closed. As I did receive a … Continue reading

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Good Looking Counterfeit: Nikon EN-EL14a Battery

Something most digital photographers don’t leave home without is a spare battery. Nikon’s excellent entry-level DSLRs (e.g. D3200, D3300) use the EN-EL14 series of batteries, with the EN-EL14a being the higher capacity revision that can be interchanged in the older … Continue reading

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Teardown: Another Dead “Compatible” {Laptop, Camera} Battery

Battery life is always an issue with technological devices. At least, with many larger devices, you can still solve the issue with buying a spare battery to swap in and extend your runtime away from the powerpoint. But of course, … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 6: Being a Tourist – Big Bus Tour (Part 1)

So far, my holiday has involved much time staying inside the hotel, resting my temperamental ankles and looking at various transmissions on the air. Time was running out, and I really had to make the most of my time in … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 5: RTL-SDR, More Radio, AIS & Night Photos

It’s been a while since the trip, but I’ve been just way too busy lately to post anything more about the experiments and photos I’ve taken during my trip. The trip continues, with this part focusing mostly on more radio … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Kelda 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon

Fisheye lenses are pretty special when it comes to lenses. Their extreme distortion effect serves to be a novelty, which is sometimes overused, and can prove to be a handy feature to squeeze in extreme fields of view, or to … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 4: Hong Kong Park & Edward Youde Aviary

After the marathon post in the last part about analyzing Hong Kong’s free-to-air TV signals, this part won’t be from inside the hotel. Instead, it’s 2nd January and I’m on an outing to Hong Kong Park. This post will be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 2: Around the Hotel & Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

It might seem a little bit strange that the story of my trip is being told in a (slightly) non-chronological order. Initially I would have loved for it to be in order, but then I decided that it would be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 1: A View from the Room

For business or for pleasure? Both. Or maybe none. We’ll see. I don’t generally go on many overseas holidays, but starting off with what is (I’m led to believe) probably one of the most cliché phrases to do with holidays … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I microSDXC Card

I was pretty disappointed to have been dudded in my first attempt to get a hold of a 128Gb microSDXC card, but I won’t let an eBay fake stop me. After all, Sandisk products are supposed to be high quality. … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria 64Gb UHS-I Class 3 microSDXC Card (SD-C064GR7VW060A)

Our demand for storage is pretty much insatiable, but companies continue to roll out new products which are larger, faster and sometimes even cheaper than before. Of note is the proliferation of microSD-slots in Android and Windows phones, tablets as … Continue reading

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Visited: Floriade 2014

This week, I had the opportunity to go on a short day road-trip to Canberra, and on the way, we stopped off at the Big Merino. After that, I spent some time admiring the month-long Floriade display, in its final … Continue reading

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Event: Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) 8th October 2014 in Sydney

A lunar eclipse is one of those “events” which happen only sporadically enough to warrant taking the time to go out and peek at the skies. Unfortunately, the last time it happened, we were completely clouded over. I had much … Continue reading

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Tested: Two Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) to CompactFlash (CF) Adapters

It seems that the modern trend towards smaller and faster has led to the CompactFlash card being relegated for use in industrial and professional high-end photography only, where its larger size is not a problem. Most consumer electronics have since … Continue reading

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Visited: Blue Mountains (10th July) and Kangaroo Valley (11th July)

There was a bit of a “family” outing, and needless to say, Sydney is a place with a limited number of attractions, so we just end up revisiting some of the places we’ve been before. I took the chance to … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Microsoft LifeCam Studio Webcam

It’s been a while since I last purchased a webcam. In fact, the last time I did, high definition webcams were only just becoming the ‘in’ thing and the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 was one of the leading choices. It … Continue reading

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Visited: Vivid Sydney 2014

As I mentioned in a previous random posting – if you have the chance, you should probably visit Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney is an annual event – a “festival of lights”. Different artistic works, involving light mapping projections and other … Continue reading

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Review & Teardown: Intempo HD Action Camera

In recent years, the action camera market has been hotting up, primarily due to the breakthrough success of the GoPro line. Other established names, as well as less familiar names, have tried to challenge the GoPro for success, but none … Continue reading

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Photography: Sydney Royal Easter Show 2014

It used to be a family tradition of ours to visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year, with it being held near the time of my birthday. However, over the past few years, I’ve “grown out” of it, because … Continue reading

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Visited: Inner West Light Rail Extension to Dulwich Hill

In news earlier last week, on Thursday, the Inner West Light Rail Extension to Dulwich Hill opened to the public. Advertisements inside many city train stations had been placed to make commuters aware of this occasion, which has been some … Continue reading

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Photography: Natural Selections Klahanie Granada Hibiscus Flower

Having a new garden in the backyard to populate with plants, we had some potted plants ready to go in. One of them was in full flower, so I took the opportunity to take some good photos of it. It … Continue reading

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Salvage: ATi Radeon HD 2400XT OEM Low-Profile PCI-e Graphic Card

This post is less of a real salvage and test, as it is of a salvage and photograph. This particular OEM graphic card is found in many computers around the university, and seems to have occasionally died off, resulting in … Continue reading

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