28 July, 2016

About this blog

ABOUT THIS "ABOUT POST"

This is instead of an About page. It will move down the main page with time, but will always be available via the ABOUT THIS BLOG label at the top of this site. 

And once I have more posts on this blog, you will be able to view them either chronologically -- as is normal for a blog -- or in "virtual galleries", by clicking on a particular label in the site header (more of these labels coming with the posts), and then scrolling down the page. The first categories that will be coming soon will include all my photos from my last years in Australia.

My aim here to have maximum simplicity and flexibility, both for myself and for visitors to this website, and not have the need for a separate gallery site.

ABOUT ME

Tasmania, Australia, 2004. Photo by Cecilia Gould

I'm from Sydney, Australia, where I used to teach English to overseas students on a pre-university course. In mid 2010, we moved  permanently to my wife's hometown, Santiago, Chile, which I already knew well from the many extended trips we had made here over the previous decades. That, and the fact that I've been speaking Spanish now half my life, means that I don't feel like I'm living in "a foreign country".

This is a new version of my old website, so there are not many posts here yet, but much more is coming on this page  and the site, in general, very soon.


ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

I became fascinated with cameras and photography after my father brought home a Praktica SLR when I was about twelve years old, and I went on to own various SLRs in the following decades. In the early 1980s, I spent four weeks in shooting, darkroom and critiquing sessions in a full time Nikon Travelling School of Photography course led by the then well known Sydney photojournalist, Clive Jarrett. And after that, I set up my own darkroom, which I used for quite some time.

I bought my first digital camera, a Minolta Dimage 7Hi, for a trip to Central Australia in 2003, and from that point onwards, photography became quite an obsession.


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My Tumblr blog where I post all new photos as soon as possible after taking them.  You do not need to log in to Tumblr to view the posts there.

Twitter where I mostly tweet about photography.

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18 July, 2016

Road signs in Central Australia

Central Australia, Alice Springs area
Ayers Rock Uluru
I took these photographs in Central Australia in the Northern Territory on the 28th and 30th of July, 2003, respectively. These are also amongst the first digital images I'd taken with my then new Minolta Dimage 7Hi camera. 

The first photograph was taken not far from the  central Australian town of Alice Springs. The second is a view of the giant rock, Uluru (or Uluru Ayers Rock), which is about 500 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, from where we had  driven on a dead-straight highway, as in the first scene here.

The floodway sign looked quite amusing at that time of year, as it was the dry season, when there was no water at all in any of the rivers. The area is prone to flash flooding in the wet season, though.

The kangaroo sign is one you should take seriously when driving at night in the countryside in Australia, as they are liable to bound past you across the highway in the dark without warning.

I, personally. had only two encounters with then in around fifty years of living in Australia, and driving in the countryside at night. One was seeing, and hitting slightly, a huge tail in the headlights as the kangaroo crossed in front of our car. The other time was having a kangaroo roll under our car after it had been hit by the driver in front. Later we saw that the front of his car was badly damaged. Of course, I was sorry for the animal, but there's nothing you can really do to prevent it happening.


On the road from Alice Springs to Uluru. Photo by Cecilia Gould



10 July, 2016

Santiago Metro Stations




The Santiago metro train system is the most modern in Latin America. It travels elevated above ground in many areas, but goes underground as it approaches the city centre. The main stations have art works of various kinds, such as the paintings in La Moneda (first image here), and children's art was on display in Republica, the day I took these.

Images taken 30th of June 2016 with my Fujifilm X100S, both 1/125 sec, f/2. Photo 1,6400 ISO; photo 2, 1600 ISO. Post processed from raw to jpeg in-camera.

27 June, 2016

Blog relaunch



I'm reopening this blog with  a 2011 photograph I took in Vancouver, Canada. (It can also be seen in my Urban Gallery on this site.) My regular blog with my latest photos continues on Tumblr. This present blog, however, will be more selective, and will include older photographs as well as newer ones. This blog also has open commenting, which is another reason to be here.