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Everything Asian


To coincide with the Apple Red Day giveaway, I thought it was appropriate to post a few shots taken in Hong Kong in 2008.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Red Day giveaway, it’s basically an opportunity to get free stuff from Apple including, if you’re one of the lucky ones, an ipad2 or even a MacBook!

Checkout Macrumors for more infor.

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Australia, Australia…

The Apple 12 days of Christmas app available on iTunes has given away some fantastic free apps this year. One such app is the photograph editing application Snapseed. I’ve been using it on my iPad for a few days now to edit photos from various trips as it allows me to quickly edit and upload. One of the nice features, which I have yet to find in an OS X application, is the ability to add creative effects and frames/borders to my images. I usually edit my photographs on my iMac using Aperture. Aperture is amazingly powerful but unless you add various plug-ins, most of which involve parting with cash, adding some effects or borders requires exporting to another application- usually photoshop.

I’ll continue to use Aperture as it also serves as a great way to sort and catalogue my vast image library. However, I’ve since downloaded another photo editing application from the Mac App Store called Photo Effect Studio Pro, which allows the editing and manipulation of Canon raw files (.cr2) to create images similar to the ones posted today. My workflow will have to change a little as it will require the raw file to be exported from Aperture before being opened in Photo Effect Studio Pro, but realistically this won’t result in much extra time being spent on editing images. I’ll post some shots in due course and you can let me know what you think…


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Flower Power


I thought for a change I would post a picture of a person rather than a city or landscape. When Mia was about 12 months old she loved nothing more than walking around the garden and pulling all the flower heads off. Now this wouldn’t be so bad if it was the autumn and the flowers needed dead heading, but as it was just the start of summer this meant we spent a lot of time chasing after here frantically trying to stop her from destroying the whole garden! The flip side was that during sunny days it made for some great photo opportunities as Mia sat and “played” with the flowers!

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When the Walls came crashing down


Having decided that we would take the children on the staten Island ferry so they could see Lady Liberty, we spent the morning strolling around Lower Manhattan. Lower Manhattan is one of the few areas of Manhattan that wasn’t built around the grid structure and as such reminds me of how towns and cities look in my homeland- England. The shear fact that there is little organisation to the street layout means that it is easy to get disorientated and you find yourself having to consult a map to make sure you aren’t in fact walking around in circles! Fortunately all this stopping and starting means that there are lots of opportunities to take photos…now, where’s my camera?

There are varying accounts about how the Dutch-named “de Waal Straat” got its name. A generally accepted version is that the name of the street name was derived from an earthen wall on the northern boundary of the New Amsterdam settlement, perhaps to protect against English colonial encroachment or incursions by native Americans. A conflicting explanation is that Wall Street was named after Walloons — possibly a Dutch abbreviation for Walloon being Waal. Among the first settlers that embarked on the ship “Nieu Nederlandt” in 1624 were 30 Walloon families

Excerpt taken from the Wall Street Wikipedia page