Month: July 2014

A Century of Illusion

This coming weekend will see many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. Over the next four years, as each significant battle reaches its centenary, we shall be reminded of the futile waste of millions of lives, the horrendous conditions, the death on an industrial scale. Some will wonder why the young men believed the politicians lies and went forth in such numbers. Many will wonder how nationalism and patriotism were mishandled, misinterpreted and misrepresented to usher in the massacre of a generation. But that overlooks a simple truth. Many young men and women want to test themselves...

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Yep, the Kangaroo on the left is photobombing my blog 🙂 The one on the right does not seem too amused. I nearly missed updating this as I’ve been head down in the Trove online database of Australian archives. I didn’t know it existed before stumbling upon it in the State Library of WA’s blog. The Trove’s purpose is to allow you to “find and get over 382,781,884 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.” It was fascinating. I found that a great great grandfather of mine, one Thomas, back in the February of 1868, near Adelaide, South...

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Canon fodder

Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day of sunshine, bright blue skies and an outbreak of early (very early) spring weather. Yes, Spring! It’s all back to front in the Southern Hemisphere. So, armed with the new camera I decided to see if I could still remember how to take photos. The results vary: First efforts with the new camera… Daisies Depth Daisies Focus Too wet anyway An estuary with feathery edges A lone lookout A big bill A darker edge Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Digital ones and knots

Given the title of the blog I was thinking that I might just need to update my faithful old camera. That’s not to say that the wonderful iPhone or iPad couldn’t take reasonable shots and be faithful workhorses (it was an iPhone5 that took the sunset on the left) but all in all I thought I should probably start to think about getting back into a bit of “proper” photography. Getting back being the thing. It’s been a while since I messed about with apertures and shutter speeds and depth of field and “all that jazz”. I used to be...

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Hundreds of Millions + 1

According to the latest stats I can find on the net, there are hundreds of millions of blogs in existence. Well, now there’s one more. Welcome to Views from the Ridge, my new blog. Well, not really my new blog. That would imply I had one before. I didn’t. This is my first blog and in fact, my first blog post. What fun! Even more fun as I happen to be writing this whilst a countryman of mine is knocking a little white ball up and down some greens and fairways in ‘Royal Liverpool’ in a bid to win...

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