Photography, productivity and diving geek from Sydney, Australia. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Colours of Old Hill Street

Whatever way you look at it, Singapore is a colourful city. It boasts a colourful mix of cultures, cuisines and language, and it boasts a rich array of colourful architecture.

With 927 windows in a variety of colours, Singapore’s Old Hill Street Police Station is a striking landmark as you cruise up the Singapore River from the Marina Bay towards Clarke Quay.

The building no longer functions as a police station, but its presence, colour and architecture tell a story – a story that is rich with the history of a building that has served as a colonial era police station, a Japanese wartime kempeitai and into the modern era as a government building.

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Colin Walker’s required reading rocks.

The resurgence of blogging has been an interesting journey in recent times, with the #Indieweb movement and many of the early adopters of being part of that resurgence.

I’ve been enjoying the writings and casts of @colinwalker, and have come to enjoy his explorations of this, and his journeys in setting up his blogging infrastructure to suit his style and needs.

Colin has today posted his initial RequiredReading page to orient his users to the top 10 posts (and casts) that reflect his blogging philosophy, and the evolution of his blog from 2003 to the present.

For example, Colin posts the following:

I struggle with the conflict between writing something new and building on existing ideas but shouldn’t; a blog is just as much a process, an evolution of thought, as an act of creation.

He’s right – he shouldn’t worry about that. IMHO a blog represents an evolution of thought, and a realisation that building upon existing ideas is a wonderful journey, as much as having new ones.

Colin has challenged me to think about the purpose of my blog, and I will likely take a look at developing a required reading page of my own at some point to reflect the top 10 posts I want people to orient themselves to in order to get a flavour of my blog.

Have a read – not only are the posts important for understanding him, they’re all great reading in their own right.

Interested to hear on today’s Timetable micro cast that @manton is working on a macOS app for While Mars Edit and Today poster do a good job, it will be interesting to see how Manton sees the ideal MB client functioning. And looking.

Elia Locardi releases Vol 3 of his Photographing the World tutorials

I am a fan of the work of travel photographer Elia Locardi, particularly the tutorial series he has developed in conjunction with FStoppers.

Volumes 1 & 2 came out a couple of years ago and focused on landscape, cityscape and astral photography. Each volume provided a series of tutorials that took you from the field to the post-processing, with Elia taking the viewer through every step of his workflow.

This year Elia and Fstoppers have again teamed up to create volume 3 of the series.
This time Elia and the guys travel to the Amalfi Coast and other locations in Italy, Dubai and New York City where he goes into even greater depth as to how he chooses a photographic location, and his end-to-end process for creating his final images.

Elia has a passion for travel photography, and clearly loves to share his approach, mindset and techniques. And he does it well.

This video gives an overview of Volume 3 of Photographing the World.

In addition to the video tutorials, the guys have produced a series of Behind the Scenes videos, which are also extremely beneficial in showing the planning and preparation of each shoot, as well as telling the backstory of the production. I find these almost as beneficial as the actual tutorials.

I really only have one gripe with this series – I am currently working away from my home location and have travelled with only an iPad Pro. The way the downloads were setup they can’t be directly downloaded to the iPad, with each video wrapped up into a zip file that included RAW and processed images associated with each tutorial. A simpler download process would be really useful for iPad users.

I love the content, and have found that the customer service from Fstoppers is awesome. While the videos are pricey, they are worth it if you are serious about improving your photography. Suggest serious and aspiring photographers alike take a look.

With close family who serve or served in NSW Police, I pause to honour all who serve in policing

Returning to Pocket

A while back I wrote about App Support for iPad Centric Workflows, in which I discussed a bunch of apps I relied upon in my writing and photography workflows.

Key among these was a ‘read-it-later’ service. I have been a long time user of Pocket, but was growing increasingly frustrated by the company’s failure to update their iPad app to support multitasking, particularly split screen. Even though I subscribe to the premium Pocket service, I switched to Instapaper shortly after posting this article because there was no light at the end of the tunnel.

Today, on the eve of the launch of iOS 11, there has been an update to the app, with the update notes stating:

We’re excited to (finally) add support for Split Screen and Slide Over on iPad.

I have switched back, primarily for two reasons.

  1. I love Pockets sharing functionality that allows me to share stories with other Pocket users from within the app. My wife and I share articles with each other all the time this way.
  2. I’ve never really been comfortable with Instapaper being (now) a free service, owned by Pinterest. Really not a fan of sharing my data with a big corporation where I am the product.

Happy to be back on Pocket, and I hope that they will continue their support for iPad based workflows.

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