2017 Weeek 49: Australia Victoria, Twelve Apostles And A Rainbow

Victoria 2017: Twelve Apostles At The End Of Winter And Stormy Weather 3Victoria 2017: Twelve Apostles At The End Of Winter, Beginning Of Spring
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All things considered, a bunch of rocks standing out in the sea near the coast by themselves isn’t actually very interesting. What actually makes this place worth visiting is everything altogether – the rocks, the wind, the sea, the waves the spray, the rain, the clouds, the sky, the weather, the smell of nature, the sound of the waves and the howling wind, everything. Prima donnas have no place here. Everything comes together to deliver an unforgettable experience. No, simply a bunch of rocks out in the sea is not interesting. But the whole orchestra of nature coming together is very interesting. Continue reading

2017 Week 47, Australia Victoria. Trees And Foliage

Melbourne 2017:  Great Ocean Road - Overlooking Rough Waves On A BeachVictoria 2017: Along The Great Ocean Road, Overlooking Rough Waves On A Cliff

It’s nature. There are trees, foliage, flowers and plants in general. They are just trees aren’t they? They are everywhere. But sometimes, they just look special under the randomness of light, clouds and weather. Enough for me to put aside this little gallery of three images for them.

Melbourne 2017: Along The Great Ocean RoadVictoria 2017: Along The Great Ocean Road, Trees Along The Road

Melbourne 2017: Great Otway National Park Temperate Rainforest 3Victoria 2017: Within The Temperate Rainforest Of The Great Otway National Park
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This blog will take a slight turn towards nature for a few weeks as I document my short trip in Victoria. But I’ll be back in architecture and street photography soon. Stay tunes. -WY

2017 Week 46: Melbourne Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne 2017:  Queen Victoria Market Grocer StoresMelbourne 2017: Queen Victoria Market – A Moment In The Market

The fun fact is that the Queen Victoria Market ranks as one of our top destinations in Melbourne. First, it’s about shopping, and that makes the missus happy. Second, it’s physically un-demanding and easily accessible in Melbourne’s inner city, so that makes the missus happy too. Third, happy missus means my life becomes easier and generates even more happiness. 😛

All right, it is actually a genuinely interesting place. That’s important too. Continue reading

2017 Week 44: Snippets From NGV and NGVI

Melbourne 2017:  National Gallery Of Victoria International - Interior Displays 4Melbourne 2017: National Gallery Of Victoria International – Exhibition Space
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There are two NGV museums. The much larger National Gallery of Victoria International (NGVI) and the smaller National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Both are art museums, with the NGV more focused on local art while the NGVI has a Victorian-era collection and hosts more foreign art exhibitions. Both museums are a tram stop away from each other. Both are worth dropping by if you enjoy art. But even if I put them together, I don’t consider them to be as interesting as Melbourne’s rival Sydney’s Gallery of New South Wales. Whoops. Honest travel opinion though. 😛 Continue reading

On Adobe’s Lightroom Classic, Practical Thoughts And Alternatives

It has been a week since Adobe’s announcement regarding Lightroom Classic. If you do not already know, you can perform an internet search and learn about all the details and ramifications for users of the standalone version of Lightroom. Initial announcements indicated that the standalone version of Lightroom, now renamed “Lightroom Classic”, will receive no more updates in the future after a last-hurrah update in October. After this, updates will only be for Lightroom CC only. This caused an uproar of displeasure from the photography community. Adobe then changed their stance slightly and announced that they will continue to support Lightroom Classic, though they made no specific statements about exactly what type of updates should users expect. One thing is certain. As Adobe is no longer selling and making money from new versions of standalone LR beyond the current version 6 (Which will be re-branded LR Classic), users should not expect any new features that get introduced in LR CC in the future to find their way into LR Classic. It makes zero sense to continue improving software from which you are not receiving any new revenue. In fact, CC subscription currently (at this time of writing) already has obvious exclusivity in the form of the “dehaze” tool. Indeed, we will be fortunate if LR Classic just continues to be updated to support new cameras, but we really did not receive explicit guarantee of this from Adobe either.

The latest events cause users to ask one pertinent question. How long will it be before Adobe eventually pull the plug on standalone LR? And what are the steps we can take? This article offers some recommendations and alternatives. Continue reading

2017 Week 41: State Library of Victoria (2)

Melbourne 2017:  State LIbrary Of Victoria The La Trobe Reading Room 3Melbourne 2017: State LIbrary Of Victoria La Trobe Reading Room 3
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Welcome to the La Trobe Reading Room with its impressive Dome elevation and ceiling. This is the star attraction of the State Library of Victoria, and totally qualifies as a major visitor attraction in Melbourne’s inner city.
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