The road to San Francisco

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The typeface, that is, not the place. Apple designed a new font for their watch, aimed at being legible on small, high-resolution displays. They later brought it to iOS and OS X, providing consistency across all their devices. Nick Keppol has written a two-part article that explains typography basics and then takes us through the design decisions that went into creating the new typeface. It’s fascinating for a typography nerd like me. Feast your eyes and brain here.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2

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Fujifilm have announced their new ‘Pro’ camera, and it looks pretty fantastic. I have loved the Fujifilm dedication to their own vision of what a camera should be – small and light, but with high quality design and manufacturing that combines wonderfully “traditional” style handling (i.e. good ergonomics and manual controls instead of lots of menus) with some ground-breaking technology. Not only do their cameras take good photos, but the experience of using them is very natural and harks back to the classic 35mm film cameras that we remember fondly.

I’ve started up an X-Pro 2 resource page, which I will continue to update as I discover more.

2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Liffey Falls, Tasmania

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We’ve had a welcome break for a week, and visited friends in Tasmania. We did some touring of the national parks around Cradle Mountain, and made our way to Liffey Falls, where we went for a hike through the rain forest. It’s a beautiful place, with lots of shade beneath the trees, and the ground is easy going.

The Liffey Falls themselves are a series of falls, and the track takes you down them, with great lookouts along the way. At the bottom the trees overhang the edges, creating patterns of light that dance on the water.

I took this with my Fuji Film X-E1 and 14mm lens, along with a B+W 10 stop filter, on a tripod, to get the long exposure. The light weight of the Fuji Film gear, along with a carbon fibre tripod makes a big difference in the “carryability” of my setup – especially welcome on the upward climb!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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Silhouette’s are a favourite subject of mine. I like the strong lines and how well black and white suits them (although, ironically, this is a colour one). This was taken on a street photography night out with the Meetup photography group I am a member of. There’s more photos here.

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The Pineapple

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My previous post mentioned The Pineapple, an eccentric example of architecture commissioned by Lord Dunmore. It’s worth visiting if you are ever in the area (Falkirk, Scotland), and we visited often when we lived in the area – it’s a peaceful place and has a large walled garden, which is perfect for a picnic.

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