Kawakawa Visit

On Saturday, 19th September, I spent some time in Kawakawa with a few members of the Bay of Islands/Kaikohe Photography Club. From 10 until noon we roamed around the centre of town and the railway station photographing everything that took our attention. The weather which has not been the best lately held up with no rain although there wasn’t really any sunshine either. We finished up with a snack at the Railway Station Cafe.

Main street with people outside a cafe.
Main street, Kawakawa.
The Kawakawa Hotel.
The iconic Kawakawa Hotel.
Steam engine Gabriel moving along the  main street in Kawakawa.
Steam engine Gabriel

No photographs of Kawakawa are complete without one of the steam engine Gabriel of the Bay of Islands Railway steaming along the main road.

Bridge Found

Some weeks back I went looking for a particular road bridge that I have driven over from time to time but I couldn’t remember exactly where. That day out led to this post – http://deniswilford.com/wp/2015/04/road-frustration/ – where I drove down Mangakahia Rd thinking that was probably where I saw it since I go this way whenever I drive to Auckland. Much to my frustration it was not on this road, or on the way to Dargaville. It was only on the way home that I remembered where the bridge was – down near Auckland on State Highway 16, otherwise known as the Kaipara Coast Highway.

Since I was down in Auckland this past weekend I made sure I stopped and photographed this bridge on the way home.

Makarau River Bridge

Makarau River Bridge

Lightroom CC Troubles

I downloaded Lightroom CC to my desktop and installed it with zero problems, all ran as expected.

However it was a different story with my laptop. Both systems are running Windows 8.1, both with 8GB ram. The laptop runs Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC with no problems so I didn’t expect anything different with Lightroom CC.

The download and install seemed to work okay but on the second day whenever I opened it the “Try or Buy” window would pop up although Lightroom opened anyway, but as Lightroom 6, not CC. Since I use the laptop off-line at times I turned off Wi-Fi and tried it to make sure all would be well for those times – well, it didn’t want to co-operate. All it would do was offer to run in Trial mode.

A fix for opening problems was posted on Adobe and several other places – sign out of Adobe from the Creative Cloud app, then sign in again. This worked, so that problem seems to be taken care of.

Now another problem – Lightroom CC uses the GPU for Develop Module processing and although the laptop had a NVIDIA GT740M graphics card as well as the Intel 4600 graphics processor it wouldn’t find the NVIDIA card. Strangely enough Photoshop CC found and uses the card so why not Lightroom.

Adobe recommends disabling the Intel 4600 graphics processor to force all graphics to use the NVIDIA card but this removes the power saving features from the display, you cannot dim the display to save battery life.

After some research I discovered you could set which programs use the NVIDIA card within the NVIDIA control panel. Once I added Lightroom CC in the list all was well.

Kaikohe Xmas Parade 2002 Reworked

I have moved the photos of the Kaikohe Christmas Parade, December 2002, onto a new mobile friendly page as part of my updates to this website.

Some of the updates that I am working on have to use the photos already on the website as I lost all my November and December 2002 photos in a hard drive crash. Since then I’ve been somewhat more diligent in backing up.

The Cream Trip Reworked

I have re-worked my older photo essay about a day out on the Bay of Islands Cream Trip which I did way back in the year 2002.

The original essay was spread over multiple pages and had rather low resolution low pixel sized images to cater for the slower web speeds then.

It is now only the one page with redone images. The original photos were taken with an Olympus 35mm camera, just a basic one, and the film developed and printed at the chemist. They were scanned in to my computer, modified some in Paint Shop Pro 8. This time around instead of scanning the photos I photographed them – this gave me nice large digital files to work with, the end result much better than the previous ones, and post-processed in Lightroom 5.

They are not perfect, being only as good as the original 6×4 inch prints.

You can look at the reworked essay here – The Cream Trip

Road Frustration

Road sign - curves ahead.Quite often when I am out going somewhere and I see a photographic opportunity there is nowhere to pull over and safely stop off the road. So I carry on a while and if I haven’t gone too far past my objective when I find a wide enough shoulder to park off the road then I stop there and walk back. This, of course, gives me some much needed exercise so it’s not all bad.

This problem is not confined to secondary roads where there is usually no shoulder, the road dropping quite sharply off from the edge of the seal to the drainage ditch, but also on the main highways where the problem is different.

On secondary roads there is not the traffic to contend with but since many have a lot of sharp turns it is not safe to try and stop and park until you get to a straighter section and then hope there is a farm entrance or a slightly wider patch to park.

On the main highways there is to some extent the same problem but more often than not you are simply unable to slow down to find somewhere to stop because you are trapped in a fast moving line of traffic.


How Time Flies

Once again it’s been a long time since I last posted here. I updated my web site last year and took away the link to this blog since I wasn’t posting anything although I retained the blog on the site for later resurrection.

I’ve updated the theme and am now working on customizing it to suit my needs – I hope that I’ll be a bit more diligent on posting with photos this year.

I finally took the plunge and opened up a Twitter account – you can find me as @DenisWilford.

My Brain is Awake!

Okay, so it is over a year since my last post about waking up my brain. I have been busy since then keeping my brain active but not so much with photography or web sites, instead with looking after our local SeniorNet Learning Centre in Kaikohe. This keeps my brain very much awake.

I have not forgotten about web pages though – I created a web site for my son’s business which he was forced to start up after being laid off from his job last year. Thankfully he is doing well. You can see it here – CoolSparks

Mostly what promted me to write this new post was a comment through my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/denis.wilford. That gets about the same attention this blog gets – almost none.

However seems a young lady woke up feeling a bit fuzzy one a.m. and punched in “Waking up my brain” and my blog came up.