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.
It has been a while since I wrote anything here or even added new photos to my photo gallery. Lately I have realized that none of the photos in the gallery – Coppermine Gallery – are being indexed by Google, or anyone else for that matter whereas the photos on the static pages are right up there in the results so I am going to revert, for all new photos, to static pages again.
This has an added benefit of making me work on designing and creating web pages again, something I have got very rusty on.
That’s where the “waking up my brain” comes in – I need to refresh my knowledge and update myself on the newer stuff before I start making new web pages.
I’ve not been well this past week so since I was feeling a bit better today I worked on getting some of the photos I took on a visit to the Matakohe Kauri Museum on September 20th up onÂ this site in the Coppermine Photo Gallery.
It was a difficult place inside the museum to take photos because of the variety of lighting. There was a mixture of incandescent, fluorescent, and daylight as you can see in some of the photos.
The previous Haruru Falls photos in the Gallery were taken with my Panasonic FZ20 camera in July 2005. Since then I have a new camera but haven’t visited Haruru Falls with it until the other day when there was a nice sunny day for a change after all the very wet weather we have been having here in New Zealand. A good time to photograph waterfalls.
We’ve had 7 continuous days of rain here – which is unusual for us. No, it has nothing to do with climate change, just a warm moist air stream from the tropics which has stayed around longer than normal.
That gave me the chance to revisit Rainbow Falls at Kerikeri and take some new photos of the falls in bad weather.
I’ve moved this site from AussieHQ to Lunarpages today and it all went quite painlessly. The only changes I needed to do to any files were the database info for the Coppermine Photo Gallery and this WordPress Blog.
To allow for the overlap between the old host and the new host as the Domain Name Servers updated around the world I set up mail forwarding on my email addresses to my other domain of 35SouthOnline.com so any emails that went to the old site could still be collected by me after I began to access the new location.
The other week Mid-North Camera Club members visited the Begonia House at the Pioneer Village in Kaikohe for a photo session before our regular monthly meeting. The day was overcast and a bit dull – a perfect opportunity for me to try out my Nikon 18-200VR lens in low light conditions, and from the photos of the begonias you can see it worked wonderfully. The softer lighting from the overcast conditions was perfect for the soft colours of the begonias.
This was last Saturday and this morning, 1 week later, I found some water on the laundry floor. The hot water cylinder had started leaking and will have to be replaced. If this had happened the week before I would not have bought the new lens, so one way it was good that it hadn’t happened then, on the other hand I’ve now got an even bigger dent in my budget.