Sadly our trip down under is coming to an end, but we are still enjoying our travels. We are now in Melbourne and are looking forward to exploring this cool city. Cool is a good word for it, the place seems great but is under half the temperature of Sydney which had reached almost 40c before dropping to rain before we left! We thought we had left the need for coats and wooly socks at home but hopefully the weather will turn for the better today so we can hit the beach before meeting up with Darren and his wife for a meal tonight 🙂
Freedom to photograph/film
Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.
Photography and Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000
The Terrorism Act 2000 does not prohibit people from taking photographs or digital images in an area where an authority under section 44 is in place.
It seems like every day now we hear reports of photographers in the UK being stopped, searched and even arrested for simply being seen with a camera and taking photographs.
The law is clear, photography is not a crime … but it does not stop police, does not take away the fear, and does not help the fact that the police are doing the terrorists job (taking away freedom, causing distress, etc).
It is very sad indeed, and is only likely to get much, much worse.
None of these people ever stop to think an actual terrorist would use the many covert means to take whichever photography they require, and would unlikely choose a small-town chip shop as their intended target …
I just realized looking at Flickr that I have had this camera (Canon 350D) 4 years now … time for a new one! 😀
… and it is my birthday soon …
Canon 5d MkII do you think? 🙂
Apples Aperture software is a big disappointment for me. So many people told me I would love it that when I finally tried it … well I was underwhelmed.
It could be just that I am a creature of habit. I’m doubting that just because my geek streak is still quite strong, I tend to adopt early and often. That said I do have a big comfort zone when I get into a certain way of working. It takes a bunker-buster of an improvement to get me to switch when I really get into a groove.
Guess I will be buying a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements for my Mac to get back my familiar workflow.
I love the front row feature of iPhoto but that pretty much sums up what I use that package for. Seems like I will still need to use iPhoto to get my pics into Front Row but then Aperture doesn’t work with front row either.
It’s not a brilliant photograph but it is my first in 2007 so thought I would post it anyway. The location is a stretch of coastline on the East of the country where Clares parents live. Not quite Hawaii but it does have its own rugged charm.
Last night I managed to drag myself out to a family bonfire party and I am so glad I did, Amy had a lovely time.
Since Thursday I have had a pretty nasty stomach bug. I am sure I don’t need to go into details. By sunday night it had subsided enough that I was confident I could spend a couple of hours outside.
Being a good Catholic boy, and from a long line of non-royalists (to put it mildly) I shouldn’t really be in favour of this particular English tradition but to balance this there is a strong firebug gene that we find hard to resist. I am sure this tendency is what drew my Dad to the fire service. At least we can say we didn’t burn any Catholics in effigy.
Some bonfire night factoids
- Guy Fawkes was actually called Guido Fawkes
- As punishment he was hung until he was half dead and then his genitals were cut off and burned in front of him. Whilst still alive, his heart and bowels were removed from his body, he was then decapitated and his limbs removed from his body. Finally, his body parts were publicly displayed and left for the birds to eat them.
- He was actually religious rather than political activist, trying to remove the protestant leadership. His supporters maintain this was in revenge for the persecution of Catholics.
- Until 1959 it was illegal NOT to “celebrate” the date of Guy Fawkes arrest in England (now of course people do it by tradition voluntarily), you were considered unpatriotic and arrested if you did not celebrate the event.
- Around this time of year people built bonfires anyway in many locations as part of a long-standing pagan ritual along with halloween
- In the early years of burning effigies on this night it was more common to burn an effigy of the pope than Guy Fawkes