Posted by jerry on April 5, 2016
Several weeks ago I along with several thousand others had the opportunity to take a walk around ‘Z Ward’ behind the Glenside Hospital. Originally known as L Ward (but changed due to concerns it would be called ‘Hell Ward’) Z Ward over the years had a reputation for housing amongst others, the ‘criminally insane’. This amazing old building has been purchased by a mining company and is set to become offices for it. The company is keen to retain the building’s heritage and had a recent open day that was so over-subscribed, a second day was held. Here are some snapshots I took wandering around with hundreds of others. It would be great to take some time and properly compose some shots however there was a real need to get as many people through as possible so that everyone who had queued up for quite some time had an opportunity to see inside.
One of the photos in this gallery has also been cropped with a close up of the building wall showing the grooves left by inmates from their fingers as they walked around the building dragging their hands along the wall. It’s quite disturbing when you see it.
Posted by jerry on December 30, 2014
Following on from my earlier post about my Samsung K Zoom phone, there has been another release of the firmware and the camera seems to be working now so I can start experimenting with its modes. Here’s a few shots with the sunset mode.
They are straight out of the camera and the only processing was the selection of the mode when taking the photos. Samsung has a program for managing transfer of files etc to and from your camera called Kies. In descriptions on their website you are supposed to be able to edit images in Kies however this functionality does not seem to exist on the Mac version. It’s a pity really as the editing looks pretty good (I would have liked to cropped and straightened the photos at least but didn’t want to load them into iPhoto or Lightroom).
Posted by jerry on October 20, 2014
I also took these images as part of my University assignment. My subject is about digital literature and I had to create a digital project. I chose to create a ‘digital magazines’ using Flipboard and created a blog to host the content if you are interested.
Posted by jerry on October 19, 2014
I took these images as part of a University assignment. My subject is about digital literature and I had to create a digital project. I chose to create a ‘digital magazines’ using Flipboard and created a blog to host the content if you are interested.
Posted by jerry on October 12, 2014
A couple of months ago, while travelling to Norway I had an unanticipated stopover in Singapore due to a cancelled flight and had the chance to look at the new Samsung K Zoom. I was in the market for a new phone and had been reading a number of previews of this new camera/phone from Samsung. It was being marketed as a phone for photography lovers really and the camera features of it are quite impressive to say the least. The 20 megapixel camera has 20x zoom (10x optical zoom) which is quite incredible in itself.
I was going to Norway for work but had a few days off after and headed up to Svalbard afterwards where I was hoping to spend some time hiking and taking photos. I took my DSLR and a pretty good compact camera (Leica D-Lux 6) but on purchasing the K Zoom, the D-Lux 6 pretty much stayed in the bag for the whole trip.
The camera app has a host of features including an impressive 360 degree panorama mode. Below is an example – it really is worth clicking on it and expanding it to its full size to get an appreciation of this mode.
Below are a few snapshots from around Oslo. I haven’t edited them to straighten them up and they really are just snapshots but they give a feel for the images the camera takes:
.. and here’s a couple of shots taken from the same spot but using the 20x zoom capability::
It’s pretty impressive for a phone! Now for the owner’s perspective. It’s bulky! It seemed so at first but then I got used to it after a few days but after a couple of months it’s starting to become a bit tiresome. It has a very uneven weight distribution too and has almost fallen out of my hand a couple of times. I find I have to carry it around in my hand rather than my pockets as it is just a bit too big.
I had planned on doing a very full review looking at all the different camera modes and different shooting conditions (e.g. low light) however the camera no longer works! Yes, that’s right – I have had it for about 6-7 weeks and this is what I get when I try to start the camera up now:
A couple of weeks ago I was transferring some photos to my computer using the Samsung app (Kies) and I received a notification and request to upgrade the firmware in the camera (promising me better performance). I went ahead with the upgrade and now the camera doesn’t work. As soon as you try to change modes, you get the above message. A call to Samsung’s chat line advised me to clear the apps data and cache. This worked for a couple of shots but then the error reappeared with a vengeance.
I sent an email to their support centre and was advised a factory reset would be required. I have done this but the problem remains. It’s a huge disappointment given the camera is the main reason why anyone would probably buy this camera. I am at a loss now what to do however would advise anyone considering buying one of these phones to think twice. Samsiung have not done anything about it and my phone is really just an expensive piece of junk. Given the fact that most if not everyone who buys this phone, buys it for its photographic capabilities, it astounds me that Samsung could release such a shoddy firmware upgrade. Don’t they do any testing!
In summary, after owning it for 6-7 weeks I cannot recommend this camera to anyone. It’s main feature doesn’t work.
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