All posts by Andrew Martin

About Andrew Martin

After a long IT and Telecommunications career in the USA and Australia, I've decided I need a break, I've changed focus and now work in the public transport sector - a complete change of pace. Hobby wise I'm focused on model railway layout building and modelling. I blog, write and publish as often as I am able.

Early Spring Sunset portrait series – September 3 2018

It’s my Friday night, and with a day off tomorrow I managed to get home early and eat a meal with the family for a change. Right after dinner with the sun setting I managed to snap a couple of shots of the Western Skyline just before full dark. Enjoy.

All images are copyright 2018 by the author. No use permitted without written permission. Please contact me from the site if you are interested in the original images.

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The sights you see

Some days the planets align, and a perfect photographic opportunity presents itself. Today I found an opportunity to shoot Cam Scale’s ‘To the unknown Mariner’ painted on the Old Port of Geelong building at 65 Brougham Street, Geelong. It took Cam 11 days to complete. With neutral grey skies, and rain in the offing, I managed to capture a unique view of the mural, emphasising the eye, as seen through the trees.

I’ve called this photo: Eye in the Sky. I hope that you enjoy.

This image is copyright Ian Andrew Martin, 2018. This image may not be used in any form, electronic or physical, without the express, written, permission of the artist mentioned above.

Just when you thought the culinary arts could be no better

In light of my previous post, putting Jupiter in a whole new light thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft, I thought I’d bring a little enjoyment to your day with a baker’s ability to put cakes in a brand new light with planet cakes. Yes – you got it straight from Horse’s… well let’s just say perhaps not the front end…

Planet cakes!

Kudos to Cakecrumbs for her world of culinary art. And yes this is a cake. Head on over to the blog to see more pictures of the cake and over to another page on the blog to see how to make one in this tutorial.

Awesome work there Cakecrumbs! And another pic below – with Australia prominently placed at the top of the world of course.

 

Science – here is why I love it so

NASA… I love them. For exploring, and for sharing what they discover on their journeys.

Even more importantly i love the fact that since it is in the public domain citizen filmmakers and scientists can make use of those images in unique and in this case wondrous ways.

Juno takes a handful of still photographs each time it passes Jupiter, each of which are made available to the public thanks to the NASA image, video and audio site. Sean Doran stitched together the images from Juno’s last transit (the images were coloured by Gerald Eichstädt) to create an approximation of what it looks like to fly around the giant planet.

Latest view of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft from Enneagon on Vimeo.

Music added by Avi Solomon. Crank up the sound, and maximise the video!

Flying over Mars (in 3D)

The thought of one day being able to see Mars out the window each morning fills me with hope for the human race – the only race on our planet. To ensure the survival of our species in the long run we need to get ‘off the rock’ on which we were born. As the only species on the planet that has achieved spaceflight so far, we should be focusing on this goal.  Until we look at our long term survival as an opportunity to grow, and venture out there, we’ll have to rely on the creatives who are already out there.

A FICTIVE FLIGHT ABOVE REAL MARS from Jan Fröjdman on Vimeo.

Jan took the HiRISE anaglyph images of Mars that hold information about the topography of Mars surface and with hundreds of high-resolution images created different studies in 3D.

In the film above he chose locations and processed the images into panning video clips. This gives you the feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down on the planet.

 

Enjoy

We have a new member of the zoo

Bruce - the newest hand puppetToday while walking through one of our favourite Op Shops I found our new member of the family.

This is Bruce, our newest puppet. While we have a lot of puppets of Birds, and other assorted fauna (we really love hand puppets) we’ve never had a true hunter gatherer on the team.

Bruce - the newest hand puppetThat cheeky grin, that glint in his eye, especially when he comes to the ‘Fish are Friends – Not Food’ meetings make Bruce a very popular member of the puppeting team.

It’s obvious that Bruce has a killer smile. At heart though he’s just a big lovable fish in need of some love, and a hand to help him really come to life.

Summer Photography redux

I read a photography post recently on finding inspiration where you live. My photographs around home tend to focus on the human jungle around us. There are the beautiful eucalypt tree shapes and their long leaves, street lights, electricity (telephone) poles, TV aerials and the other manifestations of modern life such as the wires and insulators that deliver our internet and electricity locally. With the weather being what it is this summer (unpredictable) I’ve been able to get quite a few late cloudy sunsets. Last night was no different.

Here are three photos that I wanted to share. There are more notes on each photo.

All images are copyright I Andrew Martin, 2017.

The dystopian future, or the dystopian past

While out and about today shooting video and images for the Ballarat Tramway Museum’s Horse Tram day, Mad Max came visiting the Lake Wendouree precinct.

Found at the Lake Wendouree precinct this afternoon
The MFP cruised through the Lake Wendouree precinct today – January 22, 2017
Found at the Lake Wendouree precinct this afternoon
The MFP cruised through the Lake Wendouree precinct today – January 22, 2017

I’m stoked that I managed to get these two shots. I’d just finished packing up my gear when I saw this coming down the road. Great catch. The car was immaculately presented and sounded just as fantastic.

Mid Summer Photography

While being eaten by bugs and bitten by Mosquitos is never fun, occasionally you get the chance to capture some great photographs.

Enjoy this small gallery of photos from late 2016.

Andrew