We Have Equality!

Marriage Equality

Today Australia FINALLY made history. We joined so many other countries in the world who offer equality to their LGBTI+ community where marriage is concerned. Yes, we can finally get married!

Congrats to all of those friends who married overseas and with the passing of the Bill are finally now, officially and legally, married here too. It’s about damn time.

It really is something that hits so hard.

After attending so many weddings over the years of friends and family. Having, since 2004, to listen to the words enshrined by the Howard government into the marriage act declaring that I would never, as far as they were concerned, be allowed to marry.

Watching as Bill after Bill had been submitted and defeated over the years since.

Having read the Dean Smith bill and thinking, “I can live with that”.

Having sat through hours of Senate Enquiry hearings where people gladly put their hate on display, and thankfully were countered by the many that showed support.

Having been made to feel wretched leading up to and during the survey into my rights, mostly driven by so-called Christians.

Hearing the result of that survey, a resounding 61.6% of the country voting YES! Though understanding that it still meant 2 of every 5 people were against our union.

Seeing the Bill pass through the Senate.

Listening to hours more of amendments repeated in the House of Representatives that sought to enshrine a level of discrimination into the law that would reach far beyond marriage equality.
Finally seeing the count after a division was forced, that just four members of parliament were in opposition. It was great to see.

So yes, we finally join every other English speaking country in the world as well as others, including Austria, who also passed marriage equality today. I look forward to my upcoming nuptials.

I applaud all of those who fought for this, I know I didn’t do that much in the grand scheme of things and there were tireless fighters who were at the forefront of this for the last 20-odd years. I also applaud those who forty plus years ago began the marches that we continue today for equality.

This truely is the last hurdle we had to overcome, with this passing it will be understood when I’m in a hospital and I declare, “He’s my husband” there will be no quandary and no quarrel, there will be a time soon when there won’t even be a second look to that statement and for that I’m grateful always for those who came before and those who will come after.

Thank you Australia, thank you friends and family, and thank you David who has been with me for over 20 years and will finally be able to become my husband… if he still wants to.

And finally, asking for a friend: Does the Lego Discovery Centre at Chaddy have a wedding gift registry? :-P

Removing People from Pet Photos

A quick after and before from our recent Christmas photos at the vet.

The doggins don’t always behave and a little extra work is needed to get the best shot. In this case, Pablo decided to sit on his owners foot for a series of shots.

We tried to get him again without his human’s foot under his butt and he wasn’t giving us anything, so this is the shot I had to go with to make a happy customer.

So a bit of editing was required to move the human from the shot.


New Lego Project Underway

Lego Cleaner

Starting work on my new Lego project today, it’s a website that will catalogue all of my minifigs, the sets they come from, what accessories they have and any other details about them I might search for.

I figure this will assist me when I’m coming up with ideas for new Lego photos. I already have the Instagram, Twitter, and Domain for it. Now I just have to build it. Then photograph and catalogue ALL of my minifigs and accessories. 😮

Future plan is to open the site to others who can make up the figures they have and they can then search only their minifigs and accessories for their use. They will also be able to suggest tags and keywords for figs that I may have overlooked.

Maybe I can wrap it up into a business thing and then I can claim my Lego purchases as an actual business expense! (may not be joking about this) 🤣

NTS: Video Encoding

Convert your h264 video to Apple ProRes 422 before editing.

Using Adobe Media Encoder CC:

  1. Load source h264 files
  2. Select all source files
  3. Format: QuickTime
  4. Preset: Custom – In Video tab select:
    1. Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422
    2. Basic Video Settings: Hit the “Match Source” button
    3. Click OK
  5. Confirm all are set to the same output settings
  6. Click the Play button to start the encoding

You’ll now have new files, still .mov that will be easier to work with in Premiere Pro, they won’t stutter along like the h264 encoded files.

Canon Kid No More

Canon 5DsR

OMGoodness what have I done!

We head into the city today to get David a new lens. He had been busy in the weeks prior selling a bunch of stuff, including his old A-Mount lenses and an older laptop to afford his new lens.

As usual we hit all of the camera stores along Elizabeth Street in the city before arriving back at the JB Hi-Fi camera store. It really is our go-to store, I’m not sure how they do the prices they do, and maybe they only give those prices to us because we’ve been there so many times, but we have “saved” a bunch of money shopping there over the years and we’re usually served by the same guy. As an example: not long after the Canon 5DMKIII came out, while it was still shelf price of $4,200 I walked into the JB Hi-Fi store and got a price of $3,000, of course, I spent my money very quickly.

On this occasion, they not only gave us a great price on the Sony 70-200 G-Master lens we were after, they also (at David’s request) gave us a fantastic price on a Sony A9… the bastards! I couldn’t walk away from the price they gave us.

Of course, I’m not one to maintain multiple systems, and because I had to recoup my purchase if I wanted to eat, all my Canon gear is now on sale! I’m a switcher, not a hoarder.

Fortunately I’ve sold a couple of items already, and have a few interested parties in other items, so I’m well on the way to recouping my costs.

I’ve been a Canon shooter since I was 18, well more than half my life, and I’ve gathered a few things in that time, to change is a crazy expensive venture after already spending a small fortune on a multitude of lenses. Thankfully, David is a Sony shooter, so we already have a lot of the lenses I’m getting offloading, so I’m not having to replace my whole kit at once.

Why am I switching… well in part because as per the last paragraph, there’s a lower cost for me to do it, but also because the Sony A9 provides a bunch of features that the Canon doesn’t and won’t be providing any time soon. The big ones for me are:

  1. The focus points
    On the Sony A9 there are over 690 focus points that push right to the edge of the frame, with my Canon I’m very restricted to how far to the edge I can focus, and those about midway out from the centre are not awesome for focussing. The Sony is amazingly fast to focus, even on the edge points.
  2. Eye Focus and Follow Focus
    In addition to the amazing number of focus points, the A9 has incredible focus following. I haven’t tried it out too much myself yet, I was looking for some sport that might be on today to have a go, but nothing is on today in Melbourne, but I have seen many, many videos showing it’s ability to do this and I’m keen to give it a go. It even shows great promise with subjects that move towards you, something every other camera I have ever had has had issue with.
  3. What you see is what you get.
    On my A9 it has an electronic viewfinder. I’ve never liked them much, mostly because they suck the battery dry. Sadly the A9 is not immune to this issue, but I have grown to love the WYSIWYG nature of the shooting. Sure on my Canon I could literally for days shooting, but I also had to use the review button a lot to make sure I got the shot, now I know I’ve gotten the shot when I push the buttons, I don’t need to “chimp” it to see before making my next shot. So I’ll need to get myself another battery or two.
  4. It’s lighter
    Not a lot, but every little bit counts when it’s something you’re lugging around all day. I also hope it will handle well when on my Ronin M. Something I’m hoping to try out in the coming days.
  5. 4K Video 100fps
    I haven’t had a camera that will do 4K that will slide in nicely with the footage from my Phantom 4. Looking forward to give this a go and finally mixing my footage.

Well that’s just 5, I’m sure more will come along… let’s see.

Selling off and handing over my Canon gear has been hard, very hard, I had a little meltdown the day I bought the A9, but I’m getting used to it and learning to love it.

They’re a leaving on a jet plane

Aeroplane trip

Today my family left Australia for a new life in New Zealand.

My brother in law Peter has a new job with a casino in New Zealand, having left behind Star in Sydney.

I trust it will be a good change for Peter, Jennifer and their two girls. They are also taking my mum along with them. She’s been assured she isn’t to become the live-in babysitter, but they are letting her join them as a way of retirement.

Mum has worked pretty much her entire life and she’s been living for others for all that time. I hope she finds a lot more time for herself and she has a lot of new adventures in New Zealand.