Yes it is that time again, another weekend trip. This time Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I will be perfectly honest, I knew nothing about Slovenia and certainly had no idea what to expect from Ljubljana. Boy was I surprised. Slovenia and Ljubljana are absolutely stunning, not just the amazing scenery but the people, the architecture. Everything about the country surprised me.
Slovenia from the air
We landed at Ljubljana airport around midday on the Friday, met our pre-arranged transport and made our way into the capital.
North Stradbroke Island
Our relatives took us for a day out to North Stradbroke Island, which is also in Moreton Bay. It is a much larger island but during off peak season times it has a lower population than Russell Island. This however balloons during the holiday season. Dunwich is the main town on the island, with Point Lookout and Amity Point making up the three main areas.
View from the Ferry across to North Stradbroke
Part One – Russell Island
This holiday started as all others do, with a flight. Except this trip involved over 24 hours of travelling before we would reach our destination of Brisbane and then on to Russell Island. For those of you that do not know (and to be honest it will be most people as Russell Island is not really a tourist destination) Russell Island is located in Moreton Bay. Here is the Wikipedia page in case you are interested.
Anyway, the journey started with a 12 hour flight to Singapore on Finnair. Business class of course, we did a similar trip 7 years ago in economy and that was a killer, so not this time.
Nokia House - Painterly edit - Photomatix Pro - Nokia N8
I have been asked many times what I use to create HDR images from my phones. So I thought I would simply detail it here. Although I primarily use my Nokia N8, these applications work for all Symbian 3 devices and I have tested on X7, 700, 701, E7, C7, C6-01. They are also available on the N9. The two applications in question are HDR Photo Camera by Intellsys and HDR Pro Camera by Harald Meyer. In simple terms they both do exactly the same job, however there are differences. These differences could determine which application is right for you.
Nokia Connects recently did a post about how mobile photography has changed our lives, that got me thinking about my time with mobile phone cameras. You see, I have been using them right from the start. My first digital camera was my Nokia 7650. I still have a 7650, along with another 126 Nokia devices. So here are what I consider milestones in Nokia’s decade of imaging and their consolidation of the title of “Imaging Kings” amongst mobile manufacturers. Ok I know that is a matter of opinion, but as this is my blog and my opinion then I guess I am allowed to say that.
Now let your mind wander back through the mists of time. The year is 2002 and Nokia have announced the Nokia 7650!
For those of you that never got the chance to experience this fantastic little device, it sported a great little VGA camera with a whopping 640×480 (0.3Mp) resolution. A beautiful TFT screen with 4096 colours, a 104Mhz Arm 9 CPU, GPRS for fast data and bluetooth V1.1
Following on from my trips to London and New York, and the Year in Photos review I have just been to Iceland. More specifically Reykjavik. This trip came about after a late night discussion (and several bottles of wine) about where we should all go to next. Last year was Saariselkä in the north of Finland. Thankfully one of our friends took up the challenge and did the arrangements and what an excellent job she did too, organising our trip through a company called Iceland on Track. What an excellent company that was too, Omar did a superb job as out tour guide and driver for the entire trip. If you ever decide to visit Iceland I thoroughly recommend these guys. Anyway as with all journeys, it starts with a flight. Just as we reached Iceland the Sun was just coming up and it was almost midday.
SAS Flight to Keflavik
Continuing from a previous post “A Finnish Phone in New York” and having seen what phones people are using in London these days it would seem appropriate. I think I saw two Nokia devices in 3 days, other than my wife’s and mine of course. So here is London as seen by my Nokia N8.
Being British most people would think we know London well, not quite so, well not me anyway. I try wherever possible to avoid it, but I did enjoy my weekend this time. The weather was pretty good for this time of year and I got to see some places I have not seen since I was a child. I will now pause for a moment whilst people who know me say “You still are a child”.
We set off Saturday morning from Helsinki Airport, of course the usual procedure took place this time of year, a bit of de-icer on the wings before take off.