I Didn’t Go to Ted’s World of Cameras for Fujifilm Australia’s X-T4, X-T200 and X100V Event Due to COVID-19

Apologies to my readers for not being able to report on this event at Ted’s World of Imaging in Sydney on Friday March 13 in words and images, but given that members of my family live with serious autoimmune conditions, I thought it wise to forgo attending. 

I still have not had hands-on experience with the Fujifilm X-T4, X-T200, X100V and X-Pro3 cameras, so will consider providing some substitute content of some kind here if possible.

Where the Famous ‘not only Black+White’ Magazine Happened (When I wasn’t working on it from my flat down the road or in London)

Recently I had the rare chance to slip into the Sydney central business district from our family eyrie way up in the highest point of the Sydney Upper North Shore above the aerial pollution line and walked around some of the inner city streets where I lived and worked for many years. 

I badly miss living in the heart of this city and walking its streets as I did every day back then, but house prices and rents in the city and its inner suburbs have risen far beyond the ability of the ever-underpaid Australian creative classes to afford.

Not to forget the ill effect that pollution has on many of us nowadays, even when it comes to just a quick visit.

Since the long months of catastrophic bushfires, “rain bombs”, floods and grey, grey days, the hot and sunny summer days of yore have been all too rare and I have not felt the pull of the inner city streets as often as I used to when living within them.

The magazine that changed everything, ‘not only Black+White’

The article header image above depicts the less than salubrious entrance to the third floor offices of the specialist ethnic and fashion magazine publisher to whom I had to give away the rights to publish what became ‘not only Black+White’, a now long dead but incredibly influential magazine of Australian creative arts, culture and photography.

I have written about that publication at About Unititled.

The photographs below depict some of the mean streets I trod every day, reminders of the urban documentary photographs I made when I lived there and that I would love to make again, provided we get a break or several from these cold and grey or sunny and searing days of the Australian climate emergency.

Richard Wong: Interview with director of Panasonic Imaging Division – Yosuke Yamane San

“I had the honour to interview Yosuke Yamane-san during the Asia Pacific regional Lumix S series launch event in Tasmania, Australia. In this interview, we talked about the development of Panasonic Lumix S1 & S1R, the L-Mount alliance, Lumix GH6, DFD Autofocus, and a few other things….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

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New articles will be published less frequently until moving the ‘Untitled’ office, studio and home is completed in December

As we are in the process of moving our offices, studio and home right now, new articles will be less frequently published than usual.

Apologies to all our dear readers.

Normal service will be resumed once this move is completed, all the many known and unforeseen complications of the Christmas/New Year season allied with the effects of extreme climate change and our tragically worse-than-mediocre national telecommunications infrastructure aside. 

‘Untitled’ is Now Affiliated with the Famous Online Retailer B&H Photo Video

‘Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation, Success’ has established an affiliate relationship with B&H Photo Video, the global online supplier of photography, video and audio production hardware.

We have been happy customers of B&H since art school days and continue to rely on them for production supplies, especially when so many necessary items are not imported into Australia.

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Rest in Peace, Photographer Khadija Saye and Everyone Else Killed in the Grenfell Tower Fire on June 14, 2017

The deaths of photographer Khadija Saye, her mother and all the others lost in the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington aka Ladbroke Grove, London, have affected us very deeply here at Untitled. They were killed by local and national government policies punishing those who are not wealthy or who are of the “wrong” background, social class or age. 

Being born somehow wrong and how that intimately affects your life and career is something we both know well. Each of us has lived in and loved West and Central London, their people, their cultures, their places, their diversity, their creativity and their opportunities. The happy memories of our friends and experiences there have stayed with us ever since, the high points of our lives.

Ms Saye was on the verge of a major career breakthrough, having been selected to show her work in the Diaspora Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. She was the student of a student of a student of mine from when I was a university art school photography teacher.

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Arrived for Review: Seercam Cube GH5 Camera Cage for Panasonic Lumix GH5

The folks at Seercam have kindly sent their Cube GH5 camera cage for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 for tryout and review. 

I have been trying to obtain a GH5 loaner so that I can really put Seercam’s cage through its paces in real world conditions, but as an interim measure I will examine and report on the cage in words and pictures shortly. Please come back soon!

‘Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation, Success’ is Back Online at Last!

It felt like forever that we haven’t been able to access our US-based servers, the Internet, the World Wide Web and our email accounts or make phone calls due to a catastrophic failure of Telstra’s inadequate, ageing underground copper wire network but we are finally back online here at Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation, Success. 

A Telstra technician has just arrived to check our home phone lines again as we still don’t have a working telephone, but during the course of the last few weeks offline we learned some home truths about Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure.

Foremost is that the underground copper wire network continues to degrade under the unseasonal heavy rainstorms that have become a fixed feature of Sydney life since global warming kicked in big-time.

Although the copper wire in our local area appears to be of the correct width, it is half that width in nearby suburbs including the one across the valley where we lived in movie director Cate Shortland’s former house. There, “broadband” runs at speeds little higher than dial-up for that reason and the long distance to the nearest phone exchange.

Dial-up speeds at some of the world’s highest “broadband” prices made working from home next to impossible there so we moved across the valley to this suburb where the nearest phone exchange is much closer and where the copper wiring, we were told, is much better.

Except it is buried under soil that becomes supersaturated during heavy rains, causing the network to stop working altogether. Service can be restored each time that occurs but only after many weeks and man hours of work by Telstra technicians and contractors.

Another factor is the financial structure of the nation’s wholesale and retail telecommunications.

Telstra owns the copper network and leases access to it to competing phone and Internet access retailers like TPG at maximum speeds slower than what Telstra’s own retail customers can obtain.

When the network breaks down, Telstra’s retail customers get highest priority while the customers of Telstra’s competitors are at the bottom of the list. If a Telstra technician spots a problem with a competitor’s customer’s access, they will ignore it until specifically instructed by Telstra management to go out again and fix it. That can take weeks.

Rather than get caught up in this vicious cycle yet again, we have elected to go above ground and signed up with Telstra’s 100 Mbps (maximum) HFC service for telephone and Internet access.

Our cable access kicked into operation a couple of days ago and the download speeds are acceptable compared to what our TPG ADSL2+ access had degenerated into since moving here several years ago.

Our upload speeds are another thing again. Australia has one of the slowest ranges of upload speeds in the world.

Good enough, I suppose, for non-creatives who only want to watch Foxtel television and send the occasional email. Appalling for creative people who need to work off servers and Internet services and websites based in the United States and other parts of the world.

That problem is becoming more acute as media production movies into ever larger formats for stills and video.

Now that Panasonic has released its Lumix GH5 4K stills/video camera overseas to incredible pre-order numbers, more creatives will be shooting, editing, uploading and sharing more 4K DCI and UHD movie files than ever before.

The GH5 is capable of 6K video through its 6K Photo mode and moviemakers have already begun shooting and sharing in that format.

Recently I had to bite the bullet and began uploading photographs as full-size JPEGs at 100% quality due to overseas customer and publisher demand.

Uploading 4K video over our new cable connection takes hours, locking up the system. Uploading a set of 100%-quality full-size JPEGs is just as painful.

Our nearest Apple Store is going to be seeing far more of us now, flash drives in hand, sending videos and photographs to US servers so we can continue working on Untitled and other projects as well as begin servicing clients and publishers.

If the Australian federal government is operating under the aim of turning all Australians into media consumers only while killing off independent media creation in this country then they are succeeding admirably.

Let’s hope that we are not forcibly connected to the NBN anytime soon, thus losing whatever speed gains we recently obtained via HFC.

Right now we have a great deal of catching up to do with content at Untitled, so please bear with us.

Postscript:

Coming soon. Things get better and things get worse with telecommunications and self-financing.

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