Saturday, December 22, 2018

Photo Editing Software

No really big on over editing photos   EXCEPT when Im  bored with plenty of time on my hands  but do  have a "play " with  new  revisions  as and when . Have done for a few years but  usually end up deleting  almost EVERY program  I " test"   well before the trial expires .   Yeah I know , we are all different   but considering this is only a  self funded hobby and 99%   of what I take is for the Internet  .  Enough said .

99%  of all that I need comes from FastStone  Image Viewer   plus its suits my eye  and I like how all the 4 panels  get "parked" off screen until you need them  .  Yes , I have "played" with lot  of others over the past few years .

 Also  use Affinity Photo  sometimes  because  I have  NIK Filters  working as a Plugin  on its platform . Win 10 ...  I dont use  maybe 90 %   of the rest of the program .

And last but not least   when  someone wants a decent file to print off  ,   DXO Photolab  Elite  . Had it  since it was Optics Pro days    . Expensive maybe but I love it  and hope one day they integrate Nik  Filters  to work with it  same as  FilmPack and ViewPoint  . To me its like having  an assistant   that knows my "style"   . 

Like I mentioned these are MY PERSONAL preferences , no one elses  .  Not into Adobe , never have  since about Elements 8 or so . Bloatware  .  Purchased  a full version of  ON1 Photo2019 Raw   , played with it for a month or so and deleted it . The list goes on  but to me , getting out and about to different venues , meeting like minded people    is  more fun than sitting (  or standing  )  in front of a monitor for hours on end  .

When people ask why " don't you do it for a job ? "   I just smile and walk away ....    Best Wishes   over Christmas and the New Year  and maybe , just maybe I will see some of you " out and about " in 2019  . Holty...

Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Smoke N Iron Photos

2018 Smoke N Iron   photos are here on Holtys Photos website  . 

For personal and NOT for PROFIT  use ONLY  and  NOTE, its Holtys NOT Holties  

Yamba Rod Run 2018

A few pics from in and around Yamba NSW of the 2018 Rod Run are here on Holtys Photos website . 

Fot personal and "not for profit"  use ONLY  and remember its Holtys NOT Holties 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Jampot Rally Photos

Going up to Boonah SE Qld  to photograph the AJS Matchless Club of Australias   2018 Jampot Rally over the 2 -3- 4th November weekend   .  Looking forward to meeting  new people  and seeing a lot of bikes I haven't seen or photographed before  .  I will be there from early Friday until Sunday afternoon and will post photos on the website in a "rough " timeline to make it easier for people to  find and copy their photos .

And off topic a little   I have found   some laid back accommodation a few klm from the event headquarters  in Boonah  SE Qld  .  Not one for giving references at all but I think this one could be a little different  and I will have to stay focused  on the Rally and not  digress  talking Interior Design   , Antiques and Collectables  .

Remember its Holtys  Photos    NOT Holties    and please  note :
 Photos are readily available  to copy by individuals  and not for profit organisations for STRICTLY    Non Commercial use ONLY   ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

2018 Velocette Good Companions Rally Photos

Photos from the 2018  Velocette Rally based in Lennox Head  Northern NSW Australia  will go on the website HERE .

Holtys NOT Holties  and please
Note: Photos are readily available  to copy by individuals for STRICTLY    Non Commercial use ONLY   ...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018 Bargara Beach Rod Run Photos

Went  up to Bundaberg and Bargara Beach   for the Rum City Rods and Customs   2018 Rod Run  . Photos are on Facebook   and the website  as well . They are   in  a rough time line order   over the 3 days   . Holty 

Note: Photos are readily available  to copy by individuals for STRICTLY    Non Commercial use ONLY   ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Contrary to Popular Belief by Some .....................

NOT ALL the World  lives on  Social Media  ..

Was fortunate enough to get an invite to  attend the  HMCCQ  Centenary Veteran Motorcycle Rally based out of the  Flinders Peak Winery  north of Boondah SE Qld  a few months ago .  Knowing full well  most would not be on ANY Social Media platforms   gave the organisers  the link to an album  put up of photos I liked from the first four  days of the event  on the website  at a better resolution and filesize  for them to copy WITHOUT bugging me . :) 

I just rechecked the stats  and the "single image views"  are now over 80,000  World Wide  with  8,065 in the last 30 days  even though the event  was  3 months ago !!!  

Remember its Holtys NOT Holties

Sunday, September 2, 2018

" Find yourself a HOBBY you can still physically do ! "

OK , a short blurb  . Well it is  a blog after all  Holty  and knowing you it wont be short ...


 If you know me at all  you already know  I only got back into  hobby photography  ( as in I dont wish  to earn money , its MY release )   a few years ago  after my Spinal Surgeon  and a few other  "wise ones "  suggested strongly  that  all that  good stuff was over , even playing any sport including golf   .  Hmm .  Worried , no not really I got to 60  and that's about  40 more than a lot of people gave me ....


The brain still works like Im about 30  and never stops  24/7  so for the last few years I have been looking at   various forms of remote shooting  for the cameras  . Even make a few  test rigs   and all the other usual stuff   . Sticking  GoPros  on base plates  or   poles  , pocket cameras  on  window washing  extension poles   and remote  Hahnel Captur Wifi triggers  for the DSLRs   , putting ladders on the back of the ute   and the list goes on .    All a bit of fun but not  even close to what was in my head  because I wanted  the  quality   photos off a DSLR   but nothing would hold  or operate correctly with the weight  ...I currently  have a Wireless Gopro  ,  Canon  wireless on the G7X mk2   , Camfi   , Camfo Pro   and have just started with using DSLR Controller  ( but only tethered to a tablet  or the laptop at present . )  Im also keeping an eye on  Arsenal   and  for WiFi  Pan and Tilt  heads   will wait until  1st Qtr 2019  to have a play with the new  CamRanger 2 

Now the STRANGE  part  and the reason for this blog 
By chance and at some ungodly hour on the net   I stumbled  across   the EXACT  SOLUTION  to one half of my challenge and that allows me to get off climbing up  ladders on the back of the  ute  .  Now the weird part  , been looking for years  and then  within  a matter of minutes find two almost IDENTICAL products  in  Europe  , even the same area  and at the EXACT  same  price  for the unit Im was  interested in .  Well they LOOK the same Holty ?  Yep we have ALL been there haven't we  buying sight unseen off the web !!!!

Same company  ?  different marketing strategies ?  different client base ?   Even went along the line of two brothers  / partners  fallen out ?     Anyway NOT my problem  , just want some information   BEFORE I  commit  to   "online "  purchasing something I cant see or test from the other side of the world  and with our  dollar being  down at present  a bit  rich for  this black duck ...

Bottom LINE 

Sent a few emails to both  and received a reply from one in  a very short time  and have had MANY more   back and forth  answering my myriad  of questions   since . The other ? NO idea as I  haven't heard back from either of the two  emails I sent a few days apart   !  
Like I mentioned in the 1st sentence " If you know me "   you  will ALREADY  know my answer  . Im not the slightest interested  in whats going on over there  , they are out of my space and not in my face  so each to their own .. 

The unit I went with is from John  at  PHOTOMAST  and is in transit  from the EU and currently in the air .  (  The link I used is the .com  ENGLISH  website )   Also if anyone is interested   there is a  demonstration  video of   the unit Im getting here .  I still smile watching it  that this is almost  identical to what has been in my head  , even down to a  " stabliliser foot plate " !!!! 

Photomast MK2- Pole Aerial Photography  video  

The mind is a wonderful thing  if we use it  and  NO , I wont  mention  the other brand . NO FREE advertising here for something I know NOTHING about ..


To be continued when I receive and field test it at a few upcoming events over the next   month or so   or more than likely I will do a separate  blog   save you scrolling through all this again    Holty....  

Footnote : Remember its Holtys Photos NOT Holties  


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2018 Lord of the Lake

Photos from Friday practice and Saturday racing  held at Lakeside  will be on the website  HERE as well as Holtys Photos  Facebook page HERE

Footnote   . Holtys Photos   NOT Holties

Thursday, August 2, 2018

2018 Aussie Triples Rally Northern Rivers NSW Australia

Based out of Evans Head   NSW   17 th to 19th of August  but out and about  the Northern Rivers  for 5 days  before heading off to Inverell and back the Grafton  the following weekend  for the  Clarence Valley Rally .

As per usual I will put an album on Holtys Photos  page  Here  
And on Holtys Photos Web Page  HERE .

NOTE:  Remember to type Holtys Photos  NOT Holties  . 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Casino 1/8 Mile Drags July 2018

Links to the Photos from July 2018 Casino Drags will go here  . 


NOTE:   Its Holtys NOT Holties 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Back to Brunswick Rod Run 2018

Photos of the 10th Back to Brunswick  Rod Run photos will go  on Holtys Photos Facebook AND website  daily during the event . 

Remember its Holtys Photos NOT    Holties .....

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

HMCCQ Centenary Veteran Motorcycle Rally 2018

Photos of the Rally  based at Flinders Peak  Winery , Peak Crossing   SE Qld   are on the website    here  .  Remember to "CLICK"   on your pic to enlarge it BEFORE you copy it . 

NOTE:   Remember its Holtys Photos NOT Holties ....