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Further Experiments in Alternative Photography

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For a while now, I've been doing solargraphs with drink can cameras - like this one: These are long-exposure images on photographic paper, using a pinhole camera. This is a short one - only a couple of days. They can go on for years. Rather than developing them, the latent image is scanned directly, as the exposure would result in a black sheet if developed. Anyways, I thought I would try a similar technique using a medium format camera. Exposure times are a lot shorter, but still require a tripod. Here is a 15 minute exposure on a partly cloudy day, processed in Snapseed: I can see a lot potential in this.

SFF Music Videos of the Week - #110

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With Talk Like A Pirate Day just around the corner, I thought we'd continue with last week's theme. This time we have a darker look at the mermaid myth, and we get some firm warnings about how to treat promises.  Enjoy Ginny Di's "The Wave Soaked Maiden" from "Songs To Drown Sailors To"  from 2021.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #109

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Let's watch this one before I talk about it. Here is "Only You" by Little Mix and Cheat Codes from 2018. This one seems a little sad on the surface (especially given the song is about after a break-up), but I choose to interpret it as a beginning, not an ending. I can see our heroine spending many more hours at beaches, around dusk, when most people have left, and spending quiet quality time with her partner. You can see that neither wants to be apart - but they must be, at least for a little while. Let's rewind a little though - what just happened there? Why do they need to be apart?  The way I see it, the chlorinated pool water could not have been good for something adapted to the sea, so it would have done quite some harm - and getting them out again would only have stopped things getting worse. You can see that they are in great pain after being lifted from the pool. To allow them to heal, actual seawater would be needed - and so our hero got them there, and is pr

SFF Music Video of the Week - #108

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OK, first up this band has a  problematic  history to say the very least, although it appears nothing is actually proven. I do not support what therefore appear to be the values of the band in any way, and actively stand against racism and misogyny.   The video itself is so stupidly over the top, that it really needs no comments, except, perhaps, to reflect on what happens when power metal meets WH40K - and a certain wonder that there are not more videos like this.  So here is the band Gloryhammer, with the track "Hootsforce" from the 2019 album Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #107

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Something unusual this time - the track is in French, although the intro is in English.  We have fun little time-travel story - this time in the form of an attempted fix-up. And what I really like about this one is the ending. I will not say much, because spoilers , but it is one that will make you think. And let's face it - how often do you need to be careful of spoilers in a music video? Enjoy and ponder the end of "Je te pardonne" by Maître Gims and featuring Sia, from the album 'Mon cœur avait raison' from 2015.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #106

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Let's have a look at something that could well be a scene from The Quatermass Conclusion - post apocalyptic, and drained of population. Indeed, other than Jael, the singer, the only people we see are frozen figures spinning in the sky.  Here is Delerium's collaboration with Jael, from 2003's album Chimera  - "After All". 

ISS Lunar Crossing - Perth Aug 19 2021

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 I was incredibly lucky this evening - the ISS made a lunar crossing right nearby. Naturally it has been raining on and off all day. But, just as the ISS appeared, there was a break in the clouds ... And gone - just like that. Re-watch at .25 speed to see a bit more clearly. Shot on a Nikon P900. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #105

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This week I have a simple story for you: one of a centaur and a mermaid; and also a pegasus, a kraken, and some giant scorpions. Simple, right? Well once again you can rely on metal to deliver a very cool music video, so rock out to this track from Coheed and Cambria, from 2011. It is "The Suffering".

SFF Music Video of the Week - #104

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This week marks the end of two years of videos! And there are plenty more to go.  When I started this, I thought I might get twenty or thirty posts out of it. Was I ever wrong! Along the way I have discovered a wealth of amazing creativity in the music world, and artists I had never heard of that are now some of my favourites. There have also been some real shockers, but even they have their place, and as a fan of MST3K, how could I not include the very worst along with the best?  So, to the handful of people who follow this, stay tuned for many more videos in the future, and thank-you for joining me on this journey.  I also have a special request - if anyone can find the official video for The Alan Parsons Project song "Pyramania", please let me know! Both Leece and I have seen it once, on ABC's Rock Arena, and never since!  On to this week, and to celebrate the anniversary, I have a double feature for you. Way back in the 1980's it all seemed so - no, wait, that'

Pulp Cover Meme

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 From my Dreamwidth feed... Google "pulp book cover" + your name and post the results. Now if I use my full name, I just get a whole lot of fairly pedestrian crime/romance titles. But if I just use my first two names, I get a much better result. Enjoy! I am particularly taken with the Warhol/Munroe Tess, and I'm always happy to see The Shadow on the prowl.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #103

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I'm running late again, I know. This week we get a cut-price, but very personal, International Rescue. Just roll with it, really.  It is from The Shins, from 2001, and the album "Oh, Inverted World". Enjoy!

Free Spirit Drink Company Launch Party

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 Last night Leece and I attended the launch party for the recently opened Free Spirit Drink Company - and what a event it was! Held at the rather hidden away 3six5 events space on Newcastle St, and catered by the amazing Salt and Pepper Catering , this was an extraordinary event.  The Free Spirit Drink Company is Perth's first dedicated premium zero-proof drinks retailer - with an extraordinary range of high quality zero-proof beers, wines, and spirits. As a result, the party was completely booze-free.  And what a difference it made. There were several hundred people attending, and everyone just having a good time. There were no security guards to deal with drunk patrons, no microaggressions simmering away, just happy and excited people. Salt and Pepper plied the crowd with an amazing selection of hot foods - including some great gluten-free options, and set up a stunning cheese and cracker station.  A glass of Lyre's Classico prosecco clone or beer was provided on entry, and

SFF Music Video of the Week - #102 - NSFW

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 Well something a little more risque  than my usual fare. We've got Mezzo-american amazons, drugs, sex, a conquistador way out of his depth, and, as we all know... So, let's have a look at the plot-line. We've our lost conquistador explorer wandering the jungles, and encounters a flower that sprays him with a hallucinogenic and soporific burst of pollen. Rescued from being (presumably) digested by said plant by a group of amazons, he is feted and brought before their queen. Who apparently finds him worthy.  All hail the conquering hero! But who has been conquered?   So, after all that, are you somewhere nice and private, where no-one can unexpectedly see over your shoulder? Good. Go clicky on the link now. This is "Miracle" by Caravan Palace from the 2019 album "Chronologic".  https://youtu.be/QdabIfmcqSQ