Category Archives: Random

Floofs at the park

Been spending time trying to consolidate and sort the photos I’ve taken over the years into a single catalog. Primary reason is so that it’s backed up to my server and then consequently to the cloud at backblaze. $5 USD for unlimited back up of the 1 computer, for home server, I’ve got over 9 terabytes backed up. The random collection today is from a year ago when we had dogs hanging out at bicentennial park.

First we had Congee the Corgi, his floppy ear is super cute!

Then Mo the Pom

Mo the pomeranian

Marlene’s Cookie

Amanda’s Ivory (only have a single shot)

Ivory

And Tofu the Spitz (also only have 1 photo of him)

It seems that I’ve lost some photos and there was another BBQ where there were more dog photos, but there’s more photos below:

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Alright, I’m back to blogging!

In the spirit of buying things that you don’t need because they’re on sale or they’re cheap, I decided to buy a new domain name and have decided that will signal the re-initiation of this blog. So what did I buy? http://andrewnguyen.photo/. Pretty neat huh?

If you haven’t realised, we’ve been getting more and more top level domains (TLD) being made available (the last bit of a domain name is the TLD, ‘.com’ and ‘.org’ are TLDs, as are ‘.au’, ‘.gov’, etc).  I also wanted a new email because I was sick of people spelling ntranced with an e at the start.

I’m still finding it weird to type into a URL bar. So now I have my own domain, I decided to set up email, previously I had a web host do my emails, but this time round, I decided to try an external provider, if you’re willing to pay, Google’s probably your best option. It used to be free, but now starts from $5/m a user/email address, pretty cheap if you’re running a small business. I’m a tight-ass so for me, free was the way to go.

What I found? Zoho (http://zoho.com). Free for up to 25 users and a pretty good step-by-step set up process to get your new domain name pointing to zoho. All up, it was a matter of:

  1. Opening up the control panel of your domain host
  2. Adding a few records
    1. 2 MX records to point to Zoho (these simply direct mail to your host that will handle it)
    2. a TXT record for SPV (this helps prevent your emails from being treated as spam, it basically tells other email hosts which hosts are allowed to send from this domain)
    3. a TXT record for DKIM (this is like a key that allows another email host to verify that the email was indeed sent from where you authorised.

In other news, I’m selling all of my camera gear 🙁 a little sad to see some of it go, but it hasn’t been fun to carry on holidays and I’m awaiting delivery on a new Sony A7 mk II. If you know anyone who’s interested in the following, please get in touch.

  • Nikon D4s body
  • Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 G VR mk II
  • Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 E VR
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART
  • 2x Nikon SB-900 flashes

Latest toys

Been purchasing a few tidbits lately, probably more than I should be, but when they come up for a great price, how can anyone say no? OzBargain is a curse and blessing in itself!

The first purchase was the lovely Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, a lot of hype around this lens as it was announced and stock was hard to come by in a Nikon mount. Purchased for $810 when DigiDirect had 10% off excellent price for essentially the first batch to Australia. Continue reading Latest toys

New theme and I’m ready to blog more

Was getting sick of my current theme as I felt it didn’t really reflect what my blog was and what I wanted with it. I looked around but nothing really appealed off the bat, but I eventually chose this one called ‘Expound’ and added some of my own little touches. I like being able to have a header and background image, something I can easily change to spruce up the page.

With a new theme in place, I really need to get back into blogging, I’m contemplating having a camera around with me everywhere so I can capture more of the things that go on around. I also have a whole heap of catching up to do

Continue reading New theme and I’m ready to blog more

Happy Welcoming of a New Year (2012)

2012 has come and I’m still a lazy ass at updating my blog, despite this I have actually gotten a few things done  as we welcome the new year. Hope everyone had a great NYE celebration, I sure did and what better way to do it than with some pumping trance music and hectic lasers (well also a house party for some pre-drinks). Not sure about everyone else, but 2012 isn’t going to be a big bang of change, I don’t have many complaints about 2011 and I’m going to take what I started last year and make it even better this year. Here’s a pic shamelessly stolen from the Sydney City Council NYE website, NY fireworks are always bound to impress, at least in Sydney anyway.

Sydney Midnight Fireworks

Main things for me for 2012 will be more photography and DJ’ing, so keep an eye out, hopefully I’ll be doing some bigger and better things with photography and getting a major kick on in regards to learning how to DJ.

For everyone who’s got a resolution for 2012, good luck with it :).

Snowy weekend #1

Had such a fun weekend at the snows with some good mates Andy, Richard and Peter learning to snowboard for the first time at Thredbo a few days ago. We spent early Friday morning on a mission to get ourselves to the snowy mountains for three days of fun filled adventure.

The boys

Getting there on Friday morning, the weather was great! Skies were clear and plenty of snow from the nights before. First thing was getting our gear, we hired from a place called Oz Snow Adventures at Jindabyne and it ended up being $375 for the board, boots, 3 day lift pass and a first timer’s lesson. Pretty steep. Once at the snow we grabbed some brekky and Richard and I waited for our lesson, 2 hours for $10. Pretty good value and learnt the basics of getting up the lifts and down the mountain. After a couple of goes, Andy and Peter convince us to go along some ‘intermediate’ trails much higher up in the mountain.

Beautiful clear day

Second day we ventured even higher taking the Kosciusko Express up as we planned to get all the way to the top and take the long village trail down to the bottom. Unfortunately for us our plans were thwarted by our noobness and struggled to get up the T bar, eventually after many many attempts I got to the top but it was already 4.30pm and the lifts were closed. It was also windy as hell and visibility was really bad. So with my fogged up goggles we headed down to the base of the mountain.

Stormy second afternoon

Our last day at the snows wasn’t too great either, strong winds (basically a blizzard) meant that only two lifts were open, the one for Easy Does It and the Merritts lift meaning our options were rather limited. It was also freezing cold and almost impossible to see around. After 3 runs down we ended up on Easy Does It/Friday Flats and decided to try doing jumps over these small hills at the Wombat World kids area. Good fun but I struggled to stay upright after landing.

98km/h winds and crap visibility

Can’t wait to go again in a little under 2 weeks time and hopefully I’ll be able to switch from heelside to toeside with more confidence.

Random photo #1

Hopefully to inspire myself to take/post more photos, I’m going to aim to put up one photo of mine once a week, feel free to add any comments you may have. I’m thinking it’ll be mostly older photos (unless it’s new and never made it to an album). One for this week will be this shot:

Jellyfish at Osaka Aquarium

Taken at Osaka Aquarium.

Details: Nikon D700 | Nikon 50mm 1.4D | f/2.0 | 1/80 | ISO: 3200

Another year goes on…

and my liver takes another pounding and so does my memory. Had a killer night on Friday with plenty of holes in my memory but definitely a great time celebrating my 22nd birthday, feel so old! No longer able to be in denial and telling myself that I’m still 21. Celebrated the night with Lily Tran at the ever-so-classy venue of Sanctuary Hotel, because you know, the drinks are cheap. Here are the first lot of photos from my DIY photobooth consisting of my D700, flash and 17-35mm f/2.8 lens and a remote trigger, perfect.

Click here for the photobooth photos

Set up seemed to work okay, I think it didn’t fire a few times but in the end I was just too drunk to notice but it seems like it did its job.