Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

More Dubai: Keep your camera clean

Posted by on January 12, 2009

I was all set to leave Dubai. Last night I sat down and went through all my photos from Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. I noticed something horrible that I hadn’t seen when I was shooting in the LCD of my camera. A giant hair like thing on every single image. Somehow, something had gotten on the sensor of my camera.

In most shots, I can correct it easily enough in Photoshop, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I wanted to see just how bad it was, so I took my camera outside this morning and took a photo of the gray sky at f/22. (At f/22, the apature or hole in the camera is really small and dust and everything on the sensor is very noticeable.)

I was sick to my stomach.

My camera is really unusable in its current condition. I need to get it cleaned professionally, and I need it done ASAP. I last had it done in Melbourne almost a year ago, so I guess I’m due. I’ve been on sand dunes, boats, in rainforests, and underwater with my camera since my last cleaning.

Even at f/11, everything but the big hair isn’t that noticeable. Nonetheless, there is a big giant hair on every photo I’m taking. I think I’m going to invest in a small blower so I can do basic cleaning myself.

I wish I had checked the several days ago so I didn’t have to waste my time.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #30: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Posted by on January 12, 2009

World Heritage Site #30: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

World Heritage Site #30: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens were designed for the great international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888 in Melbourne. The building and grounds were designed by Joseph Reed. The building is constructed of brick and timber, steel and slate. It combines elements from the Byzantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Italian Renaissance styles. The property is typical of the international exhibition movement which saw over 50 exhibitions staged between 1851 and 1915 in venues including Paris, New York, Vienna, Calcutta, Kingston (Jamaica) and Santiago (Chile). All shared a common theme and aims: to chart material and moral progress through displays of industry from all nations.

Hot on the heels of the #2 most disappointing World Heritage site came #1.

I haven’t a clue why this was ever put on the list. It’s a nice old building, but there are lots of buildings like this in the world. It just doesn’t seem that special. Even Melbourne doesn’t seem to make a big deal out of it. Of all the things to see in Melbourne, this doesn’t rank high on the list and doesn’t merit much attention in tourist brochures.

I’d like to write a book some day on the politics of UNESCO. I think Australia plays the game very well and is great at writing proposals. Smaller countries just aren’t as good at playing the game and many worthy locations end up taking a back seat to richer countries.