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Photographs & Notes from Singapore

Monday, January 24, 2005

Thinking it Over

Thinking it Over Again, originally uploaded by pfong.

First attempt at compositing. Bashed this out using brute force basically with a rough cut-and-paste. The only tricky bit is where there's an overlap between the two figures. Used layers and some masking to get the overlap looking ok. I was hoping to avoid the overlap entirely.

Thanks to Donald Agarrat for the inspiration and the tips on technique.

Also finally managed to get the picture to fit within the template frame. About 450 pixels wide is safe. I'll see whether I can stretch it wider than that.

Monday, January 17, 2005

LC's World

LC's World, originally uploaded by pfong.

LC in an open field on the way to Milford Sound.

Sunday, January 16, 2005


Lake Wakatipu, originally uploaded by pfong.

This is a view of the lake from the promontory at the Queenstown Gardens. The Gardens had a few of these amazing trees with the bristly hairbrush branches.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Autumn Colours, originally uploaded by pfong.

Arrowtown was the first site on our Lord of the Rings pilgrimage. The scenes of Arwen and Frodo crossing the Ford of Brunien were shot here. Lovely autumn foliage covered the hills around the river and nary a black rider in sight.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Woodcut II

Campanile Woodcut II, originally uploaded by pfong.

My second attempt at a woodcut effect using PS. The first try was using Painter 7. That didn't quite work, as I'm not familiar enough with Painter to pull it off. The original pic is in the Venice Bell Tower Post.

Mt Doom

Frodo Trudges Towards Mt Doom, originally uploaded by pfong.

After a long day of driving, we reached Mount Cook National Park in time to see Mount Cook in the fading light. It turned out that this was the last chance we had to see Mount Cook. It rained for the next few days we were in the park. The low cloud cover and drizzle meant that we never got another clear look at the peak.

Rather than waste the long drive into the park, we decided to hike despite the rain. We picked the Hooker Valley trail which goes along the banks of a glacial stream, switching from one bank to the other over a series of suspension bridges and ends at a lake formed at the face of the glacier. As we hiked under an overcast sky with the rock rubble of the moraine underfoot, I thought that this must be what it is like to hike through Mordor. There was even an appropriately shaped pile rocks that looked like Mount Doom.

The pic shows LC on the Hooker Valley trail in full combat gear: waterproof coat, boots and rain pants. We needed every bit of gear we had, especially the boots, as the continual rain turned the path into a little stream with clear, cold flowing water. As we neared the end of trail, the valley walls started to narrow which was worrying because of the avalanche danger. As we hiked we heard the occasional growling bass rumble of falling rocks or ice, sounding oddly muffled in the drizzle and low cloud of the valley.

We eventually reached a sign on the trail which warned of possible avalanche danger beyond that point. After some debate, we decided to push on as we must be very close to the lake. No sense turning back when we were so close. We eventually reached the lake, and glimpsed the face of the glacier dimly in the mist at the far end. This pic shows LC, at the lake looking happy and very cold at the same time. You can see icebergs in the water which have calved from the face of the glacier. The water in the lake is milky due to the grit and pulverized rock from the melted glacier.

We didn't linger in the avalanche zone and soon headed for the long tramp back to the trail head.