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puts up with a lot. Over the years my own cameras have been beloved, treasured, toadied unto, slept with, banged about, pampered, sat on and generally treated much as some men treat their Spice.


always grinned and bared it. Beared it? Borne? Bore … whatever; even when tasked with averaging out a scene such as this—

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—which would have made my old Brownie squeak aloud in utter anguish. The sky wasn’t really that dark and the sea not really that wet bright, but all in all I think Mr. Olympus and his little pixels reached a nice compromise.


us back to the beach? To recap briefly (that’ll be a first, Argie—Ed) it was once again The Spouse. She saw some micro-rubies being sorted in a craft/hobby shop in Tuatapere (and thought she’d like to try it).

I had to collect a few scoops of black sand from the grey (in places) sandy (in places) gravelly (in places) Gemstone beach at Orepuki. All good clean fun … up north (Piha and west coast) they have black iron-sand beaches—a real bugger to hop across under the blazing sun, trust me; hop becomes gallop very quickly and the always icy surf very welcome. That sand can be collected with a magnet—the problems is cleaning it all off your lovely magnet afterwards. Oops, digression: to cut long into brief, she’s intending to poke through her tray filled with lovely sparkly minigems using tweezers, sorting the rubies from the dross*  and dregs. My own approach was to use a jam-jar as a centrifuge, just a couple of twirls got me this—

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—but she won’t have a bar of it. Her project, her method, and what would a mere Lord and Master male know about it? So she’s happy, poking through (please bear in mind that these snaps are enlargements—we’re talking sand here) with tweezers and lens. This below what she’s looking through/for, and the red ones apparently are mini-rubies—

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—but when she’s bored, tired, infuriated, and/or exasperated I’ll see if I can’t improve on the vortex idea; possibly using an eyedropper or pipette to suck ’em up.

If nothing else it will at least reduce her tweezing a bit.


it’s rubies for old rope, think again. Gemstone doesn’t take prisoners and can sometimes be really feminine: so be ye warned—

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—you might have set off in bright sunshine … so far we’ve been lucky (careful, Argus?—Ed) and only the once had to climb the cliffs and hoof home through farmers’ fields and cowpats. Since then I’ve found a more accurate time-offset correction to be applied to the tide tables but it was fun at the time.


and back to the modern camera. I went for a wee walk yesterday (got growled at for getting home late but I think it was more relief than grump) so now just have a beak at what I got with one of the ‘fun’ settings in the camera—

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—which I think is amazing. I haven’t a clue how I did it …perhaps I should ask my treasured and most Beloved—for whom, sadly, it seems that

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film is no longer available.


Even the most modern of cameras can’t compete with the point-and-click simplicity of a more innocent age (and colour was real colour back then, I tells ya~!).



* So far as I know that particular ‘dross’ is emeralds and jaspers and quartzes and garnets and such stuff but for now she’s fixated on rubies.



5 thoughts on “THE MODERN …

  1. Magnificent shots, Argie! That one with the dark sky and wet water is a cracker! Don’t knock digital. You can still get real colour if you get ’em printed.
    Actually I quite fancy getting a photo book printed, instead of having a good old fashioned photo album. Printed shots still have a certain charm about them don’t they? People forget it wasn’t so long ago when they were still considered normal fair. How times quickly change these days…

    1. Spouse has a tame printing shop in Invercargill, where they charge about five bucks for five postcard-sized prints. For fifty prints they charge ten bucks, so she just saves ’em up … as prints they are simply snaps, but that suits her.

      I don’t print my shots, too expensive in rapidly-dating equipment that gobbles ink (unless things have changed in the last few years, of course).
      We have albums filled with shots that nobody ever looks at (and I’d never inflict on a guest. Brrrr …)

  2. Good to have a blog, isn’t it, where we can post our favorite photos. Nice shots. As for rubies, my daughter-in-law gathers sea glass and makes quite lovely jewelry. She lives on Kodiak Island in Alaska where the 1964 earthquake/tsunami did in a bar and the ocean has been working on the glass ever since. –Curt

    1. I’d never heard of sea glass until my sister was visiting from the States and pounced on some at the beach. Very pretty, too … not much of it here though. 🙂

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