Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kite Day 2015

The annual kite day was held at New Brighton beach this afternoon here in Christchurch. I had a great time trekking along the beach capturing shots of these colourful creations. While in previous years, I've mainly watched from the (relatively sand-free) vantage points around the beach, getting in and amongst these flying giants proved to be a much more enjoyable experience, allowing for a lot more interesting shots :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

RIP Bubu - One Year Anniversary

Lo and behold, a year has passed since the day when Bubu tragically left us.

It's still hard to believe that just a year ago, I had the pleasure of having this delightful little orange ball to keep me company, wriggling around and tirelessly playing out his idiosyncratically endearing antics throughout the day and long into the night. Oh, and getting to watch the sheer joy and enthusiasm with which the daily feeding ritual was received - it had to be at the right time too, or else, a mini fishy temper could sometimes break out!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sleeping on the Job - Bumblebee Close Ups

Yesterday, I caught sight of this bumblebee passed out on a flower in our garden, presenting a perfect opportunity to take some close up shots of it :)

Soo fuzzy!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Humid Surreal Sunset

Today marked the start of what is shaping to be another hot summery weekend, with temperatures rising to 27 degrees and hovering around that mark for most of the day. However, bang on 8pm though, a brief rain shower came through, giving the plants a well-needed drink, and bringing the temperatures down a bit to a more comfortable temperature (though that was counterbalanced by the increase in humidity... yuck!). This lead to some very interesting cloud formations, a double rainbow, and an even fancier sunset...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Blender 2.73 Released

In case you haven't already noticed, Blender 2.73 was released a few days ago with the Stage I improvements for Grease Pencil.

Grab a build from, or check out the release notes for an overview of what's been added so far.

In other news, work on Stage II is in progress now. Most notably, there is now a copy and paste buffer in place, and color swatches are now displayed for both strokes and fills. More work is taking place when and where possible (in between trying to wrap up the core of the depsgraph, and soon resuming my uni research commitments). If you've got any feedback, suggestions, or would like to discuss ways we could develop these tools, feel free to send an email to the bf-animsys mailing list.

The Big Year (2011) - Film Review

So, this evening I ended up watching the film - The Big Year - that was playing on TV tonight. This was a comedy film released in 2011 about the three competitive bird watchers competing to see who can sight the most different species in a year.

 Source: IMDB

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chateau on the Park - New Years Eve Dinner

Here are some photos from around the Chateau on the Park hotel, where we went for dinner on New Year's Eve. This was the first time I'd really done much photo snapping using my new phone (Note 4), and definitely the first time with varying light levels in twilight conditions.

Hot Day - Interesting Cloud Formations

Phew! It's been really hot again here today, shooting up to 30 degrees by 10am (from the mid teens overnight, to about 21 degrees at 8am) and staying there until around 2pm, when it gradually started cooling down to a more comfortable 22 degrees around 7pm. With the cooling temperatures (brought about by some nice sea breezes) we also got some very interesting cloudscapes...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year everyone from Christchurch!

This year, I headed off to watch the new year fireworks, standing in the middle of Hagley Park.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Grease Pencil - Stage II Roadmap

With "Stage I" of the Grease Pencil revamps in master now, it's time to start talking about "Stage II" :) This list is currently still a very preliminary, but it should give an idea of what is planned. There may be one or two things I've forgotten off this list though...

Integrated keyframes display + editing in the Dopesheet

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Season's Greetings - Christmas Tree

Here's a small selection of shots showing parts of our tree this year :)

I've been having a lot of fun playing around with varying levels of focal blur and interesting angles to capture some of the interesting ways that light was interacting with the various shiny things on the tree - the particular twinkling "snazzle" of the tinsel is still something rather elusive to capture though!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pretty Things - "Dressed in Dew"

Phew! It's been a hot + humid day here in Christchurch (an especially rare combination, since it's rarely humid, and fortunately not too hot either most of the time). Heck, it even warmed up again around dinner time - having cooled off to 23/25 deg C mid-afternoon from 27 around noon, it went back up to 27 after 6, and was still 22-27 in patches around 10pm!  (Even now, at 1am, it's still hovering around 20 deg C)

I imagine that the opposite probably applied when the photo below (NOT mine) was taken!

"Dressed in Dew" by Stefano Coltelli, San Miniato PI, Italy 

Seeing this, the first thing I thought of were some of the characters/scenes from the Gooseberry project ;)  It's kindof amazing how it looks like both a waitress-insect in a white skirt, and a dragonfly/butterfly at the same time!

PS: On another note, I finally got around to having some fun setting up our Christmas tree today... with lots and lots of sparkly shiny things (Yay! Tinsel + shiny baubels FTW!), a different way of getting the chain of lights on to the tree (which seems to look quite nice too, with half the effort and pain), and strangely, not quite being able to fit an entire box of ornaments (ones which I usually include, though aren't really that "essential" I guess) onto the tree this year!