Slowly, I am becoming acquainted with all the strange foibles of “Ollie”, the new camera.
User manuals are a little unfashionable, but it says something of the complexity of the modern camera, that the English version of the user manual runs to 177 pages. Yesterday, I took a huge risk, using the camera on an important job. I took one of the Canons as well, but did very little with it. Our camera club was invited by one of the major bus companies in the region to submit some tourism-relevant images to be displayed in the buses. For whatever reason, the original idea didn’t work out. so they took a whole bunch of our images, printed them on vinyl, and stuck them to the ceiling of two new buses. Two of us went to the bus barns at Kilbirnie yesterday to make some record shots of the installations.
We were outfitted with an escort, bright pink fluorescent jackets and visitor cards and taken into the bus barns. We made our images, and were then allowed a little while longer to capture something of the atmosphere of the old barns. They were built in 1924 for the housing and maintenance of the city’s tram fleet, and here and there, embedded in the concrete floors, are some remnants of the tram tracks. These days, of course, the barns are full of big bright yellow buses. A large part of the barns are simply for secure storage of the buses, but one large section is where the repairs are done.
The inspection pits revealed that the floor of the barn is on piles, and that there is a vast space underneath, most of which is in darkness except at the pit openings. It was interesting to note the rails at the edges of each pit.
As I said already, I have a lot of learning to do, so I took Ollie out to Pauatahanui. I should have checked the tides and the angle of the sun because from a birding point of view, it was unproductive. Nevertheless I liked the silhouetted trees at Ration Point on the inlet.
It will get better.