Robert Catto

Canadian photographer in Sydney Australia, specialising in arts, events and locations.

permalink Ha - bet you thought my obsession with the Roxy Cinema had ended when it opened, didn’t you! 
Well, I’m always happy to take advantage of good light - and happened to be nearby when the sun broke through the clouds this morning.  I’ve been meaning to find an opportunity to shoot it with wet roads, but had been planning to do it in the evening when the sign was lit up - this will have to do in the mean time, though…
And one note for my X100 followers, too - Patrick La Roque uncovered a while back that the other thing affecting Auto ISO selection is Auto Dynamic Range, which means that the camera will bump the ISO up if higher DR (200 or 400%) is needed.  In this case, that meant I was at 800ISO in broad daylight again, because it concluded that the difference between the sky and the cars was too great to capture without expanding the DR to 400.  Personally, I wasn’t really concerned about capturing detail the cars; so, I’m turning that off from here on. 
Besides, I’m shooting RAW (rather than RAW+jpg) now that Photoshop can convert them - so expanded dynamic range shouldn’t matter with RAW files…right?

Ha - bet you thought my obsession with the Roxy Cinema had ended when it opened, didn’t you! 

Well, I’m always happy to take advantage of good light - and happened to be nearby when the sun broke through the clouds this morning.  I’ve been meaning to find an opportunity to shoot it with wet roads, but had been planning to do it in the evening when the sign was lit up - this will have to do in the mean time, though…

And one note for my X100 followers, too - Patrick La Roque uncovered a while back that the other thing affecting Auto ISO selection is Auto Dynamic Range, which means that the camera will bump the ISO up if higher DR (200 or 400%) is needed.  In this case, that meant I was at 800ISO in broad daylight again, because it concluded that the difference between the sky and the cars was too great to capture without expanding the DR to 400.  Personally, I wasn’t really concerned about capturing detail the cars; so, I’m turning that off from here on. 

Besides, I’m shooting RAW (rather than RAW+jpg) now that Photoshop can convert them - so expanded dynamic range shouldn’t matter with RAW files…right?

permalink * Sigh. *  Am I the only one who finds this pointless, depressing and just generally lame?
I don’t really think the taggers can claim any points for artistic merit here; and seriously, if ever there was a group of folks more supportive of creative expression than the good folks at Weta Workshop, well…I’d say this was a really DUMB way to get their attention, personally. Don’t bother sending a portfolio, thanks…

* Sigh. * Am I the only one who finds this pointless, depressing and just generally lame?

I don’t really think the taggers can claim any points for artistic merit here; and seriously, if ever there was a group of folks more supportive of creative expression than the good folks at Weta Workshop, well…I’d say this was a really DUMB way to get their attention, personally. Don’t bother sending a portfolio, thanks…

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I posted a photo of the Roxy with its sign lit up for the first time earlier on my blog, but this is how I always wanted it to look - with just enough deep blue sky in the background.  Much better!

permalink Meeting a client for coffee at Coco on a Friday afternoon - another reason to love the new Roxy…

Meeting a client for coffee at Coco on a Friday afternoon - another reason to love the new Roxy…

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I know, I know - MORE photos of the Roxy!  But I had to stop in Miramar to check my PO box this morning, and it was the first day the cafe was open to the public, so…it only made sense to stop by. 

Loved seeing people walking around grinning as they took it all in - either that, or just open-mouthed amazement.  And deservedly so, too…so here’s about 25 new photos of the interior, taken just this morning - and added to the gallery from the construction.


Capitol Court / Roxy Cinema, Miramar 10-11 - Images by Robert Catto

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Had a great night out yesterday at the opening of Miramar’s new cinema, The Roxy - taken of course with my little Fuji X100 camera that goes everywhere with me now! This is probably my favourite; we were a little late getting there, but not as late as the guys from The Hobbit who came in right behind us, including some guy dressed as The Rocketeer. (Knowing PJ, it’s probably the original costume from the film…)

Re: the X100, on the night I found it had trouble focussing in the dark interior, more so than I’d expected; though I realised this morning that I’d turned off the AF assist light the day I got the camera and it never occurred to me to turn it back on!  D’oh. 

I also managed to flick the switch over to Manual Focus at some stage in the evening, but only for a short time it turned out.  Still - that’s one of the many good reasons not to test new equipment on anything important!  (I did enjoy travelling light on the night, though.)

Here’s a slideshow of the development of the building so far - the new images are at the end, but you should be able to use the thumbnails to jump right to them if you like!


Capitol Court / Roxy Cinema, Miramar 10-11 - Images by Robert Catto

permalink One more Roxy Cinema photo for the day - the sign was lit up for the first time tonight.  Looks pretty good!

One more Roxy Cinema photo for the day - the sign was lit up for the first time tonight. Looks pretty good!

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Couple more of the new sign and the progress at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar - opening soon…can’t wait to see the sign lit up!

permalink The sign is up at the Roxy in Miramar - first day of operation is a week away!

The sign is up at the Roxy in Miramar - first day of operation is a week away!

permalink New door handles have arrived at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema…

New door handles have arrived at Miramar’s Roxy Cinema…