Sydney Glow and 640px photos

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Robert Downie @intrepidphotosDecember 2018 · 2 min read

For anyone who follows photographers on the STEEM blockchain in the last few days steemit.com has made some major (but unannounced) changes which negatively effect your user experience presumably due to forced cost cutting measures. Photos viewed on steemit.com are now displayed in an abysmal 640px ( @jpphotography wrote an article here about this). It is not affecting other front ends to the blockchain; so if your not using them already please shift over to alternatives like steempeak.com for a much improved user experience.

The shot below captures the milky way rising out of the dim glow of over 5 million people as a lonely waterfall cascades into the abyss that is the Grose valley. Few people outside of Australia realise that one of the world’s largest temperate forested wilderness areas borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, with its foothills starting less than 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Sydney Harbour. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area covers 10,300 square kilometres (4,000 sq mi) of wilderness and sits as a stark contrast to the city just beyond its boarder. To have something to compare the size to, the US State of Connecticut is 4,872 square miles.

After 25 years of settlement in Sydney, and numerous failed attempts, the mountains were first successfully crossed in 1813 by an expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth. The ruggedness, isolation and impassability of the terrain held off most development in the region despite the area being suitable for dam construction and rich in coal and shale oil. First proposed as a National Park in 1932 a long fought conservation battle ended in 1959 with the formation of the Blue Mountains National Park. The falls, known as Bridal Veil falls , cascade 180m to the base of the cliff. Mt Banks at the end of the valley sits at an elevation of 1,049 m (3,442 ft) . The shot was taken from Grovetts Leap in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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This is a single exposure at ISO 2500 at 30s using a Samyang 14mm f2.8. If you would like to learn a little bit more about my background in photography you can read the interview @photofeed did with me here

Robert Downie
Love Life, Love Photography

All images in this post were taken by and remain the Copyright of Robert Downie - http://www.robertdowniephotography.com


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aaira
Aaaira @aairaDecember 2018

Wow
Mind blobbing. It’s very beautiful


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Thank you.


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Thank you for the information Robert! I haven't seen the post from jp yet but I wondered today what happened when I was doing my post. It all looked so odd and now I understand why.

It must be amazing to have such a large forest so close to Sydney. You can easily get there anytime you want.

Your photo is beautiful!


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Thanks; sad they could not communicate the change.


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aweber
Andrew W. @aweberDecember 2018

Eesh, that's not going to encourage photographers to join. Thankfully I already use steempeak, but still..

Anyways nice shot!


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No its terrible. Anyway hopefully the photo community can pull together and this will be enough to push the tidal wave away from steemit.com to alternatives like steempeak.org and we can move on. Steemit.com has been holding STEEM back ; and sadly is the first portal people see.


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aweber
Andrew W. @aweberDecember 2018

Oh, absolutely. When I tell people about it, I still say Steemit ("but hey, use this site instead") because it's what everything is based off of and that's what I used for a long time. Nowadays, Steempeak and others are miles ahead of functionality, and in design.


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Yes. If we can shift the sign up process off steemit then we could be free; but you still need steemit for generation of the posting keys etc


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Actually this is one of the next things we are working on ;)


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Great to hear. Steemit's collapse is your gain.


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jarvie
Jarvie @jarvieDecember 2018

Luckily every @steempeak team member does photography so we would be crazy not to commit to a higher standard for pictures. Truth is we would love to develop even more stuff for


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Do you (ie @Steempeak) use the Steemitimages service ? At least the high res originals still seem to be stored there and it seems to be the local caching on steemit.com they have smashed. It might be the best thing to happen to the alternative front ends as it will drive users over.


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@intrepidphotos yes, we use steemitimages to serve images. But we always store originals pictures uploaded using steempeak on our cloud storage, so we can work on alternative solution if we get to the point of not being able to use steemitimages anymore ;)


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Sounds like a sensible approach.


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Wow, didn't know about that park! Resteemed!


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Thanks guys ! Your a solid rock in the photo community here in these turbulent times.


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choogirl
choogirl @choogirlDecember 2018

And so the the steemit austerity program begins. Lovely photo though.


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Thanks. Are you still in Sydney or back in Panama?


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choogirl
choogirl @choogirlDecember 2018

I'm in Panama. Leave next Monday for Brisbane. Only going to Sydney for the TA Christmas party.


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Wish I could make it !


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Amazing to capture the stars with the ambient light of the city and the clouds in one exposure.


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Thanks


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Nice . this pic reminds Australia.


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Glad to hear that.


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wow brilliant sparkle shot ! did you know the sky is gonna be like this and waited for the shot ? or it's random encounter ?

scrolling through your other photos first thought is man you're talented ! incredible shots and i like how you write stories abt the shots. Next i bet this talented guy must have an instagram account + tones of following and indeed you are ! wow your insta photo engagement super HIGH ! This new dapp might be useful to you for ease of sharing your content from insta to steem. and maybe introduce steem to more ppl on insta

PS :
Autopost post from instagram to steemit EASILY, new dapp share2steem | Get daily upvotes from s2s and 287 users who activate unique double curation! | Let’s onboard 1% of insta users, and show them the possibilities with steem !


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Thanks. It was just taken when we happened to be driving past there. I don't like using share2steem as Instagram only posts at 1080px and its not great resolution unless your using a smartphone to look at the shots.


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wow thats really a nice encounter to capture that shot :)

you have high standard for quality photos. :)


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Thanks


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janton
Jonboy @jantonDecember 2018

howdy sir intrepidphotos! What a stunning picture, just amazing and the information on the wildlife park is interesting as well.


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