Photographic impunity

My new mobile phone, a Sony Ericsson K750i has a very nice 2 Megapixel camera on it that takes halfway decent photos.

Unfortunately, it also makes a very loud noise whenever I use it, the sort of noise where everyone in the room stops what they are doing and looks at you when you use it. Which makes it kinda useless for taking photos in public.

I asked around and found that my friends who had the same phone were able to make their cameras silent by setting the phone to silent. This didn’t work on mine.

Further investigation revealed that the firmware on my phone was for Hong Kong. Apparently, over there it’s the law for camera phones to make a noise when taking pics. I wonder why…..

Anyway, I did some further digging and found my way to some software that could patch my phone for a one off fee of 10 Euros.

The software is far from user friendly and I was quite nervous about it completely knackering my phone but eventually, after reading the instructions about 10 times or so, I went for it.

And I’m happy to report that it worked a treat.

Expect more photos like this.


I bought a Sony Ericsson P800 from Ebay.

It’s quite a change for me, my last 3 phones have been small Nokias and now I have what feels like a housebrick in my pocket.

It’s cool though, I can sit down with it in my jeans pocket and that’s the important thing.

Macro photos and all that when I get around to it.

Whales and Dolphins, then Penguins

In Kaikoura now, done Whale and Dolphin watching, both great but taking decent photos was next to impossible.
Next we head south for another look at the Penguins.
Less than a week to go now, time flies so fast when you’re having fun.

Quick update

We are in Wanaka now. Have been to Milford Sound and Queenstown and I am on my second 512MB memory card too.
Have driven over 1000 miles also!
Off for a walk in Mt Aspiring Nat. Park now. More later.

In Christchurch now

Got our car and hotel then slept all day. I am knackered still though. Saw the Southern Alps from the plane, can’t wait to get amongst them in the next few days.