Mark and I saw out 2011 (almost - maybe if we had been in daylight savings) with a bourbon in hand. Meanwhile, Lisa incubated, Lui looked after Evelyn, and Evelyn expressed displeasure at being still awake. I'm going to take a break from posting photos for a little while, and work out what I'm going to do next.
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Mum sent over this beautiful bird mobile for Evelyn, for Christmas. She sells very nice hand-made stuff at House of Shallana. My main idea was to place this over Evelyn's cot while she was asleep and photograph the two of them, but that quickly unravelled when she was refusing to sleep. I couldn't risk turning on the light and using the noisy clunking SLR to photograph the scene (though I reckon it would have been excellent), since it had already taken two hours to get her to sleep the first time. Instead I made do with this "safe" photo, taken long before we tried to set her down to sleep. I try to take a safe photo in case the experimental one does not work out.
Alan Warren has posted a few photos of this church, and I thought I'd head down and have a crack at it. I had taken test shots last night so knew which angle I wanted.
This is a floodlight lighting up St Mary's Church at Wood End. (I was actually here to take some photos of the church itself; I will head back and photograph it properly tomorrow.) In a similar vein to star trails, I set the camera to continuous 30-second exposures and sat down to read for a bit.
We were driving around trying to get Evelyn to sleep on Christmas night (she refused to sleep for five hours - what stamina). The trains were not running on the Ipswich/Rosewood/Richlands lines due to track work. I don't know if the trains are normally parked up here but they were this long weekend.
Uncle Richard is up from Sydney to visit Nana and Grandpa. I took the opportunity to get a portrait with Evelyn. Nana and Grandpa's house already had the best lighting and colours imaginable, and two new skylights have made this even better.
Christmas Day at our place. Lui made a gingerbread house for the girls to decorate. Evelyn was a bit too young thing time around to really get it, but Abby and Claire had a great time sticking on the decorations.
Christmas Eve at Dad and Cora's place.
A mushroom popped up in the grass, as they do, and I rolled around in the mosquitoes to get this shot.
I was riding through to work, saw these guys doing whatever it was that they do (Tai Chi?), in this fantastic setting at Southbank.
This is our Christmas tree, which Lui made from scratch (apart from the lights). Love it.
Lui has made some gingerbread houses for Christmas. She quite enjoys making them.
I was posting some Christmas parcels at the GPO and St Stephen's is nearby. I had been waiting for a clear day and this on the list to shoot with a polariser for deep blue skies. Now with the R72 filter, I shot it for nice black skies instead.
Evelyn ate five kiwi fruits in a row. I kept cutting them and she kept eating them.
These baby deer were part of the White Christmas presentation at Movieworld (for the kids, of course).
At Central they have been working on the escalators for weeks now, spending about a week on each. I perched up and took a photo through the barrier to capture the abject misery of all of those forced to walk up the stairs.
I was aiming to take this scene in Infrared. After I had set a good custom white balance, I took a quick test shot without filter. It turned out better than any of the shots with the filter, so I've kept it.
There is a park at the top of Jacob's Ladder that has sculptures all through it. This is a combination of two ideas from the ideas factory and I think it worked well with the R72 filter.
I saw this scene from the train [yesterday], and thought I could make something of it. I rode my bike there and stacked all of my filters together (NIR R72, polariser and fisheye macro) and set the smallest aperture possible (f/29) to get the longest NIR exposure that I could. The bike being in the way started out as laziness, later became a feature. My cable release is stuffed - I spend more time jiggling it than exposing photos. I paid way too much for it ($10), many years ago. I'm hoping I can find a good $2 replacement from HK/CN.
In SE Qld, as I suppose everywhere else in the world, it seems to be a great game to throw stuff at passing trains: paint, generally. Not sure what this is.
I have found my water scene, though it is still the Brisbane River, just 35km downstream at Ipswich. I have also wanted to try stacking the infrared filter with the fisheye filter. It seems to have worked. After processing, this photo looks to me like an old slide where the red dye has faded away. I wasn't planning to do light trails, but it worked out nicely that way.
Evelyn's favourite show is Peppa Pig, and like Peppa, Evelyn loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles. Everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles.
Today I visited Molescan to have this spot checked. It appeared a year ago and I thought it was a pimple at first, but it never went away. Then it started to change colour, and bleed sometimes. Doctor went "hmm", and decided to remove it. He said it was too early for it to be a problem but it had the potential to turn into something. The photo itself was an interesting challenge that I had been thinking about for a week. I set myself up in the bathroom in front of a full length mirror. With camera mounted on tripod, I aimed the lens at myself and looked at the rear screen via the mirror. I don't have live view but I was able to peek at the photo review to see if I was on the right track. This took about 30 goes to get right.
We have some berries planted in the back yard, and in an attempt to stop them turning into a bramble, they are stacked vertically. The first berries of the season are starting to ripen. It looks like this little guy is protecting the berries - at least they haven't been eaten by anything yet. (Must be careful though, last year some of the berries had fruit fly.)
This is a lovely huge flame tree outside the train station at Ebbw Vale. Of course, in infrared, you can't see the firey colours. I think I'm going to put the R72 filter away for a while and instead spend some time reading up on what looks good. I'm having some trouble stepping away from the colourful world.
I went in search of water, and found water. It was very windy so the water fountains were blowing everywhere. I set a custom white-balance using some foliage. I forgot my cable release so maximum exposure was 30 seconds at ISO 1600, though I would have preferred a lower ISO and longer exposure. I'm still waiting for the clouds to go away so I can take a shot with black (blue) sky.
I am ready to don the hat and herd my people down the stairs. I like the way the mega grain works on this shot.
We have a summer pass to the Gold Coast theme parks and activated it today. This was in the shark tank (which I have photos of Lui and myself from last time we went, three years ago). Evelyn needed sleep but refused to rest for the whole day. She was out like a light before we had pulled out of the carpark.
I lost a Saturday, and by the time I could stand up straight it was night time and I had no photo taken. This is another go-to photo. We have one of those Ikea handles with screwdriver bits, for maximum convenience, and the soft metal gets marked fairly easily.
Work xmas party - I was taking photos as I do. My workmates feel more comfortable around me now that they know I won't pass around the bad photos.