Brisbane Edward Street

View down the hill at Edward St, Brisbane. Waited for all the lights to all synchronise (I was on a pedestrian crossing as well).

Brisbane Post Office Square

A group of people relaxing in Post Office Square, Brisbane. The council have put out deck chairs for the general public - first in, best rested.

Rangefinder

I reckon this looks like a rangefinder camera. I was out shooting with my oft-neglected 75-300 when I walked under Brisbane Square and looked up. This is the side cladding of the building on the Adelaide Street side.

Maui Haleakalā Crater Panorama

Three-shot panorama of the crater from 10,000 feet up. This volcano is considered still active, but it hasn’t erupted for over 100 years. When it does, however, eruptions aren’t explosive and the lava flows slowly, so people have the opportunity to walk out of the way. The car started to struggle at 9k feet. I did not have the tools/ability to stitch these together in 2010 but have revisited in 2013 using Hugin. These stitched together automatically with no adjustments required.

Ghosts of Queens Plaza

This was shot for the Street Photography Now challenge 32: "Follow lines of movement for a graphic journey". I'm not sure if this counts as street photography. It is composed of two images, first a 5" shot (using near-infrared filter as an ND filter), and second was a normal daytime exposure.

Story Bridge Panorama

This is a 23-shot panorama from the park under the Story Bridge. I rode over from work during my lunch break, with my camera and tripod strapped on, and shot this as quickly as I could before riding back. I used Hugin to process this, and it didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped (see post processing comments).

Buhse’s Hill

This is the top of Buhse's Hill at Laidley. Not much to say about the setup - there's not much traffic here, but I kept an ear out anyway. I was bracketing shots and chose the underexposed one.

Brisbane Riverside Panorama

This is my first experiment with Hugin to generate a panorama. The image is made up of 12 source images. I originally shot this as a 9-bracketed exposure HDR as well but that didn't work out so well. Definitely will try the HDR panorama on something else next time.

Drain Orb

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane south... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he painted this great scene. I was further back and took a "making of" shot - though I think it works better cropped as I've done here.

Infrared Eagle Sculpture

This is a 4 minute exposure using the the infrared and polarising filter stacked together (for darkest sky). I have been experimenting with a hack for my camera (400plus - http://code.google.com/p/400plus/). It has a few features like extended exposure bracketing (9 shot), with any length of exposure (instead of the 30 second maximum). It didn't work as I expected it to, but it did go straight to the maximum exposure that I set. I'm sure I just need to read the manual again.

Infrared Kirra Beach

This was shot using the the infrared and polarising filter stacked together (for darkest sky). This was a 4 minute exposure. There was a surf championship on at Kirra, though the surfers didn't sit still long enough to feature. I have been experimenting with a hack for my camera (400plus). It has a few features like extended exposure bracketing (9 shot), with any length of exposure (instead of the 30 second maximum). It didn't work as I expected it to, but it did go straight to the maximum exposure that I set. I'm sure I just need to read the manual again. I was actually trying to do an HDR as well but it was quite windy and the shots didn't line up (it works okay without it anyway).

Project365 [347/365]: Infrared Bike

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.

Project365 [232/365]: Steam Train

Every fourth Sunday there are markets at Bundamba, and every second Sunday the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway runs steam trains along this track for the general public. This has been on my list of things to shoot since the start of the year, but each Sunday I've opted to sleep in and/or do other stuff. For the shot itself, I stood next to the tracks until the train set off, and took a lot of practice shots. I used a polariser to darken the sky and make sure the smoke and steam was set off against the clouds.

Project365 [217/365]: Plane and Runway

I had a few days off work and ended up with a day to myself, so I went on another riding odyssey. I rode from Brisbane city to Eight Mile Plains, intending to ride back. Instead, I changed my mind and cut across to Wacol instead, which took me past Archerfield. In short, this photo was completely unplanned. For the photo itself, I stood outside the fence and shot through. When shooting over a lot of tarmac, there is a lot of distortion, although that is not what I was aiming for. I was actually trying to get a shot of a plane just about to touch down, or something that looked close to it from my vantage point. I was using AI Servo focus (tracking focus), but it mis-focused most of the time. I believe it is deliberately hobbled in lower models of camera, of which mine was the lowest for the time. The great thing I've found about AI Servo focus is when it does have a hit, it's a beauty.

Project365 [216/365]: Wreckers

I saw this scene from the train on my last riding odyssey, and noted it down. When it came time to photograph, I drove up the service road and found the spot I was after. I tried many different angles, including zoomed in ones and wide-angle ones.

Project365 [165/365]: Elephant Rock Mermaid

[2011-06-14] Today I took the train down to the Gold Coast and went for a ride. I started off at Helensvale station, and rode via The Spit at Southport, down to Elephant Rock at Currumbin, then back to Varsity Lakes station to come home - 70km in total. Last time I did this ride was in 2008, and it pwned me then as well. This mermaid statue at Elephant Rock was a lot more rude from the front.

Project365 [084/365]: Valley Water Tower

[2011-03-25] I came to the Valley to photograph something else, but saw this as I got off the bus. Wide-open skyline - not something I would have expected in Fortitude Valley.

Project365 [021/365]: Flooded Ferry Stop

[2011-01-21] Moggill Ferry - there is a very clear line where the river peaked. The ferry held on by one cable. There used to be a park on the opposite shore, but it is completely gone. The old ferry, which Wikipedia says serviced the crossing from the 1940s to the 1970s (my memory tells me it was broken in the 1974 floods), used to reside as a relic in the park - now I guess it's part of the river again!

Project365 [012/365]: Flood Peak

We had a sleepless night checking the water, and the news and twitter for updates. In the morning, the road was completely cut off, and the water was slowly rising. The power was cut at 4am. The water peaked at 4pm, one block from our place, though we had quite a few metres up our sleeves. We were lucky - so much of the rest of Ipswich, Brisbane, and many other places in Queensland, went under.