Surfers Paradise Light Streaks

From our apartment, I shot this out the window. Using the camera's multi-shot mode, this was 15x10 second shots, stacked with Starstax.

Ipswich Show Bees

The bee exhibit at the show. I shot this against mesh - close enough and wide enough, the mesh is invisible.

Bundamba Demolition Site

This is the former site of some industrial buildings at Bundamba. Bunnings has bought the entire block. Wandering home from the train station after a night out, I put my camera through the fence to snap these nine images. They are stitched together using Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor).

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RSPCA Puppy

We took Evelyn to visit the RSPCA and see the animals. Here, the dogs that jump up are the ones that are rewarded by visitors with pats.

The New Yorker

Seen on my morning run, this is a slightly run-down apartment building in the city. I don't know if the bikes are a permanent fixture, but I approve.

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Mushroom Mushroom!

While walking Evelyn to childcare, we spotted these small mushrooms growing in the grass. There were more further on as well.

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Jalopy

This is a rusted car shell sitting outside a shed at Goodna, which I ride or run past on my way to work.

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Ipswich Show Crowd & Ferris Wheel

Ipswich show, crowds on a Saturday night. One of my first long exposures with this camera, and there's a lot to learn and think about for next time. There's two ways to get a shake-free long exposure with this camera: self-timer or use the wifi remote control and smartphone app. I've not had much success with the latter, but I suspect my home wifi was crowding it out. For this shot, I went with the former - the self-timer. The RX100 has a few modes. One I employed this night is the Self-Timer Continuous, which will wait10 seconds, then take 5 photos in a row with no further intervention. I've used this for group portraits as well, but tonight I was using it to stack photos together - or take 5 and pick the best. Only downside to this is there doesn't seem to be a way to stop it - I managed to lock the camera up and had to take the battery out. That happens.

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Five Day Quest #5: My Family (and breakfast)

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. Saturday morning, Lui and Evelyn making pancakes. Doesn't get better than this. +Anthony Lau, if you are still around, tag - you're it!

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Five Day Quest #4: My Little Girl

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. I work from home two days out of five, and these are opportunities for me to take Evelyn to childcare and pick her up. Since it's only a short distance, we usually walk, ride or scoot. +Steve Photoman Hayes - tag, you're it.

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Five Day Quest #3: My Morning Run

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. I like to run. I prefer to run in the mornings, as I have no set commitments between 4 and 8am, and I don't really need to be awake to run. I set this up by putting the camera on the ground, setting a 10-second timer and a 2.5 second exposure. About half-way into the exposure, I jumped into shot and held until the shutter closed. +David Hill, tag - you're it.

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Five Day Quest #2: My Lunch

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. I like to eat food, and this is what was going on today. I tried a selfie at the markets, and brought the DSLR out of retirement to use its nice wide-angle lens. However I have re-discovered that it's a heavy bastard which makes selfies difficult. +Andrew Chalk, I tag YOU to join in.

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Five Day Quest #1: My Workspace

+Al Warren has tagged me in the Five Day Quest virus/pyramid scheme. Take one photo of whatever is going on in your life and post it. This kinda ties in with my One Second Per Day video - yes, my video today is of me doing this shot. I set up the tripod and triggered three x 5 second exposures of myself using the remote shutter. +Mick Porter you are the only other photographer that I know on G+, so TAG, YOU'RE IT.

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Ipswich Show Spinning Ride

This ride did a lot of moving, so I thought to take some long exposures and stack them together. That didn't work out, but this is one of the 10-second exposures that was going to go into that composition. This is the darkest part of the ride, and people are being spun around on the arms.

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Casio F-91W Drowns

I love these watches, and I've wanted one ever since primary school (when this was a new design). Thanks to the buying power of the internet, they are cheap! So now I've bought one... water resistant - sweet! So the first one drowned, and I bought another one. That one (pictured) drowned too. Alas, it is water resistant only for "everyday use". This means it can take a splash. It does NOT meant you can take it swimming at the beach. I have now invested in a slightly less awesome-looking Casio W-202, which is rated to 50m. (What I'd really love is one that looks like the F-91W but can take a swim.)

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Surfers Paradise Parade #5/6

Surfers Paradise Festival parade. This was part of a group of people in motorised bathtubs. They obviously inspired by Mario Kart, but different enough to avoid corporate bad things.

News and Current Affairs

Shot on my riding odyssey. As I understand it, the service road (which the bike path runs along) used to be the highway. This sign would have been visible to people commuting between Brisbane and Gold Coast. My memory of back then was that there wasn't anything of note between Beenleigh and Helensvale - just bushland. Now it's developed and built-up the whole way.

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Beach Bike Selfie

Just before setting off on my Surfers Paradise to Ipswich ride (106km), I sat and watched the beach for a bit. This is a still frame taken from video, for my One Second Per Day project.

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Boogie Boarding

I took the water camera and my fisheye 0.42x filter into the surf for some boogie boarding fun. The surf was rough and I lost the filter when I got dumped off a wave (that was a risk I knowingly took), but I got the shot (and video) I wanted anyway. This is a still from video, and was taken after I lost the fisheye filter.

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Honeybee

Evelyn loves her sunflowers, so she and Lui planted three in the front yard. Once they flowered, the bees were all over it. This is a normal honey bee (we also had Australian Stingless bees)

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Australian Stingless Bee

Evelyn loves her sunflowers, so she and Lui planted three in the front yard. Once they flowered, the bees were all over it. This is an Australian Stingless Bee - see here for more info on the bee. This is captured from a video I shot for my One Second Per Day project (3 months in, 9 months to go).

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Audience

A band was playing in the lower part of the mall and this couple stood watching the show.

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Is This Graffiti?

Is it graffiti when someone draws a tag in dust / faded paint using their finger?

Refugee Action Collective 2013-02-28 #5/5

Rally for detainees at Manus Island, held at Queens Park in Brisbane. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. Some onlookers, one giving the thumbs up, another seemingly uninvolved.

Refugee Action Collective 2013-02-28 #4/5

Rally for detainees at Manus Island, held at Queens Park in Brisbane. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. Onlookers watching the march from inside their windows - with seemingly nonchalant person walking in front.

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Refugee Action Collective 2013-02-28 #2/5

Rally for detainees at Manus Island, held at Queens Park in Brisbane. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. Shot this back over my head during the march through Brisbane city streets.

Refugee Action Collective 2013-02-28 #1/5

Rally for detainees at Manus Island, held at Queens Park in Brisbane. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective. In-camera panorama (the first one I've successfully done). Nice long shadows.

Spin

At Louise's BBQ/picnic at Southbank, it was late and the kids were running slightly amok. Evelyn loves it when I spin her around like this.

Cicada

Been finding cicada shells everywhere. Here's one with the insect still in it.

Scoot

On my first day of attempted street photography with the new RX100 II, these guys rode past on their scooter. I didn't have the right settings on the camera but I think this looks okay cropped.

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Cinema

We took Evelyn to see 'Frozen' at the cinema, a movie that ticks enough boxes. Second time at the cinema for Evelyn and first time since she became a self-aware neural network. The big screen and loud noises scared her enough that we had to carry her out a few times and ended up missing the end. Also a harsh lesson that not everything can be paused like PVR and Netflix. No, we can't go back and watch the rest - it finished without us.

Sasha

Sasha is an 18 month old labrador.

Foggitt Jones & Co Ltd, and South-bound Train

I see this shot often and I've been lusting after it for months. Sacrifice: when I'm out for a run, stopping for a minute or two to take this shot means my run-time is going to be rubbish. Worth it, in this case. Result of post-processing has been a slightly HDRish look. Up to the viewer to decide if that is justified - I think it adds to the juxtaposition.

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Googly Candelabra

This is a candelabra at Nana's house. Luckily I had the googly eyes with me.

Caught

We had some flies, and we have a pet spider. Pet spider is only welcome until she lays eggs... then not welcome.

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Jan 2014 Urbex #4

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. A conveyor belt, presumably a sorting machine. David's brake lights randomly turn on every now and again, and they did this while I was setting up the test shot. Test shot came out quite nicely, so I lit this with my other light saber (which still has a working red LED).

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Jan 2014 Urbex #3

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. This is the front building, and the only area with any noticeable graffiti. Tried to shoot this first up to catch some lightning to the left. However the rain was also hitting straight on the lens, which wasn't optimal. Came back once the rain had stopped.

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Jan 2014 Urbex #2

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. This is the silo and assorted supporting parts. Lit by my lightsaber buried under a pile of rubbish. The red LED died (or maybe just disconnected) part way through this. A challenge in this shot was the high temperature (even at midnight) causing higher than normal sensor noise.

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Jan 2014 Urbex #1

This is an abandoned factory on the Sunshine Coast. Went there with urbex pals Al, Mick, David and Cameron. Pictured here is my lantern lighting up a wall with paint splatters.

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Splash!

Chasing Evelyn around at the water park, with the waterproof camera. For this one, it metered incorrectly and overexposed, but that turned out to be great.

Welcome, Morning

Similar to a shot I took for my 365 project. Riding along the river at Southbank, stopped to snap this. Challenge was to take something with rather mediocre colours and make something out of it.

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Christmas Snowflake Cookies

Lui made these cookies as gifts for Christmas. They are currently sitting under the air conditioner so they don't melt. Dappled light courtesy of new verandah.

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Basement Band

Not really a basement, but certainly a band. Downstairs at Lachlan and Bec's engagement party.

Bike Lane

Second big bike ride - work to almost home, 35km (Brisbane City -> Ebbw Vale). This photo was at Wacol. Teeny weenie bike lane with no separation from traffic. Luckily it's a quiet side road, and lucky there is a bike lane at all.

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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).

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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.

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Mustang Bar

Not sure if it's meant to look like this. Processing is nothing special but I feel it deserves it.

Kiwi Scan

I sliced up a kiwi fruit and placed some pieces of it on the scanner.

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Printing Press Up Close

This is the old newspaper printing press at West Ipswich, up close. The focus is a bit off but I like the subject. I had initially converted to B&W but upon revisiting, I have decided to go with the pastel rust colours.

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Pink Bunny Lifeguard at Southbank

These statues were everywhere around Brisbane during the Brisbane Festival. I thought this guy looked awesome over the South Bank beach. A problem with these was what to do with them after the festival was over.

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Walton's

On an evening walk in the Valley. Brunswick St, near the train station, this store seems to have shut down. There is nothing clean or shiny in this corner of town. * Note: Must have been just a stocktake.

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Flouro Room

On an evening walk in the Valley. This is a shop/house on McLachlan St in the Valley. Nice neons. This picture gave me a chance to use the new upright perspective correction in Lightroom 5.

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WORM ATTACK

On an evening walk in the Valley. Some apartments in this building caught fire a few weeks ago and were gutted. Extensive works under-way to patch things up. To me, this photo looks like worms have broken out of the ground to eat the building and/or occupants.

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Beach Runner

While on my running odyssey, I rested for a few minutes at the half-way point at Miami Beach. Shot into the sun and iPhone auto-exposed for the whole scene. This is cropped from the overexposed middle of the photo.

No Footpath

First 14km run (on Gold Coast - nice and flat), from Surfers Paradise to Miami and back. Miami beachfront is being ripped up, presumably in response to the erosion earlier in the year.

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Seal You Are Worth It

At Seaworld and this is the new seal exhibit. These guys did a lot of diving under water and breaking through the surface.

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.

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Swing Glitchography

This is a glitchy image created using iPhone 4's HDR function. It takes two exposures in quick succession, so the trick is to get some movement in between those two exposures. This was try #25 - luckily Evelyn loves being on the swing for a long time. Image is SOOC after its internal processing. 2nd pic shows a bit more of the scene.

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Ominous Seagull

It's normally a dangerous thing to get under a seagull, but in the bright light they projected good colours through the canvas roof.

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Steam Train Evelyn

We went for a steam train ride with Evelyn's best friend Jarrod, and his family. This train goes from Bundamba to Swanbank and back. We had a picnic at Swanbank.

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City Apartment Juxtaposition

This is taken looking over a vacant lot in Brisbane. I can't imagine what it would be like to own a (presumably) nice apartment in the city, and have it be next to this eyesore. Being vacant means the view is uninterrupted, but then you know that at some time in the future it is going to be built up.

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A Very Al BBQ

Al and Karryn hosted a BBQ and all the kids came along. Much relaxing fun was had by all. Their house is very child-safe, which meant I could relax as well.

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Grand Central Cellars

This is a lounge attached to a pub and bottle shop at Central station. I love how sedate and civilised this feels. This is a 2011 project365 reject shot (I had another shot lined up for the day). I put this in the ideas factory to try to re-shoot later, but never quite re-captured it to my satisfaction.

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T.P. Turner

A pockmarked sign on a local business building. Building was abandoned after the 2011 floods. This is a 2011 project365 reject shot (I had another shot lined up for the day). I put this in the ideas factory to try to re-shoot later, but never quite re-captured it satisfactorily. The building has since been sold, bought by another company that refurbed it. The whole area is now subject to planning approval to be bulldozed for a Bunnings warehouse.

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Happy Birthday Evelyn

Happy Birthday Evelyn! Childcare day, and Lui made her a big lot of cupcakes to share with her friends. First attempt at a (on purpose) low contrast snap-shot type look.

Morning Run

One of the perks of getting up early to go for a run.

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.

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Lachlan Under Lights

Lachlan was breathing out mist, which didn't show up on the camera. The camera flare is typical of the iPhone with direct light pointed at it.

Redcliffe Jetty #4 - Fog

Photo outing with Al, Mick, Anthony, David and Steve. As fog started to set in over the water and we started to wrap things up, this is the last photo I took for the evening. The lights from The Port of Brisbane were dulled by the fog, whereas features closer in were clear.

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Redcliffe Jetty #3 - Ghost Selfie

Photo outing with Al, Mick, Anthony, David and Steve. During this long exposure, I walked toward the camera with a flashlight and umbrella (it was raining). I moved in a step, pause, step, pause fashion to ensure I my face made it into the shot. Exposure was controlled via intervalometer, with a 30 second delay (for me to get far enough away) then a 30 second exposure. I also used the 2-second delay on-camera, which flashes a light out the front just as it's about to take the shot - this way I knew (in the dark, noisy jetty) when to start making my movements.

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Redcliffe Jetty #2 - Water and Sky

Photo outing with Al, Mick, Anthony, David and Steve. It was rainy but there were some clear moments. Lights from The Port of Brisbane to the right. Exposure was controlled by intervalometer: 3 second delay, then 90 second exposure. Guessed/calculated the exposure based on the test shot (at ISO 25k)

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Redcliffe Jetty #1 - Fisherman

Photo outing with Al, Mick, Anthony, David and Steve. This guy was fishing at the jetty (at least I think so). He wanted me to snap a photo with his phone, so I grabbed this shot while he was getting his phone ready.

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Amazing LPG prices

Evelyn loves the big bright sign. LPG prices may never be this low again. Instagram filter has had minor effect/almost can't tell the difference. Low-cost camera sensors are generally oversensitive to red.

Rider Dog

This was a dude and his dog riding on a bike around town. Shot from the hip during shoot from the hip practice.

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Sleeping Cat

Our cat statue doing what cat statues do best. Napping under a freshly trimmed lemongrass tree. This is a 2011 project365 reject shot (I had another shot lined up for the day). I put this in the ideas factory to try to re-shoot later, but the lemongrass never looked quite this good again.

Gasworks

An old gasworks in Newstead. This will eventually be torn down for apartments. Fisheye used to get this all in frame as I was shooting through a fence. This is a 2011 project365 reject shot (I had another shot lined up for the day). I put this in the ideas factory to try to re-shoot later, but never returned to this spot.

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Tumgun Lookout, Burleigh

This is the only evidence I have of my first 10km run - this was taken 5km from starting point. I then took a wrong turn and ended up running two km further than intended.

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City Construction

This vacant lot (previously photography by Al and I separately) is finally seeing some action. Very standard 5 shot horizontal panorama stitched in Hugin.

Koala Grab

At Currumbin Sanctuary, it was a rainy day so the koalas were a little bit more active than normal.

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