My Own Easter Egg Hunt

My get-pushed challenge this week by @3rdxoff was to do a self-portrait SOOC. I don't do many selfies, and it's extremely rare that I'll do a SOOC. Easter egg hunt at Nana's place. I placed the camera behind the broms but the girls would not stand still for a second, and certainly not in frame, so I posed by myself.

Project365 [225/365]: Golf Day

Mark found some vouchers for a cheap golf day, so the four of us (Mark, Shawn, Simon and myself) went down during amateur hour and hacked up the place. I had planned to use my mini tripod and cable release but when it came to actually getting shots, it was a case of jump in there, snap, get away before I got clobbered.

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First Solarise

As usual, I attempted the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge after the challenge was over. This time, the "Solarize challenge (or Solarise for British English) was simply to make an engaging solarised picture.

St. Stephen's Roof

This is some old roofing at St Stephen's Cathedral, the old chapel. I came here sometimes for special school events.

Lots of Lines

As the land slopes down from one side of the block to the other, this section of the block is elevated to the first or second floor of the building opposite. There were a reasonable number of people sitting around having lunch on the grounds.

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Shoes on

Thought it would be fine to walk on the grass in bare feet. Then we remembered we were at the Gold Coast. Shoes on please.

Project365 [057/365]: Mmm Oil

[2011-02-26] Have you ever noticed how sausages exude a decent amount of oil when cooked? And have you ever wondered what happens to that stuff when it 'disappears' from the barbeque?

Victoria Bridge Sunset

Walking from the city to West End for dinner, I crossed Victoria Bridge at just the right moment. Nothing exceptional about this, but I did like the way the light poles lined up.

Project365 [265/365]: Feather

Inspired by this shot by sweett@365project, I picked a feather from the garden* and set it up for a macro photo. * I grow feathers. Next to the nasturtiums. I set up a poor man's light box (without the box), using a flouro light from outside and a sheet of paper to diffuse the light. The paper has provided a neat texture for the background as well.

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This guy was handing out leaflets for personal training, and posed for this photo.

Goodwill Bridge Pano

This is my third attempt to get a panoramic photo from this location. First two were taken during the day but stitching was almost impossible: The spans on the left-hand side of the picture are long and relatively featureless. I decided to try it at night, where dappled light is available, and this proved more successful. Shooting took two hours (bracketed long exposure plus careful recomposition for each shot). I still had to zoom in to 100% to find distinguishing features to stitch together - it came down to counting dots along the span, at times.

Project365 [078/365]: Singapore Orchids

Today we visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and went to see the orchid exhibit. We stayed longer than anticipated due to a famous Singapore thunderstorm (took cover in a shelter while the weather raged overhead). Before the storm, it was dark (ISO 1600 territory); after the storm, everything had water droplets on and it was bright (ISO 400).

Project365 [071/365]: Smile!

Trying to get Evelyn to smile for the camera. The marriage ceremony tonight at Canyon Wood, near Tagaytay. Evelyn has been a big hit here. They are very child oriented here and Evelyn stands out more than the rest of our party. Pick of the comments is, "She is like a living doll." Of course, people only say "she" after we correct them that she is a girl, not a boy. We figure the reason is the short hair and lack of earrings.

Project365 [365/365]: Cheers, 2011

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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Riverside Flood #1

The river did rise but nowhere near as much as in 2011. A bit of mud here and there.

Project365 [064/365]: Caterpillar

Another friendly fella(/sheila) in the garden. What sold this photo over the others I took today was the bokeh - it gives the image some BAM.

Project365 [213/365]: Floodmud Cracks

While walking to training one night, I noticed this dried, cracked mud. This must be the last bit of evidence of flood remaining in the city (the suburbs are a different matter). I tried photographing this at night with the iPhone, but that was a bit silly. Today I rode back with the big camera and did a proper job of it.

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Project365 [088/365]: Lit Pumpkin

[2011-03-29] The pumpkin patch has produced a lot of leaves, but this is the first actual pumpkin that has grown to any size. The rest all seem to fail - possibly not being fertilised properly. Lit by my iPhone.

Project365 [098/365]: Ally

[2011-04-08] Ally is leaving today, six weeks from being due. We all chipped in for a going away pressie - box of baby clothes.

Fanning Flying-Fox

It's very hot and the flying foxes were in the trees, fanning themselves. This was a mother with a baby. The internet says these are black flying foxes. I used a high ISO (3200) in order to get a fast shutter speed on this lens.

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Beardy Self Portrait

Usually when I have a holiday, I grow a beard to mark the occasion. This is 2.5 weeks worth and marks the first time I've grown a beard that joined up. Amazing.

Mt Coot-tha Lookout

After reading up a bit on street photography, I thought I'd give it a go. PHotographing people at a touristy lookout is 0% "street" but I'm counting it as practice.

Project365 [189/365]: Australia!

This is a plaque on the front of a government building. There are a few signs on this building, as well as cladding due to renovation works, but this plaque is some metres above eye level. I had taken this photo a few days before hand, but chose another photo for the day.

Fly Scan

This is a fly that flew in to a tupperware tub and stay there. Seemed perfectly preserved, and I've been thinking of more things that I can make a picture via using the scanner. Sometimes the next photographic subject just buzzes up and lands in your lap, so to speak.

Project365 [331/365]: Floating Railing

Part of the reason we want to renovate the verandah is some of the wood at the front has rotted away. Sections of the railing are actually floating, mounted on nothing. I tried photographing this during the day, but shadows caused a nuisance and I am already too sunburnt from other outside exploits. Night time provided a more even lighting opportunity, with this exposure being a shade under 5 minutes. I have read a lot about hot pixels during long exposures but have always just sort of dismissed them. They are really prominent in this shot (pic below).

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Project365 [363/365]: St Mary's Church

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.

Lighter Than Air

This is in response to a get-pushed challenge from @frida: To take an image that represents 'lighter than air'. This was especially tough. I had this idea in my head but the execution turned out quite different. The coffin is a roving prop that Queensland Rail take to different stations as part of a campaign to stop people crossing the tracks when a train is coming. It is pictured here at Central station - although there are no accessible tracks at Central, a lot of people would be coming from a station where there is a track crossing somewhere. The clouds are from Ebbw Vale station. The idea I had in my head was a cliched image of a grave in the clouds.

Project365 [164/365]: Stacked

[2011-06-13] The food court at our local shopping centre was all packed up (at 3pm on a Sunday). A sea of stacked chairs.

Googly Kangaroo

These are the Chris Trotter kangaroo sculptures on George Street, with the googly eye treatment.

Project365 [259/365]: Man vs. Nature

I imagine the narrative goes a little like this: Build fence; Plant hedge; Paint fence - hedge is in the way - paint hedge as well; Cut hedge I discovered this while walking to Bridge to Brisbane training a few weeks ago and snapped it a few times but wasn't satisfied with the results so went back for another try.

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Project365 [338/365]: Seaworld

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.

Project365 [298/365]: Fine!

Brisbane provides free parking for motorbikes. They park on the footpath in specific bays but the bays fill up quickly so the latecomers just park outside the bays, as you do.

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My Feet in November/December

Idea copied from My Feet in February by jonne1985/flickr (via Photojojo). The idea is to take a photo of your feet in various interesting places and document your month. I started half-way through November so the name of this image is not quite as snappy. You can view the original size if you are keen (link below/in blog post) (33mb JPEG image).

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Today I had the fortune of mounting the mountain to visit one Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Pictured here is Michael and Alla, proprietors. All liqueurs here are distilled on-site, and Alla hand paints each bottle. (More pics)


Royce was sitting patiently and intently next to the food table, waiting for something tasty to "fall off".

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Project365 [195/365]: Casino & Scooters (& Bike)

On my way to Thursday night Bridge to Brisbane training - travelling light as it sucks to carry an SLR while running. This is a re-take of one I took last week, but didn't end up using. I knew I wanted to take this picture, so didn't go looking for any other shots over the day.

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Seven Hills Tafe #2

Alan Warren, AKA The Best Photographic Buddy A Guy Could Have, obtained permission to be on the property and access these abandoned buildings. I arrived (very) late, and then hung around after everyone else had gone home. This picture is a composite of two shots. I tried a few different ideas, but my attempts to do this in one shot weren't working out. I was starting to get a bit creeped out being along in this place and I didn't have the patience to do a full five minute exposure. The first shot of this composite was me shining the torch directly at the lens for about half a second during a 30 second exposure. When this did not capture any of the ambient scene, I took the second shot with me behind the camera, lighting the scene with the screen of my phone for a 25 second exposure. I then combined them in Photoshop (details below).

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Project365 [174/365]: Sewing

[2011-06-23] Super-Productive Lui is going back to work next week, and is trying to wrap up all of the projects she started over the last year. Here, she is finishing off making cushions for Evelyn's room.

Project365 [341/365]: Diner

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.

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Project365 [062/365]: Boomgates

Slightly east of Ebbw Vale station. To the eagle-eyed, yes, there is a trend here - I do catch the train from Ebbw Vale in the morning. Next up - the ticket machine.

Project365 [299/365]: Hibiscus

There are many hibuscus planted around the city and they are in bloom at the moment. My trouble was finding one in a garden that I could climb in to in order to get a macro shot.

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Project365 [079/365]: White Tiger

[2011-03-20] For our last full day in Singapore, we went to Singapore Zoo. During the day we went to the normal zoo, and after dark we went to the night safari. We had also planned to visit the bird park but the bus didn't show up. As it turns out, the driver probably skipped our stop - or possibly the entire route. In the end, it meant we had a more relaxing day, spreading our time over two parks rather than three.

Project365 [241/365]: Foggy Morning

Oh foggy morning! I parked up on Brisbane Road and snapped the passing traffic. This was inspired by a photo I took a couple of years ago of roughly the same thing - though that time, the resulting image had some interesting aspects, but on the whole didn't look good.

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Queens Park Orb #2

After an evening of unsuccessful drain exploring (and really wet shoes), Al and I headed for Queens Park and he did some light painting. I am taking notes. This is a greenhouse at Queens Park. Alan lightpainted with blue and green strobes, orange torch and the red orb. The moon was quite bright tonight, so moonlight overpowered most of the added light.

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Seven Hills TAFE - June #5/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is a big broken thing. I suppose it was in there in order to get repaired, but it never was. I tried to HDR this but I still haven't got the hang of HDR photography.

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Purga Servo #2/3

An abandoned and overgrown service station, Ipswich-Boonah Rd, Purga (just before Cunningham Hwy intersection)

Project365 [289/365]: Underbelly

Since summer is coming, we tend to leave the windows open at night (with flyscreens). This beetle was trapped by stupidity. I took the flyscreen off and photographed it in place before it eventually rolled away.

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Early in the mornings, the perspex walls of the payphone cubicle are fogged up. At any time of day, the petrol station has a very bright priceboard. Combine the two and here we are.

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Infrared Gold Coast

I set the camera up for a long exposure of the building looking south from our apartment. I forgot the tripod so I balanced camera on a pillow against the railing. I still had to hold the strap because there are gusts of wind - decision vindicated as one gust took my camera over the edge.

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Project365 [013/365]: Flooded Cars

[2011-01-13] The dealerships across the road moved all of their new vehicles to higher ground. They left behind the cars that were in for service, and they all drowned.

Fire Alarm

After being asleep for what seemed like two seconds, the alert and then evacuation tones sounded and we had to walk down the stairs. The firies turned up very quickly, investigated, then turned off the alarm. Amelia slept through the whole thing, and Evelyn was calm and relaxed, and ended up going straight back to sleep again once we were back in the apartment. Now Lui has said that if we go to live in an apartment at the beach, she wants to live on one of the lower floors. This is not so good for the view, but does make walking down the stairs easier. Lui also noted that it was mostly people with kids who evacuated. A lot of other people just stood on their balconies, for shame. Mark and I had a number of drinks before hitting the hay - lucky we hadn't had any more!

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.

Butterfly and Flower

A butterfly visiting a flower. While shooting an abstract macro, I couldn't resist shooting a non-abstract macro.

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Tomato Scan

These are home grown tomatoes. After I stuck them on the scanner, I washed them off and Evelyn and I scoffed the lot.

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Riders #2

The riders ride in packs this early in the morning. There is a bike path, but the big packs tend to ride on the road.