Project365 [188/365]: Bridge to Brisbane training

My iPhone capture program (CameraPrime) lets you take three shots in succession; I pressed the button and then held the camera in the air while running. This is pretty much exactly what I was after, though I was fairly confident that I wouldn't get the shot.

Project365 [063/365]: Stored Bacardi

Bacardi put herself on a small shelf in the cupboard, where the soft things were being stored. I withdrew the photo I had already uploaded for today. The photo was a bit underwelming... and while the possum sculpture is not going anywhere, it is very difficult to get Bacardi to sit still for 1/3 of a second for a photo. I will grab a better pic of the possum soon.

Frosty Morning

The first week in August marked the first time my car has frozen over in Aus. I wasn't prepared for this, and it took about ten minutes of car on full heat/air con + scraping the windscreen to make a little viewing hole. On other days, I just walked instead.

Project365 [167/365]: Lunar Eclipse

[2011-06-16] Lunar eclipse this morning. Thanks to Shell for the heads up! I don't really have the appropriate kit for capturing the moon at night, but I was out there anyway with my mini tripod balanced on the car roof, trying to find the balance between ISO (noisy) and shutter speed (any more than 2 seconds and the moon moves). It was very pretty nonetheless.

Project365 [220/365]: Pre-internet Internet

I spotted this while walking around and have gone back a few times to snap it. This is where people found information before the internet was around - a bank of phone books outside the RACQ office.

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Project365 [019/365]: Flooded Basement

[2011-01-19] My imagination combined with the announcements from the building managers led me to believe that B3 had been filled to the shoulders with flood water. There is a sign up saying we enter at our own risk, and yes, there are a few muddy puddles still in there, but on the whole it was not as bad as all of that. No need to make an insurance claim then. As an aside, there is nowhere to ride as all of the bike paths have washed away.

Project365 [210/365]: Building Skaters

I was walking through the city on my way to taking another photo that I had planned, when I saw that there was a part of footpath blocked off. I looked up and that was it. Yes, of course they are cleaning windows, but now that I've looked a bit closer, I think it looks like they are ice skating.

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Project365 [315/365]: Damnit

Missed it by a whisker. Today was a case of massive failure to plan at any level. Today was Remembrance Day and there was a great photo op at the Shrine of Remembrance (Darren Moldrich gave me the heads up but too late to get there).

Project365 [248/365]: Moss

I walk past a park most days (when I'm not lazy and drive instead), and there is a stone with a great lot of moss on it. I had planned to take a fisheye of the moss but it quickly turned out that that was not the way to go. Luckily fisheye and macro filters are on the same bit of kit, so I got to work with the macro instead.

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Point Danger Lightpainting #1

I remember these steps from when a group of us stayed at Coolangatta in 2000 (Beach House!). (Actually this is a ramp that has been added since then - the steps were too well-lit.) I set the camera up on tripod and a 30 second delay, then walked down into frame with the light saber during the 3 minute exposure.

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.

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Project365 [362/365]: Bug Trails

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.

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Project365 [138/365]: Full Moon Morning

[2011-05-18] Full moon, 6am at Booval. I wasn't prepared for such a view of the moon while walking to the train station in the morning, and had to hop back home to fetch the long lens in order to capture this.

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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.


After a week and a half of rain, mushrooms have popped up in the grass everywhere.

Riverside Flood #2

One business, Riverbar & Kitchen, took on a bit of river water. There was a large crowd of lunchtime people but very few (myself included) helping in any way.

Project365 [194/365]: Daymoon

Just walking home from the train station. I saw the nearly full moon and a heap of clouds. I had to hang around for a while for the clouds to move to the right spot.

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The Making of Mick's Jump Shot

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he light-painted the floor. Alan set off the flash manually on the count of three. I was further back and took a "making of" shot. Mick's shot is here.

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Seven Hills TAFE - June #11/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. Some more practicing lighting using the light sabres. One blue, one purple, against the far wall.

Project365 [215/365]: Manual Rail Signals

This is a manual signal on a seldom-used (and certainly not electrified) train line in North Ipswich. I tried taking this shot a few months ago but I couldn't get a good angle (what I was trying to do last time was get all of the bridge in using the long lens to compress all of the elements - it was just too busy). Today, I tried again and while I don't think I nailed it, it went a little better this time. I tried a few different angles, some with the rail bridge and some without, and decided to pick this one.

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Abstract Macro Colour #2

My challenge was "Macro Abstract in Colour" - thanks to @voileta! This one has a little bit more context than the last but hopefully it is abstract enough for the challenge.

The Caterpillar Line

Mark and I were taking the girls bike riding when they spotted this line of hairy caterpillars. At least they listened to our warnings not to touch.

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.

Project365 [121/365]: Vietnamese Mint

[2011-05-01] These are the flowers of a Vietnamese Mint. I bought this plant as a bit of a lark, to see what it was like. As it turns out, we don't much like the flavour of the mint, but the plant grows and takes care of itself, and maybe we'll find a dish that suits it one day.

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 [334/365]: Train Racing

This is inspired by @QueenslandRail's post ( on train racing:
Train Racing on 365 Project Train Racing: Pretending the train you’re on is racing the train next to you. Immature? Yes. Fun? Tonnes.
Conveniently for me, the 5.28 Ipswich express and the 5.25 Richlands all stations services race eachother at some point down the line.

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Project365 [124/365]: Church Bell

[2011-05-04] A church near our work, with what looks to be a mechanical bird that pecks the bell. There are a lot of churches at this end of town (the solid end). This is as opposed to the other end of town (the part built on sand, not there 100 years ago, severely unlikely to still be there in 100 years time).

Project365 [233/365]: A Trip To The Tip

I set the camera up with my tripod and cable release, and set it to continuously shoot while I went around and emptied the trailer. I had planned the shot so that the tripod would be on the ground on the passenger side of the car. After some morning rain, the ground was rather muddy so I opted to put the tripod on the car roof instead.

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Project365 [135/365]: Baby's Room

[2011-05-15] This is Evelyn's room as it is today. She isn't sleeping in it yet (that will be after winter is over, so we don't have to run two heaters).

Ipswich City

I dropped the Camry off at mechanics at West Ipswich, and walked home (5km or so).

Southport Protected Beach

Looking to take Evelyn for her first taste (har) of the sea, we saw that the Gold Coast City Council had set up a new park and protected swim area at Southport.

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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).

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Project365 [316/365]: Rip it Up

Having been quoted $15k to fix some rotten wood in our verandah, we've decided to do part of it ourselves. The quote was a worst case quote, on the assumption that everything had to be replaced. Lui has taken the mallet to it and found 1 inch of rotten wood and otherwise perfect planks. Early days yet. I put the camera quite close to the action and the lens was sprayed with debris, but worth it.

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Valley Shops

Back of a row of shops in the Valley. I wonder if people live there as well - it seems that it would be most unpleasant.

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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).

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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Up To Yer Elbows

A truck was broken down, centre lane on Kessels Rd, at just the wrong time of day. This mechanic was up to his elbows, trying to get it going again.

Project365 [255/365]: Happy Toes

I took a day in lieu and took Evelyn on a trip to the beach. I had plans to get a photo of her little feet in the sand, which proved to be quite a moving target.

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Project365 [020/365]: Lui and the Sweet Potato

[2011-01-20] Lui harvested some more sweet potatoes. If these things weren't so tasty, they would be considered a weed. They are irrepressible. Examples: I've had a plant grow from a slice put in the compost; and one branch that I mowed over continued to grow from a one-inch fragment - and put out roots.

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Project365 [244/365]: Riverside Shade Sail

Walking from work to Southbank, I have walked by this a few times. I'm not sure what purpose this serves (though Google would probably know - Google knows everything). The way I see it, it's only useful for people working in the Riverside Centre to get to the sushi shop without having to use an umbrella. Pretty though.

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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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Ant Farmers

These are ants that are farming aphids. While shooting an abstract macro, I couldn't resist shooting a non-abstract macro.

Project365 [103/365]: Autumn

[2011-04-13] They actually have an autumn down here! We are staying at Mt Dandenong with Chalk and Laura. It's very pretty here.

Project365 [017/365]: Goodna Toybox

[2011-01-17] Goodna Caravan Park (now Goodna Toybox) as seen from the Ipswich Motorway. I was on the rail-replacement bus because the trains still can't go through Goodna.

Project365 [281/365]: Evelyn the Destroyer

We took Evelyn down to the beach at sunset for some sand playing and portraits. Lui built up a big line of sandcastles and Evelyn took particular joy in demolishing every one of them. I've been trying to get a photo of this decisive moment for a while now! It takes luck and time.

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Project365 [224/365]: GPO Arch

I had been shooting around the place here, and one day shot this archway and thought it was a good enough setup to try again with the proper camera. While the result was okay with the iPhone, I wanted to use the long lens on the DSLR to compress everything beyond the arch. I received some constructive criticism on the spot when an old guy came up to me and told me I should not be taking photographs with people in them. I gave him something I call a 'half Yao Ming'* and kept shooting - the whole point of coming down at lunch time was to get a decent crowd of people in the shot. * Refer to the Know Your Meme page on the subject - just half as aggressive.

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Seven Hills TAFE - June #7/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. These are the electrics for the AC plant room. Lights set up by Mick (he spent ages placing them, and I slipped in at the end to take this shot).

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Old Fire Brigade Sign

This is a sign that caught my eye while driving through Ipswich. I'm normally in a great hurry to get to whereever I'm going so there's no time to stop through here.

Project365 [204/365]: Building a garage

Shawn invited us all around for BBQ & building a garage. I knew there would be a good photo in it somewhere, and this one presented itself to me. The sky was brilliant blue, but the reflection from the metal meant that Warwick was sufficiently well-lit.

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Evelyn Bakes

Bec came by to visit. Lui made scones, and once we'd eaten most of them, Evelyn decided to get creative with the cream and jam. I was mucking around with a new iPhone app called Pudding Camera.

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)

Project365 [212/365]: Night Drive

I set the camera up on the tripod and balanced it on the back seat. To keep the shutter tripping, I had the cable release in and stuck down (it has two settings). I then took Evelyn for a drive via the car wash. The idea was at least I'd get something usable from the trip. I've done this before, before Evelyn came along, where I had it pointed mainly at myself and the speedo, and used a normal lens rather than the wide-angle filter. I liked those results, so thought I'd bring the idea out again. I did a practice run of this exact setup a week ago, to make sure I would be able to get everything in.

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Cat Scan

This is Bacardi standing on the scanner, while I pressed the scan button. Browsing ye olde Reddit, someone posted a picture much like this. One of the comments linked to a tumblr blog of a lot of Cats on Scanners. The scanner took this in about 5 chunks. Scan scan scan, transfer transfer transfer. It seemed to do a brightness evaluation at the start of each chunk, rather than only at the start of the scan. This would be fine if the lid was down, but with the lid up, it gave the unpredictable results above. There have been various posts on Photojojo about things you can do with your scanner, which I have yet to try, but I am keen!

Googly Nose Ring

I was walking around the city looking for inspiration, and I saw this doorknob. With a pair of googly eyes on top, I reckon it looks like a nose ring.

Googly Kangaroo

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

Project365 [197/365]: Pile o' pipes

It seems like this was a dumping spot for materials. Being so public, I assume it's temporary. I shot this through some metal fencing, but the long focal length and open aperture rendered the fence almost invisible.

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Googly Backpacker

Backpacking reindeer has the wanderlust and goes googly-eyed when visiting new places.

Project365 [177/365]: Air Roots

[2011-06-26] During a month of extreme humidity earlier in the year, these fig trees put out some air roots. These roots must never touch the ground, or our house is doomed.

The Runner

I went for a run and took the little camera with me. I particularly love this part of the run as, although it's a long incline (though not too steep), the city unfolds in front of you as you rise over the bridge. The next bridge over is the rail bridge with a train going over it every few minutes or so.

Project365 [330/365]: Flying a Kite

At the SEQ 365ers meetup, Mick Porter (@pizzaboy) brought along his kite and aerial photography kit. I flew the kite for a bit while Mick got the camera together, but there ended up being not quite enough wind to carry the weight of the camera. I had fun though! The meetup was great, and I met a whole heap of new people - @brizmako, @kjarn, @pizzaboy, @mozette, and many others.

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Building Shell

Shell of a building in the Valley. This one at least looks like it's being worked on. The front side of this area opens up directly to the footpath so you can go in if you want.

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