Project365 [288/365]: Ice Sculptures

This is underneath the lid of our ice box (that is, a box of ice in the freezer, not the freezer itself). As it has gone in and out of the freezer over time, water has melted and refrozen into these shapes. Having it out for the few moments to shoot this (combined with my breath) melted the subject.

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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.

Flarey Thistles

These thistles caught the morning light. I wasn't sure about the right exposure, so bracketed the shots. Bags "The Flarey Thistles" as a band name.

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Project365 [043/365]: Phone Booths

[2011-02-12] I am going to spend the next week thinking in black and white. A brightly-lit shopping centre is a good place to start this...

Miami Facing North

On holiday on the Gold Coast, which gave me an opportunity to head up here at night and take a long exposure facing north. With a ten minute exposure, I wanted to capture a picture of the water smoothed out.

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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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Project365 [273/365]: Crossdrop

A new garden outside the refurbished pub down the road attracts dewdrops and is a pleasure to see on the days I can drag myself past the car and up to the train station on foot.

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Damper Dough Fingers

Before heading out for the day, Evelyn and I made some damper. We ate most of it fresh out of the oven, then pocketed the rest to have for lunch. I set the the camera up on the bench, prefocused, then set it to grab 5 exposures in a row.

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Project365 [263/365]: Spider Web

It was one of the first properly humid nights and dewey mornings of the season and I was walking to the train station. The sun was hitting the spider web from behind at quite the right angle. I had to shoot this through the fence as it was too tall to lean over.

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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!

Project365 [107/365]: Country Charm

[2011-04-17] A bit of country town "charm". This is on the property of a shopping duplex. One shop is always vacant, the other is run by a not-for-profit and is open a whole two hours per week. For a long time, I wondered how the hell the landlord made any money. Now it's for sale - so I guess they didn't.


There are a bunch of these guys hanging out around the area. They don't squawk a lot, but you can tell they are around when they are eating seeds off the trees - crackle crackle crackle. Identified as Corellas via: Science Direct website

Project365 [028/365]: Witnessed by

[2011-01-28] I was asked to witness an agreement being made between Kayla and Lynnette. I have no idea what that agreement was, but I witnessed it.

Roma Street Waterfall #2

This is similar to the last photo, but much closer to the action. Because of the spray from the water hitting the ground, many of the photos did not work out. I also had to keep moving the camera to dry it out, which mucked up the composition (can't compose easily with an R72 filter on the front - it's point and guess).

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Project 365 [003/365]: Lawnmower Self-Portrait

Today I attacked the lawn. After the big rains and floods, there have been some decent days of sunshine, but we've always been doing other things on those days. Not long after I set up this shot, the mower's throttle control spring detached, leaving two modes: MAXXXTREME and off (via kill switch). Fixing it meant figuring out how the thing worked. It works now, though revs a bit higher than it did before. Humidity was at about 280% so I packed it in after an hour, but at least we are no longer "those people" on the street with the overgrown front yard.


This was achieved using the 50mm f/1.8 lens wide open with the macro filter on the front. This result is quite predictable, but actually getting a good focus lock is not at all.

Project365 [187/365]: Impossible Reflection

I tried a few times to take this photo, but it was too late in the day each time. I ended up taking this at 11.30am (early lunch!) to get the sunlight hitting just the right spot. I also tried from many, many different angles to make sure I had the right one.

Thong Wall

I ran past this house while running in the rain. This was the third attempt (first attempt: iPhone through snap-lock bag - blurry; second attempt: at night, nowhere near enough light to focus with).

Sweet. Bagel. Jesus.

I have wanted to make my own bagels for a long time. Some extended sick leave has provided me the spare time to actually do this. I used a recipe from The Fresh Loaf, which happened to be the first hit on Google for "How to bake bagels". Upon tasting them, I made the Sweet Baby Jesus face:

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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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Ant Farmers

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

Polar Bear Mucking Around

One of the polar bears was out to play. There is a viewing area above water, and one under water. I stood on tippy toes to get this. We are trying to make best use of our season pass to the theme parks.

Project365 [144/365]: Sleepy

[2011-05-24] This has only happened once before. Whatever dark magic they practice at childcare, it works - Evelyn comes home happy and tired.

Project 365 [005/365]: Pile o' Bottles

So the first four days were easy, now I need to actually come up with ideas. I only hope they are going to rise these bottles before they put beer in them.


This is Evelyn's expression: ಠ_ಠ Evelyn was playing about on the motorised toy things while Lui was shopping. Evelyn's not been on one of these when there was money in it, and we plan to keep it that way for as long as possible.

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.

Googly Kangaroo

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

Project365 [091/365]: Unlikely Friends

[2011-04-01] Evelyn is obsessed with Bacardi, but the cat has been a bit wary of the squeals and the grabby hands. They are slowly starting to get along, and this picture is one of the first times they've tentatively played together.

Project365 [267/365]: Galah

Went out for a second try at shooting galahs. There were plenty about though the shots of the group didn't look great (it would have been nice to get a fluke of them all lined up, but that didn't happen). I was actually after a crow shot, as on Thursday there was a cute potential photo of a crow drinking the last drops of water from the bird bath. I filled the bird bath with a dribble of water, but the crows were nowhere to be seen today.

Evelyn Helping

Lui is taking grass from the front of the house (where there is too much grass) to the back (where there is too little).

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 [231/365]: A Self Portrait

I was editing photos and blog posts, and took this photo with the iPhone. I waited until the sun was shining in a good spot, to add a bit of life to the shot. In the full sized version of the picture you can see each individual pixel on the laptop screen.

Project 365 [007/365]: Cicada Shells

Cicada shells. I will award three e-points* to each and every person who can guess what garden appliance this is. Press the Add Comment button below left and leave your name so you can claim your reward. * Not redeemable for cash.

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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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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 [291/365]: Citroen

Nearby to yesterday's and last week's photos, this building has an imprint of a sign, backwards. My guess is they built this building against another that has since been knocked down and the only thing remaining is this imprint. I was deliberately going for a semi-high-key shot here. Could also have been done as a normal high contrast exposure. Also deliberately used a wide aperture (f/2.2) in bright daylight, because I wanted the fence to be out of focus in the lower foreground, and to (almost completely) obscure the barbed wire that actually runs through the upper-left of the picture.

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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 [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 [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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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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Roma Street Waterfall #1

At the Roma Street Parklands, there are a number of waterfalls around the area. I set this up with the mini tripod and R72 filter.

Project365 [335/365]: Tap

This is the tap in our laundry. I experimented with some more IR photographs today but they didn't really turn out very well (much to learn) so this was a go-to photo. I accidentally left the custom white balance set for IR photos (but once I saw the effect, left it on).

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Project365 [146/365]: First Pumpkin Harvest

[2011-05-26] First harvest of pumpkins (Kent or Jap, not sure how you can tell them apart). As the weather has turned cold, the vine has died off so growing time is over for this crop.

Project365 [312/365]: Springs

This is the outside of a parking station in Brisbane. I can only imagine what the springs are for - to stop the upper floors floating away? I intentionally overexposed this, as I wanted the background scene to be trailing away to white.

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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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Seed Scan

While looking after Nana's bird, I dumped out the birdseed on the scanner.

Seven Hills TAFE - June #6/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This looks to be a microfiche viewer or maybe a CCTV monitor, and someone's toolset laid out ready to work (and covered in dust). We wore masks in this room, on account of the strong smell.

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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 [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.

Project365 [122/365]: TROLOLOL

[2011-05-02] "u mad bro?" Relevant: @dewi
Trollface graffiti in Toowong. I still can't quite come to terms with the level of interaction internet culture has with meatspace post 2005 9 Feb 2011 via TweetDeck
@dewi whereabouts is the trollface? I must view! 10 Feb 2011 via Twitter for iPhone
@limefruit At the base of the footbridge over Coro, eassside 10 Feb 2011 via TweetDeck
@dewi went to see the painting in Friday- they'd already cleaned it up 12 Feb 2011 via Twitter for iPhone
@limefruit Yeah, I just drove past and it's gone. 12 Feb 2011 via TweetDeck

Project365 [317/365]: Snail House

Lui put down some snail bait that, instead of poisoning them (and therefore anything that eats them), just increases their iron levels to a point that they don't feel like eating any more. When planting pumpkin seeds, I accidentally uncovered where they all crawled to die. This is inside a besa brick. I placed the fisheye inside, rested against a side and shot some bracketed exposures, intending to do HDR. In the end, it wasn't necessary.

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Project365 [129/365]: Passionfruit

We have some passionfruit growing out the front. This is also my first proper play with Lightroom 3. I think the first thing everyone does in LR3 is turn the noise reduction up to 100 to see what it looks like. (This.)