Queens Park Piglet

Pig's eye view in the piglet pen of Queens Park. This was taken during a photo lesson and I was demonstrating the act of scatter-shooting without being able to compose properly (leaning over the fence with arms stretched).

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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Project365 [208/365]: Finch

On the street toward the railway, there are lots of fences and hedges that finches love to jump around in. Most days there are many, today there was only one and it wasn't happy about being followed!

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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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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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Pressure Cleaning

Out for my lunchtime walk, I spotted these two guys doing their best to drench eachother with water spray.

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.

Look up #2

I went for a walk at lunch and spent the whole time looking up.

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 [182/365]: Overexposed - Masonic Temple

This was in line with the theme of overexposure, though this was taken at normal exposure and the levels blown out in post-processing. I had planned this for many weeks, but hadn't gotten around to taking it as the lighting was always best after my lunch break. Once the days grew shorter with winter, I was able to snap this.

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.

Beachmere Moon

Mr Alan Warren invited me along to a gathering of photographers at Beachmere (waaay, waaay away). The shoot started at 3pm but I couldn't break away from home until 8pm and I arrived there at 10pm. Alan came to meet me - I thought it was just at the beach, but it turned out to be a 10 minute walk over beach, mangroves and a wade across a creek! Once there, most of the other photographers were packing up to head home. Alan and Mick stuck around and we took a few more shots. Taken using my mostly-broken remote-shutter, on for 70 seconds. Extra cuteness points: Evelyn saw this thumbnail in Lightroom and started shouting, "Moon! Moon!" Now whenever she sees the laptop, she wants to see pictures of the moon.

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Project365 [203/365]: Proof that I wash my car...sometimes

It is a notable event when I wash my car, along the lines of Haley's comet coming to visit. I soaped up the car (using my first dollar), and made sure to put a fresh lot of soap on the bits that were in frame before each shot (took 15 in total - was trying to get the shot quickly without annoying those waiting in queue).

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Project365 [337/365]: Screwdriver Bits

I lost a Saturday, and by the time I could stand up straight it was night time and I had no photo taken. This is another go-to photo. We have one of those Ikea handles with screwdriver bits, for maximum convenience, and the soft metal gets marked fairly easily.

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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 [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.

Motorcycle Panning Triptych

This is for my get-pushed-42 challenge from @noragentian: "What do you think about a panning shot? You can choose if the main object should be sharp or blurred by movement." I went out shooting at Queens Park with my gr8 m8-o-m9 Al Warren. We set out to do star trails, but in between I tried the panning shot. There is a medium sweeping downhill run past the park and the hoons were doing laps. I only saw this motorcyclist once though. I found that I got a better result if I didn't have the camera up to my eye, but just aimed and panned with it at chest level. The triptych processing was Al's idea!

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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.

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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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 [086/365]: Companions

[2011-03-27] These two recepticles have been my constant companions today. There is a hole in my bucket, but I don't know anyone by the name of Eliza who might be able to advise what to do with it.

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).

Peekaboo Emu

These guys/gals were drinking water off the wet deck, which was hilarious.

Geodesic Pool

This is Evelyn looking into a pool of geodesic infinity. I've always loved the geodesic dome at the botanical gardens. We took a day trip up to see some flowers and some cakes. In this picture, Evelyn is leaning over the edge and trying to go for a swim. Out of frame is Lui holding on to Evelyn so she doesn't go and further, and quietly urging me to hurry the up with taking my photo.

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

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.

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.

Queens Park Orb #1

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.

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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.

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 [014/365]: Flooded Maccas

[2011-01-14] As we've been without power for a few days, we've been staying at Shawn & Rachael's at Goodna. Here, the floods were much worse than at Booval. This Maccas went completely under water. Waking up, feeling seedy after bourbons, the Maccas run was not an available option.

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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Macro Abstact in Colour

This is for the Get Pushed challenge 35. My challenge was "Macro Abstract in Colour" - thanks to @voileta! This certainly was hard to adjust to, as I'm used to drawing particular pictures, even in macro. I guess the trick here is: context - make sure there is none.

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).

Passionfruit Cake

Our passionfruit vine is dropping around one passionfruit per day, which is awesome. Lui made a passionfruit cake with passionfruit icing and it was awesome. Lui is also making a cookbook and I'm taking arty foody photographs.

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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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 [049/365]: Bag o' Chips

In a flash of (frankly awesome) inspiration, I left a bag of chips in my bike locker on Wednesday morning. Cut to this afternoon, after my ride, the salty treat was the best thing in the world.


This is for this week's get pushed challenge. My challenge this week was from @spankyjane to depict an expression of emotion. This has turned out to be incredibly difficult as so many people have their "nothing" face on in public. I am also less visible with my camera than I feel like, which is an important realisation for photographing in public.

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.


At Currumbin Sanctuary for the day. It was fairly early on and pretty ordinary weather so I think this peacock thought the day would be quite easy.

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 [034/365]: Squash

I am back playing squash again. Now James, Lui and Evelyn all come along. I must have lost several kilos of water tonight. See if you can spot something wrong with this picture.

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.

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.

Googly Student

More googly mayhem. I have blutak and a bag of these eyes in my backpack - watch out world!

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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Beachmere Startrails

Same spot as last photo. Out of 150 photos (30" exposures, no delay between each exposure), only the first 15 and last 19 shots + darkframe were usable. The middle 116 photos had too many clouds and couldn't be used. Effectively you could consider this to be a 19 shot startrail, because there was such a big gap between the two sets that they are not connected at all. These were assembled in StarStax, which seems to be more advanced than the Startrails program I was using before. Same result though for this application. I did use a darkshot this time (30" exposure with lens cap on) to remove noise - it was super effective. (Recap: Mr Alan Warren invited me along to a gathering of photographers at Beachmere (waaay, waaay away). The shoot started at 3pm but I couldn't break away from home until 8pm and I arrived there at 10pm. Alan came to meet me - I thought it was just at the beach, but it turned out to be a 10 minute walk over beach, mangroves and a wade across a creek! Once there, most of the other photographers were packing up to head home. Alan and Mick stuck around and we took a few more shots.)

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Timed Taps

This is an ad for a new album called Push Once by Timed Taps

Project365 [060/365]: The Red Weed

This is what I imagine the red weed would look like from War of the Worlds. This is at Ebbw Vale station. Creeping... crawling... choking...

Seven Hills Tafe #3 Orb

If ever you've wanted or needed a reason to shoot raw, here is one. I arrived late to the location and didn't check my settings before starting to shoot. I thought the shot was a write-off, but with nothing to lose, I fiddled with sliders in Lightroom and ended up with this result.

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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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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.

Project365 [184/365]: Evelyn and Trampoline

With the kids party and trampoline, we didn't know if Evelyn was up for playing with the bigger kids but it turned out she was. When I was taking photos, I tried taking them while the door of the netting was open, but it was too hard to get everything lined up. When shooting through netting, I had to be careful that the camera didn't autofocus on the netting and not Evelyn. We went to Thomas and Jorja's first birthday party and put Evelyn on the trampoline. Putting overprotective parent instincts aside, she didn't get trampled by the other kids on the trampoline at the time, and ended up having a ball.

Project365 [323/365]: Christmas Decoration

I haven't been able to think of any good made-up stories for these last few photos. If you can think of one, do let me know! This was at Riverlink Shopping Centre. The halls have been decked, and I thought this was a neat perspective of one of the larger hanging decorations.

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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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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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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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Point Danger Lightpainting #2

I set up the camera on tripod with a minute delay, and hopped down to the sand to for this photo. I called it off about two minutes in because I was getting bitten on my head by mozzies!

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Max Brenner Chocolate

This is the chocolate display at Max Brenner. I assume most stores look the same. I like the subject, even if the composition is not very creative.

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.)

Googly Backpacker

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