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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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.

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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.


It has been raining for a week since we dug out around this palm tree. Given the flow of water in our yard (including illegal runoff from next door), this has turned into an instant muddy river, perfect for kiddies. Ended up going through two sets of clothes (and two showers), and a huge amount of mud through everything! Worth it.

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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Seven Hills TAFE - June #9/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is me practicing some light painting of my own, using my two light sabers (one on red, one on blue).

Project365 [307/365]: Speaker

This is the external speaker on our cordless phone base station. I cropped out all the bits that make it look like anything. This was a go-to image for me since my main idea for the day didn't work out.

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Project365 [322/365]: Permanent Mark

This is a permanent survey mark on a bridge near Central Station. I like finding these marks, as you really have to be looking to see them. Part of keeping to the project for me has been walking around the city with eyes peeled, looking for all of the detail that I can find.

Pressure Cleaning

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

GOMA Elephant

Al and I were walking back to the train station via Kurilpa Bridge. This elephant has been here all along but I'm always in such a great hurry through here that I never noticed it. Tried to give it the googly eye treatment but this is too big!

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Selfie SOOC in the City

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. This is a spot between some buildings in the city where I balanced the camera up on my hat, set the self-timer and posed a bit. Passers-by were amused.

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.

Project365 [206/365]: Slow down, stupid

Opportunistic shot. I tried to get the skid marks (and the torn up grass) in the shot as well as the broken sign. I always have a loud-but-silent laugh to myself at the irony, when a car has taken out a speed sign whilst out of control.

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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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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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Ant Farmers

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

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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Themis at the Brisbane court house.

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.

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.

Southbank: Twirling Movement

This is for the get-pushed-41 challenge from @mbrunner: "to capture motion. could be traffic, people, sports, whatever moves. if this is too boring - an extra: 'motion with emotion'." I went to a photowalk with Al, Mick and others, and this girl was part of the group. Emotion could be 'concentration', perhaps!

Project365 [214/365]: Morning Flare

I had intended to take this for months, but it needed me to be on the late shift (and to remember to grab this shot between the train station and the office), or for the days to get longer again. The plan was to shoot directly in to the sun, behind a group of people who would create a shadow. Everything went better than expected. This is actually one block over from my usual path, because I was going to the 7-11 to buy an iced coffee. I also shot this on the normal path, but it wasn't as good.

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Project365 [361/365]: Where The Trains Sleep

We were driving around trying to get Evelyn to sleep on Christmas night (she refused to sleep for five hours - what stamina). The trains were not running on the Ipswich/Rosewood/Richlands lines due to track work. I don't know if the trains are normally parked up here but they were this long weekend.

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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.

Evelyn and Mika

While mucking around at the summit, Evelyn made friends with a little dog named Mika. She also wanted to make friends with a chocolate labrador but by the time I got through asking its owner if it was okay with kids, Evelyn had already run off.

Double Exposure: Police and Graffiti

THIS is what I had in mind when I went searching for double exposure opportunities. One is the Queensland Police HQ on Roma Street, the other is a graffiti covered wall at Bundamba.

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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 [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 [250/365]: Roof Scratchings

At Central Station there is a clear perspex roof over one section. The amusing thing about a clear perspex roof is eventually it gets scratched to hell, and become brittle and quite not-clear any more.

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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.

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.

iPod Cookies

Lui made some cookies for James' last day at work. These are 1st Gen iPod Nanos.

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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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.

Ipswich City

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

Project365 [044/365]: Flower & Ants

[2011-02-13] This is a flower on a weed in the back yard. I mow down most of the weeds, but this one is a tree and more resilient than most...

Project365 [347/365]: Infrared Bike

I saw this scene from the train [yesterday], and thought I could make something of it. I rode my bike there and stacked all of my filters together (NIR R72, polariser and fisheye macro) and set the smallest aperture possible (f/29) to get the longest NIR exposure that I could. The bike being in the way started out as laziness, later became a feature. My cable release is stuffed - I spend more time jiggling it than exposing photos. I paid way too much for it ($10), many years ago. I'm hoping I can find a good $2 replacement from HK/CN.

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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.

Project365 [240/365]: Palm Beach Parklands

Lui, Evelyn, James and I went to see Bob - Grandfather and great-grandfather. Lui researched on ye olde internet and found this place at Palm Beach that was well regarded for food and being child-friendly. I already remember the place as being a great location, but there have been some improvements since I last visited (the cafe being one).

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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.

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 [059/365]: Puppy Waymarking

[2011-02-28] This is a way-marking on the Bicentennial Bikeway. It tickles me pink every time I ride past, though it has faded over the last six months (and especially after the flood). The numbering goes up (and possibly past) 1026, but this is the first. This bit of path is set to be torn up, resurfaced, and the cyclists and pedestrians put on separate paths.

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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Seven Hills TAFE - June #3/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is a wall with rough texture - lots of dimples for the graffiti artists.

Timed Taps

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

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 [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.

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 [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 [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).

Byron Bay 2005 #10/10 - Lighthouse Beam

Work trip to Byron Bay - stayed for the afternoon. Made it look like the house was being beamed up by aliens. Don't worry, it wasn't actually being beamed up by aliens.

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.