Project365 [032/365]: Chillies

[2011-02-01] I initially set up this veggie patch for pumpkins, but its proximity to the shed meant all of the pumpkin plants got fried (by reflected heat). The pumpkins are now doing alright elsewhere, and these chillies seem to be growing nicely in their place. I don't even know what variety they are, or even if they taste any good, but they are growing!

Googly Katter

I've wanted to do this all week. Katter is a nutter. This is my political comment.

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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 [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 [340/365]: Riverside Water Feature

I went in search of water, and found water. It was very windy so the water fountains were blowing everywhere. I set a custom white-balance using some foliage. I forgot my cable release so maximum exposure was 30 seconds at ISO 1600, though I would have preferred a lower ISO and longer exposure. I'm still waiting for the clouds to go away so I can take a shot with black (blue) sky.

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Ipswich City

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

Corellas

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 [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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Infrared Eagle Sculpture

This is a 4 minute exposure using the the infrared and polarising filter stacked together (for darkest sky). I have been experimenting with a hack for my camera (400plus - http://code.google.com/p/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.

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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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Project365 [010/365]: Shoreline Maintenance

[2011-01-10] A day off work today, we drove around and ran errands - visiting businesses that aren't open at weekends. We stopped at West End and saw council dumping boulders in the river. They say it's to maintain the shoreline. These efforts are being confounded by the flooding river - every time a CityCat went past, waves washed over the path. This photo was processed using the ol' dodge and burn tools (AKA adjustment overlays) in Lightroom. See if you can spot the edges!

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.

Project365 [353/365]: Cathedral of St. Stephen

I was posting some Christmas parcels at the GPO and St Stephen's is nearby. I had been waiting for a clear day and this on the list to shoot with a polariser for deep blue skies. Now with the R72 filter, I shot it for nice black skies instead.

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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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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 [186/365]: Busted!

I was out attempting to snap the impossible reflection (it was too late in the day - see shot 187/365). About to head back to the office, when I heard a siren and trained my lens on the source (is that a fancy way of saying I had a gawk?)

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.

Look up #1

I took a walk at lunch and spent all of my time looking up.

Project365 [343/365]: Get A Tan

Today I visited Molescan to have this spot checked. It appeared a year ago and I thought it was a pimple at first, but it never went away. Then it started to change colour, and bleed sometimes. Doctor went "hmm", and decided to remove it. He said it was too early for it to be a problem but it had the potential to turn into something. The photo itself was an interesting challenge that I had been thinking about for a week. I set myself up in the bathroom in front of a full length mirror. With camera mounted on tripod, I aimed the lens at myself and looked at the rear screen via the mirror. I don't have live view but I was able to peek at the photo review to see if I was on the right track. This took about 30 goes to get right.

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Deconstruction

QUT are destroying a building. I ran past one day and took a photo with my phone. Came back two days later on the bike with a backpack full of cameras and lenses.

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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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Seed Scan

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

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.

Queens Park Snake

A close-up of a python - not through glass! This is just a model though, vertical on a wall. This was a demonstration of how a few steps (and crouch) can completely change an image.

Project365 [221/365]: Mural

On my morning bike rides, sometimes I ride past this mural, painted under the Merivale Bridge. This area was cleaned up recently, as before it was generally occupied by homeless people - they've been moved on. I'd had three months to plan this picture, as I first planned it just before winter set in (I generally don't ride in the mornings in winter..brr! Of course, this morning I did ride, and it was 0 degrees when I set out.) I had to choose my angle carefully to avoid too much reflection on the paint (as seen in the top right hand corner of the picture). A polariser would cut that out, but the polariser doesn't work well with the 0.42x filter (the result is completely uneven).

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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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Bozo

Bozo has a bit of a problem with his eye. He has glaucoma, a detached retina and internal swelling - with no hint as to which came first. He is to have the eye out next week, since it's already blinded and may cause other troubles further down the line.

Queens Park Startrails

This is composed of 26 x 4 minute exposures (kept shooting until the battery ran out). Shot from the lookout at Queens Park, facing south. I checked the BOM before heading out this time.

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Fountain

This is a fountain attached to a plaque/sculpture type thing. The writing on it is decidedly Georgian. (The praises to King George also hint at that.)

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Bear Puppy

Deb brought in her new puppy. I think his name is Bear, or something similar indicating how massive he is going to be.

Project365 [087/365]: Fisheye Mirror

[2011-03-28] This is and old, cheap trick I used to use to get a distorted picture - this is using the blind spot mirror on the car. Incidentally, I've added these little $2 mirrors to every car I've had bar the first two. Cue argument about whether this is a good thing...

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.

Project365 [318/365]: Glasses

This is an optomotrist in Spring Hill that has an obligatory display of glasses. I'm also testing a new app called Pixlromatic on the iPhone (also avail on Android). As is customary, I applied ALL the filters! One thing that Pixlromatic lacks is cropping. I realised later that cropping is avail natively in iOS.

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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.

Entrance Under Construction

The front area to 300 Ann St is being upgraded, and part of it is this pretty spiffy dome feature. The rest is still in progress.

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 [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 [325/365]: Reach for the Star(s)

Like yesterday, some lens flare, but this time on purpose. I was out for a lunchtime walk in Spring Hill and noticed this vine growing up the concrete wall. These vines are amazing and a menace - in both cases because they can attach on to anything and are very difficult to be rid of.

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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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Purga Servo #1/3

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

Riders #1

The bike path is being resurfaced so runners are being diverted to street level. Riders still get to ride on the low path though. The river restaurant is still gutted, with no sign of it being rebuilt.

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 [191/365]: Evelyn Casts

We were having a picnic and killing some time before Carol's flight by taking photos and videos of Evelyn mucking around. The winter sun was winding up and when I saw this shot, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

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Look up #2

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

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.

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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Aussie! Aussie!

This is for get-pushed-38 challenge from @boltonboy: Take a photo of food in some creative way. This is a koala eating a meat pie. I tried to use hyperfocal focusing (small aperture, focus approx in the middle of the two objects, hoping both will be in focus), but it started to rain so I didn't get to fine-tune it. I also could have used the iPhone for its greater depth of field, but there is no control over the aperture on that thing.

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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Googly Backpacker

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

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.

Rub-a-dub-dub

Deanna gave the three kids a bath - thanks Deanna! The kids enjoyed themselves. Trivia: Conor said that Nicholas would have been named Evelyn, had he been born a girl.

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 [042/365]: How To Grow A Sweet Potoato

[2011-02-11] Three steps to growing sweet potato.
  1. Buy a sweet potato;
  2. Wait a few weeks;
  3. Plant the resulting sprouts.
Last year we had a few sweet potatoes that produced sprouts for more than six months.

Project365 [022/365]: Josie's Flooded House

[2011-01-22] Josie is indicating how high the flood waters came in her house. Today we removed the lower plasterboard walls in all rooms - up to 1.2m. (I did leave before the job was finished though, but the platoon of volunteers seemed to have it in hand.) We've created a new open living "solution".

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 [198/365]: Sunday morning Vegemite on toast

Sunday morning, fresh loaf of bread, and a discussion about Vegemite on Reddit fresh in my mind. I stopped down the aperture so that the Vegemite jar in the background would be recognisable. At this point I was holding the knife with one hand and the camera with the other. Later on I tried elevating the bread with a butter lid, and asked Lui to hold the knife so I could use a longer exposure, but I was happier with this earlier shot.

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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).

Enjoy Action!

I had planned to take a night-time long exposure of this. I took a test shot in the morning that I ended up liking much better, thanks to some lovely morning sun. The guys who painted this on neglected one thing: it's facing east, so is subject to some blistering sunlight. Most things that are pointed east or west on Brisbane/Ipswich Road suffer pretty bad fading.

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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Project365 [297/365]: Tarball

Yesterday Lui and I dug up two shrubs. They had been in there a long time and what is pictured here was all underground. I did some mattocking and Lui did the digging and levering. This is what I picture when I think 'tarball'.

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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.