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 [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...

Byron Bay 2005 #7/10

Work trip to Byron Bay - stayed for the afternoon. After sunset, some of the local sticks.

Project365 [190/365]: Shawn and Rachael's wedding

I was up the back with my long lens, hoping to capture this moment. I was shooting at ISO 1600 to ensure a clear shot with the movement, and the fact that we were in the shade (inside the pavillion), and that I had no control over anything in the situation.

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.

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.

Drain Orb

Alan and Mick invited me to a drain in Brisbane south... for light painting. Oliver was there as well, and he painted this great scene. I was further back and took a "making of" shot - though I think it works better cropped as I've done here.

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Lightpainting Practice

I've spent most of the last week on sick leave, so I've been boning up on some things. Coding is one, and practicing some light painting is the other. This was a combination of a small LED torch and an imitation light saber. I made sure to clean the kitchen first. Writing cursive and backwards a special challenge.

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Project365 [057/365]: Mmm Oil

[2011-02-26] Have you ever noticed how sausages exude a decent amount of oil when cooked? And have you ever wondered what happens to that stuff when it 'disappears' from the barbeque?

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 [217/365]: Plane and Runway

I had a few days off work and ended up with a day to myself, so I went on another riding odyssey. I rode from Brisbane city to Eight Mile Plains, intending to ride back. Instead, I changed my mind and cut across to Wacol instead, which took me past Archerfield. In short, this photo was completely unplanned. For the photo itself, I stood outside the fence and shot through. When shooting over a lot of tarmac, there is a lot of distortion, although that is not what I was aiming for. I was actually trying to get a shot of a plane just about to touch down, or something that looked close to it from my vantage point. I was using AI Servo focus (tracking focus), but it mis-focused most of the time. I believe it is deliberately hobbled in lower models of camera, of which mine was the lowest for the time. The great thing I've found about AI Servo focus is when it does have a hit, it's a beauty.

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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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Googly Flower

These flowers line the streets in Ipswich city. They are perfect candidates for the googly eye treatment.

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.

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.

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.)

Project365 [258/365]: Traffic Wasps

This is a traffic light between the train station and work, where some wasps have made a nest. I've been saving this shot for a while, but I had to snap it before anything happened to the nest. Theme of Man vs. Nature.

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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.

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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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.


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

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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Lighter Than Air

This is in response to a get-pushed challenge from @frida: To take an image that represents 'lighter than air'. This was especially tough. I had this idea in my head but the execution turned out quite different. The coffin is a roving prop that Queensland Rail take to different stations as part of a campaign to stop people crossing the tracks when a train is coming. It is pictured here at Central station - although there are no accessible tracks at Central, a lot of people would be coming from a station where there is a track crossing somewhere. The clouds are from Ebbw Vale station. The idea I had in my head was a cliched image of a grave in the clouds.

Project365 [016/365]: BBQing

[2011-01-16] The power is now back on at our place (it had been off since Wednesday 4am). While the lights were out, we used the BBQ a few times to cook, about as much as we have used it since we moved in. Now I'm determined to use it more often.

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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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.

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.

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 [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 [097/365]: Bikeway Roadworks

[2011-04-07] Road works on the bikeway. Today was the first time on the bike for a month. I took it easy, and still kept the same pace as when I ride hard. Possibly a lesson in that.

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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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.

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.

Valley Building Site #2

This is one of the source images from the Building Site Panorama. I think it's a neat enough image that it's worth viewing by itself.

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Project365 [045/365]: Sporty Sculpture

[2011-02-14] Kangaroo Point - at the base of the cliffs. Mum asked for this photo.* This is on one of my extended tracks - I rode 20km in the morning and 10km in the afternoon. The BBQs still aren't fixed after the floods, but the rest of the park is in good enough nick. * Later edit: This is not the photo that mum actually wanted. She actually wanted one of the Fish Fossil - I found it later in the year.

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.

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.

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 [236/365]: Fig Swallows Fence

The figs in the park were planted in 1870 and are pretty special to look at. I walk past here once a week on my way to Bridge to Brisbane training, but only have my iPhone with me at that point - not much good for taking photos in the dark of a dark tree. So I rode over today during lunch time with a backpack of lenses and made sure I got something to be happy with. I had originally intended to get a fish-eye shot of the roots from floor to sky, but it ended up not looking fantastic.

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Butterfly and Flower

A butterfly visiting a flower. While shooting an abstract macro, I couldn't resist shooting a non-abstract macro.

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Project365 [328/365]: What Lies Underneath

Lui had the great idea of using our crowbar* to lever up the concrete and tiles. This has made things move much faster. Unfortunately, no paranoid old man stashed his fortune underneath the tiles on our verandah, but somebody did put down some very fine wood that has stood for 55+ years. * It's a long crowbar, which we also use to pull out tree roots

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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).

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.

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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Project365 [251/365]: Southbank Steps

At the southern end of the parklands, there used to be some restaurants and it was always the crap end. Lately, the restaurants had their leases terminated/not renewed, and the buildings demolished. In their place, a lovely public space has been developed, including these steps. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted a shot of Lui and Evelyn sitting on the steps. Exposure was in manual mode, as the backlighting on the steps would otherwise have confused the camera. That said, the few I took in Program mode weren't too bad, but there was no guarantee it would get it right each time.

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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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Googly Kangaroo

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

Victoria Bridge Sunset

Walking from the city to West End for dinner, I crossed Victoria Bridge at just the right moment. Nothing exceptional about this, but I did like the way the light poles lined up.

Project365 [364/365]: Mobile

Mum sent over this beautiful bird mobile for Evelyn, for Christmas. She sells very nice hand-made stuff at House of Shallana. My main idea was to place this over Evelyn's cot while she was asleep and photograph the two of them, but that quickly unravelled when she was refusing to sleep. I couldn't risk turning on the light and using the noisy clunking SLR to photograph the scene (though I reckon it would have been excellent), since it had already taken two hours to get her to sleep the first time. Instead I made do with this "safe" photo, taken long before we tried to set her down to sleep. I try to take a safe photo in case the experimental one does not work out.

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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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Southbank: Temple and Wheel

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'." This is the Nepal Peace Pagoda and Wheel of Brisbane at Southbank. I didn't get any emotion here but this is an image that I've wanted to capture for a long time now.

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 [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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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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Googly Arnie

Arnie has flexed a little too hard. I saw this in a shop window but didn't want to stick googly eyes on their glass while they were open, so I skulked around after they were shut.

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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