Project365 [316/365]: Rip it Up

Having been quoted $15k to fix some rotten wood in our verandah, we've decided to do part of it ourselves. The quote was a worst case quote, on the assumption that everything had to be replaced. Lui has taken the mallet to it and found 1 inch of rotten wood and otherwise perfect planks. Early days yet. I put the camera quite close to the action and the lens was sprayed with debris, but worth it.

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Merc Logo

Mercedes parked on the side of the road after a sunshower.

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 [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 [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 [020/365]: Lui and the Sweet Potato

[2011-01-20] Lui harvested some more sweet potatoes. If these things weren't so tasty, they would be considered a weed. They are irrepressible. Examples: I've had a plant grow from a slice put in the compost; and one branch that I mowed over continued to grow from a one-inch fragment - and put out roots.

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Sleepy Time

The kids going to sleep in front of Peppa Pig. It was way past bed time.

Project365 [324/365]: Flare

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! Mark invited us over for a swim. Seeing the photos from this underwater camera, I can point out a few things:
  • Don't shoot into the light - flare
  • Don't shoot away from the light - too contrasty
  • Don't shoot in the shadow - not enough light
  • Don't shoot in the water - not enough light
I choose to see it as a challenge.

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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 [310/365]: First Focus Stack

I read about focus stacking and decided to try it for myself. The root here was placed at an angle so that it was not possible to get all of it in focus (even at f/29). The final image is formed from three source photos - one focused on the left, one on the middle and one on the right, and combined using CombineZP.

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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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After a week and a half of rain, mushrooms have popped up in the grass everywhere.

iPod Cookies

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

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 [199/365]: <3 foggy mornings

Walking to the train station, it was a beautiful foggy morning and I was searching for a scene that would make a good photo. This is a football field and I've never noticed spider webs on the fence before, but the water droplets helped point them out to me.

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Project365 [338/365]: Seaworld

We have a summer pass to the Gold Coast theme parks and activated it today. This was in the shark tank (which I have photos of Lui and myself from last time we went, three years ago). Evelyn needed sleep but refused to rest for the whole day. She was out like a light before we had pulled out of the carpark.

Pressure Cleaning

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

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 #8/14

Spent an afternoon and evening at the abandoned TAFE. This is one of the walls and windows in the ceramics block, with some pretty elaborate art.

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St Mary's Startrails

Al and I headed over to St Mary's Church to catch some star trails. The front was quite well-lit, and Al managed to make a good picture out of it. I headed around the back to find something that was not so bright. This was still flood-lit but not as much. This is made from 23 exposures, ranging from two minutes to four minutes each, totalling 65 minutes. Around 11.30pm, the floodlights were turned off so I was able to bump up the exposure to four minutes. The stacking method used (lighten) meant the brightest exposure won out.

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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 [360/365]: Richard and Evelyn

Uncle Richard is up from Sydney to visit Nana and Grandpa. I took the opportunity to get a portrait with Evelyn. Nana and Grandpa's house already had the best lighting and colours imaginable, and two new skylights have made this even better.

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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.

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 [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.

Project 365 [008/365]: First Solids

First solids went down a treat - no refusals, no spit-ups. Awesome. Lui dug up a sweet potato from the garden and cooked it up. By the way, comment button is to the left.

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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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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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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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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.

Friends on the Stairs

BBQ at Russell and Patti's place, and I was practicing using Russell's camera as a second body for shooting his wedding the following week. Ally is a little bit older than Evelyn, and they ran all over the yard together.

Project365 [244/365]: Riverside Shade Sail

Walking from work to Southbank, I have walked by this a few times. I'm not sure what purpose this serves (though Google would probably know - Google knows everything). The way I see it, it's only useful for people working in the Riverside Centre to get to the sushi shop without having to use an umbrella. Pretty though.

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Project365 [331/365]: Floating Railing

Part of the reason we want to renovate the verandah is some of the wood at the front has rotted away. Sections of the railing are actually floating, mounted on nothing. I tried photographing this during the day, but shadows caused a nuisance and I am already too sunburnt from other outside exploits. Night time provided a more even lighting opportunity, with this exposure being a shade under 5 minutes. I have read a lot about hot pixels during long exposures but have always just sort of dismissed them. They are really prominent in this shot (pic below).

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Project365 [278/365]: Another Impossible Tree

This is a door to something that is underground, presumably utility-related. I had never noticed the tree growing out from the top of it before. When composing, I wanted to keep the text in the photo as well, as a offset.

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Evelyn the Conjurer

We headed out to Laidley for the night, and blew some bubbles for Evelyn to chase around. I had planned to shoot some star trails from the lookout on the ridge. It was the first cloudy night for two weeks. Will try again next time we head out there.

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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 [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 [254/365]: Bridge to Brisbane 2011

For the fun run, I knew I wanted to get some kind of shot of the hubbub. I've never been able to work out what makes a crowd shot work. (If only there was some kind of reference work available on the subject.) I had planned to get a shot of the water stations, as this one has worked for me in the past but it didn't work out this year.

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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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Project365 [256/365]: Sunny Keyhole

When I arrived home, I noticed that there was a strong light shining through the keyhole in the laundry. The setting sun was perfectly lined up to shine through between the surrounding houses. The macro filter is a relatively simple design compared to the other modern lenses that I have and the flare is very unpredictable. Also due to the bright sunlight and flare, the autofocus had a lot of trouble. This shot was one that worked with autofocus but so many shots I just couldn't lock on, so I moved to manual focus and rocked back and forward until I had good focus. I already had a shot for the day but chose this one to keep due to repeatability - there would only be a couple of days per year that this shot would be able to be done.

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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!

Project 365 [004/365]: Back to Work

Back to work after a too-short 3 day weekend. This is me working on photographs on the train, with iPhone tethered for net. The train trip is 55 mins, but the laptop battery lasts 15-20 mins if I'm lucky.

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 [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.

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 [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?)

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).


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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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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Project365 [245/365]: Not-shy Spider

There are a lot of spiders in the shelter at the station, and I was getting up and friendly with one that I had spotted a few days earlier. As it turns out, it was either asleep or dead. Its neighbour wasn't so dead and started getting a bit aggressive, so I did what any smart individual would do and got 2cm away with the macro lens. I wasn't aiming so much (I wasn't getting my face that close) so this was a mis-focus but I think it gives the impression it was moving towards me (which it wasn't at this point).

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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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