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.

Project365 [332/365]: Infrared Story Bridge

My R72 filter (infrared only) has been delivered from HK and I've been keen to try it out. I'm still learning what works and what doesn't, and I've also been playing it safe with a really small aperture (to allow for the different focus point of IR light).

Project365 [309/365]: Dog Goes Sniff

Evelyn and I were visiting Nana and Grandpa, and I knew I wanted to get a shot of Evelyn with Pallas. They spent the day uneasy around eachother - Pallas barking loudly at everything, and Evelyn with the squeals and grabby hands. Once Evelyn (finally) went down for her afternoon nap, Pallas felt brave enough to come over for a sniff. (Edited 2011-11-08 16:31: I posted this to Instagram and liked the effect on there better than the original one.)

Project365 [306/365]: Occupy Brisbane – Brisbane Liberated

Alan Warren gave me the heads up that the protest was being broken up and moved along. He posted some shots on Google+ as it was happening. When I arrived at 7.20am, I was in time to see the last protesters being carried away. I took lots of shots of people chanting, which would have been alright if I'd not gotten anything else. I also shot wide-open (f/4), because I wanted some of the background to be blurred (and the observers - having them in focus would be distracting). This was at the expense of sharpness of the main subject, but considering the situation and ultimate use of the photo, I thought that was a reasonable trade-off. A little birdy told me that it will cost the Brisbane City Council $30-40k to re-turf Post Office Square after the tents killed the grass. I think it would come back quickly enough without being re-turfed - bit of a waste of money don'tcha think? (And isn't that what it's all about?)

Project365 [298/365]: Fine!

Brisbane provides free parking for motorbikes. They park on the footpath in specific bays but the bays fill up quickly so the latecomers just park outside the bays, as you do.

Project365 [294/365]: Occupy Brisbane

Joining in the global discontent, a tent city has appeared in Post Office Square. Similar protests in other places have been forcibly removed. These guys were not making much of a fuss when I was there, but it was the middle of the day and too hot for such things.

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.

Project365 [235/365]: The Old Windmill, Brisbane

I never get tired of taking distorted photos of things. (That's an exaggeration; I didn't take any for over a year.) This is The Old Windmill in Spring Hill, apparently the oldest (European) structure still standing in Queensland, built in 1828.

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.

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 [062/365]: Boomgates

Slightly east of Ebbw Vale station. To the eagle-eyed, yes, there is a trend here - I do catch the train from Ebbw Vale in the morning. Next up - the ticket machine.

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.

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 [043/365]: Phone Booths

[2011-02-12] I am going to spend the next week thinking in black and white. A brightly-lit shopping centre is a good place to start this...

Project 365 [001/365]: Evelyn

Starting off my Project365 with the most important thing in my life. I was chasing Evelyn around the lounge room with my fisheye lens.