Wrestling Martian

Wrestling Martian

 

This week’s Photo Challenge is super interesting, asking us to envision a magazine cover.  I imagine this one would be for a piece about childhood or nostalgia.  Marvin the Martian and wrestling belts – how much more stereotypically boy childhood can you get?

I took the above photo at the Suitcase Rummage, an event held twice a month where people rock up with suitcases filled with second-hand or handmade items and try to sell them.  They hold them down the East Coast of Australia now, so if you’re around and have a bunch of secondhand stuff you want to sell, it’s definitely worth a look.

Confused Bank

Confused BankOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/5000 sec
ISO 200

I’ve always felt like this building had a bit of a case of mistaken identity.  I live in Brisbane, which is clearly in Queensland, and yet this building is labelled with ‘Bank of New South Wales’.  I realise there’s probably some sort of historical reason to which I’m not privy, but for now I like to think this block really, really wants to be part of a different state.

To Infinity and Beyond

To Infinity and Beyond

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/8000 sec
ISO 100

Once a year, Brisbane dresses up to celebrate … our river, I think?  One of the coolest parts of the celebration (Riverfire) is when these military jets do a flyover around the city and riverbanks, for no particular reason really.  We used to have F1-11s, which had the ability do dump fuel and set it alight.  Not a very eco-friendly activity, admittedly, but it sure made for a blazing spectacle.  Nowadays, we have F/A-18F Super Hornets, which don’t dump fuel, but are still super cool.  I’m not sure if I’m just getting older, or if the Super Hornets are actually just really freaking loud.  Pretty sure the ground shook as they flew past.

Look to the Sky

Look to the SkyPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/8
1/60 sec
ISO 200

I actually really enjoy taking photos of architecture and playing around with strong lines.  Unfortunately I live in Brisbane, where interesting buildings aren’t nearly as prevalent as I would like.  I suppose that it just means I have to be a little more creative in finding interesting perspectives of the structures around me.

So if you’re around Brisbane and you see a weirdo looking up a lot, that might be me.

Lighting The Way

Lighting the wayOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1-320 sec
ISO 200

This was one of those setups that looked stunning in person, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to take a good photo. I took a bunch and this was the best of them – I like to think that it turned out okay.

As an aside, lanterns seem to be the go-to “thing” that Brisbane likes to bust out every time there’s some sort of nighttime cultural event going on.  To be fair, this setup did look a lot better than most.

Under The Bridge… are PEDESTRIANS

Under The BridgeOlympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm
40mm
f/22
50 sec
ISO 100

I think I am a bit more amused by the exclamation mark on the pole in the picture than I really should be.  It just seems so unnecessary, because now I can’t help but feel like the pole is yelling at me, “PEDESTRIANS! PEDESTRIANS ON YOUR LEFT!!!!”

The funniest part is that I was standing on the edge of the path when I took this, with a river on my right, so the pedestrians can only be on the left of that pole.  It’s just water on the right.

PS: I now have the Red Hot Chili Peppers stuck in my head, which I guess isn’t a bad thing.

Twinkling Bird Cage

Twinkling Bird Cage

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/80 sec
ISO 250

Okay, I admit it.  I am a real sucker for bokeh.  This was as much about a really nice bird cage as it was about the amazing bokeh from the skyline in the background.

Brisbane’s not a very interesting city, so it’s almost fitting that it looks most beautiful when it’s a little out of focus. Heh sorry, that’s probably a bit mean to my city.