Back to a Simpler Time

Back to a Simpler TimePanasonic G Lumix 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/3200 sec
ISO 200

Remember when you could only really clearly see things that were about a metre from the ground and so you had to look up at everything?  When you’d go to the playground in the nearest park and amuse yourself for hours on a only a few pieces of colourful equipment?  And your greatest concern was finding out what happened if you moved one of those red balls to the left?  I must say, I don’t remember those times all that well, but I sure do miss them.

Proud Guardian

Proud GuardianPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/3200 sec
ISO 200

I found this fine creature guarding Brisbane’s City Hall.  There was probably a plaque around signifying its importance but I didn’t see it, so I’m not sure of it’s significance.

Other than being amazingly grand and wise, that is.

Just Being Nosey

Just Being NoseySMC Pentax 50mm (adapted)
f/1.4
1/250 sec
ISO 250

I just realised that it’s been a while since Phillip’s been featured on my blog.  That is a travesty that I’m here to fix today!

This was among the earlier photos I took when I started experimenting with adapted lenses.  I needed a subject that was both interesting and immobile and, well… these are two very good ways to describe Phillip.  He is one of the laziest dogs you’ll ever meet.  You can literally scooch him along the ground and he won’t even react.  I wonder what he thinks of us sometimes.

Deep Contemplation

Deep Contemplation
Olympus 45-150mm at 58mm
f/4.4
1/60 sec
ISO 100

I’ve always shied away from portraits in black and white, because it always seemed less forgiving than colour, but it’s really not that scary!  Like with everything else, you just need to play to the strengths of the medium you choose.  I was trying to create a moodier shot with this particular photo, and I think that’s a domain in which black and white photos really shine.  It also helps if you have a pre-determined plan/vision in mind, rather than just shooting and hoping for the best.

 

PS: Tiff actually made that top herself.  Details here, if you’re also into sewing and all that jazz.

What a Quacking Meal

Synchronised eating Fujian C-Mount 50mm f/1.4
f/1.4
1/800 sec
ISO 100

Ducks are pretty great.  Not as good as dogs, mind you, but pretty close.  Multiple ducks eating in synchrony is even better!  Although, these ducks will sometimes charge at you mouth open and squawking if you get too close.  It’s actually as adorable as it sounds, though I’m sure the duck in question thinks it’s meant to be scary?

Happiness Is a Glowing Puppy

SnoopyPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/5.6
14.o sec
ISO 100

Here’s everyone’s favourite beagle!  I can’t claim full credit for this one – it was Tiff who did the actual light painting in this case.  If you have never tried light painting, you really should give it a go.  All you need is a tripod, a dark room and a pen torch.  Put your camera into bulb-mode, press the shutter and start drawing in the air with light!  It can take a bit of trial and error, but when you pull it off, the results can be pretty darn cool.  Technically any light source would work, but I find that pen torches allow for the right level of brightness and dexterity to pull off cool art.

Nocturnal Beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlympus 40-150mm at 40mm
f/22
163 sec
ISO 100

This is probably one of my favourites at the moment.  I’ve always had a soft spot for extended exposures taken at night.  I finally got a chance to do just that when I was at Surfer’s Paradise at the Gold Coast.  It was a bit of a challenge actually, because I had to battle a pretty strong seabreeze.  I was surprised at just how much I was being buffeted around.  Of course, even the slightest movement would destroy a photo like this, so definitely find yourself a sturdy tripod if you’re going to try!  I was fortunate enough to find a little alcove next to a staircase that protected me from most of the wind.

PS: If you looks super closely, you’ll be able to see blurry white blobs near the water.  Those were seagulls walking around (how cute!)