Aargh, life!

Aargh, Life!Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm
f/4.0
40mm
ISO 100

This is for those days when nothing goes your way.  Usually it starts with something small, like your alarm not going off, waking up late, running out of milk after you’ve poured out cereal or simply missing your bus.  After that, like a series of dominoes, things just keep getting worse and worse.  Sometimes, it feels like all you can do is bury your head in your hands and hope the day hurries up and ends.  I know people say that it’s all in your head and your outlook of the world, but sometimes a good-going set of  grumps can be quite therapeutic!

On a side note, I feel like this might be the closest I’ve ever come to shooting a stock photo, don’t you think?

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Handy in Winter!

Thinking about life as a hand cream.Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/6400 sec
ISO 100

This is by far the most ridiculous (and awesome) hand cream I have ever seen.  Before anyone says anything, no, this isn’t mine; my fiancee Tiff bought it when she went to Taiwan.  I can honestly say that I never expected hand cream to ever come with legs and silicone removable shoes.  I really don’t understand the removable shoes.  Is this a common thing in cosmetics now?

Turns out that this guy is from a range of creams, each with their own motivational phrase:

  • “Don’t worry. I’m on your side”
  • “It’s fine. All is well” (this one sounds dangerously insincere, by the way.  I would be very suspicious if anyone ever said this to me)
  • “Good luck. You are the best”

And then there’s the one in the picture, which is by far my favourite: “You did it! Almost there.” We’ve been trying to figure out what the hell that actually means.  Why am I still only “almost there”, if I already did it?  Tiff pointed out that at least the dude looks suitable impassive himself, since he probably has no idea what sort of vibe he’s supposed to be giving out.

This is also my submission for The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge

Twinkling Night Path

Twinkling Night PathPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/16
28 sec
ISO 100

I think I’ve become a little addicted to night-time photography.  There’s just something magical about taking extended exposure photos to capture a scene at night, especially when I get these delicious 14-pointed stars from light sources.  I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t examine that statue, because now I’m quite curious as to who it is!

Those trees are driving me crazy though.  They’re not quite perpendicular to the ground, so I keep thinking that my photo is tilted.

Wednesday Hump Day

Hump DayOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 200

Isn’t it the weekend yet?  Being a dog is hard work.  I have to wake up early enough to greet my humans and see them off to work and so that I can eat breakfast with them.  They get grumpy if I don’t do that.  And then I keep an eye (and a nose!) out in the afternoon to watch for them to come home.  Then I have to play with them for a while before we can eat.

This is tough.  I think I’ll just go to sleep now.

Isn’t it the weekend yet?

Abandoned Warehouse (Gakkenflex)

Warehouse GakkenGakkenflex camera, 135 film

So I was digging through some of my very old film photos that I scanned and realised that I have barely uploaded any of them.  Even though I’ve become more and more involved with my mirrorless camera and capturing with high quality optics, my blog started as a film-only endeavour, so I think it’ll be nice to post more of my old things up now.

I’ve been pretty captivated with photos that can capture a sense of abandonment, so I was pretty happy to find this old photo.  The Gakkenflex, which I used to take this photo, has naturally soft edges and I think that lends itself nicely to this style of photo.   This photo was taken in a part of town I don’t go to much, and I was honestly pretty surprised to find this building.  I think it looks great and really adds character to the area, so I hope it’s still there.  On the other hand, I have no idea if it’s in use anymore.

Hmmm, I really need to get back to film photography.  I have a half-used roll of black-and-white film in my Gakkenflex actually…. I think I put it in there about 4 years ago, so it’d be really interesting to see some of the photos I’ve taken on it already!