So Phillip seemed like he was getting restless, so we took him for a walk to the local park. Alternatively, Tiff seemed to think he needed some more intellectual stimulation. As soon as I pulled out my camera to try and take some pictures, his interest piqued! It’s not as if he hasn’t seen my camera before, so maybe he was feeling like a bit of a poser that day.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 f/1.8 1/5000 sec ISO 100
It was recently a long weekend here in Queensland (thank you, Queen, for letting us celebrate your birthday), so we went on a roadtrip across the border to New South Wales. I realise that crossing these borders aren’t nearly as exciting as crossing into another country but, alas, such are the drawbacks of living in a waterlocked (is this a thing?) country. Either way, it was still great to be able to escape to somewhere and leave all my worries behind. It was pretty great, as we stumbled upon a bizarre fete/festival/vintage car display fusion that was actually pretty fun. I still don’t know what it was but it brought out some brilliant cars like the one above, which obviously lends itself well to monochrome photos – perfect for Leanne’s challenge.
On a side note, every time I see a full-colour photo of anything pre-1950s, I’m often taken back. I think my brain secretly thinks the whole world was in black-and-white back in the day.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 1/1250 sec ISO 100
I realise that it’s human nature for us all to always want everything right now, but it’s good to remember that good things come to those who wait. Let’s take photography as for example. You can (and many people do) buy the best DSLR, buy a huge SD card tell everyone you take photos, but there’s really no replacement for experience. To take good photos takes countless hours searching, composing and taking photos. It requires hundreds and thousands of failed, terrible photos, with the knowledge that each time you take a sub-par one, you learn something new for next time. I’ve learned that, over time, you start to develop a subconscious sense of which part of your surroundings may make for a great photo on a day-to-day basis, which isn’t something that you can teach easily.
Mind you, I’m not saying that I’m a good photographer, but it is really satisfying to look back at my photos chronologically and notice the improvements over time. They say that to become an expert, you need to spend 10,000 hours on an activity and I think that makes a whole lot of sense.
PS: If those little booties look familiar, that’s because they belong to everyone’s favourite hand cream.
PPS: I really wanted to make a bad pun about stepping up or stepping down aperture but that was too bad, even for me.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 19.0 sec ISO 100
There’s not really a much better view than this on a Friday night – to just kick back with a nice fancy cider and soak up the quiet night. I wish I was rich enough to be able to afford a place that had this sort of amazing view every night, but unfortunately this was taken when I was on holiday. Still, one can dream.
One can dream.
PS: I do realise that it’s only Wednesday today and not Friday, but I’m playing make-believe, because it’s been a long day.