Cobra(-ish) Pose

Cobra-ish PoseOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/2.5
1/6400 sec
ISO 200

I think I find it more amusing that I should that there’s a lizard doing what looks like a Cobra pose…  Anyway, I have a somewhat funny story about these guys.  This is an Australian Water Dragon, an adorable and harmless creature that is really quite shy and likes to sunbake.  It is clearly NOT a Komodo dragon, the metres-long predator that could probably eat me if I encountered it.  I actually spent lots of years thinking these were Komodo dragons…. I should explain that I didn’t think that these guys would eat me, I just clearly had no idea what a Komodo dragon really was.

Moving on. I find it interesting that different types of Water Dragons seem to run differently.  Some run on all fours, but I’ve seen some hilariously hitch up on their hind legs and sprint off in that manner.  It’s adorable, even when they charge at you (the one above did, right after I took the photo).

PS: Merry Christmas all!

Warm Summer Hike

Warm Summer HikeOlympus 14-42mm at 21mm
f/16
1/50 sec
ISO 1600

The photo challenge this week is about the colour yellow, and it immediately made me think of this photo.  Technically, the actual challenge page says to post something about what the colour yellow means to you.  One thing you need to know about me, dear reader, is that I have always been such a city slicker.  Me and nature mix about as well as water and oil, I’ve always thought.  In saying that, I do live in Australia, so my friends dragged me out to go camping recently and I must say that it’s quite enjoyable.  The feeling of having walked several kilometres and then coming across the scene above is pretty glorious.  You turn a bend and suddenly the trees open up, a breeze comes through, and you see sunlight streaming through the branches in front of you.  The sun’s still beating down on your head, but you don’t mind so much because you’ve been enclosed by canopies for the last few hours.

I think I might like nature.

Rummaging For Treasure

Rummaging For TreasureOlympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/1000 sec
ISO 200

So there’s this really neat event that’s really taken off in the last couple of years, called the Suitcase Rummage.  The idea is pretty simple: you register, fill up a couple of suitcase with some items, then you show up on the day and try to sell them to people.  As you can see in the photo above, there’s a section for secondhand goods and a section for handmade items.  On the flip side, if you’re looking for a bargain, you just rock up and see if anything catches your eye.  It’s being run at a bunch of locations down the East Coast of Australia, so head over to their site and see if there’s one near you.

PS: I swear I’m not affiliated with them, I just think they’re super cool.

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.

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.

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.

On Track

On TrackPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/600 sec
ISO 100

Before anyone accuses me of being incredibly stupid in taking this photo, I’d just like to point out that the trams were still under construction and weren’t at all functional when I took this photo.  There is no way I’d stop right in the middle of a set of active tram tracks to take a photo, even if it is potentially an amazing snap.  Anyway, I thought it was a rather great coincidence that the tracks bisect the “Tram Only” sign so that it says “to”, considering that the vehicle will obviously be constantly on-the-go.  Actually, the middle section spells out RAIN.  TO RAIN?  Kind of just sounds like “train”, actually.

Surf ‘n Pedal

Surf n Pedal

Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/10
1/400 sec
ISO 100

When I go out to take photos, one of my goals is to try and frame up a picture that I think tells a good story.  This is one of the rare few that I feel could be telling one of several stories, depending on how you look at it.

Did someone simply want to ride their bike to the beach?  Perhaps it’s someone who is training for a triathlon, and decided to ride to the beach for a good swim?  How long has the bike been there?  Is it abandoned?  Or maybe the owner simply couldn’t find a decent bike rack anywhere else except for this sign.