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.

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.

Lines to the Sky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPanasonic Lumix G 20mm
f/1.7
1/1250 sec
ISO 100

If it seems like I’ve been posting quite a few black and white photos recently, it’s because I happened upon Leanne’s blog, where she recently started issuing weekly black and white photography challenges (or “Monochrome Madness”, as it’s now called).  It’s been fun to get out there and frame/shoot photos that I want to be black and white.  With this photo, I realise that building-shots are a little overdone, but I just love playing around with geometry like that.

As an aside, I’m going to start watermarking my photos starting from now.  I’ll try to keep it as unintrusive as possible and I hope it’s not too annoying.

 

 

Spindles and Spicules

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlympus Zuiko M 40-150mm at 40mm
f/4.0
1/60 sec
ISO 1600

So, I’m pretty sure that this was/is meant to be Brisbane’s answer to the London Eye, but it falls very, very short.  I haven’t personally been on it, but I’ve been told many-a-time that it’s really not worth the money or effort.  On the plus side, it makes for a pretty picture at night, so I guess that’s a small victory?  I figured that it would make a fantastic black & white shot since, well, it’s pretty much black and white anyway!

Photography as Catharsis

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPanasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7
f/16
1/160 sec
ISO 200

Recently, I’ve been enraptured by the idea of street photography.  There’s just something great about getting out there and trying to capture the essence of the city around you.  I think what’s been stopping me is the innate human tendency to dismiss familiar environments as uninteresting, so I hadn’t been shooting much of the style.  Once I broke free of that mentality, however, it became a lot easier to spot good photos.

Once, a friend told me that he like to go on half-marathon weekend jogs because that’s the one time of the week that he’s able to let go, be free of everyday stresses and be able to think about other things.  Well, I suppose that’s what photography is to me.  I realise that with digital cameras it’s really easy to get trigger happy and shoot hundreds of photos and then find the real gems afterwards, but I find it to be quite cathartic to slow down, frame my shot and then wait.  And wait.

Take the above photo, for example.  I had a very specific shot in mind, so I sat there and waited for the opportunity to arise.  I’m not sure how long I waited, but it was quite interesting just to take in the environment, as well as the people around me.  I’m not sure if any of this is just me being old-fashioned, but I enjoy it.  Looking at the photo now, I probably should’ve used that time to adjust the framing since the lines are slightly off, but oh well.  I know that Photoshop can fix that, but I prefer to just chalk it up to another lesson learned.

 

Under construction (in more ways than one)

First thing’s first: I don’t know how many regular readers I have, but I wholeheartedly apologise for the severe lack of posts.  It’s been about four months, but so much has happened.  So, in summary: Merry Christmas and Happy new year for ages ago. I don’t know how many of you know about the huge Queensland floods in January, but we had to deal with that too – thankfully, my house was safe.

The main thing keeping me from my blog right now though is that I started med school at the start of this year.  And boy oh boy, it’s full on!  They really just hit you with everything from the start.  I haven’t done much science in recent years, so I’m really playing a huge catch-up game right now.

Enough about my life though.  I took this photo on the way to one of my daily 8am lectures (not fun), using ISO100 B&W mode.  There’s really not much to the photo, but I like it nonetheless.  It could be the lens flare – everyone loves some good lens flare.  Obviously, this building was under construction, and the reason I chose to post this photo right now is that this is how I feel at the moment.  My course is making me feel like my brain is under construction.

I’ll try my best to post some more photos in the future (I’ve accumulated quite a few), but I guess I can’t guarantee that I’ll find time these days.  Sorry in advance if that happens.

PS: You can’t see it in this photo, but the construction company is called Hooker Cockram.  Make of that what you will, but my girlfriend and I think it’s hilarious that the company name got approved.

Monochrome lens flare skyline (Harinezumi 2++)

This was taken with the Harinezumi 2++, ISO100, set on black and white mode. I do enjoy taking photos with lens flare in it, but you should be careful when doing that. The manual says not to point the camera at the sun, as it causes burn-in, and I’ve heard reports of it happening. Despite that, I just can’t help myself! The way I deal with it is to keep it to a minimum.

I was at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast when I took this photo.