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.

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

Obligatory Flower Closeup

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFujian C-mount 50mm
f/1.4
1/2000 sec
ISO 100

I’m no botanist so I can’t tell you what kind of flowers these are, but I do like the contrast between flowers and what I presume are budding flowers.  I don’t have much else to say about this photo – there are some flowers.  Have at it.

Yaaaaawn. Being a Dog Is Hard Work!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASMC Pentax 50mm legacy lens (adapted)
f/1.4
1/160 sec
ISO 250

“Why must life be so hard?!”
I love this photo to bits; it’s such a precious moment!  I love it when dogs do humanoid things, like yawn and sneeze.  I do wonder though… you know how people say yawns are contagious?  Do you think it works between dogs and humans as well?  Hmmmmmm I think I read a study that suggested yes, but I can’t remember.  Anyway, like I’ve said before, Phillip here will be heavily featured on this blog, on account of him being the cutest dog ever.
On a more serious note, this photo was taken with a gem of a lens that I found in my dad’s old collection.  It’s a K-Mount SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4, and it looks like it’s packing some serious optics.  With an effective focal length of 100mm and an aperture that wide, it gives some super creamy bokeh that just ooooooozes.  All it took was a cheap K-mount micro four-thirds adapter off eBay and I was up and running.  It is a fully manual affair, like all adapted mounts, but that’s half the fun!

 

This way to the other side

This way to the other side

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 14mm
f/3.5
1/320 s
ISO 200

This was unashamedly another bokeh stress test for the kit lens.  As I mentioned last time, you can get some pretty creamy bokeh, even though the aperture only opens to f/3.5.

King of the Cube

King of the Cube

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 42mm
f/4.4
1/200 s
ISO 200

This little guy wasn’t meant to be the central attraction on the street, but he couldn’t help but steal the show!  He was set up by a street performer demonstrating that ‘weightless glass ball’ act.  The act was pretty impressive but seriously, look at how Amazon Box Guy is demonstrating total domination over that Rubik’s cube.  Just you dare try to encroach on his territory!

On a more serious note, I wanted to test out the bokeh on this thing.  At 42mm on the kit 14-42mm lens, the aperture can’t open any wider than f/4.4, but it still manages to get some reasonably shallow depth of field.