Sorry about the lack of updates recently, but I’ve been in the middle of moving to a new unit. The moving part was hard enough, but then there was the whole setting-up process. It involved a lot of Swedish fake wood from Ikea and a ton of assembling. Anyway, here are some photos from my new place. Catch you around in 2015!
Olympus 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).
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 1/800 sec ISO 200
So a big thing happened to me recently – I finally graduated from university. After about 8 years it’s about time, I’d say. Actually, I just realised that since I didn’t take a gap year after high school, I’ve been enrolled in an educational institution for the last 20 years. Scary, but exciting!
I spent altogether too many hours of my life in the library on campus, really. It was a necessary evil I’d say, and I don’t regret it one bit. It’s a part of my life that is now gone, but not forgotten.
Olympus 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.
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.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 f/1.8 1/5000 sec ISO 200
I’ve always felt like this building had a bit of a case of mistaken identity. I live in Brisbane, which is clearly in Queensland, and yet this building is labelled with ‘Bank of New South Wales’. I realise there’s probably some sort of historical reason to which I’m not privy, but for now I like to think this block really, really wants to be part of a different state.
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.
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.
Olympus 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.
I think I am a bit more amused by the exclamation mark on the pole in the picture than I really should be. It just seems so unnecessary, because now I can’t help but feel like the pole is yelling at me, “PEDESTRIANS! PEDESTRIANS ON YOUR LEFT!!!!”
The funniest part is that I was standing on the edge of the path when I took this, with a river on my right, so the pedestrians can only be on the left of that pole. It’s just water on the right.
PS: I now have the Red Hot Chili Peppers stuck in my head, which I guess isn’t a bad thing.