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.

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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.

Under The Bridge… are PEDESTRIANS

Under The BridgeOlympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm
40mm
f/22
50 sec
ISO 100

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.

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.

Cephalopod Takeover

Cephalopod Takeover

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/16
1/200 sec
ISO 200

Our museum here in Brisbane likes to dress up occasionally, when there are special exhibits ongoing.  There’s a marine life  (Deep Oceans) one ongoing that I keep forgetting to go to.  Either way, it looks like our cephalopod overlords have already started marking their territory!

PS: Is it a squid or an octopus?  I’m not really up to scratch with my marine biology.

My First HDR

My First HDR

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/16

Over the last year or so, I’ve read a lot about HDR photography – mostly about when to use it and, more importantly, when not to use it.  Despite this, I’ve never really had a chance to try it out myself.  When I saw the water feature outside the museum, I decided it was the perfect chance to try it out.  The sun was shining brightly, but there were harsh shadows deeper into the little enclave.  I unfortunately didn’t have my tripod on me, so I had to do my best to hold steady and pretend like I am the tripod.

I’m reasonable happy with the end product.  Anyone out there more experienced with HDR who can give some feedback?

A Wheel and a Show

A Wheel and a Show

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am officially in love with taking photos at night.  It is a little bit of a hassle to trek around with a tripod, but I think the end result is worth it.  The Brisbane River looks horrible during the day (brown and murky), but boy does it make for great nocturnal pictures!  That’s our tiny little ferris wheel up there, next to our performing arts centre.  So I guess you could theoretically go for a spin then catch the latest performance, all in one night.

I was also lucky enough to catch a couple of ferries streaking past while I had the shutter open, which always makes for brilliant light trails.