Simple Silhouette

Simple SilhouetteOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/60 sec
ISO 100

Before I forget, happy new year to everyone for 5 days ago.  Hopefully you’ve all recovered somewhat.  I figured I’d ring in the new year with a classy photo, and we all know that black and white = instant class 😀

All kidding aside, I’m a little annoyed at that blasted window frame in the background, but oh well.

Floating in Isolation

Floating in Isolation

 

I know that photos of floating boats in black and white are a little on the overdone side, but I couldn’t resist when I saw this beauty floating, moored just a short distance away from where I was.  The sky looks a little menacing too, making me wonder just how long this boat will stay anchored ashore.

 

It also looks like it has antennae, which is always fun.

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!

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.