On Track

On TrackPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/600 sec
ISO 100

Before anyone accuses me of being incredibly stupid in taking this photo, I’d just like to point out that the trams were still under construction and weren’t at all functional when I took this photo.  There is no way I’d stop right in the middle of a set of active tram tracks to take a photo, even if it is potentially an amazing snap.  Anyway, I thought it was a rather great coincidence that the tracks bisect the “Tram Only” sign so that it says “to”, considering that the vehicle will obviously be constantly on-the-go.  Actually, the middle section spells out RAIN.  TO RAIN?  Kind of just sounds like “train”, actually.

Curiosity + Dog = Nightmare To Walk

Curious Dog = A Nightmare To Walk

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/8000 sec
ISO 125

We recently took Phillip on a bit of a mini-adventure.  Well, to be fair, Tiff was the one that decided, given that she said: “I don’t think Phillip is getting enough intellectual stimulation”.  Now, although golden retrievers are generally known to be fairly lazy, I think Phillip takes it to a whole new level.  He likes to lie on his side pretty much all day and you can literally push him along the ground without him reacting.

So! We walked him down to the nearest playground (yes, human playground).  There’s something you need to know about him, though.  He is a very, very curious dog, so it’s pretty much impossible for him to walk in a straight line.  His walking path is basically about as straight as a drunken ant… not that I’ve ever really seen a drunken ant, but I imagine it wouldn’t really walk straight.  So here he is, stopping to sniff at something for about the 200th time this walk.

 

Surf ‘n Pedal

Surf n Pedal

Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/10
1/400 sec
ISO 100

When I go out to take photos, one of my goals is to try and frame up a picture that I think tells a good story.  This is one of the rare few that I feel could be telling one of several stories, depending on how you look at it.

Did someone simply want to ride their bike to the beach?  Perhaps it’s someone who is training for a triathlon, and decided to ride to the beach for a good swim?  How long has the bike been there?  Is it abandoned?  Or maybe the owner simply couldn’t find a decent bike rack anywhere else except for this sign.

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?

What’s The Mat-ter?

What's The Mat-ter?

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/500 sec
ISO 200

So Phillip does this thing that is simultaneously adorable and a little annoying.  Golden Retrievers are very smart, you see, and he’s learned that if he picks up random objects in his mouth, Humans will come running towards him.  I’m pretty sure he thinks it’s a really fun game, so he does it whenever he feels like he’s not getting enough attention.  Sometimes it’s a stuffed toy, sometimes it’s a mat (as above), but usually it’s a shoe.  I’m pretty sure that this is some sort of accidental form of classical conditioning that he’s wisely learned over his years on Earth.

Except.. I just can’t shake the feeling that he’s Pavlov and we’re his dogs, not the other way around:

Okay Humans, whenever I pick something up, you come running.  Reeeady…. GO!

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.