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.
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.
So I was walking around under one of the bridges in town (I know, it’s crazy. Brisbane has bridges???) when I spotted this. It just seems so out of place – one lone yellow pillar, surrounded by white ones. I still can’t quite figure out what makes this one so special. Maybe they wanted to paint them all yellow but couldn’t be bothered. Or maybe they left them all white and decided it needed a splash of colour somewhere, then painted one yellow and decided “bah good enough”.
I also love how it has those red arrows telling pedestrians and cyclists to stay to the left of the pillar. Phew! Good thing it’s there, otherwise I might have tried to walk right into the river.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/1.7 19.0 sec ISO 100
There’s not really a much better view than this on a Friday night – to just kick back with a nice fancy cider and soak up the quiet night. I wish I was rich enough to be able to afford a place that had this sort of amazing view every night, but unfortunately this was taken when I was on holiday. Still, one can dream.
One can dream.
PS: I do realise that it’s only Wednesday today and not Friday, but I’m playing make-believe, because it’s been a long day.
I think I’ve become a little addicted to night-time photography. There’s just something magical about taking extended exposure photos to capture a scene at night, especially when I get these delicious 14-pointed stars from light sources. I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t examine that statue, because now I’m quite curious as to who it is!
Those trees are driving me crazy though. They’re not quite perpendicular to the ground, so I keep thinking that my photo is tilted.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 f/5.6 14.o sec ISO 100
Here’s everyone’s favourite beagle! I can’t claim full credit for this one – it was Tiff who did the actual light painting in this case. If you have never tried light painting, you really should give it a go. All you need is a tripod, a dark room and a pen torch. Put your camera into bulb-mode, press the shutter and start drawing in the air with light! It can take a bit of trial and error, but when you pull it off, the results can be pretty darn cool. Technically any light source would work, but I find that pen torches allow for the right level of brightness and dexterity to pull off cool art.
This is probably one of my favourites at the moment. I’ve always had a soft spot for extended exposures taken at night. I finally got a chance to do just that when I was at Surfer’s Paradise at the Gold Coast. It was a bit of a challenge actually, because I had to battle a pretty strong seabreeze. I was surprised at just how much I was being buffeted around. Of course, even the slightest movement would destroy a photo like this, so definitely find yourself a sturdy tripod if you’re going to try! I was fortunate enough to find a little alcove next to a staircase that protected me from most of the wind.
PS: If you looks super closely, you’ll be able to see blurry white blobs near the water. Those were seagulls walking around (how cute!)
Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 28mm f/18 32.0 sec ISO 100
I’ve always enjoyed playing with extended exposure, but its inherent experimental nature meant it was a hideously expensive experiment when I was only shooting with film. Thankfully, it’s much cheaper to mess around with it on digital cameras! In fact, the Olympus E-P5 has a really handy feature called ‘Live Time’, which will periodically update your photo on-screen while the lens is open. Essentially, you get to watch as your extended exposure magically builds in front of you. This really is as amazing as it sounds as it gives you a crazy level of control, especially over the exposure level. It helps immensely to reduce the number of photos that turn out to be entirely black or white because you got the exposure time very, very wrong.