It’s a Two-Way Street

Two Way Street

Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm
f/16
1/80 sec

So I’m not entirely sure where I took this. All I remember was that it an overpass somewhere near Jardin des Champs-Élysées, one of the parks near, well, the Champs-Élysées.

Metropolitan

Paris MetroOlympus E-P5
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/160 sec

So it turns out that the Paris metro rail system is a whole lot older than I thought, at nearly 120 years old. Who would have thought that the technology was there to start such a project in 1896? There were also multiple private companies competing over the years, which has led to multiple “ghost stations” that have since been shut down when the entire system eventually got consolidated.  Fascinating, huh?  Either way, I’m glad that they kept a lot of the old signage, which gives the whole place an amazing atmosphere.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Keep Looking Forward

Trying very hard to not use 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Trying very hard to not use ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

I took this on campus a little while ago and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  It really just evokes memories of all the time I left for home in the late afternoon, lazily walking through the limestone corridors with the fading light streaming through the gaps in the pillars and the ceiling lights starting to switch on all around me.

Good times.

How To Cross A Road

How To Cross A Road

(Photo Challenge: Texture)

I know that, as kids, we’re always told to look both ways before we cross a road, but this is the first time I’ve had the road itself tell me how to cross it.  It’s incredible, excessive and amazing all at the same time.  I mean, what do we do when we get to every other road crossing?  I guess we all just flap around looking lost and not knowing what to do because the road doesn’t have printed instructions.

On a side (and completely pedantic) note, I disagree with the order in which to look – I’m interpreting these instructions as telling me to look left, then look right.  I live in Australia and we drive on the left side of the road here, so I think it makes sense to look to my right first (for oncoming cars in the lane closest to me), then look to the left.  And then I usually look to the right again.

Maybe it’s just me.

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.

Wheels of Yesteryear

Shoom.Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/5000 sec
ISO 100

It was recently a long weekend here in Queensland (thank you, Queen, for letting us celebrate your birthday), so we went on a roadtrip across the border to New South Wales.  I realise that crossing these borders aren’t nearly as exciting as crossing into another country but, alas, such are the drawbacks of living in a waterlocked (is this a thing?) country.  Either way, it was still great to be able to escape to somewhere and leave all my worries behind.  It was pretty great, as we stumbled upon a bizarre fete/festival/vintage car display fusion that was actually pretty fun.  I still don’t know what it was but it brought out some brilliant cars like the one above, which obviously lends itself well to monochrome photos – perfect for Leanne’s challenge.

On a side note, every time I see a full-colour photo of anything pre-1950s, I’m often taken back.  I think my brain secretly thinks the whole world was in black-and-white back in the day.

Twinkling Night Path

Twinkling Night PathPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/16
28 sec
ISO 100

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.