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.

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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.

Yellow is the New White

Yellow is the New White

 

 

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.  

Redundant signage is the best.

 

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.

Nocturnal Beach

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlympus 40-150mm at 40mm
f/22
163 sec
ISO 100

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!)

This way and that

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.