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Sorry about the lack of updates recently, but I’ve been in the middle of moving to a new unit.  The moving part was hard enough, but then there was the whole setting-up process.  It involved a lot of Swedish fake wood from Ikea and a ton of assembling.  Anyway, here are some photos from my new place.  Catch you around in 2015!


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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.

Warm Summer Hike

Warm Summer HikeOlympus 14-42mm at 21mm
f/16
1/50 sec
ISO 1600

The photo challenge this week is about the colour yellow, and it immediately made me think of this photo.  Technically, the actual challenge page says to post something about what the colour yellow means to you.  One thing you need to know about me, dear reader, is that I have always been such a city slicker.  Me and nature mix about as well as water and oil, I’ve always thought.  In saying that, I do live in Australia, so my friends dragged me out to go camping recently and I must say that it’s quite enjoyable.  The feeling of having walked several kilometres and then coming across the scene above is pretty glorious.  You turn a bend and suddenly the trees open up, a breeze comes through, and you see sunlight streaming through the branches in front of you.  The sun’s still beating down on your head, but you don’t mind so much because you’ve been enclosed by canopies for the last few hours.

I think I might like nature.

Doggy MacGuyver

Doggy MacGuyverOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/100 sec
ISO 400

While I applaud your ability to improvise and manage to sleep absolutely anywhere, Phillip, seriously.  There are pillows around, just grab one and use that.  The leg of that Ikea chair doesn’t look all that comfortable.

Rummaging For Treasure

Rummaging For TreasureOlympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/1000 sec
ISO 200

So there’s this really neat event that’s really taken off in the last couple of years, called the Suitcase Rummage.  The idea is pretty simple: you register, fill up a couple of suitcase with some items, then you show up on the day and try to sell them to people.  As you can see in the photo above, there’s a section for secondhand goods and a section for handmade items.  On the flip side, if you’re looking for a bargain, you just rock up and see if anything catches your eye.  It’s being run at a bunch of locations down the East Coast of Australia, so head over to their site and see if there’s one near you.

PS: I swear I’m not affiliated with them, I just think they’re super cool.

Taking A Swing At Gardening

Taking A Swing At GardeningOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/50 sec
ISO100

Excuse me Mr. Bear, there’s a Nasturtium growing out of your head.

So Tiff keeps telling me that Nasturtiums (Nasturtia?) are edible, but I remain unconvinced!  I’m not just going to go around eating flowers willy-nilly like I’m Homer Simpson or something.

Wrestling Martian

Wrestling Martian

 

This week’s Photo Challenge is super interesting, asking us to envision a magazine cover.  I imagine this one would be for a piece about childhood or nostalgia.  Marvin the Martian and wrestling belts – how much more stereotypically boy childhood can you get?

I took the above photo at the Suitcase Rummage, an event held twice a month where people rock up with suitcases filled with second-hand or handmade items and try to sell them.  They hold them down the East Coast of Australia now, so if you’re around and have a bunch of secondhand stuff you want to sell, it’s definitely worth a look.

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.

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.