Rising above the flowerbed

Rising Above The FlowerbedOlympus E-P5
Lumix G 20mm
f/16
1/80 sec

This was taken at Place De La Nation, which is one of the squares towards the Eastern side of Paris. Apparently Nation was infamous for having had the most active guillotines during the French Revolution. There’s a massive bronze statue in the middle of the square (that you can see peeking through the flowers) that was erected as a personification of the Republic to mark the centenary of the French Revolution.

Fun fact: the statue faces towards the Bastille. Or, more accurately, where the Bastille used to be. Can I just say that I wish Europeans weren’t so angry back in the day? So much was destroyed and lost forever…

Parisian Street

Parisian StreetsOlympus E-P5
Lumix G 20mm
f/16
1/60 sec

So, I do realise that it’s been an exceedingly long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog and that it has once again fallen victim to yet another long, unannounced hiatus and for that I apologise. On the other hand, a lot of things have happened this year!

Here’s a quick summary:

  • Started working full time
  • Got married
  • Went on honeymoon around Europe
  • …Am still working full time.

I came back from our honeymoon with a very large number of photos, one of which is above. We landed in Paris, and the one of the first things I noticed was that the architecture over there is absolutely gorgeous. I think this photo was taken in Nation, one of the less touristy areas of Paris, but it was still stunning (albeit a little dirty).

I’ll be posting more photos from our trip around Europe… hopefully more frequently than 9-monthly.

 

Cobra(-ish) Pose

Cobra-ish PoseOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/2.5
1/6400 sec
ISO 200

I think I find it more amusing that I should that there’s a lizard doing what looks like a Cobra pose…  Anyway, I have a somewhat funny story about these guys.  This is an Australian Water Dragon, an adorable and harmless creature that is really quite shy and likes to sunbake.  It is clearly NOT a Komodo dragon, the metres-long predator that could probably eat me if I encountered it.  I actually spent lots of years thinking these were Komodo dragons…. I should explain that I didn’t think that these guys would eat me, I just clearly had no idea what a Komodo dragon really was.

Moving on. I find it interesting that different types of Water Dragons seem to run differently.  Some run on all fours, but I’ve seen some hilariously hitch up on their hind legs and sprint off in that manner.  It’s adorable, even when they charge at you (the one above did, right after I took the photo).

PS: Merry Christmas all!

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.

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.

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.

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.