Confused Bank

Confused BankOlympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/1.8
1/5000 sec
ISO 200

I’ve always felt like this building had a bit of a case of mistaken identity.  I live in Brisbane, which is clearly in Queensland, and yet this building is labelled with ‘Bank of New South Wales’.  I realise there’s probably some sort of historical reason to which I’m not privy, but for now I like to think this block really, really wants to be part of a different state.

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.

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.

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.

Proud Guardian

Proud GuardianPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
f/1.7
1/3200 sec
ISO 200

I found this fine creature guarding Brisbane’s City Hall.  There was probably a plaque around signifying its importance but I didn’t see it, so I’m not sure of it’s significance.

Other than being amazingly grand and wise, that is.

Lines to the Sky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPanasonic Lumix G 20mm
f/1.7
1/1250 sec
ISO 100

If it seems like I’ve been posting quite a few black and white photos recently, it’s because I happened upon Leanne’s blog, where she recently started issuing weekly black and white photography challenges (or “Monochrome Madness”, as it’s now called).  It’s been fun to get out there and frame/shoot photos that I want to be black and white.  With this photo, I realise that building-shots are a little overdone, but I just love playing around with geometry like that.

As an aside, I’m going to start watermarking my photos starting from now.  I’ll try to keep it as unintrusive as possible and I hope it’s not too annoying.

 

 

Spindles and Spicules

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOlympus Zuiko M 40-150mm at 40mm
f/4.0
1/60 sec
ISO 1600

So, I’m pretty sure that this was/is meant to be Brisbane’s answer to the London Eye, but it falls very, very short.  I haven’t personally been on it, but I’ve been told many-a-time that it’s really not worth the money or effort.  On the plus side, it makes for a pretty picture at night, so I guess that’s a small victory?  I figured that it would make a fantastic black & white shot since, well, it’s pretty much black and white anyway!

Photography as Catharsis

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPanasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7
f/16
1/160 sec
ISO 200

Recently, I’ve been enraptured by the idea of street photography.  There’s just something great about getting out there and trying to capture the essence of the city around you.  I think what’s been stopping me is the innate human tendency to dismiss familiar environments as uninteresting, so I hadn’t been shooting much of the style.  Once I broke free of that mentality, however, it became a lot easier to spot good photos.

Once, a friend told me that he like to go on half-marathon weekend jogs because that’s the one time of the week that he’s able to let go, be free of everyday stresses and be able to think about other things.  Well, I suppose that’s what photography is to me.  I realise that with digital cameras it’s really easy to get trigger happy and shoot hundreds of photos and then find the real gems afterwards, but I find it to be quite cathartic to slow down, frame my shot and then wait.  And wait.

Take the above photo, for example.  I had a very specific shot in mind, so I sat there and waited for the opportunity to arise.  I’m not sure how long I waited, but it was quite interesting just to take in the environment, as well as the people around me.  I’m not sure if any of this is just me being old-fashioned, but I enjoy it.  Looking at the photo now, I probably should’ve used that time to adjust the framing since the lines are slightly off, but oh well.  I know that Photoshop can fix that, but I prefer to just chalk it up to another lesson learned.

 

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.