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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cephalopod Takeover

Cephalopod Takeover

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
f/16
1/200 sec
ISO 200

Our museum here in Brisbane likes to dress up occasionally, when there are special exhibits ongoing.  There’s a marine life  (Deep Oceans) one ongoing that I keep forgetting to go to.  Either way, it looks like our cephalopod overlords have already started marking their territory!

PS: Is it a squid or an octopus?  I’m not really up to scratch with my marine biology.