In Case You Don’t Understand Traffic Lights

In Case You Don't Understand Traffic Lights

 

I find this sign more than a little amusing because of its placement.  It’s obviously usually used around construction sites, but I like to pretend this sign is warning you that there’s a traffic light up ahead and you should prepare to stop.  Just in case it’s red.  Talk about overkill, though I guess you can never be too safe.

…I’ll stop being silly now.  Maybe.

How To Cross A Road

How To Cross A Road

(Photo Challenge: Texture)

I know that, as kids, we’re always told to look both ways before we cross a road, but this is the first time I’ve had the road itself tell me how to cross it.  It’s incredible, excessive and amazing all at the same time.  I mean, what do we do when we get to every other road crossing?  I guess we all just flap around looking lost and not knowing what to do because the road doesn’t have printed instructions.

On a side (and completely pedantic) note, I disagree with the order in which to look – I’m interpreting these instructions as telling me to look left, then look right.  I live in Australia and we drive on the left side of the road here, so I think it makes sense to look to my right first (for oncoming cars in the lane closest to me), then look to the left.  And then I usually look to the right again.

Maybe it’s just me.

Colourful Stools

Colourful stools

 

Okay, so I realise that the title makes this photo sound kind of… faecal, but I swear it’s not.!

I just happened to stumble across a bunch of adorable little stools (the kind you sit on!) while I was walking down the mall.  From a distance, I was convinced that there was some sort of kids’ day/activity going on, but nope!  These were laid out for a very serious (and talented) singer/songwriter who was performing.

I feel like the décor could’ve matched a bit better.

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.

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 to the other side

This way to the other side

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 14mm
f/3.5
1/320 s
ISO 200

This was unashamedly another bokeh stress test for the kit lens.  As I mentioned last time, you can get some pretty creamy bokeh, even though the aperture only opens to f/3.5.

King of the Cube

King of the Cube

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 42mm
f/4.4
1/200 s
ISO 200

This little guy wasn’t meant to be the central attraction on the street, but he couldn’t help but steal the show!  He was set up by a street performer demonstrating that ‘weightless glass ball’ act.  The act was pretty impressive but seriously, look at how Amazon Box Guy is demonstrating total domination over that Rubik’s cube.  Just you dare try to encroach on his territory!

On a more serious note, I wanted to test out the bokeh on this thing.  At 42mm on the kit 14-42mm lens, the aperture can’t open any wider than f/4.4, but it still manages to get some reasonably shallow depth of field.