Dark ascent

Dark ascent

Remember the hill? This is one time I could not make it up last week… I had to stop and walk with frequent breaks so I got the phone out.

Judging by how dark this image is I need a better headlight on the bike but it gave me an idea to light paint the path, something I can continue to work on and improve.

In my defence I am ill (though I did not realise it at the time) and under orders to rest, the timing of which annoys me no end.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Work is being a vampire at present, sucking away at my energy. I may need some Garlic and a wooden stake.

Needless to say I have not had much time to myself but I managed this grab of Parliament House Melbourne lit up like a rainbow in tribute to 49 people on another continent. Thinking about Orlando puts my problems in perspective.

What’s really needed is an abundance of daylight to banish the darkness. Violence and fear is not an option.

Listening to Alicia Keys

Waiting for a bus

Waiting for a bus

I recently mentioned the need to make opportunities and that has led me to using my phone for photography more often. I was at the bus stop with nothing better to do when I noticed the texture of the headlights grazing across the paving.

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This is one of the images I made as I waited. I could crop out the blown highlight or remove the cigarette butts though I like this as is. Given this was hand-held in low light with no manual control I’m impressed and encouraged to do this more often.

A selection from 2014

Ever watch a series on television and there is an episode made up almost entirely of bits from previous episodes?

Yep, that’s what this is. I went back through the year to find some images my most recent followers may have missed and to remind myself of what I got up to.

For those of you who have stuck around, thanks.

 

To the country I go

To the country I go

Last weekend we spent a couple of days in the Riverina district on the border between Victoria and New South Wales. While this was primarily to catch up with family, there were opportunities to get out with a camera. The light at the beginning and end of the day has a marvellous quality to it and I hope this comes through in the gallery of images below.

It was a great opportunity to play with a range of techniques and get some fresh air and socializing in at the same time. I look forward to doing more of this after I graduate in 2015. In the meantime I need to get back to writing papers…

 

Orb – weaver Spider and prey

Don’t keep reading this if you don’t like looking at spiders…

 

The Orb-weaver is nocturnal and I saw this one setting up in the early evening. I came back before dawn the next day, not expecting much as it had been raining. It was still there with a slightly less impressive web but it had caught a meal and was starting to pack up. As spiders go they are not the most attractive but they do remove their web at the end of each night and hide during the day, so they score points for tidiness. Orb-weavers also don’t get as spooked about being approached or having a torch shone on them, unlike some of the daytime cousins. I was able to work comfortably from a metre away.

Here is a small selection from the session. They tend to use the same places so I will hoping to revisit this.

Now I can tick off the insect theme for this month.

Project results for March 2014

Project results for March 2014

– A somewhat surprising outcome this month. I actually worked on and completed two of the themes, buildings and dice. The building theme proved quite a challenge with predawn sessions to try and realise the “Me in the city” image. I am getting closer to what I want but there is still some progress to make. The latest challenge is that part of the M in the sign is broken but rather than walk away I tested a different viewpoint and looked at some other opportunities on the way back to the office. I also played with HDR and black and white renditions. All I need is that sweet spot of early dawn light and the sign to be working. The composition is nearly right on.

The dice images were a quick and dirty experiment in slow shutter speed and rear curtain sync. So that was March and now there are new themes for April, including one I have not seen before in the bottom row centre. It looks like a small child with a monster shadow behind it. I have no idea how to interpret that yet but it has me intrigued… IMG_0314