Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Doing this during the Japan v Paraguay game that' gone into extra time. As I'm writing this, it's just gone into penalties... (break for about 8 minutes). Poor Japan, they lost 5-4 on penalties. I hate the way games of this magnitude are decided.
Anyway, today's shot is of my camera in action. I set it up in front of the mirror, whacked on my flash on the camera and stuck the Lumiquest SBIII bouncing off the ceiling.
I like it that we get to see the shutter open as the shot was taken... the moment it clicks.
See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Slightly gloomy day and man was it freezing, luckily I had the heater up in the car. Just watched 2 games overnight/morning and had my hour snooze before heading to work.
BTW the last couple of weeks, my World Cup schedule has been finish work at 5 on the dot. Get home and be asleep by 6.29pm. Alarm set for 9.29pm for the first game, which is when I have dinner. Watch the second game at 12am and straight back to bed and wake up again at 4.29pm to watch the third game. During halftime I get ready for work, shower etc. and am dressed in my work clothes when the game ends at 6.15am. Sleep in my work clothes for another hour or so till 7.30am, and then off to work. Be at work by 8.17am.
But now that the group stages are over, I get more sleep, till midnight in fact, which is also when I have my dinner. I swear I really get excited about this every 4 years and am very disciplined when it comes to World Cup time.
Anyway, for today's shot, here's bit of dashpod action. Took this while on my way to work. Was trying for a bit of HDR, but that was near impossible shooting moving cars from a moving car. More tomorrow.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Full moons are just crazy. As I sat waiting for the games to start, I stepped outside and saw it just sitting under a clear night sky. It took a few tries to get it right, and this turned out the best of the lot. See you tomorrow.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Finally a shot of my Lumiquest SBIII... this time over and over again. Here it is sitting over my Yongnuo Speedlight on my Ancient Topman tripod. I think you've been introduced to them all.
OK game starting. More tomorrow.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Sad day. Australia's out of the World Cup. Was going to do a tribute shot, but didn't get around to setting up anything meaningful. Anyway I was out on the (here it comes) balcony, and decided to do playing around with my beercan lens. In particular, the zoom. There were a few really cool outcomes, and of course some really nasty ones as well. Anyway, here's an example of one that didn't suck. Besos all.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Still playing with my Lumiquest AB III. Took a shot of my bannister today with the Lumiquest SB III as my ONLY source of light. After a tries at arty depth of field shots of the rails and quirky angles of the posts, I settled on this nice, symmetrical shot.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Got my new Lumiquest SB III today and just really had to give it a go.
Was stuck in training all day today, and was at a loss for a shot. "Another balcony shot" I thought to myself. In comes Fifi with these gorgeous almost thigh-high suede boots, to save the day. Thanks Fi.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It was like living in Cloud City. Woke up this morning to watch the game and found a thick fog had somehow appeared from nowhere.
Driving to work was no walk in the park either. Here's a shot from the legendary dashpod (basically a camera placed on the dash of my car). See you tomorrow.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Got up this morning and it was pouring. Looking out the balcony I see a whole buch of people still on the lake sailing. Sailing? In this weather? You have got to be committed!
Anyway, I get back from doing my regular morning stuff, and I see this lone sailboat just sitting there. I guess if they waited that long in the water (my morning stuff does take a fair while to do), then the least I can do is photograph them.
I kinda of like how the branches frames the boat, More tomorrow.
Looking for stuff to shoot around the house and found this (again while waiting for the games to start). It's an air freshener and it looks pretty cool in low light, so I figured why not whack a couple of speedlights and see what happens. So here is the result.
Playing around with my flashguns while waiting for the games to start. Here's a shot of one of my guitars, I was trying to wrap the light around the headstock with snoots and gels on my flash. Game's starting. More tomorrow.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I know it's another balcony shot, but I did want to try HDR. Anyway this is my first foray into HDR using 3 shots with exposures, each 1/2 stop apart. Not quite what I expected, but the result was pleasing nevertheless. Will try and work a few more of these HDRs into MY 365.
Anyway, today's shot is of a rooftop on the building in front of us and of Albert Park in the middle and Kingsway/ Queens Road in the back. The curious thing about the rooftop is this little hut like structure. I've yet to see anyone ever there, but it's still intriguing that they would build it there. Oh and apart from a couple of chairs, I really can't see anything else in the little hut.
That's it for me tonight. More tomorrow.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It's Fifi again, and with a burst of purple. Was a bit stuck for something to shoot today and then along comes Fiona with her matching nails and top and voila... shot for the day.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Meet the flute. It was "given" to me when I was in high school, oh so many years ago. I haven't played it for years, and come to think about it, the only thing I think I remember how to play is Paul Simon's you can call me Al, and I'm not even talking about the solo bit, more like the brass section bit.
The other thing is I don't know how this moved from Perth to Melbourne with me. I don't remember ever taking it out of the old music room, much less putting it in my bag and lugging to Melbourne, not that it's heavy or cumbersome.
Anyway, this is what I shoot when I'm up at an ungodly hour watching football.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Woke up this morning, albeit a very late morning to see this little noise-maker looking right at me from 10 floors below.
Since I don't have a gun with me, I thought a metaphorical "shot" would have to suffice. Plus I would then be done for the day, 365-wise.
It's the Queen's Birthday long weekend and I'd just spent the best part of the night before watching the World Cup, and sadly, I had to see Australia go down so miserably to the Germans. Hence the gloomy picture I guess.
Simple shot from the balcony with my beercan lens on a tripod. Now for lunch and back to sleep in time for tonight's games. Holland's playing first up.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Shot this right before I got to sleep this morning. Shot this from my balcony and was quite keen to work it in photoshop
So today's shot is of the runner, same runner, over a one second time frame. More tomorrow.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
2nd night of the World Cup and I thought I'd share a few of my staying awake secrets. Spare a thought for those of us who live in the worst timezone possible for watching football on TV. Games are at 9.30pm, midnight and 4.30 am, so sleeping is very much a luxury during this time.
Anyway, today's shot is of the two things that have made staying awake possible - cigarettes and M&Ms,
And the green and gold of the M&Ms are for Australia who play on Monday morning. C'mon Aussie.
It starts today. The World Cup. Speaking in short sentences. Too anxious. Can't wait.
Today's shot is of the jerseys of my favourite teams during the world cup, and of course Spurs the English Club I support. From Right to left, Holland, Portugal, Australia and Spurs.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Got a shot of this wheel in the window of a clothing shop in the city. It's from Felt Bikes, and the bike looks really cool. Couldn't get a shot of the whole bike, because some idiot decided to stick a big SALE sign in the front. But as they say, the devil is in the details...
World Cup starts in 24 hours.... See you tomorrow.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
To celebrate the return of True Blood, here's a tribute shot with our resident vampire femme fatale - Fifi. You can see another shot here in my not 365 on Flickr.
It sure feels like a time for countdowns - 2 days to the World Cup, 5 days to True Blood and 205 days till I finish my 365.
See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Just before heading to work today, I'm sitting in the car waiting for the engine to warm up I pull my camera out just to check something, when I see a couple of birds flying across. I got the tail end of the fly-past of one of them and viola.
This was purely an opportunistic shot. No plans, no forward thinking, heck I barely got around to pulling off the lens cap. Now wouldn't it be interesting if I didn't... No I don't suppose it would. Besos baby.
BTW the irony of me being in a cage and the bird being the free one doesn't escape me either.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Needed a shot today, and wanted to also play around with Guy Gowan's photoshop techniques. The guy's a genius I swear. An advanced class that brought us back to basics, is one way of describing his class... simply brilliant is another. I may never use anything from the photoshop toolbar ever again.
Back to today's shot... simple fire hydrant outlet in my carpark. Wanted that shallow depth of field and so my 50mm F1.4 came in handy, plus I didn't have my flashes with me so I set it on ISO800 and shot.
Guy Gowan can be thanked for the rest of the image. I added a bit of noise and if you look closely enough, the whites have no noise on it, just as you would on a real B&W print. How cool is that?
Sunday, June 6, 2010
My new Ugg boots. Barely an hour old and already on film. Just a lazy Sunday evening after spending a weekend of eating... very nice.
Strobist info: Flashes on either side of each boot. One with a defuser and one with bounce card.
Meet my cousin Natasha. She's watching something o TV and I think she was a tad cold. Hence the scarf. Bokeh courtesy of the lights of Albert Park and St Kilda Road.
Strobist info: Flash camera left with a defuser about 1meter away on 1/4 power.
Here's my room. Not my legs. I set the camera on 10 seconds and took cover. Look closely and you can just about see my shirt on the right of the frame. See no balcony shot today. See ya.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Got up and saw this out the window. So here you go, a foggy night... from my balcony. I know, I know it's another balcony shot. Something different tomorrow I hope. See ya.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
153/365 2 June 2010
Been trying to get this shot for a while now. Every time I tried the moon was not aligned, it was too cloudy, etc. etc. etc.
Well tonight all the planets aligned and this was the result. Simple balcony shot (again), tripoded and just hit click. Tomorrow then.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Ran short of time today and really didn't want to show what I was shooting at work today... more product shots on a white background... zzz. Plus the football was on and Australia was playing a warm-up match against Denmark, so priorities!
Anyway, here's another balcony shot. Tried this shot handheld a few nights ago, but it didn't pan out too well, so today's one is with a tripod and my trusty 50mm F1.4. Besos baby.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Can't believe it's already the end of May! And I've been doing this for 151 days... Jeez!
I must admit my 50mm F1.4 is really making me lazy and I don't find myself looking for the flash much. Seriously the 1.4 works ell even in very low light conditions even at 100-200 ISO. But I will continue to persist with flash just as soon as I can charge my batteries (I lost my charger, can you beat that?)
Anyway, today's shot is a of Fiona holding a CD on her finger. What's on the CD, is why I've titled today's picture so. More tomorrow.