Saturday, July 31, 2010
One Love - Bob Marley
Found this shot after losing it for a week. I did my usual backups and then erased my CF card from the camera. Problem was, I was doing my backup and processing at some ungodly hour of the morning, and in my half sleep - half awake state, I put the files in the wrong place.
I was going through my backups just a few nights ago for some HDR processing and viola, I found it.
Took this shot during Melbourne Open House 2010, this was taken at St Paul's Cathedral. It was probably one of my last shots in the cathedral, I was walking to the Alters towards the side of the place when I saw this Sikh guy with a really majestic blue turban. I thought the blue was really nice amidst the sea of red, brown and gold hues of the Cathedral. I also like the idea of a Sikh man in a christian church and he was showing all the respect that should be accorded to the place.
Wish I had my tripod with me though. More tomorrow.
Blues In My Bottle - Lightnin Hopkins
Finally a shot with a flash as promised. Today's subject is one of those fancy looking thermos bottles. Got this as a sample, looks cool enough.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Maneater - Hall & Oates
I know I said I'd do a studio shot for today, but again I got caught up in the HDR thing. I took this shot at the zoo a couple of weeks back and wasn't too pleased with the outcome. However with the magic of HDR - Viola. Love it.
Will make a big effort to use my flash tomorrow. Besos baby.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Looking Out My Back Door - CCR
Real foggy morning today. Got up and it was just a sheet of white. Couldn't resist a 3 exposure HDR shot. I know it's another Balcony shot, but I'm thinking HDR is going to give me a 2nd go with a lot of shots. Will do a more "studio" shot tomorrow... I hope.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Lost - The Badloves
Haven't done a black and white for My 365, so here we go. Here's a shot of a Melbourne city street, Flinders Lane, I think. I converted it to black and white and did a little tilt shift. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Welcome to Melbourne. One of the nicest cities in the world, and quite pretty too. It's also home to Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. She lives just beyond those light and to the right of the picture.
Today's picture was taken from the 39th floor of the Sofitel, heck you can even see my place from this picture if you look hard enough. Hope you like this picture, and if you do, there are a few more Melbourne At Night From Up High in my new set on Flickr. Besos babies.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Red House - Jimi Hendrix
Been a busy day today. From loading stuff from the Melbourne Open House, to getting my cousin across town to do some shopping to trying to catch more of the MOH. Eventually ended up at Brunzwick street for my cousin to do more shopping. I took this shot standing outside the Alannah Hill Shop while waiting for her. More tomorrow.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"We came, we saw, we conquered" Julius Caesar.
Melbourne Open House today, and I'd walked around Melbourne for close to 10 hours today. What a day though. Can't believe I live so close to the city, and I didn't know that there were so many things to see in the city.
Anyway, today's shot is of St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral plus a bit of HDR. There should be more Melbourne Open House tomorrow.
I've also started a new set called Melbourne Open House 2010 in Flickr if anyone's interested to see the rest of the shots.
"Remember him when you look at the night sky" Toecutter, Mad Max.
Another balcony shot this time in HDR. Hope you like it. BTW, tomorrow is Melbourne Open House day. Because of the late post yesterday, I go my tomorrows crossed. Apologies.
Did this with 3 exposures, I think at 5 sec, 10sec and 15sec.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Very late posting for today's My 365. I was caught up in the HDR moment. Anyway, here's another HDR from a South Melbourne Antique/Curio shop. Actually this lion's head is mounted on the front of the shop and probably has been better days. I just thought it was a good shot to take at the time.
Till tomorrow then where I'm off to Melbourne Open House... now that's going to be really good.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Dreams - Van Halen
Here's my first successful attempt at HDR. Got it from a photo I took for 365 that didn't make it.
I'm really starting to like this HDR thing. I might just spend a few more of the balance 163 days concentrating on it.
This photo is taken from the car sitting on Flinders Street and that golden building on the right is Flinders Street Station. More tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Vox Humana - Kenny Loggins
Forgot I even had these things. They are tiny little amplifier emulators. The front one is mine, and the back one's a friend's. They are supposed to emulate a Vox guitar amp. In reality they don't even come close to Vox, but that does not mean they don't sound good, which they do. They offer just a nice amount of fuzz.
Took this with the Vox units plugged into my MAudio Firewire 4010 sound unit, laying on it's side.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Into The Lens - Yes
Here's a shot of my favourite lens right now. It's a Minolta 50mm F1.4 AF. Love it. Love It. Love It. Only thing I don't like about the lens is the 49mm diameter, it just looks small. I'd love to carry around a big glass lens (cause you know it looks cool).
Needless to say, the bokeh on this lens is just lovely. That's all for today, more tomorrow.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Five Card Stud - Ace Frehley
Playing with my beercan lens again today. And trying to get the bokeh going. Just another lazy Sunday afternoon I guess. Nothing much today other than playing with my new iMac. Oooh Yeah.
Return of the Mac - Mark Morrison
Got a new iMac today, so naturally it had to be the subject of today's shot. Needless to say I love it!
Today's shot is of the mighty mouse (it's actually called that) and the wireless keyboard that comes with the iMac. Love the reflection of the screen on the shiny mouse surface. Only thing is I'll probably never use the mouse, I'm a tablet person.
OK enough about my Mac-using preferences, I want to get back to playing with my new toy. Besos baby!
American Pie - Don McLean
Had a bit of bad news today. I couldn't believe they axed the 2 morning drivetime DJs on my favourite radio station - Classic Rock FM. Dicko and Dave, a former music exec/Idol judge and a comedian, are 2 old foggies that really make my morning commute.
OK that maybe a really lame tale so that I could do this shot, and you maybe right, but what the heck.
Friday, July 16, 2010
OK enough zoo stuff, well maybe one more, but that will be later. Here's another painting with light shot.
Got this lightsaber wannabe from a friend a couple years ago. It doesn't really light so well now, so I set the shutter speed to about a second and let it strobe. The result is a fully lit light stick.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I only have eyes for you - Frank Sinatra
No I wasn't at the zoo 2 days in a row. I did take this the day before though. I did take some shots of the factory and the warehouse today, but, really they weren't that interesting. So here's one I prepared earlier! More tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
Shot this at the zoo and you'll be able to see more of my shots in my At The Zoo 13 July 2010 set on Flickr.
We did this photography course at the Zoo today and went through mainly ambient light photography and wildlife photography. Was quite interesting and a bit of a good distraction from the usual product shots we do everyday.
If you like to know more about the course or the instructor (and he's got a great story to tell as well as some great photos) go to www.ChrisBray.net/
As for today's shot, I crouched low and held the camera as steady as my nicotine deprived hands could handle. It was a real sight to see this cat just devour a whole chicken. Wow.
Quick one today. Hey it's Monday. Anyway, here's a shot of my mixing desk. Everything audio in my room runs through it - TV, Computer, music, guitars, keyboards, DVD Media player, everything. The Zoo Tomorrow!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Cup of Life - Ricky Martin
Funny thing, timing. I shot this before the World Cup Finals, but am uploading it after the results.
I was going for Holland and hoping the Orange army would see some joy finally, but it wasn't to be. However, when taking this shot I wished I had my orange ball, but all I had was this tiny size 2 Barcelona commemorative ball. The irony that Spain beat Holland and with almost half the team coming from Barcelona, is also not lost on me.
Anyway, here today's shot with the ball and a pair of shin guards, trying to emulate the World Cup cup (I wonder if it's still called the Jules Rimet Trophy?)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Fly The Flag - Stiff Little Fingers
Took this early in the morning as the dark clouds slowly rolled in. Played around in Photoshop with Guy Gowan's techniques to vary the degree of colour from the sky in the background to the building in the foreground. Just a bit of fun. hope you enjoy it. Till tomorrow then.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and... - Spinal Tap
Meet my stomp box. It's an amp emulator and as it says on the label it emulates a 1965 Deluxe Reverb. Never having ever tried an original 65 Deluxe Reverb, I'm not sure if it is an exact match. I have played an original Blackface Twin Reverb, and that has to be my favourite amp. So how does this compare? It doesn't.
It's not warm. No surprise, there are no valves in it, but it does sound good for what I payed for it. There was a time when my stomp box collection was 2 tiers high and 7 wide, now I just like to push the amp.
OK enough guitar talk, today's shot was done with my homemade snoot (a black stubby holder with the bottom cut out). Works well for me.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
Meet my bottle of Guerlain Homme. Don't know if you've had the chance to tantlise your olfactory senses with its aroma, but I think that mix of musk, wood and a dash of citrus is really exciting.
At work, where we are pro frangrance-free (and for good reason, I might add), I feel a bit guilty using it, so I don't. But that could just be the catholic in me talking.
Sufficed to say, I think it's a really nice package. The colour is bordering on aquamarine; the bottle, with it's chiselled sides is strong, yet softened with the use of frosted glass; and the packaging design is understated yet bold... ah the French, their football team maybe a joke, but man, can they do cosmetics and perfume.
OK I'm rambling. Maybe it's the smell, maybe it's the song. Anyway, I was stuck for a shot today, so the bottle seemed like a good enough subject. Till tomorrow then.
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Had a party at work today and amongst the really good food we had catered, there were these strawberry and chocolate tarts. Now, I'm not a berry person, but these tarts tasted as good as they look - De-Lish!
Oh and the chocolate center was so rich and yummy, I swear I was in heaven for those few mouthfuls. More tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Just got another tripod today a Velbon Sherpa 600R. We use it at work, and it's really a nice tripod. It's no where as solid as my old top man retro tripod, but at least it's lighter.
Today's shot is of my No.1 guitar. It's a 1972 Stratocaster, Candy apple red, with Custom shop Texas Special pick-ups. My Dad gave it to me about 20 years ago, before that, I think he bought it from some studio going out of business, for $200.
Injured arm today, so my movements are fairly restricted. Even setting up a tripod was a big call. Anyway I made use of a fairly broad kitchen bench and took this shot with available light. The backlighting you see here is from the big glass doors at my place.
Anyway this is a jar of wasabe peas. And I've got to admit they are a killer - I mean really hot, tears in your eyes hot... but oh so yummy. I bought them for the world cup, but really can't seem to get more than a small handful in each time before the brain goes into overload and the eyes seem like they are about to explode... but they are oh so yummy.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Orange Crush - REM
Seems these days everyone wants to be a vampire.
Today's shot was touched up in with orange lipstick to celebrate Holland's win over Brazil. Who would have thunk it.
Go the orange army!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Work It - Missy Elliot
Quick post today, or rather a day later. This is of the front of the office where I work - Ego Pharmaceuticals.
Needed a facade shot today so I went out and got this just moments before it poured. The cars in the front were annoying me so I crouched behind this bush and used them obscure to the annoyance. I think it worked out well in the end. Besos baby.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon and Garfunkel
Had dinner with an old boss and good friend tonight down in South Melbourne. We were just shooting the breeze and yada yada. Great food, this place called Garamerica.
Before you start pronouncing it as GAR-AMERICA, be advised that it is an Indonesian restaurant and hence the name should mean something in Indonesian. Well the first time I saw this place, I thought it was a strange name for an Indonesian restaurant. Even with my limited knowledge of the language, I still knew that it meant nothing. Anyway weeks later, an Indonesian colleague of mine set the record straight and told me that it was pronounced GARAM-MERI-CHA, as in salt and pepper (in Indonesian). Man was I embarrassed. I should have known the first time I saw the name, but then again isn't that why the space bar was invented!
Anyway today's shot is just next to the said restaurant. In the background is the facade of an old church that has now become retail space for rugs. What was interesting though was how the street lights just emphasised the tree in the foreground and the few leaves left on the branches. I decided to emphasise the colours a bit more by placing the background in black and white and leaving the foreground in it's original colour. Till tomorrow then.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
In between the really cold and gloomy morning and the freezing evening today there was a 2 hour window where the sun came out. The clouds looked like they were straight off a cell from The Simpsons, and I was outdoors with camera in hand.
Back to today's shot. It's of this guy shooting clay targets. The why, where and when of this will have to be kept mum, but it sure looks like lots of fun. Did a little tilt shift on photoshop, and if you look closely enough you can see the clay pigeon just to the left of frame.