Friday, December 31, 2010
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Been thinking a lot about what to do after I finish this 365. And am still undecided. I guess it's a wait and see on January 1 2011.
1/1/11 even that has a good ring to be starting something. I've been scouring the Project 365 groups and there seems to be many who have stepped down to a more reasonable Project 52 (one a week). I'm leaning to that, but you know what, I still like the discipline of shooting everyday with a purpose. But just as soon as i think of keeping on, I remember all those nights that I've had to find something to shoot at the 11th hour... not so fun then.
On to today's shot. Tried to take it at the right moment, but ever the need to take a few shots, I just pulled out the battery. The background is a collection of DVDs I've "acquired" over the years. HDR was meant to bring out the wood grain, but the bokeh kind of muted that.
Whatever the decision I make, as soon as I know, you will know. Last one tomorrow... maybe.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
More stuff I thought I had to shoot for My 365. Here's the legendary Nunis pool table. It's one of the rare open air pool tables and it's been with the family for a good 2 decades. The cushions may be a bit unpredictable, the wood panelling a bit weather worn, the ball return system just a tad stubborn, but it has brought us thousands of great games, some epic, some less so... and it probably is home to quite a few red backs. But that's just the way we love our table... homely.
2 days to go... More tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Flowers Bloom - Portishead
The heat has been pretty oppressive this holidays, we've had many days in the high 30s and even as high as the sub 40s (Celsius that is). Anyway, I was thinking of shots that I wanted to feature in the twilight of My 365, and Dad's flowers had to have a showing at least once.
So here it is in all it's HDR glory. just hope the weather cools down a bit. 3 days to go. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Red Back Fever - The Angels
Meet the friendly neighbourhood red back spider. This particular one, lives outside my door just waiting for prey to get trapped in her web... which is usually me.
Took this as she spun her web in the sun, hence the bright red glow in her abdomen. Go closer (if you dare) and you'll see traces of her web all round her. I HDRd her just to bring out those fine hairs. 4 Days to go... More tomorrow.
Monday, December 27, 2010
When I See You Smile - Bad English
Spent most of the day in recovery mode. ie sleeping and watching cricket. Ahh the holidays, ain't it grand. Mind you it's also put a dampener of my photo taking.
I did a few shots in the garden today, but wasn't too overawed, mind you, it's hard because anything I shoot is going to find it hard to compete with the little darling Madison. So let's just say here is part 2 of Madison's shoot, and not say I was too lazy to shoot anything else.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Little Angel - Bad Company
Meet the cutest little 5 year old in the whole universe. Little Maddy is my cousin's kid and she insisted she be in every shot I took during our Christmas Party. So naturally, she is the subject of today's 365.
Here's Maddy mimicking her great grand mother... too funny. A little bit of HDR to bring out the texture of the cloth. But all the cuteness is from the wonderful Madison. More tomorrow.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas Star Light - John Williams
Exactly a year ago today, I decided I was going to do My 365. I took a shot similar to this and thought about whether a year later I'd actually use a shot like this for the collection. Actually I also thought that I would never have made it to this stage, but that's a different story altogether.
Well, here we are a year later, and here is the shot I wanted... talk about pre-planning your shoot. Well the only thing different this time is HDR, which I learnt about 6 months ago.
Enough reminiscing... I'd really like to wish one and all a Merry Christmas, and I hope you have lots of happy snaps from your time with family and friends. More tomorrow.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Sharpshooter - Motorhead
Christmas party today, and it was at a gun club! How cool is that?
Anyway, I've travelled over 3000km today, and am now back in Perth for the holidays... and as you can expect I'm bushed!
Today's shot is of Stephanie. Chick with a gun in HDR. Need I say more? 8 days to go... more tomorrow.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Towtruck - Hunters and Collectors
Was at the Welly today and took a few shots, thought I might do one last feature of the Welly before the end. Alas, none were that outstanding or very much different from the ones I've already posted this year, so I revert to this shot with HDR, of course.
It's late, I'm packing, and oh I have a new iPad, but there's time for that later. I'm off to bed now, so... more tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Dancing in The Light - Rolling Stones
Took this at a restaurant we went to for lunch. Pretty good little place that we also went to last Friday.
The lighting fixtures were quite unique, so here's a shot from below. I know it doesn't show much of the fixture, but it is a different perspective. HDR evened out the exposure, as I was going for a darker photo. Hope you like it. 10 Days to go. More tomorrow.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Black Crow - Jamiroquai
With 11 days to go to the end of My 365, I figured I better get to shooting stuff that I always wanted to shoot, but procrastinated.
Here's one of the crow. Well really it's part of a murder of crows (always wanted to use that collective noun... how cool is that - a murder of crows) that hangs around the smoker's shed. Huge, sleek and totally evil looking.
Also couldn't resist HDRing the crow, if just purely for the texture of the feathers. The wood grain was just a bonus. More tomorrow.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Hair of The Dog - Nazareth
Talk about a one hit wonder. I only took one shot all day, and it worked out just fine. Some days are diamonds, and although there are a few hours left of today to go out and take something else, it's raining and cold and wet and I have a million more excuses.
Here's another shot of Jasper, looking a bit pissed off and mangier than usual, but still adorable. HDR brought out the fur and those eyes. Aaww. More Tomorrow.
Pieces and Parts - Laurie Anderson
Meet the Frankenstein of the bike world, it's unofficially called a "Charlie Davidson". This is my friend Mike's project and it's come a long way in a very short time. Would you believe this was born a 250cc Hyosang? Hope he gets it done up soon.
Anyway, I took this shot in it's little shed, HDR to try and highlight the chrome and matt black bits. More tomorrow.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Convenient Parking - Modest Mouse
Went out for lunch today and after rounding the car park for a good 5 minutes, the last person to arrive gets the best parking. We're talking rockstar parking here, right outside the restaurant.
Here's a shot of said car "trying" to park right in front of the restaurant. HDR really brought out the remarkable reflection of the sky on the car. And lunch was pretty good as well. More tomorrow.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jack The Ripper - Short Stack
Thought I'd give Fifi one more shot before I end My 365. That and I have a new camera. That and Fifi's a really good subject to shoot. Do I need more reasons.
So there are 15 days to go, and I still haven't decided whether to end on New Year's Eve or keep it going on New Year's Day. Wonder if anyone's done a 730? Decisions... decisions. More Tomorrow.
Oh and I've just hit 25,000! Was hoping for 10,000 when I started this year; 20,000 wasn't even a consideration; now at 25,000... what can I say but thanks everyone!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Back For Good - Take That
Got this cup yesterday. It's a ceramic cup that thinks it's a disposable coffee cup. So it's pretty and pretty cool.
I'll make it a short one today. I HDR'd this thinking that the texture from the cup would pop, instead, I like how the fabric at the bottom has come out. 16 days to go... More tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wind on the Water - Crosby, Stills and Nash
Took this a couple of days ago. I did take a few shots today, but really did not like the results. I swear this should be the last of the fountain shots... I hope.
The past couple of shots of the fountain have been concentrating on the details. Here's the whole fountain with the water almost overflowing because the wind was hitting hit hard... anyway you get the picture. HDR'd to make the textures pop. More Tomorrow.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Hot For The Teacher - Van Halen
Really still getting used to my new camera. For one thing, it uses an SD card, as opposed to a CF card. Being an eighth the size, forgetting the SD card is quite a possibility... which is my story today. Stuck the SD card from yesterday into my iMac, and forgot to take it out and put it back into the camera. Pretty much a case of having a camera without film.
Anyway. today's shot was taken a few days ago during the Melbourne University's Graduation Ceremony; just as the academics were leaving the stage. HDR did bring out some of the clothing texture and a bit of colour correction to set the mood. More tomorrow.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Fallen Angel - Poison
Been a really eventful and tiring weekend. And now as the Sunday winds down to an end, It's time to post a shot. I took this outside the Royal Exhibition Building... The sun was shining and cool wind was blowing and this was a shot I couldn't resist. More tomorrow.
I'm Steppin' Out - John Lennon
Was at my friend, Imran's graduation today, and later at a Bon Jovi Concert. First the graduation. Got the usual shots of graduate with certificate, pulling faces, and jumping for joy. However, while waiting for the ceremony proper to begin, I manage to take this shot.
BTW, I also have a new camera today. It's a Sony A55. I'm still getting used to it. Didn't bring the camera to the Bon Jovi concert though, however I'll post a few of the shots from the concert shortly.
20 days to go. More Tomorrow.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monument - Depeche Mode
Will make this a quick post today. It's almost 3am and I've got a long weekend ahead.
Took this shot on my way home today. Noticed the sun just creeping behind the monument, so I pulled the camera out and managed to pull out a few shots before the lights turned.
HDR for the clouds and stone texture, but I really like the lens flare. More tomorrow.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Corner - John Frusciante
Took this on the way home, while the clouds were rolling in. It's been a really funny start to summer considering the number of rainy days we've had since the 1st of December... I think that would be everyday so far.
Anyway, this pub on the corner is called The Victorian. As the literature says, it was built in 1889, and it has long been a local watering hole with a colourful past and with many stories to tell. Intriguing.
Took the shot and HDR's to bring out the rolling grey clouds and the magnificent building. 22 days to go... more tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunset - The Supremes
The rains started pouring this afternoon and it still hasn't stopped. As the clouds rolled in at sunset, I saw this and couldn't resist.
I know I said I'd stay away from balcony shots for a while, but the sky was spectacular and the lights from the boathouse was really cool.
Set the camera on a longer exposure and HDR to get the great cloud texture. Hope you like it. More tomorrow
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
OK so obviously from the collar this isn't a stray cat, but it was wandering the streets in the morning eating grass(?) and eyeballing another cat from across the road.
I'm not much of a cat person, but this looked like a shot waiting to be HDR'd. And I like the outcome.
Been using a combination of public transport and the kindness of Fifi to travel to and from work for the past 2 days. Hopefully that'll end today. Anyway, I took this while waiting for my ride today.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Spaceman - The Killers
Thought I'd give outdoor shots a rest for a while. Found this little radio and set up a bunch of LED lights for the background bokeh. Took a little while to set up, each point of light had to have a battery attached, and I had to set a flash from high above. After HDR, I like how the shot eventually worked out. Kind of reminds me of Close Encounters.
Anyway, there's 25 days left to go. More tomorrow.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Pavement Cracks - Annie Lennox
Took a walk around the neibourhood today. It was a nice warm afternoon, and I needed to get supplies and I've been without a car since Friday, so walking was the only option.
Took a few shots of the lake and some of the side streets, but this kind of took my fancy after HDR processing. Hope you like it too. 26 Days to go... More tomorrow.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Smooth Sailing - Ella Fitzgerald
Homebound today, and too lazy to step out on a fairly warmish day.
Out from the balcony, I see whole row of sailboats, I think the official nautical collective term maybe regatta... maybe.
Anyway tried to manually focus this with a 300mm lens, and HDR'd. More tomorrow.
Scenic Route - Jars of Clay
Had car trouble today, so I got a ride home. Which meant that I could shoot from the passenger's perspective, as opposed to...
Again another shot from the new route home. Apart from being faster, it's also a damn fine view.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Lampshade - Beck
Still suffering from the after effects of the concert... ringing ears, killer backache and tired feet. I whinge.
Took this before the concert at Saint & Rogue, a quaint little pub for suits mainly. However, if you get there early enough, away from the distractions, the wooden paneling and long darkwood bar and walls adorned with old glass bottles, it's all really quite cool.
Took this shot of an old lamp against the wood paneling. HDR'd it and like the grain texture. Mind you it was a bit of work trying to get this image from a compact, but still I think it works. More tomorrow.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Vertigo - U2
Just got back from the U2 360 degrees concert. And it was good.
Too tired to get into details, but here's a shot of the massive stage taken with a simple compact and HDR'd. More tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Desire - U2
More images from the new drive home. It's really late and before too long, I'll be at U2's Melbourne concert. But before that there's half a day of work to get through and before that there should be about 4 hours of sleep.
HDR'd this and realised that it does wonders for a dirty car... sweet.