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Silhouettes

Jun. 11th, 2008 | 01:20 pm
music: Fang Fang, "Yao Taiyang"

If there's one thing I've learned over the last year, photography-wise, it is that I love shooting against the sun. There's something about silhouettes which makes me go, "Ooooooh..." whenever I see one. So I relished the opportunity to take an early-evening walk in Stirling's old town, where a nice old cemetery and the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was born perch picturesquely on a hill.





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Stirling, Scotland, 2008

Nikon D300 + Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5



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Stonehenge Looking Dark and Dramatic (Possibly a Little Too Much So?)

Jun. 4th, 2008 | 11:46 am
mood: boredbored
music: Tori Amos, "Little Earthquakes"

I love it when big clouds descend on supposedly sacred sites. Somehow it makes it easier for me to believe that the objects concerned once served a religious purpose when there are giant clouds hovering over them. Does that make any sense? If it doesn't, let's just say I'm a sucker for big clouds in photogenic settings, because that's just as true.

I accidentally overexposed my Stonehenge photos because unbeknownst to me, my camera was still on 1600 ISO from the night before. Which goes to show that while fancy cameras are all very nice, they screw up just like any old camera when you leave them at the wrong setting.





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Stonehenge, England, 2008

Nikon D300 + Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5



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Sometimes Nature Presents Good Compositions on a Silver Platter

Jun. 2nd, 2008 | 10:27 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

You all know I'm a tree fetishist and a great lover of geometrical patterns. So you can imagine the shriek of delight I let out at the sight of this...





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Castleton, Peak District, England, 2008

Nikon D300 + Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5



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Tranquillity

May. 30th, 2008 | 01:07 pm
mood: nervousnervous

I took an awful lot of pictures at this place, situated just off the main road to Glencoe. Conan and I had the place to ourselves when we got there; however, after about ten minutes, its tranquillity was rudely disturbed by the arrival of a photography club whose teacher had discovered its photogenic potential, as well. For the next fifteen minutes or so, there were sixteen of us taking pictures and talking shop: which lens to use, which graduated neutral density filter to use, whether to use a tripod or not, whether to wait for the sunset or not. It was one of the weirdest photographic encounters I've had, but it was fun. I just wish I had thought to take a picture of all those photographers crouching at the edge of the lake, trying to get their shots of the tree and the rock. They would have made a great subject for a photo.

More pictures of Glencoe (sans fellow photographers) to follow later.




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Glencoe, Scotland, 2008

Nikon D300 + Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5



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London: Bits and Pieces

May. 26th, 2008 | 10:28 am
mood: happy to be posting again

Hello LJ! It's been a while since I last updated, but I have a proper excuse for my absence. I just spent three weeks in the UK with my boyfriend, who came all the way from Australia to see me and parts of English-speaking Europe. We spent five days in London and then went on a whirlwind tour of England and Scotland. As always, both countries were beautiful, although the first week of our holiday was rather marred by the weather. While Holland was basking in glorious sunlight for the first time in, oh, eleven months (no exaggeration), England proved to be an extremely wet place, which ruined a few plans (I seem destined never to visit Highgate Cemetery). Thankfully, the good weather reached Albion eventually, and the last two weeks of our stay were quite sunny and pleasant. We did once get served mushrooms from the microwave (easily the most rubbery food I've ever had), and we also made a few unnecessary detours because Britain hasn't discovered the art of proper signposting yet, but other than that, we had a great time.

England/Scotland marked the first time I took my new camera on a trip, and I'm pleased to report that it lived up to its reputation and that I didn't inadvertently lose any photos, although I did overexpose a few. I'm still having a bit of trouble getting the depth of field right (the apertures on my D300 seem to be rather different from the ones on my old Olympus), but I trust I'll get the hang of that soon. In the meantime, I'm quite satisfied with my new toy, and very chuffed that I won't have to spend the next few weeks scanning six hundred holiday photos. I like digital photography! I don't think I'll ever give up my Holga, though. :-)

Anyhow, here are a few images taken in London, where the weather was mostly awful but where we did get a few hours of sunshine every now and then. Sunnier, prettier and more touristy pictures will follow soon.

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On the way to our hotel I spotted these shoes, completely drenched, next to some rubbish in front of a pretty staircase. Needless to say, I had to take a few pictures. An hour later the shoes were gone, though none of the other rubbish had been collected. I wonder who took them...





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London, England, 2008
Nikon D300 + Sigma 17-70mm/f2.8-4.5 for most photos



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Despite All Evidence to the Contrary...

Apr. 16th, 2008 | 12:38 pm
music: Aimee Mann, "Deathly"

... I'm not dead, nor have I abandoned this journal for ever.

I know, it's been a while since I last posted anything here. In fact, it's been so long that I'm amazed I still know how to use an lj-cut and all that. Who would have thought?

For what it's worth, work is keeping me very busy at the moment. I'm also still suffering from RSI in my right arm, which makes photo-editing a rather undesirable pursuit at present. I haven't forgotten about photography, though. Quite the contrary. I have by now taken my first pictures with my new Nikon D300. It took me two months to get around to it -- two months during which I was frequently astonished at myself for having such a marvellous camera and leaving it in its box unused -- but honestly, I'll find good use for my new toy over the next few months. I've also bought a stack of photography magazines featuring helpful tips on DSLR photography and Photoshop, so once I've finished my text-editing job and returned from my much-needed holiday, I'll have lots of photo-editing tricks to try my hand at. I'm already looking forward to it.

I hope to post some digital pictures soon, but for now, here are some film pictures I took in Rome last year. Enjoy!








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Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy, 2007

Olympus OM-10 + Fuji Velvia 100
Holga 120 CFN + Fuji Provia 100



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Rocks and Sand

Mar. 3rd, 2008 | 10:36 am

Hello, everyone. I thought I'd post something, just to prove that I am alive and have not completely turned my back on LJ...

I continue to be unpleasantly busy, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. Soon I should have time again to edit old photos and take new ones with my so far virginal digital SLR.

As for today's pictures, the first two were taken at a place called Little Sahara on South Australia's Kangaroo Island, which is remarkably devoid of kangaroos. It's another one of those places which will for ever live on in my memory as a Missed Opportunity, in that we had the most stupendously photogenic light for a couple of minutes and I missed it because I had run out of film in both of my cameras. I believe that was the moment I decided I did need a digital camera.

Anyhow, enough of that. This is Conan, running towards the light.





His and hers.





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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia, 2007

Holga 120 CFN + Ilford XP2 Super



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All Right, I'll Post Something, Since It's My Birthday and Everything...

Jan. 25th, 2008 | 08:33 am
mood: old
music: Radiohead, "Fade Out"

You'd be forgiven for believing I've abandoned this journal, considering the rate at which I've been posting lately. I know I haven't been around much, and I apologise for it. Rest assured, however, that I have no intention of abandoning this journal. I'm just hideously, ferociously, unpleasantly busy at work at the moment, and if that weren't bad enough, I'm on a massive reading kick, meaning I'm spending what little spare time I have reading. I'm sure that it's just a phase I'm going through and that I'll get back to posting photos eventually. As a matter of fact, I'll simply have to get back to posting photos at some point, since I just invested in a digital SLR. And not just any old digital SLR, but rather the brand new Nikon D300 which is getting rave reviews all over the planet. I haven't had the opportunity to unpack it yet (as I said, I'm busy), let alone use it, but I hope to do so before long. I look forward to experimenting with my new toy!

First, however, I have some work to finish, and a birthday to celebrate, and a few other things to do. I'll catch you later!

(And to those who congratulated me earlier: Thank you, guys. Much appreciated!)



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One-Word Summary of the Year Ahead

Jan. 1st, 2008 | 01:48 pm
mood: calmcalm
music: Belly, "Low Red Moon"



If this is how I feel about 2007, then this is roughly how I feel about the upcoming year.





If, indeed.

Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia, 2007

Olympus OM-10 + Fuji Superia 200



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At the End of Yet Another Year...

Dec. 31st, 2007 | 04:42 pm
mood: satisfiedsatisfied
music: Belly, "Angel"

Hello, everyone. It's been a while since I last posted here. There were times when I thought I'd never get round to posting again, but as you can see, I'm returning to the fold at the cusp of the new year. I hope you've all been well since we last met, and I obviously wish you all the best for the new year!

It's been a strange year for me, what with my long trip to Singapore and Australia, a new job, a new man in my life and other developments which conspired to keep me busy and away from LJ. On the whole I'd call it a good year, but we'll have to see where it's all leading. Let's just say that 2008 is going to be an interesting year for me. :-)

The picture below more or less sums up how I feel about 2007. It got pretty windy and rainy at times, but at the end of it all, there was frequently a glorious burst of light which made it all worthwhile, and then some. It will definitely be the light that I'll remember about 2007, rather than the darker moments which occasionally occurred. I hope the same will be true for each of you.

Happy New Year, everyone!





St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 2007

Olympus OM-10 + Fuji Velvia 100



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