Monthly Archives: March 2012

Rivers of Gold!

Any city looks great at night, and when there is a freeway in the shot I love how it turns into a river of gold… This is a result of the long shutter speed required to capture enough light to make a picture at night. This photo required for the shutter to be open for 30 seconds, so it records the lights from the cars on the freeway for 30 seconds, and it ends up a golden colour when headlights and brake lights mix together.

I took this photo from Kings Park, and what surprised me was how busy Kings Park was at night. There were cars and people everywhere! There is a lookout that I used to get this shot, if you’re up for trying some cityscape at night and you’re in Perth… this is the spot!

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Is it the wiggles? no… it’s the Google+ walk downunder #thewalkdownunder

Well this morning was the second time Google had organised a photo walk in Sydney. somewhere between 200 and 300 photographers met at King Street Wharf at 630am this morning, and were treated to a G+ tshirt, cap and stickers! Then we all hopped on a harbour cruise and ended up getting dropped off at Cockatoo Island so we could spend a couple of hours taking pics.

I am sure this morning that Google plus was more active than Facebook! there was one of these in each capital city and many others organised in regional centres around the country. Channel seven’s Sunrise show was there to cover the event and I am sure Google has won a few brownie points and encouraged photographers to use the G+ social media platform.

Google did a great job and were very generous. Keep an eye on on my blog for some of the pics in the coming week or two!

Is it the wiggles??? No... it's the google plus photowalk!

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Waiting for the sun to set…

On my last day in Perth I decided to hit the beach to watch the sun set. (something we don’t really get on the eastern side of the country). Whilst I was waiting I noticed these Seagulls just chilling out on the beach enjoying the view! This was taken at Scarborough Beach just in from of the SLSC.

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Do the Crime… Do the time….

Fremantle in WA has plenty of history, For reasons even I am unsure about, I just love checking these places out! Maybe it is the mystery of what goes on behind the walls… Seeing how the prisoners lived and trying to imagine what their lives would have been like. Not to mention what it would take to be a prison Guard…

This prison was built by the convicts in the mid 1800’s and was an active prison until 1991. 43 prisoners were hanged here. This pic gives you a sense for the cold and hostile place it was… I took this during a Prison tour, I waited until our group had moved on and hung around to take pics. It was quite spooky standing in No.3 Division of the prison all by myself…

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two bikes…. and a Mountain…

For anyone outside of Australia, this so called mountain would be laughable… but for us Aussies… this is a mountain! For a country that has a fairly flat landscape it is unusual to come across something like this, this is on the Mount Lindsay Highway in Queensland, and I thought this was Mount Lindsay, but cannot be sure. For the bike buffs… this is the new K1600 by BMW on the left and my R1200rt on the right. These bikes just LOVE this type of riding!

Not the best time of the day to be taking a landscape shot because of the high sun, however, an interesting enough shot to work!

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The Round House

The Round House is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886.

After it ceased being used as a gaol it became a Police Lock-up until the late 1890’s and then was used as accommodation for the Water Police, and afterwards as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. When threatened with demolition in the 1920’s it was saved and later control went to the State Government before it was deeded to the City of Fremantle.

This is a pic from inside one of the cells, that was later converted to living Quarters (hence the glass window that opens! I guess you wouldn’t find that in a cell??) You can see the STOCKS (thanks Tom!) gallows (I think that is what they’re called) through the window and In the middle is a well. Only one person was ever hanged at this gaol.

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What is one of Perth’s most unique and must see tourist attractions?

The Perth Bell Tower of course… Among its many attributes the Bell Tower includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which are recorded as being in existence from before the 14th century and recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I. The bells were again recast between 1725 and 1770 by three generations of the Rudhall family of bell founders from Gloucester in England, under the order of the Prince of Wales who was later crowned as King George II. They are one of the few sets of royal bells and are the only ones known to have left England. You can find out more at swanbells.com.au if you’re interested!

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This was taken with my D700, 16mm at f8 for 30 seconds…

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Quokka on Rottnest Island

If you’re like me, then you’re probably asking what the heck is a Quokka…? Well up until a few days ago, I had no idea what a Quokka was! Even when I had arrived at Rottnest Island I had no idea what I was looking for, and started to think that the Quokka was an urban myth! This was reinforced by the fact that Nikki (my wife) and myself had been riding our hire bikes around Rottnest Island for about and hour and still hadn’t spotted the infamous Quokka… it wasn’t long however, we spotted a group of them by the side of the track, and before we knew it we were surrounded by these cute little creatures, in fact they were so tame they would come right up close and lick our hand, and were very happy to pose!

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I have a CF card full of images to process, so I am sure over the coming week or so I will be sharing a few of them with you!

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Sydney Opera House

Here is a sunrise shot of the Sydney Opera House. The Harbour Bridge is so  B I G  that sometimes it can sometimes eclipse the Opera House. I will have to head over to the other side of the harbour to get some more pics of the Opera House on my next city photo adventure!

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How do you spell Bier?

Here is a shot from the Bavarian Bier Cafe at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. I couldn’t resist but run back to my room to grab the camera. I love the way they use the glasses hanging over the bar to create a chandelier and the mural on the wall above was kind of cool too! I also like the way the HDR processing has created movement on everyone in the bar give you the sense of seeing it happening!

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