Monday, August 31, 2009

Sydney - Coogee Rocks with Tripod

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Sydney - Coogee Rocks (5a), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Hi there,

How are you? That's how I start a lot of my peronal emails. I feel like blogging is like emailing to anonymous friends that rarely respond. Anyways, this shot was at coogee at around dusk. It looks like broad daylight right? The magic of post processing RAW files in Photoshop and RAW editors!

Anyways, this shot was probably done by Sime - it was taken with a semi sturdy tripod on the coogee bay hotel side of coogee. Really love the silky/misty feel of the photo and that was made by a very long shutter speed. Its basically capturing all the water that washes up and down trhe rocks over a long period of time.

Can't wait for summer in Sydney - it's going to be a good one!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sydney - Martin Place

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Sydney - Martin Place (7), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Hi all,

I was passing through the city today and I remembered some shots I took in the city. I had taken the day off and went into the city to get some busy city lunch time shots. Martin Place is always hectic from 12pm onwards, i do my best to try and avoid the people trying to sell things - but i always seem to get stuck talking to those people trying to sell credit cards - do i look like i have a low credit history?

Anyways, this shot is near the fountain at Martin Place - hand held shot with the Nikon D90 with a slow shutter speed. Post processing done using Photoshop Elements 7.0

That's all folks.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Let me introduce my on again, off again partner

Previous to my first mobile blog of last night where i was complaining about my panda eyes. I would like to address my on again, off again affair with coffee.

For awhile i was doing ok, drinking the free hazelnut latte's from the coffee machines at work. Think of it as 90% hazelnut, 8% water and a 2% instant coffee. Now i need my large mocha from Pablo & Rusty's. What a rip btw - $4. I miss my lovely coffee place mecca.

However, this place is quite good too - 'The Wall Cafe' - voted 3rd best in the Sydney Time Out magazine.

Anyways, everyone have a good weekend - drink up!

Do i look tired at 2:23am

I am unable to sleep and have resorted to taking photos of my friends, the dark circles. Hello constant friend. I know we will be friends for life. Should i name them? Suggestions?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The joys of amateur sport and photography

Last week i watched my sisters basketball team in their grand final - i don't happen to know what they're team name is but we had funny signs left from the previous cheering squad so we just used them. There were quite a few 'Explelliarmus' calls when the opposition was at the free throw line in true Harry Potter spirit!

Anyways, it was a pretty interesting game and i was glad that there was quite a big cheer squad on our side the opposition's side. There was heckling involved, which was also quite funny from Clinton. I think the highlights were for me:

1. The buzzer beater at half time to even the score - so exciting especially with the whole crowd counting down. I thought it looked better in black and white because it was a pivotal moment in the game. ha ha.

2. The cheeky steal that Sharlene did when the opposition was just standing there with the ball. Subsequently everyone was laughing about it. We seemed to put nicknames against a few individuals, the girl closest to Marissa is called 'pochy' for pocahontas - clinton is a very creative being. i think it was her long flowing hair. 

3. The hard drive into the hole resulting to an attempted extra basket because Marissa pulled a foul. is that the right term? meh. it resulted in Marissa falling over. I am not sure if she got the extra...let's say she did. good for her. 

4. On the fast break, 3 on 3 with Sharlene taking up the ball. i just like how the team is in focus but the opposition is blurry. And it also looks like they're moving so quickly because theyr'e such a fast team...or i am a slow photographer. 

5. Exciting last few seconds of the game, where we all thought it was over but the team miraculously clawed back a 6 point deficit to a 3 point one through some fine 3 point shooting! At this point our voices were a bit hoarse. Too bad it blew out to a 5 point deficit after some needed fouling but good free throw shooting by the 'ring-in' opposition

6. Nice shot of the ENORMOUS crowd (not saying anyone is fat but in terms of numbers and relative to the 2 spectators that the opposition had).

7. We are TEAM. Took 2 photo so the team, this was the less serious one - but there is a bit of a shine factor - i blame the sweat. good job girls - bad luck for this year - try again next season


Monday, August 24, 2009

Vivid ala Sydney

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Vivid - Argyle St - Bridge (2), originally uploaded by mindy_w.
I first got my Nikon D90 and i thought to myself, self - let's go out and take some photos. i was a bit scared and a bit shy whipping out the camera in its new-ness and taking photos. especially since you had all these people around also with their big cameras, bigger camera bags and tripods. some people even had those remote triggers, like what you see in movies when they have detonators! anyways, off the point - i was shy and still am shy when i am unleashing the camera. i feel a bit self conscious and hope that people don't think i am too voyeuristic or stalker-ish.

This was at the Rocks, underneath the bridge and it was a v. cold June night in Sydney. As I recall it was Friday night because we passed Argyle (which might i add is better than Ivy) and there were heaps of people outside waiting to get in (mostly guys).

Anyways, this is a hand held slow shutter speed shot - that's why you get the taxi whizzing past and see the lights from there. I also like how there are lights in the background because they had lights on the trees as part of this Vivid Light Festival. Go Sydney.

Hope you like it!

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