Thursday, September 24, 2009


Sydney - The Rocks (4), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

I've never been a maternal person, often i find kids annoying with the crying and incessant attention seeking. lately, i have been finding them much cuter and endearing.

Like this kid, this cute little girl was running around with her pink sandels and white nappy (well, semi white) and a yellow balloon. she was as happy as could be without a care in the world. she was just having fun with her other relatives and enjoying the sunshine on a beautiful sydney weekend.

we often talk about losing innocence, and i guess its refreshing to see innocence in its purest form.

heres other kids i snapped


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cars - Yay or Nay

Sydney - Car Art (1), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

I am a bit bothered. due to the freakish red dust storm, my black honda civic is a film of red all over it. its quite gross.

don't get me wrong, i enjoy my car, its a zipply little thing and i really enjoy driving down a highway doing 80km/ph (or maybe closer to 100km/ph), windows down (i wish i had a convertible but perhaps not today) and singing at the top of my lungs....preferably coldplay. but the maintenance.....oh, the maintenance.

- rego.
- ctp.
- green slip.
- servicing.
- filling up with petrol.
- washing.
- vacuuming.
- uncovering the months of rubbish hidden underneath seats and floor mats

= hassle.

necessay hassle though, without it i would not be able to drive to work or drive back to my parents house for free food.

Anyways, poor little car pictured in the photo. This was at the rocks and i'll add one more pic below of another angle i took. i think the person who created this artwork would be a 'nay' to cars...



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stairway to .... possibilities

Sydney - Wharf Area (4), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

The thing about stairs is that they start somewhere and they generally lead you to a destination. They are used as a mechanism to deliver you to an end point. So much we concentrate about the destination, but not on the journey.

The picture is framed in a way that does not cap where the stairway ends, it could continue in a different direction, it could stop.

i need to constantly remind myself that in life, it is the journey that matters and to enjoy the view throughout. It's not about constantly climbing the proverbial 'ladder' - sorry mixed metaphors - don't you hate that? It's about learning, experiencing and being fulfilled by the things that happen to you during.

Photo Details
This was taken around the Rocks, where Sydney Dance Company is and Wharf 8. It was a really nice crisp day with not many people around. This is an HDR using Photo Matix and Photoshop Elements 7.0


Monday, September 21, 2009

Lovers Lane

Sydney - The Rocks (1), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Not sure if it was lovers lane, but i like to think so. Sometimes when you see something, it doesn't actually seem like much. More and more, i find that photos only mean something when you associate it with a feeling, a moment or what you thought was happening at that time.

For me, these set of stairs were so normal, sure it had a bit of artwork on the side of a strange little man. But what made this memorable for me that day was a young couple slowly making their way up the stairs. holding their hands tightly enclosed in one anothers, whispering and giggling like they were in their own little word. They stopped, gazed at each and then they stole a kiss and didn't care that they were in public. it was nice.

and no, i am not a voyeur. much.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Time, your furry friend

Sydney - Hyde Park (1), originally uploaded by mindy_w.
There is a fantastic documentary series called 'about women' and 'about men' and it a really interesting look at the two genders and how the different genders deal with age and its v. strange to see how we react differently to the same situation.

Throughout the 'about women' documentary, it looked at the different phases of growing up as a woman and the running theme was confidence. When you were young, you were over-flowing with confidence because you were oblivious to everything else; all you knew was fun and the next adventure. In the growing up years, you were so scard and worried about every one else's opinion, your insecurity comes out and you struggle to find your way. In your college or university days, you start not caring what other people think, but i think its not something that women can get rid of. We can't help but over-analyse and react to the situation at hand by banding with our other girlfriends and dissecting in detail what you should do next.

About Men, the documentary i saw concentrated on men in their later stages of their life. It followed men with their wives in retirement homes or men who had lost their spouse. It's so interesting that men find it harder to make friends or maintain friendships when they're older so they find it harder when they lose their spouse compared to women. It goes towards my thought that men are emotionally stunted in comparison to women. it makes me sad for them that they don't have a support network...

Anyways, this man pictured is always at Hyde Park watching the people play on the Giant Chessboard. I think he is somewhat of a genius when it comes to chess - well it gave me that impression.

The thing i like about photography apart from its a bit stalkery, it capures a moment and you wonder about the subject of the photo, what his life was about, what he's doing, what makes him come to the same place every day....i like to wonder.

back to listening to the australian idols massacre the top 10 songs. did you hear how they massacred the GLEE theme song?



Friday, September 18, 2009

What comes around...

Sydney - Paddington (6), originally uploaded by mindy_w.
First thing is first, i went to the gym yesterday and i brought one sock with me. fantastic. i decided to not wear any socks, as wearing one sock would have felt a bit weird.

Second thing is, i've been watching the channel GO (channel 9's HD version), it's pretty good. It has re-runs of good shows like Seinfeld and mediocre shows like The Nanny and then bizarre shows like 2 hours of the Jetsons.

What is funny is that they have a Sunday mid morning episodes of Charlie's Angels and Starsky and Hutch. I, not being of that generation only know of these as movies with famous Hollywood actors of this time; so it is interesting watching where it all started off.

Anyways, this photo was taken at William St in Paddington. I am not sure if the graffati man is suppose to be Bosley...or is it the owner of the convenience store?

Hope everyone has a toasty time in ol Sydney town this weekend!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sailing Away!

Anzac Bridge at Dusk, originally uploaded by mindy_w.

I will be sailing away in October. Well, sail or fly - the main thing is i'm out for a quick break! Well I just applied for leave, but hopefully it'll be approved. I'm going up to Noosa - well that's tentative too, but luckily Minh has done all the research including interesting things to do! including Australia Zoo! ohh, bindy irwin!

Anyways, this shot was taken at dusk in winter on the blackwattle bay side of the Anzac Bridge. I did the post processing by updating the tint to have more of a pinkish hue and i also updated the saturation to bring out more of the colours.

Happy Thursday! May your late night shopping be fruitful!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sometimes, you need to drink...

Shots on a Friday Night, originally uploaded by mindy_w.


If you have not noted by now, i am a whiner. i am incapable of action. i am all talk and no action etc etc. i understand this about myself, it stems from my chronic laziness. Something i aim every year to address.

I need a drink. work causes this reaction in me. i was re-watching 'The Matrix - Reloaded' and there was a whole spiel about 'causality' and how things only happen when there is a cause, a why...i.e. cause and effect.

Cause: Too Much Work, Not Enough Time
Effect: Unhappy and Stressed workers = Drinking or Quitting.

What do you think?

Anyways, this shot was taken down @ GPO at a friends birthday. This is THE moment where it goes down the hatchett and you let loose on a Friday night.....i can just imagine it now.


Monday, September 14, 2009

SURPRISE! Streamer Style

Fight with streamers, originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Check out that alliteration!

So, it was my sisters SURPRISE birthday party last week! i won't reveal her age, but its a milestone! Anyways, her friends had arranged a surprise birthday party at Rozelle at a pub called Three Weeds {fantastic venue btw, highly recommend the atmosphere, food and choice of drinks - although parking is difficult in the area}.

I think she was surprised in the end and the organisers had done a fantastic job with co-ordinating the surprise as well as the awesome trivia afterwards. i love trivia. especially when my team wins.

Anyways, enjoy some of my favourite photos of the night!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Homeward Bound

You know, I enjoy living close to the city. Just yesterday, we had my sister's surprise birthday party (which I might add, we killed trivia and the family team won!! YES!!. [Happy Birthday Marissa] I drove my friends home as they live close to the city and then I drove myself home. So convenient, round trip was 20 minutes.

I really like driving through the city, it gives me a chance to look aroudn and see what's happening - whats the latest trends, where everyone's going etc. Although, it makes me feel like an old foggie when I'm driving home and everyone is out partying. But i feel comfortable that at this stage of my life, that i enjoy going home. I don't need to go out clubbing or drinking til the wee hours of the morning. I guess, that's not really how i roll.

Anyways, this shot was taken at dusk. Not a great idea to be driving and trying to operate a DSLR...hence the shakiness. I like the colours of this shot, its a bit of the gradient in the way the sky displays. This is another example of a HDR.

Anzac Bridge is great though, always interesting what billboards are up on those giant pillars. Beautiful view from Anzac Bridge, i must remember to walk that sometime.

Anyways, hope everyone has a beautiful weekend.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

My First HDR

Sydney - Rushcutters Bay (5), originally uploaded by mindy_w.


This is my first HDR - High Definition Range.

I used PhotoMatrix to create this image, what you need to do is actually take the same shot 3 times but at different exposures. One should be very dark, second should be neutral and the last one should be very light. This is to get the greatest variety of colours. Some people do more than 3 shots, so you can choose how many you do.

What i also find useful is to use to the bracketing functionality that comes with most SLR's that takes multiple shots at different exposures based on your settings.

The post processing work is quite a labourious task, Photo Matrix is a v. intuitive program to use but here is my take on it:

1. Select 'Generate HDR' and select the bracketed photos that you wish to combine to make your HDR
2. When aligning your source images, you need to select carefully. Sometimes aligning based on horizontal and vertical shifts is not the best if its a moving target or you have not taken it with a tripod.
3. Have a play around with the 'Detail Enhancer' settings, the slider bar is useful to see the effect it creates. Settings will depend on what type of photo it is
4. Don't forget to go to the Tone Mapping tab and update the settings
5. Once you select 'Process' it combines the Tone Mapping settings and the Details Enhancer settings

Anyways, this was a beautiful dusk day at Rushcutters Bay. Thanks to my friends Lowell & Nelisa for being the models at the end of the bridge.


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Hello SOP!

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Sydney Olympic Park (5), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Good thing about working out in whoop whoop ( no offence Sydney Olympic Park ) is that you can walk around and take photos during lunch time and no body will think you are weird.

Another good thing is that there are usually things going on like the Gardening Show and the on-going PINK concerts that keep things interesting.

The poles in front of ANZ Stadium are quite cool, that have writing on them so they tell you stories and they also have interesting patterns and don't be scared - they have voice recordings telling you stuff. stuff i didn't listen to. But anyways, they also have a listing of athletes by alphabetical order which is nice. so many talented people in the world!

Anyways, tomorrow i think i will post about HDR's and how i have been using them and how it still doesn't look as good as the ones i have seen in flickr.

Time to box.


Monday, September 07, 2009

Perry Lane Cafe

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Sydney - Perry Lane Cafe (2), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Good Night,

Its strange to start a blog with 'good night' but it makes sense that we should be able to start with 'good night' similar to 'good morning' and 'good afternoon' - why do we associate night with end? what about vampires - what about them you say? meh.

Anyways, i like this photo because it displays the cool background of other photos. This was taken at Perry Lane Cafe in Paddington - taking a mid afternoon break on the Saturday for sustenance after a morning of bridal dress shopping for the sister pictured in the photo.

As i recall the waiter say that he reminded me of a friend he has in London. What do you say to something like that ...ok? Does that mean i'm getting a discount.? perhaps not.

That's all i have to say. Hope all is swell.


Thursday, September 03, 2009


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Woman Covered in Paint, originally uploaded by mindy_w.
I am lovin the not so new song by Jordin Sparks 'Battlefield'. Not really agree with 'love is like a battlefield' - i guess only if you do it wrong. One should not be at war with the person they love - perhaps if they were getting divorced.

I am really feeling that life is turning into an emotional and mental battlefield. I run through the gamut of feelings from frustration, fatigue, disbelief and disappointment. It's a war of attrition at the moment, and i am losing.

Anyways, disappointment does not cover what I feel at the moment. But i will not succumb to a 'woe is me' attitude.

This photo is losely linked to this blog, loosely tied to the woman is covered in colours that camouflage her with the backdrop. And just to note, she was not nude.

This was taken at a Photography Exhibition that was held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Lot of fun, lot's of things to see.

I am so lucky she started right down my barrel for this shot.

Enjoy the fight!


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Sunshine and Happiness

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Sydney - Woolich (7), originally uploaded by mindy_w.

Hello ,

Sometimes in life, you need to look at the brighter side of things. You need to remember that there is still fun in the mundane parts of life. You need to think to yourself, self - theres an empty field - let's do star jumps.

Man, Simon can jump high can't he? Lucky i was not the subject of this photo as i cannot jump v. high at all. Nor am i that awesome at leg spreads.

This photo was taken at Woolwich - i have spelt it wrong in flickr. apologies woolwichians (if thats a word). Woolwich is a really nice area in Sydney - but has awful public transport.

Hope everyone is having a lovely hump day.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Lost Hobbies

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Spanish Guitarists, originally uploaded by mindy_w.
Lost - Please help me find
- My ability to be interested in life outside of work
- My ability to find joy in learning a new skill
- My ability to do bar chords on the guitar
- My ability to hit over 100m on the golf course.


Anyways, this photo was taken at Sydney - GPO at a friends drinks night. I thought the backdrop of the beautiful Spanish senorita and the v. talented Spanish guitarists was great. I love how red invokes such a powerful and passionate emotion. well it does for me anyways.

Have a lovely night, hope you find something on your way!


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