my (amateur) photography adventure



Brisbane River XXXX timelapse

1289 photos in 42 seconds – check out this short timelapse sequence shot last night (best viewed fullscreen – this is 1080p HD video):

Check out the red XXXX sign in the background.

Timelapse Stills from 23 Nov

I hope you enjoy these frames from my timelapse project last night.

Gallery of Modern Art Kurilpa Bridge timelapse frame
Gallery of Modern Art Kurilpa Bridge timelapse frame
Brisbane River timelapse frame
Brisbane River timelapse frame

I had some serious trouble with the new Triggertrap app v 2.0, which is causing a few problems with the timelapse sequence – but I think I will be able to salvage something worthwhile from them.

Sydney – Night Long Exposures

Night long exposures taken at the Rocks (near the Overseas Passenger Terminal) in Sydney.  Both of these really appeal to me because they are clear and sharp, but also contain some movement.  Taking some pics was a great way to break up the pretty full-on business trip.

The swirls in the sky above the bridge are something (bats, I think) swarming around the bridge lights. 6s exposure.

The strong lines to the left of the Opera House are 5s of a ferry, outbound from Circular Quay, crossing through the shot.

Both shot with the assistance of my fabulously portable Joby GorillaPod (SLR-Zoom) which was all I could fit in my luggage for the short trip.

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Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Above:  Sydney Opera House, from the end of Bennelong Point.

I was fortunate to be in Sydney last week for 3 nights, for work, and on the middle evening I went for a walk with an old friend from Circular Quay to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and back – a good walk and a long chat along the way.

He was patient enough to let me snap a few quick pictures along the way, and here they are:

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Night Eyes


Night walk from South Bank across the Brisbane River.

Paniyiri Greek Festival in the city – Reddacliff Place

The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Cultural Centre Forecourt, at South Bank, Brisbane.  It was a fun subject for some Friday night photography – popular too – I spotted at least 5 other keen photographers doing something similar to what I was doing.

Reflection, The Wheel of Brisbane
Brisbane Skyline – Treasury building at the left, The Wheel of Brisbane in foreground.
ISO 100, 36mm, f/29, 30s

My new tripod got a good workout, as you can see.  I am glad I decided to buy the taller and heavier one – so long as I’m dragging any tripod around, I don’t really mind how heavy it is, and it’s nice to be able to put my eye to the viewfinder properly on the tall ‘pod.

The Arbour, from Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank, Brisbane
ISO 100, 67mm, f/5.6, 4s

There was a guy standing beside me when I took this next one – he had his tripod, a 5D (I think) on the tripod, and a spare 60D for ‘snapshots’.  I’m not envious…. much….

The Wheel of Brisbane, looking towards South Bank.
ISO100, 18mm, f/22, 13s

I’d just like to acknowledge my inspiration for this next shot, which was a shot taken by Francois Lourette, another keen amateur photographer, who blogs as Almates.  I wouldn’t have thought to try such a shot, until I saw his.  You can see his ‘flags’ shot here: Long Exposure Ottawa.

Annie flags, Cultural Centre Forecourt, South Bank Brisbane. Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges in the background.
ISO100, 45mm, f/8, 15s.

I have previously posted about Kurilpa Bridge, here. So, obviously, my “What am I?” pictures from last night were detail shots of the Wheel of Brisbane.  The combined shots are below.

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures – I had fun taking them and was pretty happy with how they turned out.  I got some reasonable skyline / river shots as well – a post for another day!

If you’re interested in visiting or riding on the Wheel – its website is here:

Early morning light

Early morning light.

50mm at f/1.4 -2.0.

Old glass door, dawn

I like old glass just a bit too much:  see more of it here:

15 second memorial

The beautiful sandstone Anzac Square Memorial is still covered with wreaths from Anzac Day on 25 April.

These two pictures are 15 second exposures in early evening.  I’ve been doing quite a lot of long exposure shooting lately and I think these bring out the best of the Memorial.

I thought about showing them in b & w – they look great in b & w, but it’s not fair to lose  the colour of that sandstone!

lion head fountain below memorial, Anzac Square. ISO100, 18mm, f/9, 15s

Last Anzac Day post for this year – I promise – but since I walk past this Memorial 10 times a week (it’s right above the CBD train station in Brisbane), probably not the last time I’ll photograph it :).

My other Anzac day posts are here:

If you want more of a story about the history of Anzac Day, check out this blog post at Tragicomedia, which includes a quote by Kemal Ataturk which I can never read aloud without choking up, and some great Anzac Day people photos (quite a style contrast to these ones).

Historic Buildings around Queens Park, Brisbane

These three historic and heritage-listed buildings surround Queens Park between George, Elizabeth and William Sts in the Brisbane CBD.

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Two of them have modern uses as a casino and luxury hotel – I don’t know what use the former State Library building has now.

Discovery Centre, Qld Museum

The Queensland Museum is 150 years old and the South Bank site has just been extensively renovated.

It has some fantastic features for kids now – all free.  The new Discovery Centre is particularly good for kids:

Hands on exhibits for the kids - Discovery Centre
Phasmatodea (Stick Insects) in a glass case for the kids to see. These things are huge - 50cm long
MicroEye Projection Microscopes - great fun for kids
Butterflies Display
Renovations - new staircases
Beetles - Discovery Centre & main Qld Museum collection
From Little Things, Big Things Grow exhibit - Qld Museum

Sculpture, Brisbane Square

Interactive sculpture in Brisbane Square.

I’m not sure whether it was designed to be interactive, but it’s definitely ended up that way….

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Heritage, Redux

This fomer Congregational church building was built in the 1850’s.  It’s a striking building now being used as an antique centre.

I found the contrast between the building, and some of its contents, fascinating.

Opalina Fiorentina glass jug
internal stained glass, East St wall
'Dress Ups Vintage Clothing' garments
internal door handle, detail
Garment, East St room
Ceiling and upper level windows
the well-named Retro room fronting East Street
Side view of former Congregational church building, East St, Ipswich showing roof vent
Joseph Hargreaves
I only took this photo on special request from my 8 year old daughter... but then I liked it :)
Staircase to mezzanine, East St end
more 'Dress Ups'. I love the light in this one - upstairs with the afternoon light streaming in.
'Dress Ups' hats

There are also many traditional antiques there, but I haven’t photographed most of them because it was the contrasts which fascinated me.

more traditional
Rear section (now containing stage area and downstairs Annexe) of former Congregational church building, East St, Ipswich

City Lights

Inspired by K. Ryan Henisey, who reminded me that to haiku is divine:

Tonight, wandering

Almost dark, yet light enough

Brief moments captured

Ann St Presbyterian Church
Arch, Albert St Church
Brickwork, Albert St Church
Anzac Square
Old Titles
Albert & Adelaide
Sculpture, Albert St Overpass

This is a re-visit to Roma St Parklands – you can see my previous Parklands posts here:

Lotus Life

Water Dragons


Waterfall, Parklands
Melange, Parklands


A trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Magnolia grandiflora seedpod

We went to see the Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia’s annual show. (OK, it was a bit of an excuse to get out of the house and take some photos).

Cycad and ceiling; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Cycad; Palm & Cycad show, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

The show was underwhelming, but we also took a quick trip to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (in the Gardens).

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture - in front of the curvy Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian 'Father of Cosmonautics' - sculpture

Also, many other photos were taken around the Gardens (see Seussical Succulents, Reflection and, hopefully, future posts).

Legacy Way structure, under construction (I assume!)


McDonnell & East facade

Kurilpa Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the southern part of the Brisbane CBD to the ‘south bank’ of the Brisbane River near Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art.

It’s a controversial, but I think, striking structure.

Tank St skyline section
East along the river, State Library of Queensland
love the curve
North - one of the many construction cranes on the skyline

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