Australia

Australia: Denmark to Byron Bay | Through the Middle via ‘the Outback Way’

It’s been a while since i took a holiday. In less than three weeks I’ll be setting off from Denmark (WA) to visit the folks in Byron Bay (NSW). I’m travelling ‘The Outback Way‘ aka Australia’s longest shortcut. Google maps tells me the journey is 5,556 km, not including any detours. I’ll be travelling unsealed outback roads (such as the Great Central Road), some dirt tracks, and probably a dry riverbed or two. There is plenty to see along the way, including the Olgas, King’s Canyon, Uluru, and numerous gorges and national parks.

The Landcruiser is in good shape and ready to go. I’m now busy sorting out camping gear, recovery gear, maps/apps, communications devices, and permits to access aboriginal land.

I’m not sure how long it’ll take, but i’m guessing it’ll be just under three weeks. And then I’ve got to drive back again.

Australia: Birds n Frogs

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A couple of shots from the garden. A Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) that is a seasonal visitor, and a small Motorbike Frog (Litoria moorei) hanging out in a vegetable bed.

These were from a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 that was over a year out of date. It’s possible the colours have shifted slightly as a result.

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It’s worth having a listen to the Motorbike Frog’s call if you’ve not heard it before: http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch/frogs/motorbike-frog

Australia: Various shots from the Garden

A few shots from the garden here in Denmark, Western Australia, including of the Sacred Kingfisher that visits each year. Oh, and one of a Sooty Oystercatcher from the foreshore.

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Australia: Rainbow Bee-eater

At this time of year the rainbow bee-eaters migrate southwards. A few pairs take temporary residence in the Canning River Regional Park, which is at the bottom of my road. I took my camera down there yesterday in the hope of seeing them and was lucky enough to catch one on a low branch. I could watch these birds for hours. They are amazing in flight, and also make lovely chirrup sounds to each other, which is very cute.

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Australia: Perth CBD (Kodak Tri-X and Canon A1)

A few shots from a film exposed before i went on holiday, just back from the lab.

Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed to 800) ::: Canon A1 ::: 135mm

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This homeless gentleman is always here.  I sometimes give him a couple of dollars. Sometimes a little food. He refuses pork because he is Jewish. Sometimes, more often than not, he looks in a bad way. Once he’d been beaten up.

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Connected.

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Gucci and mist.

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Jumping by the basketball court.

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Hidden Love.

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Aircon.

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Chairs.

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Walking by the aircon units.

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Pigeon.

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Walking through the grid.

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Busy, real busy.

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Has it stopped?

Australia: Perth Morning and Lunchtime Photography [Kodak Ektar 100]

I’ve been playing a little with various black and white films, but Kodak Ektar 100 has been my first and only choice for colour.  It’s cheap to develop (C41) and has beautiful tones.  I also like fine grain when it comes to colour images.

These photographs were taken on my morning walk between the bus stop and office, or during my lunch break, in the Perth CBD.  It’s generally been a bit too dark for photography on the commute home, but the days are getting longer now and it won’t be long before i can post some shots from the early evening.

Sorry if i’m posting a few too many images at the moment; it’s just that i’m enjoying using film so much, and it costs money, so i have to do something with them 😉

[Canon 1n ::: 85mm ::: Kodak Ektar 100]

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Man follows pigeon

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Man contemplates apple

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Australia: Perth CBD [Kodak Tri-X]

I often have a camera with me when i go to work. I tend to use it more when it’s been raining, which doesn’t happen that much over here.  I wish it rained more sometimes.

These were shot with the Canon 1n and Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed 1 stop.  I had no reason to shoot at 800 other than to see what the images looked like afterwards.  A little more grainy perhaps? Slightly more contrast? I don’t see a huge difference between these and the ‘film burn challenge’ photographs shot at 400 (see previous post).

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Australia: Perth CBD Film Burn Challenge [Kodak Tri-X]

One of the lads from work (Sean Breadsell) issued a film burn challenge.  The idea was to run through 36 exposures in a one hour lunch-break .  I got through mine in 45 minutes.  I was a good learning experience:  I rushed some shots, meaning i had to retake the scene.  And a few are a bit wonky (although this is sometimes the scanning as i can see that the negatives are better – the first one in particular, as it does not cut off the top of the sign).  I am thinking of buying a scanner to do my own negs so i don’t have this problem again.

Having to produce results under time pressure really tests you. I even asked a few people if i could take their photograph (6 said yes, 1 said no). All the people i asked seemed a little perplexed as to why i would want to photograph them, so i told them it was part of a project taking pics of strangers in the city.  It is much harder to photograph strangers in Perth compared with my recent time in Jakarta, where i had people asking me to photograph them.

Here are 34 of my 36 photos.  The other 2 were blurred mush; the shutter button is so sensitive on my ‘new’ Canon 1n that i sometimes fire off frames by accident.

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Australia: Wandoo National Park Bushwalk

The Wandoo National Park (MAP) is just an hour from Perth and a great place to start the weekend with a bushwalk.  It’s a good time of year to look for reptiles in the granite outcrops; the colder temperatures make the little guys slow to run off.

Note photo no. 9: Barry trying to feed a fun-sized Mars bar to a Knob-tailed Gecko. Highly irresponsible behaviour!

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