Another newly acquired

Last weekend I made an impulsive purchase of the Leica Elmarit 90mm F2.8. Then in the following days I received another glassware that I had ordered before that. I headed out to the street after work for test shoot. What is this new guy like?

INDUSTAR-61L/Z-MC 50mm/f2.8 Macro

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Then again, it is Melbourne…

Another weekend, another outing on two-wheels. This time I did not go far from home. Up along the river one day, down towards the bay another.

Docklands

Docklands

"River Runs Though It, 2011, by Mark Stoner"

Starting off as a fine, warm morning, I would venture out in T-shirt and shorts. But then again, this is Melbourne. The city of ‘4 Seasons in One Day’ (yes, Crowded House must have written many of their songs here, on a weekend like this.)

The temperature would drop away, sun fading away replaced by cold wind… I pull on my 20-year-old LL Bean wind pullover, and still I cannot shake off the chill.

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

Oh well, before you know it it would be real warm, and we can really put away our winter clothings… but not just yet here.

Docklands

Docklands

"River Runs Though It, 2011, by Mark Stoner"

Arrival of the Spring

So the spring was here. The air felt much more ‘loose’ or ‘soft’. Hay fever and skin cancer are back on conversation again. My friend and I dusted the bike and went out to make the best of the beautiful sunny weekend.

sakura

sakura

sakura

We even drove down to my favourite ‘quick trip’ destination down on the Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

I even spotted a griffin venturing out in the sun!

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

We just knew we had to make the best of the weather… because we know what they call this city we live in…

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Flowers

flowers

I am in Osaka for a 2-week visit, to attend my cousin’s wedding. It’s been a long time since I was last here in the hot and humid summer. Temp up to 35 degrees, with 50% humidity, it is not a very comfortable place. But what’s changed since my younger days is my parents’ house is now fitted with air-con units. After spending all day working in front of the old MacBook that’s struggling with over heat, I threw the Fuji and a few lenses into the new waist-pack camera bag. Earlier in the afternoon Fuji’s just published the new firmware for the X cameras, with the kind of improvements that I’ve been waiting for, so I was eager to test it out.

flowers

I also added a rather expensive but beautiful mid-range lens for Fuji, just in time for the wedding shoot and the family shoot that I covered on the weekend before. While I am very happy with the decision to invest in this set of heavy glass, I was keen to get the feel as to how the world looks when I point it at something other than candid look of people around me. I walked 15 minutes to the large park nearby, the park I used to spend almost every evening during my high school year, speeding about on my bicycle, pointing my old Canon at everything from dogs, trees, sunset…

flowers

Who says the smiling face is the best part? I quite liked this texture on the back of sunflowers, too.

flowers

The sun is setting and the sky is not so blue. A little different mood from the familiar saturated blue and yellow…

flowers

flowers

flowers

flowers

Water lilies… People here are very sensitive to the signs of seasons. My dad was the one who reminded me it is now the time of the year for this. They actually open in the morning and close at night, so they are most graceful and full of lovely smell about at the day break. But even in the fading light, standing tall with tightly closed flowers, I think they are beautiful.

flowers

flowers

flowers

I don’t know when I get to come here in the summer, but next time I’d like to take the long drive I took a long time ago, to the small country town in the north, and walk the evening path to the ruin of the old castle where the fire flies hover in the summer breeze. That’s one for the next summer trip…

Through the winter rains

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I have been following the weather forecasts quite regularly last couple of weeks. Since I started on ‘The Other’ series, I have been waiting for the rainy day when I hit the street to capture the vision of the others in the reflection. Rainy days are great for another of my favourite subjects in my  personal photography – the clouds. It just adds that much dynamism, the energy and movement to the scene.

 
The other

 

And after the rain, the flowers bloom. Real ones, and not so real ones…

colours

The new bloom

Gardens and the street

Just getting ready for this blog post I realised that I have been posted lots of ‘dark’ photos lately. Not that I like my photos dark, but I guess there are more interesting images where light falls in contrast with dark places, or vice versa. I enjoy photographing colourful, bright things as much. As a matter of fact, I was having a coffee with a friend in the afternoon and photographed her little boy in the new Kids Area in NGV International. It is actually a very well designed area which is both safe for kids and filled with artistic inspiration. Yet again, I envy kids growing up in such an environment. If I get my friend’s permission I’ll share some of those photos later on. But for now, it is the evening in Melbourne, in the gardens and on the street.

Bee at work

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