Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shoelace String Fries

Obviously I felt so very super proud of myself when I bought super size fries that I just had to share it with the world and take some photographs. I like the second photo a lot better but I'm not sure I printed it off, though really should have done so. Would look even better in a brown bag and the light not bouncing off the container but Maccas in the USA doesn't swing that way I guess.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flags of Patriotism

Every day at least there would be the American flag as well as the California State flag spotted somewhere on our day of sightseeing and tourism. Compared to Australia where your lucky to see them around the suburbs... There might be more in the inner city and places of interest to tourists but I don't really seem to catch sight of them.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fishermans Wharf

Considering we were down at Fishermans' Wharf in San Francisco, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of colour I could find around me and the contrast. The carousel with the the red topped tip and stripey cover like a circus tent. The bright orange of a crab on a sign as well as the three dimensional statue for a restaurant of a one armed, one eyed pirate frying up a mint coloured fish with a beard. It's always nice to be delighted in places where you expect everything to be boring.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nautical Nonsense

White life preservers, and a bright yellow coloured boat. Beats me why the life preserves are white when the ocean is blue and when it gets icy I'm sure there will be cold bits of frost and frozen over ice blocks. Then again, it could just be a way of advertising a restaurant down at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


One of my favourite things about having little baby rabbits around was seeing how long their ears would grow and at different rates as well as watching their tails fluff out from skinny little triangular balls of fluff barely covering their tail bones.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hello Possum

I have a tendency to paparazzi the local possums that think it's a smart idea to sit in the trees outside my bedroom window, especially when I seem to hit the metaphorical wall and need a flash of brilliance to strike. That's when I use a brilliant camera flash to dazzle the possums.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Something about the combination of a sunset in Winter and a faint little drizzle of rain brought out some amazing colours in my street this week, and since the trees are all bare since they also dropped their leaves I got some nice effects out of it as a little study break. It's funny, sort of in the middle of my semester I felt like I had no time for relaxing and taking a few quick snaps but it does sort of help me. I also took a few photographs of this scene using my Diana F+ Mr. Pink using 800 ASO film and a telephoto lens as well as having the back panel taped up to prevent unpredictable light leaks. I hope the lens was "focused" but then again the definition of focused can get very blurred with those plastic cameras...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Golden Fleet

Photographs taken from San Francisco on the harbour, before we took our ferry trip around to look at Alcatraz from afar and gain different perspectives on the glorious Golden Gate Bridge. The teachers handed out these dodgy little one use binoculars but I have about two that I brought back home since they are heaps of fun to mess around with. For some reason the first photograph taken looks as if there is a slight fish eye distortion effect to it and I have no idea how to make it happen again. Also they are brightly coloured... I'm trying to figure out how I can suspend them on my ceiling with a bunch of other random things but I don't have any string that's strong enough. Saw some lazy grey looking seals, which are a little difficult to photograph even if they don't move around a lot. It's hard because they all just look like a bunch of slippery rocks piled next to each other. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vessels at Sea

To my delight when we took out ferry ride around the San Francisco harbour which was part of our "visitation" to Alcatraz there were a few other boats and sails on the sea. We didn't even set foot on Alcatraz, instead we went past it twice and got a better look of the Golden Gate Bridge than the famous island prison.But there were some colourful sail boats and a motor boat breaching the water to photograph, obviously I like the colourful sail boat the best because it reminds me of a sample photograph from the Kodak Encyclopedia of Photography on 'How to make Colour work for You'.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Moving at the speed of light

That's why they call me Mr. Fahrenheit! I love how low security is to keep the giant tortoises inside, since they move so slowly, are too heavy to lift and cannot be possibly stolen from their exhibit without anyone noticing that a.) one of them is missing from their enclosure, and b.) that the person who lifted one is probably suffer from acute hernia and they also have a rather lumpy parcel concealed under their trench coat. I did originally plan to go to the zoo and use my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack since sometimes the giant tortoises do coast near the fence of their enclosure but I used a canvas backpack instead and they were in the middle of the enclosure or sitting under the heat lamp anyway so there was no loss there.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Butterfly Effect

The best parts of the Melbourne Zoo to hide in when the whether becomes cold and wet and horrible is either the Butterfly House or the Reptile Enclosures. A lot of people tend to prefer the butterflies though because the humid temperatures are a little higher than the heat from the lamps used to make the cold blooded reptiles a little more lively. Also the elephant and orangutan enclosures have been revamped so there is a greater focus on Asian animals. Some of my favourite photographs were taken inside the butterfly house on my zoo trip with my boyfriend but I didn't end up taking that many since the whole place was so crowded and the butterflies weren't landing on anyone really. I sort of laughed to myself watching a little girl sneakily push her hand towards the edges of leaves where butterflies sat. And I felt sad seeing the beautiful insects with torn wings, wrecked from callous and disrespectful zoo patrons. They only have a week to live and people destroy the beauty of their wings. It's such a shame.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Golden Gate Bridge

By the amount of photographs I took on the ferry trip going underneath and around the Golden Gate Bridge you might begin to think I am either an architect fanatic or that I was just bored and wanted something to photograph while on holiday of something that will be far, far away from my home. I think I was just taken by the mood since everyone else had their cameras out as well and I wanted to get in on the action.