Full Moon of the month

Captured last night.  Sydney weather was not that good yesterday so I wasn’t expecting her appeared in the evening.  Photographing moon is another challenge for me always.  I eventually did about 90 clicks and turned out five kept at the end.  The below are top 2.  I like the first one particularly just because of the hazy moonlight glow.

Oh my naughty Bleu made a posture looking up, as if he was going to be howling toward the moon.  😉

He will be turning to age of thirteen this weekend.  He had been suffering from eczema which likely came from allergy and he had to wear the collar for months.  So I  completely stop feeding him the food which contained chicken (including all chicken products and bi-products) then he finally was released from the collar.

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Out of my recent night photography

I don’t know why, but I can not kick my bum to get up early for morning photography.

Here Sydney is in the middle of winter season, it is perfect to do sunrise photography as it comes up rather late, right?

I don’t know why, but I can not take extra half hour for evening photography after work or weekends.

Here Sydney is in the middle of winter season, so it is perfect to do sunset photography as it sets down rather early, right?

Am I facing motivation issue?

Maybe….

Am I getting old and tired?

Well perhaps…..

So I tried to hitch myself up for it no matter what, and I did some night photography at Darling Harbour, Sydney, after work.

It was good choice because I do not like Darling Harbour and I hence do not head over usually, which means, I rarely took shots of it and there are plenty of challenges to take or try things.

A little confession here, that eventually I took three consecutive nights in a row to photograph at the same spots at Darling Harbour.

Why, because I was shocked at the quality of those I had photographed on my first evening, then I went back on the next evening.  The shots on second night were slightly better than first night, but still some were not good.

The third time’s the charm.  The photos taken at third night was somehow satisfiable.  Same time, I was feeling comfortable at myself having some focused time with photography.  And, I found myself that I have never had motivation issue (but I still don’t know what made me sluggish then).

Anyway, please let me share some of them out of the struggled three nights in shooting.  🙂

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Retired monorail station and Centre Point in background.
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Busy traffic for commute
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Busy traffic ahead of monorail station

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A little story at a bus stand

A little story at a bus stop

This photo is a one of them I had done the other night.

And this is my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole .

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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Photos in front of a local Milk bar in Sydney

Olympia Milk Bar was city’s the oldest yet iconic milk bar in Sydney, and was closed down last year.

Myself had not been there for enjoying their serving coffee or milkshakes, but the other night I chosen them for my quick photography spot to do some long exposure.

In front of the shop was a bus stop, and I was standing and watching the shop across the road.  Then I found it fun to train my lens toward the shop because one single spot showed me many little stories performed by people waiting for buses and by buses and cars passed by.

Here are some of them I took there.  I hope I could share with you how I had fun shooting time in that evening.

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Loading up the aircraft

This was photographed by the window of the aircraft which I boarded on my last trip from Tokyo to Sydney.

There were several aircrafts parked and loaded at boarding gates for the departure.

I thought I was lucky to capture the aircraft from rear angle.

I posted as wishing myself being lucky again to see something interesting on my boarding to Sydney tonight.

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A medi-dog on the ferry

I ran into a dog wearing a red vest printed ‘medidog’ aboard on the ferry when I headed to the spot I photographed these.

He first sat on the deck between the crotch of his master. Once the ferry departed Circular Quay and approached to Harbour Bridge to pass under, he moved to the guardrail, as if he wanted to watch the light-show of Vivid 2018.

Here are the photos of him I excused and caught.

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The moon and Vivid Sydney 2018

Vidid Sydney 2018 opened up this year celebrating their 10th anniversary.

I am not that big fan of Vivid simply due to the festival, which runs a little too long (three weeks?) and which hence makes me feel at them a kind of light pollution (sorry for those who love and look forward Vivid every winter).  However, if some nights were on the period where the moon became full circle, it gave me a perfect motivation to night out into glowed and crowded Sydney.  Two nights later, I set tripod at a spot where lets me take Sydney iconic architectures in straight look.  This spot was off-the-vivid area, but it was enough for me to feel festive vibe from a bit afar.

I do not know if I take more occasions for photographing Vivid this winter, I would like to share some of photos I took on the two nights…

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Headed to Circular Quay by ferry.  Photographing on the ferry is always hard….
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The moon always disappeared when I trained my camera at her. 
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The clouds finally went aside to show me the moon.
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Bruce Point Reserve makes me possible to see the bridge and Opera House in straight line.  

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Which photograph do you like better?

These two were photographed at Hyde Park in Sydney.  I went to this particular spot in the park 3 times in 2 weeks because I struggled with determining the composition, which I had not even thought about it.  I just had a rough image in my head as to what I would capture, so I stopped by the spot one clear evening after work.  I had my camera but I did not have tripod.

Once I checked the all photos I took at home, I found that they were all under satisfactory quality, most of which were caught unstable or inconsiderate angles.

So, I returned to the spot in my earliest possible evening to do, which was a week after from my first shooting.  This time I did not forget my tripod to bring with, and I took number of photos with no worry about image stability.

I loaded all the photos I took at home and checked them, then, I realized that every single shot missed something.  For example, one did not have enough background (sky) as space so Sydney Tower looked stuck and tight on the top, while, another one chopped off the fountain hence total balance was lost in the image, etc, etc….

I was urged to be back next day, but it was raining and further to the next day I had another plan to do, so I had to wait until another free evening to have clear sky back on.

Well, third time, I had my camera (ticked), I had my tripod (ticked), and I also carried another spare lens at the spot.  Actually the spare one ended up to make me satisfied for taking the scene.

Voila, these were the best two of the spot after I visited three times (or I’d say, so far?).  🙂

There is one more question leaves me, that is which shot looks better?  For this one, I would like to have a help of you.  🙂

Well, I can hear you saying ‘It depends on what did you intended to capture’.

Of course that is.

But, I am still curious about your reaction / response in terms of which image you like it (or to say, comfort you), because these two should give you a little different impression though they shot at only 2 meters distance each other, so…

Your feedback is appreciated. 🙂

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Light Trail 3

Ugly or beautiful?

During my stay in Tokyo, I took a time to go to the spot where I photographed the below.  This is the underneath one of the busiest junctions of  Tokyo Urban Express Highway.  Generally, I am not that big fan of this kind of architectures and watching this busy traffic roads.

This junction however fascinated me for sometime, and I wanted to make a visit one day.  Even now I can not explain why this spot was, but it was certainly on my list of photography spots to go.

Maybe because I was impressed at the way how each of six highway roads spread out.

Or maybe I wasimpressed at the structure the way how each highway road stack up.

Or maybe both.

It was not recent that I realized and found it interesting that this spot was called ‘YAMATA-NO-OROCHI’ (Japanese mythical dragon having eight heads and eight tails) via net viral, due to its look as if  multiple snake heads spread out.

It was no nature photography but it was another great opportunity to take for me.

One photography spot name in the long list was ticked off.  🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

The theme for this week’s challenge is difficult, but is a good chance to look at myself in terms of where is my place in the world.

I was born and had spent all my life in Tokyo until I moved into Sydney.  Tokyo is still the place where I attach and I make regular visits even now.  I still have some favours to some parts of Tokyo for sure.

I however have a complex view to Tokyo also, and when I look at them, I get another name of the place back of my head.

It is Fukushima.

The name of the place became famous due to the accident at nuclear plant.  They have been producing energy for other regions / prefectures and Tokyo is of course one of the top consumers of them.  People in Fukushima had to abandon their home when the accident happened and some of them are yet to be back even now.  We are still rely on them for electricity without developing fundamental changes in infrastructure to replace in producing energy. My (or our for all the people there) safety / security in Tokyo comes at expense of them.

I am not going to rant about politics / government of Japan in here, but I hope we all stare at the fact that Fukushima is not over.  Well, it is common subject for urban life that that their life are consisted of sacrifice of other places and locals for power supply, but with full of respect and thanks, I hope the life of Fukushima and its recovery process will be continued to ease them from sufferings.

On closing, I would leave photos of which I took at the view deck of Haneda International Airport, Tokyo.

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By the way, Sydney is my current home I would say.  🙂

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