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365 day project - Day 132 (Jan 9, 2012)

They say to tie a string around your finger so you don’t forget whatever it is you need to remember. I tied some leftover Christmas rope around my finger but I’d already forgotten the spoons, the spoons.

| Nikon D700 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 56mm | 1/80 sec | f2.8 | ISO 3200 |

I was inspired by Jeff Harris’ self portrait every day project (he’s been doing it since 1999). In fact, I’m thinking about trying that out when I finish this 365. 

365 day project - Day 114 (December 21, 2011)

This little guy hung out in my house for a couple of days before Mum coaxed him onto a fly swat and rehomed him on a pot plant in the front yard.

| Nikon D700 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 70mm | 1/250 sec | f2.8 | ISO 2000 |

I converted him into black and white, amped up the exposure a fair bit because this was pretty underexposed, added fill light and clarity and a vignette. Huzzah! 

This is not a 365 day project entry… this is a reception shot from a wedding a few weeks ago that I’ve been trying to edit the crap out of today. The bride and groom are friends of mine so Chris and I got to boogie it up on the dance floor with the guests, which was awesome.

So there’s Chris on the right, doing his thing, and behind him there are our friends Cassie and Steve. Steve had just told Cassie (his girlfriend) that he’d decided to marry Chris for his dance moves… Ah. Just golden.

In the meantime, I can’t post today’s 365 day project shot until I post yesterday’s (because I’m OCD like that), and I can’t post yesterday’s because I second-shot a wedding and I sent the memory card home with the main photographer who hasn’t yet returned it. So I’ll just have to post a bunch at once soon, which you’re probably getting used to from me anyway.

365 day project - day 105 (December 12, 2011)

Mum always has things growing on the kitchen windowsill.

| Nikon D700 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 70mm | 1/125 sec | f2.8 | ISO 1600 |

I took this under fluro light, so I’ve set the white balance to the fluorescent preset. I’ve pulled in the blacks and brightness a little and turned the clarity up a lot, and a bit of vibrance. But that’s it. I was too sleepy to fix that chromatic aberration too. It’s not a sharp as I would have liked, I need to work on that - where I put the focus in macro shots!

365 Day Project - Day 49 (October 17, 2011)

Happy birthday, Jacob, Stav, Sarah and Eminem! 

Oh, yeah, and me…

| Nikon D90 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 36mm | 1/250 sec | f5.6 | ISO 2500 |

This is my Photo5 powder/fast shutter submission. It was messy as all hell, but it was fun to play with Lego on my 24th birthday!

I set the Lego city up on top of a pillowcase cause I thought that would help keep the mess at bay (it didn’t). Then I got set up with my tripod and had my lovely assistant 1 (Mum) to hold up my backdrop, and my lovely assistant 2 (Kevin) dust the powder all over the little Lego town while I took shots with my flash off-camera and way up in the air (kind of going for something like the sun). After we did it a few times I added the “snow” build-up to the top of the “buildings” and we went for it again. This is actually 5 photos stacked into a composite so I could get as much sharp “snow” in as possible, so I edited them all the same in Lightroom (clarity way up, fill light up, blacks up, tone curve crushing the highlights, and a mauve-highlight, blue-shadow split tone) and pulled them into Photoshop, stacked them all up in layers, aligned them (by hand by setting the layer mode to difference and nudging it around until the white lines vanish - I don’t trust the auto-align layers command) and used layer masks to keep the best snowy bits from each shot. Then I flattened it, used the healing brush to fix up any obvious editing marks and rotated and cropped until the ground was relatively level.  

Massive thanks to @rchlnclla for the periodic birthday eye-candy today!! <3 

365 day project - Day 249 (May 5, 2012)

The lovely @TokyoSugar at the TVR/BCR Combat in the Cauldron derby bout last night. Hey December! Does it feel weird to suddenly see your face appear on your dash? ;-)

| Nikon D700 | 85mm f1.4 | 1/320 sec | f2.0 | ISO 3200 |

This is totally different to my usual editing style, but I like it. Instead of my usual high-contrast, yellow-and-purple-split-toned thingo (which was just way too warm for this shot) I’ve gone for washed-out low contrast and crushed the hell out of the highlights and shadows in the tone curve, and a beige highlight/blue shadow split tone. And I like how the super-shallow DOF has turned the background of rink and roller derby supporters into a creamy melty bokeh-y mess. 

365 day project - Day 146 (January 23, 2012)

Gong xi fa cai, y’all. Happy Chinese New Year.

| Nikon D700 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 32mm | 1/1000 sec | f2.8 | ISO 1000 | 

Trees reflected in the puddle that’s pooled on the top of a paint can in Chris’ backyard.
I learned (from Tzeko’s Facebook) that this year is the year of the water dragon, and that rain signifies money. Well Zeek, it wasn’t just raining in Penang this year. The entire east coast of QLD and some of NSW seems to be getting lots of rain/money too!

365 day project - Day 144 (January 21st, 2012)

I love these earrings. I got them in a new age shop in Melbourne.

| Nikon D700 | 24-70mm f2.8 | 70mm | 1/60 sec | f2.8 | ISO 2500 |

The colourful background there is all the stuff that hangs out on the shelf above my monitor on my desk. Sticky tape dispenser, hole punch, teddy bear money bank I got from Chris’ cousins at Christmas 2011, candle favours from Mitch & Katie’s wedding and an empty aluminium Qoo bottle from Japan. I miss Qoo. You can’t get it here anymore. 

365 day project - Day 164 (February 10, 2012)

Brandon Boyd of Incubus at the Brisbane Convention Centre. I still can’t believe this REALLY HAPPENED.

| Nikon D700 | 80-200mm f2.8 | 170mm | 1/250 sec | f3.2 | ISO 1250 |

He’s even prettier in real life. I’d love for you to reblog this, but please don’t steal this photo, Incubus fans! My Incubus photos mean the world to me! (See below for more on that)

First appeared on the AU Review. 

(A little backstory here - Incubus have been my favourite band since I was 14. I’m now 24. I could swear they write their music just to suit my tastes, because their musical evolution has followed my own so comfortably. I studied a music degree because of this band. I met my boyfriend of 6 years because of this band. I’ve seen them live twice before this and got so overwhelmed with happy that I cried. I managed to keep myself together until AFTER I shot them this 3rd time, which was a pretty huge effort when they’re only feet away from you and they have to walk past you to take the stage… I actually got to cross “photograph Incubus” off my bucket list. I honestly NEVER thought it would happen.)