Birthday

Last Day of being 25

It was my birthday yesterday. Now I am 26! This is the last year of my mid-twenties. After this, it’s late twenties. After that, it’s early thirties! Ah, time.

The photo was taken on the day before my birthday, the last day I was 25. I took it with my 50mm 1.4. Self-portraits are hard! Until now I had not realised. I’m not really happy with the pose and composition, but I am quite pleased with the post-production. Slowly, I am edging towards my own style.

My birthday celebration was pretty low-key. I had dinner at British India in Chinatown with some of my favourite people. Afterwards, we stopped by at Cibo for coffee. My favourite present that I received is a copy of  J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”. Books are always a winner.

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Photo Diary – Sunday 5th December 2010

Rest
Door to Nowhere
Jacarandah Blossoms in the Night Time
On Our Way
Listening
Barbed
Keep Out
Little Creatures
Wading Pool
In a Web
Punch Fountain
Knocked Out

All photos taken by me except for the one of me 🙂 on my 50mm 1.4 lens. Excepting today, which was warm but rainy, this weekend has been stinking hot and dry. Ate out in Chinatown twice and went to a no-pressure dress up party where the boy and I donned pretty tiaras. Drank delicious punch dispensed from a squeal-inducing plastic fountain. Acquired an awful cough that forced the boy to spend the night on the couch. A highlight was laughing along with the parents of my class of 3 year olds when one little girl grabbed a little boy round the neck and planted a big kiss on his cheek while we were all singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Too cute.

Morialta Conservation Park

Recently I went with a friend to Morialta Conservation Park. I used to live quite close to the Park and regularly would walk the dog there in the lower parts, where the barbecue area is.

The Park “proper” has got walking trails leading to three waterfalls, named First, Second and Third falls respectively. A trek up to Third falls can take up the better part of an afternoon and there are trails of varying difficulty to choose from.

Last Sunday afternoon my friend and I took our cameras up there for a walk, an explore, and to see what there was to see. We meandered and stopped often. Though we were out for nearly 3 hours, we only made it to First Falls. Here are some of my favourite photos from the afternoon.
Just on our way

This is the first “real” landscape shot I’ve taken with my Tokina 11-16. It just screams “Australia” doesn’t it?
Morialta Park

Geology

These are the steps leading up to Giant’s Cave. I’m not really happy with any of the shots I took of the steps; I couldn’t produce the idea I vaguely had in my head when taking them.
Steps to Giant's Cave

This is Giant’s Cave.
Giant's Cave

This was taken at a small look-out. Second Falls is visible in the distance.
Across the way - portrait

Flower cluster - warm

Second Falls. We didn’t get there via the flat walk, so we arrived “on top” of the waterfall.
Second Falls

The view from Second Falls.
View from above Second Falls

Portrait view of the same shot. The people sitting in front of the waterfall in the bottom right-hand corner give you an idea of our vantage point.
View from above Second Falls

Golden grass

Although Morialta Park isn’t ideal for landscape photography, I’m of the mind that I need to practice as much as possible. There are pictures everywhere – I just need to keep learning to recognize them. It was a lot of fun and a welcome break from my usual style of photography (i.e. snapping my friends in near-dark when I’m out on the weekend!) Hopefully I’ll be able to go on many more photo expeditions in the near future.