Tuesdays of Texture: Weathered Sandstone

This piece of sandstone down by Circular Quay in Sydney is not only a lovely colour but has also weathered very attractively.

sandstone

Tuesdays of Texture Week 51

Mundane? The New Frames The Old

Another entry for the Mundane Mondays challenge hosted by PhoTrablogger.

Close to Circular Quay, in the heart of Sydney, you can still see some of the original stone that must have welcomed the First Fleet, although most is now concealed behind more modern brickwork:

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Ropes and Rigging

I’m participating for the first time in the ‘Mundane Monday’ challenge hosted by PhoTrablogger. There are two aspects to the challenge: to find beauty in mundane objects and/or to place the mundane in a beautiful or interesting frame.

This image takes the second option. It was captured while on a late afternoon boat trip on Sydney Harbour a few years ago. The canoe at the centre of the photograph is a fairly mundane object in itself (although it was nice of it to be orange against the blue water). However, the rigging in which it is framed provides the real interest and – literally – focus.

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To Scale: Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a very large object, so certainly qualifies for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week.

Wikipedia can give you all the statistics, but to get a visual idea of how big it is, look at this image of the central part of the metalwork and consider the fact that those are people standing on top of the structure, immediately below the flags. It’s possible – if you’re that way inclined – to take a tour of the bridge’s superstructure. I imagine the views are spectacular.

Large Object

How To Foil A Cat

A smart way for the staff of the Botanical Gardens in Sydney to protect the trunk of this tree from the unwanted attentions of cats:

OddballTree

Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 29

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

Having a sometimes overly literal frame of mind, finding an image to fit this week’s topic of ‘cherry on top’ presented some intial difficulties: i.e nothing in my collection with cherries on.

However, there is this photograph  (which I admit to posting before, as part of Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge) of a performing seal at Taronga Zoo in Sydney that comes reasonably close to the mark.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

In the gap betwen two high-rise buildings in central Sydney, here we see the New Year’s Eve firework display (with the added bonus of reflections in the plate glass). This was a 0.5 second exposure, but I think the resultant slight blur makes the light from the fireworks even more dramatic than it actually was.

Gap

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 19 – Gap

Geometry

For the latest step in Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge we are asked to consider the geometrical shapes within our images. Unusually, I had no problem finding potential candidates for inclusion in this selection. Quite the reverse, in fact, which is why, as an extra challenge, I confined myself to photographs that I took in Australia – mostly in and around Sydney – a few years ago.

This first image – of an upturned boat on the beach at Watson’s Bay, across the harbour from the city – contains multiple geometric shapes, in terms of both subject and composition:

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Below are pairs of images featuring the most common geometric shapes. Hover over any picture for a (slightly) fuller comment.

Circles

Triangles

Rectangles

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge: Geometry

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 16 – Behind

Two waterbirds – one behind the other – at Taronga Zoo, in Sydney.

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Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 16

Before & After: Boat

I took this photograph of an upturned boat at Watson’s Bay, near Sydney. It was a bit of a snatched shot and while the subject is interesting, it’s a little frustrating because I didn’t capture the entire boat, cutting off the prow (at the bottom of the image) and the sides. Furthermore, the horizon (waterline) isn’t straight and the colours are rather bleached – partly because it’s a pretty weatherbeaten vessel in the first place and also because it was taken around noon – so I was probably on my way to lunch, which probably explains why it was a snatched shot.

Before

Boat before

After

Boat after

I cropped out most of the boat, the shoreline and the surrounding sand, and also added a light Vignette. This brought the real interest, the bottom of the boat, and especially the ‘trident’ effect of the struts, properly to the fore.

This produced an almost abstract feel, which was reinforced largely by reducing the Luminance and modestly tweaking the Saturation of the key colours, blue and orange

ABFriday 19 February 2016