Sunday, November 27, 2011

week 19 to 27 November


This weekend was SUPPOSED to be Temora. We had planned to be there for the Saturday airshow. ALAS my shifts didn't allow for a safe drive and Daivd and Tim were both working anyway throughout the weekend.. SO I had a weekend with Fabian.

It was raining. The whole weekend was wet and miserable for outside activity.
Fabian's Geko phone needed a new sim but the account was long closed.. so we walked around all the telcos asking to try sim cards.. We discovered it was vodafone. (Shudder) This though meant I could buy a $20, 365 sim and now his phone is back on line and it is so much cheaper for me than it was before.

I allowed Fabian to choose some PS3 games for Xmas and we ended up staying inside for most of the weekend.

When it did stop raining, we tried out the iphone helicopter. The big issue with this copter is range. You cant allow it to travel too far from the iphone. :-(

We developed a roll of film in the AGFA Daylight tank but it was not a good a result as my usual tank, uneven development.


The mail today was a surprise. I was not expecting the huge box that arrived.
My three *X10 developing tunes were int he box. YAY! Now I can do large format in the sink. SOme F-1s and a bit of film. Rather cheered up my day.

23-25 Nov

Busy few days at work. The new supervisors I have worked with have been excellent. I have also been happy to fob off some difficult Protection officers heehee.. Of course there are three others I have not worked with.. So we shall see.

MC92 derailed on Thursday.. caused Wollongong to be cut off from SYdney.
Will take until Monday or Tuesday before the track will be opened.

2011-11-24_0648-45 MC92 derailment at Clifton

2011-11-24_0701-14 MC92 derailment at Clifton

2011-11-24_0701-23 MC92 derailment at Clifton

Thursday, November 17, 2011

so the president arrived

The USA president flew in today. I was a little reluctant to drive down to Canberra just to photograph Airforce 1. But I went.

Arrived just in time to get a great spot and we watched the modified 747 land. Then bolted over to the road to get the motorcade. The federal police were quite tolerant and allowed us to get across the street just before the parade of cars went past. WIn. Was worth the effort esp as I got to have dinner at the Paragon in Goulburn :-)

President Obama visits Canberra

Airforce 1 lands in Canberra

Airforce 1 arrives in Canberra

Monday, November 14, 2011

A lean week

I have been continuing my hectic work schedule, alas its probably at my health's expense. I have to start refusing the rostered overtime, the last week has been tough. I have had two three day headaches in a week, I am easily upset and had a major snap at D. He was trying to help a friend but it ruined my plans for the arvo, causing a huge fight. It took ages for us both to calm down. WOke up with yet another headache that lasted three days. :-(

I have three days off. Leave. Not days off. I need this time. Hopefully I can spend some calm with Fabian.

Have had no time to process my photos from Bondi. :-/
Here are a few

Sculpture by the sea 2011

Sculpture by the sea 2011

Sculpture by the sea 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sculpture by the sea

David arranged for me to go to the Sculpture by the Sea.

I finsihed work in a very bad mood, the boys had waited to take me to the pub for dinner and some well deserved alcohol. We returned to Evan's place and he graciously let us stay. Alas it was a hot sydney night and so I couldn't sleep. I don't think the boys did either, as Evan was impossible to get out of bed. Beau did and we took him with us to Bondi/Bronte.

The exhibition was great but there were several pieces that were very similar to previous years. A shame.

The sunrise was stunning, and the morning was blue and sunny, perfect for photography.


Comfort Zone by Alessandra Rossi

spindrift 2010 by Bronwyn Berman

You Wish by John Fitzmaurice NSW

Simply Black and White 2010 By Alan Julie Aston ACT

Rollin Pin 2004 by Keid Moseholm Denmark

Look this way by Ken Unsworth AM NSW

I have been Dreaming to be a tree.. by Byeong Doo Moon South Korea

We returned to Newtown where I found a camera to die for but alas the shop was closed and I dont have the money anyway, so we dropped Beau home and David headed to Ashfield to buy me a battery for my canon who decided to spit the dummy. At $12 each its not cheap. ugh

David collected his free slurpie from 7/11 who was giving them away and headed for Manly.

Manly was a nightmare. The heat and lack of sleep had started a headache and I was tired from no sleep. The suburb has no parking and people everywhere. David went into a multi-level carpark, decided to try the street, departed, found out that all of sydney wanted to be in Manly so we returned to the multilevel carpark. We hurried to the ferry but missed it.

Next ferry was almost empty as was the harbour. Nothing amazing to shoot. David got us to the Darling Harbour Ferry to see the Pacific Jewel and we returned to the Manly ferry. The volendam was also in town so we took this opportunity to shoot her. We saw the bridge climb poeple as dots on the arch, one of which was most likely Tim as he and his wife were doing the climb at that time.

Manly was steamy when we returned and so we found a place to eat. Average place but better than fast food. We discovered that the council here charge you from the first time you go into a car park, and although we departed and returned, we were being charged from the first entry. Stupid idea. We ended paying $14 and squeaked in before the clock ticked over to o$21 ugh.. It was becoming an expensive visit.

Headed up to the heads to wait for the three ships Davidi was here for. The Jewel left then the storm hit, making the city all hazy with rain. :-(

Storm at North Head

Still we waited and finally the tanker and volendam departed sydney.

Homeward bound I kept falling asleep, and after a well deserved shower I simply crashed.