I couldn’t resist framing this vista of Manhattan’s skyscrapers through the iron arches along the top of the Rockefeller building. I loved the contrast of old and new.
I took this photo on the train going to work. The earring of the woman in front of me glittered and sparkled in the brilliant sunshine that streamed through the window to my right. I stealthily dug out my camera, adjusted the settings for the bright light, focused on the earring — and pressed the shutter button just as the train plunged into a tunnel. Oops! Despite being so underexposed, there’s something about this photo that I quite like. In a way, it reminds me of pop art from the 1960s.
The ANZ building in Martin Place, Sydney, is undergoing a revamp — although “revamp” is an understatement in this case. The existing building was stripped back to nothing but the grid of its steel skeleton, then a new structure was built onto that. Unusually, it was not swathed in scaffolding and netting during the dismantling stage, which gave the public a rare insight into how such buildings are constructed. I walk past this building to get to and from work, and was fascinated to see more of the skeleton revealed each day. Now that it’s just one more shiny-sided glass office tower, however, I’ve lost my interest.
Here it is during the Vivid light festival in May 2014, lit in rather lurid purples and magentas.
Rainbow lorrikeets can be a real pain when a flock of the screeching, squabbling little guys settle outside your bedroom window at 5am, but there’s no denying they are cheeky, colourful characters.
I photographed this lizard this morning while on a walking tour of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. His sudden appearance on a family tomb had a few of us reaching for our cameras, and you can imagine my surprise when he displayed that vivid red and yellow throat flap!
On 23 May I flew from Sydney to San Francisco, on the way to Toronto. I didn’t get much sleep over the Pacific, but the stunning sunset and sunrise at 33,000ft made up for it — almost. 😉
Reflections in the engine cowling:
The Beaufort Wind Scale is used to describe wind intensity based on observed sea conditions. The scale ranges from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), with Force 10 known as a storm. A 10 is characterised by a mean wind speed of 52kt (60mph) and waves with a probable height of 9m (29.5 ft). Sailing through such a storm in a tall ship, you are in no doubt of the force of nature.
Of course, winds of that ferocity do damage — to the ship, the sails and the crew.
For someone who insists she is not an early bird, I have a remarkable number of photographs taken very early in the morning! I haven’t inflicted them all on you, but there are quite a few, from various travels. They are in no particular order other than alphabetical by place name.
After my evening at Opera on the Harbour last Tuesday, I found myself with 10 minutes to kill before my train arrived. What to do, what to do? I had my camera because I had taken photos at the opera, so I pulled it out and looked around. Hmm, limited possibilities: water fountain, ads, walls, fire extinguisher, benches … benches! Lovely metal benches, perfect for HeyJude’s bench challenge. I could hear a train coming, and thought it would make an interesting backdrop to a shot focused on the bench. But that photo was no good (too cluttered and too many people), and the train was slowing down so it dominated the shot.
Ah, but when the train left, it was perfect. You can make out the station name of Martin Place reflected in the blur of the train at high speed. The woman appeared just as I pressed the shutter button and my first thought was that she had ruined the shot, but she actually added a wonderful human element and a splash of colour. So I ended up with two examples of blur, one intentional and one not. (If you can’t make out the train, have a look at this photo (not mine) which shows one at rest, and you’ll understand the dark shiny look, faint stripes along the top and the pronounced horizontal line.)
I was saving this photo to use in September, when HeyJude’s theme will be metal benches, but it fit this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge too well not to use.