Butterfly

A lovely butterfly I found on my lunchtime stroll yesterday.

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Brisbane: Light and Motion

I really enjoy photographing cities at night and in the early morning. I particularly like being able to capture some of the movement of city life, the people and vehicles in motion, as well as the interplay of colours generated by the city and its structures.

In this last post focusing on my quick visit to Brisbane, here is a gallery of some of the images I captured with the trusty Sony NEX 5 and fine old Konica 40mm lens. As always, click on any picture for larger versions.

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The Peace Pagoda

In the gardens along the south bank of the Brisbane River is a Nepalese Peace Pagoda. The pagoda was erected on the sight in 1988 as part of Brisbane’s World Expo. Following a campaign supported by a petition with 70,000 signatures, the pagoda was maintained on the site and is the only international exhibit remaining from the Expo.

The pagoda was hand carved by 160 Nepalese families over a two year period, using 80 tonnes of Nepalese native timber. The separate pieces were shipped to Australia and erected on site.

The peace pagoda is not actively used as a temple, but is regularly used for weddings, events like book launches and private meditation.

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The Wheel: The Missing Shots

Shortly after I published my last post, I realised there were a few shots of the Wheel of Brisbane that I had wanted to include. These are they.

In the gardens just below the wheel there is a Nepalese temple erected during the World Expo held in Brisbane in 1988. At night the carved deities are illuminated beautifully and I liked the patterns created by the temple figures and the wheel through the trees behind.

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Two more views from the wheel, looking across the Brisbane River.

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The wheel shortly after dawn.

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The Wheel of Brisbane

Back…

I’m done with traveling and juggling too many things for the moment, so finally have a chance to post again. I have lots of shots to work through, but I’ll return to the Brisbane city series for the next couple of posts.

Over the last decade or so, giant ferris wheels have been popping up in cities all over the world. The competition to have the world’s largest wheel has been fierce. It seems Las Vegas has the tallest wheel at the moment, but both New York and Dubai are scheduled to open larger wheels on New Year’s Day 2015. The Dubai one is taller, so the USA will have to try a bit harder to maintain their ownership of the coveted Biggest Wheel title.

Not to be left languishing in the ranks of also-ran world cities, Brisbane also has a wheel, albeit a rather smaller one than the true giants. Nonetheless, it is a fine wheel that occupies a commanding place beside the Brisbane River and offers spectacular views (the gallery below includes a couple of shots from the wheel, but the perspex of the cabins tends to reflect a bit unfortunately at night, making good shots difficult). Of a night it glows brilliantly against the dark sky and spreads its luminescence across the waters. By day it stands strong and bold in the entertainment and garden strip that runs along the south bank of the River (an area known as ‘South Bank’, not to be confused with the entertainment district that runs along the south bank of Melbourne’s Yarra River, which is also known as… ‘South Bank’).

Like the earlier shot of Brisbane City across the Brisbane River, these were taken handheld with a Sony NEX 5 and an old Konica 40mm lens. I hope you enjoy them.

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A quick shot

Away from home with no chance to post properly.  So just a quick phone shot for now.

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Water Colours

It has been a while since my last post. I’ve taken lots of photos but have been short of the time to process them and select some for the blog. Oh well.

Part of my busy-ness last week was a quick trip to Brisbane for a breakfast seminar. I am not exactly a morning person, so this was a bit of a challenging concept (especially when I was talking with some colleagues and my morning wake up alarm went off).

Still, flying into Brisbane the night before gave me a chance to do one of my favourite things – photograph the city at night. I have a bunch of photos to go through – all handheld with a Sony NEX 5 and an old manual focus Konica 40mm f/2.8 lens. I will post more over the next couple of days, but here is a preview.

Brisbane is nicely located beside the Brisbane River. Like Melbourne (see earlier posts) this gives the chance for some lovely shots of city lights on the river. Here the river is illuminated by lights from the Treasury Hotel & Casino, city office buildings and the Pacific Motorway as a ferry takes its load of passengers down the river.

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