Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Word of the day - Crimson

The things that Penny and I get up to in the name of art...  This Psycho inspired image was taken by Penny for the word crimson in a previous scavenger hunt.  Model me!  The blood is just paint through the glass of a shower recess.

Monday, July 20, 2020

That tree

As we are in lock down 2.0 here in Melbourne I am not expecting to get out much so you may see this tree in all different weather.  This was yesterday morning.  I just love the colour of the sky.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Making movies

Behind the scenes on set For the movie a Beautiful Request. The director Rob Chuter and cinematographer Rudi Sira discussing the finer points of a scene in an Italian restaurant


Word of the day - Brown

The bookmakers bagman. So called because they hold the bag of cash.  This was taken during the picnic races at Yarra Glen back in 2014

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Word of the day - Waterfalls

What I would give to be there right now.  This is Far North Queensland's magnificent Milla Milla falls.  They are around 30 metres top to bottom.  There is a girl in a bikini at the bottom.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

More back

As I had so many photos for the theme back I decided to post another.  This is an image of 9 year old actor Lila Abello on set for filming of the psychological thriller "Insomnia City" (now called Lilith) by Dale Crawford.  This was filmed at the old Royal Park mental asylum here in Melbourne.  In this scene she is looking through the hospital ward window at her father.  She has a pen in her hand that she later uses to stab him in the neck.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Word of the day - Back

Apparently I have a lot of pictures of people with their back towards me...  Some are actually quite good.  This one from 2013 is one of my favourites.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Life in lock down - The second coming

Here are some images that I took around the Melbourne CBD yesterday morning on the first day of our second lock down stint.  Empty doesn't do it justice.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Word of the day - Sunshine

Here is an image from our last trip away late last year.  This was taken at Port Fairy beach early in the morning back in December.

Between hunt challenge

Over in the scavenger hunt community Lauri has set a challenge between hunt rounds as follows

The challenge: Go back through your rounds of hunt images, choose one you feel like you could have done better with or differently or had a better idea. 

Create or re-create that image. Share the original image and the re-shoot. Tell us about it, what word it is, why did you choose that image, what did you do differently, what did you learn?

As it turns out I had already gone through this exercise with the word "Bliss" from round 15.  Here is my original image.  No surprise...  It did not win.

The inspiration for this image came from the 1985 Australian film of the same name called Bliss.  The scenario is the main character Harry Joy is at a party totally unaware that he is about to die.  Here is a link to a clip to the scene where he has an outer body experience

As you can see from the clip there is actually a lot more detail in the original party table scene than I had used.  Mine in hindsight is quite basic.  So in round 23 another word came along "Photographer" so for this word I decided to show the behind the scenes on how an image might come together while also recreating my original Harry Joy image at his birthday party.  The next image shows the setup on the table and was the image that I used in the hunt. 

On the table you can see an advertising image (below) for the play that I used to setup my scene.  I realised later that I had used the wrong colour party hat :)  The image was taken with a camera strapped to a baluster on our upstairs landing using a remote that you can see in my right hand.

This caused me to re-shoot the image once again to end up with this as my final recreated bliss image.  To get this image took quite a lot of planning.  I had to grow a moustache, find a set of braces, drink lots of wine to get the bottles.  For the background I simply walked out to our front door and took some out of focus foliage. That stunned mullet look was difficult to make and where on earth do you get cigarettes from (I don't smoke).  Apparently you just ask a smoker :)

Overall playing Harry Joy was well joyful :)  

If you haven't seen the movie it was fun if a little confrontational.  In the end it has a good message about conservation.

Signs of spring

Jonquils from the front of our house.  I was coming home from my walk yesterday and saw them leaning over almost touching the ground.  Decided to give them a new home inside.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Word of the day - Knot

This was taken for the word knot in a previous scavenger hunt.  I hung the rope off of our upstairs deck and patiently waited for the sun to rise for the knot to be just lit perfectly.

The Escalator

Going down

Friday, July 3, 2020

Letter of the day - N

No parking.  This was a laneway on the corner of Collins and Exhibition streets in Melbourne.  I believe it is still there but it has a new skyscraper built completely around it.  The buildings here have a heritage overlay and not allowed to be demolished so they are now part of the new building.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Work breakfast

This was my lot this morning...  Breakfast of Bacon and eggs on sourdough, while remotely supporting a computer user in Pretoria South Africa...  Interesting times.  Breakfast was yummy.  Shout out to Little Bean cafe in docklands