Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Hi fans, I still haven’t taken the SLR for a road trip, so I picked out some of the pictures I have yet to share from my travels in the European Spring of 2007.

I spent the first week of our two month honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, accommodated by Positano. I only wish I could go back with my SLR with the skills I have learnt in the more recent months. I guess I’ll just have to go back then.

After getting off the plane in Rome from Australia, getting on the internal shuttle to the main airport, catching a train from the airport to Rome and then catching a train from Rome to Salerno (which I eventually realized I should of went to Sorrento instead), then getting a bus to Amalfi, we decided to stop and rest for a tasty beverage. We still needed to get a bus from Amalfi to Positano. This is how you travel!

Arriving in Positano with all our bags, we then had to jump on a smaller bus that dropped us closer to our hotel as there was no way I was going to carry all our bags up the hill after all that traveling. I don’t think my wife appreciated that I was making this all out to be the Amazing Race at the time.

As soon as we got to the hotel, we got some well earned rest then went to dinner. After almost falling asleep at the table, the restaurant owner introduced me to Limoncello which is an Italian Lemon liqueur produced in Southern Italy, usually taken after dinner, he laughed after I sculled it thinking it was a shot, whereas it was meant to be sipped on slowly, I’ll know for next time.

Over the next few days we explored Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The following are more shots taken in Amalfi.

They really loved lemons in this region, these ones would hurt if thrown into the facial region of any man, look at the size of these bad boys.

The Cathedral of St.Andrew below.

When traveling back to Positano one day, the whole town eventually got involved in trying to sort out the mess below, so many buses, so little room for two, it was hilarious. Not sure what the book was telling the bus driver to do.

This shot below was taken from Ravello, way up top.

And below, out and about in Positano, the first image was the view from our hotel room by night.

Walking around in the day, it was so amazing to see how all these homes were stacked on the hill.

I was so excited, I was levitating.

I could of stayed here for hours if they had a chair here, and maybe a drink, again you can see lemons.

Down on the beach

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta.

The church, and our hotel somewhere in there.

Finally, I saw this lady almost every day on my pizza boxes, take away was so cheap, around two euros (with a pizza inside the box), I still consider these to be the best Pizza’s I have ever eaten in “my life”.

I’ll see you again someday lady on my pizza box, and maybe I can watch you next time………I mean, watch you make the Pizza that is.

Ciao!

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Hello fans, I have a few pictures to share from my family day trip to Kiama which is located one and a half to two hours south of Sydney. I have never seen the Blowhole before, this is the towns main attraction where an explosion of water shoots out of a hole when a wave hits the cave chambers below it. Its very exciting to watch when it happens and you can hear people oooohhhing and aaaaarrrring in amazement. Some I thought got a bit too excited.

Anyhow, I wasn’t too happy with the results from the pictures I had taken on the day, but I’ll share them anyhow. Before heading straight to the Blowhole, we wandered about the quieter end of Kiama which was also really nice just to sit and watch the water crash into the rocks below.

The next few were of the lighthouse established in 1887 that was on top of the hill, this first picture reminded me of how kids draw the sun, though with a smiley face in the middle.

The following two shots are of the blow hole, the first zoomed into the hole, and then some water action. I missed a large one whilst talking to my wife, its her fault.

Finally I took this shot of a fisherman on the rocks casting his line into the rough waters below. If you can’t see him, he is wearing a red jacket on the middle left side of the picture (I guess he wouldn’t be in the water), and you may just be able to make out his line going far into the water.

If you live nearby Kiama and would like a good day out, I’d recommend a trip out this way, walking around the bay is the way to go, and there are plenty of shops and cafe’s around too if that’s your thing.

 

Hello again fans, Sydney weather is starting to clear up, still cold enough to freeze your lips together, but at least it’s stopped raining for now. L and I went out on a photo shoot during the week around Luna Park after work, a short 15 minute walk from our office, though we still jumped on the train to get more photography time, or maybe we were just lazy. The following are just some of the shots I produced.

This one was L’s idea, spotted while we were walking down towards Luna Park. This is Sydney’s iconic Opera house viewed between the Harbour Bridge pillars.

The iconic Luna Park entrance, such a happy face.

The following are just two different types of shots I took of the Ferris wheel.

Behind Luna park I took a shot across to the residential region of McMahon’s Point. OK, I duplicated some of the stars in case you are a confused astronomer.

As we left Luna Park (because it was surprisingly closed for a conference), I took this shot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And this shot was taken across to Sydney from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

I hoped you have enjoyed this little journey around Milsons point, and a special thanks to L who gave me a few pointers on night shooting. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello fans, I have selected a few images to share that I took during the Sydney Vivid lights festival. The festival runs  just over two weeks every year brightening up Sydney with an assortment of colors. I never got to get everything on camera that I would have liked to due to the huge crowd and a family that was getting hungry, plus it was really really cold.

The first two below are typical of most Vivid festival shots showing projections onto one of Sydney’s icons, the Opera house.

This shot shows that they light up almost anything that can be lit up, including trees.

The people living here next to the opera house would have seen a lot of colors on a daily basis.

The shot taken next to the Overseas Passenger Terminal alongside Cargo bar, many drinks have been consumed in this bar back in my childless days.

Stalls were opened in the Rocks region during the festival, so many humans.

And finally a shot to show how much of the city is lit up during the festival.

There was a few more things I could have taken pictures of, but like I said the family was getting hungry so we had to exit. Hope you have enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Hello fans, you may remember a week or so back I posted some images from the same museum using my external fish eye lens that attached to the iPhone. Today I finally retrieved the images from my digital SLR. I had to intended to take a lot more photos, though I did make a rookie mistake; Knowing that the museum is not lit well to create its effects, I left my Tripod in the car. So I only have a few select using the wall, a stroller, my sons head, or whatever I could find to take some still images without a flash.

As soon as we entered the museum, we swooped in to see some stuffed animals, this eagle caught my eye.

Then I took a snap at this crocodile.

We couldn’t contain our excitement anymore and headed straight for the dinosaur bone displays. I was still smacking the palm of my hand on my forehead for not bringing the tripod, muttering unkind words to myself for the error, even this Velociraptor was having a go at me “ROOOOOAAAAR, DON’T FORGET YOUR TRIPOD NEXT TIME”.

Nearby, a Muttaburrasaurus baring his bones was begging for a shot, I used the stroller to keep the camera still.

Then I stumbled upon an Ankylosaurus head. I like to refer to these dinosaurs as tanks.

Not 100% sure, but I think the following is a Chasmosaurus, the Belli species. Apparently there are two species of Chasmosaurus, the other known as Russelli had three horns instead of just the one.

Another horned dinosaur, I have no idea what this one is called. Please enlighten me.

Finally Giganotosaurusaurs, the first shot turned out alright balancing on my sons head, the other was a bit blurred so I just played with an effect during editing.

I hope you enjoyed the walk through the museum with me, if only I had my tripod I would of have had a whole lot more. Oh well, just an excuse for me to go back again some day. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello fans, the weather in Sydney has been cold and wet, so I haven’t had a chance to get outdoors to take some new pictures. I decided to browse through some images from past Travels in Europe again and today I chose to share some scenery from Florence in Italy.

This shot below was taken from our hotel window, I couldn’t get enough of Italy’s historic buildings.

Having spent a month in Italy, without fail everyday we started our lunch and dinners with some Italian bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar (Gelato was also a daily treat).

You can’t go to Florence without visiting the church of Santa Maria del Fiore. This is the bell Tower that we conquered.

The following two images were taken from the bell tower towards the rest of the cathedral and the drop if you happened to slip.

The following pictures are of Ponte Vecchio. This was Florence’s first bridge built across the Arno River in 1935. It is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days. All others were destroyed in World War II.

I hope you enjoyed my random selection of images from my travels in Florence. Hopefully the weather clears up and I can get out and about to get some new pictures.

 

Hi All, just posting some images from my visit to the local museum using an external fish eye lens I purchased on eBay for the iPhone, not too bad for something that fits in your pocket.