Posts Tagged ‘Shybrow’

So a little while ago I lent Brandon my macro lens. I didn’t need it so I said he could return it whenever he wanted. However, last week he made some last minute plans to go back to Malaysia. I figured I might need to lens for the wedding I’m shooting next week so we dropped it off at my place before he left. Yesterday, we got bored at home so we wanted to look for a park to visit…my housemate, Warren, recommended we head to Newtown Park. I’ve never been there before so I thought why not.

In the true spirit of “Macro Madness” there won’t be any pictures of the park itself…not because I don’t want to…but because I only brought the macro lens that day…and not a measly 55mm macro but a 180mm one…which is pretty much a dedicated macro lens and nothing else.   Now I can also go back to take some macros of the sunflower field:-)

Of course the Brow needed to stretch her lil leggies so she came along for an impromptu portrait session.

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By the way those are her legs…shes so furry her hands (as in front legs) tuck into it and dissapear when she sits like that. Her hands looks like this:

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If you leave her on the ground long enough she’ll start planning her escape route…

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…so we put her somewhere where she can’t run :-)

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Just kidding, haha…shes awesome…doesn’t run away unless shes at home where shes familiar with the floor…ask Linzhi, every few minutes we give a a good tickle under the chin…

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Oh, right…Macro Madness Day!

Sorry…

Sorry…

I tend to digress when I ramble…

In all honesty the park was pretty down in the dumps. It wasn’t dirty or anything it just wasn’t maintained very well. However, the flowers were absolutely perfect and down at a macro level its easy to ignore the rest of the place.

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Isn’t that just beautiful rose? Hows this next one for a good contrast?

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Same flower, different colour…but it just says something different…the red one has that classy, elegant feel where as this one sort of brings words like “natural” and “pure” to mind…or am I crazy?

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Don’t know what flower this is…any tips? I reckon I should’ve shot this closer though.

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I didn’t really care for this one…but its a little weird. It looks like they are four smaller flowers inside the large outside petals…theres actually a picture that I shot dead on center which shows it in focus but composition wise this one looks better so deal with it.

Need to go shower now. Have to sleep early, tomorrows my driving test! *Eek!* Wish me luck!

I don’t exactly know where to classify this place as. Some call it the Toowoomba Sunflower Field, some call it the Cambooya Sunflower patch, Either one is fine by me. Technically, we (as in Steph and I) found the sunflower field in a little place called Nobby, which is further down the road from Cambooya. There used to be loads in Cambooya but I was told by a friend who has to travel via that area to go to work that they didn’t plant them this year.

Bummer.

No fret, we just thought we’d take a drive and see what else we could find…we thought of turning back over five times but God must’ve been driving because I just followed the road until we got to a railway crossing. Across the road way up in the countryside was something yellow.

“It couldn’t be”, I thought…”Let’s check it out anyway!”. Steph also didn’t think that it could’ve been a sunflower field. We turned the car around and tried to find a way in that direction. We hit a couple of dead ends but eventually we were greeted with a huge sunflower field!

I’m talking BIG. It extends all the way to the horizon. Here’s a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:

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That not enough for you? hmm..OK, imagine this: You are now seeing the image above in reality. Now turn 90 degrees to your left and you’re looking down the field from an elevated position…and this is what you see:

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Yup. Thats a heck of a lot of sunflowers. Just as I was getting my gear out of the car the owner of the field happened to walk by with his dog. I greeted him and he let me go crazy so I had myself a photo-frenzy. I didn’t have my camera out yet so I didn’t get a shot of him. Next time I’ll be sure to bring the polaroid so I can give him a little something for his generosity.

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Oh, by the way, be prepared to have your screen blasted with all sorts of shades of yellow. I love composing shots by colour. However, something funny happened while I was taking pictures of the sunflowers. Check out the image below and tell me whether or not its edited…

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Am I seeing things or does it look like an HDR image? (for the noobs out there who do not know HDR is High Dynamic Range. What is it? Google is your friend). It looked the same way on the camera screen which I thought was weird. This is actually straight from camera. No post processing, no photoshop, no nothing! Even looking at it now I can’t help but think how “edited” it looks…am I right?

Also, this wasn’t a one off thing. Check out the following six images which were all taken straight from camera with no post processing whatsoever. Only adjustments made (if any) are to crop and/or straighten the horizon.

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Is that weird or what? Those of you who follow me know that I like to get the shot right in camera but even I’m amazed at this! In the interest of full disclosure I will share some of my settings with those who are interested. Camera on variable aperture/shutter speeds depending on the shot (Duh!). All shot on “more vivid” picture mode, cloudy WB, and with a 0.9 (3x) Graduated Neutral Density filter (cheapo Tian Ya brand but works great!). Obviously a wide angle was used – in this case a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 mostly at 10mm. Any explaination people?!

Moving on, we also brought along our little guinea pig, Shybrow who kind of got high from all that fresh vegetation.

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Shybrow is no little piggie, shes a big fat piggie and shes still growing but at around six months old and almost too big to hold her comfortable in one hand, shes no match for the sheer monstrosity that is a sunflower. I mean that thing could literally eat her up!

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Man, I could almost see this shot advertising for something…for example:

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How’s that? haha…fortunately that not the extent of my graphic design abilities but thats all I could think of in two minutes. Ideally, the sky would be a gorgeous deep blue but I’ll have to go back again in the near future to get that shot. More about revisiting this place at the end of the post.

Heres a shot that was inspired by another photo I saw somewhere on the internet but I can’t remember where. If I find it I’ll credit it.

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Sunflowers are one of the few “photogenic” flowers. I say so because of their beautiful texture. Not to say that other flowers aren’t great but a macro lens and a sunflower would really produce some amazing results. I didn’t bring one along as it was a cloudy day and I knew it would be too windy to take macro shots (maybe next time I can steal a flower and photograph it at home?) For now, the crappy Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 will have to do.

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Heres a great little pano I shot:

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Altogether we were there for over an hour. Brandon called me and said that it was raining in Toowoomba so we packed up and left. Looking up there was a flock of birds. I had my telephoto lens on so I took a couple of shots of them. Nothing impressive but I sort of like this picture:

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Would have loved to stay til sunset…but that was hours away. Perhaps next time. For now I can only imagine…

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As I previously mentioned, I will be going back there to get some shots with blue sky instead of a cloudy one. If you don’t already know, this area has been in a 6 year drought and having clouds is a rarity so I took the opportunity to make the most of it. I will be going back on a nice clear summer day to get some different perspectives. I’ll probably go down again in a week or so. Anyone interested in joining me? let me know in the comments!

Til next time, good bye and God bless!

Hey all,

I’ve *finally* got my website up and running properly the way I want it! I didn’t want to pay for a blog theme so I spent literally hours coding a free version of a paid blog template and customized it to suit my needs. Today that task is finished. I still need to make a front page but at least I have this to keep updating Doesn’t it look so much better and more professional than the previous one? Its got a simple single column so no space is wasted and I can upload huge pics! …sorry streamyx customers back in M’sia, its gonna be a slow ride to the bottom!

I’ve got a lot of blogging to catch up to and I’m not sure how the large pics will look yet. I’ve had a request from my sister to upload pictures of Shybrow for her housemate, Judy, to see…

I figure, “Why not?, what a great way to debut the new theme!” Its something fresh, fun, and is not chronologically attached so I can blog about stuff that happened sooner without screwing up the posts!







So, with no further ado’s…




I now present to you:




SHYBROW!!!

My 22 week old Guinea Pig, Shybrow!

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My 22 week old Guinea Pig, Shybrow!

Ok, first impressions:

- Caption style is crap. Why is it aligned at the left and not center?! *definitely not using that again*

-*ZZZzzzZZZ* *SnooOOooOORre* my pictures used to take 2 seconds to upload max…not it takes about 15-25 seconds?! “Houston, we have a problem” *bbzzztt*.

Now to try some portrait orientation…(sorry Linzhi, you have to be my guinea pig in this new-theme-blogging-style-to-see-how-it-responds-and-looks-like experiment. No pun intended.) Yes, I know that if no one else is reading, at least my sister, Linzhi will be because she wants to show pics of Shybrow to her housemate!

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Test Caption Style again

-hmm…wayyyyy too big…you can even tell she was out of focus…

-caption didn’t come out the first time.

-had a http error when uploading the image (not a new problem)

-picture too big…have to scroll down to see whole picture.  Need restrictions…

Now, I’m gonna try limit the heaight to the max width…lets see how we go:

test captionObservations:

-hmm…captions didn’t come out again…never EVER using captions from now on…

-it was aligned left…now corrected.

-is the watermark too big??? …let me know in the comments!

Conclusion:

-landscape pix can max out the screen.

-portraits need to be restricted.

-never use captions.

-20 secs to upload image

-always http error.

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Ok, I’m happy with my little experiment. I do believe the http error is caused by the large image size…lets see if I can pull it down a little without being too obvious.

Back to the article: Shybrow come from two words:

-Shy

-eyebrow.

Shybrow aka ShyShy aka Shaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiii is the only guinea pig that I have ever seen to have eyebrows. Not those weirdo whiskers things but full on eyebrows. We enjoy puching them way up front so they cover his her eyes completely. Its super adorable! Shes very well trained but shes a Grade A+ couch potato. Shes so so so so so lazy and no mater how many times we try to train her she never responds when we ask her to come…

It was originally Shybrowse but people kept calling her shybrow so the name stuck. I actually think its a better name! She knows we’re calling her but shes just too lazy to bother…except when she knows you’ve brought food for her.

Steph was lucky enough to catch her yawning yesterday:

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cutestguineapig-9323Meet Guwheenee Guinee Quinie Gweenie. I think thats how you spell it. Thats how you pronounce it anyways. Shes Shybrow’s only friend. Sometimes Gweenie bites her though and makes poor Shybrow scared.

Oh did you notice Shy’s eyebrows? You can clearly see em here:

cutestguineapig-9189So CUUUUUUUTTTEE RIGHT!??!?!?!?! I like to see her mouth too…will have to take more pics of her later.

In the meantime that about wraps it up for my debut post. Expect a flood of posts in the next few weeks! Last but not least, heres a special something for Judy Lee, Linzhi’s housemate.

Perhaps a brief intro for those who are unaware:

Not too long ago in a land far away (Scot-land that is) Linzhi and Judy were out early one cold morning. (Wait, is this the same time as when you got dragged out carrying your blanket with you? if not I may be telling a bogus story). This story is based on a true story of an event. blablabla yada yada yada …nothing interesting happens…blablabla again…yada yada and more yada… until Judy, spots some ducks!

In her infinite wisdom she figures the only logical way to call them over would be to bend over slightly, arch your back and knees and bring your hand in closer to your face with your palm facing up. Now, close your middle, ring, and pinky finger as well as thumb to form sort of a fist with the exception of the index finger which should still be extended. Using a waving action with your index finger motion the ducks to come closer by repeating the following words exactly.

“Heeeerrrrreeee duckie duckie duckie….Heeeerrrrreeee duckie duckie duckie….” Repeat as necessary. Its *almost* failproof. It works on every other animal as well as we’ll soon find out…

Before you view the video, I’d just like to say that I wanted to be funny so I pretended to use some weird accent. I now realise the error of my ways and looking back I look like a complete moron making a fool of myself. Sorry about that.

Tell me what you think of the new blog theme? How are the pictures? OK or no way??? Please leave a comment!