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Hey everyone, Merry Christmas and Happy NEW YEAR!!!

I’m late again (whats new eh?) and have decided to stop apologizing everytime it takes me so long to update…coz its only gonna make it worse, lol..

I’ve been busy and have been extremely enjoying this holiday…unfortunately, my brother went back to school today and my sister went back to Scotland so I’ve got plenty of time now…btw, this is going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong post.

“why?”

“…well, because I have to update on everything that happened in December so I can hurry up and start on this new year…this post is playing catch up.”

The Queen Mary Falls will be the main thingie but I’ll also throw in some pictures of our pre-christmas party (long overdue) and whatever I find in my December folder.

Queen Mary Falls

Ok, so Queen Mary Falls is located in South East Queensland – very very close to the border between QLD and NSW. The story goes something like this:

Queen Mary of England herself rode a horse through the waterfalls and loved the place. This was long ago when she was still a child. Well…either it was her or Queen Elizabeth but its called Queen Mary Falls so I guess the former would be correct. I’m about 10% sure.

I actually went twice. The first was to scout the place out as all good photogs do. The second was to pinpoint the good spots. (By first I meant my friendship parent took me there and by second, I meant I told my friends about it ad ended up planning another trip there!

Didn’t take many pics the first time as there were just the three of us: Me, Steph, and Mark (friednship parent). The upside is that I can some good pictures with steph!

look how long and gay my hair looks...!
look how long and gay my hair looks…!

by the way, for those of you who don't know: This is my friendship parent. Meet Mark Evans!
by the way, for those of you who don’t know this is my friendship parent: Meet Mark Evans!

Yes, I’ve cut my hair since then…

Oh, one thing cool about the first trip was that I got to test out my ND and ND grad filters…but me being me I forgot to bring my tripod AND filter holder that day!. Darn. For those of you who don’t know (which I’m guessing are most of you) an ND is a Neutral Density filter. Basically its like sunglasses for your camera so you can take slower shots in broad daylight. A graduated ND filter is the same thing but only the top half is darkened…anyway, you get this sort of effect:

One of my first shots with an ND grad filter. I can't remember if this was the Tian Ya or the HiTech one.
One of my first shots with an ND grad filter. I can’t remember if this was with the Tian Ya or the Hitech one.
This is with both ND grads stacked so thats why it looks so crap.
This is with both ND grads stacked so thats why it looks so crap.

You can see my finger holding the filter on the bottom right hand corner there! Anyway, the second time around the clouds weren’t as beautiful but I brought my tripod so got some nice shots.

Steph and Mark. My fave pic of the day.
Steph and Mark. My fave pic of the day.

Now I’m gonna stop blabbering and throw a bunch of photos so I can get to the next topic. The following pictures were taken on the second trip:

The bunch of us who were there.
The bunch of us who were there.
Queen Mary Falls (The main waterfall)
Queen Mary Falls (The main waterfall). Apologize for the vignetting…lens too wide. Taken with Hitech ND4 Grad hard edge.
There are also parrots.
There are also parrots.
Pretty parrots.
Pretty parrots.
Friendly parrots. btw, this is Koh Doh Ming. We call him Kodomo.
Friendly parrots. btw, this is Koh Doh Ming. We call him Kodomo. See how happy he is?
Credits to Steph for taking the picture
Kodomo, Edna, Ben, Sabrina, and Wilson.
Kodomo, Edna, Ben, Sabrina, and Wilson.
This is now the backgroud wallpaper for my iPhone.
This is now the backgroud wallpaper for my iPhone.
Elsey, Andrea, Edna, Ben, Wilson, Sabrina at Daggs Falls.
Elsey, Andrea, Edna, Ben, Wilson, Sabrina at Daggs Falls.

Perhaps this is a good time to explain that the Queen Mary Falls National Park is a nature reserve that consists of three main waterfalls and small streams. The main one is of course Queen Mary Falls followed by Brown Falls and the smallest one being Daggs Falls.

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Behold Daggs Falls. Apologize for crap photo. Still learning how to use Ultra Wide Angles.

One of my 2 fave shots of the day

By the way, the pictures that have my watermark and border link to my flickr page. I edit them for impact. The others are straight from camera.
By the way, the pictures that have my watermark and border link to my flickr page. I edit them for impact. The others are straight from camera.
The walk to Daggs falls is amazing. Stop and appreciate Gods work.

The walk to Daggs falls is amazing. Stop and appreciate Gods work.

Derrick and Steph...dont you love the backlit leaves!!!
Derrick and Steph…dont you love the backlit leaves!!!
Group photo!
Group photo! Back row: Jiaren, Derrick, Patrick, Ben, Wilson, Kodomo. Front row: Steph, Andrea, Elsey, Edna, Sabrina.
Fun shot!
Fun shot!

this is a bit scary...
this is a bit scary…
Sweet couple.
Sweet couple.

...and my last shot of the day. (so cute, isnt she?)
…and my last shot of the day. (so cute, isnt she?) gosh I miss her… :(

…and its 1am…forget it, I’m done for the night…Will continue later…below is a gallery of the shots above and more. 91 pics altogether. Click for a 640×480 picture and feel free to request the pics u want forwarded to you. See ya soon!

I am my Father’s son.

December 5, 2008

Yes, I will be blogging about my fun time flying around Toowoomba which happened last Saturday…I think.

However, first things first – family priority requires that I respond to my sister’s blog post in which she posted this picture:

According to some absurd cult ritual in the Scottard part of uncivilized UK, November is the month of Movember where you wear a moustache for charity…(I think my dad should be their spokesperson)…anyway, the point is that they wanna see what we ALL look like with moustaches…so…after countless seconds…

VOILA!

@Linzhi, sorry your moustache looks retarded – who ask u not to pose properly…

having said that…lets move on to the next thing on the agenda – Flying.

Before I begin I hope you (whoever reads this) understands that this blog is more of a Plog (word created by yours truly – remember you saw it here first!). This means its a picture-log. What THAT means is that I don’t really care what I write and don’t expect you to read it…its just a way to fill in gaps in between pictures.

Pictures themselves come in two flavours:-

  • watermarked
  • unsigned

Watermarked ones are those that are worthy of flickr and I actually bothered to put them into photoshop even if I don’t do anything except for adding the watermark, saving a backup of the original and uploading reduced file size version.

Unsigned ones are crap shots/ happy snaps that people in them should enjoy but aren’t something that I’d put up on flickr (eg. group photos).

…glad we got that sorted out.

so where were we…ah! who attended:

  • Jiaren
  • Aaron
  • Yew Meng
  • Elena
  • Wilson
  • Sabrina
From closest to furthest: front row: Wilson, Yew Meng. back row: Sabrina, Elena

From closest to furthest: front row: Wilson, Yew Meng. back row: Sabrina, Elena

can see the guys heads getting distorted from the wide angle…heres a better shot:

heres one with less distortion...

heres one with less distortion...

Sabrina surprised this on Wilson as a belated birthday present…apparently his dream is to become a pilot…hes achieving that somehow by studying multimedia at USQ…ironic huh?

If you look closely you can see Aaron being a moron in the background

If you look closely you can see Aaron being a moron in the background

Aaron and I waited this one out…they went first and we went up for the next flight…

In the meantime we just chit chatted and took photos of random things, and various parts of the plane such as this:

Aaron told me but I cant remember what this is for...all I remember is that its something like a dipstick thingie and theres some liquid inside...

Aaron told me but I cant remember what this is for...all I remember is that its something like a dipstick thingie and theres some liquid inside...

shutter speed: 1/1250 (plane wasn't on full throttle yet tho...)

shutter speed: 1/1250 (plane wasn't on full throttle though)

of course we also took them about to take off...

of course we also took them about to take off...

...before returing to taking pictures of various components...behold - the Engine!

...before returing to taking pictures of various components...behold - the Engine!

Lycoming - best aviation engine manufacturer?

Lycoming - best aviation engine manufacturer?

no idea what this is...

no idea what this is...

instrument for calculating altitude, speed, etc...so dont forgetto take it off before flight!

instrument for calculating altitude, speed, etc...so don't forgetto take it off before flight!

nostrils?

nostrils?

Aaron.

Aaron.

This is a Piper. A piper is different from a Cessena in that its wing is under the body instead of on top.

This is a Piper. A piper is different from a Cessena in that its wing is under the body instead of on top.

When they landed it was our turn and because we were paying by the hour we couldn’t afford to waste time so I didn’t take any snaps during this transition…

up up and away!

Ps. Yew Meng; ex-Singapore air force - from cockpit to pulpit.

Ps. Yew Meng; ex-Singapore air force - from cockpit to pulpit.

ooh...many buttons...must...resist...temptation...

ooh...many buttons...must...resist...temptation...

view from the heavens!

view from the heavens!

You can see the runway in the above picture…wind was really strong that day and we barely used a quarter for both take off and landing!

click on the image to see where I live!

click on the image to see where I live!

This was the second time I’ve been up here but the first time I had my dSLR with me…so a quick tip for wannabe aerial photogs with no experience:

  1. First time enjoy the view. Forget the camera because you’ll get air sick and feel like vomitting. Looking through a viewfinder doesn’t make it better.
  2. Second time up stick to the telephoto lens. In this case it was a clear day so aperture wasn’t a problem. I used a 70-300mm VR lens which is very flexible.
  3. forget the lens hood. It’ll just make it harder to shoot.
  4. Hold the lens at its furthest point with a finger extended against the glass to suppress vibration.
  5. A monopod may come in handy but I didn’t have one.
  6. At that distance everything is infinity. Use manual focus with shutter priority or manual. Most shots taken at 1/4000 so ISO had to be bumped up.
  7. Take a picture. Check histogram levels. Adjust accordingly. then take another hundred or so pictures before checking again. DONT waste your time reviewing pictures on the plane. Plenty of time on the ground for that later on.
  8. most importantly, HAVE FUN!
First try at doing a tilt-shift miniature fake

First try at doing a tilt-shift miniature fake

Being in an elavated position I figured it was an ideal time to try out some shots for making tilt-shift miniature fakes. Basically what this does is it makes large images appear smaller so that the images produced appear to be a model instead of a real life scene. What do you think? Any comments?

Here’s another one of my university:

University of Southern Queensland as a miniature model.

University of Southern Queensland as a miniature model.

The university was probably too big to look good as a miniature but it looked better like this than a regular aerial photography shot so I left it as it is.

After we landed Uncle Yew Meng wanted some pictures and since the sky was so beautiful I took advantage of the wide angle lens:

...and my favourite one to finish it off...also printed one of these on A3 for them.

...and my favourite one to finish it off...also printed one of these on A3 for them.

Done. Next I’ll be blogging about a recent mother son photoshoot I did…I’ll admit its not my best work but I was crap tired that day and it had been a while since my last portraiture session. Either way, they loved the pics and I got to brush up on my photoshoot techniques. Ultimately, it was huge fun both for them and myself – and thats whats important!

sneak preview:

Auntie Ivy and Gabriel.

Auntie Ivy and Gabriel.

till then…chao!

Hi all,

It’s 3.30am on Saturday morning and I’ve been rolling around in bed…can’t seem to sleep so decided to contribute something to the blog…we’ll see what time this post finishes later…I didn’t quie get to post about the second road trip because I fell asleep writing the previous one..so hopefully this will be short and sweet so that I can move on to some more interesting things…

I made the mistake of starting from events from the beginning of November thinking that it would be boring so at least I could keep myself occupied with posting past adventures but turns out this holiday is pretty darn entertaining and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon!

OK, so this road trip was to the Sunshine Coast…we at USQ (University of Southern Queensland) had finished our exams earlier but Wilson’s girlfriend studies at USC (University of Sunshine Coast) and it was her last day of exam so we went down to pick her up to come back with us to toowoomba…

meet Wilson.

meet Wilson.

Meet Sabrina.

Meet Sabrina.

Edna also came with us…her boyfriend had to work so he didn’t come…but that didn’t stop him from bugging her on the phone about 5 times an hour! (kidding!)

Meet Edna.

Meet Edna.

Sunshine Coast for those of you who don’t know is like the Gold Coast but not as commercialized. Having said that its still booming with hotels along the beach but is not nearly as bad as the Gold Coast. We were ready for 2 fun filled days of FUN-IN-THE-SUN…

unfortunately, the weather did not quite agree…

From the moment we left Toowoomba til the moment we arrived it was just grey and miserable! It didn’t stop raining either…so theres no pictures of what would’ve been a beautiful landscape so I’ll just have to bore you with that we did do – SHOPPING…BO-RRRRRRRRIIIIIINNNNG!

We went to the Cuckoo Clock House which was nice…as always…

When we arrived at USC Sabrina just finished her final exam…we waited for her in a gallery in the middle of the Uni coz it was too wet outside…there was a sign that said no photography but thanks to my new Fastpack 350 bag I was able to sneak a few shots without getting caught…

At the ‘Coast we went to a mall there and spent 4 friggin hours there! (the above people really can SHOP!)

After getting bored I took some pictures of the mall…

Needless to say that got old real fast…we finally headed back after everyone was satisfied with their shopping…A darn special mention to the Tahitians who were allowed us to stay overnight in their house. They were exceedingly abundantly hospitable and friendly! …so special thanks to Bob, Perry, and Naomi *hope I got that right* They all have tatoos and I found this one particularly interesting…

looks cool eh?

looks cool eh? (one of Perry's many tats)

They’re technically from Tahiti but they don’t live on the main island itself…they came from another small island which is a French colony…so they all speak French! Their house was beautiful and Edna had some sort of fetish with their toilet…

Toilet Fetish?!

Toilet Fetish?! (man, I love my UWA Sigma)

all in all it wasn’t sunny and we didn’t get to go swimming…but we had fun none-the-less! …and what better way to finish it off with a group photo:

Thats Bob and Perry in the middle with Steph and I on the side...Perry was working.

Stay tuned, you won’t believe what I did next…I went flying!!! …and Iet me tell you arial photography is no easy feat! sneak preview:

From Left: Jiaren, Aaron, Ps. Yew Meng

From Left: Jiaren, Aaron, Ps. Yew Meng

…and the time now is 4.36am.