Category Archives: After dark

Hobart’s DARK MOFO Winter Festival

Images from my visits to this year’s DARK MOFO Festival. I’ll add to these as I go. The first two are from the first evening of the event, the Entitle ones are from a mid week visit to town, and on the evening of 19 June I met up with friends in town and we had a wander.
The Night ship was also shot on 19 June, prior to the meet up, but I made a bad choice of location, there were far too many lights behind it. Try again today or tomorrow.
The Theme this year is paint the town red, and the Tasman Bridge and some buildings have embraced the theme and gone red.
The Tasman Bridge done red for Dark Mofo's 2015 theme of paint the town red.
The Tasman Bridge done red for Dark Mofo’s 2015 theme of paint the town red.
The Grand Chancellor Hotel has joined in the 'red' theme for Dark Mofo
The Grand Chancellor Hotel has joined in the ‘red’ theme for Dark Mofo
Pulse/Spectra beam: A powerful light shining straight up from the city beats in time with the pulse of a person touching a special sensor.
The Pulse beam from the South Arm.  It is widely visible from Hobart's outlying suburbs.
The Pulse beam from the South Arm. It is widely visible from Hobart’s outlying suburbs.
The Night Ship and the Pulse beam against a backdrop of Hobart's waterfront
The Night Ship and the Pulse beam against a backdrop of Hobart’s waterfront

Anthony McCall’s Night Ship:

“A dark ship sails nightly from Tinderbox to Mona via the city’s harbour. At regular intervals, a powerful pencil-slim searchlight radiates from the vessel to illuminate the adjacent shore. Anchors away; you’ll hear it coming.”

The Night Ship coming up the Derwent.  Pity about the other boat!  It also has a low, mournful horn blasting at intervals
The Night Ship coming up the Derwent. Pity about the other boat! It also has a low, mournful horn blasting at intervals

And the Waterfront

The Pulse beam id located in the old Mercury building in the city and has a long line of punters waiting every evening to have the light pulse to their heartbeat.
The Pulse beam id located in the old Mercury building in the city and has a long line of punters waiting every evening to have the light pulse to their heartbeat.
Waterfront and Pulse beam
Waterfront and Pulse beam

Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’

Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Close up of Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation
Artist statement for Launceston artist Amanda Parer's 'Entitle' installation
Artist statement for Launceston artist Amanda Parer’s ‘Entitle’ installation

Bastiaan Maris’ Fire Organ installation:

“This massive structure of old steel tubing drones and hums at low frequencies beneath harmonically tuned flame-throwers blasting fire and heat into the night sky.”  Dark Mofo handout info.

Fire Organ.  Gouts of flame break off and briery float away before disintegrating.  You can see one to the left of it here.
Fire Organ. Gouts of flame break off and briefly float away before disintegrating. You can see one to the left of it here.
The Fire Organ #2
The Fire Organ #2

SO enter the date into your diaries, folk, DARK MOFO is really worth a visit, make your plans for next year NOW.  Accommodation books out very fast.

You might like to consider our garden cabin, available at $45 per night, or a little less if you have your own bedding and linen.  See the Cabin on Elanore website.

An Early Morning Outing

Woke up nice and early – never a problem – but actually managed to motivate myself out of the house! And I was rewarded by a fine sunrise. Initially went round to Saunderlands Rd to opposite the zinc works hoping for those lovely plumes of smoke/steam I have seen, but the woind was so fierce I didn’t bpother, as there was just one thin little stream.
On the way back stopped where the turnoff is, though, and shot a few looking north to the Bowen Bridge, hoping for nice cloudscapes. Not too bad, more experimentation needed.
Then went on to Granton and stopped opposite the pub near the old railway station, for a very nice cloudscape for sunrise.
I have played a bit for different effects with the colour balance and tint.
All Fuji X-M1 and Samyang 12mm f2, except the panorama wich is Fuji X-T1 and 14-55 lens
6 shot portrait format pano
6 shot portrait format pano
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Bowen Bridge from the start of Saunderson Rd

 

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Bowen Bridge from the start of Saunderson Rd #2

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Yesterday’s excusions and alarms

Yesterday morning I set off to the north to photograph the huge C17A Globemasters as they did a fly over of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  I was on the beach at the end of heron Ave, not sure what suburb – and my research of checking the maps on the RAAF site paid off, I was right where they did banking turns at the end of their run down the coast.  Quite pleased with this shot.  Canon 1DsMkII & Sigma 150-500, this is a full frame shot, no cropping.

Then at 1030 last night I  awakened to the crack of thunder – staggered out to the east facing verandah to see if there was any lightning worth getting the camera out for.  I took 25 shots for 2 keepers.  Both ISO 160/f8/15 secs with 1DsMkII & 17-40 f4 L.

 

 

The Transit of Venus

available as cards & prints from my Red Bubble shop

I planned only to watch this as I didn’t have a camera to photograph it (so I was thinking) due top the H2/P20 communicatyion problem.  Then I had a brainwave.

I was looking at the eclipse glasses I have (from the 1999 WA annular – I tested them beforehand to make sure there were no holes by projecting the sun through on to a sheet of white paper – and had the sudden inspiration that they might be big enough to cover the camera lens. So with some fiddling and argy bargy, I have done it!

Below is my highly technical setup – note the rubber bands from the bunches of asparagus we had for breakfast on Sunday. When the lens is zoomed out – it’s not in this shot because the battery was on the charger – the glasses sit flush against the lens.

Pretty good result, ‘eh?  I’m pleased with it.

Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy, originally uploaded by Photography by Odille.

I have been going out every morning trying to capture this comet and finally we had a cloudless eastern sky! A bit fainter than I would like, but the H2 does not handle low ISOs well, and the only usable shots are from the Lumix.

26 Dec 2011; 0442, Terranora looking east, NSW far north coast, Australia Lumix FZ35, f2.8, 30 secs, ISO 200 (P1080495)

Tomorrow I will try from somewhere down nearer the water.  There is a spot on the Tweed River outlet opposite the end of Dry Dock Rd where I think the comet and southern cross might be reflected in the water, I won’t know until I get there in the morning.  If that doesn’t work I’ll go to Snapper Rocks and shoot over the ocean.  If any of the togs I was speaking to today would like to join me, love to see you.  You can tell where I am by looking for the big yellow Kia Pregio van!

Lunar Eclipse tomorrow morning (16/06/2011)

I am going to try a time lapse shoot of the eclipse in the morning to see if I can do one of those Time lapse videos.

I will go just up the road where there are nice mountain silhouettes for a backdrop.  I can take the van and sit in comfort with thermos of hot coffee and laptop.  If anyone wants to join me email me BEFORE 6pm tonight – it will be early dinner and bed.

And another total lunar eclipse – visible from all of Australia – happens on 10-11 Sept – article on IceinSpace forum @ http://www.iceinspace.com.au/63-619-0-0-1-0.html will give you all the info you need.

The H2 lets you set it up for interval timing with up to 255 exposures. I’m going to do a ‘test run’ at moonrise tonight (I can set it up on my verandah facing east).  I thought I would make it Aperture priority on f8, ISO will be 100 or 200 (it’s a noisy bugger), and manual focus of course.  I can choose Number of exposures, from 2 – 255; and Interval duration, from 1 second – 24 hours.  30 secs was suggested on IceinSpace which probably sounds about right.

Hopefully I will have beautiful results to display for you tomorrow – my fingers and toes are firmly crossed!

The shot below is from the 26 June 2010 partial eclipse shot with the Lumix FZ35


	

Planetary conjunction 1st May 2011

I woke up at my usual early worm time of 4.30am, ambled out to the computer, played about for a bit, then for some reason had a look at my Stellarium program, which showed me THIS conjunction of 4 planets and the moon. From the top Venus and Mercury with the waning moon to the left, and below Mars (faint) and Jupiter (brighter and slightly lower).

You never saw anyone scramble for the camera and tripod so fast in your whole life!

See, night owls, getting up early IS worth it.

H2 / P20 / HC50-110 zoom @ 85mm / f8 / 6secs / ISO 100

Partial Lunar eclipse, 26 June 2010

Well, I had been looking forward to this for weeks.  We had some scudding clouds about during the event, but I am quite pleased with these two images.

1.  Taken from Terranora, north coast NSW. Canon 1DsMKII, 100-400L f4, 2 sec, f8, ISO200 – time 20:51 I like the effect of the racing clouds, the moon looks very surreal. The clouds shut down after this so I don’t have any of the maximum eclipse.

2.  A montage shot of the partial lunar eclipse of 26 June 2010 taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 ( a ‘mere’ point and shoot!). The moon in the cloud shot was burnt out to a white disc, so I layered in a moon from a shot taken about 3 mins later through a break in the clouds. (P1030950)