Sunday, January 29, 2012

Night fishing in Wallaroo and Moonta Bay

It is the start of the new year but work has not really kicked off just yet because of Australia Day. We have too much time so we decided on going to Moonta Bay and Wallaroo for a day.

The water was warm in Moonta Bay so I was tempted to swim eventhough I did not have my swimming costume. I dug my hands in the sand and found clams that are similar to the ones my family love eating in the Philippines. Steven discouraged me from popping them in my mouth because they were undersized. I am not sure what I would have done if he weren't looking.

We felt that Wallaroo would be a better fishing spot and we were not mistaken. Steven caught around 7 useless Trumpeters and a couple of Tommy Ruffs. I caught one Trumpeter--shameful but we were surrounded by worse amateurs.

Steven was scoring big time until we saw a group of dolphins. They are cute to look at but they are a guaranteed way to scare off the fish.

It was very dark when we finished and I tried my best to keep Steven company but I could not. My eyelids were just too heavy and I dreamt of having more trips like this with Steven.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I love Dr. Charles Theo

It is going to be Australia Day on Thursday and for some aboriginals it is not really a day to celebrate. For some non-white Australians, it is a day one has to be careful or else they will at least get some verbal abuse from white Australians.

One of the leading neurosurgeons in the world Dr. Charles Theo was given a chance to deliver an Australia Day speech. He mentioned that Australia should not deny that racism still exists here. Denying its existence is very harmful and will just make matters worse.

He also asked the politicians to treat refugees and asylum seekers better. But then so many prominent people have already done this and yet the discussion has not matured.

However, people are attacking him online and denying that Australia has no problem with racism. Some people also say that he is just whining for the sake of whining.

I am very happy that Dr. Theo was given a chance to speak about this burning issue. I just hope that the government listened.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I hate MP Teresa Gambaro

I know hate is a strong word but it is what I feel right now. An Australian Member of Parliament Teresa Gambaro said last week that we migrants should use deodorants and know how to behave in public. I was hurt because her statement unfairly picks on a group of people that do not have much political power in the country.

I know a lot of migrants here who work hard to get a job and work extra harder to keep it amidst prevalent racism in many industries here. I am grateful that there are laws protecting us but the attitudes of the people (especially white Australians) have not changed very much.

I was so hurt by her statements last week that I wrote the Human Rights Commission and a representative called me within 24 hours. Although the guy was very kind and accommodating, there is no provision in the Anti-Discrimination Act that protects migrants. Prejudice has to be based on race, religion, gender, and other things but not migration status.

I let it slide but then I was woken up by another statement from her saying that learning English prevents us migrants from racism. This implies that it is our fault that we get attacked because of our race. This implies that racism is the problem of the victim.

I feel so hurt right now that I really hope she gets all the misfortunes in this life and after it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mild Summer

I am very disappointed that the current season is not as hot as normal. South Australia has been getting a lot of rain so we have not had that many heat waves. We have not been visiting the beaches as often as I want to.

But there are other creatures that are benefitings from this. More rain means more vegetation and more vegetation means more insects and more insects mean more birds.

It seems birds have stayed and forgot about their migration and here they are on this post. These are taken in Adelaide CBD along River Torrens.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kapunda Cemetery 2

Kapunda Cemetery is eerie and I am doing my best to capture it. Some of the gravestones are very graphic in describing how people have died and how the dead were buried. If you google the cemetery, you will find a story involving a priest and several children.

On the day of the shoot, the sun was nowhere to be found and it was really windy. The clouds acted as natural diffusers so it was easy to compose images without shadows.

a headstone separated from the rest

the headstone from the front

click the photo to read the grim story
toilet in the middle of a remote cemetery--who uses it?

taken from the road leading to the cemetery

a reminder of the cemetery's dark past

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Night fishing at St. Kilda

A few days ago, Steven and I went to St. Kilda for some night fishing wherein I caught none. Steven caught two fingerlings so we had to return them in the water.

But before my fishing failure, we walked around the huge playground and took some photos. I know I am way too old for playgrounds but St. Kilda is a lot of fun even for adults as it has a huge shipwreck replica, huge swings, huge slides and a flying fox.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cheap light diffuser

Pixco flash diffuser
I am still on the search for the best cheap light diffuser around. Over a month ago, I purchased a light diffuser from ebay (Pixco) and it took several weeks for it to arrive here because of the Christmas rush.

Pixco light diffuser is a little over 2 AUD only but the construction is quite good. The front is made of translucent plastic and the back has a cardboard in it. I am not sure if it is good in softening the flash and it seems the DIY light diffuser made of business card that I constructed a while back seems to produce flattering results with natural-looking shadows.

I took two photos of each setup using no other light source in the room and the other one using the incadescent light  in the room. None of these photos were altered in any way.

Here are the sample photos:
bare pop-up flash

bare pop-up flash with incadescent light

business card diffuser

business card diffuser with incandescent light

Pixco diffuser

Pixco diffuser with incandescent light

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Two Bears

Last Christmas, I gave Steven a stuffed bear. Hopefully, it will keep him company while I am not in bed.

Steven is forcing me to say though that I staged everything in this photo.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Lemon

I found this lemon in the backyard of our building. It is actually from the neighbor's tree but this fruit was hanging outside of our property. Technically, it is ours.

Anyway, it looks queer so I took a queer photo of it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Light Creatures of 2012

Dec/Jan holidays are very subdued in Australia as most retailers are shut on the days people want to go out. Business culture here is still very conservative as it struggles to comprehend capitalism.

Fireworks are the highlights of the celebration in Adelaide so we decided to have a look and practice on my night photography. It was my first try to take photos of very dynamic soures of light so I struggled a great deal. 

I went to two displays at different times. We positioned ourselves at Windy Point at 9:30 for the first attempt. Then we laid our picnic mat on Montefiore Hill.

Along the way, we saw a lot of drunk men and women (mainly Caucasian) being silly on the street. There were lots of shouting and bottle-displaying despite the fact that alcohol drinking is not allowed in public. 
taken from Windy Point

Fireworks here were not grand but they were dramatic. But it was hard for anyone to guess where the best spot was so as soon as the show started, people (including myself, my camera and my tripod) kept on walking left and right to avoid being blocked by trees.

Professionally, 2011 was very challenging as I struggled to comprehend unfair work conditions. But I am more confident now on what I am doing. Hopefully, this confidence and perseverance will pay off in 2012.

"You are missing the fireworks"

a ball of fire

aerial urchins
Artistically, I think I bloomed. I have learned a lot in digital photography and have found the genres (landscape and nature) I am comfortable with. I also finished a short story that I want to publish soon.

I plan on working more on my art because this is really my first love. There is so much inspiration in my life and where I live and I will definitely share them here.