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Monday, June 13, 2011

A walk in the city on Queen's birthday day

Photos would speak for themselves I think...

This building was recently made at Federation Square in the name of Earth hour... It looked sooo ugly that I doubt it was that environmentally friendly...

Here we go!

Looks very energy efficent by drawing some artificial lighting.

Now lets celebrate earth hour by using more electricity !!!!

So many people cared about earth hour... errrr...

If you are blinded by eye patches, sure you dont need electricity!

This is how I celebrate my earth hour lol

Yes, cooking is more fun using gas instead of electricity. Green house effect is a good distraction for us.

This guy supposed to teach us how to use the funnel and flask to distill coffee ... It turns out some chemical reactions undesirable!

Yeah, C grade class event today in city.

Mmmm I love coffee...

Little Collins St

Lets drink some soup.

Portugese chicken soup - A little too normal...

Smoked bacon pea and zuccini soup

Cafe life is very relaxing...

Long lasting melody

The end

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Kang Rice Wine - famous in Qing Dynasty


Just like the modern days, Kang is the powerful family that controls sale of salt, wine and sugar. It plays a major role in SilkRoad trade too. His family home is bigger than the size of forbidden city. The whole city like mansion is preserved till this day.

The sign says "Kang Hudred Million Wine" 

The words on sides of the door reads "There are all sorts of wine in the world" "Nothing beats the wine from Kang"

Linking Tom's Sign2

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Shishamo BBQ

This photo was captured in the middle of Japan - Honshu where local vendor sells various local produce from the region.

I just want to make a note regarding a list of places I want to visit over the next few weeks in Melbourne.

1. Soft Tacos Chingon Cantina y Tanqueria - 413 Swan St, Richmond Ph 94295695

2. Meyer Lemon Tart - Albert St Food & Wine 382 Sydney rd Brunswick Ph 83546600

3. Aylesbury Duck Wayside Inn - 446 City Rd, South Melbourne Ph 9682 9199

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Melbourne Night City View as Treasure Tuesday

This is taken during a low tide at Brighton's beach. The night scenery is not bad.

Sony A7RIV

FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM

Linking Treasure Tuesday


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

I recalled this place being really wonderful: the end of drive of great ocean road, Victoria, Australia. This is the nearest spot before reaching Warrnambool - the city that I might work in the following year. 
The water here looks so tranquil and peaceful. In fact, there is all deadly rifts underneath. Still with this wonderful cover of magic hour lighting.

Taken by Canon 50mm f1.2L

Really cyan blue everywhere I see. This was really a moment.

Taken by Canon 24mm f1.4L

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Glass bokeh

This is a photograph of the handle at the front entrance of Gothic style cathedral near Melbourne CBD. Somehow the day light was dull and there were no many interesting themes in the city streets.

So f1.2 aperture wide open with Nikor 50mm. Surprisingly the rear bokeh is supposed to be harsh and ugly. The result was acceptable.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Japanese Dishes

The images are all taken by Canon 50mm f1.2 L

The last couple of days are characterised by "happy go lucky" sentiment. Strolling the city without a purpose is a bit of fun really.

Joel and I tried out the many gourmet places to indulge ourselves. This dish is described as semi fried tuna abdomen with special sauce. It was very tender to taste melting at the tip of my tongue. Very nice in deed.

Seafood fried udon. It was a substitute for rice to improve satiety. But we really ordered too much...

Asparagus and bacon rolls. Very appetitising in deed. The sauce was too salty in fact. Joel spit out all the fat bits lol.

Good old sashimi to improve the fatty acid intake. There was this "oil" fish that gave us diarrhoea all day afterwards...

A bit of wine to colour the day. What a fulfilling day!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Chairs in Forbidden city

The chair does make a good subject to view. The bokeh is quite creamy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Hofbräuhaus Melbourne - German pub in city CBD


Hofbräuhaus Melbourne is the iconic location that serves black beer and pork sausages. My Jewish pal loves the location very much that I always get dragged here for his feast. 

The vibe at night is always something special. Maybe it is because the place carries so much memory in it.

Panasonic G9

Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4

Other Melbourne posts

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lord of Ring experience?

On the Princess Bridge - south of Flinders station, Melbourne, he is a common sight. The music he played was often masked by the wheels... 

Still he added the colour to my trip to the city every time. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Street painted sign at Southern Cross Station for Sign2


At one stage, I see this sign everywhere in Melbourne CBD laneways, regional city walls and underside of most railway stations. 

This was one of them near Spencer Street Station 

Panasonic G9

Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4

Linking Tom's Sign2

Monday, July 25, 2022

The classic view of Sydney Harbour Bridge


For a conference trip to Sydney, one has to take a souvenir shot back home. Pity there was no shiny light up projections on the evening.

Panasonic G9

Leica 8-18mm

City posts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Grampians National Park via a photographer's perspective

I love Grampians. It is also called "Gariwerd", which means "ranges" in traditional aboriginal language. This is a place where photographers would find it challenging to photograph: the harsh lighting from the typical angry sun, dense dark foliage of native plants (not reflecting colours) and the gale that would blow your mind away (because your tripods get blown away too).

It is reported that over 60 cultural sites have been identified in Grampians. The murals are certainly worthy of visits for any photographers - the tracks leading to the murals are often good photography opportunities.

Over the past 20 years, I have frequented this place for photography opportunities. It turned out this place had turned into an escape from the reality for me. I love the Gala screaming their lungs off every morning. I love the kookaburra squeaking like a group of zombies every sunset.

This is a little summary of my photography experiences in Grampians:

* Visit in winter months - diffuse light from cloudy sky is better than harsh light in summer. Summer is high risk for bushfire as well. The frequent rain often creates mood for the photo ops and great to get mists/fog to render better pictures.
* Do check news about closed roads/paths through national park website
* Always bring a GBS phone and bring plenty of water with you. Drive a 4WF.
* Bring food and groceries from Melbourne as the pricing in Halls Gap is often at least double of the city prices
* Photograph in early mornings or late afternoon


Pentax Da 50mm
Mckenzie fall - part of it - funny that I cannot find any more photos of this largest fall in Victoria. But this one was different from the generic full frontal shot seen on the web everywhere.

Pentax 16-50mm f2.8
Ferret's waterfall - disappeared after the bushfire in 2006

Pentax 10-22mm
Silverband waterfall - not a long walk, pretty much flat track. Problem is this fall dries out easily. Only to visit after a rainfall. And watch out brown snakes in the area!

This is a good 5 hour track return trip. Three major phases in geographical changes as you walk through this region. This place is all about rocks.

Pentax Da21mm Limited

Pentax Da21mm limited

Pentax Da21mm limited

Voigtlander 12mm R4A

Wonderland Carpark

Balcony Lookout

On a sunny day, strong UV cast really sucks. There is no point to visit in the day hours. The photos will turn out shit really.

This lookout is bad for sunset shots at the magic hours. This is because the sun goes down on the completely opposite side of the look out. So you dont get much light at all except occasional purple sky at times.

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Canon 50mm f1.2L
Canon 300mm f4L IS - wide angle lens is pretty much useless at this lookout. Best to use 50mm + focal length.

Canon 300mm f4L IS

Reeds Lookout

This lookout is more photographer friendly - at least sun is going down within the view of the look out.

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Voigtlander 90mm f3.5 macro

Lake Fyans

Olympus 150mm f2

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Leica 25mm f1.4


Canon 50mm f1.2L

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Canon 50mm f1.2L

Voigtlander 90mm f3.5 macro

Pentax Da21mm limited

Pentax 16-50mm f2.8

The colour is certainly better in a foggy and wet condition. I prefer to shoot in the rain in here.

Pentax Fa 31mm f1.8 limited

Pentax FA43mm limited

Pentax 16-50mm f2.8

Giant Koala - Dadswell Bridge Victoria

Nice for a visit if you get really bored like it is raining cats and dogs or it is just simply too hot to bear in the extreme heat. Not a long drive north to Grampians. There is also a waterfall nearby - single span but puny water flow. Lucky to see it after a rain fall (I did have a few shots at it and they turned out like a poor stream wee due to prostate enlargement)

Wild life

I could easily captures shots on most of the native Australian animals in Grampians. Not much effort required. Just wander in parks or myriads of tracks in early morning or near sunset.

Olympus 150mm f2

Near Lake Fyans after a rain fall

Olympus 150mm f2

In the reserve park near central Halls Gap

Olympus 150mm f2

At the carpark near Wonderland car park entrance

Olympus 150mm f2

Olympus 150mm f2

Olympus 150mm f2

Useful resources:

Travel and Accommodation 

Park Victoria - Grampians National Park

Grampians Map

Grampians Map

Halls Gap

Halls Gap - the nearest town

3 breakfast cafes there in the central. Always packed with people. I tend to get specials of the week for the sake of getting something new each time.

Among these, this middle eastern sausage was memorable because it looks like number 2 in the toilet. But it tastes really good though. From Black Cat Cafe