Gold Coast Architecture Part 1

Spent a few days recently for a bit of R & R on the Gold Coast. And yep a good time to shoot some images of the extraordinary thing that is the Gold Coast - we all need a bit of bling from time to time. I haven't been there for about 30 years and in those years the march of the developers has moved at quite a pace. I not sure of the term "Surfers Paradise" though. That name really should be moved further south to the world class breaks of Burleigh Heads, Kirra, Superbank etc.

Anyway here is my first set of images - next up is some long-exposures I tried out.

 

Townsville Triathlon Festival

The hugely popular Townsville Triathlon Festival was held this weekend along The Strand. Due to other commitments I could only compete in the team event on the Sunday so "Team Awesome" had its third crack at the event in as many years. Amelia swam, Stephen on bike and I brought us home in the run leg. We came 15th in the mix non-corporate group. Next year I'd like to have another go at the individual event - all I need to do is to learn to love swimming or at the very least tolerate it. I love the atmosphere of events like this and seeing so many people having a go and enjoying the beautiful environment that we are blessed with here in Townsville.

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Strand Ephemera

The Bi-annual Strand Ephemera is almost over for its 2013 outing. Some amazing and quirky sculptures have been on display for the public to view along The Strand beachfront in Townsville. The conditions have been a major challenge to Gallery Services and the exhibiting artists as almost gale force winds have persisted for most of the week.These images were taken on iPhone and my DSLR with some "free lens" experiments. This is an amazing trick that one of my Norwegian students taught me. You disconnect the camera lens, hold it in front of the camera body and angle it to skew the focal plane. It works just like a tilt shift lens and gives you another optical look without the expense of a new lens. My contribution to the event is to hold an iPhone workshop to encourage people to shoot some mobile phone images and upload them to instagram with the tag #strandephemera as part of a photographic competition.

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