Chicago

September 26, 2017, 6am, I boarded the first flight on my journey – to Sydney. A mere 37 hours later, I landed in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This was the first big overseas adventure for me. And a first for me by myself, at that.

I don’t have a lot of say about my trip, but I have been thinking about it a lot and the affect it has had on me.

So I wanted to share it the best way I know how right now, and that is with photos. I took more than 2000 on my four week journey. Here are just a few of them from Chicago.

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Vivid Sydney

Last weekend I went down to check out Vivid Sydney with my aunt and experiment with doing some night photography.

It was actually so much fun. I hadn’t picked up a camera in months, so it felt good to be behind the lens again.

I would highly recommend going to check out some of the installations if you’re in Sydney, but it does get quite hectic with all the people around.

Here are a few of my snaps, but you can check the rest out on my Flick (which they now give you 1TB of space! Score! I’m totally going to utilise this so much more.)

City scape - looking towards Circular Quay train station.

City scape – looking towards Circular Quay train station.

Sydney Opera House and cruise ship in port. This is one of my favourites from the night.

Sydney Opera House and cruise ship in port. This is one of my favourites from the night.

Harbour Bridge from the public viewing platform on top of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Harbour Bridge from the public viewing platform on top of the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Towards The Rocks from the  Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Towards The Rocks from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Ferries passing in the night with the Opera House in the background.

Ferries passing in the night with the Opera House in the background.

The Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Another year over.

Usually at the end of the year I do a year in review of what I’ve done. However, I’ve decided this year not to do that. I’ve found something much more awesome to do and fits in with my last couple of posts.

Each year The Atlantic gathers together the best news photos from the year. These are some of my favourite ones from its list.

From Part 1:

The Costa Concordia, which ran aground on January 14.

Ice covered lampposts in Senj, Croatia.

Special mention goes to Angelina Jolie’s leg at the Oscars.

This one made me laugh – this woman was protesting the health care reforms saying it was socialism taking away her choices and rights. Cause health care for all is a bad thing *sarcasm*.

House of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

The famed bus Rosa Parks took her stand on – because of her, he can be President.

From Part 2:

Half a clock face remains following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Ferrara, Italy.

A disused railway track known as the ‘Tunnel of Love’ in Kleven, Ukraine.

Flying cat! Yes the cat was dead at the time. Not 100% sure how I feel about this – flying cat = cool, yet doing this to it after its death = IDK? I guess it’s like taxidermy.

Perfect timing.

Unimpressed face is unimpressed.

From Part 3:

The most retweeted image in history.

Haka for two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Bubble in water at International Space Station.

The ‘Rain Room’ art installation in London.

Water pouring into ground zero construction site in New York during Hurrican Sandy.

Solar eclipse.

Sydney So Far…

I haven’t done a personal update in a while, so I thought it was time.

As many of you would have deduced by now, Man Piece and I did not end up in Melbourne, but instead moved to Sydney.

Man Piece got a job offer so we decided to just go. We’ve since found a nice little inner-city apartment and even I have found a job. I thought it would take me awhile, but I found a one fairly quickly, which was quite surprising.

But I thought I would catch you up on what I have been up to for the last two months – ┬áMan Piece and I have been here for 10 weeks now.

And I decided to be a little creative. I have recently found some really good picture framing apps on my phone, a lot better than the ones I have used before.

So I present to you, Sydney So Far…

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Influential photographers.

A few weeks ago I discovered iTunes U, not that it was hard, I knew it was there, I had just never used it.

I started to look around and found a few interesting educational collections. I found a History of Architecture, Volcanos, Justice, and Masters of Photography.

The Masters of Photography collection contains a whole heap of videos showcasing photographers’ work from a series of National Geographic Live lectures.

So far I have found two photographers from this series whose work has made an impression on me – where I have just thought, “Those are some amazing photos”.

The first is Mattias Klum, a Swedish photographer who travels around the world for assignments.

In a few of the lectures from National Geographic, Klum talked about encounters he had with a female lion in India. Luckily, these lectures have made their way to YouTube.

 

Another is where he gets a rather personal welcome from Meerkats.

 

Below are some of his photographs. [I do not own these, they are Mattias Klum’s, I found them through Google Images.]

Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 7.05.04 PMThe other photographer is Steve Winter. Winter does some interesting things when out photographing subjects – he likes to use robots and camera boxes.

Here is one of the videos from National Geographic showing how he used the robots.

 

Here are some of Winter’s photographs. [Once again, I do not own them, I found them on his website.]

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SteveWinter_Tigers_19As you can see Winters likes photographing Tigers. Tigers are awesome and he also participates in raising awareness about Tigers so they do not become extinct.

‘Cause seriously, look at the little baby cub. Isn’t he so cute?! This is a cause that I can support.