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The Moon and the Lunar Eclipse

I’ve never really been interested in photographing the moon until I bought my DSLR camera.  Now I love taking photos of our galaxy’s closest neighbour.

On the night of Saturday, December 11, we were able to witness the last fully lunar eclipse until 2014 and it didn’t disappoint.

I hope you enjoy the photos of the eclipse and also some almost full moon shots taken 2 days after the eclipse and below the photos is a short video I shot of the red moon just after the eclipse.

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Photos and Prostitutes

I bought a decent DSLR Camera to take better pics of the kids.  I was losing memories through crappy point and shoot cameras. So I spent some money and last year bought a half decent DSLR and for more than a year have left it on Auto for every single shot.  I want to learn to take better pics and while auto is still great there are so many more possibilities on manual so recently I have started taking photos with the settings on manual and using my tripod. 

This is probably the best photo I have ever taken. 

This shot was taken with my Nikon D5000, mounted on my tripod just after the sun had disappeared from the cool, winter sky.

I love the colours and the reflection on the glass smooth Brisbane River which most people will remember was a raging torrent of debris strewn water during the great flood of January, 2011.

It was an interesting evening and I took close to 150 photos trying to take the perfect picture by playing with the settings. 

The cliff top was very busy with people walking home from work or running or power walking along the scenic route. Being the sociable guy I am I was saying G’day to people who made eye contact with me as they walked past.  Most people were friendly and said hi back.  Two people decided to stop for a chat.

The Russian

I spoke with the Russian twice that evening.  The first time I was already talking on the phone but as I was using my earpiece with the phone in my pocket this wasn’t obvious.  He proceded to ask me a few questions about the camera.  He asked me what it was and I replied a Nikon D5000.  He knows his cameras and he asked what the difference was between the D5000 and the D3000.  Not remembering at the time I replied with 2000!  I explained I was on the phone and he continued on his very merry way.  It was then I remembered that the key difference was the D5000 had a video camera option (which I have never used).

He came back about 15 minutes later and seeing I was off the phone he had a lot to say.  Most of which I cannot understand but I am sure it had something to do with photography, vodka and a nuclear submarine.  I’m not kidding about the submarine.  He was very friendly though and we had a good chat.

The Irish Lass

About 5 minutes after the Russian left, this woman made eye contact with me and I said G’day.  She stopped and said hello and it was immediately obvious that she was Irish.  I made note of this to her and said welcome to Australia.  She proceeded to tell me that coming to Australia was at the top of her bucket list and she was happy she had now crossed it off.  She was now a full resident and had been here for a few years.

I estimated her age at mid to late 30’s.  She was very well presented, dressed in a power suit and wore a small amount of jewellery.  She had short hair and little make up – that I could tell in the darkening night – and spoke very well.  She asked me a few questions about the photos I was taking and had a look at some.  She seemed quite impressed.  As she was going through the photos I asked her what else was on her bucket list. 

The order might be wrong but essentially here was her top 3.

1.  Have sex with a woman

2.  Have a threesome

3.  Have a gang bang

She then told me that all 3 items had been completed. 

I was speechless.  Probably not what you tell random strangers on the cliff top at Kangaroo Point.  I have a trusting face and a bung knee so she probably thought I was safe enough.  We started talking about work and she asked me what I did and I told her – kind of – I generally don’t tell strangers exactly where I work or what I do.  I asked her what she did and she told me she was a ‘sex worker’.

“A prostitute?” I asked.

“I don’t like that term”, she replied quickly.

I thought about it for a few seconds and taking into account her clothes and appearance, I asked her if she was a high class escort.  She confirmed it.

During the next 20 minutes or so she took 3 phone calls from clients on one of her 3 mobile phones.  Wanna know how much she charges?  Fine, I’ll tell you.

Half hour = $150   Full hour = $200   All Night = $1,000 – extra for fetishes etc

She would describe herself to each person and it seemed to change along with the rates depending on each call.  She was a size 18 and all the other dimensions I don’t remember.  She then blew me away – no, not like that – when she told me she 48.  She certainly didn’t look like it and she didn’t appear to have had any work done.  She was confident and very down to earth. 

She had a lot more to say.  Most of which isn’t publishable here but the whole time we were talking she was eating her thai take away and drinking water.  If she hadn’t have said she was a sex worker I would have not even guessed that was her profession.  She was certainly no Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.  I was expecting fish nets and neons, not a power suit.

So between a camera loving Russian and a high class escort Irishwoman I took a bloody good photo or two. 

It was a surreal experience.

I hope you like the picture.

 

 

 

Plenty of Air in Stanthorpe

My nephews are mad dirt bike riders.  And I mean ‘mad’ as modern day Gen Y’ers use the term.  Not just crazy (my use) but good (their use) as well!

Over the Easter long weekend, I was invited along to my sister, Mandy and brother-in-law, Karl’s property just outside of Stanthorpe, QLD, Australia to watch one of my nephews, Tyrone (Tazer as he is commonly known) and a few of his mates from the Loose Tappets do a few laps on the home made course that they had built recently.

I was amazed by the skill of these guys blazing away on their two wheeled, motorized bullets.  The jumps looked pretty small at first glance but once they got a bit of speed up,  the air up there was certainly thinner than what I was breathing.  Indeed, they were getting plenty of air between themselves and the ground below. Shooting across the sky like an eagle soaring, with an agility and mental strength most people don’t have, these guys stare danger in the face and keep on smiling and asking for more as you can see in this series of photos I took on the day.

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Extremely fit and strong, these guys are athletes in their own right.  After only a couple of laps on the course, they are working hard.  Sweaty, fatigued, muscles sore, they are modern day jousters. A lapse in concentration for just a nano-second can be the difference between being a hero or a zero.  I’m glad to say, I witnessed no zero’s on this trip as they made every single jump they encountered.  They are skilled at what they do and watching them fly through the air is strangely mesmerising.

While not at the skill level of their idols from the Crusty Demon’s, with a bit of practice and training from the experts, it wouldn’t be too long until they could be touring the world, performing back flips and saluting the fans in that all to familiar modern day fashion, the ‘horns’.

Tazer giving the horns

First Day of School 2010

Today my 2 girls went to school together for the very first time.  Michaela started year 7 and Lara started started school for the very first time attending prep.

Lara and Michaela ready for day 1 of school 2010

It was great to see Lara start school and she had a great day and was totally pumped to go.  She settled right in and is looking forward to going back tomorrow.

My girls are growing up way too fast and I will cherish each day with them.

If you have kids, keep them safe and love them the best you can everyday.

I DO!