A photograph caught people on lunch break

I had a little crazy week mainly at work.  There were several system bugs reported this week, which my boss was away on business trip to Europe.  Well anyway, I worked a bit longer and harder with colleagues and made things all all good by Friday evening, by issuing patch release.  Next week is another week.  🙂

The below photo was caught one lunch time this week.  From Monday I did not get out of the office for lunch or break, but this day I decided to move my bums to get some good sunlight.  I grabbed my camera and took a walk with it during the break time.

It was beautiful winter afternoon that sky was bluer and sunlight was brighter.  People  in the photo however were all busy with their business or the world which they commit with smartphone. 🙂

I took this photo at Sydney Townhall.  I thought I did composition fair in this photo.

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Boisterous winter morning

Boisterous winter morning

And I made this photo my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole with theme:  Seasons.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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Plain, old fence divided us to rail tracks

Oh dear, I have been trying to keep active on WordPress posting at least one note or photo everyday as often as possible, but I have been on completely opposite way for several days. 😦

Well behind non-posting gap period, I have experienced a several small coincidences occurred to me in a sequential manner.  Those coincidences in a series brought me jaw-dropping surprise, then laughs because it was funny to see the coincidences in multiple times.  Well, I then kind of realized that miracle is not anything special to see in your day-to-day life, but it must happen every day to everyone in some form.  It might be our issue if we do not receive or accept it.

By the way, the photo below was taken in Japan (not on last trip but one in early May).  I took a short walk on the path along with rail tracks of a local train service.  In Japan, 5th of May is national holiday for celebrating children (Boy’s Day), and behind of me in this photo, there were many hand-sewn carp figured streamers hanging over a local brook (Carps have been used as symbols of boys’ growth and prosperity).  The local community in the area made this every year in this season and kids participate making / painting the streamers.

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Morning photography at Bondi Beach

I did not spend time for photography recently (as I mentioned in my earlier post) and it made me a bit stressed.  The best way to release the stress is to take my camera and get out out of house.  So I did it this week that lazy me got up very early in the morning to catch sunrise.

I chose Bondi Beach for photo spot, because (luckily) I had an appointment first in the morning at Bondi Junction, so why not to start my day earlier to capture morning shots before I showed up for the appointment.  Sunrise in winter time is rather late (and that is one reason I like winter season) so it is not hard to get to the photography point, as long as I enough arm myself for wind protection.

When I arrived, the sky was quite clear but clouds laying in lower sky like sash belt, which I did not expect and a bit worried if all the morning climax was happened behind the cloud.  Soon I realized that it was my over concern, that the clouds started making  morning sunlight more dramatic yet turning the world in lovely pastel tone in the background.

I am in the middle of selecting photos of which I will keep out of 80 shots I took in the morning.  Once I tidy them up (and I was lucky to find my favorites in them), I am back here and share about them with you.

Here are first two.  It was chilly but nice morning.  🙂

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Swans made good reflection in their stillness

I caught this in my morning walk at in the park nearby where my family lives.

This park is popular among locals and visitors, and the pond is busy with boats and swan boats floating and cruising, and I really like visiting there in off-peak time and watching the reflection made in the still water.

And I made this photo my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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My first pastel workshop in Japan

So this is one reasons why I kind of gave up carrying my DSLR and tripod with me.  🙂 One of my plans to accomplish during this trip was to do a pastel workshop for whose who had expressed interests to me since last year.

Due to the pastel drawing needs a suite of tools to do, despite the method was to use your finger(s) and rub them over the paper, it is apt to be rather bulky to carry by yourself unless you drive.

The workshop was made successful.  The participants who had never done this before, expressed their beautiful souls onto a piece of square paper to the full extent.  It is hard to tell you of how thrilling time I had with them as watching (and guiding) the whole process of the unique beautiful artwork was born out.  Japan, which has turned to rainy season, have got Hydrangea in full bloom, and I suggested them to draw Hydrangea.  Their touch and expression demonstrated during the work gave me inspiration and motivation.  🙂

I personally interpret this drawing process is quite similar to that you are meditating, which it may make you feel quite refreshing.  I am so glad that I shared those aspects with them.

Thank you beautiful souls for having me share this time with you.

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