All posts tagged: Photography

Stuff I Did – More Photos From Melbourne

Last weekend I posted about how my mum and I went to Melbourne to see the World War One Centenary Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. If you missed that post, you can see it here. But I took some photos of other stuff while I was there and thought I’d share them. I’d never been to Melbourne before that weekend, even though it’s only about an hour and a half on a plane to get there. It’s a pretty nice place, but I think you need a local to take you around and show you all the best spots. But it’s one of those places that always seems to has something to take a photo of. Look up and there’s a cool building. Look down and there’s something interesting on the footpath. Then there’s the stuff straight ahead, side to side, and behind you. It’s actually a feast for your eyes. We weren’t there long so we didn’t get to see a lot, but I’d definitely like to go back at some point and see some more …

‘South Pole: 1910-1913’ by Christine Dell’Amore

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may (or may not) have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for reading about cold places, in particular Antarctica. Of special interest to me are the years in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, in which Antarctic exploration was at its peak, and the race to be the first to the South Pole had captured the imagination of the public. There was a fierce rivalry between two men in this race; Sir Ernest Shackleton, and Captain Robert Falcon Scott –  although they would both be beaten to the prize of the Pole by the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen. South Pole: 1910-1913 focuses on the ultimately tragic journey made by Captain Scott and his men, as they attempted to reach the heart of perhaps the most inhospitable place on the planet. The book is essentially the abridged version of the expedition, but by no means does it lack any of the adventure of the biographies of these heroic figures. Perhaps best described as a coffee table book, this …

Maroubra Beach

After doing a clean up on my camera today, I thought I might go through all the photos on my laptop to see what was there. Some reminiscing ensued, the majority of which revolved around the thought of, “I can’t believe how drunk I used to be ALL OF THE TIME”. But there were some photos amongst the crap that weren’t completely terrible, so in an effort to get blogging again in the new year – and to do it regularly – I thought I’d share some of what I consider the best of a bad bunch. It was funny looking back and seeing that my subject matter hasn’t changed that much in the space of almost 10 years – still very few people appearing in my photos (aside from the ones documenting drunken nights out), lots of scenery and general nature things. I thought I’d kick things off with a couple of photos taken on Maroubra Beach, from when I lived in Maroubra many moons ago. Let these photos stand as evidence that I, with …

The Lighthouse at Byron Bay

Last weekend we were lucky enough to attend a beautiful wedding at the lovely Byron Bay. The wedding was Saturday afternoon, so my boyfriend and I decided to drive to Ballina to look for a black shirt for him to wear to the wedding, as he hadn’t packed his. So in the car we got and began driving towards Ballina, but we hadn’t even been in the car for 5 minutes when we drove past a sign that said “LIGHTHOUSE”. I’d not ever seen a lighthouse before so my lovely boyfriend agreed that we could go check it out. It was lovely. Being situated on the most eastern point of Australia, it has some amazing views over the ocean and even back inland, looking over the town of Byron Bay. We spent nearly 45mins up there in total I think. There’s a great little cafe just down from the lighthouse that we had a great coffee from. They also sold ice-cream there – I couldn’t imagine anything better than sitting on a bench on a …

Cover Recreation – March 2014

I’m a bit early with this month’s cover, mostly because the recipe for these two amazing desserts isn’t available online, so if you want to try them for yourself, you’ll have to head out and pick up the Gourmet Traveller magazine. But you can see a photo of the cover here. This month’s cover is graced by two delicious frozen desserts: the first is a chocolate-torrone semifreddo, and the second is passionfruit mint sorbetto. After my little photo shoot yesterday, my boyfriend and I had a flavour each, he the chocolate and I the passionfruit. It was quite warm here yesterday, so the sorbetto was lovely and refreshing and I have it on very good authority that the semifreddo is very rich and you could definitely just do with one scoop. So there you go. If you do decided to make at least the semi-freddo, torrone is an Italian nougat which can be soft and chewy or hard and brittle. I used the soft version in here and I bought it online from Enoteca Sileno (based …

My Holiday In Watercolour

I’m still not quite ready to let go of my holiday yet, so I want to do one more post about it. Just one. I promise. I recently discovered this cool app called Waterlogue. I have it on my iPhone and iPad (not sure if it’s available on Android) and it gives photos a very realistic and very beautiful watercolour look. I bought a couple of watercolour paintings in Florence and I just love them, so I wanted to see what the rest of my holiday would look like if I had bought watercolours everywhere else. So here are my favourite photos from my holiday, in watercolour. I’m so artistic!

Paris! Part Deux.

We woke up the next morning after our first wanderings through Paris feeling a bit tired but very excited about everything else we would be seeing that day. We arranged to meet Natat about 11am underneath the Eiffel Tower (how romantic) and I worked out it would take us about 45 minutes to walk there from our hotel (or an hour if we stopped to look at things, which we probably would!) but we still had plenty of time to take it easy this morning. We headed down to have some breakfast at about 9am. We got breakfast as part of a package at our hotel, so we decided to see what it was like and if it was no good, we’d eat out the next morning. But we needn’t have bothered even thinking about that – I had the most amazing croissant (ok I had three) I have ever had in my life and they had a great selection of little cheeses and meats to eat, along with some fresh fruit. Mum and I were …

Paris! Part One

After a super early start to the day, we left our last hotel in Rome and made our way to Rome airport. As we were only going to be in Paris for a couple of days and had to come back to Rome to get our flight back to Sydney (long story), we decided to just take a little carry on bag each and leave our suitcases at the luggage storage. Honestly the best decision I have ever made. It was so convenient not having to worry about our luggage when we landed in Paris and we could instead just focus on trying to get into Paris from the airport. My friend Nat lives in Paris (lucky girl) and she said it was easiest for us to take the train from the airport. So after carefully studying which station was closest to our hotel and working out how to buy a ticket, we hopped on a train and we were standing on Boulevard Saint Germain within the hour. We managed to find our way to …