Shaping Metal

A photo taken in 2018 at the same place as this one.

To me this photo feels expressive.
That’s all I have to say about it.
I’ve been trying to think of other things to say, but that’s all I have.

I do like the light level and colouring, as well as the positioning of the people and objects.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s TPM photo challenge for this week.

The theme for this challenge is “One of my first digital photos”.

This was a photo I took within the first few months of having the 5D Mark IV, hence my including it for the “challenge”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Metallica Dream

In 2011 Metallica played a series of gigs at The Fillmore in celebration of their 30th anniversary. I’m mentioning this as it factors slightly into the dream I’m about to write about.

So I was watching Jason Newstead giving this speech to a crowd. I can’t remember what he was saying. I was watching this and it was in a theatre / club area. It seemed like it was for an anniversary celebration of Metallica. At first I thought I was watching this happen away from the event due to the cinematic nature of the speech and the angles of which I was able to see Jason Newstead. Then I realised I was there.

I was filling in for Jason Newstead on guitar as he wasn’t going to be there, or something. Despite him playing bass I didn’t consider this to be an odd thing. Rob Trujilo was also there and then I was filling in for Kirk Hammett who was not there.

So I went over to the prep area and I speak with Lars Ulrich for a bit. Maybe also James Hetfiled; It wasn’t clear. It was just a really friendly, easygoing conversation about stuff.

I went looking for Kirk at some point so I went to the kitchen area and he was there. I think. I went back to the prep area and asked Kirk (he was definitely at the prep area) about if he plays the solos as they were recorded as I don’t know how to play Metallica’s solos. He said something along the lines of “I just feel it and let it happen, man.”

I started kind of practising to warm up and then we had to go to the playing area where there was this kind of rectangular pillar in the middle that had speakers around it. James ran down, as did Rob and Lars. Then I ran down and started playing. Then I woke up.

Whilst I do read about them and occasionally watch them perform, I don’t like Metallica. I also am terrible at playing solos. My guitar playing isn’t very technical and is much more about sound than anything else. It was an odd dream.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 714: Before Dancing Upon a Mountaintop

Alright, so here we are once more. We’re standing where we always stand and looking to follow through with some sort of dance. Is it a dance of weapons or just a regular dance? Does it need to mean anything? To be honest, it is not something that I know. Nor is it something that I care to know. I’m only here to dance, though there may be occasional standing.

This whole thing is ultimately pointless, but old scores need to be settled somehow and where else other than one of the most remote places, high above valleys? Where else other than on the top of a mountain that just so happens to conveniently feature its peak being relatively flat and wide open? There is enough room to move about, so moving about is definitely something that is going to be featured.

It is here where the power and grace of movement will be displayed;. The control over one’s own body and actions will come forth. Expression far extending from that of mere flesh and bone will permeate this small area of which we have chosen to perform against each other in order to truly see who is the most deserving of walking away and continuing onward toward a determined and successful future.

Of course there is going to be the requirement to not always dance against each other, but within harmony of each other, for there is no real testing of our abilities if we do not occasionally harmonise. It is good that we know that in this dramatic setting we know each other’s motion and movement quite well. It is also good that what once started as something friendly turned into this great rivalry of opposing views and practises. It is a shame that this all somehow represents some form of evil versus good as it is far beyond that, though that ultimately is something that will need to be addressed at some point in the future when we are actually within the act of facing off against each other, but right now it is only something worth mentioning and little else, though to be fair it wasn’t really worth mentioning, but I digress.

Standing in silence, facing each other, expressing respect without uttering a word… it has come so far and gone through all the motions, but our story is now here and this is ultimately where it will likely conclude. The setting is right for it, despite how needlessly dramatic it may be. That we are both here and yet to show signs of fatigue are a testament to our level of determination and fitness. However, now is the time when we must stop thinking and start doing.

Anything beyond these words that are floating on through are – for our period of engaging in the art of dance to determine who walks away – now considered something that no longer is considered required. Now is the time for us to face each other.

It’s time to begin.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 08:32:26

This came out of nowhere. I was going to write about writing again, but instead this came forward. It’s silly and I’m happy with the result. Feels like procrastination but in a way that I don’t necessarily mind. Could be much smoother, but not the roughest thing I’ve written.

Written at home.

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Warm Field

Right now might not be the best time to share something as stark and concerning as a scene affected by the byproduct of bushfires, but I do like this image.

It’s not exactly pleasant, but I think it has a sense of beauty that mostly comes forward through the light levels and colours. There’s a seldom visible softness that they add to the image. At the same time, it’s a reminder of just how widespread the recent fires were, as well as how widespread they could be in the future.

I think I’ve said this before, but being in a major city was quite a lucky thing, but a lot of people and wildlife lost their homes and habitats. A lot of people still are waiting on fund relief (I’m not going to get the reasoning beyond saying I believe some of the explanations as to why funds are still held up, but only some) which is quite unfortunate. There are avenues of donation which I recommend checking out if you can, but do research before you donate.

This is my submission into the one hundred-and-fifth Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme for this one is “Spring“.

Similar to the image I submitted for last week’s challenge, but taken in spring. This one doesn’t feel as dry, but it’s easy to see how this photo is connected to the previous one.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

This one is hosted by Amy. Next week’s host is Tina.

I recommend checking out how people are interpreting the challenges. I also recommend joining in. It’s a growing, fun community.

I hope you enjoy.

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Coastal Platform

It’s been a while since I last took a photo of a rock platform.

The angle of this photo diminishes the power of the waves a little bit, but the scene overall has a nice balance between the water and the rock platform.

I like the differing forms of the water and the rock, as well as their layout.

I think this isn’t quite a peaceful photo, but it has a kind of calmness to it.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 713: Some Long Sentences

I think I left it a little too long in the evening to get started on this, but seeing as I have no started I may as well continue as writing is the writing of writing and once more I’m going to write about writing unless something else takes up the offer of being a subject, but of course the only way to find out is by fielding the proposal to that which requires the knowing so that it (or they) can make the best decision based on whether they do or not want to be subjected to being the subject of which is the thing that I then choose to write about.

With that in mind I think that I need to make sure that the subject is fit enough but that would mean that I too might need to get exercise. However, right now is not the right time for such a thing as right now is the time of which I begin to wind on down and slowly let myself think of the prospect of going to the thing that I refer to as a bed so that I can be in a different position to the one that I currently am in. This position would allow me to be able to be in a position of greater resting that what I am currently suggesting with my form being somewhat-upright and leaning toward a keyboard so as to be able to see what it is that I am currently doing, though to be honest I am not constantly looking and quite often I end up looking away to look at other things. I don’t trip up too much when I look away, however as I’ve been using keyboards for long enough and needing to look at something else at the same time (plus I do prefer to avert my eyes away from a computer screen where possible) that somehow I have developed the skill to be able to type (somewhat) accurately whilst not looking at the keyboard, or near it for that matter.

So now that I’ve got that out of the way I think that there needs to be clarification about the clarifying of whatever it shall be that is the thing that gets written about, but that of course requires knowing the subject, so I guess I’m back tow here I begun with this whole thing. Maybe that isn’t the worst place to be in, but it certainly isn’t in the best place of places to be in either as it means that I’ve gone back to the start and going back to the start is not where I want to be right now. The problem with going back to the start is that it means that I need to start again but I’d much rather collate all the words and go elsewhere. There are other places that I want to be at with this text; namely, at the final few words of this text.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:27:62

Probably could’ve been longer.

Written at home.

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To Kiama

Perhaps this photo is a little darker than I thought it would turn out. Still happy with the result, however.

I think there’s a sense of depth in the photo caused mostly by the train’s curvature.
I also like the implied cutting into the quiet by the train. It seems as though the area is mostly a quiet one, but the train quite visibly interrupts that quiet.

I hope you enjoy.


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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 712: Words Missing

It has been a bit of a long week and a bit of a short week and that is something that I’m not going to get into as right now it.’s going to become a busy end to a week so I need to start preparing for the business. What a better way to start than with writing?

Well, that’s all I have for now so I’ll see you all later.

Wait a minute.

That’s the bit that’s meant to come at the end. There’s a whole section (or series of sections) missing from this. Where did they go? They’re meant to be here and they’re not. They’re not fulfilling the role of which they are meant to fulfill. They’ve not even bothered to show up.

Well, now I have o idea as to what I am to do. I don’t know as to how to go about getting this all sorted. Without the main chunk of the writing there is only the initiation and the conclusion and that just won’t do. I’ll need to find out what I can insert there, but the only thing that would fit is what was meant to be there in the first place. Just shoving something in there wouldn’t make much sense to me, though perhaps I should try it out some day. Maybe it would work and I’m just a little too stubborn to try and see if it would work.

I guess the other issue is that I wonder what would happen if the bits that are missing came back. What then? There would be no room for them and then I’d have to try and work out what to do. There would be a dispute and I wouldn’t want it to erupt into something far more terrible than could be expected. Who gets the position of which is meant to be there? Of course I could say that as the words weren’t there in the first place they had to be replaced, but then again whose fault is t for their not being there?

I think I’m getting a little too deep into this idea of words missing, but… I think I’ve taken that as far as I can.

Well, now that I have this quandary on my hands, I must spend significant amounts of time ruminating and deliberating about how to go forward in the best way possible. This is going to be a difficult and uncertain time for me, but it is one that I need to grapple with. I need to find the answer that benefits all as much as possible. Then again, maybe I don’t. Maybe there will be the meeting of what is missing and its replacement and then they will find a way to coexist without issue. That would be one of the better outcomes I think.

Then again, maybe there will be no replacement and no filling in of what is missing.

Maybe I just need to get on with getting things done.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 06:04:05

Kind of okay. Rather silly but it flows well.

Written at home.

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Old Building

Whilst I was in the city with my camera when I was taking the camera to the place here I get it serviced I stumbled across this building.

The buildings adjacent to it appear to be much more modern. I think it makes for an interesting contrast.

This particular building seems to be abandoned to some extent, but it still remains part of Sydney’s history, even if it isn’t significant.
This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s TPM photo challenge for this week.

The theme for this challenge is “Old”.

I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit into the challenge.

You can find the challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Boat in Water

The same boat as the small one in this photo.

I feel as though this image makes the boat feel smaller than in the prior one. It might be due to it feeling more isolated.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.

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