Station Frame

Taken at Ashfield Station.

I think the fog kind of helps to draw focus to the structure in the foreground, but at the same time it doesn’t necessarily take away from what is in the background. I also like how it increases the feel of depth due to how it obscures.

I like how the structures interact with each other and provide different forms of angularity, and I also like how the monochrome helps the image feels quiet.

This is my submission into The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme this week is “Angles“.

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 week is hosted by Patti and next week’s will be hosted by Leya.

I recommend checking out the challenge to see how people interpret each theme.
I also recommend giving it a go.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 587: Another Exam Finished

Exams: They are a thing.

They are a thing that I am now over and done with. Well, for a few weeks at least.

At the moment there are no exams, as far as I am aware, but there are other things that need to be addressed now that exams are over, such as photography opportunities and gigs and a whole bunch of other stuff that I could probably list off in a long, dull fashion. At least it would be quick.

So I went into that exam for oceanography and had a jolly good time of it. It was tough, but there was no challenge that I couldn’t overcome. There was sweat, there were tears, and there was a lot of thinking, but it certainly was not the hardest thing I’ve done.

I sat there, I did my exam and I walked out of the exam room once finished. I walked out stronger than I had ever been. There was no stopping me. I was invincible and that was the long and short of the situation.

Of course, that is not at all what happened. How it all went down was significantly different to how I described.

Actually, now that I think about it, it wasn’t that different at all.

So I went into the exam and then forgot some things and slowly struggled my way through trying to answer everything that I could.

I realised that there were a number of things that I answered incorrectly, so here’s hoping that I pass.

Hopes not high, but I am comfortable enough to not be overly concerned with my performance.

I guess that that is both a good and a bad thing. Good in that I’m not stressed over it, but bad in that I should be looking for ways to improve, or something. I don’t know.

What I do know is that the day after I was rather tired. I was tired in a way that I haven’t been tired after an exam before the oceanography one. Thus, I had to call in sick and rest for the day. It was a loss of money, but on the plus side I got to separate a bunch of strawberry plants so that they were now in five pots rather than one.

It was a mighty achievement, re-potting those strawberries. I was concerned about destroying the root system, but somehow I managed to not; as such, I may end up with more strawberries than I can eat.

I consider that a small victory in a week of struggle, although it hasn’t been that much of a struggle, now that I think about it.

I guess the message I’m trying to get across here is… well, there’s no message at all. There’s nothing to get across, so on the plus side I’m remaining somewhat-consistent with how I’ve been going for the past few months.

So, there you go. Some stuff, and then some lack of stuff. Then also the stuff about stuff.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 06:46:08

Still tired, so I’m sure you’ll forgive the rambling.

Written at work.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 586: Coffee, Ocean

The coffee is entering my body through the mouth of which it liquid is accepted via, and as such it will enter me, but it will not swirl around. It will not swirl around in the way an Ekman spiral swirls, but does that really swirl?

Hard to tell, and it is not something that I want to think about. Gives me the something expression, if you  know what I mean.

There is so much ocean and such little person able to explore it, but we need to, or something. We need to do a lot of things. For now I need to be book smart and bury my head into all the knowledge of the ocean that I can conjure, as there is a lot to know and there is little time in which I need to know it all.

One can hope that I get it all done, but there’s not much time to make sure of that.

I talk about time a fair bit more than I need to.
Or maybe I mention it far more than I need to.

I’m sure that I can get to the bottom of the lower layer and see where it all flows. Maybe into a brine lake. Maybe into a system that focuses on brine rejection.

Maybe it all flows into a space beyond time and that is where I will end up if I am not careful with how I read and interpret the information that I am able to obtain.

It’s all up in the air.

What isn’t up in the air is a song that is close to my heart, but it is not one that I shall discuss. Well, not yet anyway. There aren’t enough words and time for me to discuss it as deeply as I would like.

Instead today is all about the ocean and dodging calls in order to learn more about the ocean. It’s a hard life but, you know, hard life.

I have it pretty easy, but I am going to pretend that it is a hard life as that makes this more dramatic. It is hard to read about the ocean due to how big the ocean happens to be. It is very large and there is water in the ocean. Some water flows. There are waves. There are a lot of elements that make up the ocean. There is density. There is friction. There is salinity.

Sometimes there is less salinity than there is more salinity, but there is salinity in the ocean, for the ocean has saline elements and they are a part of the ocean.

Well, I think that that covers it all pretty well. Now I need to find a way to apply this knowledge in a way that makes complete and utter sense. Will I be able to do this?

Well, there is only one way to find out and that is through the sitting of the exam, so here’s hoping that it goes well.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:30:49

I think that if I focused this and turned it into something longer, it would be much better.

A bit all over the place, but… well… and so on.

Written at work.

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Macquarie Lighthouse

This is a Lighthouse.

Not only is this a lighthouse, but it is a lighthouse I took a photo of recently.

I like that in this shot, the lighthouse kind of feels both out of place and not.

It breaks the scenery, but it still feels like it belongs.

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

The theme for this one is “Lighthouses and Windmills”.

This is also my submission into Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Wednesday.

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

You can find both challenges here.

I hope you enjoy.

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The Unknown Saint Review

Here’s a review I recently wrote for a subject I undertook this trimester.

This is one I may partially re-work and put onto Culture Eater.
There’s some parts I think can be worded much better.

I hope you  enjoy.

A thief is by a car. He takes a bag up to the top of a hill, buries the bag in a way that makes it look like a grave, then goes back to his car. It’s not long before he’s arrested, then not much longer before the film skips to his release.

The thief heads to where he buried that money many years ago only to find that in the interim, a shrine dedicated to an unknown person was built at the spot. He decides to stay in a nearby town and work out how he can get his money back.

It’s not long before the plot brings in a young man dealing with members of the community leaving the town. He works with his father trying to grow food in the area, but it has been a long time since it last rained. The young man is growing tired of what he perceives to be his father’s foolishness, and urges him to leave together in order to settle elsewhere. His father refuses and blames the unknown saint (of the aforementioned grave) for their misfortune.

The story also includes a doctor new to the area who is coming to terms with how things operate, as well as a guard and his dog. These four stories run alongside each other and intertwine, forming the plot of director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s The Unknown Saint.

The plot itself is quite straightforward. Just about everything progresses as would be expected, and there are no bells and whistles to worry about. Whilst some parts could have been trimmed at certain points, plot is handled nicely overall. There’s enough given away about each character to get an idea of key personality traits, as well as their goals. Whilst there are points where the film lingers a little too long on a character, often you get just enough to make someone’s inclusion feel worthwhile.

The Unknown Saint has been billed as a black comedy, however it’s much more on the comedy side than the dark. There certainly are moments where the film dips into darker subject matter, but often the comedy keeps things pretty light. On top of this, often the comedy slips neatly into the narrative rather than having the film stop to deliver something humorous. The times the film does stop for comedy feel a little forced, but it’s uncommon, so it doesn’t harm the overall flow of the scenes.

Whilst there is some music, often the score is as dry as the setting’s surrounds. Too often music is used to tell people how to feel, so it was nice that the score was used sparingly and kept instrumentation light. The music does do a little directing, but its main focus is on underscoring the scene rather than forcing our response. In this way more of the ambient sounds get to come through, which helps to sell the landscape and the characters as real.

Dialogue is also kept minimal, so you’re often left with sounds and actions to carry a scene. Both the actors and the director handle this well. The characters feel more believable as they aren’t always talking. Dialogue, when used, isn’t always important but it comes at the right times to help give that little bit more insight into who we are following.

Where The Unknown Saint really shines is in its cinematography. The framing makes use of space really well and helps to impress a sense of smallness and isolation in the setting. Often there are shots featuring great amounts of landscape that keep subjects a small part in the frame, reinforcing the scale of the area. The people and the town are somewhat-isolated; only a dirt road leads to other places. A few establishing shots could have set this up, but the use of space goes a long way towards selling the setting as believable.

At times flat angle shots are used to give focus to brief interactions and help develop characterisation through body language, or follow a joke through visual language. At others, two-shots help to build spatial relationships between characters whilst also giving a sense of depth to the scene. Often the film feels much like a series of great photographs.

Coming into The Unknown Saint from the viewpoint of the thief helps to give a sense of the outsider’s perspective looking into an undesirable situation. However, as the film includes other characters’ viewpoints, it looks at the situation from varying perspectives. It’s a believable world with believable characters in it. Not everything hits the mark, but otherwise the film makes for pleasant viewing.

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The Chase

I was in Burwood Park taking photos of birds when I bore witness to this scene.

The gull had a bit of food in its mouth and it was “running” away from an ibis chasing after it.

It was wonderfully silly.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 585: Cram to Regality

Well, here we are once more. The almighty cram is about to begin. There is a lot there that I’m going to need to cram in, but so long as I smash out around forty to fifty hours of study within a few days, I’m sure that I’ll be able to get there ion the end.

Yes, it’s a bad habit, but it’s a habit that I can get behind. Better that I know the subject as best as I can with the allotted time I have I guess.

However, right now the focus is on getting a bunch of words written as soon I’ll be starting work once more. Going to be a long day today, I think. Still, it’s a day and so long as I maximise the time, I’m sure I’ll get to the end, or something.

Wrist getting better, I think. Need to write more, however. Or less. Dunno which right now, but I do know that it is one of those options.

Well, with that out of the way, I would like to talk about something else now.

Something else is not the something of which I have been discussing prior. I can describe it as not like being the other, or maybe it is. Really not sure about that one, if I do say so myself.

I do think that if something else is something not like the something that was being discussed prior, then I have to admit that it is not like it.

I think that covers the ground pretty majestically.

However, it doesn’t cover the ground with the kind of majesty that I’d like to cover it with. there needs to be rose petals and some sort of regal gown that drags along for thirty metres, therefore symbolising the dictatorial reach that I would have, assuming that I would have that kind of regal… regalness.

Anyway, where is this set up? Where are my loyal servants that wait on me hand and foot? I need to rule with an adamantium fist.

There needs to be other things sitting on the ground. I need my velvet covering the ground so that my dainty feet will be able to press gently. That’s symbolic for dainty feet crossing velvet.

Then again, what if I was a benevolent ruler? Does that mean that I get all of the same glories that I am wanting with all of this saying that I am saying?

Maybe I need to walk the talk… or talk to the hawk. Really not sure on that one.

Maybe it is better to be benevolent, but this is something that I don’t feel like exploring at the moment. There are other things that I need to explore and as such, need to rule tightly. Need to steer the ship on the correct course, lest it leave the ocean and then take off, spinning rapidly as it accelerates and leaves the atmosphere on its ongoing bizarre journey.

That would certainly be something else.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:51:88

I was reaching with this one, which is probably what led to the increasing silliness.

Written at work.


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