Another shot of The Sydney Opera House.

I’d like to say that I was aiming to recontextualise the building by removing it from its own spatial context and identity, but the reality is that I like the shape and form of this particular part of the building at this particular angle, and I like how the space around the building works in conjunction with the building itself.

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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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 621: Peel to Moon

Alright, now where was I?

I think I was looking to impress upon the dint of life, but I’m really not sure at the moment. All I know is that I’m armed with a banana and I can only hope the peel is as slippery as people make it out to be in the cartoons. If not, I can’t make the moon swing off its axis and thus lead it in a dance of dancing rather than a dance of stillness. Really not sure if this will work, but there is only one way to find out.

First, there must be a great deal of preparation. Planning is key, as well as making sure that there are more than enough supplies and redundancies built into the plan so as to be able to make it go off without a hitch. There also needs to be suits of space so as to protect the space within the suit, of which I would be situated within, from the space outside the suit, of which I would be situated without.

There also needs to be the ability to reach and grasp at things, which means that there needs to be some sort of transportation that can get me into the position that I need to be in in order to plant the peel of the banana (after the banana within the peel has undergone consumption, of course). If not, then the peel cannot be planted and there will be no way to jump to the results. Maybe there will be, but this isn’t some sort of montage situation, unless it is, in which case it should be cut well rather than poorly.

Once these have been acquired, a team of the best in their respective fields must be assembled. Of course they need a range of stereotypical personalities so there can be some sort of appeal to audience relation. This also needs to be so as to ensure that there is some sort of drama at some point and people can learn the importance of teamwork. However, in the end, as they are the best in their respective fields, everything will be successful; at least, up to the peel planting.

There are a number of other things that need to undergo the process of being accounted for so as to make sure everything goes well, but as there are far too many and they don’t make for good plot, they don’tr get discussed or taken into consideration. There is the automatic assumption that they are already accounted for, so instead of discussing those things this pointless paragraph takes their place as it allows space for briefing, or character interactions, or neither and instead something else that, depending on the day, could be interesting.

Once this has happened, then the final (or second-last, depending on how you want to look at it) step will take place. That step will be the commencing of the doing of the placing of the peel of the banana.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 07:20:51

I don’t know what happened with this bit of writing.

I like the idea and imagery it puts forward, both for what I feel is a sense of clarity and a sense of ridiculousness.

Written at work.

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Another shot of the Sydney Opera House sails.

I feel as though this shot needs a little bit more contrast, but I think that it turned out nicely.

I think that this angle gives a good idea of the patterns on the sails as well as an idea of a step-like pattern among the sails themselves.

It kind of looks like some sort of armour style.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 620: Farthest of Locations

Well, it certainly was a day. That’s what I had to think to myself as I climbed the tallest of peaks in order to find the farthest of locations so that I could then go to them so as to inquire about where to go next.

This was certainly a long journey and one that did not leave me ensconced in any way, shape or form, but sometimes that is the way these things go. Sometimes they also go north rather than west and down rather than up, but of course that is all part of the journey.

There was the scampering and I needed to scamper a lot as there were times when the dangers had to be dodged, the capers had to be capped and the risks mitigated. Sometimes all three combined to form one large, unfathomable beast, and despite the fact that it was fathomable, it had to be avoided, or passed through. More often than not I had to pass through the beast rather than around it, for it obscured and blocked everything which of course prevented me from taking an easy path to the tallest of peaks in order to find the farthest of locations so that I could then go to them so as to inquire about where to go next.

Somehow there would always be success. It was almost as though it was written to be that way.

Once at the top, I’d spy the next destination and make my way there. Of course the climb down was as dangerous, and sometimes more so than the way up, but this was the way of things. This was not something that I could make better. There had to be ups and there had to be downs. There had to be the trying to not go around in some instances.

Usually the walk from the base to the next destination was easy. It would be straightforward. Sometimes a river would have to be crossed, but usually there was a bridge. If there was no bridge, there would be the searching of for other ways to cross.

If there was no other option, then the shallowest part of the river that seemed safe that I could find would be searched for, followed by a crossing of the river. Perhaps there would also be some relaxation and swimming about, but often this was not the case, for I was weary of danger and there was danger to be weary of. There was the need for caution, and sometimes, if I was particularly unlucky, the need for haste.

That all said, the scenery was pretty enough and almost made the journeying worth it, and sometimes it made it more than worth it, but of course there were other reasons for the travel, such as experience, the need to fulfill the quest at hand, and the defeat of ultimate evil so that peace and prosperity could reign once more.

Of course, this too would end up a successful endeavour.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 06:42:30

Not sure what I was trying to achieve with this.

I guess it kind of describes the idea of quest-based fiction in an overall fashion.

I feel as though it’s an improvement over what else I’ve recently been writing. Not much of an improvement, but an improvement nonetheless.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 619: Stuff About Rain, Stuff About Walking

It’s cold, but for the first time in a few days it appears as though the sun has come out. I can’t tell from the angle at which I sit, nor from looking out my window of my bedroom as there is a fence and another house in the way, but thankfully that doesn’t prevent some light getting into the bedroom. It only prevents some light from getting in; just enough to mean that there are a number of times in which I have to use the bedroom light for illumination.

When I say a number, it’s not overly frequent. Just a bit earlier in the afternoon than I’d like, as well as sometimes in the morning.

Anyway, it appears as though the sun is out – though I’m not really able to tell – and I’m not sure as to whether this is currently a good thing or a bad thing.

On one hand, a bit of sun is good. On the other, we need more rain.

It’s still a rather uncertain time and the weather forecast is predicting a fair bit of heat coming our way over the week, which most certainly is something I don’t think anyone currently is looking forward to. Hopefully it does not come to be, but of course only time will tell as to whether we do get a bunch of hot temperatures coming our way.

At the moment the weather holding out is good for me as soon I will be making my way to work in order to do the thing. It’s going to be a walking day. There needs to be more walking, but as it’s not safe to go into the bush at the present moment, toward a railway station is the best I can do. Free exercise, so to speak.

Of course I will need to make sure I’m armed with the camera so I can get any shots that seem to be appealing, but otherwise it will be a walk of listening to music in order to write about music, and there will be steps taken in a particular order in order to ensure the direction of forward is maintained and achieved.

I hope that the weather holds for as long as I’m walking and then goes back to being wet and… well, rainy. This is one of those times when rain is loved by some and and hated by others for various reasons that show that perhaps Australia is not the best place to live if you want certain kinds of weather patterns to happen with certain regularity.

Hopefully the rain’s provided relief for the animals. Hopefully it’s also provided relief for a lot of people out there.

If it does rain during my walk, then I can only hope that it is not whilst the camera is out and that I’m in the mood to enjoy it despite the likelihood of my apparel acquiring saturated qualities increasing rather than decreasing. If not, then I’d not be joyous.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 08:26:39

Sometimes I wonder if these are worth continuing.

Often I’m not sure of the quality, but I imagine that if I looked over everything I’ve written, there would be some sort of measurable improvement.

This is kind of small and big at the same time. It probably needed a bit more focus, but otherwise I think the result is okay.

Written at home.

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Lights Toward Light

This was taken in a car park; hence the cars.

I’m not sure if I was trying to achieve something with this shot, or if I just liked the scene.

Probably just liked the scene as that’s the usual reason as to why I take photos. I think.


I think the lights function nicely as “Leading Lines” toward the outside area. Despite its heavy overuse, I like that the lights also lead to something that appears brighter than it is due to perspective, as well as how the outside area is implied more than it is stated.

I had to do a bit more processing than usual to get this photo to work, which I’m not sure was a good or bad thing. However, I do like that the processing made the photo more about texture and contrast than detail.

This is my submission into the seventy-ninth Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

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 Tina. The next will be hosted by Patti.

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

I hope you enjoy.

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Taken on the same day as the one on which I took the shot of this magpie-lark.

I like how the pattern on this sail of The Sydney Opera House comes through. I think it gives a strong sense of curvature.

The lines coming through as defined as they do helps with definition. I don’t know why, but I feel that this image wouldn’t work if it had less clarity.

I also think that the negative space helps to draw attention to the sail, as well as create a better contrast.

I hope you enjoy.


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