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184_2517  gum blossom

184_2517 gum blossom
Made by Kate's Photo Diary
Black Mountain is a sensitive and stunning part of the Canberra environment, a national park of significant interest in the ecological world with its unique collection of flora and fauna. The Tower was clearly going to be a landmark that some people felt would dominate other aesthetic Canberra structures. As time progressed a feeling of outrage and vigorous protest against the project was evident among some people. Protests against the Tower on aesthetic and ecological grounds were strongly voiced during the earlier stages of the approval procedures, and at the various hearings which included a lengthy Supreme Court case. The Tower saga started in April 1970 when Telecom asked the Department of Housing and Construction to carry out a feasibility study in relation to a tower on Black Mountain, accommodating both communication services and facilities for visitors. The Department of Housing and Construction carried out the planning of the Tower while the actual building itself, was the responsibility of Concrete Constructions. The impressive stainless steel work was by William H. Wilson of Sydney. Apart from being important as the transmitting station for Canberra television services and FM broadcasting services, and as a base station for other radio communication facilities, Telstra Tower is a key station in trunk communications for Canberra, and an important node in the inter-capital broadband network. It is also important in respect of television relaying, catering for up to 5 simultaneous interstate relays as well as national regional relays from Sydney and Melbourne and relays originating in Canberra. www.blackmountaintower.com.au/history.html

Buy More Beer

Buy More Beer
Made by .Jazz
This is a first for me for two reasons. 1) This was shot in RAW format (i usually shoot JPEG) and 2) this is my first ever attempt at 'photoshopping'. This is a rather simple shot. Basically, I took it facing my bathroom mirror with the camera pointing at the mirror and the flash head turned to point at my chest. The flash cast such a large shadow behind me that I was easily able to add a layer mask to cut out the wall and just make the background totally black. Shooting RAW is awesome and I can see why everyone (except me up until now) shoots in RAW. Importing into photoshop with adjustments was just so easy and in my opinion, gave the shot a little more 'presence' than it would normally have had. I have previously used The GIMP for stuff like this, but I figured that all these photoshoppers out there must be using it for a reason. I have to say, it's freaking awesome. It's like The GIMP on steroids. As soon as I discovered adjustment layers, I was in love. :)

Australian National Botanic Gardens : Escape from Work

Australian National Botanic Gardens : Escape from Work
Made by Pascal Vuylsteker
The official purpose of the gardens is : Growing, studying and promoting Australia's flora. It is in practice much more than that. They offer lots of activities to the public (for instance free concerts every January Sunday and Saturday evenings). For me it is a place of calm and relaxation just 5 min walk away from my work. Just to remind that this safe place is indeed in the middle of the town, I Included the Telecom tower, the main Canberra Landmark. You may want to see a QTVR version of that image See where the photo was taken at maps.yuan.cc/. Taken with a Nikon D70 digital SLR, Fish Eye Sigma 8mm (partially full frame), f16 at 1/100 second. Mounted on a Kaidan KIWI-L QTVR Pano Head (on Sony Tripod) + Hand held Nadir. Stitched with PTMac 2.1. Cleaned with Photoshop.

Vestpack Hybrid

Vestpack Hybrid
Made by Electric Images
My new Vestpack for field photography. This product includes a standard pocket-vest with lots of front pockets where I can put filters, spare memory cards, and batteries for fast and easy access; and also comes with a nice-looking urban-design backpack. The front panels of the vest detach and can be clipped to the straps of the backpack so that they're a single unit, with heavier items in the bag section (tripod, lenses, speedlite, and camera body) and fast-access items on the front. The backpack section is spacious enough for me to just drop my existing camera bag into it for some extra padding and protection. illumination.edublogs.org/2009/04/24/gearing-up/

Storm over Black Mountain Tower, Canberra, Australia.

Storm over Black Mountain Tower, Canberra, Australia.
Made by PROSECMAN
Storm over Black Mountain Tower, Canberra, Australia. Or perhaps I should call it - Edge of Darkness. Black Mountain Tower (previously known as Telstra Tower and Telecom Tower) is a telecommunication tower that is situated above the summit of Black Mountain in Australia's capital city of Canberra. Rising 195.2 metres above the mountain summit, it is not only a landmark in Canberra but also offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding countryside from an indoor observation deck, two outdoor viewing platforms and the tower's revolving restaurant. Nikon D300S Exposure0.001 sec (1/1250) Aperturef/18.0 Focal Length70 mm ISO Speed200 Exposure Bias-2 EV

The Voyeur

The Voyeur
Made by Callocephalon Photography
Imperial Hairstreak. Sex is the name of the game. At this colony of Imperial Hairstreaks at the Botanic Gardens, most of the males spent their time flitting around one of several small Acacias on the lookout for females. Some were even so rude as to try and barge in to steal a female even though she was already mating with another male! At one point a female hairstreak emerged from her pupae and was immediately besieged by the waiting males. She was having sex within the next two seconds, well before her wings began to unfurl. This Imperial Hairstreak was flitting around the mating couple in the background.

Beneath the Ferns

Beneath the Ferns
Made by Pascal Vuylsteker
One part of the Australian National Botanic Gardens is dedicated to the hot and humid Rain Forest climatic system. At the bottom of a small gully, a dense forest of fern is regularly watered. The hot Canberra weather in summer, and the protection of the gully in winter let the groth of that mini rainforset in the open, in a place and climate not used to this type of vegetation. It is quite a quiet and fresh place for the tourist not used to Canberra hot summer too.. See where this photo was taken at maps.yuan.cc.

Sneaky Robber Fly

Sneaky Robber Fly
Made by OnesimusIX
Best viewed at original size so you can see the detail in the compound eyes... I just got my Kenko Extension Tubes in the mail but I can't use all of them until I get a flash cause they make my lens to long to use the onboard flash. :( I am stoked with the increased magnification though... now I just need to find some stuff that doesn't move much... This photo was taken on a Canon 500D with a Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens & a 20mm Kenko Extension Tube.

Spotted  Pardalote

Spotted Pardalote
Made by Geoff...
Spotted (arr`arr) in the garden this morning. The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10cm in length, and one of the most colourful; it is sometimes known as the Diamondbird. Although moderately common in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia (the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner) it is seldom seen up close enough to enable identification. (thanks wikipedia :-) )

Black Mountain Tower looms above us in the dark.

Black Mountain Tower looms above us in the dark.
Made by evangelique
Words cant really express, nor can this picture do justice, for how monolithicly huge this thing was. Its only 30ish floors tall, not very high off the ground for a tower, (getting its height from being at the top of a mountain) which makes it seem that much bigger when your standing directly under it. I had a straight version of this picture as well, but for some reason I prefer this one, on a bit of an angle.

Streaky Hair

Streaky Hair
Made by Callocephalon Photography
Another one of the Imperial Hairstreaks photos from the colony on Black Mountain. I went out to Mt Ainslie this morning and was surprised by the amount of activity at the base of the mountain. Mistloebirds, Brown Quail, Speckled Warblers, honeyeaters and more. It was just one of those days that opportunities just didn't eventuate into photos though. Might head back there tomorrow morning...

Local Colour bowl prototypes

Local Colour bowl prototypes
Made by mtchl
These bowl-like forms are grown with a generative system based on Eden's model; the layers of the form show the system's growth over time. The material comes from fruit and vegetable boxes. This work will be shown in Embracing Innovation at CraftACT, 31 March - 7 May

Shadowed Self

Shadowed Self
Made by Xenedis
While taking pictures of Canberra from Telstra Tower, I decided to engage in a little anonymous exhibitionism by taking this self-portrait of my shadow painted on the western wall of the tower by a stunning winter sunset. I liked the shadow, colour and texture, but despite the warm glow of the light, the weather was very cold.

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill
Made by Callocephalon Photography
Originally out to search for the Hairstreaks, I got distracted by these spinebills that were being their usual show-off, flitting self .This one even stopped to pose for a few photos on one of the kangaroo-paws! Taken at the Botanic Gardens in Canberra which is a great place to see and photograph this species.

Opticalhighway

Opticalhighway
Made by AutisticReaction
Multiple Exposures: I spent 6 hours taking road shots last night, trying to avoid being hit by cars and semitrailers as they whizzed by. The Camera is positioned in the middle of the road, on top of the concrete divider. This shot is composed of about 6 x 30sec exposures shot at varied focus points.

Gippsland Water Dragon

Gippsland Water Dragon
Made by 0ystercatcher
Spring is here and the larger water dragons have started to re-emerge from their winter slumber at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. They lack their usual condition and colour but they will soon regain it. This one was soaking up the midday sun on the granite boulders in the Tasmanian Garden.

Checking the larder

Checking the larder
Made by Geoff Main
I've had trouble finding these guys of late. It wasn't easy to see them clearly here either as they were high up and shaded in the pine trees. (Used every bit of available light: ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/125sec @ 620mm) Gang Gang Cockatoo, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, A.C.T.

All Guns Blazing

All Guns Blazing
Made by Klips
Getting my strobist/todd owyoung/jhat on for All Guns Blazing's last ever show, and stoked with the initial output. I'll have a couple more up probably, we'll see how the rest turn out. Strobist: 2x430EXII @ 1/16 power, one to the right and high and the other in frame.

Smiley

Smiley
Made by Pascal Vuylsteker
Nature is smiling at you :-) On the Bridge in front of Hancock library at the ANU, Canberra. See where this photo was taken at maps.yuan.cc.

Anestia sp.

Anestia sp.
Made by dhobern
Anestia sp., larva on juvenile Eucalyptus melliodora foliage, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT, 8 February 2010 Closely resembles larva of Anestia ombrophanes Meyrick, 1886 as illustrated in CD-ROM available with Moths of Victoria Part 2.



Nearest places of interest:

Black Mountain (Australian Capital Territory)
Telstra Tower
Canberra Motor Village
O'Connor Tennis Club, Canberra
  Australian Institute of Sport
Bush Capital Lodge
Canberra Stadium
AIS Pool

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