Photographing a translucent Sydney Opera House

This post is very different from the content you might be used to seeing on this blog. Basically, it covers a particularly interesting commercial job that I took on last year, in a genre very different from cosplay. The more technically-minded might enjoy reading this post, because I break down the process of preparing and executing for the job in order to minimise the...

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Location Scout: Urban Exploration of Taiwan’s Green Mansion

While I am still quite behind in my cosplay shoot posting (though catching up in terms of post-processing), I thought I’d dig back into my archives for some photos I hadn’t posted before – in my final trip to Taiwan, I extended my stay and did a bit of urban exploration. Using my normal location discovery methods, I found out the exact location on Google Maps, with...

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Jesse Willesee x Kurt Johnson: BLACKOUT

Become re-acquainted with the darkness, my friend. In the murk of half-exposed profiles, of shadows blurring into each other, furtive hands, and the imagination of childhood stirs. Let not the garish light unveil all; let mystery and black enchantment rule. The light is now but a necessary evil: it defines edges, and in its revealment, implies unseen crepuscules, skin and...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Arrow at Free Comic Book Day 2013

This is my first time going to the Free Comic Book Day. In Sydney, Kinokuniya and King’s Comics were the hub of the festivities, and with the number of people turning out in cosplays, it resembled a convention at times. I was going there to meet up with a few friends, so I wasn’t going there with the intention of taking many photos. But I did pack my camera and a...

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Anime Review: Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭 Kotonoha no Niwa)

Please forgive my departure from the usual content of this blog, but lacking another avenue by which I may express the thoughts which have been bouncing around my brain since yesterday, I have decided to put up a review of Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words here. This will not have spoilers for the film, other than some heavy referencing of the trailer and known...

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The Sentinel

Summer is over, but still they flock here, to see the sun and the waves’ inexorable work on the ragged cliffs and the seagulls surfing on the bluster. There’s something here which draws me, as it draws them. A surreal landscape, rocks pitted and from sun and salt, grass growing in the most unlikely of circumstances. Yes, the heady days of summer, of blinding beaches...

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Pre-shoot location scouts

It’s been some time since I did a post dedicated to some of the mechanics behind my photography, so I thought I might be cover some old ground again in regards to location shoots. Remember, the Light Scribbling blog (what you’re reading right now) has categories, so for posts which contain certain musings about technical/philosophical parts of photography, check...

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Sculptures by the Sea; Location 193; Haunted Hotel; Medium Format; Sydney Open; Facebook

Feels like a long time since I updated this blog! Two weeks, I suppose, since my last update for the Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls cosplay. Since then, I have been fairly active photographically, though perhaps not in the cosplay sense. But there are some shoots coming up this weekend which will be quite interesting (still trying to work out the logistics of a few of...

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Location Scout: Ruined School

We were driving along when she pointed it out. As we slowed down, patches between leaves and branches showed dilapidated roofs and boarded windows, and a quick satellite scan showed the structure to be fairly large. We knew this was no ordinary find, so far were we out of our ordinary orbits. Certainly, in my years of cataloguing locations, I have never been aware of this...

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Location #192

The ruined manor at Location #192 is known to locals and also online, to a degree. As always with research, the first step is finding the right questions to ask. I visited this place some time ago, but am only just getting around to processing photos and putting blog posts together around this. My reasons for continual non-disclosure in regards to specifics of locations...

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Commercial shoot: HY William Chan’s Palette of Urban Green (Vivid Sydney)

Alright, it has taken some time for me to get around to posting this, but I think it’s probably still quite important to put this here, since this blog acts as a kind of portfolio for me, and also I might be offering commercial photography services soon. Basically, after I did the preview for Vivid Sydney 2012, one of the artists, William Chan, who did the Palette of...

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Taiwan trip 2012

Wow, I somehow managed to build up a real backlog of posts that I need to write! I have pretty much caught up in the photo processing department, so that’s most of the work done, but I feel it is important to document these things on this blog, so here goes: my trip report for this year’s trip to Taiwan. From 18 to 22 June, I was in Taiwan due to work. Around the...

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Supanova Sydney 2012

This post is being written while I wait for a plane at the airport in the wee hours of the morning. Overall, it’s been a busy week and weekend, but luckily, I managed to speed through most of my coverage for Supanova Sydney 2012 on a same-day basis (save for a shoot on the Sunday). I still remember the first Supanova I went to, a small affair at a wharf with barely...

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Main coverage: Vivid Sydney 2012

After my initial coverage of the Vivid Sydney 2012 preview and opening night, it seemed that it had fallen off my agenda. Well, that is partly true, because I have other things I need to do, but at the same time, I have been building up some photos through the weeks, and now, just days before the close of the festival, I present my last photos of the wonderful show of...

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Over Vivid Sydney

Previously, I mentioned that I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of coverage of Vivid Sydney’s opening night on Friday. Well, I wasn’t providing coverage from a conventional vantage point, for a simple reason: I was on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It turns out that the Harbour Bridge Climb invited around 130 climbers culled from the family and friends of its staff...

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Preview: Vivid Sydney Light Festival 2012

Tonight was the preview night for Vivid Sydney, and approximately twenty light installations were open for media coverage and the use of a bemused public. Tonight, as it so happens, the dry spell which has blessed Sydney for the past few weeks also broke, and rain drizzled and trickled down upon us mortals. As part of my work, I went down to provide some coverage. For...

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