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Buddha Birth Day Festival

Buddha Birth Day Festival

Last night was Brisbane’s 18th annual Buddha Birth Day Festival, held in the surrounds of the Southbank Parklands.

 

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The weather was freezing, my lips were chapped and a spark of fever was in the air.

 

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People were laughing and talking, pointing at lanterns, and exploring the food stalls that formed a bustling city street within the parklands.

 

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I met up with some friends, and we took to the markets to experience a banquet of vegetarian delights.

 

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We wandered around and snuck peaks in to other people’s lives.

There was an excellent Buddha balloon animal on the high tea table, you can just see it in the picture below.

 

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Sounds flowed over the river and grasses as we explored.

 

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After eating our share of steamed buns in the midst of the markets, we decided to picnic in wait for the firework display.

Satay skewers, bbq sticks and fritter puffs were washed down with plum and passionfruit tea.

 

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We snacked on my newly acquired vegetarian jerky [when I found it I was ecstatic] and listened to the musical display.

 

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Then came the bangs.

 

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The river exploded with colours and lights; The city landscape a pinprick of starts as the backdrop to the night.

 

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I took some shots, but then lowered arms to truly see the beauty that was unfolding.

 

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I forgot just how magical fireworks are.

 

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When the display was over, we caught up with my housemate and decided to eat some more.

 

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Fun.

 

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As the coldness pressed in and the lights turned low, we each split to our separate evening destinations – mine being a hot shower and a warm bed.

 

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Sometimes I really love the city.

Stranger.

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Saturday Night.

Saturday Night.

Last night was a good night.

The weather was freezing, my big coat was toasty, and there were plenty of smiles all round.

 

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I love seeing other people shooting with Instax cameras. I don’t think people realise how different their shooting style is to everyone else.

 

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Plus, they’re great to pass around.

 

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Of course, they’ll never replace instagram.

 

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The Valley can be beautiful and disgusting all at the same time, but last night I was able to notice more beauty.

 

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Happy Sunday.

Stranger.

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#laterpost – City Streets

#laterpost – City Streets

I had a personal blog long before I officially started this one here on Stranger and Fiction. I have just recovered them all, so thought it would be worth it to reblog some of my favourites. If you’ve seen them before, it’ll be a chance to enjoy them again, and if you are new to following me, then it’ll be a nice new post.

So, without further ado, enjoy my first #laterpost, complete with old watermarks and photo combinations.

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Well, the rain has stopped and the blue skies are out. Perfect street photography weather. On Sunday, David from The Brisbane Catalogue messaged me and said that he and a few friends were going to head out and wander the streets – cameras included of course.

It was so great just wandering around. I found myself in parts of the city that I’ve never ventured to before, even though they were only a block or so away from the main streets.

It also gave me a chance to start playing with digital B+W, which I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Here are some of my results from our roam. I am really happy with the results.

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I think the last shot is my favourite from the day.

I had a heap of fun and can’t wait to go out again. I took four cameras with me, but only ended up using two of them. Next time I will pack lighter, that way I will force myself to use the two I take with me. I wish I shot more with my Pentax ME film SLR, although not less with my Nikon D2x DSLR. I just know that I missed shots like this on the SLR by taking them with my digital. I had my Pentax ME loaded with faux B+W [it is developed with C41 processing, so a colour process] and would have liked to have seen what some of these turned out like with the film.

Oh well, next time.

Stranger.

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