Thursday, June 28, 2012

So now I'm in Kuala Lumpur

So, for those who have me on Facebook, you are probably wondering why I am in Asia. I guess holidays are meant to be happy, but the justification for this one is not.

Mum just over two weeks ago, mum's doctors told her that her cancer had started growing again. Just over two months after completing chemo, she will have to start the regime again. This time, her dosage is fairly indefinite. When the cancer starts growing again, we will have to switch to a different type of chemo, and so on. The doctors also told her that this would be her last opportunity to travel, so it was better she go sooner than later. Less than a week after that appointment, we landed in Singapore.

The next few posts on this blog will have been images taken from that appointment and be a retrospective travel diary. I guess it is only really fit to start with images of that aforementioned appointment.
The doctor shows us the CT scan images of her lungs. Although the tumor has only grown two millimetres, it means that her current treatment is no longer working. 

Mum lies on a hospital bed while being given a ECG. 

Mum prays every morning after waking and before sleeping at night. This was taken a day after being given the bad news.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Magic Misty Meandering In Mighty Marvellous Melbourne

Whenever it gets misty, most people rug up with a ho cho (hot chocolate), a blanket, and a book and/or movie. I get super excited and annoy the crap out of people by saying 'oooooh' and 'aaaaaaah'. I love the way mist and fog catches light. I also love the way the cold associated with this mist forces people indoors, and despite it being a fairly early evening, I can walk for hours and hours without seeing a soul. And if I was to see a soul, they are little more than passing shadows suspended in floating droplets of water. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Playing With Fire.

"Technique for the sake of technique is poor technique."

- Neil Stanyer

But this technique is so cool! I have found myself doing a lot more 'controlled lighting' stuff for work - i.e. flash. I read about this technique which is basically the equivalent of twirling a sparkler bomb through the air. I thought I would give it a go just to see what it would look like. Hopefully next time, it will be used to drive some cool looking portraits. In the meantime, enjoy my test shots! 

My first successful attempt was at this yellow wall near Ash's place. I had to change location when Ash pointed out I was covering parked cars with burning sparks.