Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Strathfield FC midfielder


Strathfield FC midfielder, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Paul played his first real football match on Sunday, for the Strathfield under 7's against San Souci. They got beat about 10-nil but we all had a good time. The other team were scarily professional!

Paul in action at San Souci


Paul in action at San Souci, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Strathfield FC (Under 7's) vs San Souci

Half time pep talk


Half time pep talk, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Bronte sea pool: nippers and seniors

Bronte sea pool: nippers competition

San Souci jetty


San Souci jetty, originally uploaded by jiulong.

After the Sunday soccer match - playing with seaweed and shells at San Souci

Took Paul out to play soccer (for Starathfield FC) at San Souci at a very early hour today. They lost about 10-nil to the scarily professional San Souci under 7's. We didn't care - just went to the beach for a nice time sipping coffee and collecting shels. All pics by a Kodal DX7630 until I get my Summitar/Contax IIa pics developed tomorrow.


POst game refreshments
Early bath for Strathfield Striker

San Souci - view of Sydney


San Souci - view of Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Shell collecting son, San Souci


Shell collecting son, San Souci, originally uploaded by jiulong.

He's a busy lad.

Carss Cottage, San Souci


Carss Cottage, San Souci, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Built by a Scotsman in the 1840s, apparently.

San Souci beach; looking towards Sydney across Botany Bay


Same view taken with a Contax IIa and Sonnar 50mm lens:
San Souci to Sydney view
San Souci

Me and Paul


Me and Paul, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Bondi to Tamarama walk


Bondi to Tamarama walk, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Bondi


Bondi, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Bondi to Tamarama walk


Bondi to Tamarama walk, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Bluebottle jellyfish seen on Bondi to Tamarama walk

Nasty sting these things have.

Bondi to Tamarama walk


Bondi to Tamarama walk, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Friday, March 24, 2006

AW by Rolleicord with flash


AW by Rolleicord with flash, originally uploaded by jiulong.

PW by Rolleicord with flash


PW by Rolleicord with flash, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Rolleicord Va and Ikoflex Ic


Rolleicord Va and Ikoflex Ic, originally uploaded by jiulong.

These are my two medium format cameras. I have just got the Ikoflex from someone in Ohio, and haven't put a film through it yet. I have to say though, that it feels a lot less fun than the Rolleicord - very drab, functional and uninspiring. And the viewfinder is not as clear. In comparison the Rolleicord feels lighter, more stylish and natural. However, the Ikoflex does have a Tessar lens, so maybe it will have the last laugh over the Schneider Kreuznach ...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Henry Head, Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Here are some more pictures of my weekend trip down to salubrious La Perouse and the headland at Cape Banks. The shpwrekc is that of SS Minmi, a coaling ship that ran aground there in 1937 during a storm, and about three of ts crew drowned. Spooky place.

Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Anchor chain off the SS Minmi, Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Anchor chain of the shipwreck SS Minmi, Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Wreck of the SS Minmi, Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Cape Banks, La Perouse


Cape Banks, La Perouse, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Cape Banks


Cape Banks, originally uploaded by jiulong.

This is the entrance to Botany Bay. Went down to La Perouse today and hiked over to the headland to take a few pics with the Rolleicord and Leica - which I will post soon.


Here's the same place taken with a Leica R3 and 35mm Elmarit lens:
Cape Banks, Botany Bay
Same place taken with my Rolleicord:
Cape Banks, Botany Bay - Rolleicord

Wreck of SS Minmi, Cape Banks


Wreck of SS Minmi, Cape Banks, originally uploaded by jiulong.


The wreck taken with a Leica:
Wreck of the SS Minmi, Cape Banks, (entrance to Botany Bay), Sydney

Cape Banks


Cape Banks, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Spider and palms Gore Hill cemetery


Spider and palms, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Just next door to work - adjacent t the Royal North Shore Hospital. I went there yesterday lunchtime to try out a new wide angle lens I got on ebay from a guy in Castleford for a fiver.

Our Suzuki Sierra


Our Suzuki Sierra, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Did not cost a bomb. Still running two years on!

Breakfast at ours


Breakfast at ours, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Note the fruit salad.

The office


The office, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Carmel, Deana, Linda.

Strathfield train


Strathfield train, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Just testing my Pentax ME and 28mm lens

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tree climbing, Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Leica IIIa and Summitar

Museum Drive, Sydney


Museum Drive, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

I just loved the dappled light under the old Moreton Bay fig trees. Voigtlander Vito B.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Middle Harbour near Spit Bridge


MIddle Harbour near Spit Bridge, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Got sunburnt today doing the Manly to Spit Bridge walk. At Manly there was some kind of kayak/swim event "from city to beach" with lots of budgie smuggler types strutting around. I'll never be at home in Australia, not among people like that anyway. It was nicer when I got on to the peace and quiet of the Spit walking track - though even that was crowded with English and Germans. It's funny hearing people discussing the merits of Holborn and Liverpool St as places to work when you're overlooking Washaway Beach at Dobroyd Point. I tried to walk around the massive boulder shoreline below Dobroyd Point to get to Washaway Beach, but gave up as the tide was too high and it was crashing against the cliffs (and me). So all I got for my trouble was some badly scratched legs from bush bashing and a brief view of the beach from the headland. I lugged my bag of cameras up to the headland viewing point and realised there is no way I am going to take all these lumps of iron to China with me. They're great cameras but weigh a ton! I was trying out the new Rolleicord and also the Leica R3 with a roll of Kodachrome in it. Want to see the results before I schlepp them all the way to Sichuan. I have to say that it's a bit of a joke trying to juggle more than two cameras. I may well ending up sticking with just the tiny Olympus XA again. At least you can just stick it in your shirt pocket.
Stumbled in to Clontarf beach an hour later looking forward to a nice drink, only to find the cafe closed for renovation. Bummer.

Dobroyd Point looking towards North Head: 2006 digital vs 1959 Rolleicord

Above is a digital picture (Kodak DX7630). Below is the same place taken with a 1959 Rolleicord medium format camera. Incidentally both have Scheider Kreuznach lenses:

Dobroyd Point Rolleicord Va

Below Dobroyd Point


Below Dobroyd Point, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Taken with a Kodak DX7630

Bush near Forty Baskets beach


Bush near Manly, originally uploaded by jiulong.