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Coolangatta

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So a few weeks ago, before a photo class submission was due, I went to Coolangatta beach with Brett, Keebler, Matteo, and Ryan. Brett and Matteo are both in my photo class, so the three of us took absurd amounts of pictures, desperately trying to finish the assignment. Coolangatta beach is beautiful, and aside from Byron Bay, it is my favorite. It was pretty much a perfect beach day, and we were there from early afternoon until dark.
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Here's a picture incriminating Matteo, who was supposed to be taking the picture. They were trying to do an advertising shot using our Johnnie Walker and Colas.
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Here's my advertising shot, for Havaianas, an Australian/Brazilian flip-flop brand. Unfortunately, the color doesn't really translate.
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We tried to get some shots of the seagulls, but they flew by so sporadically, and we ended up feeding them some of our delicious lunch to get them to fly around us. These are the best of what I got, which is not much.
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Unfortunately, they decided to call all of their friends...
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Here's another one of my attempts- the assignment was to take a photograph of a person showing their character, hobby, or occupation.
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Some cute kids...
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Random cool shot of Ryan trying to hold up the sun:
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This is the one I ended up submitting for the "character, hobby, or occupation" photo, and my teacher liked it. I brought it to the tutorial and the TA helped me Photoshop it so that only the background is in color. I will be putting this one in my portfolio.
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The view of Surfer's from Coolangatta as the sun is setting...
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Afterward, we went to a friend's house to watch some movies. I became enthralled with the light fixtures and started snapping away. I'm mostly including them because I think they're cool and my teacher didn't really care about them at all...
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This is a pretty short entry because it was really just a beach day that I happened to have a lot of pictures from... I'll post soon about my most recent Nimbin/Byron trip.

Posted by mintleaf37 01:59 Archived in Australia Tagged photography Comments (0)

Sydney II

Continued, since bandwidth and lengthy stories cannot coexist.

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The park was so beautiful from above that we decided we'd take a closer look next. But first, another silly picture:
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Palm trees in the park:
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Fountain in the park:
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Tree in the park:
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Bum in the park:
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Wedding in the park:
Oh, wait. There aren't any because I took them all with my Minolta, which I thought was being a piece of poop and not winding again, but really I never put film in it, which I didn't realize until I got back to Bond, begged my teacher to fix it, and responded to his perplexed look at the lack of film with embarrassing tears and sobs. Awkward. This is also why my Opera House pictures (below) are all super touristy crap and not the amazing, unusual, angular, black and white stuff they should have been, and why I had to really struggle to finish my last photo project on time, despite it's ultimately obvious lack in quality compared to previous assignments. End rant.
Next we went to the church, which we had seen from above. It was under construction, so not very serene, but still very pretty:
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Next, we went back through the park to the pretty monument we had seen from above. I made this picture of the promenade slightly sepia because I felt it was just begging for it...
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Coree and I in the pool below the monument, making silly statuesque poses:
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After we were done taking another round of silly pictures, we took a detour so I could get some batteries for my camera. Then, we realized we had been walking in entirely the wrong direction to get to the Opera House, which if we had any sense we should have known, particularly since we had seen the entire city from above. Anyway, we set back off across the park. I really liked this tree-
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and there was a lovely view of that building through the trees, which just doesn't quite translate to digital. Nevertheless...
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We saw some fabulous rainbow-colored flags below this monument- note this location for pictures of the parade to come...
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Another shot of the funny building on the way to the opera house-
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Coming back into the cityscape-
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We came upon the filming of a news program-
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Another sign of the Mardi Gras festivities to come- we start to get seriously amped.
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Finally we reach the harbor. This is my favorite picture from the trip-
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We took a LOT of touristy pictures of the bridge...
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You can still see the carnival! I never got to go, but it looks pretty cool...
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Then we took a whole LOT of touristy pictures of the Sydney Opera House
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This is the water reflected in one of the sections of the opera house... i pointed it out to Coree and she was cool enough to snap a shot.
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On our way back into the city...
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A really sweet-looking building... i think it was Bank of Australia?
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The only project-worthy shot I got out of my tourist-oriented digital pictures... we had to PhotoShop it to death to even get it to look like this... Needless to say, it will not be going in my portfolio.
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On our way back to the apartment...
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Bally in Sydney...
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Some shops... at the intersection where Coree and I almost got hit by a car... twice.
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We headed back to the hotel, where we were going to meet Chris, but he ended up calling me while I was in the shower, so I didn't hear my phone. He also called the house phone... twice, but none of us wanted to answer his apartment phone. So he and two of his coworkers waited in the lobby, fighting with the doorman for at least half an hour. How Chris was not ready to kill me (for the second time) at this point is completely beyond me. Anyway, we headed out to a local bar... and took more silly photos. Here's Lindsay, Alex and I on the way to the bar.
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Chris and I with one of his co-workers, whose name I can't remember for some stupid reason.
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More silliness...
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I have no excuse. I was sober. The next day we went looking for some accessories for our Mardi Gras outfits. Here's me and Coree outside the store where we bought our feather boas, glittery make-up, etc.
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After getting ready, we took a few photos in our costumes...
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And then headed out...
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At first we went to the area where the parade was setting up and going to start...
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...but we got literally stampeded. I almost died/got trampled. Not good. So we went to another section... Remember this monument?? It was sooo crowded!
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Some people in the crowd...
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We couldn't see anything from where we were, so we went on to another section where floats were getting ready...
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We still couldn't really see, so we kept walking. Here's the first float I could actually see:
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A couple watching the parade:
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Pink Australian flags!
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(side note: Hungry Jack's is actually Burger King. When they opened in Australia, "Burger King" was already taken. They ended up buying the rights for "Burger King," but never changing the name because there was already brand equity and loyalty with "Hungry Jack's." Random info...) Here we are with more parade-watchers. We liked their costumes.
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We still couldn't see, but we could see people in the windows of a bar overlooking the parade, so we hoped we could catch a glimpse inside. It ended up being a gay bar, which was perfect for Gay Mardi Gras. At first we couldn't get anywhere near the windows (or drinks...). Here's a picture of the club, which was quite packed for the occaision.
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And the bartenders...
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And the five of us after we finally got drinks.
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Eventually we got a view of the window, and after a while of patiently waiting, we got great seats right in front of it. Here are my favorite shots of the parade. If you have Facebook, I'm going to be posting a video of this group. They did a really cool dance as they walked the parade.
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Snow White:
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"What you see... Not always what you get."
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Huge disco ball!
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The Divas:
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One of the ladies' favorite floats...
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AMAZING costumes:
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Apparently this is Sydney's biggest attraction of the year. I included this one, taken just after the parade ended, just to show how incredibly crowded it was... and this went on for blocks and blocks and blocks...
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We stayed at the club for a while... here are some photos of us:
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Aftermath...
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Recovery...
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After we had fully recovered from the previous night's festivities, we set back off for China Town to go to a market we had heard about. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the rows and rows and rows of clothing, plant, jewelery, shoe, handbag, decor, toy, and dvd vendors, but Coree took one on the way inside in the front section, which was mainly fruits and veggies.
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I got some great earrings :) We packed and left for the airport pretty shortly afterward. It's safe to say Sydney is incredible. More entries very soon!

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