Photo Friday – Sleep

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Photo Friday – Sleep [photofriday.com]

Nothing says sleep like flunitrazepam (Rohypnol, Hypnodorm). :)

Disclaimer: This photo was taken in June 2003. I have a legitimate flunitrazepam prescription
[sixthseal.com] in Australia. Flunitrazepam is not available for
prescription in Malaysia and that makes it illegal to possess. I do not possess any flunitrazepam.
The valid prescription I had in Melbourne and all unused pills has been
discarded (thrown away) before my flight back to Malaysia.

Photo Friday – Identity

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Photo Friday – Identity [photofriday.com]

Identity. Schools in Malaysia require uniforms. There is a strict
dress code which is enforced by prefects standing at the main gate. The
uniform is usually a blue pinafore with a white collared shirt for
females, while males wear a white collared shirt with green pants. The
footwear is limited to white shoes and socks and everyone has a visible
ID card attached their shirts, displaying the name, date of birth,
class, a photo and several other personal details. Personal effects
which break the homogeneous appearance are frowned upon. I had to wear
a bandage every day to cover up the tattoo on my wrist to comply with
school regulations during my time there. This photo was taken yesterday
afternoon at Methodist High School, Sibu (Sarawak) – my alma mater. I
was in 5S1 (Class of ’98) and I decided to do a photo shoot of the
whole school yesterday. The picture above was taken with permission
from the teacher of the class.

Photo Friday – Symmetry

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Photo Friday – Symmetry [photofriday.com]

Symmetry. This photo was taken yesterday night at around 10 pm at
the ground floor of Central Market in Sibu, Sarawak (Malaysia). It
shows rows upon rows of symmetrical stalls – selling anything from
fresh vegetables to meat products, all wrapped up in tarps and other
coverings in preparation for an early dawn opening.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/23.5 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Saturation Compensation: 0

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375

Photo Friday – Solitude

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Photo Friday – Solitude [photofriday.com]

Solitude. This is a late entry. :) I took the photo this afternoon –
it’s a single “laughing bag” sitting in solitude on top of a vacuum
tube amplifier. The laughing bag is a novelty item which emits this
peeling and slightly manic laughter when you give it a squeeze. I got
it about two years ago, and the battery is still running strong. I know
someone with Down Syndrome in her late 40s who LOVES this thing, it
always makes her laugh, and that’s a good thing. :) Dogs like it too,
but my cat is apprehensive of the sounds of mirth this laughing bag
emits.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/335.5 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Saturation Compensation: 0

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375

Photo Friday – Angles

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Photo Friday – Angles [photofriday.com]

Angles. This is a photo of Federation Square
[federationsquare.com.au], a relatively new structure filled with
angles located in the center of Melbourne (Australia) city. The picture
only shows a very small portion of the whole construct. The
construction of this large project was received with mixed responses
[theage.com.au]. It was officially opened on the 26th of October 2002,
but some features were not fully in place at that time. The most
memorable comment I heard about it was this taxi driver who said “Look at this ugly building. I don’t know what the fuck the government is thinking. It’s ruining the city.” One of my friends replied “Well, it does have a certain artistic quality to it…” and the driver made a “pfft” sound and said “I still think it’s terrible.
:) Personally, I like Federation Square, it’s unique and nicely built.
This has the potential of becoming an “icon” of Melbourne like Sydney’s
Opera House. There’s quite a bit of interesting features about it, the
official site is a good read if you’re interested. I took this photo
four days ago in an attempt to document Melbourne in photos before I
leave for good in two days. The weather was not optimal (drizzling +
misty) but the focus seems unaffected.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/372.5 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Saturation Compensation: 0

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Gamma correction: Gamma increased to improve visibility
Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375

Photo Friday – Critters

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Photo Friday – Critters [photofriday.com]

Critters. This is a fairly broad interpretation of the theme. I just
came back from dinner with my friends today at Wah Kee in Clayton
(Melbourne, Australia). This is probably the last time I’ll be eating
there as I’m having my final exam paper next week and then I’ll be
flying back to Malaysia. This is Combination Mun Fun, a rice dish which
includes prawns, squid, cuttlefish, BBQ pork, fish, mushrooms, chicken,
chestnuts, and vegetables in a bland egg sauce. It tastes good with a
(very) liberal sprinkling of vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/3.5 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Saturation Compensation: 0

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375

Photo Friday – Multiples

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Photo Friday – Multiples [photofriday.com]

Multiples. The recent rains and cold weather produced a flush of mushrooms around the halls compound. This is Coprinus comatus
(shaggy mane), an edible mushroom. I saw a large one growing on the
grassy lawn on the way to the campus. The large shaggy mane is
surrounded by multiples of itself, albeit smaller ones. This is in
Melbourne, Australia.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/72 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Saturation Compensation: 0

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375

Photo Friday – Packaging

This is a post by veritas.

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Photo Friday – Packaging [photofriday.com]

Packaging. Hello, I’m doing the Photo Friday this week. :) I’ll try
to use the same format just for consistency’s sake. Pictured above is a
point of powdered ketamine hydrochloride packaged in foil. It was taken
with just the monitor’s ambient glare, and that tinted everything blue.
I found the shade of blue very pleasant. The use of the word point as a measurement unit seems to be isolated to Australia. 1 point = 100 mg/0.1 gram.

Infected Mushroom – None Of This Is Real [sixthseal.com]
(right click, save target as)
[6:25 minutes 128 KBPS STEREO 44.1KHZ 5.87 MB .mp3]

[Edit: MP3 deleted]

This isn’t real…none of this is real…

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8 mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: 1/3.7sec – f/2.8
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: FV-1 (Optimized for florescent light, which was probably why it came out so blue)

The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Image Size: Size reduced to 500×375.

[Edit: Uploaded MP3]

Photo Friday – Transportation

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Photo Friday – Transportation [photofriday.com]

Transportation. I’m interpreting this with the basic, yet important
distillation that drives most vehicles – petroleum products. This was
taken at a BP gas station in the middle of the night in the south
eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. This relatively new petrol
station looks contemporary compared to most, with the streamlined pumps
and updated company logo. If you squint, you can see the Mazda
dealership across the road.

The shooting data:

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern 1/60 sec – f/2.8
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Sensitivity: Auto
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Tone Compensation: Auto
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Saturation Compensation: 0
Sharpening: OFF
Noise Reduction: OFF

The flash was suppressed to let ambient light in. The post-production work was done in Photoshop 7.0 and involves:

Brightness: Gamma increased for better visibility.
Contrast: Contrast increased to draw out more detail from the background.
Image Size: Size reduced from 2048×1536 to 500×375.

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