Was it tough? Yes. Was I woefully underprepared? Yes. Would I do it again if I had the chance? 100% yes.
I'm a fairly novice photographer - I've taken hundreds of photos (food, landscape, selfies, etc) but never really tried to challenged myself to improve my skills. So, in order to actually challenge myself and improve I'm trying the 52 frames challenge for 2020. The first challenge topic for the year was 'Self Portrait'. This was … Continue reading 52 Frames Challenge, Week 1, 2020: Self Portrait
I bought a new camera back (Fujifilm X-T100) back at the start of 2019. I already owned a DSLR which I used a bunch but also never really got past much of the basics with it. It was also reasonably bulky (though not hugely so as I didn't have extra lenses etc), but it meant … Continue reading The 52 frames challenge; what and why?
This time of year is always a time of mixed feeling for me. I'm sure it is for many people, although probably for different reasons like not achieving new year's resolutions etc. Although maybe that comes later as it's not quite new year's yet. This is the time of year when I moved to live … Continue reading My year in Japan: my first white Christmas
Ok, so if you're reading these blogs in order then you will know that I am currently travelling as part of a mini-fellowship, which is funding me to visit a number of different research institutes and attend conferences as part of my postdoc research work. First stop on the trip was to visit the CDC … Continue reading Amsterdam: pancakes, bicycles, and everything in between
If you somehow haven't heard of 'Call the Midwife' by Jennifer Worth but like historically accurate stories with an excellent voice, then this could very well be for you. 'Call the Midwife' has been turned into a number of excellent seasons of a TV show by the same name, many of which I have binge … Continue reading Call the Midwife – Jennifer Worth
I recently went to America for the first time in my life. I've always been much more motivated to go places where there is really old, tangible history; places like Japan (which obviously I've been to a bunch) and Europe. So, America from that perspective wasn't as appealing. I had also heard all the obvious … Continue reading A week in Atlanta (or, omgosh squirrels and the CDC!)
I'm currently in Bali for the first time. Actually, perhaps weirdly given I'm from Australia, it is my first time in any part of South-East Asia! My friend (Maggie, who has an excellent blog, which you should definitely check out here: http://www.theycallmemaggie.com/) suggested a somewhat spontaneous trip to Bali when Jetstar was having a good … Continue reading Mt. Batur: hiking to meet the sunrise
I haven't had a chance to make it out to the Tesselaar tulip festival this year (though there's one weekend left and I'm hopeful!) but I got a chance to go last year and loved it. Tulips are my favourite flowers. I lived in Japan for a year and loved the cherry and plum blossoms … Continue reading Frolicking in fields of flowers, aka: Tesselaar Tulip Festival
I was lucky enough to get to head down to Tasmania recently (specifically to Hobart) for a conference in early July this year. I'm currently in the final stages of a PhD looking at transmission of bacterial pathogens using genome sequencing, so that was what the conference was vaguely based around, or at least parts … Continue reading Hunting for the Aurora Australis (and failing but having a blast anyway!)