Archive for December, 2009

2010 Project: Star Trek

December 31st, 2009

So what next after my 2009 photography project?

Well, I noticed that if you were to watch about 90 minutes of Star Trek a day it would take you a year to watch it.

So I decided to do that.

Trek I

All six series and eleven movies. A total of 207 discs (mostly DVD, with some Blu Ray).

According to Wikipedia that adds up to 33,145 minutes of Trek. 737 episodes or movies over 30 individual seasons.

The plan is to proceed somewhat erratically – some days more than 90 minutes, some days less. I’ll post a brief comment on each and every episode.

I start 1 January 2010, and the aim is to finish before 31 December 2010.

737 episodes to go.

52/30/5: Final thoughts

December 30th, 2009

One year ago I started a project to take photos every week, mainly as an exercise to force me to use my camera more.

It’s been a successful failure. I didn’t actually get my camera out each and every week, but I’ve done enough to fill in for 52 sessions worth. And I’ve used my camera a lot more, and learnt a lot about photography.

Am I getting any better? As an exercise I went through and graded each of my ‘weekly 5’ photos on one through five stars. It took a couple of passes, as initially I had nothing at five stars and only about six at four stars. In the end I had:

  • 1 star: 56 photos

  • 2 stars: 101 photos

  • 3 stars: 60 photos

  • 4 stars: 33 photos

  • 5 stars: 10 photos

We’ll get to my top 10 for the year in a minute, but there was definitely a slight trend towards improvement: less bad photos, more good photos in the later weeks. Still, that means that out of the 3,862 photos that I took in 2009 there are only 43 photos that I’m quite or very happy with – a bit over 1 per cent. Not bad for a beginner, I suppose.

I won’t be doing this next year, but I’m going to try and get out at least once a month or so just to take photos. I’m also about halfway through making up my 260 main photos for the year into a couple of books, which I’ll pay the ridiculous charges of Apple to get printed in hardback as a memento of my year.

Would I do it again? Probably. I’d probably tweak the rules, maybe only saying ‘take 10, choose 1’. Sometimes I found it hard to stretch a subject out to 30 photos, and it was especially hard to then find 5 of those that were distinct and interesting individually. Still, that was part of the exercise as well.

So now, as the grand finale for the 52/30/5 project, my 10 favourite photos of the year (in chronological order):





Sturt's Desert Pea

Garden at Schonbrunn

Stonehenge V

Night II

Elephant Herd

DRET Building

So what’s in store for next year? Stay tuned tomorrow for the official announcement.

52/30/5 Week 52

December 29th, 2009

For week 52 I had been hoping to go to Gininderra Falls, but that’s apparently been closed for a while. What I did find was a couple of dumped and destroyed cars, though:

Burned Car I

Burned Car II

Burned Car III

Burned Car IV

Burned Car V

The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 51

December 28th, 2009

Week 51 was taken at Grevillea park on the front of Lake Burley Griffin.

A windsurfer on the lake:


A swan and a gosling:

Swan and Gosling

Buildings in the Kingston Foreshore (known as the Daleks):


The lake front at Grevillea Park:

Lake Front

And Lake Burley Griffin looking towards the Carillion:

Lake BG

The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 50

December 27th, 2009

Week 50 was taken at the Point Hut Pond in Tuggernaong.

The basketball hoop:

Basketball court

A nearby slide:


Monkey bars:

Monkey bars

Ducks taking flight:


And a tower that is part of the play ground:


The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 49

December 26th, 2009

Week 49 was a quick round of self portraits in the front yard.

Self Portrait I

Self Portrait II

Self Portrait III

Self Portrait IV

Self Portrait V

The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 48

December 25th, 2009

Week 48 was taken in Edison Park in Woden.

Edison park has been suffering from the drought, the normal pond has been drained and has grown over:

Drought I

Drought II

The wooden path to the middle of the pond:

Wooden walkway

An anchor (a memorial for something or other) in the park:


And a swing:


The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 47

December 24th, 2009

Week 47 was taken around the Treasury Building in Canberra.

The building:

Treasury Building I

Treasury Building II

Treasury Building III

The flag and coat of arms from the front:

Flag and Coat of Arms

And one of the car parks:

Treasury Car Park

The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 46

December 23rd, 2009

Week 46 was taken in the Parliamentary triangle in Canberra.

Old Parliament House in HDR:


The War Memorial over the lake:

War Memorial

The National Portrait Gallery:

National Portrait Gallery

The High Court:

High Court

And the surprisingly Christmas-y local map sign:

Location Sign

The full set is on Flickr.

52/30/5 Week 45

December 22nd, 2009

Week 45 was taken at another bay near Lake Burley Griffin.

A seagull:


Birds surrounding a tree:

Bird Tree

A cycle path:

Cycle Path

Contrails in the sky:


A magpie in a tree:


The full set is available on Flickr.