Abandoned research centre

•December 27, 2015 • 14 Comments

A couple of friends and I came across an abandoned research centre the other day, so of course we stopped to check it out.  It is quite big, with long hallways, a number of science labs, a couple of conference rooms, as well as a bunch of offices.  Science-y things are my favourite; alas, I couldn’t find any leftover chemicals to play with.

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I really wish I’d become a scientist.

x Kitten of Doom

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Collingwood: a good hood

•December 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I usually have a disposable camera in my bag so I have at least some sort of camera with me wherever I am; who can be bothered carrying a DSLR around at all times?  I find if I have some time to kill, using up some or all of a disposable camera is a good way to do so.

Here are some snaps from my most recently-developed camera, taken in the hood.  Collingwood.  Collinghood..?

Collingwood is still my favourite suburb of Melbourne.  It’s much more industrial than Fitzroy is, and lacks the central hipster-ised street (ie Brunswick St), whilst still having lots of great art (top right is Rone; below that is Twoone).

Oh and if you really want to get technical, the Patersons building is actually on the Fitzroy side of Smith St.

x Kitten of Doom

The mystery of the Halloween decorations in a long-abandoned building

•December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last week I found an abandoned building which is part of a bigger (still operating) complex.  It has obviously been disused for awhile; paint is peeling, doorframes and floorboards are rotting, spider webs cover the doorframes and windowframes.

However, when I looked through the window of the end room, I could see Halloween decorations; a row of black and orange skulls strung across a doorway, and they looked to be pretty new.  There was also what was obviously fake cobweb across the inside of one of the windows of this room.

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So this building which is pretty much entirely gutted and unsafe to use, and thus clearly not in use – was recently used for a Halloween party??  Just this end room, though.  No other parts of the building appeared to have been used.

So weird.  I guess it must have been staff having a Halloween get-together though…

I also can’t find any information about what this building was originally used for.  It’s clearly a very old building, with some beautiful wrought-iron detailing.  I’m not going to post photos of the outside as we all know what happens when idiots find out the locations of abandoned buildings.  If you happen to recognise this one and have any info on it please let me know!

x Kitten of Doom

Melbourne cityscape long exposures on film

•November 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last week I posted some shots of Melbourne’s skyline from one of my favourite spots up high as the sun was about to set… well, after the sun set I tried my hand at some long-exposure night photography – using film.

I had never used film to take long-exposures at night before, so I wasn’t sure what film to use.  I decided to go with Portra 800, as Portra has pretty much the finest grain you will get with film.

These were shot at 100 ISO rather than 800; admittedly this was accidental, but it turned out to be a happy accident.  Aperture was set to f22, and the shutter speed of the Pentax ME is automatic according to the light reading.

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I’m looking forward to doing some more long exposure night photography experiments with film soon.

x Kitten of Doom

A balmy night, city lights and pink boots

•November 18, 2015 • 2 Comments

Once again, I forgot my own blog’s birthday.  It was November 16… oops.

It’s year number six this time around, and as I once posted a silly selfie in celebration of my blog’s birthday, here’s a selfie for you.

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It’s not silly, and it’s not particularly creative either; it’s just your standard rooftop/exploring-type shot.  The type that’s all too common these days.  But it was nice to chill out in this spot, and Melbourne was finally getting some nice spring weather, so that made it even better.  Look at those bare shoulders!

I was also breaking in my new Palladium Boots.  I only discovered this brand recently, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about them earlier, being the massive boot fan that I am.  They don’t seem to be well-stocked in Australian shoe stores.  I had a hard time choosing from all the styles on their website.  Doc Martens now have some competition when it comes to my boot purchases.  I also need three more jobs to pay for them all.

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The boots are salmon-pink.  Yes, it’s a goth fail on my part.  Bad goth!  (No really, goths can wear pink… sometimes… right..?)  Then again, look at how I’m dressed.  I seem to be losing my goth-ness with age.  Aw.

Here is a bonus shot for you.  I actually shot these photos with Tan, so technically it wasn’t a selfie anyway, but a collaborative shot.  Tan is my favourite person to collaborate, explore and drool over awesome footwear with.

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Happy sixth birthday to you, li’l blog!

x Kitten of Doom

Sundowner

•November 17, 2015 • 5 Comments

There are few things more peaceful and enjoyable than catching a sunset from a high vantage point, away from the masses.  I revisited a favourite spot I hadn’t been to for a few years recently, along with Bryce who is working on a video project of Melbourne CBD.

The last time I was here, it was my final night in Melbourne before heading off to Europe for an indeterminate period of time; actually it was only about eight hours before my plane was due to leave.  I didn’t bring my camera because my tripod was packed away in storage and as it was night time, I figured it would be pointless without a tripod.  Silly me, I should have just used the ledges to stabilise my camera (which is what I did on my most recent visit).  So I got no photos the first time except for one iphone photo.  (As a side note: see how there is a clear view of the Rialto in this photo?  This view is now obstructed by a huge new building.)

This time around I didn’t even have a DSLR to contemplate bringing; I took my Pentax ME, which is my favourite film camera, and used up the rest of the roll of expired Vista 200 that was in it (at least, that’s what I think the film was… I really need to start noting down what film I’m using; I always forget).  Incidentally, I bought a brand new 6D a couple of weeks after these photos were taken.

Is it just me or does Melbourne resemble a bunch of beige and brown boxes from this angle?

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After the sun set and I finished the roll of Vista, I took a bunch of long-exposure nighttime shots with a roll of Portra 800.  I’ll post some of these soon.

x Kitten of Doom

Mediterranean laziness, part six: Sintra and Lisbon

•November 16, 2015 • 3 Comments

Kate, Gavin and I got into the back of a soft-top 4WD with a mother and son outside our ship when we docked in Lisbon, and were driven, along with four other 4WD’s, through Lisbon up to the Sinstra Mountains.  It was a great drive through Lisbon, even though it was an hour long – I liked that the drive was this long, even though most people would be more concerned with the destination than the drive there.  There were a lot of abandoned buildings and a lot of graffiti – two things that, if you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know I am a fan of.

When we got to the base of the mountains the ride became a lot slower but a lot of fun, as some of the inclines were quite steep.  It was fun bouncing around in the back of the 4WD, in addition to viewing the lovely mountain scenery.  When we stopped, we had to get out of the 4WD’s and put on helmets.  Turns out we’d be going for a bit of a climb, which none of us had been aware of.  Good thing I hadn’t worn thongs!  We climbed over and up and down quite a few boulders, the high ones offering us lovely views of the slightly foggy city far below.  When we reached a clearing, we all stopped for lunch.  As well as antipasto, there was also Portuguese beer, which made Gavin and I very happy.  We sat near a giant rock.  It was a cool rock.

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Afterwards we all climbed back into the 4WD’s and drove a different route back to Lisbon, through the mountains.  We stopped at a lookout which gave a view from cliffs to the sea below.

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Throughout the mountain drive we saw more beautiful architecture (seems you can’t get through Europe without stumbling across some beautiful architecture, dammit), and stopped for a break during which we strolled down a street lined with cute little shops (in one I bought a handmade ceramic salt-and-pepper set shaped like strawberries).

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The drive back through Lisbon was fast and we were pretty tired by that point.  As the ship pulled away from the port, we got to see the Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge), a suspension bridge that is over 2km long and bears a striking resemblance to the Golden Gate bridge.  The bridge connects Lisbon with Almada, and is so named to commemorate the Carnation Revolution).  Believe me when I say the top of the ship only just fit under the bridge!

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We then sailed on to Vigo.  I didn’t take any photos here, and we only wandered around a little before returning to the ship, so I won’t do a post about Vigo.  I also realised I didn’t mention our stop in Marseille – our only French stop.  Kate, Gavin and I didn’t love the port, and I don’t have any photos from either, though Mum went off on her own and quite enjoyed it.  I would have liked to have checked out some of the cathedrals, and this just goes to show what some forward planning could have achieved!

Well that’s about it for my Mediterranean holiday and film photos.

x Kitten of Doom

 
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