Monday, March 13, 2006

What I Did On The Long Weekend.

I went Outback.


At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photo. It says Australia...

(and it follows the thirds rule)

Did you take it?

Ross (who promises to make bland posts from now on....)

At 6:28 AM, Blogger Two Passports said...

A very iconic picture. I somethimes fancy moving to the outback when I see pics like that (I was born and bred in Melbourne).

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Nilk said...

Ross, you don't have to post blandly :) it keeps things from getting boring.

As for the pic, yes, I took it. I've never been outback outback before, and it blew me away.

I could just stand there all day (preferably in air con and shade) and just look at the emptiness.

It's a place you either love or hate. One of the blokes I was up there with, for example, is a city boy. After the first day he was ready to come home again lol.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a very good photograph. Really good. Excellent compostion IMHO (photography is a little hobby of mine)

I love the outback. Its hot, dry, dusty, and an alien environment.

From now on my comments will be incredibly bland! Nothing controversial, completely PC.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, did you give much thought to the composition, or jest saw a shot and took it?

It is an interesting counterpoint – the loneliness of a flat desert outback and deserted shack, against a group of people standing talking.

It follows the classic 2/3 horizontal, 2/3 vertical composition rule, with the addition of a visually interesting central feature. The viewer is drawn to the cluster of figures in the centre, without losing the overall picture.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Nilk said...

Thanks for the nice words, Ross. :)

I did actually spend a few minutes on composition to make it interesting. I find the house in the middle of the landscape boring, and I wanted to try for an impression of the vastness and emptiness of the place.

The figures in the middle are further away from the shack than they appear, which I didn't realise until I loaded the pic into the pc yesterday.

I love the idea that there is a confusion in perspective. To me, it looks almost like the house is a model.

My slowly growing composition skills are a testament to taking bucketloads of photos and hanging around with people who devote a lot of time and energy to shot design.

I've taken photos of Magilla that would do a professional proud, and I fluked those! Also some nature shots have come off really well, too.

I'm getting there!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger meredith said...

looks great, love our outback, i was at Ayres rock 30 years ago it was amazing.

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

any photoshop work on it?

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Nope. I don't have photoshop on my pc since I upgraded a few months back.

I'd love it, but it's low on my priority of things for now.

Fair question, though. Was shot on a kodak easyshare cx7530 if that helps.

WHIDFYT, one of the guys I was there with told us of when he visited Ayers Rock - aka Uluru - in a thunderstorm. Now that is a must see.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

I love the outback. If my job wasn't in a scum-sucking capital city, I would move out there as fast as my little feet would take me.

The BEST place in the world for a kid to grow up - NO FUCKING SAND MONKEYS or dickhead politicians out there! (no intended as a racial remark - I've just had a gutful of having to tolerate everyone else wanting this country to conform to their standards but giving absolutely NOTHING back in return).

Breeding ourselves out of existence? Probably. This planet is being turned into one great big longdrop dunny thanks to the PC fools who want to tell the world how to live and act.

When I get my place out in the middle of woop-woop, they can be sure to come to my gate and tell me how to live. They can stand next to the sign that says: "Trespassers will be shot!"

Oops - looks like I took a nice post and ruined it with a rant... :(

At 4:51 PM, Blogger meredith said...


when we were there my mate got a photo of the lighting over the rock by counting the seconds inbetween the thunder n lighting.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Violet said...

they sure do have nice blue skies in the Aussie outback, don't they?

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice to live in a nice little cottage in the outback.

I sympathise with your feelings on living in large cities, they seldom provide the sense of purpose found in the countryside.

And I understand your comments on the performance of our democratically elected leaders, but I suppose they do their best, in the circumstances.

Political correctness does have its share of disadvantages, and can be annoying at times. I don’t suppose we can change it though.

I hope you are joking about shooting trespassers. I am not sure that is legal.

(This is my bland posting, following the numerous complaints about my postings about Hitler, The Jews, Islam, Catholicism and abortion. You can rest assured that on one can be offended by any of my postings from now on….)


At 9:36 AM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

HA! Maybe no-one who reads this blog would be offended but I can assure you that there are people out in this world who feign offence at anything they can find. For some reason, I always manage to end up working for them >:(

Shooting trespassers? What's the problem?
- the police don't protect those important to me, myself or my property.
- the 'justice' system supports the criminal and not the victim.
- the biggest crooks of all run the damn country.
- every bureaucrat has some say on what you can and can't do on your land - except you!
- if it came down to choosing to take the life of someone coming to hurt my loved ones or leaving it to the law, it is a very easy choice.

The main problem I have is: not enough bullets! (that being said, I don't own a gun either - I don't play with things that I don't know much about).

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am sure that is we spend enough money on the underprivileged members of society who, sadly, are forced to turn to criminal activities to feel their families, we will put an end to crime.

Crime is, after all, natures way of redistributing wealth.

and what is ownership anyway? Just an archaic concept.

Peace, religion and procreation on you all…….


At 2:29 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

We don't own this earth anyway - nobody does. We hold it in trust for the next generation.

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that is why all of us should have as many children as possible. Because they will inherit the world.

I am doing my bit, shagging girls on one night stands all over Sydney and Asia.

And following advice from the church I am not using a condom, so I am problably spreading AIDS but Im doing Gods work so it doesnt matter.

And I feel certain that my children will be supported by someone - it just wont be me. Damn those girls if they abort my child - have they no sense of responsibility? They will not get into heaven.

But i am doing the work of God so its OK, i will get in no problem.


At 10:32 PM, Blogger Jai Normosone said...

Bleh... :p

Who the hell would want a one night stand anyway? Too many diseases around.... would rather have 1 good one and take care of her. Dammit - I'll never be a good muslim at this rate if I decide to treat a woman with respect.... :(
[did you see that goat the other day? Man, did it have a nice ass! The way it wiggled that tail and all.... SLUT!!!!]

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Nilk said...

ROFL! Only in the blogosphere can a picture of a shack in the desert lead to a discussion of slutty goats!

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a SHACK!

I thought it was a goat shed.

I withdraw my comments.... :-)


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