Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gladesville Park

At Gladesville park, the inner western suburb of Sydney is a beautiful sandstone cottage that dated back to the 1880's. Classified by the National Trust, "Rockend" is where A.B.'Banjo' Paterson lived as a young man with his grandmother.

Today the Banjo Paterson Cottage operates as a restaurant which is popular for functions and wedding. I attended a wedding there a few years ago and it is indeed a wonderful place to host a special event with its water view, pier and garden.

Beach Culture

Following on the previous post, here are photos of Tamarama beach among the many wonderful beaches in Sydney. The beach culture is big in Sydney, from surfing to sunbathing on the many fine sandy beaches.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sculptures by the Sea

One of the joy of living in Sydney is its close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are at least 37 beaches situated within 30 mins from the city central from Palm Beach, Manly in the north to Brontee, Coogee and of course the world famous Bondi beach in the south.

Every year a spectacular sculpture exhibition is staged along side the Bondi to Tamarama beach walk with hanging cliffs overlooking the ocean. Stunning work of arts from local to international artists are staged that come in all shapes and sizes. It's a perfect weekend by just enjoying the sculptures and walk.

This year the Sculptures by the Sea will be held between 16 October to 2 November 2008.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lost Buddha

I was at the Art Gallery of NSW last week to see the "Lost Buddha", an exhibition of Chinese Buddhist sculptures from Qingzhou. The exquisite works of art created nearly 1500 years ago were only recently unearthed in 1995 by construction workers levelling a sports field. The exhibition is on until 23 November 2008.

As I was prohibited to photograph the art inside the exhibition room, instead I took some photos in other galleries where I could.

Photo - Art gallery of new south wales, sydney

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the French capital is one of my favourite landmarks in the world to photograph. The stunning iron structure tower was constructed in 1889 is 325 m (1,063 ft) high which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.

I have visited Paris twice and during every visit the Eiffel tower seems like a magnet to me; attracts me towards its vast structure with an old Parisian charm. As it is one of the tallest structures, you could see the tower from almost every corner in Paris and it is just a beauty to photograph.

Here is some history. The grand old structure was built between 1887 and 1889, and was named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel. It was used as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Since then the Eiffel tower is the most visited paid monument in the world.

Photo - Eiffel tower, Paris, France

Quote by Ansel Adams

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. -Ansel Adams

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My first blog

Wikipedia defines a blog a web site of log maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events or other material.

The word "photography" comes from the French photographie which is based on the Greek words "light" + "stylus" or "paintbrush" meaning "drawing with light.

Welcome to my photography blog. This is my first blog, an online diary to share with the internet community on my love and passion for photography.

I have been thinking for sometime now on whether I should start a blog as it commands much time and resource into it on a regular basis. Not only that, you kind of divulge your inner thoughts and expresses yourself to the community when you 'pen' the blog who are made up of mostly strangers. That held me back initially. I went ahead with it having decided that sharing your passion for the art outweighs any possible shortcomings as life is about going to places that challenges you and opening us to new horizons and new friends. As one sign in front of a backpacker's accommodation that I came across in Thailand that says "We are all friends from afar and our paths haven't yet cross".

This blog will focus solely on the art of photography, the beautiful images that are frozen in time when we release the shutter. Those amazing images that are captured which would otherwise in the moving world would have skip passed us. Those amazing images that made us stopped, question it, ponder over it or perhaps let out the word 'wow!'. Those images in a way can make us appreciate the world around us that our eyes don't usually take noticed.

This blog will have regularly postings of the thousands of film and digital images that I have captured around the world for over ten years as well as new images. In my surf through the internet any stunning images that I come across, I will share them here for all to enjoy.

I hope you will enjoy reading my blogs and discover the world of photography with me through the cockpit of Dragonplane.

Best, Stan Ngo

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Photo - Tokyo subway, the country where I bought my first SLR, a Nikon FE10.