I haven’t really posted in a while – I’ve been busy with the rest of life, I guess. Â It was my birthday last Saturday and I got spoiled by everyone around me. Â I like to milk birthdays for about a month, two weeks at the minimum. Â You can normally get a few days leading up to your birthday, depending on what day it falls on, and then a few weeks after – “hey, it was my birthday last weekend” – “oh, really? Â Let me buy you a drink” – “YESssSSSsss”
I started off my birthday celebrations a few weeks ago when Jas got me a new camera bag. Â I have been after a messenger-style bag for a while now, and I picked up a big Crumpler bag. Â There is heaps of padding and support, and the bag is really comfortable. Â I wouldn’t walk around all day with all of my gear on my shoulder, but it’s a good accompaniment to my backpack for that purpose – and I can change lenses without taking my bag off my shoulder! Â WIN! Â I then treated myself to an early present by purchasing some new toys from B&H. Â I got two new softboxes (they will get their own blog, don’t worry), a monopod (mainly to take to Sydney) and some camera/monitor calibration tools by X-Rite.
I took a few quick tests with my small, 28″ softbox the other night with Jas, and the light is really beautiful coming out of it. Â I can’t wait to test my 50″ box! Â Here are some of theÂ impromptuÂ results.
We don’t have many interesting backgrounds in our place – it’s quite plain – but this light was fun to play with.
Last Friday, Jas then made a cake for us to take to work – it was blackberry buttermilk and it went down a treat. Â Being the birthday boy, I got the leftover piece too 🙂 Â Friday went really quick for me, and before I knew it, I was at dinner at Tibetan Kitchen in West End with family and friends for a dinner celebration. Â Everyone came out and enjoyed the deliciousness that is Tibetan food, and Jas surprised me with a home-baked passionfruit cheesecake – NB: Â Cheesecake is my favourite – if you ever want me to do anything, get me a cheesecake and I’m yours! Â After dinner, we went around the corner to Lychee Lounge for a quick drink and chat with mates, then home to bed fairly early. Â Mum and Shirl kicked on until the wee-hours of the morningÂ apparently – crazy!
The next few are of me trying to get Jas to laugh… here is the usual sequence of faces I get…
Saturday, my actual birthday, involved a big breakfast in bed (well, I was at my computer by the time it was done, but close enough) and a snuggle in the morning before going for a ride to pickup the car and then grabbing a nice coffee in West End at BlackStar Cafe. Â Jas and I then went home to get ready for the nights festivities. Â My housemate turned ‘old’ a few weeks ago, but because he had exams, he didn’t get a chance to celebrate, so we threw a little combined party (actually, I only invited a few people who weren’t coming to my family dinner), and themed it “Old as”. Â Everyone was to come as an old person.
We were hoping for some noise complaints so that the managers would come up and tell us off, only to find a bunch of ‘oldies’ sitting around sipping ‘tea’ – or even better… oldies dancing on tables. Â It didn’t happen, but it was a Â fun night anyway. Â We even got a chance to take the awkward family portrait that we have been planning – well, the first of many I hope. Â We got inspiration from this website.
That’s all for now – more to come…