Neon Pop 2015 | Mon 23rd Feb to Sun 1st Mar 2015 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

The cosplayers at Neon Pop

Monday 23rd February – Roving Conspiracy


I had a quiet day at home, popping over to the neighbour’s place at one point to have a look at some new snakes he’s bought.


I drove to Bronwen’s parents’ place to get Bronwen, and then out to Annerley where we went to “Roving Conspiracy”. The neighbours complained about the noise, which dampened the mood—and the volume—a little bit, but otherwise it was a fun night.

Roving Conspiracy

One of the performers at Roving Conspiracy Rivermouth performing at Roving Conspiracy Roving Conspiracy

Tuesday 24th February – Postponing


I had a quiet day at home, researching things.


Bronwen and I had a quick look into flights for her upcoming conference, but postponed making any decisions.

Wednesday 25th February – Working


I had a day’s work, so I went and did it.

Thursday 26th February – New Camera

Old Camera

I found all the things that came with my camera and put them back in their box, then took it back down to JB HI-FI, who kindly gave me all my money back onto two gift cards (as they’re limited to $999 per gift card). I then drove into Bronwen’s work and drove her to her dentist appointment.

While Bronwen was at the dentist I went and saw some travel agents and started getting some prices on airfares to America for Bronwen’s conference.

New Camera

As my local JB HI-FI didn’t have the camera I wanted, Bronwen and I drove to the Garden City JB HI-FI and bought a Canon 70D there. They price-matched down to $1038, which after I’ve get the GST back, will be cheaper than any grey market imports I could find. We then bought kebabs to celebrate, though due to a horrible mix-up Bronwen ate half of mine.


Bronwen is looking after her neighbour’s snakes while he is away, so I took a few photos to see if the camera works.

Snakes: The first photos with my new camera

A small, and apparently angry, snake hiding in a cardboard roll A bowl of snakes Serving suggestion: Delicious snakes

Friday 27th February – Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour


I took a stack of photos of random things around the house and tried doing some AF micro-adjustments on my lenses. As far as I can tell, this camera seems to focus on things, unlike my previous one—but I’ll have to try some real-life photos to know for sure.


I drove into town to get Bronwen and we had a look at “Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour” and some markets, before heading to Kookaburra Café for dinner, and then on to Bronwen’s parents’ place.

Bronwen looked after snakes again.

Camera Adjustments

Performing an auto-focus micro-adjustment on my lenses with the new Canon 70D

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walk

Guru Dudu and his crowd of silent disco dancers Markets at Redacliff Place Guru Dudu’s silent disco dancers in Queen Street Mall

Guerilla Marketing

Guerilla marketing underway

Kookaburra Café

Vegetable lasagne and pumpkin gnocchi with blue cheese sauce from Kookaburra Café A snake hiding underwater

Saturday 28th February – Neon Pop


I drove to the dentist and had some pain, then Bronwen and I rushed about visiting a travel agent and discussing flights and generally stressing as Bronwen was supposed to have booked her conference flights yesterday.

Neon Pop

We drove to Bronwen’s parents’ place and helped them move their camping trailer in readiness for their upcoming trip, before driving down to South Bank and going to “Neon Pop”—a sort of cosplay convention put on by the BrisAsia festival.

I wanted to test my new camera, so this seemed like a good opportunity. Some of the photos came out well, some didn’t, and most are average—but I think that’s largely because of me taking them poorly. I did learn a few things—the camera seems to like to over-expose (or technically, it seems to be exposing perfectly on the centre, but giving far less weight to the outer background than I am used to), and it liked to use a rather high ISO with the flash, which I’m also not used to. There were a few photos which weren’t in focus, but given how many people were milling about, I suspect that’s my fault, and the camera is probably fine.

The touchscreen proved handy, though it does chew battery.

After, we had Subway for dinner, checked on the neighbour’s snakes (where I finally managed to take a usable photo of some of them with their tongues out), and went to bed.


South Bank has a new baby Brontosaurus

Neon Pop

Ghostbusters at Neon Pop Neon Pop Bronwen and The Unusual Thing Neon Pop Neon Pop Batwoman and Wonderwoman at Neon Pop Marilyn at Neon Pop The Cat from Cats at Neon Pop Junko from Danganronpa Neon Pop The cosplayers at Neon Pop Neon Pop Celestia Ludenberg from Dangan Ronpa Junko from Danganronpa at Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop Celestia Ludenberg from Dangan Ronpa at Neon Pop Neon Pop Neon Pop The crazy thing shooting balloons at people at Neon Pop

Snakes with their tongues out

After many attempts I managed to get a photo of a snake with its tongue out After many attempts I managed to get a photo of a snake with its tongue out

Sunday 1st March – Q-Ride


I woke up at six o’clock, pretended I was alive, and drove Bronwen to her Q-Ride motorbike training thing.


After picking Bronwen up from her Q-Ride training, we drove to the Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens to have a picnic and play around with the camera a bit, though by the time we’d finished our picnic it was getting late and we’d seen three or four mosquitos, which given all the talk about Ross River Fever at the moment, scared us away.


After dropping past Bronwen’s parents’ place to check on some things (as they’re away at the moment) we rushed (we left at about the same time the movie started) down to Southbank Cineplex, where we saw “Jupiter Ascending” in 3D. Fortunately, movies at Southbank Cineplex have so many ads at the start that even though we left Bronwen’s parents’ place only a few minutes before the movie was to start, we not only had time to wait for parking, get into the cinema, buy tickets, and get seated before the movie started—but even enough time for Bronwen to pop back out and buy me a mint choc top!

The movie wasn’t very good, but it did have lots of 3D sci-fi action, which made it fun to watch.

Enjoying a picnic

Bronwen & Ned enjoy a picnic in the Japanese Garden, Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens
Our neighbour’s new balloon snakes, courtesy of the unusual thing at Neon Pop

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