The cosplayers at Neon Pop

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.

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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