I snapped this silly picture of a butterfly on an ashtray stand at Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast; a shopping centre who has banned the use of “professional cameras” and “zoom lens.” A very tricky situation. They say they are “protecting their big brand names”. However, security guards, I beat you this time. Queensland, Australia.
Gulls are inquisitive bastards. To attract their attention, wave your hands above your head and make distressed gull noises. Toss one or two potato chips upward and you’ll have them buzzing like flies. Attach a chip to your lens hood with a lump of Blu-Tack. Place a chip on each shoulder and wait. As gulls are shy and timid, they will hover, keep their distance, and wait for the precise moment to pounce. Snap your pictures and leave the beach promptly without looking up. Gulls aren’t stupid. They have good memories. So next time you go to the beach to shoot a similar picture, wear a disguise or the gulls will recognised you and avoid the situation like the plague. Gold Coast, Australia.
I was in Chinatown in Melbourne the other night having a feed at the Dragon Boat when I glanced out the glass window to the other side of the street. In the glow of a sign, I could see children gawking at the passing Christmas crowds in the street below. I knew if I went outside it would be all over – and the moment would have been lost. So, over my steamed dim sims, spring rolls and chilli sauce, I couldn’t get my camera whirring quick enough. It’s not a sharp picture, and the light is bad, but what the heck, I got it. (Victoria, Australia).