Brisbane River, Photography “Jargon Free” Course and end of day Bomb Scare…..

What a day…

In perfect weather we caught the train to Brisbane. An hour later we walked through the Southbank parklands to catch the Quick Cat  City Cat ferry.

South Bank river walk

South Bank river walk

South Bank beach area

South Bank beach area

The beach area was crowded with people topping up their tan before winter sets in.

Jack waiting for the Quick Cat

Jack waiting for the Quick CityCat

Here's the Quick Cat arriving

Here’s the  QuickCityCat arriving

The journey down the river was pure pleasure. The water sparkled and shimmered as the clouds reflected in the towering hi-rise buildings.

I was excited to be going to a photography course held in the funky Powerhouse building on the banks of the river at New Farm. In the 30 minute trip I could not stop dashing from side to side trying to capture the spirit of the day.

Here is a gallery of a 30 minute slice of life on the Brisbane River…

We had time to wander around before the photography course started at 2-45pm. Family groups making the most of a sunny Sunday were enjoying picnics and games of cricket. Runners jogged past and people walked dogs along at a leisurely pace. Lovers held hands and old folks sat on benches watching the world go by. It was an idyllic Queensland Sunday.

Being lunch time we chose to go into the Watt Restaurant and Bar. Well I will quickly pass over that experience as we considered 3 small scallops each on a shell resting on a bed of salt and smothered in some indeterminate topping not to be very good value when charged at $17, and the other choice of a two slivers of salty, smoked salmon hiding under a very strange shredded something also charged at $17. I wish I had been brave enough to complain. I certainly did not take a photo….

Lunch was very quickly forgotten when we arrived at the venue for the camera course. It was nestled in the depths of the Power house building, a venue for art and entertainment. An acoustic guitarist was entertaining the crowds in an upper gallery and later we heard snatches of a stand up comic as we passed by to go outside and practice our new skills.

But back to the course, it was a 4 hour jargon free course for every one, “Take Better Photos” . (click here to learn more about the dates and venues)it  was fantastic, a great mix of easy to understand theory and hands on practice with a small group of enthusiastic photographers. If you want to master more than just using the automatic setting on your camera this is the course to show you. I learnt a lot of new tricks.

Learning how

Learning how

Then we went outside to practice

Then we went outside to practice

It takes a great deal of concentration (photo by Jack)

It takes a great deal of concentration (photo by Jack)

The course lasted till 7pm and the last part was pure fun as we learnt to use the timer settings and with the cameras on a tripod played with light.

Now you see Jack

Now you see Jack

Now you don't...

Now you don’t…

The course also supplied you with a handy wallet set of cards created for your camera explaining the settings used for constant reference and the option of coming back to attend the course again as many times through the year as you want. What great value.

Now it was time to go home. The trip back along the river was magical the lights of Brisbane twinkling in the water. I tried to capture the scene, but not too successfully as the ferry movement created some blurring but I’ll show you them any way. I will have to practice and see if I can master the technique.

Tired but satisfied after a full day we board the 8-30pm train for home. But the day is not over yet. At 9-00 pm an announcement comes over that the train will be terminating at Beenleigh due to a police incident. Buses will be made available for the final part of the journey to our rail station, another 30 minutes away. Every one crowds onto the bus station platform and we wait, and wait and then wait some more….

Many of the passengers have come from the airport after long flights. They are dragging heavy cases and they look tired.

Eventually buses arrive. Many of the drivers have been pulled from their beds. More trains are arriving and the crowd is swelling.

Eventually we arrive home at 11pm…

Today I heard on the news that a suspicious parcel had been found on the rail lines and it took three and a half hours to decide it was a hoax…

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34 thoughts on “Brisbane River, Photography “Jargon Free” Course and end of day Bomb Scare…..

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  3. poppytump

    Hi PP … catching up with what you’ve been up to 🙂 .. hey you sound super charged up about your photography course and what you learnt in such a short space of time .. well done you ! I bet you didn’t know you had those special powers to make people vanish LOL …
    really look forward to seeing more as you go along … as you know I’m only just beginning to take mine off Auto too… ( well only every now and then at the moment 😉 )
    Glad all turned out at the v end .. scary .


  4. What a great day, shame about the journey home, love the blog. Looking forward to your photos of Tasmania.


    • G’day Steve, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.The excitement at the end of the day made a great travel story, especially as all ended ok


  5. lovely post with great information! you are going to be producing some awesome photos! the ones of the city at night are really beautiful. z


  6. Wish we have a course like this over our way – sounds very practical, and your photos are spectacular. Will look forward to your photos from Tas, and thank you for sharing Jack’s experiences. Fleece is light weight & warm, tho bulky. I always wear what’s heaviest, instead of packing it. 😉
    Have a grand time!


    • Thanks D’ellis for the comment. Jack feels the cold more than me so he is putting thermals in his carry on luggage then he can slip into the loo to change when we get there. He will also be carrying a lambs wool fleece lined jacket and a russian cossack style hat + thermal socks and gloves. I hope it is over-kill but better to be prepared. It is almost as though we are going to Antartica…It will be an experiance we have not been in a cold climate for over a decade….


  7. Hello, I’m glad that the ticks problem introduced us!
    I’ve enjoyed this visit. We went on a photography course last year but I’ve lost most of what I learned! Reference cards like yours would have been very useful! 🙂


    • I can thoroughly recommend this course I have not managed to get out to put it into practice but feel a major photography session coming on when we get to Tasmania…

      Yes it is good to have the ticks back. I was surprised only 3 of us appeared to miss them…


  8. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog and finding someone else who enjoys exploring her own back yard. Brisbane is now our home town and we also enjoy the river life particularly the City Cats (not quick cats)


    • G’day Ann thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Oops have just checked you are right it is City cats. I don’t know were I got Quick cats from… Will go back and correct it. Thank you I appreciate the comment.


  9. Madoqua

    I am very impressed at your photos – you have shown Brisbane at its best! It is a lovely city. Congrats on the course, I would like to do something like that too.
    Maybe you can do some photo essays with your newly learnt skills.
    Bad luck about the train drama, at least it didn’t happen at peak hour. Such things are luckily not the norm in our country. Makes you feel for those who deal with these sorts of things every day/week.


    • G’day Madoqua, thank you for the lovely comment, Yes we were so lucky with the perfect weather for our day out and those clouds, wow, It was Brisbane at it’s best.


  10. Hello. I wondered whether you had resolved the issue with your comment replies not having the arrow in notifications. If so, what did you do to resolve it? I have been having that problem and it is not yet resolved.


    • Hi Elizabeth, well it seems a bit hit and miss yesterday I thought all was well as it worked in the dashboard notifications, but not in the drop down window on the posts. 😦
      Now today it put one arrow up on one reply but then not on any others. I will see what happens when I send this reply to you. Annoying isn’t it?


    • No arrow on your reply and all the other arrows have disappeared except one. How strange….


      • Yes, very strange that it would suddenly happen. And between me and you I do not really think they have a solution. It is all hit and miss. 🙂


        • Well, well,well… since I replied to you previously and then went away to another part of the internet to answer emails, then came back to WP and lo and behold the ticks have come back again… 🙂
          It is not an essential part of the programme, but it is very handy to know who you have replied to, so guess we will now just have to leave it to the boffins to sort out eventually. I’m sure they will.


          • I now have one solitary tick. None on my others. I suppose they will eventually work it out, or it will come right somehow magically.
            It was nice to have a little peak at your blog. It is good.


            • Nice to have met you and have you visit me.I’m just going to wait and see what happens about the ticks. At least they are aware of the problem and will sort it out eventually


  11. What a full day! Sounds like a wonderful photography course and I wouldn’t worry too much about the night photos from a moving boat! That sounded like a call for video LOL. Glad the scare was just a hoax – makes you wonder about people doesn’t it?!


  12. What a wonderful day! And cool that you took the course. There is always more to learn!


  13. Good grief – what a huge day you had! I’m kind of glad it was just hoax (even though that’s a horrible thing to do) because you’re safe! 😀


    • Thank you Dianne for your concern. It certainly added a sense of drama to the end of the journey, but every one seemed to be quite calm and relaxed about the whole episode.


  14. Beautiful photos of what looks like a beautiful day. What a wide range of photo talent…day, night, playing with light. Love them all.


  15. wow … what a great post about a great day in what looks like a really pretty city (one of these days I have to go the other Aussie cities other than Sydney!). How cool that you went there for a photography course … and look at you playing with light!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful day … and hello Jack!!!


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