I was one of the poor unfortunate people caught up in the Heathrow chaos on Thursday night. The hour long wait to get through immigration was just one part of the equation. 30 minute wait on the plane for the steps to arrive, hour long wait for immigration (and I couldn’t even find, or get, to the end of the queue) and after all of that the bags still weren’t out. They took another 15 minutes to arrive.
There seems to be a lot of media focus on the Immigration side of the chaos on Thursday night at Heathrow. In the article linked above, BAA say these queues are unacceptable. Well BAA, I also find it unacceptable that I had to wait 30 minutes for stairs to get off the plane and that my bags didn’t arrive until one hour and 45 minutes after touch down. So even if I managed to get through immigration in 10 seconds instead of one hour I still would have waited a long time for my bags to turn up. It wasn’t just immigration on Thursday night, the entire airport was understaffed and unable to cope.
I’ve posted a lot of pictures taken with my Olympus E-PL3 recently, but I still take pics with my iPhone 4 🙂
This one was taken along the cliffs near Coogee Beach, using Hipstamatic. I cropped out the border and ran it through Snapseed.
The end result was a bit sparkly and different from my other pictures of these grasses. This one made it to the 50’s in Flickr Explore on 25th December – by far my best ever result in Explore (I’ve only had about 7 anyway).
My new Olympus 35MM Macro Lens arrived on Friday and I found some time to test it out yesterday.
I absolutely love this lens. I’ve always been interested in Macro photography, and this lens lets me get so much closer than anything else I’ve ever used. Not that I’ve used much – this is the most camera equipment I’ve ever owned 🙂
I still have a lot to learn about this lens, particularly with the focusing. I was using the auto setting yesterday, just to get the feel of the camera and lens. I need to branch out into the Aperture zone soon.
Posted this picture to show how close I could get to a flower.
For two nights this week the Sydney Opera House was lit up in red in support of World Aids Day. I popped down to Circular Quay one night to have a look and take a few pictures.
I wasn’t expecting the patterned display on the sails – it looked great.
I took this photo with my Olympus E-PL3, using the Aperture setting. Yes, I stepped away from those Auto pre-set options 🙂 The photo isn’t as sharp as it could be but I am not very experienced in night photography so it was all a bit of hit and miss!