Gael Monfils at The 2022 Australian Open
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 38/365




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Entry number 38 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from the 2022 Australian Open.

The Photograph:

During February, I am selecting the oldest photo from my “Candidates” folder and if I still love it, posting that. If the love has gone (none today!), they get deleted.

Yet another photograph of Gael Monfils being all athletic, powerful and dreamy. Check the motion blur in the ball, even at a shutter speed of 1/400 of a second!

The Blog:


Why go through the trauma (and it is sometimes) of posting daily to a blog that only a handful of people read?

Because I need an outlet. Writing my blog post is one of the few times I can think of that I have to do by itself.

Let me elaborate.

I’ve known for many years but have only just REALLY noticed that everything I do, I’m doing multiple things. If I’m driving, I’m listening to an audiobook or podcast (or Hamilton, if my daughter is in the car). Not just listening as one does, but listening to the level of wanting to take notes. When I used to run, I’d have the audiobook/podcast thing going. At work, I’ve got the podcasts going. Whenever I’m watching tv or my iPad, I’m thinking about what needs to be done with one of my many photography brands or band things etc.

Whenever I play the drums, if I actually think about what my arms and legs are doing, that’s when I’ll make a mistake, so I’m often planning blog posts or reading messages from my phone as I play.

I’m always running to my brain book to jot down something that has just flittered across my frontal cortex before I lose it.

But when I write these posts. It’s all I’m doing. Anything else is a distraction.

I have a feeling now that I’m getting into the habit of writing daily that some weird stuff is going to start coming out. And I apologise in advance. I don’t have much of a filter at the best of times.

Like for one thing, podcasts. When I learn of a new podcast, I can’t just jump in at the latest episode. I HAVE to download all published episodes and start from episode one. Because of this, the release date of the current podcast episode I’m listening to is from 15th January 2013. Of course, I’m very quick to move on to the next episode in my queue if an episode is not interesting to me.

At the time of writing, my podcast queue has 1876 episodes with an estimated running time of 1294 hours 14 minutes.

I also listen to the audio podcasts at at least 1.25 speed. This will shave over 300 hours from my queue.

I really wish I knew why I have to go back rather than just picking up from where I joined. I’d truly love to know.

Have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.



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Photo Information: 
Nikon D850
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 135 mm
1/400 | f/2.8 | ISO 800
Wednesday January 19, 2022 @ 23:00
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
B&W 365 - 38/365 (10.4% complete)

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