Entry number 55 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a local park.

A field of ferns
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 55/365


In February, I am selecting the oldest black and white photo from my “Candidates” folder and if I still love it, posting that. If the love has gone, it gets deleted.

This image is from a series of photographs taken during a play date for my daughter and one of her school friends. The 105mm portrait lens came out specifically to challenge me as I was not planning on taking any portraits with it. I was looking for mundane things and trying to take a non-mundane photograph of them.

Once again I love isolating something in a field of lots of somethings and watching the rest blur away.

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So this happened at work, true story.

An email comes through our quote system asking about pricing up a custom road case to move several instruments. I didn’t think much of this as this is what we do. Then I noticed the listed instruments. A snare drum, a “Fat” snare, a field drum amongst others.

“No way,” I thought. So I read the list again.

“No way,” I said out loud. I read the email again looking for the name of the act, band, or … show.

Now those who have read my blog for any length of time will know I have a certain interest in a certain musical. In fact, I won’t even have to name the musical I’m sure. And it just so happens that the musical to which I am I’m referring happens to use a specific set of snare drums.

I told our production manager my theory and he looked at the email but could see no mention of a show. He also thought it was a little far fetched that I could guess who the client was based on a list of generic percussion instruments. Anyway, I went back to work.

Another email came through from the same person. This time he mentioned that they absolutely needed the case by February 27. This time I smiled. This musical I’ve mentioned ends its run at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney on … wait for it … February 27th.

The next email mentioned that they were “bumping out of the Lyric Theatre in Sydney and moving to Melbourne.”

My bosses at work were both very impressed and a little concerned that I gleaned that the quote was for the Australian production of Hamilton from just a list of drums.

To quote Red Dwarf, “Permission to engage ‘Smug mode’, sir?”. 

Oh, we got the job. So I now have a direct connection to Hamilton. Maybe I should slip a note in for the Melbourne drummer?

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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm 1:1.4E ED @ 105mm
Settings: 1/2500 | f/1.4 | ISO 100
When: Sunday February 13, 2022 @ 15:00 (3 minutes after previous photograph)
Where: Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia
# Useless Website Statistics
Post number: 168
Published: Thursday February 24, 2022 @ 0701 AEDST
Composed: Tuesday February 22, 2022
Scheduled Posts Ready To Publish: 2
B&W 365 Challenge: 55/365 (15% complete)
Candidates Folder: 9 (-2)
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