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Included here are photos that have either been published or recognized for various reasons which are described in the full text.

 

First photo from the C-14 (GCO) for 2009

Orion Nebula (M42)

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2009-01-01
CATEGORY : Photos - Astrophotography
VIEWS 2167

Welcome to the International Year of Astronomy 2009! To celebrate the new year the staff of the SkyLive remote telescope project allowed me to take control of the Celestron 14" telescope at Grove Creek Observatory and expose the first image taken from the observatory for the Australian New Year - what an honor!

This year, make a point of viewing at least one astronomical object. Everyone has a favorite night-sky object, whether it's the sun, moon, Venus, the International Space Station, or even the Full Solar Eclipse for 2009 (best viewed near the equator).

The image you are seeing here is a small portion of the Orion Nebula, the most famous and colourful nebula we have ever observed. Instead of using RGB to make this image, I used the Hydrogen filter for the red channel, Sulpher for green, and Oxygen for Blue. This is a close approximation of the "Hubble Pallette". I also used a Luminosity filter as a luminosity layer. Some noise reduction and slight level adjustments made in photoshop but the colours come directly from the filters used.

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the International Year of Astronomy 2009!

UPDATE This was posted in an Italian Astronomy News circular!

Record your life using Macbook Pro iSight
<br>*Kudos from the blogosphere! (Digg, TUAW, OSXDaily, MACOSXHints etc)

Deography Record

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2007-01-27
CATEGORY : Video
VIEWS 1811

I started the Deography Record project as an anti-theft measure. It automatically snaps a photo using the Macbook Pro built in iSight camera each time the laptop lid is opened, and then uploads the photos to an FTP or web server when it next connects to the internet. I figured if my laptop ever got stolen it would upload the rouges mugshot to my webserver. Its been running for over a month now and collected quite a disturbing array of photos of myself. I wouldn't want to unleash that on anybody of course, but felt like sharing the HOWTO with the apple community. Anyone with an apple computer that has a built in iSight web camera can do this and you can find instructions by browsing to http://deography.com/record. UPDATE The project appears to have piqued some interested in the community with several popular Apple websites running the story including - OSX Daily TUAW MacOSXhints Digg

Comet McNaught over Albury NSW, Australia
<br>* Published in the Border Mail Jan 23, 2007.

Comet McNaught

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2007-01-24
CATEGORY : Photos - Astrophotography
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To see a comet in your lifetime is a lucky thing indeed. So see one night after night, with such a magnificent tail is just brilliant. No nation can lay claim to a comet, but its tempting for me to call it 'The Aussie Comet' not only as it was discovered by an Australian, in an Australian observatory but that as the comet approached the northern hemisphere got the first views. When the southern hemisphere's turn came around however, that view became spectacular. South Africa, Australia and New Zealand photographers had a field day. As earth rotates around the sun, the comet's icy wake begins to refact the recently-set sunlight down to earth. The curved appearance of the tail is a ''rainbow'' type effect. In a classic example of the awesome nature of the universe, I watched in humble awe at the 30 million kilometer long ice trail extending into space. UPDATE - Published in the Border Mail Jan 23rd, 2007, Page 2.

The deography widget for Mac OS X.
<br>* Picked as Staff Favorite on the apple.com dashboard website. 16/1/2007

Deography Widget

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2007-01-14
CATEGORY : Video
VIEWS 2013

Thanks to the beta release of 'Dashcode' from Apple inc, I was able to put together a widget for the deography RSS feed. Click Here to download the widget or browse to http://deography.com/images/Deography.zip. This will only work for readers using Mac OS X version 10.4.3 and above, so I apologise to the windows users out there as this post will mean little or nothing to you. The widget will simply show the latest deography photo in dashboard and it's short description underneath that links directly to the photo on the website. If I decide to update for any reason I'll just add the updated version to this post, the widget will not nag you with graphics to update and I won't be adding any more posts about widgets to the front page. Update - RSS feed parsing fixed. UPDATE - Picked as Staff Favorite on the Apple.com Dashboard website - 16th Jan 2007.

Lightning strikes the ground near Nail Cann Hill, Albury
<br>* Published by Border Mail - Front Cover Jan 2006

Lightning over Monument Hill, Albury

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2006-01-18
CATEGORY : Photos - Weather
VIEWS 2327

Something possessed me to get up on hearing the faint rumble of thunder at 3am, put on some shorts and a t-shirt, and drive to east-hill with my camera and tripod. Opening the back doors of my 4wd I setup the tripod looking out over Albury and focussed on the town lights and opened up the aperture. At ISO 200, this lightning bolt took me by surprise and completely overexposed the shot, but the forks were so beautiful, I had to recover the photo with some darkening in post processing. You can see where the bolts are hitting both on Monument Hill itself, and then further in the background to the hills beyond, a spectacular fork that shook the earth. UPDATE - Thanks to the Border Mail, Australia's largest regional newspaper, for printing this photo on the front cover, Thursday the 19th 2006. UPDATE 2 - Peter Jowett of Albury, on seeing the photo, realized the strike had hit his parent's house. Border Mail article here with a photo of some of the damage.

A friend shows me her bruised eye.
<br>* Photo threatened with legal action
<br>* Photo removed at patron's request after Globe Hotel refuse her entrance.

Black Eye - Globe Hotel Albury

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-12-01
CATEGORY : Photos - Portraits
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Despite physical and electronic surveillance security, and a history of violence that includes one murder, the Globe Hotel Albury, can't seem to shake the patronage of dickhead's who think that a good night out has to include a violent altercation. In my friend's case, not only was she on the receiving end of an unprovoked assault, but at the hands of multiple assailants including at least one male. Many solutions have been proposed over time including curfews, increased security, early closing times, however until a cultural shift in attitude is realized violence will continue regardless. UPDATE - 1/2/2006 : Brian Grenfell, Managing Director of Globe Hotel threatens deography.com with legal action. UPDATE - 30/3/2007 : Globe Hotel refuses entry to patron in photo unless she requests that photo is removed. deography.com has obliged patron's request so you will only be able to see the photo in question at Goolge's cache - here and the Internet Archive here. UPDATE - 4/4/2007 : After having spoken to Brian Grenfell today, Managing Director of Globe Hotel, I would like to express my impartiality on the whole issue. I am sure the Globe Hotel has done everything possible as a local business to improve the security and safety issues they have had in the past... you'll have to ask them. I'm just a photographer. As a supporter of a certain level of civil autonomy for bloggers and journalists I don't like being to self censor my website, but as a local citizen I believe Globe have done everything in their power to ensure your night out is a perfectly safe one. The Globe Hotel, Albury is not my personal choice for going out in Albury these days so maybe I'm not the best person to comment. Many patrons go there every weekend and have a great time. This is just a little photoblog with little to no influence on the world, its just unfortunate that my google pagerank throws up my site before their own official page.

So have fun and be safe everybody! - Dylan.

A barrel of water and diesel ignited.
<br>* Photo of the Day 
<br>(www.potd.com.au)

Diesel Fire

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-10-11
CATEGORY : Photos - Man Made
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Fire fighters have suspected that diesel tanks stored by tenants in the world trade center, contributed to its structural collapse. I have a funny feeling it was those two planes myself. Pictured here a diesel fire begins to warm, causing smooth, curved flames from the barrel of water as part of a State Emergency Service fire fighting training night. UPDATED - Awarded ''Photo of the Day'' by www.potd.com.au

Four people, four sparklers, 20 seconds.* Awarded Photo Friday 'Noteworthy'

Fuck Bush

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-09-25
CATEGORY : Photos - Man Made
VIEWS 1789

How long do you think it took to convince these people to write these words in the air with sparklers? Less time than the shutter was open for, and in fact it was mostly their idea. I am shocked and awed, but now my mission is accomplished, its time for me to go home and put food on my family. UPDATE Awarded Photofriday Noteworthy! Thanks for all the votes people! Where were you guys in 2004?

A Little Lorikeet watches from nearby its hollow.
<br>* Rare breeding record, noted by Albury Field Nats

Little Lorikeet - Glossopsitta pusilla

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-03-06
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
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A strongly arboreal species, the Little Lorikeet is a diminutive bird that is hard to find. While looking for crakes in patches of combunghi in a shallow pondage I looked up for a moment to see the small green body sitting still and silent. About 10 minutes later I realized there was a second lorikeet there and observed it enter and then exit a small hollow in the living eucalypt in the middle of the weedy swamp. If they are indeed a breeding pair, then as far as I know this may be the first local breeding record for my area. UPDATED According to HANZAB this little known bird has only had 19 breeding records for all of NSW... ever. My discovery of this hollow, although it seems to be out of season, may well be the 20th record ever, noted by the Albury Field Nats Society.

Looking over the boardwalk over the mudflats leading to the new bird hide near Moama.
<br>* Commissioned and published by Tri-Avian Corridor Committee

Mathoura Bird Hide - Tri Avian Corridor

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-02-02
CATEGORY : Photos - Flora
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This is the view from behind the bird hide I posted earlier here, only this time I am not in the water. One of three bird hides erected in the region, bird watchers can use the vantage point to see many excellent local species including your typical waterbirds, Royal Spoonbills, Egrets, Darters, Cormorants and some special ones such as Nankeen Night Heron. As more information comes to hand about the Tri Avian Corridor project I will update the site with links to the official website, interpretative information and maps. UPDATED - Published in Tri-Avian Corridor tourism brochure for http://www.centralmurraybirds.org.au/

A Jacky Lizard hides under some garden shrubbery.

Jacky Lizard - Amphibolurus muricatus

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2005-01-10
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
VIEWS 6389

Another photo of this charasmatic reptile, this time a good 50-60 kilometers from the last pair I took a photo of in Albury. I'm no reptile expert.. perhaps it is a bearded dragon, but its hard to tell without looking in it's mouth. The beard is lacking though, and without agitating the creature I am not sure how else you could tell. Spotted close to household timbers left outside near a friends house, it was obvious this guy was living fairly close by probably eating insects from the garden, but enjoying the safety, shade and familiarity of scrap wood close to hand. Encouraging such beautiful reptilian life in your garden can be as easy as leaving some logs for them. UPDATE - Definitely a Jacky!

ISO 800 f-6.3 @ 1/125s* Commission by Corporate Website

Black Ant

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-29
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
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The light wouldn't stop changing. One second the sun was beating down, and then a cloud would pass over and it would become dark. I bumped the ISO up to 800 for a close up in a darker moment. Digital is a boon at least for being able to change "film speed" on the fly. I found this interesting piece of information on the Australian Museum website : The ant fauna of Australia is especially diverse, having 10 subfamilies, 103 genera and about 1,300 described species and subspecies of ants. In comparison with the rest of the world, Australia has 66.7% of the world's subfamilies, 33.3% of the genera and about 15% of the worlds species (Bolton, 1994) UPDATE - Photo used by Swiss corporate website www.mtprod.ch for front page web design.

A Nobbi Dragon found under logs on Red Light Hill, Albury

Nobbi Dragon - Amphibolurus nobbi

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-29
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
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Jacky Lizards extend from QLD down the eastern edge of Australia and across to SA. In Albury their range overlaps with the Nobbi Dragon. They eat small inscects like crickets and beatles and are "sit and wait" predators that wait for food to pass them by before making the effort to move. Unlike skinks that use olfactory methods for communication, Jacky lizards, like most dragons, use movements and gestures such as push ups and waves to interact with common species. UPDATE - It's not a Jacky at All! Thanks to Reptile Expert Damian Michael for pointing this out for me : '' Jacky's are in Albury but the Nobbi is by far the dominant species. You'll notice subtle the differences in your pictures.The most obvious is Jacky's more rugous scalation, Nobbi's are less rough looking. Jacky's scales, especially on the body are different sizes whilst Nobbi's are smaller and more uniform . Also, whilst colour pattern is not a reliable diagnostic feature both the Nobbi and Jacky are displaying their respective typically patterns. ''

A Nobbi Dragon found under logs on Red Light Hill, Albury

Nobbi Dragon - Amphibolurus nobbis

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-29
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
VIEWS 3245

Jacky Lizards extend from QLD down the eastern edge of Australia and across to SA. In Albury their range overlaps with the Nobbi Dragon. They eat small inscects like crickets and beatles and are "sit and wait" predators that wait for food to pass them by before making the effort to move. Unlike skinks that use olfactory methods for communication, Jacky lizards, like most dragons, use movements and gestures such as push ups and waves to interact with common species.   UPDATE - It's not a Jacky at All! Thanks to Reptile Expert Damian Michael for pointing this out for me : '' Jacky's are in Albury but the Nobbi is by far the dominant species. You'll notice subtle the differences in your pictures.The most obvious is Jacky's more rugous scalation, Nobbi's are less rough looking. Jacky's scales, especially on the body are different sizes whilst Nobbi's are smaller and more uniform . Also, whilst colour pattern is not a reliable diagnostic feature both the Nobbi and Jacky are displaying their respective typically patterns. ''

Taken at the ''bubble'' in Federation Square, Sep 1 2004.<br>*Published JJJ online Aus music gallery Nov 2004

Ben Ely - Regurgitator

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-28
CATEGORY : Photos - Portraits
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They had been in the ''bubble'' for 24 hours now and for the most part, everything appeared to be going according to plan. Quan strummed a slow but chunky four chord rhythm which the drummer Pete followed with a precise kick beat. After three hours, the song was growing on me. I found myself tapping my feet and humming the vocal melody about the ''Devil with a thousand eyes.'' People passed by, some bemused and some excited. I caught snippets of conversations ... ''what a sell out'' ... ''this is the best thing ever!'' .... ''who likes regurgitator?'' ... ''where's the toilet?''. I followed them for 4 hours around the room. Feeling the stare of the 55mm lens, they shuffled uncomfortably, ironically. I set the ISO as high as possible and hummed along.''The devil with a thousand eyes....'' *click* UPDATED - * Published Online JJJ Aus Music gallery Nov 2004

Taken at Federation Square Sept 1 2004
<br>* Published Online JJJ Aus Music gallery Nov 2004

Quan Yeomans - Regurgitator

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-28
CATEGORY : Photos - Portraits
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A crowd stood staring at the band in a glass room in the middle of Federation Square. Profanities could be heard from the band members as they lay down the various parts to the song they were recording. Old couples glared curiously before moving on. Teenagers laughed and pointed at the messy room, filled with bunk beds, computers, cameras, plasma TVs and a plethora of musical equipment and endless arrays of flashing lights. I spoke to a busker who I'd seen playing earlier. A security gaurd told he about how classical music was his real forte. A junky tried to convince me the whole thing was a conspiracy. A photographer showed me his expensive tripod and I showed him mine, the cheapest I could find. Quan looked tired. 24 hours had passed. Only 20 days remain. *click* UPDATED - * Published Online JJJ Aus Music gallery Nov 2004

Tripod 1/50s : ISO 200 
<br>* Photo of the Day (www.potd.com.au)

Hotham Sunset

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-28
CATEGORY : Photos - Landscape
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I walked around all day, up mountains, down mountains, through the resort, over ski areas, down slopes, up the car park and so on. I had an idea of where I wanted to take the sunset photo for that day, but knew that when it happened, and when the clouds and the sky finally showed me their intentions, that my preconceived idea of "a good spot" would change. Sure enough, the light and the clouds suddenly did this and I raced over the car park and down the alpine slopes until I hit a relatively sweet spot that allowed me to see it all without any interference from the ski park. UPDATED - Awarded ''photo of the day'' at www.potd.com.au

Fire training at the Wodonga SES.
<br>*Best of Print Show (Champion Albury 2004)
<br>**ABC Goulburn/Murray Spring Gallery Online 2004 
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Wodonga SES

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-27
CATEGORY : Photos - Portraits
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I like some of the photos I take, but its hard to really stop rethinking the photo sometimes.. perhaps I could have used a longer exposure and/or a smaller aperture, but when I look at this photo I honestly feel like it is complete. No cropping was required and only a slight white balance adjustment in post processing was needed. The SES have strict rules about the integrity of photos that are displayed in the public domain and also to preserve the identity of the subjects where possible (name badges) and similar recognizable features such as number plates. In this photo the trainer shows the other volunteers the correct way to approach a fire with head lowered and delivering a short, direct steady burst from the extinguisher directly into the source, or heart of the fire in order to subdue and extinguish the flames. UPDATED - *Best of Print Show (Champion Albury 2004) **ABC Goulburn/Murray Spring Gallery Online 2004

A bottle-nosed dolphin leaps out of the waters off Eden
<br>* Photo of the Day 
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Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-27
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
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A pod of dolphins raced the fishing boat we were in as powered along at full speed out to the shelf. The dolphins overtook us easily, they jumped out of the water several times directly alongside the boat racing along at the same speed so they appeared suspended floating in front of you for a moment as they bounded in and out of the sea. UPDATED - Awarded ''photo of the day'' by www.potd.com.au

0.4 of a second shutter speed, tripod on the rocks at sunrise.
<br>*Published by 'Camera' Magazine and SMH online.

Durrass Beach

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 2004-12-24
CATEGORY : Photos - Landscape
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I had slept in a national park rainforest without paying entry fees as I pulled in late and slept on a roadside instead of a camping area. My nokia's alarm clock woke me at 5:30 and I engaged 4wd so I could get out in time to see the sun rise over the beach. My boss had already started SMSing my phone asking me to come into work, I told him I was on my way and went to the beach. The cold morning wind bit my face and hands and I pulled my hood tight. The sun hadn't broken free from the horizon and the sky began to turn orange and pink. With the tide coming in I clambered across the rocks and setup the tripod on the edge of a rocky waterway. *click* UPDATED - Published by 'Camera' Magazine and SMH online.

Pelican outline against the Albury sunset over the Wonga wetlands.
<br>* Published ABC online Goulburn Murray Spring Gallery 2004

Pelican - Pelecanus conspicillatus

Dylan O'Donnell 2008

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UPLOADED : 0000-00-00
CATEGORY : Photos - Wildlife
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Even though skies can be featureless sometimes, they can be used to great effect. The colour in this photo is as it was produced by the DSLR, without any maniuplation in post processing, and was just as vivid in my memory of having stood there as the sun went over the hills leaving everything bathed in thick tangerine. Local wetlands are good places to look for water birds such as swans, pelicans, egrets, stilts and other waders, spoonbills, brolgas, and even raptors who come looking for and easy meal. Pelicans mostly eat fish and crustaceans but often accept left overs from fishing boats. They have also been observed drowning and then eating seagulls in times when food is scarce! UPDATED - * Published ABC online Goulburn Murray Spring Gallery 2004