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Brisbane Floods 2011 - Mud - Chocolate & Chips by Neil Ross

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The photos in this flood collection have not been posted for their artistic merit; far from it, although this is probably one of the few exceptions. They are simply my personal account of the Brisbane Floods 2011 and how it has impacted my life. All photos have been taken in my local neighbourhood no more than 500 metres from my home. I hope you find them interesting and informative.

Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Here’s a little bit of abstract art courtesy of the Brisbane River. This is mud drying on the hood of my mate’s blue Toyota Corolla which was inundated by flood waters. It’s Clean-Up day and the first day we’ve had some extended periods of sunshine for quite some time. The mud dries quickly when exposed to the sun and fresh air, turning it from a sticky sludge into hard-baked clay. As it dries it peals away from the car’s duco, and the lines that appear between the flakes is simply the residue left behind. That’s why there are two distinct shades, and I’ve chosen the golden hues simply because the late afternoon sun was low in the sky and everything was bathed in a soft, warm glow.

I like the abstract look of the original photo but it seems very flat to me. That’s why I’ve rotated it and tried to give it some depth, hopefully creating a 3D effect. I’m sure there are programs that can do this in a flash, but it’s a little more complicated using Lightzone. All that aside, this image looks like potato chips and chocolate to me… yum yum yum :D

Did you notice the camera strap to the left of the photo? I kind of like it because it gives the image a sense of everyday reality. Regardless, it blends in nicely and isn’t overly obvious.

Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

Original Image:

Notice the mud on the hood. The flood did little to clean this car. Next time we’ll use the hose!


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I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Redviolin
    Redviolinover 3 years ago


  • Thanks very much Christine. Glad you like it :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 3 years ago

    My goodness this is amazing, you have done a brilliant job with the editing! :-)

  • Mud makes for great art so it appears Tanya. I just shot away at anything that looked odd. This was one of them. Thanks for the compliment :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Makes a great abstract – it is wonderful that you can see beauty in such a tragic event

  • I had time after the initial clean up to take some photos. The whole neighbourhood changed so suddenly and mud was everywhere (and dust in the days/weeks that followed). Some good photo opps because things looked so foreign. Everywhere I looked there were things like this photo, but I do love this particular pic, one of only a handful I had time to take on the day.

    – Neil Ross

  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    great photo Neil, looks quite wonderful, well done :)

  • Thanks Subi. I really appreciate your comment. Cheers :D

    – Neil Ross

  • T-Pot
    T-Potover 3 years ago

  • Cool :D Thanks very much Tenille. I really appreciate the feature.

    – Neil Ross

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 3 years ago

    great shot, looks quite amazing this

  • Cheers mate. I think this one came out pretty sweet :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Marina Herceg
    Marina Hercegover 3 years ago

    This is amazing capture! I love the colors and light, I would’ve never guess what it was if I didn’t read your description.

    i found out that digital photos almost always have to be processed to have some depth. film photography was much more grateful :)

  • I miss film photography too, Marina. I’m glad you like this one and thanks for the fave too :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 3 years ago

    From disaster comes wonderful Art… The original is terrific too!

  • Yeah, that’s something I didn’t expect. I’ve seen dry mud in dams, etc. but this stuff was something else. Depending on where it was and how thick, it did the strangest things. A bonus from such devastation. Cheers for the fave too :D

    – Neil Ross

  • PenelopeLawry
    PenelopeLawryover 3 years ago

    Nicely obsurbed, great shot. Poor mate, unfortunately he wasn’t alone.

  • We were all in it together. glad you like the pic :D

    – Neil Ross

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