Greetings from Sydney

Monday, 31 March 2008, 4:57 pm
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Mikkel Aaland and I just arrived in Sydney on the way to Hobart, Tasmania. Qantas took great care of us on the way – it was my first time in the “bubble” up top of a 747 and I slept like a baby. Maybe that’s because they give you your very own set of jammies.

Photo Credit: Mikkel Aaland

Aussie Mike met us at the gate and got us into the Qantas Club. I took a much needed shower and feel like a new man. I’m headed off to the “meetup” at the SYD Starbucks. Hope to see a few of you there!


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50 Responses to “Greetings from Sydney”

  1. rileyrd on March 31st, 2008 5:06 pm

    nice PJ’s.

  2. Ricardo on March 31st, 2008 5:20 pm

    It’s nice to be the King (or at least treated like one). Bravo.

  3. Paul Bousquet on March 31st, 2008 5:21 pm


    Hope you have a great trip. Please share your photos if you can. Stuck here in Massachusetts, we are experiencing a prolonged Winter and could use so nice photos to look at while we wait for the real Spring to arrive. Didn’t realize you were a Lightroom user, let us know how you used it on your trip.

    Thanks, Paul

  4. gavin knight on March 31st, 2008 5:41 pm

    the top of a 747 is cool, so small and intimate, allowed me to imagine/dream i was in a private jet

  5. Chris_Chicago on March 31st, 2008 5:51 pm

    That is really cool! Obviously, Leo did not get stuck in coach, as he knew was a possibility. I think that we should get that outfit for all of the twitters for the initial Video TWIT in the new studio :)


  6. Justin Flood on March 31st, 2008 6:02 pm

    I would love to give the bubble in a 747 a try. Seems really cool. Looking forward to see what you do with that Lensbaby. I absolutely ADORE those things. The photos that come from them are so great.

    Have a great time Leo!


  7. Phred on March 31st, 2008 6:03 pm

    Hi Leo,

    Welcome to Oz!

    Phoned SeaFM here in Hobart today only to discover you won’t be “live ” on-air locally and won’t be taking any local calls (at least on the SeaFM phone number). Can those of us in Hobart phone-in during the podcast? How?


  8. Rod H on March 31st, 2008 6:15 pm

    Damn Iam in Melbourne, would love to meet up. Hobart is a fantastic little city leo. You have to try a steak dinner at The old Ball and Chain in Hobart. and take a walk down through Battery point. oh and a drive up to Mt Wellington, It will prolly be snowing too!
    And the air is so clean down there too.
    And when you go off into the bush to shoot, you will probably feel like the only person for thousands of miles.
    Tis a nice place….

    Have Fun Rod…

  9. Phred on March 31st, 2008 6:28 pm

    BTW in case you are looking for a phew photo ops between now and your safari next week:

    . Down the Tasman Peninsula on the way to Port Arthur there’s a side trip just after Eagle Hawk Neck to Devils Kitchen, BlowHole and Tasman Arch. At the end of that road there’s an easy hike (maybe 45min return) to Waterfall Bay. If its a sunny day some good photo ops.

    . On the way down to Port Arthur before Copping there’s a turn-off to Kellevie. Branching off Kellevie road is the “W” Road. (the Wyelangta Forest Road). That road takes you to the East coast. About half way along the W Road (10km’ish) is a shelter/BBQ area and just up the road about 100m is a short rain forest walk. Can be some really good close-up photo ops. Only issue is if it has been raining the W Road can be treacherous.

    Your minders will probably know of both places but thought it was worth mentioning.


  10. Rob S on March 31st, 2008 6:36 pm

    Is that the bag the PJ’s come in on your head? :)

  11. Michael on March 31st, 2008 7:01 pm

    I’m a big fan of the upper deck as well. Did you get the new flat bed seats or the, ‘nearly flat,’ ones?

    The upper deck of those new double decker aircraft that Singapore Airlines has is also the way to go. Even in coach/economy.

    Welcome to Australia, Leo.

  12. Lauren on March 31st, 2008 7:39 pm

    How cool is that! =:D

  13. Martin on March 31st, 2008 9:10 pm

    Hey Blog reader! Yes, you reading the blog comments – no not the moderator – you with the pair of eyes reading this text right now – you need to click on the photo credit link (Mikkel Aaland) and navigate to his On Board QANTAS story – there you will see a very cute photo of a sleeping Leo. I wonder what he’s dreaming about?

  14. Mick McMahon on March 31st, 2008 9:30 pm

    Enjoy you stay in the best country in the world.

  15. Dave on March 31st, 2008 9:32 pm

    Hey, that’s not a good look Leo. Don’t you be walking the streets of Australia like that! 😉

  16. bruce on March 31st, 2008 9:41 pm

    hay the link to it is nor working

  17. Leigh Mackay on March 31st, 2008 10:24 pm

    Hi Leo,

    WOOT! you’re in Australia that’s fantastic. I hope you have a wonderful time over here. Make sure you go to a pub and have a Carlton Draught on tap! it’s heaven in a glass.

    take care :-)

  18. Kevin Krewell on March 31st, 2008 10:37 pm

    Someone may want to correct the URL:

    Such a cool trip. Lucky Leo.

  19. Jan Scholl on March 31st, 2008 11:05 pm

    my hubby flies from Michigan to Shanghai and Seoul all the time and he doesn’t get jammies. He gets socks, earplugs and a mask. guess GM is buying him the wrong airline!

  20. John Baxter on March 31st, 2008 11:36 pm

    I’ve only been in the bubble when it was the first class lounge of a few (US domestic) flights early in the 747’s career.

  21. Jaryd Fletcher on April 1st, 2008 12:10 am

    Welcome to the land down under. Tasmania is certainly a beautiful (if cold) part to visit. Hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay.

  22. Sean on April 1st, 2008 1:47 am

    Very fetching PJs (I still have a pair myself!). It was good to catch up with you at the airport: it was good of you to take the time to do that.

  23. Boris on April 1st, 2008 1:52 am

    I saw Leo at the airport this morning around 11:00am. What a surprise. It was the domestic (T2) rather than International terminal. I tried to blurt out a greeting but was encumbered by a ticket in my mouth, fishing gear and a backpack: I’d just returned from a vacation. I doubt whether the gurgle was recognised. I am bitterly disappointed that I didn’t know of the “meetup”. Serves me right for going on vacation … in Tasmania!

  24. Rup Sarkar on April 1st, 2008 2:26 am

    Nice PJ’s. Hope you enjoy Australia! Take a lot of Pictures!

  25. Martin on April 1st, 2008 2:34 am

    Hey Leo – forget chemical brewed beers like Fosters, Carlton Draft, VB, XXXX, etc. make sure sample some of the great micro-breweries while you’re in Tassie. Also sample James Squires range – excellent!

  26. Ryan on April 1st, 2008 2:38 am

    Looks like a great flight. The foreign airlines really know how to treat their passengers.

    Have fun Leo in the land down under.

  27. Tim Gillin on April 1st, 2008 4:11 am

    Greetings from a Sydney TWIT…

    enjoy your trip to Tassie Leo. don’t make this your only trip to Oz.

  28. Jenna ‘Blueberry’ Fox on April 1st, 2008 4:33 am

    [viddler_video=4e1305ab] for your Leo in Sydney fix. I’ll pop some more up later/tomorrow.

  29. Shash on April 1st, 2008 4:47 am

    Do you get to keep the jammies? hmmm….free t-shirts, the one way to get people hooked on your service.

  30. Glenn on April 1st, 2008 5:08 am

    Welcome to Oz mate!!
    Its a shame you aren’t coming up here to Qld but at least Tassie isn’t too shabby.

  31. Lunasdude on April 1st, 2008 7:48 am

    Leo, those PJ’s……. i can’t speak…. there….. OMG! LOL!
    Have an awsome time down under!
    We are going to miss you!

  32. gerald f. miller on April 1st, 2008 8:53 am

    And you get that nice little cap to!


  33. Bradley Swarts on April 1st, 2008 9:25 am

    Ok Leo…so where is the April Fool’s joke already? I can’t wait to see what you have cooked up this year. Have fun down under!

  34. Pfkninenines on April 1st, 2008 10:27 am

    Ha, nice hat Leo!

    Enjoy your time off, look forward to you getting back


  35. kris bjorkman on April 1st, 2008 11:42 am

    Those pink lights are pretty cool!

  36. East_Coast_Girl on April 1st, 2008 2:37 pm

    Leo, you look so sick of the plane ride already :)

  37. Dane Golden on April 1st, 2008 2:39 pm

    For Phred: You could call into the radio show via Skype into the regular toll free U.S. number 888-8ASK-LEO, but I you’ll have to be on the paid version of Skype. Also, remember to get up very early, as the show begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Pacific Time.

  38. JohnTheTechGuy on April 1st, 2008 3:10 pm

    So, 11am Pacific Time Saturday and Sunday… that would be 4am AEST Sunday (2 hours after daylight saving time ends locally) and 4am AEST Monday in Tasmania.


  39. James Carroll on April 1st, 2008 3:55 pm

    if you are still in Sydney meet me for dinner Thursday 24th.


  40. Brian Price on April 1st, 2008 4:56 pm

    G’day Leo and welcome to Australia.

  41. Casho on April 1st, 2008 5:09 pm

    I would have loved to have met you at SYD Starbucks – but can’t get away from work. Welcome to Australia, and have a great time.

  42. Dan on April 1st, 2008 6:02 pm


    Those guys have nothing on you. Get us a good shot of a Taz.

  43. Phred on April 1st, 2008 6:55 pm

    Batten down the hatches Leo. Hobart is 42 degrees south and you are about to witness first hand why they are called the roaring 40’s..

  44. Leo on April 1st, 2008 8:36 pm

    The wind is kicking up quite a bit. I’m going to upload the video from our first day then I’ll head out for some foul weather shooting!

  45. patrick Denny on April 1st, 2008 10:34 pm

    April Fools? Please????

  46. John on April 2nd, 2008 1:01 am

    Looks like Santa Claus , smile Leo

  47. Kevin on April 2nd, 2008 12:49 pm

    I’m envious. I would love to go on a photo expedition especially one to Tasmania. Please post your photos including technical details. Besides the usual comments about the jammies provided by Qantas (very nice) for the “bubble” (I had that experience one time on a high school trip to Italy only because our school had the perfect number to fit the seats up top), I am curious about the photo itself and the fact that it was exposed at the same lighting level from front to back showing the whole upper cabin. The settings and equipment used by Mikkel Aaland on that shot would answer some questions that have perplexed my indoor photos for years. Enjoy the experience. I hope it rivals your Egypt trip in December.


  48. zzap on April 3rd, 2008 5:43 am

    wtf, Leo? The bag the PJs come in isn’t supposed to be worn on your head! It’s just a bag!

  49. Jared Teche on April 3rd, 2008 8:49 pm

    I love the Jammies. Hope you have a great time!

  50. Brusekabiner on April 30th, 2009 1:26 am

    Sydney is great. I don't know what else to say.

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