6 May - The 'Water For Elephants' premiere, Sydney

Sydney's got another premiere! I't s just like London! And I found out about it beforehand! And they shut down ALL PITT STREET for it!! That's HUGE.

Oh, and I've got a new camera to break in: a newly purchased Pentax K-5, with 50% more megapixels and twice+ the framerate.

I probably should have brought a bigger memory card. Here's how it went down.

She's cute and he's a Vampire, ....... and /but the Austrian dude (who didn't show) was the biggest thing in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". Would I still have gone to this otherwise? Erm... probably.

She's cute and he's a Vampire, ....... and /but the Austrian dude (who didn't show) was the biggest thing in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". Would I still have gone to this otherwise? Erm... probably.

The State Theatre. I once totally lost all contact with a friend for years and then randomly ran into him at a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark there, so it's kind of a cool place. (I'm sure Reese Witherspoon would be fascinated with that anecdote...)

The State Theatre. I once totally lost all contact with a friend for years and then randomly ran into him at a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark there, so it's kind of a cool place. (I'm sure Reese Witherspoon would be fascinated with that anecdote...)

One end of the red carpet. The other end is a block away, and behind and to my left is the State Theatre. Pretty hard to believe Sydney can actually accomplish something quite so ambitious (then again, it's R-Patz. Tens of thousands of teenage girls probably all whined to Sydney council to make it happen...)

One end of the red carpet. The other end is a block away, and behind and to my left is the State Theatre. Pretty hard to believe Sydney can actually accomplish something quite so ambitious (then again, it's R-Patz. Tens of thousands of teenage girls probably all whined to Sydney council to make it happen...)

This premiere has a detailed schematic, and even at this distance at 16 megapixels I can almost make it out....

This premiere has a detailed schematic, and even at this distance at 16 megapixels I can almost make it out....

Ah. Yes. That guy. He's not just for teenagers any more, I hear. (For the uninitiated, he's the vampire in the Twilight series of "movies". I've been told it's vitally important to choose between the Marlon Brandon-esque Musclebound Jacob or the pale James Dean-esque Edward). Incredibly, I'd already photographed him once before, at the 2010 BAFTA Awards

Ah. Yes. That guy. He's not just for teenagers any more, I hear. (For the uninitiated, he's the vampire in the Twilight series of "movies". I've been told it's vitally important to choose between the Marlon Brandon-esque Musclebound Jacob or the pale James Dean-esque Edward). Incredibly, I'd already photographed him once before, at the 2010 BAFTA Awards

I guess I'm the only person who's also anticipating the possibility that Academy Award winning Christoph Waltz from "Inglourious Basterds" might show up?

I guess I'm the only person who's also anticipating the possibility that Academy Award winning Christoph Waltz from "Inglourious Basterds" might show up?

I...erm.... always take a photo of the Magic Paparazzi sheet showing the stars anticipated to be showing. This time one just happens to be amazingly well placed. That is all. how about that R-Patz, huh?

I...erm.... always take a photo of the Magic Paparazzi sheet showing the stars anticipated to be showing. This time one just happens to be amazingly well placed. That is all. how about that R-Patz, huh?

No idea who the lady on the left is, but the one on the right was already getting the crowd (and herself) excited about the prospect of standing next to Robert Pattinson.

No idea who the lady on the left is, but the one on the right was already getting the crowd (and herself) excited about the prospect of standing next to Robert Pattinson.

"And this is where I shall pose when I meet R-Patz.... It's totally subliminal...."

"And this is where I shall pose when I meet R-Patz.... It's totally subliminal...."

Oh, look. Australian celebrities. (?

Oh, look. Australian celebrities. (?

The girl behind me said this lady had won a previous season of Australia's Next Top Model. Hilariously upon the prompt I actually knew who she meant. (What? It's quality reality TV programming...)

The girl behind me said this lady had won a previous season of Australia's Next Top Model. Hilariously upon the prompt I actually knew who she meant. (What? It's quality reality TV programming...)

It's.... Reese Witherspoon!! (As previously photographed at the "Monsters vs Aliens Premiere" in London. I had a good spot for that one, though. Not so much here.)

It's.... Reese Witherspoon!! (As previously photographed at the "Monsters vs Aliens Premiere" in London. I had a good spot for that one, though. Not so much here.)

Yes, this is pretty much where I'd put a camera pole, too.. Damnit. Bad enough that they let Paps into a conveniently supersized pen directly in front of us minutes before the stars arrived...

Yes, this is pretty much where I'd put a camera pole, too.. Damnit. Bad enough that they let Paps into a conveniently supersized pen directly in front of us minutes before the stars arrived...

I've been reliably informed that Ricky Lee _Something_ was an Australian Idol runner up in one of the prior series.

I've been reliably informed that Ricky Lee _Something_ was an Australian Idol runner up in one of the prior series.

Reese Witherspoon, on the other hand, has won an Academy Award (AND been a Photo For The Day recipient by me!)

Reese Witherspoon, on the other hand, has won an Academy Award (AND been a Photo For The Day recipient by me!)

RPatz meets RWiths (It was 1:53am when I came up with that. YOU do better!)

RPatz meets RWiths (It was 1:53am when I came up with that. YOU do better!)

I've often felt a connection with Reese Witherspoon...and it could be reciprocal, if a momentary glance is taken as evidence. Then again, she's just remarried so the connection is somewhat tenuous.

I've often felt a connection with Reese Witherspoon...and it could be reciprocal, if a momentary glance is taken as evidence. Then again, she's just remarried so the connection is somewhat tenuous.

"I've just told the cameraman that if he runs out of tape on this one I'm going to kill him, and then me! Hi, by the way - I'm your interviewer this evening!!" RPatz looks uncomfortable.

"I've just told the cameraman that if he runs out of tape on this one I'm going to kill him, and then me! Hi, by the way - I'm your interviewer this evening!!" RPatz looks uncomfortable.

R-Patz in contemplative repose. That's what I'm calling this shot  (No mean feat, what with the screaming girls all around...)

R-Patz in contemplative repose. That's what I'm calling this shot  (No mean feat, what with the screaming girls all around...)

I've changed Position. I reckon it's pretty good of them to leave the Myer/Centerpoint footbridge open. (I also reckon it's pretty impressive of engineers to design it to be heartthrob-Proof)

I've changed Position. I reckon it's pretty good of them to leave the Myer/Centerpoint footbridge open. (I also reckon it's pretty impressive of engineers to design it to be heartthrob-Proof)

Hey, it's Annalise Braakinsiek. Yes, I believe I even spelled that correctly.

Hey, it's Annalise Braakinsiek. Yes, I believe I even spelled that correctly.

Hey, it's that guy from "Tomorrow When The War Began" and "The World Premiere of Thor".  And a girl in a white dress.

Hey, it's that guy from "Tomorrow When The War Began" and "The World Premiere of Thor".  And a girl in a white dress.

"OMG! OMG! OMG! It's... it's... oh wait. It's me"

"OMG! OMG! OMG! It's... it's... oh wait. It's me"

Fine. Yes. He's more famous than me.

Fine. Yes. He's more famous than me.

One more shot of RWees (wait.. does that work?) from earlier. The paps were briefly distracted from Rpatz and I hurriedly took a blurry shot before they shifted location.

One more shot of RWees (wait.. does that work?) from earlier. The paps were briefly distracted from Rpatz and I hurriedly took a blurry shot before they shifted location.

"I'm actually feeling kind of faint and hormonal myself...." Ahh.. poor R-Patz.

"I'm actually feeling kind of faint and hormonal myself...." Ahh.. poor R-Patz.

As is often the case, it's the crowd who MAKE these sort of events, so here's a shot of them... (No Yellow Cap Guy. I assume he's still in London and hasn't got a local representative)

As is often the case, it's the crowd who MAKE these sort of events, so here's a shot of them... (No Yellow Cap Guy. I assume he's still in London and hasn't got a local representative)

And s the stars enter the State Theatre, the carpet empties and the crowd disperses, he thinks : "I could submit this to the agency... but my niece has said she'd pay top dollar for an exclusive shot, too"

And s the stars enter the State Theatre, the carpet empties and the crowd disperses, he thinks : "I could submit this to the agency... but my niece has said she'd pay top dollar for an exclusive shot, too"

SO... that's another one for "The Archive" and hopefully more to come... because plans are afoot, and they are plans to return to London.

Yes... London.

Until next time!

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