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Looking Out

GPO Clock Tower

One of the lovely things we found while wondering the city, was that at the top of Myer are some very large windows and you could look out over the city.  You can some great views, and it is nice because they are often things that only workers in the big city skyscrapers get to see.  I love rooftops and it is really nice to be able to photograph them.

I have always liked the different sizes, different shapes and the colours.  It is like looking at a puzzle.  There is a mixture of the old and the new.  Small buildings in amongst the large tall ones.

This image is a HDR, processed with Photomatix using three images. A little post editing in Photoshop CS5.  It was hard to get a clear image as the window glass was fairly dirty and if you look closely there are marks everywhere on it.  I don’t mind, I think this image is more about what you see rather than it being a fantastic photo.

The clock tower from, what was the GPO building, stands tall, trying to imitate all the other buildings around it.  I have never really nocticed the clock tower before.  It is rather overshadowed by many of the buildings around it.

Again, this image has marks and if you look closely you can see all the reflections of the lights that were on in the store behind me, that were reflecting in the windows. Probably just as well I wasn’t trying to get an amazing image.  Again, this image was processed the same way as the first.

As an aside.

Today I went into the city for a friends birthday.  We went out for lunch, had some very good Yum Cha, seems to be becoming a tradition.  Before we went I had to think of a present to get her for her birthday.  I didn’t know what to get her, then I remembered that she loved my photography, and I had some photos that I had had framed for an exhibition.  So I thought I would give her one for her birthday.

Afternoon Glow on the Lighthouse

This is the image that I gave her.  Though the one I gave her was more yellow than this. I love this image.  I could look at it all day.

So I gave her the framed print and she was so happy.  She insisted on me helping her work out where she was going to hang it, then she got a hook and hung it straight away.  It was such a lovely thing.  I loved that I could give her something that she really liked.

It is something I used to do quite a bit, give my work as presents, but I haven’t done it much recently.  It is often a great thing to do.  It doesn’t cost me much to do, but they feel like they are getting something that is worth much more.

Another thing that I wanted to say as well, is that getting images printed can be one of the best things to do.  I don’t know, but I always find the photos turn out so much better when you get them printed.  They look so much better than they do on the computer.  You should try doing it if you haven’t already.

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  1. Such an eclectic city! I love the different heights, styles and ages, all mashed up together…it’s like reading its history through the architecture!

    March 31, 2012
    • It is very eclectic, I think that has happened because we are a country that has never felt we had our own indentity. We borrow architecture from everywhere, and through that we have become a country that is a mix of many many cultures. There is some beautiful examples of some amazing architecture here in Melbourne.

      April 1, 2012
  2. I agree with the assessment of your seascape. It should be at the foot of a bed so it can be viewed while falling asleep and waking up!

    April 1, 2012
    • We didn’t think of that. She hung it on the wall of their family room, she will be able to see it when she cooking or in the kitchen, when sitting at the table or while watching TV, it is the room she spends the most time in.

      April 1, 2012
  3. Beautiful photos and I adore the lighthouse shot! Printing a picture gives it a place in the universe. It has gone from conception to “childbirth” as a physical photograph :-)

    April 1, 2012
    • That is a wonderful way to look at it. We really don’t do it enough. It is a great thing to do, I really should try to get more printed. I always think they look great on the computer, but then I print them, and they always, always look 10 times better.
      I really like the lighthouse shot too.

      April 1, 2012
  4. Oh my gosh i love these! Lighthouses are my favorite. That is just so beautiful :-)

    April 1, 2012
    • The lighthouse is pretty good. I’m going back to Aireys Inlet at the beginning to May and will be photographing it again. I’m hoping to get some other shots that different. Thank you, love it when people like what I’m doing.

      April 1, 2012
  5. Hey there, Leanne:

    It’s sort of neat being able to see Melbourne, its views and its colouration and to get a sense for how space is used. I’m liking the tones created/captured with the HDR process. I’m liking the picture you gave your friend, there’s movement, a sense of the ethereal, the lighthouse and someone standing on the beach – perhaps the shot is about the state of rapture. With regard to prints, I may have a go at this in terms of having prints framed; what’s appealing to me are canvas prints which aren’t too terribly expensive when you consider size and cost.

    I’ve enjoyed your photos.

    Take care,

    April 1, 2012
    • So great to hear you are enjoying the photographic trip around Melbourne. It is lovely place, can be horrible too. Thanks for the encouragement about the HDR, I am really enjoying experimenting with it. Just about time to find out some more. I love the lighthouse, I love the colours and the way the sunlight captures the waves.
      Do get some work printed. As long as you have a good printer, or lab you won’t be disappointed. Let me know how it goes.
      Thanks

      April 1, 2012
  6. The last photo is just gorgeous Leanne!!! Sooooo dreamy & almost mystical!!!! :) **

    April 1, 2012
    • Thank you, I really like it too. I put it on my website for people to look at, but hardly one does. Shame really.

      April 1, 2012
  7. Love your photos Leeane – they are so crisp and clear.

    April 2, 2012
    • Thanks Colline, I am surprised they turned out so well because the glass was so dirty.

      April 2, 2012
  8. Love the picture with the clock tower. :) Good idea – I think it could be satisfying to see some of one’s photos in print.

    April 2, 2012
    • I really want to take more photos of that clock tower now that I have noticed. Get some images printed, you will be surprised at how much better they look. :)

      April 2, 2012

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