Month: April 2012

From Brighton 2

From a Different Place

One of the first things I realised when I got to the beach at Brighton yesterday was that you could see the city from there.  One of the amazing things about Melbourne is that the city is the only place that has skyscrapers, and you can see it from a long way away. I showed some images two days ago of the city from the East.  Here is the city from somewhere completely different. This is the view you could see from the beach.  You can see the city off in the distance.  In between where we are is St Kilda. This image is pretty much the same, only zoomed it more so you can see the city more.  I really like the cloudy sky and the sun hitting the tall buildings. All these images have been 5 image bracketed shots.  Again, with the cloudy sky and the buildings, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  They are all processed the same way as the images were yesterday. There was a separation between …

Brighton Beach Boxes 2

Some Expensive Real Estate

When I woke up this morning, I had planned on going to Mostsalvat to take photos.  Montsalvat is an artists colony in Eltham.  They have some beautiful buildings and it is an amazing place.  I wanted to go in the morning, but then I realised I had to be somewhere at 12, so there was no time to go.  I had to think about where else to go and there was one place I’ve been meaning to get to for years and late afternoon was the perfect time of day for it. On Brighton Beach are a number of these boxes.  They are a famous landmark in Melbourne.  It is amazing that I haven’t photographed them before.  They appear in many publications about Melbourne and by the number of people there taking photos, I would say it is a very popular place to go and take photos. I took all the images with 5 bracketed shots and they are all HDR’s with various degrees of post editing.  Again, I’ve used Photomatix for the HDR’s and …

City from the Hill 3

Field Trip – More on the City

When we first went out, we were going to photograph the freeway, that was the main reason for the field trip, but as we were heading to the boulevard, I could see some amazing lights hitting the city, so I suggested we stop there. There was a beautiful sunset and it seemed like the right thing to do, to stop and see what we could get.  The light was hard, with the bright light coming from the setting sun, and everything else was dark, so the only thing to do, well so it seemed, was to do some bracketed shots and do some HDR’s. We were only here for a short time, but it is amazing how much the light changed in that time. I am hoping that I am getting these in the right order, but I think you can see that more lights have come on in the buildings in the city, so it would be a fair bet that this one was taken after the last one.  Of course, if I had …

City From Afar

Field Trip – A Sneak Peak

Last night was another field trip and we went to the Yarra Boulevard and took some photos of the city.  I used my remote shutter release and let it take long exposures of bracketed shots while I supervised the others. It worked quite well.  I wasn’t that interested in taking too many shots as I have done these before. The above image is not something I have taken before and it was a new spot we tried.  I think it was great, and think it would be great to go back there some time when the sun is setting. The image is a HDR, I don’t think I would have been able to get the detail in the sky if it wasn’t a HDR.  I should have a look at the straight images and see what i can do with them. I zoomed in more for this image.  No idea if it is better, though you lose a lot of the detail that is in the sky. I have some others, that I will try …

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Bracketing Shots, yes, no

Recently I discovered that I could take bracketed shots with my camera.  It does it automatically for you.  I can select 3, 5, 7 or 9 shots.  I have only done the 9 once.  It is interesting, it does the first shot at the right exposure and then does a series of images from darkest to lightest. I usually do them for HDR’s, though I do remember doing bracketed shots when I was working with film.  It was a good practice incase your camera doesn’t expose an image properly.  It has happened to us all, where we have taken images and then looked at them and realised they were either overexposed or underexposed.  It doesn’t happen so much now because you can see straight away with digital.  Or does it? This image was taken last weekend when I went Arthurs Creek.  I was bracketing shots because I thought I was going to use them for HDR’s, which of course I did.  But one of the things I noticed when I got home and put the …

Dead Sunflowers

It is Everywhere

Can you guess what I am talking about? Instagram. The above image is my first attempt at doing one.  Jason over at O’Brien’s Pix has been trying to get me to use it for a while.  The first problem was that I don’t have an iphone, but they have brought it out for Android now, so I had no excuses.  Took me a while to work out how to get on it and today I finally worked out that I had downloaded the wrong thing.  I have it now. You can apply some pretty jazzy special effects, though you don’t have a lot of choice with the basic app that you can download. I know that there are other people who use instagram all the time and have downloaded other apps to help with the manipulation of the images.  I haven’t gone that far yet.  This is my first day. I thought today I would try playing around with it and tried to remember to take photos throughout the day.  The above image was taken at …

ANZAC Memorial 3

Lest We Forget

They are words that I have been hearing my whole life.  In Australia, the 25th of April is ANZAC day.  Everyone in this country knows what that is.  Well people who grow up here.  It is hard to include everyone when it is a multicultural country and we have lots of new immigrants. What is ANZAC day?  It is primarily a day of remembrance, a day to remember everyone who fought for our country and died trying.  It really started with the soldiers who lost their lives in Gallipoli.  I am not going to go into the history of it all, Wikipedia explains it really well. Every town in this country has one of these. This is a war memorial and it usually has all the names of the soldiers who died engraved onto it.  I don’t know if this one does.  This one is in Heidelberg and right near the hospital, that is the Austin and Mercy in the background.  There would have been a service there this morning.  There is a massive memorial in …