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The building I am going to show you some photos of, has to be considered one of those. It represents sport to so many people here in Melbourne. Of course, I’m talking about the MCG.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, (MCG), is across the railway lines to Hisense Arena. The bridge or overpass that I took photos of the other day is the link between the two. I took the above image from that bridge. You can see a train leaving the city and heading towards Richmond.
I am not going into the history of the cricket ground, but if you are interested, here is a link.
It has recently been pretty much rebuilt and all the old stands are gone and it looks like a brand new place now. Bit of shame really, there is no sense of the history that belonged there anymore. It is a weird new looking structure, and looks like lots of different people designed it, with no unity. I have only ever been in there once, and when I went there they were still rebuilding it and a whole side was missing. I took my mother, a cricket fan, to see the Boxing Day test, we left early, got sick of standing up and sitting down so people could get in and out to buy beer. It wasn’t fun at all, we decided, that it was much better to watch it on the tv.
The MCG has been home to cricket in Melbourne ever since it was first conceived, but it is also home to football in Melbourne. Aussie Rules football is a Melbourne institution, I think that is the right way of saying it. Nearly everyone living here, and in Victoria follow a team. I am not that into it, though I do know most of the teams, but have to say I have never been to an AFL (Australian Football League) game. I have seen it on the television, but have never been to a live game. One day maybe.
Last Saturday night, during the break in the cycling, I went for a walk. I knew that there was a night match on at the MCG and that it was a Collingwood game, so I thought I would go and look at the Magpie supporters going into the game.
This is Gate 1 and people were starting to queue up to go into the game. Apparently it was a game between Collingwood and Richmond. No idea how the game went or who won. Like I said, I don’t follow the football, though it is a brutal game, or can be.
This image is a single image HDR, an interesting process. I also did quite a bit of work to it in the post production stage.
This image is also at Gate 1. I liked the statue of William Ponsford sticking out there. It was hard to get some images of the statues. There were so many people around. Which perhaps add to the image.
This is a 3 image HDR, but the first time I did it, I didn’t like the result and thought I wouldn’t be able to use it, but I did some pre-editing to the image that is the right exposure, then did the HDR and it seemed to work a lot better. There was also a massive light pole almost in the middle of the image cutting it in half, so I tried some stuff and managed to get rid of it. I was pretty happy about that. I love the way the statue stands out against the sky, and the MCG is behind it.
I might have to try seeing if I can get into the MCG one day and get some more photos. It could be interesting to get accreditation for a football game and see how it all works. Football season started not long ago, so maybe it is worth a shot.
Apologies: I also want to apologise to everyone who has blogs that I follow, or look at daily. Something has happened to out internet connection and we are on “go slow”. It is very, very slow. I have tried looking at your blogs, but it gets so frustrating. It should be back on Sunday, so I will catch up with everyone’s blogs next week.