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 Photoshop CS5 for the post editing. I decided that HDR’s would be a good option due to the cloudy sky and the brightness of the boxes.
I really wanted to capture the boxes straight on with the clouds behind them. I like the contrast between the clouds and the colourful boxes.
The boxes have a very long history in Melbourne and there is a website that gives lots of information about them. If you are interested click here. They are all privately owned and when they come up for sale, they seem to sell for around $200,000. They are an expensive piece of real estate. They have no amenities, you can’t live in them. You have to pay rates, apparently they are around $500 a year. Not bad for a wooden box that just sits on the beach.
I took my daughters with me and I think I really need to start going on my own. One of them didn’t bring a jacket, even though I said she should, so she was cold and wanted to go. I should have know it would happen. I get worried about going places on my own, so I should start to get over that and just go.
I was hoping to show one of the photos I took with Instagram, I sent it to facebook, but it has disappeared into cyberspace somewhere. If I ever find what happened to it, I will post it. So enjoy the beach boxes.