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City on the River

River City at Dawn

It has been a funny week.  I have been doing some work which has been taking me out of the house, and I photographed a cycling event on Sunday, so I have been busy with those photos as well.  My daughters are doing exams, and well, the internet almost ran out again.  Not great.  Thankfully we have finally convinced the man of the house that we need a bigger quota, and he agreed, so hopefully it won’t happen again.  It is chaotic, so I think I needed something calm.

I love early mornings.  I love how calm they are.  Most people are still asleep, but it is my favourite time of the day.  I go to sleep at night so I can wake up to the peace and calm of a new day.  I also love taking photos at this time.  I usually don’t have to worry about other people being around, I can just do what I want.  I am sure you have noticed how much I like early morning photography.

This image was taken last Saturday when I went into the city to do the comparison shots.  This image is a 5 image HDR which was processed with Photomatix Pro.  I did two images, this one had some spots from the rain, so I had to do some work to get rid of the them.  The other image I did didn’t have the spots, but it wasn’t as clear.  I didn’t do much else processing, other than the usual in Camera Raw, then I darkened the buildings a little and added some gradient.

Not my best work, but I like it and think there is potential, or will be when I go back and do it again.  Imagine how wonderful it would look with the sunrise reflecting off the buildings.

Awards

I have been nominated for another award, this time it is the Reality Blog Award, and the nomination is from JUNSJAZZ IMAGES & INSPIRATION

To see the post go to

http://junsjazzimages.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/reality-blog-award-now-i-have-to-nominate/comment-page-1/#comment-195

Thank you very much.

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  1. Liz #

    I like it a lot – I’ve been sitting here trying to work out where it’s taken from.

    November 13, 2012
    • Thanks Liz, it was taken between St Kilda Road, Princes Bridge and Swan Street Bridge. I was out on a make do pontoon thing.

      November 16, 2012
  2. Loved the photograph and congratulations for the Award nomination! :)

    Rahul

    November 13, 2012
    • Thank you Rahul, and thanks for the congrats. :)

      November 16, 2012
  3. great sky!

    November 13, 2012
  4. Beautiful! My favourite time as well!!

    November 13, 2012
  5. This is a beautiful shot – very calming on the spirit.

    November 13, 2012
  6. Congrats on so many wonderful awards!

    November 13, 2012
  7. this is a great shot……

    November 13, 2012
  8. Pat #

    This is a lovely shot!

    November 14, 2012
  9. I like this photo, it has this certain feeling I can’t describe.. :)
    And I like early mornings too, but it’s just because they’re rare to me.. I’m one of those people who sleep late (or maybe I should say ‘early’?) and wake up late if I don’t need to wake up early… :P

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you beautyofsimplycity.
      I love the mornings and I get up early nearly every day, though I do sometimes find it hard to actually leave the house. :)

      November 16, 2012
  10. I completely agree with you about mornings :)

    November 14, 2012
  11. Something sort of mysterious about this image, Leanne, which makes it quite exceptional! Of course, I LOVE reflections, and those of the buildings are extremely fine…how they dissipate into separate dark streaks at the tops of the buildings. Very peaceful (and hopeful, I might add) and quite worthy of printing…IMHO!

    November 14, 2012
    • Also, that ‘little glow’ of warmth off center really draws the eye in!

      November 14, 2012
      • Thank you 1000, I was worried that it might be too dark. It is a strange mood.

        November 16, 2012
      • I find if something troubles me about an image, I minimalize P’shop, then play a few games of Solitaire–which, for some reason, frees my mind, and go back and look the shot over, then ‘play’ with it some more. Usually does the trick!

        November 17, 2012
      • That is so funny, I do something very similar.

        November 21, 2012
  12. Interesting to think about the process of photography as therapeutic! Beautiful photo!

    November 14, 2012
    • I always find photography as therapeutic, it is my time when I go out and I get lost in my tasks of taking photos.

      November 16, 2012
  13. Hello, thank you for dropping by my blog. Its nice that you share your knowledge in Photography. Cheers to you!

    November 14, 2012
    • You are very welcome, thank you as well. I love sharing my knowledge, it encourages me to continue learning as well.

      November 16, 2012
  14. Beautiful shot. I absolutely like the reflection on the water. I like the early mornings in that you see things that you normally don’t see during the day or at night.

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you David, I think if the reflection wasn’t there it wouldn’t have worked as well. That is so true about the early mornings.

      November 16, 2012
  15. What a wonderful photo. Thanks for visiting my blog and the likes :)

    November 14, 2012
  16. Congratulations on yet another award. D

    November 14, 2012
  17. Love the serenity and the wonderful light in this shot.

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you Richard, it was a very peaceful time of the day.

      November 16, 2012
  18. I love the night, because it’s nobody wake and I love to sit and work with the music in my ears – alone with my thoughts and the stars. Congratulation to the award.

    November 14, 2012
    • It is interesting to hear what each of us like. Thank you viveka.

      November 16, 2012
  19. I zoomed in on this photo to view it, and it really is stunning. At first glance understated, but the light and texture is subtle and graceful. I like the mismatched but balancing elements of the hot air balloon and the river marker :)

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you EllaDee, I love what you have said about the image.

      November 16, 2012
  20. A great scene!

    November 14, 2012
  21. petit4chocolatier #

    Congratulations on your award! Gorgeous picture!
    Thank you for sharing the link to

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you petit4chocolatier, I hope you checked it out.

      November 16, 2012
      • petit4chocolatier #

        Yes I did!!

        November 16, 2012
  22. until I read EllaDee’s comment I thought I might be the only one who noticed the balloon in the sky. great capture

    November 14, 2012
    • Haha, you are right, it is definitely a hot air balloon, the other image that I was thinking of using had 3 in it. Thanks

      November 16, 2012
  23. Thank you for your great blog. I have nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award. I hope you don’t mind. To accept the award, there are five steps you must follow. The link to my post in which you were nominated is: http://mightyturk.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/reader-appreciation-award/
    It outlines the steps.

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you very much, I have left you a comment on your blog.

      November 16, 2012
      • Thanks for your kind words and for your inspiring work.

        November 16, 2012
  24. Leanne, when our daughters started uni, we just went all the way and got unlimited internet. That way we didn’t have to nag them about their internet usage and there was plenty for everyone. Mind you, now it’s only the two of us and we’re not going to change it!

    November 14, 2012
    • We, unfortunately, cannot get unlimited where we are, it is a real pain that we can’t. We have increased it from 50 to 200 GB so hopefully it won’t be a problem any more. Fingers crossed.

      November 16, 2012
  25. Nice photograph, especially like the reflection in the river…nice work, Congrats!

    November 14, 2012
    • Thank you so much, always good to hear when images are liked.

      November 16, 2012
  26. I would love early mornings, if only I could get up early.

    November 15, 2012
    • That is a problem, I find no trouble getting up, but actually leaving the house can be a problem for me.

      November 16, 2012
  27. It’s a very calming and is that a hot air balloon in the background?? So cool!!

    November 15, 2012
    • Thank you Amanda, yes it is a hot air balloon, there were 3 or 4 just before this was taken. :)

      November 16, 2012

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