Landscapes, Photography

Bridge Over River Yarra

For quite a while I’ve been planning on taking a trip to somewhere under the Westgate Bridge to take some photos.  One of my favourite painters, Rick Amor, did a painting with it in it once, the painting was done from the perspective of underneath.  I loved it, and ever since, I have wanted to do something similar.

I mentioned on my facebook page that I was going to go, though I was surprised at what I found.  Here is what I put up “Got the weather wrong, thought it was going to 37 C or 98 F tomorrow, but that is happening today, so the sunset at Westgate Bridge isn’t likely now, but with thunderstorms predicted I might get something even better, find out in tomorrows post.”  Then I got there.

Ship Sailing Out to SeaIt was raining when I first arrived, not heavy, but enough to be slightly annoying, thankfully it didn’t last.  Some massive ships go down the river here.  We, my husband came with me, watched one that we were worried wouldn’t fit under the bridge.  Of course it did.

Can you see what is behind the ship?  I can’t believe it, a sunset.  It looked wonderful.  We stayed around around here for over an hour as the sun went down.  I didn’t get the stormy clouds I thought I was going to get, but got the sunset I was hoping for.  Isn’t it always the way.

Bridge Enjoying the End of the DayThis was taken just before the it completely disappeared.  It was getting cold, hard to believe after a hot day of 37.  I don’t often get images like this.  I was thinking I would get cloudy, maybe even some lightning, if I was lucky, and I got this.  I know the shots are pretty clichéd, but sunsets are always lovely to have.  Everyone loves them.

The first shot of the ship is a straight image, it is a raw image and processed in Camera Raw in Photoshop CS6.  A little bit of gradient was also used.  The second image, and the following one are both HDR images, though instead of using Photomatix Pro which I normally do, I processed them with HDR Efex Pro 2.  It worked really well, don’t you think.  Wait till you see the next one.

Further Up theRiverThis image was taken in the opposite direction and is up river from the bridge.  You have to love a red sky like that.  I also love the shipyards, I would love to be able to get in closer to them and take photos, it would so interesting.  The equipment they use and the size of the ships, it is pretty amazing.  I think I am going to have explore the area more.

So, after thinking I would just gets lots of clouds and nothing else, it was a pleasant surprise to actually get what I had hoped to get when I first planned the trip.  It was a great reward, if you can call it that.

Another thing I have been thinking about, if people are interested, I wondered whether people who are visiting Melbourne, or living in Melbourne would like to join me on some of these trips.  I never feel really safe on my own.  I wouldn’t charge you or anything, though there would have to be an understanding that I am there to take photos, and not tutor people.  I don’t mind answering a question or two, but it was more about people getting together to take photos.

If you are interested, then please join my facebook page, or follow me on twitter and I will mention on there places I am planning on going to.


More awards, SERENDIPITY has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, please take a lot at their blog, some lovely photos of snow there.

This next one, I’m not sure which one is for me, or whether it even matters, Carol received her first awards for her blog and that is a wonderful thing.  Please take a look at her blog Loethen Art Designs.

Thank you to both blogs, I am always grateful for your support.


  1. Lovely! Many memories of driving over on our way to Dunkeld from the eastern suburbs.

  2. Sadly, Christchurch is a bit too far away… otherwise I would definitely join you on a photo shoot : )

  3. If I am ever in Melbourne I would definitely join you on a photo trip. Sadly need to save lots for our next (second) trip down under as we now have friends/relatives in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane so it will have to be a BIG trip!

  4. These are simply spectacular, Leanne!!! What a treat to catch such lovely clouds at sunset…and then to have marvelous ships! Back when I was still married, we lived in a city of only 35,000 or so, but huge ships would come in, carrying all sorts of cargo, especially concrete (that was brought in by the fabulous “Medusa”). I used to bike down to the river where it met the lake (same Lake Michigan) at night, just to watch ships with amazement as they moved to their docks and unloaded. Thanks for supplying not only these fantastic images, but a very long-lost memory as well!

    • I love your story 1000. I haven’t watched the ships before, but I would definitely like to go back. I’ve seen them in the bay, and along the coast, but never that close. It was great. It was a great catch, I was so happy as I saw it unfolding before my eyes.

  5. Beautiful shots…I don’t think sunsets ever get old…they are one of my favourite things…as an adult I lived on the shores of Lake Nipissing for 20 years and took the most stunning sunsets for granted…it wasn’t until the last year I lived there I became infatuated with them. Since I moved in 2010 I no longer have that wonderful view and miss it terribly…so I never tire of seeing a sunset! Having said all that the photo of the bridge is amazing without the sunset…

    • I love sunsets as well, I can’t really see them from our house, I planted too many trees to stop the hot afternoon sun heating up the house, though if I got up on the roof I would be able to. haha. Thank you Heather, and thank you for the story.

  6. Congratulation to the award and your nominee! Love the drama in your photos … been working to sea for over 35 years … more or less. Love ports .. big or small.

  7. saymber says

    If I lived there I would certainly join you once and awhile! It would be hilarious to stand next to you with my itty bitty camera and you holding your telescopic lensed contraptions…all non-Nikon of course :-) These pictures are just beautiful. You captured a sight/subject (clouds and the play of light and color, a natural filter, with the sun behind them . I hope you get some takers for your trips.

    • That is so funny saymber, you would be amazed at how small it actually is, though the whole point would be to have company, and I know we wouldn’t have a problem with that. Thank you. I was so happy with the photos.

      • saymber says

        :-) I’m stuck thinking really good cameras are like the ones I used to use back in the 90’s lol….HUGE lenses that weighed more than the actual cameras. The evolution of the camera, like most technology, has been rapid and I have to say, smaller isn’t necessarily better. The photos were lovely.

  8. Beautiful sunset shots. One can never have too many in their photo collection. (The same for sunrises.) The third one is especially pretty with the shadings of color.

    • That is very true David, I do like doing them. i was so happy when I took that third one, it was not expected. Thank you.

  9. Other side of the world, but I’d be there like a shot otherwise. The Australian blogs I’m reading make me want to visit.

  10. Sucks the breath right out of me. Really gorgeous Leanne! (And if I’m seeing the effects of the gradient here, it seems perfect too.)

  11. I’d give my eye teeth to be able to visit Melbourne and go on some photo explorations with you. Your photos are glorious and what a magnificent sunset you were able to enjoy. Moments like those are far and in between. Have a great week Leanne

    • Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could come Emily, thank you. That is so true, it is hard to get shots like this at times. I was so happy.

  12. Melbourne weather! I love it! So unpredictable and offers up gems such as these shots. Nicely done.

  13. Fantastic result – huge ships, which I love… the romance of their voyages & far harbours (not the tedious reality) and a molten sunset. I’m sure you’ll have companions soon enough :)

    • Thanks EllaDee, I was amazed at how big they looked. It was amazing. It would be nice to have company when I go out, so hopefully some will join me. :)

  14. Leanne, thank you so much for your “like” on my post about walking in the Methow Valley, Washington, USA. I’m so glad it led me back here to view your gorgeous blog! My husband (whose photos are included in my post) admires your photos very much. In these shots, he says he really likes the structure and strong lines you capture. Cheers!

  15. I love following your posts and work with photography, I think you know that. And maybe you remember, that I travelled in Australia last year (have been posting photos from this travel – and will post more later :-) ). I hope I once will go back again – and we could go photo-hunting around Melbourne!

  16. Beautiful work and I particularly love this series. I quite enjoy the stories you tell with your words and photographs. You clearly have a great love for what you do that really comes through in all of your work. I’d love to join you on one of your outings if I ever get myself down to Melbourne. Cheers!

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