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Weekend Wanderings – A Full Frame View of Melbourne

In front of the clocks at Flinders Street Station

On Thursday I went into the city to take photos with the new camera, the Nikon D800.  I have shown some of the photos I got in the last couple of posts, and today I thought I would show the rest.

Now, I have to explain, while I showed the images that I took with the 14-24mm, I also took some photos with the 50mm as well, though no where near as many.  I might put them into separate galleries, so first of all we can look at the 50mm photos.  I have to admit, I found it quite limiting and kept going to change the zoom.

It was interesting using it, but I have to say, that I was having trouble with it, and changed back to the 14-24mm.  I think I like seeing a wider view of Melbourne.  My photography friend thinks we should have a day where both of us take our 50mm and no other lenses and have to use the 50.  Hopefully in a couple of weeks we will do that.

There are so many great things to photograph in Melbourne, I have said this so many times.  I just never get sick of seeing what I can get.  I am not going to talk too much, but here are the images I took with 14-24mm.

Enjoy your weekend.  My new business cards arrived today, so I am looking forward to handing them out.

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  1. Sometimes my one lens days are the 24-120 f/4, other days it is the 28 f/1.8. What is With the D800 stunning image quality is possible, or serious cropping with what is still excellent IQ.

    November 9, 2013
    • I think it is a fascinating idea, and so many people say the 50mm is a great lens, so maybe this is what I need to do. I am not quite I get what you mean with the second bit, I haven’t done much cropping, except to fix up some distortion done by the lens. I thought the quality was great, and I really turned up the ISO a couple of times.

      November 9, 2013
      • What I mean is I can shoot with a 28 and routinely crop to the FOV of a 35 and still have a high resolution image. And yes, the weakness at the edges is gone.

        November 9, 2013
      • Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean with that. I did that with the image of the girl in front of the library, I cropped it quite a bit and was amazed at how big it still was.

        November 9, 2013
      • You will love your D800. It shoots great at ISO 4000 or above. Color depth is amazing.

        November 9, 2013
      • I have to say that is why I got it. I love the full frame, but I could have lived without that, but it was the poor ISO on the D300s that really motivated me to want it. I have been testing it out and have been so happy with the results.

        November 9, 2013
      • I used to have a D300. The sensor in the D300s is probably the same. ISO 1600 was about the limit, beyond that things went downhill fast. You will be so in love with your D800. I had better warn Dave, :)

        November 9, 2013
      • I think it is the same too. I used to find it so hard in low light, and when you are being paid for a job, you do need to be able to go up ISO without all that noise. I am in love with it so far. I think Dave already knows, and I think he is relieved that it does what I wanted.

        November 9, 2013
      • There is nothing like true love…

        November 9, 2013
      • Yes, that is so true, me and my D800.

        November 9, 2013
  2. Love your header and oddly, of all the pictures, I reallly love the painted alley, the large one at the bottom of that gallery. The others are all wonderful, of course, but there’s something about that alley.

    November 9, 2013
    • That is really interesting, I wonder if I should take another look at it. I might have to work on it some more. Thank you.

      November 9, 2013
  3. Hosier Lane really caught my eye. Someone apparently needed a canvas. ;) But I like it!

    November 9, 2013
    • It is a massive tourist attraction here in Melbourne, and it is always full of tourists with their cameras. Though it is looking very ugly at the moment as the taggers have got in and made it look horrible.

      November 9, 2013
  4. Very nice! Your photos confirm the good things that I’ve read and seen elsewhere about the D800.

    I often go out with just one lens on my camera. Lately I’ve shot a lot with my Mamiya 645 1000s (medium format film), usually with the standard 80mm lens on it. And I often go out with my Samsung NX300 and a Canon FD 50mm lens on it. I like the constraint, and I feel freed not having to think about zooming or swapping lenses. But I am clearly a bit of an odd man out on many of these issues!

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear. It is a great camera to use.

      I don’t think you are strange and what you are saying really makes sense, I really want to go out with just the 50mm, I think what you said about the constraints is a great idea.

      November 9, 2013
  5. WendyJC #

    Your photography friend has a good idea with the lens .. Personally I prefer a zoom and looking ahead but what a challenge!! :))x

    November 9, 2013
    • I am the same as you Wendy, I always prefer the zoom as well, so it will be interesting being restricted to the 50mm. Thanks Wendy, I am sure you will get to see the results.

      November 9, 2013
  6. Very nice of you to post these photos of Melbourne. always a pleasure to see new interesting stuff. Keep having fun with your camera. Have a wonderful day.

    November 9, 2013
    • I will keep having fun, it is so good to explore new toys. Glad you enjoyed the photos, thank you.

      November 9, 2013
  7. Thank you for the ‘like’ on my recent blog post. Your photos are beautiful!

    November 9, 2013
  8. Hiya Leanne.. great photos :-) I wondered how you post edited the marble steps image…or is it a case of getting the iso spot on mine would always yurn out with a slight yelliw tinge to them . :-)

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you, I didn’t really do anything to any of the shots really, just processed in camera raw and that is about it. I think the yellow tinge is probably due to the lighting there, I don’t change the white balance that much. The lighting was really low, so I am pretty sure the iso was up over 2000, I really wanted to see what the camera could do with that ISO.

      November 9, 2013
  9. Very nice Leanne, what a great new toy :-) lucky you.
    I love the second shot of Hosier Lane….it’s very eye catching somehow.

    November 9, 2013
    • Thank you greenmac, it is a great new toy, I have so many plans for it. I am a lucky girl. :)
      You are not the first to say that about that lane, I have to admit, I might have to see about putting someone in it.

      November 9, 2013
  10. It is very easy to crop a picture, but not exactly as easy to add bits on! When in doubt use the wider lens seems a good idea.

    November 9, 2013
    • Great advice, though I have been adding bits on, have learned a few trips, haha. Thank you Colonialist.

      November 9, 2013
  11. I see you’re enjoying the New Toy… I’m enjoying what you’ve done with it :D

    November 9, 2013
    • I am, I keeping looking for ways to go out with it and take more photos. That is great Marie, thank you. :)

      November 10, 2013
  12. Hello .. Lovely pics.. I use Nikon as well.. I rely on my 24-70 and 70-200, and the same as you have to force myself to use the 50mm or 85 mm I have… I have colleagues who swear by them, but they do take some getting used to I think.

    November 9, 2013
    • Hey Sally, I love Nikon, I have the 24-70 as well, use it for my portraits mainly. I don’t have the 70-200, but I have the older version the 80-200, great lens too, though I don’t use it as much any more. I think you are right about the fixed lenses, they would take a bit of getting used to, I do want to give it a good try though. Will see. Thank you.

      November 10, 2013
      • I am attending a weekend Nature Visions conference here this weekend… got to go out and shoot raptors this morning from a rescue conservancy… some cute owls!! Will post soon.

        November 10, 2013
      • Oh wow Sally, that sounds amazing, I am really looking forward to seeing the photos.

        November 10, 2013
  13. Interesting test – I have always said my “normal” lens for my 35mm would be a 28mm – I like the wide view. I wonder how much of your feeling of being constrained was the focal length or not having the zoom feature.

    November 9, 2013
    • I have been using zoom lenses for so many years now, that now being able to zoom out or in, does take some adjusting. I have a friend who has the 35mm and she loves it. I think if I was putting together a wish list it would go on that list. I think my husband would kill me if I said I wanted another lens now. Thanks Robert.

      November 10, 2013
  14. Gorgeous photos Leanne, I would love to visit the area :)

    November 10, 2013
    • If you come to Melbourne, it is right in the city, so very easy to find. Thank you Amanda. :)

      November 10, 2013
  15. Hi Leanne! Oh yes, the 14-24 will provide more exciting images, and especially so now that you’re on FX format. But don’t forget the DX trick up the D800’s sleeve – if you take just a 50mm with you, then you can shoot in DX format when your lens with be a 75mm – I have the 50mm f1.4, and changing it to a 75mm f1.4 has proved useful on occasion. Adrian

    November 10, 2013
    • I haven’t worked out how to do the DX format trick yet, but I like the sound of that too. I will have to get into that manual and figure it out. I think there is still a lot about it I don’t know, but hopefully I will figure it all out. Thanks Adrian.

      November 10, 2013
  16. These are great. Now you’ve motivated me to start processing my Hosier Lane shots! I can’t believe I was there, and yet I can. It’s like all these other dimensions have been added to your photographs when I look at them. All these memories of the smells and sounds and three-dimensional experience of the city are layered on top of the images.

    I, too, think that last photo of Hosier Lane is stunning. All the color on different planes, I think. I went back and examined it more after reading Teepee12s comment.

    November 10, 2013
    • Yes, do them, see how yours come out. There was some new stuff when I was there the other day, though that is always happening. I love how that is part of the experience of meeting me and me showing you around, and how now when I do photos like this it will bring different memories for you. That is cool.
      I am wondering with that last photo if I should attempt to put someone in it. What do you think?

      November 10, 2013
  17. Ah Melbourne brings back lots of lovely memories! Thanks Leanne.

    November 10, 2013
    • That is wonderful to hear Leeann, it is a great city. Thank you.

      November 10, 2013
  18. Nice set, and congrats on the new gear! Personally, I sometimes like the challenge of a fixed, somewhat telephoto lens. A nifty fifty on the end of a full frame is just enough to make you get a little creative with it. Have fun with it!

    November 10, 2013
    • I haven’t had a fixed lens for years, so it is interesting to try it now. I do want to give it a go, and try it out. So many many people keep talking about how much they love them, so there must be something there. Thank you, I am sure I will have fun with it.

      November 10, 2013
  19. Awesome photos, as usual. I’m starting to get a feel for Melbourne. Looks like a beautiful city.

    November 10, 2013
    • I think it is a very beautiful city, but I could be biased. That is brilliant that you are getting a feel for it, just imagine if you ever come here, the city will seem very familiar to you. Thank you.

      November 10, 2013
      • It would be nice to put it to the test.

        November 10, 2013
      • I hope you get to one day.

        November 10, 2013
  20. I have been so tempted by full frame, I’m almost afraid to look! (I have that under control now, I think) I wondered it the 14 would be too wide and distorted, but I see it is not! Lovely images.

    November 10, 2013
    • I am glad you had a look, it has been great using it, and I think the 14 is fantastic, though I think I need to learn the best way to use it. Thanks Robert.

      November 10, 2013
  21. JF #

    Reblogged this on closetoeighty and commented:
    I enjoy following Leanne Cole’s blog from the moment of my discovery of WordPress’ blogosphere.
    During my first life in the Soviet Union I could not even dream about Australia. Since 1975 I’ve read a lot about the country. I’ve read The Australian Series by William Stuart Long, books by Colleen McCullough and Nevil Shute Norway (I mentioned him in one of my posts). To me Australians are wonderful people, who live in a beautiful country with many exotic animals and birds. Australiai is far away from majority of world counties but they participated in all major events of the world.
    Unfortunately, I had no opportunity to visit Australia so far. I am glad to share with you Leanne Cole’s post about Melbourne. Thank you, Leanne Cole…

    November 10, 2013
  22. Beautiful!

    November 10, 2013
  23. Fantastic shots, Leanne! Know what you mean about getting used to a new lens. Ashamed to say my 35mm has been put away for months :) unused.

    November 11, 2013
    • Thank you so much Richard. It is hard, but good practice, I think I need to make an effort to actually get out there and practice. I am going to start taking it with all the time, and maybe challenging myself to put it on for some shots each time.

      November 11, 2013
  24. I can definitely relate when it comes to using the 50mm. It took some time to get use to it, but after using it for a while I’ve come to really love it. I always have to remember, “I am the zoom” moving forward or backwards as require for the shot.

    November 12, 2013
    • You are the zoom, I love that, that is something I need to start remembering. I am happy to give it a go and see what happens, though I have some other lenses, zoom ones that I do love as well, so I think I will end up loving them all. I do want to use the 50mm for most of my portrait work if I can. Thank you, it is good to hear from someone who has been where I am now.

      November 12, 2013
  25. I was in Melbourne last Saturday and was walking about. We found another lane where artists were at work, completely covering the walls with amazing graffitti!!! I love Melbourne just for that sometimes. :)

    November 12, 2013
    • It is wonderful when you get to see the artists working. I’m going to be in the city a lot over December, I am photographing the Christmas Festival for the City of Melbourne, maybe you can meet me one day and take photos with me. :)

      November 12, 2013
      • Sounds great! I am working a lot over december but any free day I will jump into go around taking photos! :)

        November 29, 2013
      • Let me know what your free days are and we will see if we can hook up. I plan on being in the city nearly every day next week.

        November 29, 2013
      • great! will send you a mail soon. :)

        November 29, 2013
      • I look forward to it.

        November 29, 2013
  26. I have really only used my wide angle for real estate photography, but did take some images the other day in an older town. Nothing as impressive as Melbourne, but I’m anxious to edit them. Beautiful.

    November 17, 2013
    • Sound great, but you know, it is all about how you photograph it. I would normally have used my wide angle on that town, but I wanted to try just the 50mm, see how they would come out. I look forward to seeing your shots.

      November 18, 2013
  27. Absolutely love that first shot! What a beautiful building

    November 18, 2013
    • It is a pretty stunning building. Hard to believe it is a library. Thank you Amanda.

      November 18, 2013

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