Architecture, Art, Melbourne, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – A Full Frame View of Melbourne

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.


  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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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, :)

      • 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.

  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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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!

    • 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.

  4. WendyJC says

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

    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 . :-)

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  10. 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.

    • 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.

  11. 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

    • 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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?

  13. 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!

    • 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.

  14. 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.

    • 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.

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  16. 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.

    • 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.

  17. 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.

    • 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.

  18. 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. :)

  19. 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.

    • 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.

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