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Last in the month of December so many people were putting up images of Christmas from where they were in the world.  I loved it and it made it feel like Christmas really was everywhere.  I got into it as well and took some trips into the city to see what I could find.  I was so surprised at the wonderful job the City of Melbourne had done in decorating the city for Christmas that I ended up going in a few times.  Lots of people reading this blog also enjoyed the posts and I really enjoyed doing them.

So this year, well I have news, I actually have been given the job by the City of Melbourne to photograph the Christmas Festival for them this year.  I am so excited. I know exactly what will be happening and can now plan where and when I am going to take photos of everything.

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A Still from the Light Show that is Projected on the Town Hall

I will also have my new lens, which I got earlier this year, the 14-24mm and the new camera, the Nikon D800.  I will be able to get the whole building in this year and photograph the whole event.  I might even try videoing it with the new camera.

I don’t know if I will do the whole 24 days leading up to Christmas Day and Christmas Day, but I will do my best to bring you as much as possible.

The Festivities here kick off on Friday night of the 29th of November.  The lights on the tree in the City Square will be turned on, and there will be a concert in the City Square as well. Santa is going to come out and greet everyone.  Then after all that is done at around 9 or 9.30, the lights on the Melbourne Town Hall will be turned on and the light show will begin.  It should be an exciting night.

While I am being paid to take the photos for the City of Melbourne, I am allowed to show the images on this blog so you can all see them as well.

May be we can do it as a challenge or something, we can all show images of Christmas from where we are.  Who wants to join me?

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is coming, 39 days to go.

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  1. Sounds like some lens and camera combo … and a gorgeous Christmas celebration.

    November 15, 2013
    • It is going to be great to see what I can get with it. I hope some gorgeous Christmas images, thank you Teepee12

      November 15, 2013
  2. what a colourful picture amazing :) i placed it as picture of the week on my page :) congrats !!

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you, the Town Hall looks fantastic like this, and thank you so much. :)

      November 15, 2013
  3. Congratulations! What an honor! We will be waiting to see your beautiful work. :)

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Laura, I was happy to get it, and all because of what I did last Christmas. I am excited to see what the new camera and lens will do. :)

      November 15, 2013
  4. Can’t wait for your photos and for Santa! xx

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you, not long for it all to start happening.

      November 15, 2013
  5. Wow-NESS!!! Congratulations on this honor! Can’t wait to see your pictures… I love Christmas! :)

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Carolyn, I do feel very honoured, and I can’t wait to start. I hope you will enjoy the pictures, oh, I love, love, love Christmas too. :)

      November 15, 2013
  6. Sounds like fun! Look forward to seeing the show… I’m sure it will be dazzling!

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Jessica, it should be fun, I will see what I can do.

      November 15, 2013
  7. A major rainbow of colors…WOW!

    November 15, 2013
    • Yes, lots of colour, it is hard to get that in Australia, with it being summer, have to stay up late. Thank you Mary.

      November 15, 2013
  8. The colours . . . wow!!!

    November 15, 2013
    • It was raining that night, I wonder if that is why they came out so well. Thanks Chris.

      November 15, 2013
      • I’ve heard that rain helps to saturate colours . . . could be that. Either way, looks fun. Cheers Leanne!

        November 15, 2013
      • That is what I thought too, guess I will find out in a couple of weeks, when I go back to photograph it again.

        November 15, 2013
  9. Stunning Leanne, make’s me want to visit Melbourne :) I’ll join you and share images from Brisbane :) I’m really enjoying following your blog your architecture shots are inspiring.

    November 15, 2013
    • I have to say I was so proud of Melbourne last year, and this year is going to be just as good. That would be fantastic, I am thinking of stopping my introductory posts on the Mondays and showing what people are doing for Christmas on that day, putting links, you know the sort of thing, that could be good. So if you do I will put you on there. That is so wonderful to hear. Doesn’t Brisbane have some amazing buildings as well. I have only been there once, but I remember seeing some beautiful buildings. Thank you so much.

      PS let me know when you start posting the Christmas ones.

      November 15, 2013
  10. How do I get that on my house lol. So nice!

    November 15, 2013
    • LOL no idea, pay someone a lot of money.

      November 15, 2013
      • Haha, I’ll get my torch and some crepe paper then haha

        November 15, 2013
      • Probably a lot cheaper, LOL

        November 15, 2013
  11. what a great shot!!! i love all of the color!

    November 15, 2013
    • It was pretty stunning to actually see, really mesmerising. Thank you.

      November 15, 2013
  12. I love Christmas so I can’t wait to see your photos!

    November 15, 2013
    • That is great to hear, I am hoping the photos will be even better this year too. I love Christmas too. Thank you.

      November 15, 2013
  13. Congratulations on the assignment. I cannot wait to see how your city presents itself for the holidays.

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Robert, I am really excited about it, and can’t wait to start, it will make it a very busy month, but hopefully really worth it. It should be a great display, I have been given a massive list of things to photograph.

      November 15, 2013
  14. Congratulations on the big project. Sounds like fun.

    November 15, 2013
  15. That’s fantastic, Leanne! Look forward to your photography. :)

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you John, I am also looking forward to taking the photos to show you. :)

      November 15, 2013
  16. love the lights on the town hall! Congratulations on scoring such an awesome gig, good luck!

    November 15, 2013
    • There is a whole slide show sort of thing, that goes for about 15 minutes with lots of music and sound effects, it is really great. Thank you Leah.

      November 15, 2013
  17. leecleland #

    Wow, official photographer! Congrats are in order. I’m sure it will be a very busy month but what a great opportunity and challenge. Looking forward to seeing your posts.

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you so much Lee, it is going to be a busy month, but hopefully one that will lead to other opportunities. I can’t wait to get started.

      November 15, 2013
  18. Congratulations,, sounds like a fun December coming up for you!

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Sally, It is going to be fun and very busy.

      November 15, 2013
  19. Oh that’s fantastic, what a great job! I think us all sharing what our city is doing for Xmas is a great idea! The projections look fantastic.

    November 15, 2013
    • I think so too, thank you. I think showing what other places is doing would be great. I was thinking that I could use my Monday posts to show everyone, with links to the individual posts.
      I will certainly have more of the projections, will try and get a good video of it this year.

      November 15, 2013
      • Great idea! I need to visit the Manchester Christmas markets soon and get all snap-happy ❤📷🎄

        November 16, 2013
      • Sounds great, I look forward to seeing of the photos. I will have to set up something to help share what everyone is doing. Thank you.

        November 16, 2013
  20. Congratulations! I will be in Melbourne for Christmas, so am looking forward to seeing the decorations, as well as seeing your pictures of them and what ‘angle’ you give them.

    November 15, 2013
    • How wonderful Penny, they are doing so much this year, but the projections on the town hall will definitely be worth seeing. I am excited to be taking the photos and I have some ideas already. Thank you so much.

      November 15, 2013
  21. Awesome!
    Looking forward to any photos that you will be able to share this holiday season!

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you RoSy, that is brilliant, there is so much to photograph, so there will be a lot to show.

      November 15, 2013
  22. jblanche74 #

    Reblogged this on Simply that.

    November 15, 2013
  23. how cool and congrats on the gig )

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you ksbeth, that is pretty how I feel. :)

      November 15, 2013
  24. That image is beautiful. I can’t wait to see what Melbourne does! I’ll take some photos of Christmas in the Park and put them on my blog. Congratulations on the job, by the way. The city chose wisely.

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Nia, it was the job that I got the new camera for really. That would be great if you could take some photos as well, I think I will dedicate my Monday posts to showing what other people take of Christmas in their areas.

      November 15, 2013
  25. I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award!! Follow this link to my homepage to see the details in my post.
    http://hancockjacklyn.wordpress.com
    Great work keep it up!! :)
    -JH

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you so much Jacklyn, that is wonderful. I will do my best to keep it up. :)

      November 15, 2013
  26. Dani of Henry Arthur Photography #

    I would love to join in your challenge! I did some Christmas sessions last year but I am hoping to up my game this year.

    Congrats on the job! It is a great opportunity for your photography and to get the word out about your work!

    November 15, 2013
    • That would be great Dani. It is great getting out and seeing Christmas everywhere.
      Thank you, I am sure it will be great and I really hope it leads to more as well.

      November 15, 2013
      • Dani of Henry Arthur Photography #

        Our city recently lit the Christmas tree in the Square. I will wait until I feel it’s warm enough to take some photos. :)

        November 20, 2013
      • Wow, already, they are early. Ours, next week, though I have been noticing some decorations going up around the place.

        November 20, 2013
  27. Well done Leanne. You will have a very busy month dashing through the snow, well in your case the sunshine.

    I like the idea of others from around the world showing diffrent decorations. I’m in.

    I hope this project brings you future work.

    Great picture looking forward to seing this years.
    Enjoy.

    November 15, 2013
    • It will be a busy month, I am looking forward to it, I hope we don’t get too much heat before Christmas, not like last year.

      I like that idea too, I want to see if I can do something on my blog, maybe do something on the Monday posts. That’s great, would be nice for others to join in.

      I hope so too, it would be great, and I am sure if I do a great job it might mean other work.

      Thank you so much Trevor, I am looking forward to seeing the new camera does with it all. Oh, I am sure I will enjoy it all.

      November 15, 2013
  28. Don #

    The colour is absolutely magnificent Leanne. Always such a joy to visit your blog.

    November 15, 2013
    • Thank you Don, that is fantastic, the colours did come out well, I think it was also because it was a wet evening.

      November 15, 2013
  29. Tricia SweetRascalPhotos #

    Happy for you that you have this job with the city of Melbourne. Really looking forward to your Christmas photos. I would accept the challenge of sharing Christmas photos of my city, but it’s so small and the images are pretty much the same each year. Lights on trees downtown (town is 3 miles square). That’s it. SO, I am excited to ‘travel’ with Melbourne with all your readers and see what you have to share!

    November 16, 2013
    • Thank you Tricia, it is going to be great, and really, I can’t believe I get paid to go and take photos of the Christmas things, so cool. You might be surprised that because the tree is old to you, it isn’t to us. But I do know what you mean, the area I live it, does nothing really, quite embarrassing, people don’t know the Christmas festivities. I hope you enjoy what I get to photograph.

      November 16, 2013
  30. How beautiful. Here in Singapore, I’m afraid we don’t go as all-out with Christmas decorations… one of the things I sorely miss from the States. But it’s lovely to see how people are celebrating and decorating for Christmas around the world, and this is definitely one of the more creative endeavors! ;)

    November 16, 2013
    • Many places here don’t either, but the in the city last year they did a great job, and this year looks set to be just as good if not better. It is something the states, and I think a lot of countries in the Northern Hemisphere do because it is winter, and I think Christmas is about night, lights and the cold, and you just don’t get those here, well you get the first two, but you have to stay up very late to get them. Thank you Topaz, hopefully we can share the Christmas spirit. )

      November 16, 2013
  31. Reblogged this on Sound Art Creator and commented:
    Great enhancement of colors! Very nice.

    November 16, 2013
  32. Congratulations! I shall look forward to seeing the images here.

    November 16, 2013
    • Thank you Elen, I got some great shots last year, so am excited to see what I get this year.

      November 16, 2013
  33. How exciting for you Leanne. Good news travels fast and they must have heard about your amazing work. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    November 16, 2013
    • Thank you Carol, they saw the images I did last Christmas, and they told me ages ago they hoped to get a budget for this year, so it seems the blog has got me a job. I am looking forward to doing the work, it should be great this year. I know I will approach it differently and I am looking forward to seeing what the new camera does.

      November 16, 2013
  34. Congrats! Official photographer, I feel so happy as well! And about Christmas, i don’t know, i think i lost it already along with my childhood. But i think it’sgoing to be interested to take a snap or two this year.

    November 16, 2013
    • Thank you, it is very exciting. I felt the same actually, Christmas in Australia really sucks, it is hard to find the Christmas spirit here, it seems more like shopping time. I hope you can take a snap or two, that would be wonderful.

      November 16, 2013
  35. nice gig Leanne !
    Here in Bangkok my local supermarket turned the lights on for it’s tree a couple of days ago, and I saw some of the big hotels in the CBD putting up their displays . the rainy season is lingering on, hopefully soon it will be dry enough to go out at night !
    Thais love a “selfie” shot in front of Xmas lights so plenty of people out taking photos.

    November 16, 2013
    • It is all slowly starting to happen here as well Mike. Things are changing lights going up. The supermarkets are full of Christmas things.
      Thank you so much Mike, I am looking forward to December this year.

      November 16, 2013
  36. so colorful – wow!

    November 17, 2013
  37. Congratulations, Leanne! I can’t wait to see your images. Cheers!

    November 17, 2013
    • Thank you Steph, I am really looking forward to doing the work.

      November 17, 2013
  38. From the other side of the world this is a huge contrast – your blue skies with our English grey! I look forward to seeing your photos and comparing them with those I take.

    November 18, 2013
    • Yes, huge differences, I can remember last year the thing many people found strange, even with the night images, was how everyone was dressed as though it was hot, which it was at that time. Thanks Mary, should be a fun Christmas.

      November 18, 2013
  39. Oh that’s such great news Leanne… Quite a feather in your cap ;-)
    I remember your photos from last year * wow it’s gone SO quickly !
    Really look forward to seeing your 24 23 22 … or how ever many days you can manage for the Christmas season
    What with the new camera and lens it’s going to be a real visual treat :-)

    November 22, 2013
    • It has gone very quickly, and this year I have a list of all the things that the City will be doing, so I won’t miss anything. There is a lot to photograph, so I hope it will be enough for all the days running up to the new year. We will see.
      Thank you so much Poppytump, I hope it is, and I hope it leads to other things as well.

      November 22, 2013

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