Architecture, Photography, Water, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Early Morning Along the Yarra

On Friday a friend and I decided that we would go into the city and take photos.  We knew that it was going to be 40ºC so we had to get in and out before the heat hit the city.  We got in there at 7am and walked down to the river at the Spencer Street end. The idea was to catch the train into Southern Cross Station, walk to the river, then along it until we got to Flinder Street Station, where we could catch the train back home. Sounded perfect.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8613My first photo, well one of the first.  The sun was just coming up and it looked so nice as it hit the buildings.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8615There were lots of rowers on the river.  There are always lots of rowers on the river early in the morning and you can’t avoid them, so I decided it was best to make them work in the images, as much as I could.  So there are lots of photos of rowers.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8640There were lots of great reflections in the water.  I love the distorted images.

Early morning in the city can be great.  There are always people around, you can’t avoid that, especially now that so many people live in the city, but there far less people in the morning than at other times of the day.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8652I’ve been using the 24-70mm lens so much more since I got the D800.  It is fast becoming my favourite lens.  Being able to zoom into some things, though not a big zoom, I can zoom, and then get some of the detail.  It was good having that lens as I start to see things that I may not have noticed before, and there were details on the Princes Bridge that I had never seen before.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8655I never get sick of photographing the city.  I always see things that are different, or do something a little different, not to mention that the weather is always different. The light is continually changing through the year.  The light yesterday morning was going to be very different because it was the start of a very hot day, and I am sure what appealed to me to photograph was because it was starting to warm up. It is different to what I would photograph if it was a freezing cold day.  The water was so inviting, and I just wanted photos of water, and I think you can see that.  There are not many photos without water.  The water is definitely the main subject in these images.

It was good to do this as well as I am getting my One on One Photography Lessons/Tours organised so people can take them, and I could see how long it took to do the walk and what I could add or not add.  Though I don’t want my tours or lessons to be that precise, I like the idea of the client and me organising something that is what they want, something special.  I am excited about that and can’t wait to start taking people on the tours.

I have a gallery for you now to take a look at.  I hope the images are all the same, I tried to make them varied.  Before you got there, I just wanted to go back to that statement I said at the beginning, “sounded perfect”, well, it was, it was really good taking photos there.  Afterwards I came home and stayed indoors and let the Air Conditioner cool me down.


  1. Looks like you had an amazing day. Your photos are great. This is something I like to do as well. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I am looking forward very much to seeing all this again in a few weeks. Hopefully it won’t be quite so hot when we are there, although I’m also hoping it won’t revert to the renowned Melbourne chill either.

  3. Hi Leanne, really enjoy reading your softly spoken narrative as I look at your photographs. The reflected image of the building in the water has to be my favourite.

    Kind regards


  4. Beautiful photos Leanne. They belong in one of those coffee table books you browse through when you want to look at some beautiful scenes.

  5. Great idea going early. This heat puts me off going anywhere! My only trip into the city recently got hijacked by the Australia Day parade and the kids, so I think I’m going to have to plan some ME time and go by myself ;)

    • The heat is horrible and I have been doing the same, but it is good to go out early in the morning, just a pain at how early you have to get up. Good luck getting some time. I hope full time school is going well for both you and Megan. :)

    • Thank you Seonaid, the water looked so inviting, but you wouldn’t swim in it, too many bad things in it.

  6. leecleland says

    Great morning shoot of Melbourne. I particularly like the reflections in the Yarra, very abstract.

    • Thank you Lee, I was hoping that because it was a still morning that the water would be very still too and I could get better reflections, didn’t quite work the way I hoped. Oh well.

  7. It’s funny how the Yarra doesn’t look so brown in the morning light. I love the lines of the bridges, particularly the ones that don’t cross the river perpendicular. I don’t remember its name, but the one you captured with the big steel girders is my favourite.

    • I think it looks more brown when the sun hits it. I love all the bridges too, I wish you could get underneath more of them, the architecture underneath looks like it was be really nice. The bridge I think you are referring to, used to be the train bridge that took the train to Sandringham, I think, it was a train bridge, but can’t remember exactly where it went. Thanks,

  8. OMGosh, Leanne, these are wonderful. This city has such charm, just teeming with personality. I was in awe as I looked at these. Gorgeous job as usual and your presentation bar none, the best! Thank you SO much for doing this and showing us these fabolous photos of a city I will probably never see. Melbourne I have heard so much about and it is far more modern than anything I have seen. Yet again I haven’t been too many places.

    The way you capture archetecture is hands down, incredible. I love symmetry and the way your eyes see “lines” is awesome. I really really enjoyed this post. Thank you!

    • I love Melbourne, you know that right? Haha, I think exactly the same as you. I love the character and the odd combination of buildings that we have.
      Thank you so much Amy, I think there is beauty everywhere, we just have to look for it.

  9. Tri Wahyu says

    It looks like summer heat get worse in Melbourne in recent years. Temperature only reached highest as 38ºC when I studied there ages ago. Escape to Melbourne Central or city library until close time. Watch out for heat wave.

    • I think it is getting worse everywhere, our air conditioning is working quite well now, so the best place to be is home, though I don’t the the State library has air conditioning, so possibly not a great place to be on a hot day, great place in winter though. Thank you.

      • Tri Wahyu says

        I didn’t have air conditioner luxury when I was studied in Melbourne years ago due budget issue. My room just like an oven in peak day of summer. Even if I took shower it will only last for 10 minutes.

      • I must admit I grew up without air conditioning, it certainly wasn’t as common back then as it is now. I was in the country and it got a lot hotter there too. Not good. So glad to have it now. Sleeping in bad heat is impossible. I know what you mean about the shower. It is amazing the things people come up with to keep them cool.

  10. I really like this set of photos, I think one of my favourites from you. You’re right about the lighting thing – from some of the images you can tell it’s early in the day but the strength of the sun does shine through, radiating harshly off the city buildings. It is great to hear your air conditioning is working well.

    Thanks for photographing my “backyard”, it always looks different through images. Always nice to have you over in my part of town :)

    • Thank you Mabel. Yes, the strength of the sun does come through, very different to the winter sun. We are very relieved our air conditioning is working again, very.

      You are welcome, we will have to do it together one day. :)

      • Just remember to clean or service the air-con unit every now and then. That will keep it going.

        Oh yes, we will do it together one day. This year. Set :)

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  12. Ah well, Leanne! If Piggletino lived in Melbourne, his scout would love to join your photography sessions too!

  13. Oh Leanne, the skyline pictures are so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them woth us.

  14. These are just perfect. It looks so peaceful and calm.

    Are there more people living in Melbourne now? If so, why?

    • It was Nia, it is a great time to be in the city, early morning.
      Over the last 10 to 15 years it has become a popular place to live, so many office blocks were converted into apartments, and lots of new buildings are apartments. I don’t know why, I think they discovered that people wanted to live near in the city. Bit of status thing I think. It is very expensive to do it.
      Thanks Nia.

  15. I’m guessing the temp has cooled off enough that wandering around is again an enjoyable thing? Really nice photos of your lovely city.

    • Funny you should say that, these images were taken very early on a very hot day, but it has cooled down quite a bit, it is much nice around here at the moment. Thank you John.

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