Architecture, Melbourne, Photography

Weekend Wanderings – Early Morning at Docklands

The other day a friend and I decided we would go into the city this morning and take photos.  When we decided to go, we had no idea that it would rain.  We had been told that rain was forecast, but you know how it is, it has meant to rain the last couple of days and we got nothing.  It was true this morning, and it rained a lot overnight. In the end we decided to try Docklands and see what it would be like.

LeanneCole-docklands-20140216-9342It was early when we got there and there was no one around.  Not surprising I suppose for a Sunday morning.  The weather was shocking, but no one was complaining.  It was nice to get some rain, and nice not to see the sun shining, and to see clouds.  It was a very grey morning.

LeanneCole-docklands-20140216-9320It was great to walk around and take photos before everything started.  I know it is something that I will want to do again.  It was so peaceful.

LeanneCole-docklands-20140216-9347A friend asked me on Facebook if I was going to do more of our street art, and I thought that I would see what I could find today, and I found these guys, but as I was photographing them the rain really started coming down, so I ran for it.

I used the Nikon D800 for all the photos and today I had the 14-24mm on the camera. I didn’t want to change lenses as I didn’t want the inside of the camera to get wet.  I think they were all taken with an ISO of 500, and the aperture was f/7.1.

I got some great shots for my art work, and think you will see some of these images again.  Here is a gallery for you to enjoy, well I hope you do.  Enjoy your Sunday.


  1. Excellent photos, Leanne! Some of them seem to have been partially colored by you, but that’s not the case, I think. Maybe it is the gray of the day that gives that impression. You and your family enjoy the end of the Sunday and have a great week ahead. We are finishing the Saturday, as you know. Take care, friend! :)

    • Thank you Fabio, I didn’t colour them, that is pretty much what they looked like, well from the grey day. Thank you, we seem to be having a very relaxing one. You have a great weekend too. :)

      • Thanks much, Leanne! Hope the new AC is working smoothly if you are needing it. Otherwise, enjoy the fresh air. Take care! :)

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    Love the street art! I can imagine with the heat as bad as it’s been you are grateful for clouds. Stay cool!

  3. Very peaceful set of photos for a slow Sunday. I like the giant dinosaur photo a lot, didn’t know Docklands had set up one there. Didn’t see it a few months ago when I was in the area. Hope you didn’t get wet, Leanne. I was in the city today and it was bucketing down. It’s great there’s some rain to wash away the smoke haze.

    • Thank you Mabel, it was very peaceful down there. The dinosaur is near a small theme park. It isn’t really big, I just photographed it so it would look large. I got a little wet, but not too bad, we left when it really started coming down. It is fantastic to get some rain, good for the garden too.

      • Ah, you have really good photography skills then. I honestly thought the dino was very big :) Yeah, the trees really need the rain. Some tree leaves I’ve seen around my place have had their leaves all burnt by the hot weather.

      • I think it might have been the wide angle lens, it is really good for doing that. It was big, the dinosaur, but not massive, it was probably about 2 metres from the ground. Certainly not as big as the wheel. I have had a lot of the burning in my garden, I hope the trees have enjoyed the rain.

  4. All of these photos are great and I particularly enjoyed the photos of the ferris wheel from different angles. The rain did make for some interesting colors and “shades of gray.”

    • It was fun trying to get all the different angles of the wheel. It was nice to get the rain, hoping I can make something else out of the images. Thank you.

    • That is so true, I love the moodiness a grey day gives photos. Looking forward to trying some new stuff with them. Thank you.

  5. Rain or shine eh !?
    No matter the weather you’re out there with your camera – well done you !
    However I live in Surrey UK and we are having some very “special” weather here and as we are going to Melbourne in March I was hoping you were going to hang on to a bit of sunshine for us. (We really need it !)

    • I wouldn’t worry David, we are going to have lots of sunshine in March, I am sure. This is the first rain we have had for almost 2 months. Summer started so late, that I think it will probably continue until about April.
      I like to go out no matter the weather, if I have planned on going. I might re-evaluate where I go or what I photograph, but I don’t like rain to stop me. I have hear of your special weather, it is crazy. Stay dry. Thanks David.

  6. I love the red men! they almost look like those street performers that paint themselves silver and stand like statues.

    • I know exactly what you mean Gypsy, I saw them a while back, but this time decided to try photographing them. Thank you.

  7. thatnavaword says

    love the red statues. lol they look like they’re ready to play frog leap

  8. I love that picture of the men in red, all crouching down and in a circle! Wonderful shot. I can’t figure out what they’re doing, but it sure has my imagination piqued! Hey street art is even more vibrant in the rain. Love these pictures!

    • I love them too, I must find out who they are and who created them. I don’t know what they are doing either. I agree, about vibrancy and rain. Thank you.

  9. It’s funny. I was in the city just hours after you would have been there. Just after I arrived at 11am the clouds broke up and the sun came shining through. It was really warm in the afternoon and I ended up getting sunburned. But that’s Melbourne for you isn’t it?

  10. My ambition to get up – the only way I will manage it is by staying in London – where is this Docklands?

    • It can be hard to get up early, though now that we are in summer it is much easier. Diana the Docklands is part of Melbourne, an area not far from the city which has lots of potential, but nothing much ever seems to happen, it is quite sad really.

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