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Weekend Wanderings – Dockland Sunset

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My photography friend who comes out with me often has had some problems with her foot, and we haven’t been able to go out much.  Though I dragged her to the Docklands the other night to take photos of the sun setting behind the Bolte Bridge.  I had thought it might be possible to get a nice one, as the weather the next day was predicted to be nice, warm, but nice.  So I picked her up and in we went.

docklands-20140313-2180This is what we saw when we first got in there.  Not very promising.  Most of you know what my luck is like for getting sunrises and sunsets, I don’t get them very often.  I think both of us had that in mind.  There were lots of clouds for a sunset, but were they too thick, so to speak.  When the sun went down behind those bottom clouds, it was blocked out and you couldn’t see it.  I thought, well that’s it then, no sunset.  Then we started noticing things like this.

docklands-20140313-2357I thought it was a good sign, so we kept looking, and then eventually.

docklands-20140313-2452-5hpmThere it was, the sunset we were hoping for.  Ribbons of fire across the sky.  We were both very happy.

We went to a spot that was sort of in the middle, so you could take photos all around you.  Popular spot, quite a few other photographers joined us as well. We stayed there for about an hour and a half.  I didn’t really move, just had my tripod in the same place.  It was an interesting thing to do.  I usually move heaps, but not this time.  I did turn the head on the tripod and took other photos around me.

I have done some HDRs with Photomatix Pro, but I have also done some of the images with just the single one.  You can tell in the gallery which ones are HDR because in the file name for each one will have “hpm” in it.  I have also done some where the images are very similar, one is a HDR and the other not.  I wanted to compare the two.  In some cases I think the HDR worked well, and in others not.

Here is the gallery for you.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend and managing to go out and take lots of photos.

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  1. Persistence paid off this time Leanne. What a gorgeous shot, and I love the phrase ‘ribbons of fire’. It describes the sky perfectly.

    March 16, 2014
    • It certainly did. I can’t believe I finally got one. Thank you Carol, I like that expression too, I don’t know where I’ve heard it from.

      March 16, 2014
      • Awesome pictures, sunsets are so priceless and free to admire, yet patience is needed to get the right shot

        March 16, 2014
      • That is such a nice way to describe them, lovely, yes, patience, something I don’t have a lot of. Thank you.

        March 16, 2014
  2. Nice set…..you make melbourne look a beautiful place to visit!!! You can definitely pick out the hdrs……they have a definate aura about them I think….great compositions. : ) trees

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you Trees, I think it is a great place, and I love exploring it and showing you the photos. I think HDRs can certainly have that.

      March 16, 2014
  3. I have mixed results with HDR photos too. Just depends on what you are wanting from the photo, I guess. Lovely photos, and a lesson in perseverance!!

    March 16, 2014
    • I am starting to see that it depends on the image, I think it does work for some. Thank you, and yes perseverance is a great lesson. I might learned it one day. ;)

      March 16, 2014
  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Beautiful! It’s funny how that streaked across the sky; the Ferris wheel sticks out in the skyline nicely.

    March 16, 2014
    • I know what you mean Jackie, the streaks were so nice, I was glad they were there. That ferris wheel really lights up the sky, but so hard to photograph it night, as the lights on it change constantly. Thank you.

      March 16, 2014
  5. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    These are great pictures! Thanks for sharing…..

    March 16, 2014
  6. Thank you for the great sunset photo!

    March 16, 2014
  7. Fantastic sunset.

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you, it was great to finally get one.

      March 16, 2014
      • So be glad, because we LOVE your shots! You and the family have a GREAT week ahead! Take care! :)

        March 16, 2014
      • Thank you Fabio. You have a great weekend too. :)

        March 16, 2014
  8. I knew this was going to be nice when I saw the title. I like the reflected city too–that’s so beautiful.

    March 16, 2014
  9. Terrific series as usual Leanne

    March 16, 2014
  10. Awesome shots!

    March 16, 2014
  11. Woohoo! Good on you. Stunning images and yes, so worth the wait. Often the beauty comes after the sun goes down :)
    I particularly love the cerulean sky with your ribbons of pink and fire and the sunrays piercing through. Gorgeous!!
    Sounds like you both enjoyed a lovely sunset and good company.

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you Robyn, I finally got a sunset and a nice one. I agree, about the sun going down, you do have to wait for that.
      We did have a lovely time, it was really nice, the time passed quickly and then we had a lovely dinner. :)

      March 16, 2014
      • Sounds wonderful Leanne! I love days or parts thereof like these. They make you smile and make good memories :)

        March 17, 2014
      • I really agree Robyn, they are really that. :)

        March 17, 2014
      • :) have a great day Leanne x

        March 17, 2014
      • You too Robyn, I”m stuck at home with no car today, guess I will have to do some work. :)

        March 17, 2014
      • :)

        March 17, 2014
  12. Absolutely love the photo with ribbons of orange in them. I see this kind of patterned sky quite a bit from my place, you’ve captured it really nicely. I also like the last night photo too. Melbourne is just so beautiful. I hope your friend’s foot is okay.

    The weekend has gone by too fast. I went down to South Melbourne today and had some paella. It tasted good but I didn’t see anything nice to photograph. Hope you had a good day, Leanne.

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you Mabel, it was a lovely surprise to get it. Melbourne at night is fantastic, I love getting the chance to go in and photograph it.
      Paelle, nice, I haven’t spent much time in South Melbourne, lovely part of town though. I have had a good day, sounds like you have too.

      March 16, 2014
  13. Makes me wistful and envious…heart warming and heartbreakingly awesome visuals!

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you John, it was great to actually get a sunset, I really like the words you have used.

      March 16, 2014
      • Would very much like to hear your thoughts on some of my other photographs: Flickr.com/photos/107497232@N04

        March 18, 2014
      • Hey John, critiquing is not something I really do. I get asked a lot and I am not comfortable doing it. I’m sure your photos are great.

        March 19, 2014
  14. Nice stuff, keep up the good work.

    March 16, 2014
  15. I like your description of the process and your record of what you see in the conditions you have, rather than what you hope for. And what you had hoped for is splendid

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you Derrick, that is great, it was a nice trip and I was so happy with the results.

      March 16, 2014
  16. Beautiful Leanne. Many times when I go out for a sunset shoot, I noticed that most people leave once the sun has set below the horizon, missing the real sky show. Many time, I get some of my best shots, 20-30 minutes after the sun has set.

    March 16, 2014
    • The show just kept happening, the sun went down and then things just kept changing so we had to say. I am not an expert at this sort of thing, but it never occurred to us to leave. So glad we stayed there the whole time. Thank you.

      March 16, 2014
  17. HDR seems to do a particularly effective job when there are lights in the image.

    March 16, 2014
    • I agree, night shots are almost perfect for HDR, some of my favourite night shots are HDRs. Thanks Gypsy.

      March 16, 2014
  18. Thanks for the side-by-sides of HDR and Non-HDR. As we have noted before, sometimes HDR works for the good of the image, other times the straight shot is the way to go. Glad nature decided to help you out with this time around.

    March 16, 2014
    • I thought it was an interesting way for me to see as well. They do work for some things, but not for all. I am so glad too Robert, was starting to think I was destined to be the photographer that never got them. Thanks

      March 17, 2014
  19. They’re beautiful Leanne. :)

    March 17, 2014
  20. More often than not the light is better before the sun comes up and once it’s gone down – although to be fair those really dramatic skies with a blazing sun work well too :) I really like the ferris wheel shot with all the different light colours exaggerated in the reflection.

    March 17, 2014
    • I like photographing scenes, before, after and during, and you get such different things for each one, it is great. Thank you Noeline, water, night photography, lights, all go so well together.

      March 17, 2014
  21. Great series Leanne

    March 17, 2014
  22. Such a fabulous place and backdrop to take sunset shots Leanne , I’m not surprised there were others around !
    Interesting hearing you say about moving around a lot … but patience does pay off in the one location as you’ve shown with these great shots . I’ve learnt not to rush off now too ;-)

    March 17, 2014
    • It was a lovely just there, and where we were sort of out in the open, so we could take photos all around us as well.
      I am starting to see that, and realise there are lots of places I could photograph and different images if I just stayed in the one place. I’m not really a patient person, but perhaps I just have to give it a go. Thanks Poppytump. :)

      March 18, 2014
  23. B #

    Very interesting. Made me realize I had better wait some more before taking my last sunset image. :)

    I’m not a fan of HDR’s. They look too artificial and any motion is blurred. Many pro photographers work with gradual neutral density filters for high contrast scenes. They produce images that look WAY better than any HDR. Google it and be amazed :)

    March 17, 2014
    • It isn’t a bad idea to wait around a bit longer, the sky changes to much at that time.
      I use neutral density filters too, though not on this occassion. I think there is a place for HDR and I think it can look great, but it has to be the right image. Sometimes it just doesn’t work. I do love the HDRs of the bridge though, taken once the sun had gone down.

      March 18, 2014
  24. wow. beautiful!

    March 18, 2014
  25. Those shots were all lovely. I especially loved the colors after the sun had set, and the night shot of the skyline reflected in the water. You found a great vantage point.

    March 18, 2014
    • We did Betty, it was a great place to capture a few different things. It was also nice just staying there and taking photos. Thank you.

      March 18, 2014
  26. Very nice sunset colors. Like with sunrises, you never know what you’re going to get.

    March 18, 2014
    • Thank you David, no you never know. I have learned how to predict when it might be a good evening or morning, but then you get there and there aren’t any clouds, so blah, or there are too many. So many variables.

      March 18, 2014
  27. Both those shots with the Ferris Wheel… just loved those.

    March 18, 2014
  28. JT #

    Some really good shots there, I am an avid sunset photographer and just love those shots, wish I had been there to get some too.

    March 18, 2014
    • Thank you, I think it is a pretty good place to get sunset shots. I think tomorrow night might be good as well, though I will be down on the coast, but I am hoping to get some there.

      March 18, 2014
  29. Beautiful sunset colors! Sunrise and sunsets are my favorite times to photograph the sky. You just never know what you’ll get!

    March 18, 2014
    • That’s for sure Em, I rarely get good, but I was so happy with the other night, it was brilliant. Thanks

      March 18, 2014
  30. Absolutely stunning Leanne :)

    March 20, 2014
  31. Your evening images are always fantastic …. I love early evening shots … when the light has that wonderful softness. My pick of the bunch is; dockland -20120312-5hpm – it has that magical softness in the light.

    March 21, 2014
    • Sorry, got the last number wrong … it shoud be 20140313!!!!

      March 21, 2014
    • Thanks again Viveka, it was a great spot and I was happy that we got a sunset.

      March 22, 2014

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