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Weekend Wandering – Teaching at Point Lonsdale

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This last week I had another opportunity to go to Point Lonsdale. It is one of my favourite places to go, so with my One on One Photography session this week I suggested going there.  We were working on shutter speed and water is a great way to show how shutter speed really works.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3016_1I love this pier and taking photos underneath it.  When we were there the waves were big, and coming right under the pier.  I haven’t seen that before.  I also haven’t been there many times in the afternoon.  I have been there quite a few times, the first time was in the afternoon, but every other time has been in the morning.  The light is probably better in the morning, but you get lots of shadows in the late afternoon.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3002I do like it when I go there and there is a large ship either leaving the bay, or in this case, entering it.  Point Lonsdale is at the entrance to the bay that Melbourne is on. The city is on this very large bay, Port Phillip Bay.  It is quite good in some ways as it means that Melbourne is really protected from many things.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3012The lighthouse here is a very high tech one, you can see that by looking at it, and I am sure part of the reason for that is because it is on the entrance to one of Australia’s major cities.  It also serves as a light house so ships know where the entrance to the bay is at night.

Many of the photos that I took here were more demonstration for my client.  I needed to show her different ways of taking photos.  It is all very well to show them how their camera works, but I think it is equally important to teach composition and show them how I take photos.  I know that people, when they come out with me, like to see how I take photos, they want to see how I see the world through my camera.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3019Once we had decided to move on we went over to Barwon Heads to have some dinner before heading down to near where the river enters the ocean.  When working on shutter speed it is great to do some long exposures.  It was dark, the sun was long gone, but around the boat house there was ambient light so we made use of it.  You can see the streaks there, a whole heaps of students went through that area and they had torches and the camera picked up some.

Another reason I wanted to do down this last week was because of the moon.  I wanted to see if I could photograph the moon.  It was going to be pretty close to a full moon and I wanted to try getting the light of the moon reflected on the water.  It is not something I have ever done before, but thought it was worth a go.  When we first got down there, the moon hadn’t risen, I have a lot to learn. Then suddenly I turned around.

pointlonsdale-20140319-3021There it was, in all its beauty.  It was in the perfect position for what I wanted.  I am a bit disappointed that the moon is blown out, and if I ever do it again, I would do some images so that the moon is exposed better.  I wanted the pier in the image and having fishermen there was an added bonus I think.  There were a lot there that evening.

It was a great evening, cold, but fun.  I really need to put my cold weather gear back in the car.  I was happy that my client wanted to go down there.  The session went over time, but I didn’t mind, I never mind if it means I can get images as well.

I have a heap more photos for you now, and here is the gallery.

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  1. What a beautiful place:)

    March 23, 2014
  2. Terrific set!

    March 23, 2014
  3. I find it hard to get a nice shot of the moon. You’ve done very well with these Leanne. I also like playing with shutter speed when taking photos of water. I need to practise some more! Another beautiful gallery.

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Carol, it is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, still a great start, would like to try again. I love photographing water, especially long exposures. Thanks again.

      March 23, 2014
  4. Great photos. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a few hours. If I’m ever in Melbourne I’d love a few hours with you. I’ll dream on for the moment but its in my mind now….

    March 23, 2014
    • It is a lovely way to pass time Irene. That would be wonderful if you ever come to Melbourne. Dreaming is the start, thanks Irene.

      March 23, 2014
  5. Beautiful work! Such a great place. I wish I could be your student Leanne, I would love to learn from you. :)

    March 23, 2014
    • It is a great place John, I do love going there. Thank you John, wouldn’t that be amazing. :)

      March 23, 2014
  6. Some of your best!

    March 23, 2014
  7. Love the lighthouse photos! ~ Sheila

    March 23, 2014
    • Brilliant Sheila, lighthouses are wonderful to photograph.

      March 23, 2014
  8. Great images you got! I particularly love the waves crashing under the pier – and the moon shot!

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Tiny, I love the waves crashing there too, the moon shot, not so sure about, but for my first time doing it I am happy.

      March 23, 2014
  9. What a wonderful set of pictures and such a beautiful setting. I love the stark contrast of the white railings and lighthouse against the deep blue skies and the night-time shots look great. :-)

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Katie, their is lots of contrast with that lighthouse, and the blue sky, we haven’t see much of that sky in the last few days. :)

      March 23, 2014
  10. Leanne, spectacular post. Every picture is so wonderful. Thank you again for another gorgeous gallery and post. One of these days I must go to the lakefront and practice shutter speeds. I’m just having so much fun with my macro … could be I found my love. Yet too I LOVE water … (smile) Amy

    March 23, 2014
    • Glad you enjoyed it Amy, I enjoyed going there and taking the photos. The macro sounds wonderful, sounds like you have found your love there. Practicing shutter speeds is good, I really enjoy night photography, what we see is so different to how the camera sees it. Thanks Amy. :)

      March 23, 2014
      • You are really good at night shots, Leanne. I am enthralled by how you get reflections. One morning shooting the sunrise I was stunned to see a shutter speed of 1/6400. That boggles MY mind. My camera is able to go all the way to 1/8200, but I have yet to see it or use it. I’m also looking at Canon D5 Mark II. Hubs is talking about getting back into photography so I could give him my camera. Cool. No need to answer this. You sound tired today. Get some rest. (((HUGS))) Amy PS I would love a Nikon, but I have all the lenses for Canon. Now, IF a money tree started growing in our backyard, OK. LOL

        March 23, 2014
      • I think it helps that I really like doing them. Yes, shutter speed can go up a lot, though really depends on the conditions. That camera is supposed to be very good. Thanks Amy, not too bad now. I love Nikon, but it can be a very expensive process to change brands. Now if that money tree grows, hope you will throw some this way, LOL

        March 23, 2014
      • IF I stumble across a money tree in finding treasure, you will be the first to know. GRIN!!! This photography gets expensive!!! Love, Amy

        March 23, 2014
      • Oh thank you, and you are right, it does get expensive. :(

        March 24, 2014
      • Hehehehehehe OH yeah that it does. By the way, I bought Scott Kelby’s set of four books on digital photography and already am loving book 1. I am really taken by the way he writes and his knowledge. Thank YOU for introducing him to me, Leanne!!! Love, Amy

        March 24, 2014
      • Great Amy, I think he is great, and is very easy to understand. You are welcome. :)

        March 24, 2014
  11. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    What’s not to like! I love the pilings under the pier. :)

    March 23, 2014
    • Thanks Jackie, under piers is so popular, there aren’t many that we can get under here. :)

      March 23, 2014
  12. Love the old wood pier shots, so much character!

    March 23, 2014
    • I agree, they did work to it recently and I thought, oh no they are going to get rid of the wood, but so glad they didn’t, just adds, as you said, so much character. Thanks.

      March 23, 2014
  13. Nice images. The ones I like best are actually the detail shots. These are quite hard to see in the mind and it’s rewarding when they work.

    March 23, 2014
    • I am never good at doing detail shots, but glad they caught your eye, I am trying to do more. Thanks Andrew.

      March 23, 2014
  14. Hey Leanne .. The night shots are amazing. I would love to be living in Melb again .. Would be booked in for lessons with you post haste! :)

    March 23, 2014
    • I love doing the night shots. Shame you aren’t still here, ;) Thank you Julie.

      March 23, 2014
  15. Hi Leanne, just to let you know I am keeping up with you.

    March 23, 2014
    • I see your likes Ron, so all good, it is about all I am managing these days. Thanks.

      March 23, 2014
  16. I love lighthouses and long exposures!! Beautiful work.

    March 23, 2014
  17. All photos are very nice !! particularly Light House of port Philip Bay is very attractive !! Thanks !

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you, the lighthouse is great to photograph.

      March 23, 2014
  18. Beautiful images….. beautiful place specially love underneath the jetty water ones and the evening shots : ) Trees

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Trees, I love going under the jetty, I wish there were more around here that you could get under. :)

      March 23, 2014
  19. I’ve only tried once to get the moon and, like you, over exposed it. I will try again one day, though.

    March 23, 2014
    • I think it might take practice Emilio. I will try again too, thanks.

      March 23, 2014
  20. Do you get to see your students work?

    March 23, 2014
    • Yes, I usually get to see some of it, so I can critique it for them.

      March 23, 2014
  21. Love the moon on the water! I think about trying to get shots like that….then never try. The fisherman, in his little puddle of light, is a cool capture, too…

    March 23, 2014
    • I know what you mean Marie, I’ve been guilty of that too, think I will do something and then never do, I usually think it is probably because I aren’t really that interested, but that’s me. I love the fisherman too, luck he stayed relatively still for a bit. Thank you Marie.

      March 24, 2014
  22. I loved these Leanne as you can imagine :-)
    Isn’t it just so magical capturing the moon on water *sigh .. I can’t wait until I can try it all over again too ..

    March 23, 2014
    • Thank you Poppytump, it was magical, though I need to try again, my shots were okay, but not great. I look forward to seeing yours. :)

      March 24, 2014
  23. Really like the photos you put up

    March 23, 2014
  24. I love climbing around beneath piers. You captured some great images there.

    March 23, 2014
    • I love those images too, the downside here is that there aren’t too many you can really climb under. Thanks you.

      March 24, 2014
  25. Some striking images, and to me the last one is particularly well aimed with that moon just a bit offcentre between the white uprights to complement the balance. I would have tried to have the pier starting from bottom left to eliminate the blank space there, which wouldn’t have worked nearly as well.

    March 24, 2014
    • I would have liked that too, but then I didn’t get the moon where I wanted it, so I did that, though I was very cold and just wanted to stop, so maybe that had more to do with it. Winter is coming, that’s for sure. Thank you Colonialist, it was a fun thing to do and I wouldn’t mind trying it again.

      March 24, 2014
  26. Fantastic images. I really want to go there. I especially love under the jetty!

    March 24, 2014
  27. Bee #

    I would have loved to participate :) Poland is a bit far away though. Maybe one day… the pics remind me of a road trip we did in 2008 on Highway 1. I couldn’t stop making photos, the light was amazing. My husband complained all the time about “me spoiling the moment”, taking pics. Now he is really happy that I did, of course. Thanks for the photos :)

    March 24, 2014
    • I bet he is happy that you did. We spent quite a few months in Denmark when my eldest daughter was a baby and my biggest regret is that I didn’t take more photos, or any really. Poland is a bit far away, yes, hahaha :) You are welcome Bee. :)

      March 24, 2014
  28. Lovely as usual…uhm…do you think I could borrow one or two form my weekend writing prompts? I’d like to see what stories or poems these’d inspire.

    March 24, 2014
    • Thank you Georgia, of course you can, no problem at all, you know to give me photo credit, that’s all I ask. I hope you get some inspiration from them.

      March 24, 2014
      • Me too and thanks so much! I’ll have them link to this post too, what ‘cha say?

        March 24, 2014
      • Sounds perfect.

        March 24, 2014
      • So be it!

        March 24, 2014
      • :)

        March 24, 2014
  29. I LOVE your night shots! They are all beautiful, as always, but the night ones, wow! :) I’m pretty sure I need to visit Australia!

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank Em, they didn’t turn out quite the way I hoped, but it was a great beginning, looking forward to doing more. I think you need to come too, haha. :) Thanks again Em.

      March 25, 2014
  30. I like how you got the reflections on the water. Very pretty.

    March 25, 2014
  31. You’re approach to teaching in amazing. I’ve had a camera since high school and still don’t get everything out of it. Your photos are beautiful. You’re lucky to live by the water and nature. l look forward to next post.

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you,I love teaching and I think this comes through well I hope it does, I am very lucky to live here.

      March 25, 2014
  32. Ann #

    Love that 3009 photo! The late afternoon light shows off the patterns etched in the sand by the water.

    March 25, 2014
    • I was hoping to get that, the beach looked so fresh. Thanks Ann

      March 25, 2014
  33. Mel #

    Gorgeous.

    March 25, 2014
  34. You have some beautiful photos here – and what a beautiful place you live in! I can see why this is one of your favourite spots to photograph.

    March 27, 2014
    • Takes a while to get there, but I always love it. Thank you.

      March 27, 2014
  35. What a beautiful spot to wander around … and, your photos are lovely!

    March 30, 2014
    • It is John, I should try getting there in winter more. Thanks.

      March 30, 2014
  36. Do you know that lighthouse’s flashing light is a Swedish invention – working on a post about the man … that save lives at sea – but lost his sight while working with it. Gustaf Dalen.
    I have a fetish for lighthouses, I told you before. This is just fantastic .. the whole gallery. Of course I have a passion for the ocean too – have to live where it docks.
    My favorite image is the last one – with a piece of the dock. Stunning work.

    April 4, 2014
    • No, I didn’t know that, interesting.
      I think lots of people share your fetish there Viveka. Thank you so much.

      April 5, 2014
      • I worked the whole day about the postcard .. regarding Gustaf Dalens .. a lot – he also did the AGA cooker.

        April 5, 2014
      • That is pretty cool. Seems like an amazing person.

        April 5, 2014

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