Weekend Wandering – Teaching at Point Lonsdale
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.
I 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.
I 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.
The 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.
Once 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.
There 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.