Melbourne, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne from across the Bay

Many years ago I saw something while I was in Williamstown and I tried taking a photo of it.  I was so excited, but after I got the film back the image was out of focus, I should’ve used a tripod.  So I have been trying to get that image again and last night I had my chance.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9797The image I had got previously was one at sunset and the sunset was reflected in all the buildings in the city.  We pretty much knew we wouldn’t get a good sunset, the forecast for today was all about rain, so there wouldn’t be one really, and we were right.  There was a little colour, but not enough really.

We decided it didn’t matter, we can always go back and so the trip would be more of a scouting trip for future photo classes.


We watched as the sun went down and the lights on the city came on.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9884Massive ships went in and out of the Bay, leaving big light trails on our images.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9916For me the magic started after the sun had gone down.  The cloud cover acted like a reflector and light from the city was bounced around everywhere.

I am going to finish here, and leave you with the gallery.  It is raining here, so not much chance of any photography, though I do have a class tonight, night photography in the city, I hope my students remember their umbrellas. After seeing the marks on these images, I better go and clean my sensor before I go out again.



  1. Gorgeous images, beautiful light and composition. Hope the weather clears a little for your class tonight!

    • Thank you Katie, I hope so too, though I have always wanted to photos of the city at night when it was wet, but not sure if my students would like it.

  2. Leanne, when we do come to Melbourne I really want to have a go at doing this with you. I would love to be able to take gorgeous photos like this.

  3. Hi Leanne, been a while since I left a comment here. The new light color scheme looks good. Laura Maky is now the most frequent commenter on my blog. I need as many good influences as possible.

    • Oh yes Ron, a few things have changed. Though the theme is new, about a week old, people seem to prefer it, so that is a bonus. Laura is great at doing that. I am finding it harder and harder to do it these days. I do try and look at everyone’s work, but commenting is happening much. I hope you are well.

      • I am well. Just got over a severe case of jet lag from my trip to Croatia. Take a look if you have time.

      • I have been looking Ron, some great shots, looks like a great place to take photos. I must admit I always think of it as a war zone.

      • Today it is a tourist zone. The population is 4.5 million and they get 12 million tourist visits per year.

  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    I love those shimmering trails of light! The nighttime reflections are beautiful. I have to use my tripod when I take photos since my stroke, otherwise my pictures turn out blurry.

    • Thank you Jackie, night photography is something else indeed, very special really. All of these photos were taken using a tripod, tripods can be fantastic, thank goodness we have them. :)

  5. I am fond of the ones that have less color and are almost a warm monotone.Glad you made it back. Thanks for reminding me about “film anticipation” – :-)

    • I think they are my favourites too, the ones taken towards the end of the session, definitely favourites. Oh, yes, I still get it a little, it is still different seeing them on the back of the camera to the computer, but nothing like having to wait for film to be processed and then printed.

  6. Stunning night photography. It certainly takes patience, I haven’t done much of it at all – but I imagine a beannie and a cup of coffee would go down well!

    • Actually, it is funny, I am never hot or cold when taking photos, but I was hungry afterwards. thanks Anica

  7. I’m constantly amazed at the character of a place as it shifts from day to night. The mood, the feeling – all – completely morphs into another dynamic. When you capture all of these moods with such visual clarity the results are spectacular and fascinating. Thank you for sharing these.

    • It is also interesting how it changes during the years as well. It is such a nice thing to watch, thanks AnnMarie.

  8. Beautiful! I like beautiful pictures of less flashy things (you mentioned lack of sunset colour). Maybe the difference between the portrait of someone with perfect features and the portrait of the person with their life written there. And your new theme is lovely :)

  9. These are stunning!! I opened just one photo on accident before so there’s a comment over there, but then I went back and saw how to click in the Reader to see them all. What a great place for a class.

    • Thanks Nia, we were thinking the same thing, there are quite a few places to walk around, so it would be a great place for a class, will have to add it to the list.

  10. Love the night shots. There really is a lot of light reflecting off those clouds, as you mentioned. The sky never looks completely dark, or black. You’re right. It’s been raining all day here in the city, though now it’s not that heavy anymore and I didn’t use an umbrella when I was out all day. Should be interesting for your class tonight.

    Hope you had a good weekend. It has gone way too fast for me. Back to work tomorrow, sadly :)

    • Thank you Mabel, I was really happy with them. I have to say the evening turned out to be perfect, it was a lovely evening for photos. I think they all enjoyed it.

      It is over now, sadly, very busy week coming up, lots of planning to get ready for next term, lots of classes to work out. I hope work it good. :)

  11. Melbourne is our new home after living most of our life in Queensland. there is still so much to explore

    • I’ve been here for 27 years and still feel that way, always new things to explore. Thanks

  12. Brilliant… Really love the one with the lamp and the jetty.
    Really enjoyed these Leanne :)

  13. Walter Hampson says

    Nice set of pictures Leanne, I hope you go back and get your sunset shot and others of course :)

    • I hope so too Walter, though I might wait until I know we will get better weather. Thank you. :)

  14. Beautiful photos Leanne. You really captured the reflections beautifully. So pretty!

  15. Hi my dear Leanne, I love these images. Don’t you just love being on the waterfront at night. It’s almost to beautiful to capture with the camera, but when you take the time to do it, you remember the whole scene later with a smile on your face. Beautiful shots.

    • I do Marsha, there is something really beautiful about it. I love that idea of the smile on my face, definitely one there now. Thank you.

      • Lights on water at night will put a smile on my face, too. I love lights, and I love water. Perfect for a dinner cruise or a walk on a pier or on the boardwalk. Love it! :)

      • Brilliant Marsha, I think so. We had another beautiful night last for photos on the water.

  16. these are beautiful…my daughter will be at UNSW in Sydney from July-Nov. I’m looking forward to taking a trip there in November sometime. Hope I get to Melbourne, looks like a beautiful place to be!

    • It did David, we started getting spots of rain as we came home, then it rained for almost 24 hours. Thank you.

  17. Tri Wahyu says

    Nice shots…I ever visited Williamstown like you but its freezing. It sunrise due Williamstown located in west Melbourne so you cannot get those shots in sunset.

    • Yes, it is a very cold place, but very beautiful. Sunrise behind the city would be wonderful. I might have to try it one day. Thanks.

  18. Great shots! Were you using a filter to get the star-bursts on the lights? I have a filter for that but never use it. I think if I took more photos at night with lights it would be nice.

    • No, I wasn’t JT, just discovered that if you use f/16 or smaller, you will get them. Try it out. Thanks

      • I knew that smaller aperture did that but not to that degree. I’ve done that technique using my DX camera, but they didn’t look so nice. I wonder if the lens makes a difference or if DX and FX make a difference as well. I know that you can get a shallower DOF on an FX vs a DX at the same aperture. I do know that the number of blades the lens contains will determine the number of points on the star bursts as well.

      • I don’t know JT, I did use FX, on a 2.8 lens, but I don’t know if that is what makes it. I didn’t know that last part. Trey Ratcliff is the one that said you get the light burst with f/16.

  19. Even if you didn’t get your shot of the sunset reflecting in the water, I think the photographs with the city lights and ships passing by are wonderful as well :)

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