Architecture, Melbourne, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be.  I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson.  A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn.  Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.

Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain.  Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.

LeanneCole-melbourne-emporium-20140606-0102One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium.  I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800.  It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere.  I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.


On the same theme we went to Centre Place.  I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard.  You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top.  It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.


I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?


We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall.  I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.


One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning.  So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice.  I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling.  Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed.  I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.

She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session.  She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough.  You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day.  I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.

This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session

“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.

I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”

I was so happy to read that.

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now.  I will a caption with each one so you know where they are.  I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.


  1. Leanne, the food and the mall photos are fantastic. What a beautiful place! Lucky you to have such a fabulous place to live, work and play. :)

    • Thank you John, I think the lens I had really helped too. It is beautiful, and I have to keep reminding myself that I live here.

    • Thank you Katherine, glad you like it. I like the idea of magic, must remember that the next time I am taking photos.

  2. So I was gasping at your images, and Dave thought something was wrong. lol! Seriously! He said, “what’s wrong?” And I replied, “It’s Leanne’s photos! They are amazing!” I really really love these. The architecture and alley ways are incredible!

  3. Incredible photos, Leanne! My husband is sitting next to me (he’s a train and bus fan) noting the amazing shots you took! Brilliant! Cher xo

  4. EXCELLENT, Leanne! Super, as always! I would like to visit that place with all those beautiful pies, cakes, etc. Super, again! Thanks so much!!! :)

    • You know, I have really eaten any of those cakes, must go there one day and try some of them, thanks once again Fabio. :)

  5. It was worth the wait Leanne, fantastic shots, love every single one of them and will be going back over them again with a cuppa!

  6. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    Those were beautiful! I especially liked the things overhead. they were so unusual. The street view was very appealing as well – and the FOOD! I’m hungry all over again. :)

    • The walkways and such, great place to get abstract shots, I really want to go back there. Thank you Jackie, the food looks great, always does there, must try some one day. :)

  7. Love the shots! I am not good at panning. One thing that I have been practising, is blurring motion, using flash in the evenings. It’s fun! Online courses via Skype?

    • Panning takes a lot of practice. I just finished a post on it. Yes, online via skype, wonderful. Thanks

      • The Skype concept is interesting. Ever since I decided to work on my photography, I started doing a lot of online courses, but not on Skype.

      • Skype is great, you can actually talk to people and explain things so much better. Show examples that are specific to what they want.

  8. Nice photos. I especially like the food shots and the panning ones.

    I kind of want the 14-24mm lens but since it doesn’t take normal filters I would have to have a special setup just for that. I did try it out though but opted for the 16-35mm as it didn’t seem much different and in most situations I am in, I can just back up a little bit to get the same shot. I also have the 24-120mm lens and it is a nice one as it is wide angle as well as a little telephoto. It’s my lens of choice when doing a walk when I don’t want to carry much.

    • Thank you Justin.
      I love the 14-24mm, true you can’t really use filters, but most things I would want to use filters I would just use the 24-70mm for. I have to say my 24-70mm is becoming or has become my lens of choice these days. I love it. The wide is good, but sometimes it is just too wide.

    • Thanks Ben, it isn’t very often you get to see someone actually creating there, it was good to see.

  9. Love your shots of the city, they are always my favourite. The shots of the Emporium all look similar to me. Then again, that place seems to look the same everywhere you turn. Love how the tearoom cakes turned out well, especially when their behind glass.

    Hope your weekend is going great. I went out and tried the panorama function on my phone. I am enjoying the weekend, but it’s going by way too fast.

    • There are parts that are similar, but they are also different, it is about seeing different patterns. I like that. The lens I used for the cakes were so nice, I must explore more with that lens.

      I haven’t done that one, I should try it out. It has been nice the weekend, looking forward to some sunny weather.

      • I think you’re right about the patterns at the Emporium. Haven’t notice other shopping centres with that many lines and curves. I think you photographed the cakes very well – very crisp and we don’t see too many food photos from you.

        Yeah, it has been a good weekend with one more day tomorrow. Just a bit too cold for my liking. Have a good one tomorrow :)

      • Maybe they think the patterns make it more special, haha, who knows. Thanks, I don’t really do much food, don’t think I’m that good at it.

        Yes, it has been cold, I want some fog or frost. Looking foward to that, I want photos. Thanks, you have a good day too. :)

  10. did enjoy the photos of the cakes and pastries.. that is my thing. I think i learned something.


    • Thank you, not really my thing, but I will have a go at many things, now I’m curious what did you learn?

      • people love food photos.. Living in France as I do, cookery is prepared by Artisans, at least in the better cafes, bakeries.. I learned to go close up and focus on a small piece of the cake, the pretty and most delicious part or decorations. thanks eve

      • Must make photographing them amazing. I like doing that too, though I don’t really do a lot of food, but I do like doing that sort of thing. Thanks

      • You really need to come to France to appreciate the beauty of cooking.. not the taste so much as the style.. Each bakery is charming..


  11. Many thanks for this wonderful post Leanne. I love your photos, you really inspire me to keep finding new ways to look at things. I love the lines, symmetry and intersections of the mall. Your beautiful food shots made me remember all of the scrummy food that I enjoyed in Melbourne ! I was particularly glutinous at the Queen Victoria Market !

    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you. I love symmetry, there is something about it. Oh the Vic market, hot jam donuts, yum.

  12. A fabulous gallery of images today, Leanne. The Emporium looks like a great environment for those of us who are lovers of line and geometry – you’ve captured some intriguing images in there.

    • I think it is, so many different shapes, lines and angles, I have to go back. Thank you so much.

  13. I love your photos Leanne. You show us clean, clear lines. You show us movement. You show us colour. You show us beauty. I enjoyed looking at them.

  14. The photos are great! I am not an expert of photography but I have to say that I really enjoyed the ones in the laneway because they give me the sense of mevement and life – I am not saying they are blurry eheh – I really enjoyed the one where the guy shows the paper because the guy is showing something personal, and for me is intruguing.

    Thank you for sharing this photos, I always enjoy seeing them.


    • It was great seeing a graffiti artist actually working, so I enjoyed taking them. I should go back and get the final image. Will see.

      thank you Gabriel.

  15. I feel as though I am there looking through your eyes!! It’s an adventure! I wanted to walk down the narrow street, ride the escalator and eat the pastries!! Love!!

    • Wonderful Cybele, great response, maybe one day you will do all that with me. Thank you.

  16. I loved these :) I really loved the emporium shots! you’re so lucky to live in a place like that :) I hope to get as good as you someday

    • We are lucky, though I don’t know if it is uniquely here, or because I live in a city and I try to see as much as I can. It is a great city though. Thank you.

  17. Leanne, this is a great post. So interesting and sounds like you had a great lesson with your client. I think your idea of a follow email is very helpful and supportive.
    I too especially love the closeups of the the food with your 24-70mm. Stunning!
    As always…inspiring! :)

    • I thought so Robyn, I really enjoyed it, I do love doing them. I thought it would be too, I will have to make notes as I am doing it, so I remember what we did. That lens is so good for that, I will have to do more, can’t believe I had it for almost 2 years before I realised. Thank you Robyn. :)

  18. What a gallery! Those tea room shots are gorgeous!
    Gee … how much would it cost me to fly to Melbourne and have a day lesson (HA!)

    • Haha, I don’t know LB, would be fun though.
      I love those tearooms, the window is just fantastic, I love stopping and looking. I must go in one day, but there is always a queue of people.

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