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Looking at the ANZ Building on a Quiet Thursday

Today I thought looking at the ANZ Building on a Quiet Thursday seemed like a good idea.  This building is one that anyone who loves Melbourne will know and love.  For a relatively modern building the architecture is really outstanding and I wish more buildings could be built here that considered where they are and how they influence their environment.   This is an image I took from the top of the Myer building through a glass window.  It is a fairly typical view of the Melbourne skyline, well one from here.  The ANZ building is the second tallest in this image.  The gothic looking one and it is brown.  I love the shapes and lines in it.  It is a very distinctive building and one I’ve been chasing and trying to get an image of for a while now. Recently when I was in the city for a Social Snappers Photography Excursion we were near this building, so I took a little detour.  It wasn’t where I thought it would be, and I can’t …

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Friday’s Bits and Bobs

Another week gone, the time is flying this year, although possibly no more than any other. It has been a little quieter this week for me, and I’ve managed to spend more time at home sorting things. My girls have been in Sydney so it has been very quiet during the day, just Tiddles and me. Our cat, Tiddles, has been very clingy though, he is funny when people are away and you can see that he is confused. He is asleep now on the coffee table on a soft toy, the heater is warming him up, though his heat pack is very warm under him. He isn’t spoiled at all, no not at all. So what I have been doing this week. Making Video Presentations I downloaded the trial version of Camtasia last week and this week I’ve been trying to learn how to use it.  I have been having a lot of fun with it.  It has been good to try out lots of different things with it.  If you follow my News …

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Weekend Wanderings – Fitzroy Gardens Part 1

Fitzroy Gardens are on the edge of the city, sort of behind Parliament House.  They are quite extensive and beautiful.  I haven’t been there for years, but I travel past them every time I go to the city on the train. It looks like these gardens are almost as old as Melbourne with a history going back to 1848.  Melbourne is a young city, when compared to so many around the world, settlement started in the 1830’s. There are lots of parks around Melbourne, at one stage we called ourselves the Garden State, but most of those are really parks, like the ones around me are more like what is naturally here.  On the other hand you have gardens like these, designed by gardeners thinking of Mother England and therefore are very English in their design.  They are the type of garden where you can see the four seasons, especially Autumn.  I am sure that I have mentioned before that the trees in most of Australia don’t lose their leaves in winter.  They stay green …

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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 …

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Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night

It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different.  I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images. This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be.  We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained.  Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained.  As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining.  Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying. Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night.  Though I suspect some nights it is better than others.  I don’t know if it was because …

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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. The 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. Massive ships went in and out of the Bay, leaving big light trails on our images. For me …

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Trying to Photograph the #BusttheBudget Rally

Last week our government here announced the new budget and it isn’t good.  Well, it is good if you are part of the minority of rich people, but basically if you are poor then it is very bad.  Our daughters will be really affected by it, with rising University fees and youth unemployment very high at the moment.  The Greens, another political party here, organised a rally last Sunday to #BustTheBudget, they were happening in every capital city in Australia.  It was very short notice, but my husband and children wanted to go and I thought I would go too, show my support.  I also thought it would be good to take the camera and get some photos. We often think of these sort of things as being attended by the rabble of our society, but it was interesting to see people of all walks of life.  Children, parents, students, older people, every one was represented I think. I don’t want to be political here, this isn’t the place, but it was a great experience …