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Weekend Wanderings – Travelling by Instagram

Last weekend I went into the city with my plastic Holga lens and for todays post I thought I might do something similar with my phone and Instagram.  I thought it might be fun to see what the city would look like through Instagram photos. Though I started with the train trip.

 

IMG_20140514_113700I had to wait for the train.  As I was approaching the station I heard that a train was leaving, so then I had to wait for ages for the next one.

I thought I would divide this post into two parts, first I thought we might look at the train trip in.  People love trains and when I went I probably looked like a tourist as I had my phone up against the window of the train taking photos most of the way in.

I have processed them all with Instagram, though, as I have found out, you don’t have to put the photos on Instagram.  I did them all and then used Dropbox to send the images to my laptop.  A different way of working and I am sure there are others. Here is a gallery of the train trip.

Taking photos from the train was interesting and not always easy. I got lots of blurred photos.  Though, I am going to say that it isn’t something I am really interested in perfecting.  I do like Instagram though, and I think it is something that is fun.

As I said, Instagram can be fun, and I have seen some great images with it, but they do all tend to look very similar

IMG_20140514_214401When I got into the city I stopped at quite a few places and took photos of what was around me.  I think filters in Instagram are good, but they don’t really show the reality of what is there.

The thing I do like it about it is that if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would be familiar with my photos as I travel around.  I have tried to get a lot better at using my phone to do that sort of thing. I don’t do photos every day, but if I go somewhere to take photos then if I do some Instagram photos you get a quick glimpse of what is coming on the blog.

I am going to put the photos of the city into a gallery now.  Though, I do want to reassure you that I won’t make it a habit of doing posts of Instagram photos, but I did think it would be good to do a post on it and look at it.

Christmas Eve, One More Sleep

Today, being Christmas Eve and now that my work for the City of Melbourne is complete, I thought I would show some of the other things I’ve been snapping this month.  They are bits and pieces of Christmas that I have found around the place.

LeanneCole-blockarcade-20131129-5406There were shop windows dressed up for the occasion.

LeanneCole-brunetti-20131129-5408Coffee shops like Brunetti’s getting into the Christmas spirit.

LeanneCole-city-20131210-5420Small arcades making an effort for Christmas.

LeanneCole-city-20131208-5416Fire trucks and firemen coming to Bourke Street to give away lollies and to give kids a chance to see inside a fire engine.

LeanneCole-city-20131207-5412Trying to fit in more and more.  I was so happy with this shot, taken with the new camera, the D800, the best gift I got this year.  It shows both entrances to the Block Arcade.

Christmas is almost with us and this is my last Christmas post, thank you to those who have stayed with me throughout the whole month.  It has been an interesting month.  Getting the job to take photos for the City of Melbourne was great, but then my back decided to give out, so things were very topsy turvy this month, still I got the images and they are happy.  I wish I could have got more photos, but I hope you have enjoyed what I did get.

I am going to put a whole heap more in a gallery now.  Christmas Day tomorrow, a day of giving and being with those you love, I will be doing a post, but a short one.

22 Days and the Block Arcade

Last year when I went to photograph the Block Arcade I was very disappointed.  For an arcade that is steeped in the history of Melbourne it was so sad to see almost nothing there.  The shops in the arcade had far more.  So when I saw it on the list for the City of Melbourne, I was intrigued to see what I would find when I went there.

I wasn’t disappointed this year.

Image part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival

Image part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival

There were Christmas decorations everywhere.  It was so nice to see.  It is such a beautiful arcade, and I am glad I was given yet another reason to photograph it.  

My back still isn’t good, so please enjoy the photos.  

Weekend Wanderings – The Details of Melbourne

On Friday I spent a very intensive day teaching a client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  We had a great day, and at the end of it I came home with over 500 images.  It was fantastic.  The part that was really fantastic, though, was that my client was very interested in photographing food.  You wouldn’t believe how many places there are to take food photos.  Not that that was all we did.  Many of the photos are from similar places to the post I did last weekend on the arcades, but there are differences, mainly because there are a lot more detailed images.

Block ArcadeWe spent a lot of time in front of shop windows like the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade photographing the window of cakes.  Then zooming in on individual cakes.  It was interesting for me to do, because it is not something I normally do, but no one seemed to mind.  It was great to actually take in the details.

Royal ArcadeI know if I had been by myself I would have probably just walked straight past this wonderful display of macaroons in the middle of the Royal Arcade.  They were so colourful and the display, well, it was stunning.

GPOThen there were the surprise finds, like this funny display in the GPO building.  We noticed after we had taken photos that there was a sign saying no photos, but it was too late, we already had them.  I explored the GPO building a lot more and saw some fantastic things.  It is an amazing place.

It is great to be able to just wander and take photos without having people telling you to stop.

Queen Victoria MarketWe ended up at the Queen Victoria Market, where we took more photos of, you guessed it, food.  Though I found the market a lot harder to photograph, I felt like I should have been buying stuff as well, which I couldn’t do because I couldn’t carry anything.  Perhaps next time I will go to shop as well.

As I said, we took so many photos, there are some fantastic places to take photo in Melbourne around the city.  I have prepared a heap more and shall put them into a gallery for you.

If you are in Melbourne for the day, there are many things to photograph and see.  I could spend days in there and still not see it all.  It was wonderful to see the city through someone else’s eyes.  I need to thank Karen for the recommendation, I really appreciate it.  Hopefully more people will like me to teach them photography.

I have so many more photos, but they are going to have to wait for another time.  We photographed some buskers, and we photographed the city, so may be next weekend. I had hoped I would do the lady singing, but I hope she doesn’t mind if I do her image another day when I can spend more time on it.  It is so exciting to be working on different sorts of images.

Weekend Wanderings – From Arcade to Arcade

There was a time when you could walk from Flinders Street to La Trobe Street without having to walk on the major streets, except to cross a couple.  You can’t do that any more.  Now that Myer is redeveloping their Lonsdale store, or what was the Lonsdale store.  Once you get to Myer, you have to go around one city block to get to Melbourne Central.  Hopefully, it will all be connected again, one day.

Nicholas BuildingI feel I should explain a couple or things.  I realised a week or so back, that some countries have different definitions for Arcades.  Here, in Melbourne, they are usually undercover shopping areas, like the one above.  There are usually little shops in them. These days the shops are usually quaint, one of a kind type of shops.  Usually, not always.

The other thing is that I took these photos some time again, and you have seen some of them before.  You will know which ones, I’m sure.

Block ArcadeThe Arcades often have beautiful architectural details, and if you love photographing architecture, then you will love our arcades.  Many of them date back to the Victorian Era and have those sorts of details.

The city of Melbourne is full of beautiful examples of Victorian architecture.  I think that is mainly because much of it was built when Victoria was rich from the gold rush.  When you look around for that period of architecture, you will understand what I mean.  We have a lot, it is very ornate and very beautiful.

Centre Place

Last weekend when I did the Laneways, people mentioned the above Lane, it is Central Place and a very busy place indeed.  It is mainly little cafes and places to eat.  This is probably one of the best places in the city to find a good coffee.  There are many places to get good coffee, but this lane, and Degraves street, at the other end, are very popular.

Royal ArcadeSome of the main arcades have arcades coming off them as well.  Different styles, different stores. You can really see the style in this image.  This is off the Royal Arcade.

Melbourne CentralIf you start at Flinders street and confine yourself between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street, you won’t get lost.  Just keep heading in the general direction of North.  Once you get to the Bourke Street Mall, you will have make some decisions to get to Melbourne Central.

There are a huge number of Arcades in those areas.  It would be hard to visit them all.  Then there are ones, that only locals know.  It is a very popular thing to do in Melbourne, to go Arcade shopping.

As for taking photos, well, you can see what I have done.  Look up, look down, and look at the details.  Most of the arcades do not have a problem with people taking photos, there are some that do.  Australia on Collins has security guards that will tell you to stop taking photos.  Though most arcades don’t seem to mind.

Melbourne Central is a little different.  They do have rules, but they seem open to people photographing the area where the shot tower is and accept it has become one of Melbourne’s Icons and people will photograph it.  The same with the clock in the same area.  I don’t know how you would go photographing the rest of the place, you might find photography is not allowed.  I have a couple of shots here of some lights in the cafeteria, I don’t know if they were allowed, but since it was a fairly public area, I didn’t think it would matter.

Here a heap more images, I have tried to put which arcade the photo is from.

I have no idea how the arcades in Melbourne compare with other cities, but we do have some lovely one.  If it is raining and you want to take photos, then the arcades are the perfect place to go.  The other thing that is nice about them is that you don’t need to worry what time of the day it is either, although, having said that, you do need to consider other people, there will be times when they are very popular and very busy.

So if you are visiting Melbourne it is a very iconic thing to do.  I will do a self guided tour for this as well.  The self guided tour will give you ideas of where to go to take photos and what to look for.  I will also do a map.

Christmas in a Tea Room

Today I have another Christmas photo for you.  I hope you aren’t sick of them yet.  There is just one image today, it is from one of my favourite places in the city, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade.  The front window is always full of really yummy looking cakes and other treats.

Tea Rooms WindowI haven’t seen it looking this good for a long time.  It was so full of great treats and really colourful.  I have taken many images of this window over the years.  It is hard to do.  You can’t do it without reflections, and more importantly it is also hard to do it without a whole heap of people standing in front of it.  I did have to wait for some people to move.

The Hopetoun Tea Rooms have been operating for as long as the Block Arcade has been open.  I think the only time it has closed has been when there was a fire or something.  I looked up their website, they have one, but for a historical place, they had no history.  Quite disappointing.

The window is all done up for Christmas.  I think it looks festive, how about you?

Tea Rooms with some FrostingThis is the same image, but I added some frosting around the edges.  I like the effect of the white, makes me think of snow and white Christmas’s.

A fair amount of work has gone into this image.  It began as a 3 image HDR processed in Photomatix Pro.  I added a few different layers of detail, and I added some blur.  I also tried to bring out the clarity more.  Interesting process, I have really used it on something like this before.  I also added some soft focus in Color Efex.

Hopefully tonight I will be able to get out and get some photos of Christmas lights, if I can stay awake that long.

On a Cloudy Sunday

It was cloudy last Saturday and today is a cloudy Sunday.  I have been so happy with the  photos I got on that Saturday and it has been fantastic to share them all with you.  I have a very busy week coming up, the UCI World Track Championships are in Melbourne and I will be taking photos at them.  I might have to share some.  I will be in among the best track riders in the world, all hoping to prove themselves for the coming Olympic Games.  I hope you don’t mind if I share them with you.

But not today.

You must remember this arcade, it is the Block, it is one I have shown on many occasions.  I tried putting the camera down at ground level and took this image.  I really like the way you can see all the way to the end.  The colours are warm and inviting.  The people are there, but they aren’t dominant and blend into the image.  I was really happy with this image.  Changing your perspective can be a great thing at times.

This image, and the next are both HDRs processed using Photomatix and then post edited in Photoshop CS5.

This image is at the other end of the Arcade, basically looking towards where the other one was taken.  This part of the arcade is straighter, but I like the iron work and that light that it is holding.  Did you notice it?  I should probably play with it more, so that the light stands out a lot more.  I am probably the only one that sees it.

This image was also done the same way.

Daylight savings finished today.  We got to sleep in an extra hour.  It also means that I won’t have to get up so early to see the sunrise, or stay up later to see the sunset.  I am starting to wonder if the Australian Winter is going to be a really good time to take photos.  I am certainly willing to test out my hypothesis.

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