Today I have the first set of photos I took the other night when I was in the city. The first place we went to was the Bourke Street Mall. It was, as most of the city was, very crowded. The windows in front of Myer were packed with people.
I wanted to get the lights that were over the top of the Mall. I should explain that our Malls are not like other countries, this is a street that was closed off to cars many years ago, and now it is for pedestrians and trams. The middle is always clear, you really don’t want to go one on one with a tram, you will lose.
It had just gone dark, and as you can see from the clock on the Myer building it was about ten to nine. I was hoping the lights would show more, or stick out more, but they didn’t really. It was a little disappointing, but hopefully you get the idea of what it looked like. The rain made it better, I have to admit that. It made the ground very reflective which is nice.
I have processed this image in a much similar way to how I did the image of the window in the Hopetoun Tea Rooms. I quite like the painterly effect it gives. I actually like it quite a bit. It did start as a 3 image HDR processed with Photomatix Pro and then additional processing done from there.
With this one, I have just added some frosting to it. It is nice to see them both and compare whether the frosting works or not. I am not so sure with this one.
I was up late last night to see if I could get some photos of our tree. I tried a few things, but I really wasn’t happy. The lights we have on it are not great. I do have a couple though.
This is one of the glass Christmas balls we bought the first Christmas we had when our first daughter was born. We were living in Denmark and we bought a lot of decorations from there. Of course, we spent way too much money because we didn’t know where to buy things and ended up going to Georg Jensen where we spent a fortune. Though we have lots of beautiful things that we will have forever. The candle is in one of their gold candlesticks.
I believe this guy and the others like him were all handmade. They are so cute and so Christmassy. I love them. I have tried to find decorations which are as good and as nicely made here, but it is very hard. Most of what we have seems to be junk. Every now and then I find something I think is special and will buy it for the tree.
It is heating up here, the temperature is going to be 39 C or 102 F, perfect for Christmas shopping. I am going to go into the city for you tomorrow and take some more photos. Melbourne burning while enjoying Christmas. Who knows what I am going to get. At least I know I won’t need the tripod.
Richard Harrison found a video on YouTube of the lights on the town hall and I thought I would post it for you.