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Weekend Wanderings: From Bourke to Spring in Melbourne

Last weekend when I was wandering around the city with those people and taking photos, I showed you some of the images last weekend, but we did wander from the Bourke Street Mall all the way up to Spring street.  Last weekend I stopped the photos with the Christmas decorations, so today I thought I would show you more of what were taken at the Mall and to just before I left the city.

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Being the first weekend of the 2014 Christmas Festival the city was packed with people, and there were buskers everywhere. Some on their own, or small groups like this entertaining the people.  Some are good, some aren’t, but it is nice to hear and see them.  I have to start making sure I have money or change when I go in so I can give them some.  I think if I’m taking photos I should leave some money.  These guys didn’t last long, well in this set, they had been there for a while and just after they started playing their power was cut off.  They were good too.

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We ended up walking up Little Collins Street.  I haven’t really done that before, so it was great to see some new architecture.  One of the buildings I showed you the other day, and in the gallery I will include the original image with only minor adjustments.

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When you come to the top of Little Collins Street, at Spring Street, you seeParliament House.  I loved the way the light was hitting it.  The glow from the afternoon light was beautiful.  I haven’t been down this way in a while, and the last time I was here they were working on the steps and they were all blocked off.  It is a great building, I have plans for more photos.

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I have some photos of the fountain that I used for the AB Friday challenge.  It is hard to photograph, but I didn’t have my tripod with me and I think I would like to try some long exposure on it at some point.

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In this image is a statue of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls and his wife. Lady Gladys Nicholls, he was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and also the first appointed to vice-regal office, serving as Governor of South Australia from 1 December 1976 until his resignation on 30 April 1977 due to poor health. (from Wikipedia) I think it is a great statue, I love how they look like they are wandering down the street.

I have more photos for you, which I will put into a gallery.  Hopefully the problems WordPress were having yesterday are all fixed up and won’t happen again today.  I don’t think I have ever experienced WordPress breaking down that badly before, it was almost funny, couldn’t do anything on it.  I hope you all have a great weekend, it is raining in Melbourne this Sunday morning, it is refreshing after the heat and humidity we’ve had.

Weekend Wanderings – Around the City of Melbourne

Yesterday afternoon I spent some wonderful time wandering around the city with a couple of people just taking photos.  It is the best thing to do on the weekend.  We had no set agenda, and we really did just wander.  We started with coffee at Brunetti’s and were going to go to St Paul’s Cathedral, but we were shocked to find that it was closed.  So we thought we would head down to Hosier Lane and see what was happening there.

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This weekend they are having an art event on there, so you can go down there and do some of your own spray painting, I think.  They were handing out masks, rubber gloves, paint and stencils to anyone who wanted to have a go.  There were also lots of graffiti artists there working on their own pieces.  Great place to go if you want to see it happening.  Though be prepared, it smells a bit from the paint fumes.

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We wondered into this building and took quite a few photos of the middles of it. It is quite amazing.  I wish I could tell you what the building was, but I’m afraid I don’t really know.

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We walked through the arcades again, the Block Arcade and Royal Arcade.  I’ve photographed these arcades so many times that it isn’t always easy to find something new. I didn’t have my macro lens with me, but I have to say getting close to things is definitely something I’ve been doing a lot more.  The woman at the macaron counter was very lovely, she didn’t seem to mind us take photos of what she had.

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Then it was onto the Bourke Street Mall and looking at the Christmas decorations and watching people.  The day was perfect, really, the sun was out, but it wasn’t really hot, and there was a lovely breeze.  I got lots and lots of photos of the city, too many to show today, so I have narrowed the Bourke Street Mall ones to the Christmas decorations, but will show more another day.

The city was full of people, so much going on.  All the decorations for Christmas are up now, though they are exactly the same as they were last year, and the year before it seems.  I have to say, I’m not as keen to photograph them again.  Will see how I go.

Here is a gallery with more images.  I am going out with my macro this morning, so excited to really try it.  Election was yesterday and it seems we have a new party in Government, I wonder if they will make a difference, the last party didn’t, so I’m not hopeful.  I hope the weather is perfect where you are for taking photos.

 

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.

A City Comes Alive 3 Days Before Christmas

Yesterday I decided to head into the city and take photos of the people.  The city is buzzing at the moment and there are people everywhere you look.  Lots of lots of crowds, the buskers are out everywhere, and people are queuing up to see all sorts of things.  I took photos mainly in the City Square and the Bourke Street Mall.  The weather was overcast, but it was a nice temperature.

I thought I would just show them to you in a gallery and put some explanations under some of them.  Is your place buzzing with excitement like Melbourne?

Tomorrow is my Christmas Around the World post, so if you have put photos of Christmas on your blog please email me a link so I can include some of your photos in my post.  Please remember that my Monday is your Sunday for many of you, so the sooner you get them to me the better.

My email is leanne@leannecole.com.au

Crowding Christmas

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.

Bourke Street MallI 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.

Bourke Street Mall with some FrostingWith 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.

Christmas Ball and CandleThis 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.

The Elf on the TreeI 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.

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