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Weekend Wanderings: Autumn Afternoon Along the Yarra River

Autumn has to be one of the most stunning times to see Melbourne.  The weather is often just beautiful, lots of sunny days, cool evenings and mornings.  Then you have the landscape doted with trees changing colours as they get ready for winter. Unlike many other countries, most of our indigenous trees don’t lose their leaves for winter, so we don’t get the vibrant colours that other places get, but it is nice to see some of it.

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In the city there are trees everywhere that have been planted and are in the process of changing colours.  Well, they were last weekend when I spent the afternoon doing a One on One Photography session and taking photos along the Yarra River.

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The weather was stunning that day, and we haven’t had much weather like it since.  You can see in the sky there that there isn’t a cloud any where.

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This was a typical scene, look at the contrast of the autumn trees against the background buildings.

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One of the walking bridges over the Yarra River has been converted to a lock bridge and there are hundreds of locks on it.  I thought this one was really interesting.

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We headed down to the Seafarers Bridge to see if we could photograph the sunset, and we did. It wasn’t a brilliant sunset, but good enough.

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Of course we had to turn around to look back at the city.  This was one of the last images I took. The city lights were coming on and the clouds were moving by.  I should have tried a long exposure, but I didn’t think it was an appropriate thing to do with a student, the excursion was for them not me.

I had a lovely afternoon and think I got some wonderful photos to show how beautiful Melbourne can be in autumn.  I am fairly certain my student also got some great photos, some very similar to mine as well.

I hope your weekend is going well. It is Mothers Day here in Australia and I’m hoping my daughters are going to do french toast with strawberries for breakfast, but who knows.  I hope you have a lovely Sunday, we will be staying it, the weather is going to be horrible.

Quiet Thursdays: Grey Outside and Not Much Else

The weather here is very unpredictable at the moment and the forecast for the next week is shower or two every day.  So we are going to be getting wet a lot. It is frustrating, but it has also been windy, so I should get some great opportunities to get out with my ND filters to do some long exposures.  I don’t have the Formatt Hitech ones yet, but I can still take my Lee Big Stopper out and see what I can do with it.  I have some plans.

I’ve been out a few times to take photos, which is always good and I’ve been putting some photos up on Social Media sites like my Facebook Page and Google+.  Some are from Instragram and others I took with my Nikon D800.  I have one of the full moon that I took the other night with the Tamron SP 150-600mm lens, I think I am getting better at doing them.

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There are three images of the same bridge, the Seafarers Bridge in the city. One taken with my phone and the other two with my Nikon D800.  Two taken at sunset, and one taken very early in the morning.

There is a photo of a cattle egret that I got at Banyule Flats. It was just sitting on top of one of the dead trees just looking around. I did have to crop it quite a bit. Again taken with the Tamron SP 150-600mm lens that I have on loan from Maxwell International Australia.

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There are a couple of other sunrise shots, taken with my phone, one morning earlier this week.  I knew there was a very good chance for a sunrise, but well, I slept in and these photos I got around my house.

I spent the whole day regretting I didn’t make more of an effort to get to Banyule Flats. It would have been amazing.  We haven’t had another beautiful sunrise since.  The skies have been too overcast or not the right conditions.

I’m off on another trip today, I think.  It is going to rain, so I don’t know how we will go, but hopefully it will be good enough for it.  Going to a park or sanctuary up in the Dandenongs, but you will have to wait and see.  I am going with my friend, so it should be lots of fun.  I will put all the above photos into a big gallery for you now.  I hope you have a good relaxing day.

Weekend Wanderings: Early Morning Along the Yarra River

This morning, not long after this post publishes I will be in a similar place with lots of other ladies photographing the river and the city over the river.  Mornings in Melbourne can be a great time to get so beautiful photos of the city and if you are lucky get it reflected very nicely in the river.  Unfortunately on this morning the river wasn’t being nice and wasn’t smooth, but we still go some great shots.

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This was one of the first shots I took, you can see that with no clouds we weren’t going to get a good sunrise, still the colours were nice.

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I know it wasn’t one of those brilliant red sunrises, but the orange and the silhouette or the surrounds is quite good.

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The rising sun painting the city with gold, I like it when that happens in the morning.

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We headed into the city and played around with the wide angle lens seeing what things up close looked like with it.

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It was just before Easter, so I  had some fun taking some photos of the Easter eggs in the shops.

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We went for a wander along Collins Street to Southern Cross Station and took photos along the way.

It was a lovely morning for photos and I really enjoyed it.  I am hoping that this morning is just as nice as well, maybe even nicer. It is going to take me a while to respond to comments, but I will get to them when I get home. I hope your morning starts off well and you have a great Sunday.

Quiet Thursdays: Taking it Easy

Really that’s what I’ve been doing?  It is a very lazy day for me, I just don’t seem to be able to get myself motivated to do much.  It could be a thinking day, do you have those?  Days where all I want to do is think and work out some stuff.

I have another article for the Digital Photography School being published early next week.  This one is on textures I believe, how to use them.  It is my first attempt at doing a tutorial for them, and it is something I need to work on.  I should be an expert at doing them by the time I am finished.

I have some other things I want to write about, but I need to think about it first.  Have the ideas going around in my head for a while.  Work out what I really want to say, take some notes and then start the writing process.

Today I have a couple of photos that have been on social media and were taken last Saturday at Healesville Sanctuary. I originally did the pelican for MM, but something about it, well, I don’t know.  Then I wondered if it wouldn’t be better in colour!

There is also a redo of the image that I did for last week’s MM.  I thought it was missing something so I’ve tried doing something else to it, I don’t know if you will notice, but I think it looks better now.  I also have one image that I did this morning, which is why this post is late.  I really wanted to try some things on another image.  If you stare at the tops of the buildings the clouds look like they are moving.

My mum is arriving this afternoon, so I’m going to leave it there for now.  I hope you get to have a lazy day as well.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Some Time to Work

It is still crazy and I keep hoping for more hours in the day, but no one seems to be listening to me.  I thought this week would be a great catch up time, but alas, things have got in the way again.  I do have more days planned at home, so it should be better. Shall we get started.

Monochrome Madness

sccity-3hpm7145-2I will be spending this afternoon on Monochrome Madness so if you haven’t got yours in yet, you still have a little time.

Book

I had a meeting with with the Council last week about my book on Banyule Flats and we have come up with an idea for it, that we think might just work. It will be a beautiful book I think, and there may be a way that we hope can take the story of the area back to the original inhabitants, which I would very much like. More on that later.

Newsletter

sccathedral-HDR4The newsletter will go out in the next couple of days.  I’m very behind this month, but I plan on working on it in the next couple of days. Again, if you haven’t signed up for it, click here.

Social Snappers

We have two Social Snappers Excursions planned this week, St Kilda on Thursday and then Healesville Sanctuary on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to both and if you would like to join us check out the Social Snappers site for more information.

New York

There isn’t much news about New York I’m afraid, still planning on going in September.  I have my passport all ready, but dates still need to be confirmed and such. I am hoping that I can plan a day in San Francisco and a day in New York where people who follow me can come and meet me if they live in the area and want to.

Photos

sccity-6895Todays photos are from about 3 years ago. I took them on a trip into the city with a friend. I was going through a bit of HDR phase, everything I did was HDR. Then slowly that changed and now I find I rarely do them, but slowly I’m starting to see that sometimes they can be good, and am experimenting more with them again.  It turned out I was able to get Photomatix Pro again, and now I can start using it again to do some photos.  I might start trying to do more as well, not every image again, but some images do benefit, I just have to work out how to make it work for me.

I hope you are finding time to breathe.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Getting Dark in the City

Yesterday I was in the city doing some photos with someone.  We started in the late afternoon and took photos until just after 9pm, it was really getting dark in the city then, so I thought I would do some of those photos as my Weekend Wandering post today.

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Melbourne Town Hall, it is looking rather ordinary at the moment, but in a month or two I’m sure it will be decorated for Christmas.  I like photographing the same buildings over, they are always different, whether it is the light, or what they have on them.  I would like do a great fine art architectural shot of this building.  I realised yesterday that I will need to use my wide angle, otherwise I can’t fit in the tower.

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Stopping at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade is almost something I can’t stop doing.  I didn’t get many photos as by the time we got there they were clearing the window.  I might have to try getting a shot of that one day.  I did ask some questions about the window, so will try some more photos soon.

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Can you see the bright lights in the water, something reflecting off the bridge.  It was really strange, but we had fund trying to get photos of it.

These two photos look the same, well they are really. except one has a blue sky and the other one is browner.  Maxwell International Australia has let me keep the filters a little longer so I could experiment a little more.  The sunset we got in the city was terrible, really, not much colour, so I thought it would be interesting to try the tobacco graduated filter.  It really warms the image up.  I have been playing around more and on Tuesday will show more photos and talk about the kit a little more.

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We saw the gas going off outside the Casino.  We got there hoping it would happen at 8pm, but then some other people who were there looked it up and said that it wouldn’t be on until 9.  We thought, oh well, and just kept taking photos of other things, and then all of a sudden, on they came.  I hope the people who thought it came on later still saw them.  Unfortunately for us, we didn’t think it was going to happen, and so weren’t really prepared, still we got some shots, I just wish I had got a little more of the reflection.

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Then it was time to do some night photos of the city.  I love photographing the city at night.  I love seeing how it looks.  So I love it when people say they want to do it. I especially love doing One on One Photography Lessons for people who want to learn night photography. I don’t know that I will ever tire of it, there are always different places along the river to go.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now, I need to start planning a driving trip today for my daughter to get in some more driving hours, but also so I can go somewhere to try out the filters again.  Have a couple of ideas, but you will have to wait and see.  I hope you have somethings planned for the weekend.  I am back into the city tomorrow for Social Snappers, we are doing architecture along Collins Street, should be great.

 

Weekend Wanderings – Snapping the City in the Dark

Last Sunday I went into the city for another Social Snappers Photography Excursion for a night photography session. We met at the MCG at 6pm, ended up at Flinders Street Station, and finished around 9.30. The idea was that we would start on the bridge that goes over the train lines, photograph the city from there, then slowly make our way along Birrarung Marr and end up at Flinders Street Station, or near there, to photograph car trails. I knew the area from riding a bike a few years ago, but I had never tried to photograph it, so it was new for me too.

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The plan had been to try and get the sunset, but by the time we got there it was pretty much over, I think it was because there were no clouds.  One day, I will get it.  It was a beautiful clear night so we couldn’t complain about that.  Being a Sunday night also meant that there weren’t many trains.

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So from there we started walking to the city.  There are paths and they are quite well lit, so it wasn’t hard to find our way. I think the most curious thing was that so many people wanted to know what we were shooting, or why we were taking photos.  I think seeing a group of women out taking photos is not something people see every day, it is something that I hope to change.

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This is the Birrarung Marr bridge.  It helps link the city with the MCG.  The MCG is one of our major sports arenas, possibly Melbourne’s oldest.  If you know about Melbourne, you would know how sports mad this city is.  The photos we got from here were wonderful, but it was an area that drove us insane. They have speakers on this bridge that play music, like folk ditties and stuff, and they have more than one going at a time.  It is horrible.  You can’t hear anything, and, well, you just want to enjoy the sounds of the area, but no, you have to listen to a whole bunch of songs and music playing at the same time.  Please Melbourne, turn off the music.

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This is a massive sculptural piece that is by the river.  It used to be in front of the National Gallery of Victoria, but was moved a few years ago. Not an easy piece to photograph.  There are too many things in the way, rubbish bins, bright lights.

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Finally, we went back into the city, where we all had fun taking photos of the car trails.  This is an iconic image and most people want to get it.  Every time I go and take photos here there are always lots of other photographers there as well. It wasn’t as busy as it normally is. Sunday night probably had a lot to do with it, but it was nice to get more photos.  The above photo is another stacked image, I can’t remember how many, I think around 20.

It was a very good evening.  One of the women that came along has said that she was feeling a bit shy, and was worried about doing this sort of thing, but she said that I gave her lots of information and that she learned a lot.  Her tripod broke and we had to share mine, which was fine.  She started using a lunch box to support her camera which, surprisingly, worked rather well.  I had so much fun, and I can’t wait to do more of these excursions.  I really think Social Snappers is such a great idea, it is good to go out with a group of women and just enjoy taking photos.

I’m running behind today, I was out all afternoon photographing Lake Albacutya, and then last night doing the milky way at Jonesy’s Bush Retreat.  Today, I’m off to Nyah West for my workshop on landscape and night photography, that should also be really good.  So for now, I have a gallery of images from last Sunday.  I hope your weekend is good and you get lots of chances to take photos.

 

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