All posts tagged: Melbourne Central

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Weekend Wanderings – Catching Up Around the City

Yesterday I got to do something that I don’t get to do very often, meet someone face to face that I have met through WordPress. I was meeting Carol from The Eternal Traveller. It is always really exciting to meet someone, though meeting isn’t the right word, it is more seeing them for the first time.  I asked her if she wanted to go and take photos with me as I need to get some for today’s post. I was meeting her at the State Library of Victoria, so I got off the train at Melbourne Central.  I had no intention of taking the above shot, but when I got there and saw the sun on it with all those shadows, I had to get the camera out quickly. After we met up and did our hellos we headed down to the other end of the city to Brunetti in the City Square, which is a great place to get a coffee.  We sat there with our coffee and just talked.  It always amazes me …

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Weekend Wanderings – Taking the Colour Out of the Ordinary

Yesterday my daughter had to go into the city to pick up a text book for her first class on Monday at Uni.  She wanted me to come, which meant I would want to take photos.  I have taken photos in the city so many times over the last few years and I never get tired of it.  I thought that I would take them this time of nothing specific, but just the city doing what the city does, so to speak. I wandered around the streets, watching what was going on and took photos of it.  I knew before I went into the city that I was going to make all the photos B&W, so that was an interesting thing for me.  I had to think about what I thought would make great B&W images. It was interesting photographing the mundane, in some ways.  The things that we see every day as we walk around the city.  I did add some architecture as well, and tried some things. Initially I started with the 50mm …

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Weekend Wanderings – State Library and Over the Road

Last weekend I showed you some images of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Fed Square.  On the same rainy horrible day we also went to the State Library. I worked at the state library many years ago.  I worked here when the Museum was still in the same complex and none of the renovations had happened.  I haven’t really been there since all the work was done, but since the weather wasn’t good we decided to go in and take a look. It is a lot lighter than it used to be.  the glass never used to be in the ceiling, but they decided to put it in as the original designs had glass in it.  I am told it is based on the domed reading room of a library in London. A marble staircase that linked the front part of the library to the part that has the domed reading room.  The marble stairs had worn steps, you could see where people had been walking on them for a long time. The …

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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. I 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. The Arcades often have beautiful architectural details, and if you love photographing …

Acting Like a Tourist with a D5100

As I said earlier I wanted to go out this weekend and try the Nikon D5100 and see what it was like.  One place I’ve been wanting to photograph for some time was the State Library of Victoria.  So my daughter and I went into the city, I went to take photos and she tagged along so she could shop.  All the photos have been taken with the 5100 and then processed.  They were opened in camera raw and a few things adjusted, but nothing else. This is a sculpture on the corner in front of the State Library, and you can see the library in the background.  It is the building with all the columns.  It is an amazing building.  First built in 1856, I think, and when it was first built it also housed the Museum and the Art Gallery.  All three were there until the 60’s when the art gallery moved down the road, and the musuem moved, I don’t know exactly when, but in the last 20 years. This is the …

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Time Ticking Away

For today’s post I decided to go through some older photos, well, not that old, but ones from the field trip I did in the city that ended at Melbourne Central.  At the time I took these images I didn’t get around to these, and had quite forgotten about them. This giant fob watch is one of the attractions at Melbourne Central and has been there ever since.  I read somewhere it was put in around 1981, but that can’t be right.  When I first moved to Melbourne there was nothing there, and I moved here in 1986.  Doesn’t really matter, it appeared some time after that. It is really large and when it was first installed there was also a giant chain that sort of made it look like it was being held up by the floor above.  They have removed the chain. On the hour, every hour, the bottom of the clock comes down and music plays.  The music is the tune to “Waltzing Matilda“, which if you know anything about Australia, is one of …

Lighting the Coffee

Seeing the Light

On the field trip we stopped for coffee near the end of the 6 hours we had spent taking taking photos and when I looked up this is what I saw. Look at those chandeliers.  I can’t decide if they are tacky bad, or so tacky they are great.  There they all were.  This is the side of the food court in Melbourne Central.  Not an easy place to find to have a coffee. This image is a HDR and processed the way all of them are at the moment.  The next one is as well. This one is on its own.  I thought it was a good way to show you the light on its own.  Still not sure about it. So the latest about the accreditation.  Hummph.  I have been convinced to go in and show them my email, saying it was approved.  I will do that, but I have also heard that the same thing has happened to many other media people.  The rumour is that Cycling Australia has put a red line …