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Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night

It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different.  I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images.

This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be.  We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained.  Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained.  As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining.  Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying.


Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night.  Though I suspect some nights it is better than others.  I don’t know if it was because it was Sunday or because it had been raining, but it wasn’t great.  The above shot was just before.

The rain stopped for the rest of the evening and it turned out to be a fantastic night for night photography.  The clouds hung around and gave some wonderful skies, I liked the way the light from the city bounced off them.


Then the gas fires started and it went off.  One, there in the middle, wasn’t working, and didn’t give it great symmetry.  It was very disappointing really, though it was good to know that we were in a good spot for capturing them.


We thought of taking more reflections, but there were still so many people around it was hard to get the footpaths with the reflections on them.  Melbourne has become such a busy city, it always seems like there are so many people around.


There were a couple of Black Swans in the water on the river.  They were so hard to photograph in the dark.  I had to turn my ISO all the way up to get any shots of them.  They move around constantly.  I have seen them there before, there are also two that have been hanging out in a park near here too.


I think I mentioned yesterday that I had a One on One Photography Session with someone yesterday, and part of what she wanted to learn to do was take some night photos so after doing some other things around the city we headed down to the river.  It was wonderful being back there, though the biggest difference between last night and last sunday, were the buildings, there were so many more lights on them last night.  They really lit up the skies.

I am going to include a gallery for you now. I will put as the title, Sunday, for the ones taken last week, and Friday for the ones taken last night.  I hope you get to see some night skies with your camera this weekend.  Happy Snapping.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne from across the Bay

Many years ago I saw something while I was in Williamstown and I tried taking a photo of it.  I was so excited, but after I got the film back the image was out of focus, I should’ve used a tripod.  So I have been trying to get that image again and last night I had my chance.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9797The image I had got previously was one at sunset and the sunset was reflected in all the buildings in the city.  We pretty much knew we wouldn’t get a good sunset, the forecast for today was all about rain, so there wouldn’t be one really, and we were right.  There was a little colour, but not enough really.

We decided it didn’t matter, we can always go back and so the trip would be more of a scouting trip for future photo classes.


We watched as the sun went down and the lights on the city came on.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9884Massive ships went in and out of the Bay, leaving big light trails on our images.

LeanneCole-melbourne-williamstown-20140531-9916For me the magic started after the sun had gone down.  The cloud cover acted like a reflector and light from the city was bounced around everywhere.

I am going to finish here, and leave you with the gallery.  It is raining here, so not much chance of any photography, though I do have a class tonight, night photography in the city, I hope my students remember their umbrellas. After seeing the marks on these images, I better go and clean my sensor before I go out again.


Weekend Wanderings – My Melbourne

It has been a funny week, I haven’t had a lot of chance to head out to take photos.  Between the rain and the cold I have, there hasn’t been any opportunity.  I thought for today’s post I would go through all the photos I have taken over the last three years and pick the photos that I have taken that I think are Melbourne to me.  That doesn’t just mean the city, it is also the photos around me where I live in the suburbs. I am just going to put them in a gallery for you to enjoy.  I have also made some of them black and white, thought it would be interesting to have a combination of both. Enjoy your weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Taking a Walk with the Camera

On Thursday night the weather forecast was for a frost in the morning and some fog.  Can I just say I was excited.  Sure it would be cold, but the opportunity of getting out in the morning to a frost, or fog was too much to resist.  I just took the camera with the lens on it and away I went.  I also took my phone, I am trying to get in the habit of taking photos with my phone for Instagram. Which I did and if I can work out how, I will show you those images as well.

LeanneCole-banyule-6387-2I was hoping to get more of a frost, but when I got out, while it was cold, it wasn’t cold enough for a frost.  I am sure it will happen, but it didn’t happen the other morning.  The closest we get to seeing what it would be like if it snowed here is seeing frost all over the ground, and that only lasts until the sun comes up.

LeanneCole-banyule-6399When I got to the park you could see the mist coming off the swampland.  It is a common site here in winter, anytime it is a bit cold you will see it.  When I used to ride a bike, you would notice how cold it was when you rode past this part, it was always much colder than any other part of the road.

LeanneCole-banyule-6421A few weeks ago I took some photos of this same spot, I don’t know if you remember, here is a link that post, the area above is the same place I took photos, but back then there was no water in here, well, except for a small little bit.  Now it is full. We had a lot of rain a couple of weeks ago and it has done this.  It is so much nicer when it is full of water. The mist on the water just added to it so much.  Although, by the time I actually got here, there wasn’t a lot of mist around.  I knew I should have driven to the park.

LeanneCole-banyule-6451The house in the distance is the original homestead, or one of them, not quite sure.  It does stand out a lot, and the way that line of dead trees coming from it, it is interesting.  There were so many ducks in the water.  I scared them off a little and then tried to get photos of them taking off.  I didn’t do it on purpose, they just cleared out as I approached the water.

LeanneCole-banyule-6524There is lot of land like this around me.  We are a suburb of the city, but we also have lots of paddocks with horses and things.  Many people who come here for the first time think we live in the country, we don’t, but it looks like it.  It was one of the main reasons we bought our house.

As I said earlier I did take a couple of shots and processed them in Instagram.  I will put them in a gallery on their own now.

I really don’t do this enough.  I have lived in this area for just over 20 years and I have never really considered that when I live would be very photogenic.  I really need to change my views of this, and start thinking more about taking photos within a short distance of where I live.

I am going to put up the gallery now for you, with more images.  I hope your weekend has been good.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne Zoo Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I did a Weekend Wanderings post on some photos that I had taken at the Melbourne Zoo.  I had taken so many photos that I saved some to do a second post.  I thought today would be a good time to show those images.

zoo-3567We watched the seal show and I took quite a few photos of this seal, Gordo, I think his name was, being trained.  They showed what seals could do, how they check them out to make sure they are healthy, and even how the keeper gets a kiss from him.  Very cute.  Part of the show is about how to help seals survive in the wild and what we can do to help them.  The thing he has around his neck in this image is part of what fisherman use and Gordo is showing us how it could kill him, so he is playing dead.

zoo-3633The tiger was playing hide and seek, and he/she was hiding up the back in among the bamboo.  We hung around only so we could photograph some of the water and then the next thing we knew the tiger came down, got in the water, had a drink then walked back up into the bamboo.  If we hadn’t stuck around we would have missed it.  What a beautiful tiger, check out that tongue.

zoo-3745Melbourne Zoo is quite well know for their babies and we were so happy to get a look at the baby Elephant.  The other elephants were so protective and you didn’t get to see it much before they circled around and gave protection.

zoo-3763I watched this pelican washing itself for ages.  I loved the way it flapped its wings into the water to wash them.  There was definitely a routine to it.  I loved the splashing, so happy I got the this image.

zoo-3823I know Koalas are perceived as cute, but this is a whole other thing, a Koala very comfortable in its surroundings, it doesn’t even hang on when it is sleeping.

I have a lot more photos for you to see, lots more of the tiger and seal.  I do have to say though, that I did all these photos in Lightroom today and I would like to thank Ben from APERTURE64 PHOTOGRAPHY for his help. He helped me work out how to resize and watermark the images as well.  Here is the gallery for you.  All the images were taken with the 70-300mm lens.

Taking a Look Around the City

Most of you know by now that I am now offering One on One photography sessions for anyone who wants to take better photos, or anyone who wants to get the best photos of Melbourne when they come here.  I am trying to get my page together, but I realise I need to have photos.  I need to show people that I can take photos, and photos of what is in Melbourne, also beyond the cliched stuff.


I have been planning trips into the city to get photos, thinking I didn’t have any, then a friend reminded me that I have been into the city so many times that I must have thousands of photos, so this morning I went through them.  I do have a lot, too many for one post, so I thought today I would show you the ones of the city, and tomorrow we could look at the ones I’ve taken of the Docklands and along the river.

What I would love you to do is to let me know which ones you like the most.  I want to put a gallery together on my website and I need to narrow down how many images.  I just think if you like them then I can’t go wrong.

Before I show you the gallery I have to show you a testimonial that I recieved from my wonderful friend Nia.  Nia is also a blogger and writer, her blog is Nia Simone, Author.  Nia and her husband were in Australia last October and I got to meet her and show her my city.

A Walk through Leanne Cole’s Blog

Our guided tour and photography lesson with Leanne Cole was a highlight of our visit to Australia. She welcomed us, made us feel comfortable, and adjusted our tour to meet our needs and interests.

For example, I told her I wanted to absorb how she sees things as an artist so niashe asked me if that meant I wanted her to take photos. I said yes, exactly! I absorbed so much, not only in how she sees things but also in how comfortable she is with a DSLR. She broke me through feeling intimidated by the big camera and I finally graduated from my compact.

Our day was fun, educational, and not work, just the way I wanted. We took photos of alleys, arcades, lamps, buildings, train stations, bridges, waterways, all at a relaxed and fun pace while we learned about each place, stopped for a leisurely scone and coffee break and chatted about Melbourne, Australia, photography and blogging. Every place we went, including the beautiful shop in the arcade where we shared pastries and coffee, were places I had seen on her blog.

In fact, I felt like I was taking a walk through Leanne’s blog! Having that layer of memories from her beautiful blog added richness and enjoyment to touring Melbourne.

In addition to listening to us, customizing our tour, providing photography instruction when asked, and taking beautiful photos of me and my husband for us, Leanne provided an architecture and cultural history of Melbourne. Having the insights of such an informed and interesting local artist enhanced our tourist experience and left us with wonderful memories and more cultural understanding.

The tour also oriented us to the city and we felt confident enough to navigate to a local’s place that evening to enjoy our kind of dinner. A lovely ending to a personalized and full, yet relaxing day.

Nia Simone

from California

Thank you so much Nia, I really appreciate this testimonial, and I had a fantastic time as well.

Now here is the gallery of Melbourne, please let me know which ones you like.

Weekend Wanderings – Early Morning Along the Yarra

On Friday a friend and I decided that we would go into the city and take photos.  We knew that it was going to be 40ºC so we had to get in and out before the heat hit the city.  We got in there at 7am and walked down to the river at the Spencer Street end. The idea was to catch the train into Southern Cross Station, walk to the river, then along it until we got to Flinder Street Station, where we could catch the train back home. Sounded perfect.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8613My first photo, well one of the first.  The sun was just coming up and it looked so nice as it hit the buildings.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8615There were lots of rowers on the river.  There are always lots of rowers on the river early in the morning and you can’t avoid them, so I decided it was best to make them work in the images, as much as I could.  So there are lots of photos of rowers.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8640There were lots of great reflections in the water.  I love the distorted images.

Early morning in the city can be great.  There are always people around, you can’t avoid that, especially now that so many people live in the city, but there far less people in the morning than at other times of the day.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8652I’ve been using the 24-70mm lens so much more since I got the D800.  It is fast becoming my favourite lens.  Being able to zoom into some things, though not a big zoom, I can zoom, and then get some of the detail.  It was good having that lens as I start to see things that I may not have noticed before, and there were details on the Princes Bridge that I had never seen before.

LeanneCole-city-20140208-8655I never get sick of photographing the city.  I always see things that are different, or do something a little different, not to mention that the weather is always different. The light is continually changing through the year.  The light yesterday morning was going to be very different because it was the start of a very hot day, and I am sure what appealed to me to photograph was because it was starting to warm up. It is different to what I would photograph if it was a freezing cold day.  The water was so inviting, and I just wanted photos of water, and I think you can see that.  There are not many photos without water.  The water is definitely the main subject in these images.

It was good to do this as well as I am getting my One on One Photography Lessons/Tours organised so people can take them, and I could see how long it took to do the walk and what I could add or not add.  Though I don’t want my tours or lessons to be that precise, I like the idea of the client and me organising something that is what they want, something special.  I am excited about that and can’t wait to start taking people on the tours.

I have a gallery for you now to take a look at.  I hope the images are all the same, I tried to make them varied.  Before you got there, I just wanted to go back to that statement I said at the beginning, “sounded perfect”, well, it was, it was really good taking photos there.  Afterwards I came home and stayed indoors and let the Air Conditioner cool me down.


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