All posts tagged: Myer


Weekend Wandering – Melbourne Indoors

About a month ago I had a Social Snappers Excursion in the city, we went around the arcades, and today I thought I would show you some of those photos. I wasn’t sure about showing them as I have shown so many photos of the arcades I was worried you might be getting bored seeing them again,  however we did go to some places that I haven’t photographed much, so I am going to show those.  It’s really only two places. One of the first places we went to was the Cathedral Arcade in the Nicholas Building.  It is a beautiful arcade, but very, sadly, run down.  It could really do with some TLC.  I would love to have seen it in it prime. For no other reason, than because I like it.  I took this in the Royal Arcade, it was on the stand for the Macarons.  I love how they have things like this just sitting there.  They also don’t seem to mind you take photos. We went to Myer to take photos …


4 Days to Go and Myer is Keeping Up Traditions

Myer is a department store in Melbourne, I don’t know how long they have been operating for, but it has been a long time, and one of the traditions of Christmas that Myer has always done are their windows.  Everyone tries to get to the Myer Christmas windows to see what they have done this year.  However, Myer also do a lot inside the store as well. The windows have been so popular this year and every time I go in, I haven’t been able to get near them.  I managed to get some photos over people’s heads a couple of weeks ago, but they aren’t great, as you can see.  The story for the windows was Gingerbread Friends.  You can’t tell by the photos, but things in them move and change, very close to being like an animated story. I decided this year to get permission to take photos in the store. It seemed like a better thing to do, that way I could just walk around and take photos of what I wanted …

Melbourne Town Hall

Looking Back With 23 Days to Go

My Monday posts have always been about other people’s work besides me, and I had hoped to show you the work of another WordPress photographer, but she has not responded to my emails, so I was kind of left with nothing, and as no one has sent me any images, I thought perhaps today we will look at my work, so in today’s post I thought we might look at the Christmas photos I took last year.  I hope you don’t mind. I am going to put them in a gallery for you.  I thought it would be interesting to look at them again and we can compare what happens this year with what happened last year.  I know some of the things are the same, but some are most definitely are not. I have done something to my back, so I can’t spend too much time on the computer, so please excuse me if it takes longer to get to your emails than usual.

Jump Right In – It’s Christmas

That is the catch phrase that the Melbourne department store Myer is using for Christmas this year.  Though the first thing I noticed when I walked in the centre of Myer was this: I am not going to lie, I thought, okay there is red, and there is white, they are the rings you use on ships, and then there were swimmers.  What does this have to do with Christmas?  Then we went up the escalators. With the large Christmas across the floor, I started to realise, that this is how Myer were saying Christmas this year. The Reindeer’s were similar.  Red and white was everywhere.  It was so wonderful, but I couldn’t work out the significance.  Posters were everywhere that said Jump Right In – It’s Christmas The rings of red and white were everywhere as well.  I finally figured it out this morning.  I have to admit I love it now.  To me, Myer are the only ones that have given us an Australian Christmas.  Everywhere else, while it is wonderful, just does more the …

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. 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 …

GPO Clock Tower

Looking Out

One of the lovely things we found while wondering the city, was that at the top of Myer are some very large windows and you could look out over the city.  You can some great views, and it is nice because they are often things that only workers in the big city skyscrapers get to see.  I love rooftops and it is really nice to be able to photograph them. I have always liked the different sizes, different shapes and the colours.  It is like looking at a puzzle.  There is a mixture of the old and the new.  Small buildings in amongst the large tall ones. This image is a HDR, processed with Photomatix using three images. A little post editing in Photoshop CS5.  It was hard to get a clear image as the window glass was fairly dirty and if you look closely there are marks everywhere on it.  I don’t mind, I think this image is more about what you see rather than it being a fantastic photo. The clock tower from, …

LIke a Diamond in the Sky

Field Trip – Up and Down Alleys

Well that wasn’t quite what we did, but we did do a lot of laneways, arcades, and some stores.  We walked for hours.  We started at 10am and caught the train at 4pm, so my 4 hour field trip turned into 6 hours.   It was so good.  We took photos and I helped when help was needed and I offered suggestions on how to do things.  My taking photos was good because then I could demonstrate how I work, though my priority had to be my fellow field tripper. I have so many photos to show, but my favourite photos were taken in the department store, Myer.  This was not the beginning of the day, but near the end, but I loved the angles and the lines. When you go into the middle of the store, you look up and this is what you see.  The whole store is open right up and you see all the way to the top floor to the massive skylight that is at the top.  You should be …