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Weekend Wanderings – Travelling by Instagram

Last weekend I went into the city with my plastic Holga lens and for todays post I thought I might do something similar with my phone and Instagram.  I thought it might be fun to see what the city would look like through Instagram photos. Though I started with the train trip.

 

IMG_20140514_113700I had to wait for the train.  As I was approaching the station I heard that a train was leaving, so then I had to wait for ages for the next one.

I thought I would divide this post into two parts, first I thought we might look at the train trip in.  People love trains and when I went I probably looked like a tourist as I had my phone up against the window of the train taking photos most of the way in.

I have processed them all with Instagram, though, as I have found out, you don’t have to put the photos on Instagram.  I did them all and then used Dropbox to send the images to my laptop.  A different way of working and I am sure there are others. Here is a gallery of the train trip.

Taking photos from the train was interesting and not always easy. I got lots of blurred photos.  Though, I am going to say that it isn’t something I am really interested in perfecting.  I do like Instagram though, and I think it is something that is fun.

As I said, Instagram can be fun, and I have seen some great images with it, but they do all tend to look very similar

IMG_20140514_214401When I got into the city I stopped at quite a few places and took photos of what was around me.  I think filters in Instagram are good, but they don’t really show the reality of what is there.

The thing I do like it about it is that if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would be familiar with my photos as I travel around.  I have tried to get a lot better at using my phone to do that sort of thing. I don’t do photos every day, but if I go somewhere to take photos then if I do some Instagram photos you get a quick glimpse of what is coming on the blog.

I am going to put the photos of the city into a gallery now.  Though, I do want to reassure you that I won’t make it a habit of doing posts of Instagram photos, but I did think it would be good to do a post on it and look at it.

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.

Weekend Wanderings – The Details of Melbourne

On Friday I spent a very intensive day teaching a client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  We had a great day, and at the end of it I came home with over 500 images.  It was fantastic.  The part that was really fantastic, though, was that my client was very interested in photographing food.  You wouldn’t believe how many places there are to take food photos.  Not that that was all we did.  Many of the photos are from similar places to the post I did last weekend on the arcades, but there are differences, mainly because there are a lot more detailed images.

Block ArcadeWe spent a lot of time in front of shop windows like the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade photographing the window of cakes.  Then zooming in on individual cakes.  It was interesting for me to do, because it is not something I normally do, but no one seemed to mind.  It was great to actually take in the details.

Royal ArcadeI know if I had been by myself I would have probably just walked straight past this wonderful display of macaroons in the middle of the Royal Arcade.  They were so colourful and the display, well, it was stunning.

GPOThen there were the surprise finds, like this funny display in the GPO building.  We noticed after we had taken photos that there was a sign saying no photos, but it was too late, we already had them.  I explored the GPO building a lot more and saw some fantastic things.  It is an amazing place.

It is great to be able to just wander and take photos without having people telling you to stop.

Queen Victoria MarketWe ended up at the Queen Victoria Market, where we took more photos of, you guessed it, food.  Though I found the market a lot harder to photograph, I felt like I should have been buying stuff as well, which I couldn’t do because I couldn’t carry anything.  Perhaps next time I will go to shop as well.

As I said, we took so many photos, there are some fantastic places to take photo in Melbourne around the city.  I have prepared a heap more and shall put them into a gallery for you.

If you are in Melbourne for the day, there are many things to photograph and see.  I could spend days in there and still not see it all.  It was wonderful to see the city through someone else’s eyes.  I need to thank Karen for the recommendation, I really appreciate it.  Hopefully more people will like me to teach them photography.

I have so many more photos, but they are going to have to wait for another time.  We photographed some buskers, and we photographed the city, so may be next weekend. I had hoped I would do the lady singing, but I hope she doesn’t mind if I do her image another day when I can spend more time on it.  It is so exciting to be working on different sorts of images.

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.

Nicholas BuildingI 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.

Block ArcadeThe Arcades often have beautiful architectural details, and if you love photographing architecture, then you will love our arcades.  Many of them date back to the Victorian Era and have those sorts of details.

The city of Melbourne is full of beautiful examples of Victorian architecture.  I think that is mainly because much of it was built when Victoria was rich from the gold rush.  When you look around for that period of architecture, you will understand what I mean.  We have a lot, it is very ornate and very beautiful.

Centre Place

Last weekend when I did the Laneways, people mentioned the above Lane, it is Central Place and a very busy place indeed.  It is mainly little cafes and places to eat.  This is probably one of the best places in the city to find a good coffee.  There are many places to get good coffee, but this lane, and Degraves street, at the other end, are very popular.

Royal ArcadeSome of the main arcades have arcades coming off them as well.  Different styles, different stores. You can really see the style in this image.  This is off the Royal Arcade.

Melbourne CentralIf you start at Flinders street and confine yourself between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street, you won’t get lost.  Just keep heading in the general direction of North.  Once you get to the Bourke Street Mall, you will have make some decisions to get to Melbourne Central.

There are a huge number of Arcades in those areas.  It would be hard to visit them all.  Then there are ones, that only locals know.  It is a very popular thing to do in Melbourne, to go Arcade shopping.

As for taking photos, well, you can see what I have done.  Look up, look down, and look at the details.  Most of the arcades do not have a problem with people taking photos, there are some that do.  Australia on Collins has security guards that will tell you to stop taking photos.  Though most arcades don’t seem to mind.

Melbourne Central is a little different.  They do have rules, but they seem open to people photographing the area where the shot tower is and accept it has become one of Melbourne’s Icons and people will photograph it.  The same with the clock in the same area.  I don’t know how you would go photographing the rest of the place, you might find photography is not allowed.  I have a couple of shots here of some lights in the cafeteria, I don’t know if they were allowed, but since it was a fairly public area, I didn’t think it would matter.

Here a heap more images, I have tried to put which arcade the photo is from.

I have no idea how the arcades in Melbourne compare with other cities, but we do have some lovely one.  If it is raining and you want to take photos, then the arcades are the perfect place to go.  The other thing that is nice about them is that you don’t need to worry what time of the day it is either, although, having said that, you do need to consider other people, there will be times when they are very popular and very busy.

So if you are visiting Melbourne it is a very iconic thing to do.  I will do a self guided tour for this as well.  The self guided tour will give you ideas of where to go to take photos and what to look for.  I will also do a map.

Christmas in the Royal Arcade

Christmas is in a week.  So from now till then, I am going to try and just put up Christmas photos.  I hope you don’t mind.  I find it nice to find the Christmas Cheer around me.  Christmas in Australia is so different to other places, I think because it is summer, the lights only happen late at night, so you have to be up late to see them.  During the day the decorations don’t really stand out, so it seems like any time of the year.  You really have to go looking for Christmas.

Royal Arcade 1This is one of the nicest Arcades in Melbourne, The Royal Arcade.  I have shown photos of it before.  I was so happy when I walked into it on Sunday and saw all the decorations.  They have gone to a lot of trouble.  I really liked what they did.

All the images today are HDR images that were processed with 3 images in Photomatix Pro, then further processing was done in Photoshop CS6, though not a great deal of processing was done.  I did add the white gradient, I like the effect of the snow.  Funny, because it never snows here at Christmas, actually it never snows here ever.

Royal Arcade 2Here is a self portrait, of sorts.  Can you see me?  These were very large gold balls hanging up and I like the way they reflected everything.  I couldn’t do it without me, so you have me taking a photo in it.  I have my Tamrac Bag on my back.

Royal Arcade 3I have put this photo in again, but it isn’t the same as yesterdays shot, well it is, but this is a HDR of the same shot.  I like the HDR more, but you should decide what you think.

Yesterday

The video, seemed to be regarded quite well.  I am sorry about the resolution, I was experimenting and didn’t save it properly.  I need to do more experimenting.  I did enjoy doing it and doing the screencast was so much easier to do than writing them out.  It is so much faster as well.  Of course, there are things I need to work on.

Another Rant, so switch off now if you aren’t interested.

Thank you first for mostly supportive comments, a couple were not what I was expecting, and I wish that if people can’t be nice they would just butt out.  I was always taught if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.  Some people obviously missed that lesson.

Can I just say, this is not a hobby, I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts that needs to be paid for.  I have also spent another year studying prior to the degree. I am simply trying to find my place in the world.  Sometimes it gets frustrating.

I thought I had it with the cycling, then a heap of crap happened, and I am not comfortable in that world right now.  It is not something I can go into, but it means that I now I have to find something else.  It is hard, and I am too impatient.  I will keep going.  I know I can do this.  I just need to learn how to sell myself, that has always been my problem.

Can I just add that I was told also that I can’t expect people to pay for my services when I all I do is play with images and run a couple of presets, this has made me very angry.  I have put a lot of time and effort into learning Photoshop, GIMP and now PSE11, but apparently I don’t know what I am doing.  I feel I have a lot to learn, but I also feel I have learned a lot.  I can’t believe that people think all I do is use presets.

I do use presets when I am using Silver Efex and Colour Efex, then I adjust them to my liking, isn’t that what you are supposed to do?  I don’t mind saying I am absolutely gutted by these two comments, talk about kicking a person when they are down.

I really do appreciate most of the suggestions that I received, and love the support I get from almost everyone.  Thank you so much.  Without you, this blog would be nothing.  

Visiting Gog and Magog on the Field Trip

One of the laneways, or rather arcades we went through on our field trip has some strange residents.

This is the Royal Arcade, another one of Melbourne’s beautiful old arcades.  The architecture is simply stunning.  If you look in the middle of the image you can see the residents I was talking about.

I would like to introduce you to Gog and

Magog.

They ring their bells every quarter hour, I think.  It has been a while since I have stayed to listen.

This is the clock and I am going to let you know what that sign underneath actually says.

These two 7-feet giants have been striking the time on Gaunt’s clock since 1892.  They were carved from clear pine and modelled on the figures erected in Guildhall, London, in 1708 to symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders.

Mythology tells of the giants Gog and Magog (also known as Corineus and Gogmaga) having been captured in battle by the Trojans and made to serve as porters at the gateway of an ancient palace on a site later occupied by the Guildhall.  It is traditional fo Gog to stand to the north and Magog to the south.

So there is Gog and Magog.  I hope you are happy about meeting them.

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