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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.

 

Quiet Thursday’s

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It has been a very busy week, and well, I’m trying to catch my breath, so today I just have one image for you.  One that I took in Woomelang the night before I left. I used my neutral density filter and the image was a 10 minute exposure.  I love the way the sky went.

I am going to leave it there today.  I hope you are having a good day.

 

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

It hasn’t been a very exciting week and there isn’t a lot to share today.  Things have been quiet.  Too quiet really.  Though I will try and see if I have some things to share.

The Mallee

I think I will be going back up there in the next few weeks.  I will have access to a car in November and it seems a logical thing to do to plan another trip up there.  I might also see if I can get something together and try teaching sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-463another class up there.  Thought I might start running some basic photography workshops.  I think lots of people up there have DSLR’s, but they have no idea how to use them, and not much opportunity to learn.  It has always been one of my most successful classes, teaching people that, so I am going to try and see if people are interested in that.

I also really want to get back out to the salt lakes.  I am fascinated by them and the surrounding areas, though not sure I want to be out in the evening with the mozzies.  I will have to take sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-462lots of insect repellent with me.

The Hand of Man

I have never been a straight forward landscape person, I used to find it boring to take photos of just the landscape, however, recently, that has changed.  I do enjoy doing them far more than I used to.  Though, I can still walk around places and not find anything that inspires me.

So how do I find inspiration in the landscape?

I try and find my story, what I want to convey.  Often the story has something to do with us, whether that is a building that has been left, or waves-crashing-rocks-water-sorrentoin an unusual place.  Sometimes it is the environment that we have helped create.  When I go up the Mallee these days, one of the things I notice is the strong influence that man has had on the environment up there.

The original settlers changed what it looked like completely and now the consequences of those things have started happening, like the salt.  Once the trees were removed the water table rose, and then the salt did.  There are many places in the Mallee, and other regions, that are trying to solve the problem of the salt in the ground and land that is now unusable because of it.

So, each time I go up there I am starting to understand that impact and the struggle that farmers and other people trying to make a living are having.  My story is unfolding and revealing itself.  It means I have a project to work on. I really want to keep going up there now to take photos and explore this area more. I want to find people who can help me with the history of the land, and others who can help to explain what is happening.  This is my environmental project.

The biggest problem I have is from Parks Victoria, the government organisation responsible for maintaining all the National Parks in Victoria.  I have been sending them emails to get sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-460information, find out if I can put the photos I take in the parks in a book or something like that, but so far they aren’t responding.  It is so annoying, as I am trying to do the right thing, but then I get nothing back, no help.  I will just have to keep trying.

Sorrento

Last weekend, remember I told you I was going to go to the beach to get some photos of waves.  I had planned on going to Aireys Inlet, but then we got down the road and I realised I had forgotten my tripod, so we turned around sorrento-beach-waves-slow-sunset-466to get it, and in the end decided to go to Sorrento instead.  It was closer.

I played around there taking photos of waves in slow motion.  I took a lot and some worked really well, some not so well. I am including some of the photos in this post.  I made a couple into black and white to see how they would look.  There is one with blurred clouds, I used my ND400 for that, it was a 3 minute exposure at sunset.  Interesting how much the clouds move, I could have sworn they were staying still.

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This reminds me to remind you that if you haven’t got your image in, then you are running out of time.  I will start working on the post very soon.

Weekend Wanderings – Sorrento Beach in Daylight and at Night

This last week I had a great trip down to the coast with a great photography friend. We decided to go and take some photos on the various back beaches at Sorrento.  We did more of the car boot photography, which means driving to the beach, just taking the camera with us, or what we thought we might need and leaving the rest in the car.  I like photographing this way, that way your back isn’t burdened with all your gear, and let’s face it my back doesn’t need that.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-2At the first stop we took some photos from the look out at the top and then we went down to the beach.  The tide was coming in and we couldn’t get too close to the water.  We could see the scene in the above photo, and lots of white fluffy waves were coming in, right up the beach, but just as we noticed it, the battery in my camera died.  I had another one with me, but it was in the car, so my friend got all the photos and I watched her taking them.  I might need to take a little bag with me that has things like spare batteries, lens cleaners, that sort of thing in it.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-4This was another part of the beach.  I have made a lot of the beach images and waves into monochrome images.  I wanted to see how they would turn out.  I have seen some fantastic black and white beach shots and I would like to get better at doing them.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-rocks-6Check out this rock, how incredible is it.  I was taking something else, using the rock, but when I got it home all I could see what the animal head.  It was so weird.

beach-sorrento-water-waves-sunset-2There wasn’t a great sunset, but there was some, so I took this shot. I like the light coming through the arch, might have to see if I can repeat this one day, and do different images.

We decided that we really liked this space and that if we were going to take some night shots we would come back here.  We went into Sorrento and went to the Continental Hotel there for dinner.  The staff were nice, but I don’t know why every time I’ve been there we get put into the bit on the side or the front, but right near the front door. We’re usually the only ones in there like there is something wrong with us.  It is not very nice.  Then there is another section, that is warmer, and lots more people are there, but we don’t get to sit in there.  Maybe they can tell the strangers to the area and that is what they do to them. I’m not sure I will go back there.  The menu is pretty limited, and if you are a vegetarian you get one choice and that’s it, so if you don’t like pasta or tomato, then don’t eat there.

beach-sorrento-water-night-stars-2Then after our dinner we headed down to the beach again.  We had hoped the moon would rise and since it had only been a full moon a couple of days beforehand, well we thought it would still be bright enough to get some night moonlight beaches.  The moon didn’t rise and I forget to look to see what time it would, so we had to do what we could with available light.  I love shots like these.  I might have to work on them some more, though if the moon had risen it might have been nicer.

I set my camera up to do some star trails and just let it go taking all the shots I wanted for that.  While it was doing that I helped my friend set up her camera to photograph the milky way.  The expression on her face the first time she did it was fantastic, I imagine much like mine was the first time.  She was really happy to just keep trying things while my camera did it’s thing and took lots and lots of shots.  My camera went on for an hour and when I got home I tried stacking the photos, and it worked, sort of, but I had trouble.  I did a post on it yesterday on my other blog so if you would like to see what I did, here is the link, Trying Things for the First Time.

I have a few more images for you, and will put them into a gallery for you.  It was a great afternoon, no wind and while it did get very cold that evening, we didn’t notice, well until we were going to the car, then we were freezing.  It turned out to be a very cold evening, with frosts.  I love how I don’t feel cold when I am taking photos.  Enjoy your weekend.

Weekend Wanderings – Eureka Skydeck 88

On Friday night I had a chance to go up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 to see the city.  The Eureka Tower is the tallest building in Melbourne and they turned floor 88 into an observation deck.  It is a great place to see the city from above and it seems like you are the tallest thing there.  My first reaction when I walked out onto the observation deck and saw the view was “wow”, it was incredible.

eureka-tower-skydeck-observation-melbourne-1We got there just before sunset, just in case there was a nice one. There is always a sunset, but whether it looks good or not is another thing.  We had high expectations.  Though we did get rather distracted by trying to get photos that we probably didn’t take in the views as much as we should have.  The observation deck is double glazed, so while you can stop reflections on the first pane of glass it was a lot harder to stop them on the one on the outside.

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I do like this one of the city with the afternoon sun shining on it. I live out in that direction, way behind the high rises.

eureka-tower-skydeck-observation-melbourne-4Can you see that strange thing on the cloud.  It was the weirdest thing. It isn’t the sun, as the sun was further over on the right.  It was like a cloud rainbow, or something.  So if anyone has any idea what it is and how it happens would love to hear.

eureka-tower-skydeck-observation-melbourne-7I have made that sunset look a lot better than it actually was.  Creative license I believe they call it.  It was really a rather pathetic sunset actually.  Just my luck.

eureka-tower-skydeck-observation-melbourne-16I loved the view at night, it was stunning.  Though, they were the hardest images to get and I had to spend time on nearly all of them getting rid of reflections.  I took some black cloth with me to help with the reflections, but it didn’t stop them all.  I think if I went back I would try something a little different.  Might have to see if I can try it again.

eureka-tower-skydeck-observation-melbourne-19After we left we down to the Flinders Street and tried getting car light trails in front of Flinders Street Station.  It was quite busy and there were lots of cars around.  I have tried doing some stacking with these, gave me lots more lights, something I might have to do some more of.

The Eureka Skydeck 88 is a great place to see Melbourne from above, you get 360 degree views all around the city and out to the bay.  The floor is shaped oddly so you can see different things in different places.  I would like to go back sometime and try some different things, as I said, maybe plan what I want to take more.  Really on Friday night I was just seeing what I could do.

I have a gallery for you today.  I have a Social Snappers Excursion planned for this afternoon for the Melbourne Zoo.  The forecast isn’t looking good, so I don’t know how how we will go.  Could be fun.  Have a great Sunday.

 

Weekend Wanderings – Looking for the Stars at Aireys Inlet

Searching for the Milky Way and places to photograph it have become a bit of an obsession for me, I think.  I have been out to take photos of it with John Holding a couple of times, and we had scheduled a trip down to Sorrento, but he saw the images I had taken at Aireys Inlet and expressed an interest. I didn’t mind going back, so on Monday we went there to see what we could find.

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The plan was to get there earlier, check some places out around the lighthouse, photograph the sunset, have some dinner some where and then back to do the milky way.  After looking around the lighthouse, we went down to the beach.  The wind was really strong and I was trying to get the sand flying over the beach.  You can see it so easily with your eyes, but it is so hard to capture it with your camera. We also photographed the waves as they crashed in.  I was using my 80-200mm 2.8 lens to photograph these.

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The sunset looked so promising.  We had gone back down to the beach to get the sunset.  It was an okay sunset, but it was what was happening behind that got the best images.

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It was so pink.  I loved it.  I should have taken a lot more images from here.  The cloud cover was larger and the colours were so intense.  I can’t wait to get some filters to try doing this more.  I had change my lens back to the 24-70mm, though when I put the Cokin Neutral Density filter on to slow the water down, I noticed I couldn’t use 24mm, I had to zoom out until you couldn’t see the filter ring, which is a bit annoying.  So, yes, we did photograph water as well, then it was off to dinner. There aren’t a lot of places to eat in Aireys Inlet, but the local pub, The Aireys Pub, was friendly and the meals were really nice.

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Then back to the beach for the milky way.  There was some cloud initially, but we didn’t let it bother us.  We took some on the bit of beach we had been to earlier.  I changed my lens again to the 14-24mm to take the milky way.  I can’t believe I went out in one day and used three different lenses, that must be a record for me.  It is something I need to get better at doing, changing my lens and not being lazy.

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This one was taken at the bottom of the lighthouse, something John really wanted to try. So I thought I would give it a go too.  Looking straight up the side of the lighthouse to the milky way.

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Though, I think this may have been my favourite in the end.  I love the way the milky appears to be coming out the top of the light house.  I do love it when you go out to take photos and have a great time and get some great photos.

I am looking forward to seeing John’s photos and we decided that we would link to one anothers blogs today, so you could see them as well, his blog is John Holding.  If you are interested in Astrophotography John did an up for discussion post on it a couple of weeks ago, Up for Discussion – Astrophotography.  I am going to put more photos in a gallery now.  I hope you enjoy my trip to Aireys Inlet, and plan on some doing some wandering yourself this weekend. It is getting too late to do the milky way, but the full moon is next week, so I have started planning trips around it.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Chasing the Moon

Yesterday afternoon I took off with some friends down to Sorrento and to the back beach there.  The plan was to take some photos of the beach before sunset, then photograph the sunset, go out for dinner, then come back to photograph the moon and get some shots of the beach in moonlight.  All day, before we left it would rain, then the sun would come out, then it would rain again.  We went anyway, hoping it would be okay.

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The first part worked out fine, we got to the beach and took photos of the rocks.  The surf was wild, and some parts of the rocks where the waves were hitting them were pretty amazing.  Well good for Australia.  I loved the way the afternoon sun was hitting this rock.

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We sort of got a sunset.  It rained a bit at the start and there was the promise of something brilliant, but it really didn’t amount to much.  I am showing you this image because it did rain and I think this effect is from water on the end of my lens. I’ve never seen anything like it before.  I had my camera set up to take a photo every 10 seconds.  I was going to see if I could do a time lapse series, but I don’t think I got enough images, and the rain did spoil some of them.

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While we were having dinner we could see that the moon had risen and that it looked wonderful in the sky.  We could see the light from it reflecting on the water in the bay.  After dinner we just went across the road to take some photos of it.  I think this was the clearest image I got all night.

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Then the clouds rolled in, and we could see where it was a lot of the time, but we couldn’t see it.

stpaul-beach-moonlight-rain-moonWe went down to the beach, but this was the best I got.  It was raining a lot, I couldn’t get my camera to focus, and I was yelling a lot.  I was so angry with the weather.  It has been so frustrating this winter with all the rain we have had.  I am so sick of it, some rain is nice, but not constantly.  I expect it to be cold, but seriously this is ridiculous.

We went home and I didn’t get some of the shots I wanted, but it was a lovely part on of the beach and I think we will go there again some time.  Of course as we were on the freeway coming home the clouds parted and there was the moon for all to see.  I thought I would take some when I got home, just out my front door.  Of course, by the time I got home and got the camera ready the clouds were covering it again.  I did wait a little while and I managed to get some.

I forgot to mention that part of the reason I was keen to get the moon was because I had borrowed a Sigma 150-500mm lens from a friend to take photos with.  Oh well, you can’t have everything, I’m sure the rain will stop and I will get to take some photos of the moon and the beach on other trips. Here is a gallery with some images, sorry, lots of the moon.

 

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