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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 careful going into stores like this to take photos, especially in today current climate and the fear of terrorism everywhere.  You can be told that you can’t take photos.  We walked in and just did it.  I work on the theory that you should just do it until someone tells you not to.  No one approached us, so we didn’t stop.

Under this light was a counter with perfume things on it, I found a corner and lay my camera down on its back.  Then I positioned it to look straight up and I just clicked.  Quite an exciting thing to do, you almost have to trust yourself and your camera.

All these images are HDR images, and were done with 3 bracketed images.  Without using a tripod all day, I thought 3 images would be enough.  There were far too many people around to use a tripod, it would have been a total hindrance.

Teresa said, look at this, and I tried, but I was too short to see over, so I just had to put the camera over the edge and click and hope that I got something, I did.  I love all the lines and different angles.  It is quite amazing.

This is similar, but it was taken from the very top of the store.  I love the arch type lines.  Almost religious, which is, so I’ve been told, how many people find shopping.

I think this is my favourite.  I just love the angle.  You can see other buildings through the ceiling.  What an amazing skylight.  We spent so long in here.  We went from the bottom all the way to the top and back down again.

Teresa is, I believe, really happy with her photos.  She enjoyed the day and got over 200 images to work with and experiment with.  I, on the other hand, took over 800. though most were 3 clicks per image, so about the same number as her.  I know that I won’t always be able to take photos like that, but it was great to be able to today.

With all the images I took, I suspect that you will be seeing a good selection over the next week.  I hope it doesn’t bore you.

  1. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

    March 24, 2012
  2. vibhuti photography #

    I have to be honest Leanne and although I don’t dispute your talent as photographer, I find shopping arcades very boring, especially very modern ones like this. Nothing personal! Perhaps, there is a way of photographing them but to me it would be a purely architectural project, one where there is nothing else in the frame but the building (certainly no shoppers or display exhibits!) – all the same you found some interesting angles 😉

    March 24, 2012
    • You should be honest. I feel the same way. This isn’t actually a shopping arcade, if you can believe it, it is one shop. It is a very old store that has been in Melbourne for many years, but recently had a massive revamp. I like the lines and angles, but the old store just isn’t there anymore, and I think many of us miss us what used to be there.
      I agree about shopping centres, they all tend to have similar architecture and pretty much look the same. I did get some of buildings today, old and beautiful, perhaps you will like like those more.

      March 24, 2012
  3. That first one says “Modern Art Museum” much more than “Big Old Department Store”. I like it very much…
    I *do* wish we had better trains here…It would make day trips like this possible for us.

    March 24, 2012
    • I was attracted to it for the lines and all those straight edges going in all different angles.
      It is great to be able to go and do trips like this. It is a shame you can’t, but you do it when you are in France, don’t you?

      March 25, 2012
      • Yeah – that’s why I can’t stand the trains here. It takes four hours to drive to New York City from here, and 3 hours, 50 minutes to get there on the train…The same distance on a fast train in France takes a little less than 2 hours. Having to allow 8 hours for travel kinda’ takes the fun out of a ‘day’ trip!

        March 25, 2012
  4. Sounds great & you got great photos Leanne!!! So glad you enjoyed it!!! 🙂 **

    March 24, 2012
    • Thanks, I did, I had a massive smile for the rest of the day.

      March 25, 2012
  5. These are interesting shots – I like them.

    March 24, 2012
    • Still plenty more shots to see from the trip in the city. I hope you find the rest interesting as well.

      March 25, 2012
      • I look forward to seeing them 🙂

        March 26, 2012
  6. I really enjoy architecture angles and lines, so these photos, for me are fantastic and fascinating.. love them, This must be quite a store. I hope the shopping lives up to the architecture.

    March 25, 2012
    • I am the same, love the lines and angles. I don’t know about the shopping, it really has just turned into a brand name store, each brand rents out its own space. They are the same brands you find everywhere, nothing really unique. The building, however, is quite unique.

      April 4, 2012
  7. It’s good when you get lost in time because you’re doing something you love. 🙂

    March 26, 2012
    • Oh yes, it is the best isn’t it. It great to be taking photos, chatting and spending time with someone else who loved the same thing.

      March 26, 2012

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