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Weekend Wanderings: Early Morning Around the City of Melbourne

Since my return a couple of things have happened, one is summer has come very early here and it looks like the snakes are awake, so I don’t want to be going anywhere where there might be any.  I have to work out what to do for the next 6 months basically.

The other thing has been how surprised I’ve been to see what people have thought of my architecture shots from New York. I used to do it a lot, but have moved away from it in the last year or two and now I’m starting to wonder if I should be getting back to it.

So the plan for this summer is to do more coastal work. Go to the beaches and such and see what I can do. The other plan is to explore more architecture around the city and maybe in some country towns as well. I love what some of those towns have. So with that in mind the other morning I caught the train into the city and met up with a friend on the steps of Parliament House.


The plan had been to see if we could get a sunrise there, but the sunrise was a bit pitiful, so we had to be happy with just taking photos. It was nice to be able to take photos of this building with no one else around. Such a grand building, shame it is for politicians.


This was actually the first image I took. It is the top of Bourke Street and Parliament House is behind me. The city was starting to wake up.

My friend had to go to a meeting so I wondered around on my own.


This image was taken a couple of minutes after my MM image on Wednesday. It is a different spot but if you look closely you can see there were lots of people around. The Formatt Hitech filter I used really helped to get rid of all those people in the other image. I am going to have to do more.


I couldn’t pass up the cakes in the Hopetoun Tea Rooms window. Not too many, but again, one of the lovely things about early morning is that there are hordes of people around. Melbourne is becoming a very busy city. I think with our dollar doing so badly it is becoming a cheap place to visit.


I finished off at the Melbourne Town Hall. Another great building, oh and yes, another built for politicians, but at a lower level. It is rather stunning, and a great example of what Melbourne did during the gold rush.

It was nice to just wander around and I think the comments from the last couple of days have been enough to help me get out of the funk I’ve been in in the last couple of weeks. I’m getting excited about things again. I also went into the Digital Show yesterday and met many of the people that helped me with my gear for my trip. It was lovely to talk to them and see them face to face. I got to see lots of new products as well, which was really nice.

I have some more photos for you now, as I usually do. I hope your weekend is wonderful and you get lots of photography done. All the images were taken with the D800 and the 24-70mm lens.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Year Begins

Last Tuesday I did a big post on what I am hoping to do this year, and really so far, not a lot has happened and nothing much has changed.  I don’t really know what to tell you about this week.


Just a reminder that I am going to start a newsletter.  I am still trying to work out what I will put into the first one, but plans are afoot.  I am hoping to get it out next week.  I am trying to work out how to put a link in the side bar for people to sign up to it, but so far, I am stumped.  So if anyone has done it, please, would love some ideas.  For now I am going to put the contact form at the end of the post for you to fill out.  I know some of you have left messages, and I’m sorry I haven’t responded, but the way they came out was a bit weird.

Monochrome Madness

Just a quick reminder that Monochrome Madness is back this week and you still have time to send in your images.

Wacom Tablets

I am very excited, I have ordered a new Wacom Tablet, the Intuos Pro Medium.  I have had one for a few years now, but a small one, so I thought it would be good to get a bigger one.  I have a brother in law who works in doing special effects for movies, and he suggested the medium.  It will, hopefully, arrive in the next couple of days.

That is about all the news I have really.  I thought I might use some photos that I did about 2 years ago, but I still look at them and love them.  They were of the Council Chambers in the Melbourne Town Hall.

Here is the form if you want to sign up for my Newsletter.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

It is getting close to Christmas and I have been spending most of my time trying to get ready for that.  It is so busy right now and time is running out.  My mum is arriving later today to spend some time with us, which I know will be great and I am looking forward to it, but we have to get organised before she gets here.


I am going to continue blogging, maybe not everyday, will see how I go, over the next week, but they will be short posts or something else.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time here, especially while my mum is here.  We have lots of plans for things that we want do.


I don’t know if I told you that when I was in the city recently for Social Snappers I got a better video of the lights on the Melbourne Town Hall, the Christmas Light Show.  I have put it up on YouTube if you are interested in watching it, and you can see it here, Christmas Light show. You will have to excuse the trams going past, unfortunately nothing I could do about them.

From Other People

leannecole-blockarcade-20131129-5406I had an email from Ken Bennison this week to tell me he has published a new book, A Wilderness Experience Through The Camera’s Lense, and the book is available on Amazon, so click here if you would like to take a look at it.

I’m afraid that is about all I have for you this week.  I have collected some of my favourite images from Christmas last year and thought I would share them with you today.  Monochrome Madness is looking amazing for this week, so if you haven’t got your Monochrome image with a touch of colour into me time is running out.

Weekend Wanderings: Christmas in Melbourne

The other night I had a Social Snappers Excursion in the city and part of the reason for it was to photograph the Christmas decorations and lights into the city. Everything is up now in the city of Melbourne, and it is almost the same as it was last year, and the year before.  It was a little disappointing.  Last year I was given the job of photographing the display for the City of Melbourne, and this year, they said they would contact me, but I never heard from them, and perhaps it is because nearly everything was the same.


The Elves look the same in the City Square, but the tree doesn’t look quite as good, it was nice, but it wasn’t the same as it was in previous years.  We came back when it was dark and I got no inspiration at all, I didn’t even take a photo. There was no maze for the kids, and not even sure if they had activities for them.  Compared to previous years it was a bit boring.


We tried to get the sunset alone the river with the mistletoe bridge in the foreground, It wasn’t much of a sunset, but I’m okay with it.  I did enhance the sunset quite a bit.


One of the things I do like is how I don’t have to worry about getting images for the council, so I can play, I like that.  I’ve been trying to think of different ways of getting images of the Christmas lights and such.


The lights are on the Melbourne Town Hall again, but they are different lights from last year.  I did really enjoy them this year.  I just set my camera up to take a photo every few seconds, and then I could just watch.  It was a great way of doing the shots.

I took a video with my phone, wasn’t so great, but if you want to see it, here is a link to it, Melbourne town hall Christmas 2014. As I said I did it with my phone, so it isn’t great, but it does give you an idea of that is there.

I have some images for you now, I will put them in a gallery for you.  It was a great night for taking photos, I have to go again on Sunday night with another group of Social Snappers, so it was good that I have been there before, so now I can get a better idea of what we can do in there.  Have Christmas arrived where you are?  I hope you have a good weekend.


15 Days and More from the Light Projections

First of all, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful thoughts about my back, I know that doesn’t sound right, sorry.  I wanted to let you know that it is getting better and I am able to do more and more.  I can sit now, not for long, but I can sit, which is far better than how I was last week.  I can walk around a lot, so I have been going and taking lots of photos of the city, which has been wonderful.

Speaking of which, I went into the city on Sunday night to get some shots of the city at night.  I also wanted to do more of the light projections on the Town Hall from a better angle.  The first time I did them, I was over on the side and I didn’t like how the images turned out.  So on Sunday night I waited for the show to stop and people to leave, then I went and got a spot right in the middle ready for the next one.  I used the new tripod, but I didn’t need to put it up so far because we were right at the front.

I am just going to put them into a gallery for you.

I also did a video and if it ever finishes uploading to YouTube I will add it here as well. Now the video isn’t great, I did take it with the D800 and was impressed with that, but there is a bit of noise from the crowds, then it rained, so you can see my umbrella a bit as I tried to protect the end of the lens from the rain.  I do think it will give you an idea of what it was like, hopefully it will work.

Open House – Melbourne Town Hall

scchambers-5hpm7576-4In Melbourne this weekend is Open House.  It can be an opportunity to see inside some famous buildings.  Unfortunately, you normally have to get in early and a ballot is run for people to see inside many of the buildings.

One of my followers who also happens to be a guide at the Melbourne Town Hall has let me know that the Town Hall is open both days, so Saturday and Sunday and will be open from 10 to 4 and tour guides will be available to answer questions and tell you about the history of the building.  You are allowed to take photos as well.

So if you are in Melbourne this weekend and would like to see inside the Melbourne Town Hall here is your chance.

Great opportunity for people who work all week, as you can’t see it normally on the weekends.

The Last Decision about Chambers Here

Actually it will be my last post that I am going to be doing on the Council Chambers of the City of Melbourne.  It seems like I have been doing these images for ages, but then again, it also seems ages since my last one.  It is always sad when you realise that there will be no more, which is probably why I have put off doing this one.

Eyes to the FrontI found this image quite hard to do.  It was easy to photograph, I just stood at the back and pointed the camera to the front of the room.  However, when I got it on the Eyes to the Front - Originalcomputer, I found it very confusing, I didn’t know where to look and I thought that people viewing it would find it the same.

I am going to include the original image so you can see what I am talking about.  For me the challenge was to direct your eye to where I wanted it to be.  The original is a nice record shot of the room, but I think the first image is more of an art image and is much better at directing you to see what I wanted, which is the chairs.

Someone said to me the other day, “your work is always so dark”, then she bought 4 postcards from me.  So I said, why do you want the postcards if you think my work is dark.  She replied that she didn’t say she didn’t like it, she was just stating that my work is dark.  I suppose that is very true.  It is quite dark, I like that, I don’t have a problem with it.

I have two more images for you, I just love these, they aren’t really important, but fun.


A little sign on the back, just so you know who sits here.

ChairmanBoth these plaques on the back of each chair that sits out the front.  They are the chairs on either side of the Lord Mayor’s chair.  I thought they were too good not to take photos of them.

I was given an amazing opportunity to go and photograph the inside of the Council Chambers and I really want to say thanks to those that helped me.  I will send emails for that.  I find myself in the position now of, what happens next.  I don’t know what to photograph next.  I have a couple of ideas, but I need a new building.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

I thought, as this is the last post on the Council Chambers, I thought I might put a gallery with all the images I have processed from that room.

I hate it when projects finish.  I added the images from today to the gallery as well so you can see them all in it.

Now off to find some inspiration somewhere else, in another building, I hope.  Remember if you would like to see the room for yourself, you can, the City of Melbourne run tours of the Melbourne Town Hall daily and for more information the link is here.