This image I made in Flinders Lane in Melbourne yesterday deserves an explanation (apart from the fact it looked terrible in black and white, hence the colour version).
I was hurriedly walking to the other side of Melbourne’s CBD for an appointment at Olympic Park Sports Medicine and went partway via Flinders Lane. Yesterday was a perfect Autumn day in Melbourne with flawless blue sky and a gentle breeze. The narrow Flinders lane falls into deep shadows in various sections from the newer high-rise office blocks that line this narrow thoroughfare.
I walked past a row of motorbikes parked on the footpath and was suddenly struck by this amazing ‘spotlight’ on a motorbike side mirror. After stepping back a pace or two, I lined up the shot which reflected the architectural detail of an old restored building on the other side of the street catching a beam of bright sunlight (which reflected the clear blue sky in its windows).
lt was like a blue spotlight in a semi-dark room and reminded me of the most amazing details in our cities if we walk slowly and have an observant eye. None of the other motorbike side mirrors had the same effect. They were all dark.
It must have been one of those ‘right time, right place’ moments. I guess you’d have to actually be there to appreciate this unique well-lit snapshot 🙂
I’m having trouble seeing in Black & White these days, especially since I rarely go into Melbourne for some street photography, so I’m practising with things I see around my apartment when the weather isn’t suitable for a walk outdoors. The secateurs and rubber gloves I’d left on the end of my desk (ready to take outdoors and return to my gardening tool box) caught my eye.
This is a rare time I’ve actually shot in Monotone and haven’t had to edit the image at all. It seemed to have just the right amount of contrast and DOF.
Shooting ordinary everyday objects indoors is actually not as easy as it looks I must say.
Feel free to offer some constructive criticism in the comment box below.
I first met John Francis Carroll when he was busking at the Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne last year.
His guitar playing was superb and I sat on a bench nearby for quite some time (lost in his music). I approached him during a break in his playing and asked if he minded me making some photos of him as he played and if it would be ok to share them online. I can’t remember that I did share them online at the time, but I certainly emailed him several images a few days later and said he could use them in any way he wished. I bought a couple of his CDs – Salmon Tails Up The Water (Celtic music, of which I am a big fan) and Musica Dalla Corsia (an even better collection of his talents) which I have listened to many times and thoroughly enjoyed.
He plays guitar, harmonium, bodhran, keyboard and Mandolin.
You can imagine my surprise and delight to get an email from him last week saying he loved one of the images so much, he’d used it on the back cover of his latest CD; Blues Instrumentals (of which I received several copies in the mail today but haven’t had a chance to play the CD yet, having been in the city half the afternoon for an appointment and some street photography).
As an amateur photographer, I must admit I get a thrill when anyone uses one of my images and credits me as the Photographer.
John plays at various venues in and around Melbourne, together with some function & festival work. He may be contacted on his website.
Keep any eye out for him if you’re a Melburnian – he’s well worth listening to.