(As I walked towards the main shopping precinct in Melbourne, this couple caught my eye. As always, if you see yourself in one of my street photos and object to its public viewing, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I shall remove it promptly).
Having been stuck at home with a winter virus all week, I was feeling a little desperate for some exercise and fresh air yesterday, so I rugged up with woolly scarf, gloves and coat and ventured into the city centre for a walk around Chinatown and the surrounding streets for an hour or so. (It was a little too windy and cold for Beach or Botanic Gardens for me, especially as I haven’t got rid of this lingering cough). The city centre was crowded as usual, but Chinatown in Little Burke Street was quiet and relatively pedestrian-free (in comparison).
Can’t say there was anything spectacular to photograph, so this series could be classed in the Mundane & Ordinary category, perhaps.
This afternoon’s rain will herald the start of a week of very chilly days and inclement weather, so I might have to scour the archives for some images to share.
Melbourne’s winter is relatively mild – even on a rainy day. But the ferocious winds can make the rain in my inner city location downright unpleasant. I always used to say that the street next to my local corner shops (opposite the Botanic Gardens south-eastern entrance), is like a wind tunnel and HAS to be the most blustery in Melbourne. This means ordinary rain can fly under even the sturdiest of umbrellas and soak you through (that is if the wind doesn’t blow you over and turn your umbrella inside out). I really don’t remember these vicious winds being present in my childhood.
The weather forecast also predicts snow in Victoria’s Alps in the coming week, so at least the skiers will be happy.
When I’m standing at one of the tram stops in the city centre waiting for my transport home, I often take random shots of the action across the road.
It’s usually a couple of quick shots with little thought to composition or focus.
Every now and then I get a good shot, sometimes a Great Shot! (and sometimes a not-so-good shot).
But since every photo opportunity is a Great Opportunity (to practice Street Photography), none of the resulting images could possibly be a waste of time.
I’ve never been particularly satisfied in making images of clouds in Black & White – they always looked so washed out and smudged……until last week, that is.
These fluffy balls looked unreal in the original colour version, so thought they might make an interesting conversion to B & W, especially over the apartment blocks and hotels lining the beachside road in the inner bay side suburb of St Kilda.
(The colour version of my afternoon at St Kilda beach/pier is located on my Nature Blog at http://vickialfordnatureblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/st-kilda-pier-boat-marina-beach ).
I spent most of yesterday afternoon wiping rain drops off my camera and lens.
The sun did appear from behind the dark grey clouds a few times, but it was generally lacklustre light conditions for photography.
The result………………some shots in focus, but many blurred as I hurriedly aimed and then tried to get out of the spattering of rain drops.
But maybe that’s the way it should be on a Dark, Gloomy Saturday afternoon in Melbourne’s winter.