INNER CITY LIVING – A Random Shot

When I stepped off a bus early yesterday evening, I knew I was in the city merely by the silhouette cast by the dying sun.  I think I prefer the colour version on this occasion.

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JACKA BOULEVARD/ST KILDA BEACH

Amazing light down at St Kilda late this afternoon.

St Kilda beach and pier are the closest beach side suburb to my home via public transport.

Shooting into the sun created mainly silhouettes as I headed back to the tram stop to go home at around 4.45pm.  The images below are the last few I made before I crossed the highway to the tram stop.  Most of the 235 images I made over an hour and a half were deliberately under-exposed as the bright sun turned the upper skyline completely white.  I only had a 50mm f1.4 lens with me as I’ve been trying to wean myself off using a telephoto lens 99% of the time.

I might go back tomorrow with my 18-200mm telephoto lens as the calm, wind-free conditions are forecast for the next 3 days and I’d like to try again using the lens I’m more used to.  It’ll be the best winter weather we’ve had in Melbourne for weeks.  (note: I’m not sure that my B & W images look as effective on this new PhotoBlog of mine.  Especially the 5th image down in this series which has a white sky.   I think they looked better on my old blog which had a black background and clearly framed the images – don’t know what others think).

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MID-WINTER WALK AROUND MELBOURNE’S CBD

Despite the mid-winter chill in Melbourne yesterday, I made time for a very quick walk ‘around the block’ (after finishing my errands).

The sun came out and in some areas made strong contrast for Black & White photo opportunities.  I tend to photograph the same areas each time I go in to the city these days because……quite simply……. that’s what I have the energy for.  Hopefully Spring and low wind conditions will make it worth venturing further afield, but for the time being, the inner city buildings makes a good job of cutting the wind chill factor and keeping me warm.

I certainly admire the Buskers and Street Musicians who sit and/or stand for hours on end in the cold (hoping for an audience and a few gold coins in their upturned hats on the ground).  Audiences are few and far between on a cold day.

SEAGULL FEEDING FRENZY AT THE FISH MARKET (Queen Victoria Market, North Melbourne)

I was up the north end of Melbourne yesterday and despite a couple of heavy packages to carry,  decided to drop in to the rear of the Fish Market to make some photos of the daily feeding frenzy.  This is the 3rd time I’ve walked around this small back alley at market closing time.  I’ve always had a fascination with the Seagulls down at the local beach and pier, but the Queen Victoria Market is rapidly becoming a fun way to spend half an hour watching the seagulls, (and a few pigeons), waiting for the titbits that are washed out of the plastic fish crates behind the market.

With black rain clouds hovering overhead and to the north-east of the sky, it was a little dark, so had to lighten nearly every image, but not too much, as I prefer to capture the wintry atmosphere of the day.