I haven’t done any Street Photography on the last 3 visits to Melbourne’s CBD and am feeling totally uninspired in my attempts at Black and White Photography at the moment.
There seems to be no ‘light’ in my vision.
With the warmer weather of Spring, I have no real excuse for not getting outdoors and experimenting, but this new blog of mine seems to be lagging in the new image department. This morning I converted this relatively recent photo to B & W to keep the ball rolling. But I need to fossick around for some new material.
I know. Excuses, excuses.
(from the Archives – January 2013)
The Geelong metropolitan area is the second most populated area in my state of Victoria and the largest non-capital city. Located 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Geelong was named in 1827, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong, thought to mean “land” or “cliffs.
The location was once considered as a possible site for the capital city, but they ended up choosing Melbourne. For those interested in trivia, Melbourne has just been named the ‘Most livable City in the World‘ for the fourth year running. I’m not surprised as the lifestyle and multicultural aspect is certainly one which I love.
I wish food didn’t cost so much though. After doing my weekly shopping yesterday, I’m surprised it hasn’t been named as the Most Expensive Food Capital (of the World).
This post is nearly as interesting as a bin full of rubbish on my old Victoria A Photography blog – photo below.
Maybe not QUITE as interesting.
I like the unexpected.
There’s nothing like the extraordinary light and deep shade when sunlight reflects off winter rain clouds. Yesterday in Melbourne’s CBD (Central Business District), I made quite a number of photos showing this.
The image below, (shot from across the street facing Melbourne Town Hall), is an excellent example.
This is the last image from yesterday’s walk in the city.
I wished I’d made more images with this light, but with peak hour fast approaching, I didn’t want to miss finding a seat on Melbourne’s public transport system, so headed for the tram stop after this photo.
I was wishing I could have walked to the top of these stairs so I could photograph down the stairwell, but there was a locked gate just past this first flight.
I shot in Monotone nearly all afternoon, yesterday.
There were 6-7 exceptions, and ultimately, I think I prefer the ‘Two Can‘ series in colour. I rarely shoot in B & W, preferring to have the choice of conversion in post processing when I can review the day’s shooting on the large 27″ screen, but forced myself to shoot in B & W yesterday using both my regular 18-200mm lens and my 50mm f1.4 lens.
Ultimately, I couldn’t decide which shot I liked best in this series. You can choose………..colour (in this post)…………OR, the B & W of the previous posts.
I do like the first shot in this post which had the temperature AND contrast increased slightly. I quite like the 3rd image in that the focus on the green can looks slightly sharper. I could play around tweaking the settings and exposure for hours in the Mac’s iPhoto editing software, as I like seeing how the mood changes within a scene with slight adjustments. But I haven’t the time or inclination to spend so much time sitting in front of a computer. I used to do it in 2010 & 2011 when I first bought a camera and took up Photography as a hobby, but my health, eyesight and lifestyle have changed a little and sitting for hours on end is not helpful when you have chronic back pain. (Note: the 3rd and 4th images have the shadow of a person walking past which reflected as dark shapes in the puddle of water.)
I want one!
Sports Car, that is (not the dummy).
But a real one……… that fits all of me………not just my big toe.
A few more sample shots of the aerosol paint cans.
I figured I’d fix the exposure on the computer………. (preferably when the natural morning light shines across my computer screen).
Too hard for me to see on the LCD screen in the dark alley. I tried a few shots on the AV (aperture priority) setting, but they were far too light and lost that ‘dark gloomy alley‘ atmosphere which I really wanted.
(yes, I know how to use the histogram, but I actually prefer my images to be slightly under-exposed so I’m often tweaking the contrast in PP. Most of these images are straight out of the camera).
PART 3 tomorrow morning………..hopefully………..with a good result.
I know you want to kick that can, but don’t you dare!
Please DO NOT kick that can, little boy.
Phew! He missed it, but the next person walking by didn’t miss.
Isn’t it amazing how the shaft of sunlight reflects in the puddles.
I like this one, but still a bit too dark.
As soon as I saw two aerosol paint cans lying in a puddle in the centre of the alley, I knew what I was going to photograph this afternoon. Results to follow.
(I’m sure the tourists and other photographers wondered what I was photographing while kneeling on the wet asphalt staring so intently at the ground. One Asian tourist came up to ask me and I showed her on the LCD screen. Then her partner took a photo of the two of us. Not sure what story would accompany that shot when the two tourists shared their images with family and friends when they arrived home).
Methinks I’ve neglected my Black & White blog lately.
I’ve been into Melbourne’s city centre twice in the last few weeks, (shopping), and taken the DSLR and NOT MADE ONE SINGLE PHOTO !
Unthinkable. But there it is. Me…….. go to the city…….. and not take a photo anywhere!
I’ve been outdoors on the odd sunny day in the Royal Botanic Gardens, but only taken the occasional photo there.
I am in remission from Photography Addiction.
So it’s back to the archives to find a Wintery Day scene down by the far end of the Ornamental Lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens made on 28th June 2011. Not much light. Mostly fog and a shaft of sunlight to light up a patch of murky looking water.
Spring will be DownUnder in a few weeks, so hopefully, it’ll be photography weather again.