THE EVERYDAY, THE ORDINARY (Slice of life in Federation Square, Melbourne)

I love the Everyday or Ordinary ‘slices’ of Melbourne city life, as people go about their day.  I love the sight of those people wrapped up in their thoughts or using their modern tech devices contrasting with the shared conversation of the three people in the bottom right quadrant.

You can be right in the middle of a crowd of people and feel completely alone and isolated OR you can turn to the person next to you and start an animated discussion and discover a kindred spirit.  Life is like that in Western Society.

Just as you can feel all alone in a room full of people.

Below, last ‘test’ shot of the afternoon  with the new camera and this one is straight out of the camera, no post processing or fiddling with the exposure – Bingo! I got the exposure correct in-camera.

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I lived in a block of apartments 15 years ago and every evening for a few weeks an Indian Lady (visiting her daughter in Melbourne), knocked on my door to ‘take tea and chat‘.  We’d never met before and I was surprised when the 1st visit happened ‘quite out of the blue‘, as we say in Australia.  No doubt this delightful Indian lady could never imagine spending an evening alone (as I did after my workday).

 

(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 via the email on my About page and I’ll remove it promptly).

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TEST SHOT #2……..(with my new camera)

I think I’ve fallen in LOVE.

…….with a camera.

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I went into the city centre today to buy a spare battery for my new camera.  I’ve only had the camera 3 days and I can already see that the short battery life of the Sony a6000 just won’t do for me (at all).  Roughly, it shoots about 350 jpeg images and like all new toys, I can’t stop playing with it.

I thought I’d have a tiny walk around a city block (before going to my local food market to buy some food for dinner).

That tiny walk became well over 3 hours, so there’s no fresh vegetables or fruit for dinner!

Looks like chicken & rice (again)! 😀

TEST SHOT #1 (with my new Sony a6000 camera)

This is one of the first test shots I made with my new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera (24.3 mp) in the city yesterday. Had to go into the city to get my service provider to check out my Mac Pro as my internet keeps dropping out (over the last couple of days). They thought it might be something to do with my nearest wireless tower having some ‘hiccoughs’.

I have to be honest and say this was a random shot and I’m wasn’t sure about settings at this stage of my afternoon, but doesn’t matter for this example.  Can’t remember if this was Aperture Priority or Manual Mode.  It certainly wasn’t full AUTO (as I haven’t use that setting on a camera for about 4 years).

I just zoomed in on the image this morning and can see the numbers and one of the hands on the dial of this photographer’s wrist watch. Not clearly, but I can see them on this hand-held shot of mine. My Canon DSLR (18mp) would never have been able to pick this detail up (on a hand-held shot).

I can only imagine how sharp a tripod shot might be.  I can see already that my new Sony a6000 is going to be a VERY good investment indeed.  This image was made using one of the kit lenses in the promotion pack – the E 55 – 210mm F4.5 – 6.3 telephoto.  I read a couple of reviews last week that said the ‘kit’ lenses weren’t very good, but I can only say, as an Amateur photographer,  I’m impressed (compared to my Canon EOS 600D).  The only PP I’ve done is increase the definition and lighten the shadows as the deep shade of the lane was too dark to see the photographer (compared to the bright sunlight on the model).

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BUSY SHOPPERS – Melbourne CBD

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NOTE: I have swapped from Canon DSLRs (getting too heavy for my worsening chronic back pain) to Sony a6000 mirror less (much, much smaller and lighter) yesterday, and the ‘weird’ menu configuration is not easy to navigate, so I hope you’ll be patient while I practice.

HOMELESS

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I’ve often seen this young homeless man making cards on the pavement outside the department store and felt deeply about his plight.  He has a backpack and a few drawing pencils to use to make a few dollars.  I know he doesn’t like his photo being taken, hence the back view in this image.

I see his tattered old backpack holding his meagre possessions.

I see his take-away drink containers lined up like bored sentries on guard duty.

I see a few coins scattered in his shoebox.

His pencils are few (and his paper sheets even fewer).

But he is proud and likes to make cards to sell, instead of plain sitting in motionless despair (begging for a few coins).

I don’t know where he sleeps at night…whether he is warm in winter, or hot on steamy summer days, but I do care about his well-being.

I DO think about him.

I wonder if the passers-by see his plight OR walk around him intent on their shopping spree?

Who knows.

Not me.

MORE BUSKERS (from my Archives)

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It may have been a chilly day in Winter 2012, but Buskers in Melbourne’s CBD still seem to draw a crowd. Whether watching, or just talking among themselves, (as in the third image), music (of all kinds) makes for an uplifting gathering together of kindred spirits.

I just love the Artists, Musicians, Acrobats, Mine Artists and everyone else who roam Melbourne’s shopping precinct (hoping to make a dollar or two).

NO BICYCLE PARKING ANYTIME

(but “Store dummies in flimsy negligée are ok as long as they’re chained securely”, they should have added on the second line).

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As you can see I’m easily amused at my age – couldn’t resist sharing this one. Now what category should this be filed under, I wonder.

I know………FINE ART

SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE (Melbourne)

Photo made 23rd April 2014
Photo made 23rd April 2014

The Shrine of Remembrance commemorates those men and women who gave their lives in war and more can be read about it here.  It underwent a major multi-million dollar upgrade with a new underground education facility recently.

I’ve made dozens of ‘picture post-card‘ colour images like every other tourist/visitor, so when I had an ‘hour to kill‘ before an appointment last week, I spent some time trying to think of how I really see it.  There are so many stairs and not easy to walk up and down with heavy camera gear and shopping as I had last week and in the end, I just sat on the bottom of the eastern steps in the shade while eating my lunch and photographed the stairs beside me.

IMG_9844In one of the new sunken forecourts which lead to the visitor centre, the solemn stone structure and stark architecture is broken with a highly creative new ‘sculpture’ of red shade cloth and with my limited lenses, quite impossible to photograph, so I decided to just make an image of some of the flowing lines that greet you as you enter through an archway.  While you can’t see the shapes in the image below, I thought they looked like the petals of a red poppy and wondered if that was the intention of the designer, (as we wear red poppies on Remembrance Day in Australia).

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And some more images from my archives…

7th September 2010
7th September 2010

Personally, I think the building looks more majestic in the winter, especially with storm clouds in the background.  The image above and below were shot in September 2010 with my little point and shoot Canon Powershot A3000 IS. This tiny camera may be small, but the image below is still my favourite image of the building.

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