I love ambling around the pedestrian-only shopping precinct of Melbourne’s CBD people-watching.

I love the mundane and ordinary (as I’ve often said before)…expressions on people’s faces.

The fatigue and boredom of some.

The lively expression of others.

The chaotic scramble as shops and office buildings close down and melt into the low hum of cafe society – coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants – opening up for the evening trade.

The last bars of the Busker’s song and the frantic fumbling as I negotiate my new camera’s haphazard listing of settings.  And a silent curse as I resort to Auto ISO, Auto white balance and Auto Auto.  No, I don’t mean ‘full’ Auto.  I thought I had ‘the cat in the bag‘ last week, but I seem to be struggling with the exposure this week.  And the framing.  And my memory (of manual read and repetitious sample shots at night).

Too many things to do this week, so my Photography will be limited.




Life as a Busker, (street musician, artist or other Creative) is not always about the songs one sings or the audience that stops to listen.

It’s the clink of coins in the collection cap/basket/box.

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I entered into a lively discussion with the German ‘traveller’ who was the owner of the coin collection above. He was an occupational therapist from Berlin travelling through Australia and New Zealand selling his art along the way (to help fund his travels). He was obviously very talented and had a unique style for pen and watercolour wash. I don’t know what it is about travellers, but they always have an open mind and the spirit of adventure which I admire. They’re nearly always wonderful raconteurs and we briefly discussed the fjords in New Zealand’s south island (which I’d never been to, but always wanted to see).

I only wish I’d travelled more when I was in my youth and had the health, (and money), to fully explore more distant lands. The UK and central Europe (with a brief holiday in the tourist cities of Asia) are but distant memories to this grey-haired old armchair traveller that I am today.

Anyway, I’ll soon be off in a new direction in my own life, with my own rented flat up for sale by the landlord, and having to find a new home. I can’t afford this prime inner city location any more anyway, so who knows where I’ll end up. Hope it’s in a place where I wake up to the sound of birds chirping in the Spring and the wind rustling through the trees in Winter.

DON’T WALK……….WALK (Melbourne CBD)

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I’m having great fun with my new Sony ‘mirrorless’ camera, but getting frustrated in the city, as I keep having to change lenses back and forth, from 15-60mm f3.5 – 5.6 kit lens, to 55-210mm f4.5 – 6.3 kit lens, and back again.  I do believe I need an 18-200mm lens like my old Canon DSLR favourite lens i.e. a combination of both kit lenses.

(Thinking to Self…..I wonder if the camera store would swap the two kit lenses for an 18-200mm lens? – probably not – the Sony 18-200mm lens is so expensive.  Make mental note to put it on the Wish List).

Patience, patience, I keep telling myself.  We’re having some lovely Autumn-like weather this week in Melbourne.  Sunny and warm, cooler in the shade and NO humidity (which I’m aware of).

I’m totally in awe of this camera.  The autofocus is so fast and the focus nice and sharp (compared to my old DSLR).  I used it in the Botanic Gardens for an hour or so today and tried capturing birds on continuous focus/shooting.  At 11fps (frames per second), it was a joy to use.  I managed to get a bird’s face in focus ok, but don’t know how to get the sharp focus on the bird’s eye.  I did a Google search with the question and it seems there’s some sort of ‘custom function’ within the face recognition menu.  I couldn’t quite grasp the instructions on the Sony a6000 forum I was reading, but I’ll get it in the end.

I’m beginning to sound like an advert for Sony Cameras 😀 but seriously, I was making photos of anything and everything as I walked along the street yesterday,  aiming for the finale (some time in the future), when I can change anything on the menu and dials (without having to move my eye from the viewfinder).  I really felt like a Photographer today.

One of my few criticisms is that in fumbling over the last week since I made the purchase, it’s very easy to drop into a sub-menu and change some setting when I least expect it.  In Chinatown yesterday, I ended up with a short series of photos of which there were 3 of each subject.  I had accidentally dropped into ‘Bracketing’ so I had 1 photo underexposed, 1 photo ‘correctly’ exposed and 1 photo overexposed (for use in combining in post processing when you’ve got underexposed foreground and over-exposed sky) – something I’ve never done before.

Interestingly enough, with the ‘mirrorless’ camera, I have to actually think about each shot/subject and often change the settings.  With my old Canon DSLR, I often left it on the same settings most of the afternoon, only changing the focal point or zooming in & out with the telephoto lens.

Thank goodness I’ve had 4 1/2 years practice with a DSLR before buying this new camera.  I never would have known what the manual was talking about 4 years ago.  I’ve bookmarked a lengthy detailed version of the whole Sony a6000 manual, as the flimsy little paper version that came in the box is very basic (to say the least).

I do believe I’m learning a little about the technical side of a Camera in recent days, where in the past, I concentrated on the subject.