Author: Vicki

ARCHITECTURE

LIGHTS


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I didn’t think I’d go into Melbourne’s city centre much since I moved to the western suburbs 6 months ago, but this week, (including today), it will be 3 times in the one week.

Not much time for photography yesterday, but walking down a back lane to the bus stop to go home, I came across the rear of a tall building which I’d only seen from the front before.  This breezeway through the building to the main street fascinated me.  The main feature that caught my eye was this extraordinary view of the lighting.  It’s all in the angle of the shot of course.  It looks like the lamps were all close together, but the distance is actually a whole city block.


 And here’s a closer view of one of the lights above my head on the exterior façade (which I found so appealing).

My Street Photography has been rather dismal this week so far and I’ve deleted nearly every shot I made.  Hopefully, I ‘ll see something more interesting to shoot this afternoon.  I think that after the peace and quiet of living next to a nature reserve, where most of the outdoor noise is of birdsong, the crowds/noise and artificial lighting of the city centre is starting to lose its attraction.  Perhaps it was the time of day – around lunchtime when the city offices seem to spew out hoards of office workers to swell the shopping crowd.

At least the weather has cooled down somewhat (as the first 3 weeks of Autumn have been unusually hot).

LIFESTYLE

JOHN FRANCIS CARROLL


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I first met John Francis Carroll when he was busking at the Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne last year.

His guitar playing was superb and I sat on a bench nearby for quite some time (lost in his music).  I approached him during a break in his playing and asked if he minded me making some photos of him as he played and if it would be ok to share them online.  I can’t remember that I did share them online at the time, but I certainly emailed him several images a few days later and said he could use them in any way he wished.  I bought a  couple of his CDs – Salmon Tails Up The Water (Celtic music, of which I am a big fan) and Musica Dalla Corsia (an even better collection of his talents) which I have listened to many times and thoroughly enjoyed.

He plays guitar, harmonium, bodhran, keyboard and Mandolin.

You can imagine my surprise and delight to get an email from him last week saying he loved one of the images so much, he’d used it on the back cover of his latest CD; Blues Instrumentals (of which I received several copies in the mail today but haven’t had a chance to play the CD yet, having been in the city half the afternoon for an appointment and some street photography).

As an amateur photographer, I must admit I get a thrill when anyone uses one of my images and credits me as the Photographer.


 

 John plays at various venues in and around Melbourne, together with some function & festival work.  He may be contacted on his website.

Keep any eye out for him if you’re a Melburnian – he’s well worth listening to.

 

BLACK AND WHITE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, STILL LIFE

SATURDAY………….Hot Again !


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It’s supposed to be Autumn here in Melbourne, but today was hot again.

I stayed indoors for a lazy relaxing day.

 

The Story goes something like this….

It was 3.33pm.

 

I had finished my coffee some time ago and now, I put down my book.

It was mid afternoon and I figured I may as well do the laundry.

I stripped the bed and put on the first load of washing.

Then sat down in the armchair and put my feet up (with my cameras by my side).

I looked around for something to shoot.

The bedroom door looked like a possibility.

I closed one eye.

I opened my eye and closed the other one.

I took my feet off the ottoman and put the tray back on the fabric surface.  I even tried the empty mug upside down (for a change).

Nup!

Nup!

Not quite my vision.

Nup!

Too boring!

 

Hmmmmmmm.  Wrong angle (and I didn’t like the edge of the ottoman cutting the background)!

The hot sun had rolled over my apartment building, crept slowly across my balcony floor and started to shine through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

I got up to pull down the block-out blinds.

And then as I sat down again, I saw it.  The crack between the blinds hit the cup and tray giving my favourite style of low light photography.

Absolutely perfect!

The vision I had in mind.

As I’d got my shot for the day, I put the 2 len’s caps on and  grabbed the TV/Dvd remote control.

Turned the DVD on,

……….and settled back to watch a DVD from the local Library.  Hopefully I’d learn something new as I’ve been totally uninspired with my photography efforts lately.

It was definitely inspiring and gave me some new ideas for scenes to shoot and settings to try next time I went to the city centre.

I played it all again.

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Hopefully, as I have to go through the city to an appointment on Monday and in to the city centre for a haircut on Tuesday, I’ll have something new to share next week.

But don’t hold your breathe waiting……

FOOTSCRAY, PHOTOGRAPHY, STREET ART

STREET ART – FOOTSCRAY


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Further to my previous post about the Heavenly Queen Temple…..

Just around the corner of the main road near my bus stop (to go home), I was surprised to see a massive wall mural.

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Once again, I couldn’t get it all into the frame (and the building windows reflected the construction site and an old weatherboard cottage next to where I was standing).

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BLACK AND WHITE

THRILL OF THE DAY


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This morning I received a big thrill to be notified of a Commendation in the Black & White category of the 2016 Australian Photographer of the Year.

Hi Vicki

Thank you for entering the 2016 Photographer of the Year competition.

We’re thrilled to let you know you have been Commended in the Black and White category.

You can see our winners in the February issue of Australian Photography magazine, at australianphotography.com, and our AP Facebook page.

In 2016 we had more than 8,000 images submitted and 2,000 portfolios entered, so making the commended list is a fantastic achievement – well done!

We have attached a certificate to mark your achievement in this year’s competition.

Thank you for entering the 2016 Photographer of the Year, we hope you enjoyed the challenge.

Kind regards,

The Australian Photography team

It was only by chance that I entered and I had terrible trouble trying to decided exactly what images to enter (apart from the one below which has always been a favourite of mine and was an obvious choice).

 

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Just goes to show……You’ll never ever know, unless you take the time to Have a Go.

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STREET ART

STREET ART – FOOTSCRAY


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Footscray, the suburb next door to mine, has residents from some 135 countries and while 10 years ago the population was mainly from Vietnam, China, India, U.K. and Italy, today, there’s been a major increase in residents from Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar (as well as refugees from other countries).

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Over 80 languages are spoken which no doubt has some influence on the suburb’s wide variety of street art.

I decided to explore one lane opposite the Footscray Market late this afternoon after some shopping and liked what I saw.

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I’m keen to explore some more another day.

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PHOTOGRAPHY, STREET PHOTOS

WHERE IS HE NOW?


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From the archives…..

This image of a busker in the main shopping mall area in Burke Street remains one of my favourite images to this day.

I haven’t seen him since 2010 which is the year I first took up Photography as a hobby and I often wonder……..where is he now?

This is one image which looked terrible in colour, but B & W – just perfect.

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ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE – OLD & NEW – MELBOURNE


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From the Archives……

I didn’t go out of my way to make images comparing old and new architecture for these shots.

They are just various cityscapes made over a number of years when I was in the city (of Melbourne) and happen to contain architectural styles.  Originally shot in colour, they seemed to lend themselves to B & W conversion.

 

BLACK AND WHITE, FINE ART

BOIL KETTLE, BOIL


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Since I rarely go into the city since moving to the western suburbs of Melbourne 4 months ago, this blog will change in subject matter/style.

Not sure where its going, but hopefully I’ll wake up one morning and find some inspiration.

Simple subjects will probably take over from (mostly) street photography.

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