FINE ART, STREET PHOTOS

A TALE OF TWO CANS – Part 2


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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.

 

 

 

FINE ART, STREET PHOTOS

A TALE OF TWO CANS – Part 1


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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).

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ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Winter in Black & White


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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.

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Spring will be DownUnder in a few weeks, so hopefully, it’ll be photography weather again.

BAYSIDE BEACHES, CITYSCAPES, FINE ART

JACKA BOULEVARD/ST KILDA BEACH


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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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STREET PHOTOS

MID-WINTER WALK AROUND MELBOURNE’S CBD


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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.

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


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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.