CUNNINGHAM PIER, GEELONG

(from the Archives – January 2013)

Cunningham Pier, Geelong at dusk in Sepia

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).

JACKA BOULEVARD/ST KILDA BEACH

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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