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.
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.
I spent most of yesterday afternoon wiping rain drops off my camera and lens.
The sun did appear from behind the dark grey clouds a few times, but it was generally lacklustre light conditions for photography.
The result………………some shots in focus, but many blurred as I hurriedly aimed and then tried to get out of the spattering of rain drops.
But maybe that’s the way it should be on a Dark, Gloomy Saturday afternoon in Melbourne’s winter.
Lunchtime in the city centre amidst the Easter School Holiday period is not the best time to be in the city.
It’s busy……………. and not so easy to get served by shop assistants (if you’re in a hurry).
But at least I feel more comfortable taking crowd scenes which include children.
Yesterday, all my favourite Latin American Buskers were absent, but the lively beat of Youth really drew the onlookers.
Once again, apologies to the long term followers that have seen these images before, but I thought new followers might like to see these candid images that sparked my interest in Street Photography.
As always, if you see yourself in one of my images and object to it’s public viewing, just drop me a line and I’ll remove it.
(But I really hope you don’t, as it’s these Candid Shots that record our Culture and Urban Environment for Future generations to come).
I have never seen the city of Melbourne so crowded as it was last Sunday. Seems like the whole of Melbourne converged on the main shopping precinct and inner city lane ways. Bright sun and dark shadows made for some great B & W photo opportunities. Shame I was in a hurry and had to make do with just a few quick shots.