Category: Weekend Wandering

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This weekend I spent time down in St Leonards catching up with a friend. It is a lovely part of the bay. It is just inside bay, and over the other side of Geelong from here. There are lots of piers down there to take photos of and great places for long exposure photography.

I’m learning to take normal photos as well, the ones without the filters that is. I tend to let the whole long exposure thing take over, but I’m trying to learn to do both, that way I can combine images and that sort of thing.
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Here we are on Easter Sunday and I haven’t been doing a lot. This morning I spent some time in the garden with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 and Samyang 100mm Macro lens.

The garden is starting to shut down for the winter, but there are still enough flowers to get some photos. I was experimenting with the close up filter and one of the extension rings I have. It was nice. A friend came over and we found a praying mantis, so we set up a dahlia so we could put it on it and take photos.
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The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is almost over now and while I only went a couple of times it was great to be there again. I took hundreds of photos, some better than others, but still, it got me back into some macro photography. I really enjoyed playing around with the macro lens and the Lensbaby Velvet 56.
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Earlier in the week I received an email to tell me that my application for accreditation to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show was accepted. I’m looking forward to spending some time there, for photography, and also to get some ideas for my own garden. I thought today I might take a look at previous visits from the last couple of years. I’m going to repost a blog from 2015. 
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Last weekend was Labour Day for Victoria and on Monday in the early hours of the morning the luxury liner, the Queen Victoria arrived in Melbourne. I was lucky to be invited to go aboard with a small group of people and be given a guided tour of the public spaces. It was also great meeting some of the staff and being shown around by Ludwig and Ant.

I was there for a special presentation to the Commodore of the Cunard lines. I’ve been involved in a project that encourages kids with cameras for a few years now and am often asked to judge photos for it. They were doing the presentation and I was asked to come along and take photos of it, but I was also able to go on the tour and take photos.
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Last weekend I did something that I have sort of done before, but not really. I did a fashion shoot. I’ve done some of my own, but quite a few years ago. This was completely different as I was just the photographer.

My friend Yvette is studying Visual Merchandising and she had to put together a fashion shoot for one of her assignments. She had to find her own photographer, me as it turned out, then she had to find a model, and a hair and make up stylist. She had to work out what the model would wear and then source all the clothing. On top of that she had to work out where the photos would be taken.
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Last week Benro Australia had an event at the Queen Victoria Night Market. I was excited to go and being an ambassador for Benro Australia it was something that would be good to do. I find situations like these quite hard, but being one of the ambassadors meant I had to lead, I can do that.

Queen Victoria market is big in Melbourne, but usually during the day. During the week there are fruit and vegies, Saturday as well. On Sundays they sell the stuff that many places sell, all the cheap stuff. During summer they do a night market where there are food stalls everywhere. It is really interesting to go. There are so many options for food. Lots of street food, and very yummy.
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This is a fairly new thing for Melbourne, but every year in February we have White Night. The city centre is closed to traffic, all of it, even trams, for the whole night and the buildings are lit up with amazing light shows. There are installations everywhere as well. They go on all night and there are people everywhere. It is a popular event. 
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Things have been changing around here. I haven’t been able to get out as much as I would like to take photos, and when I do what I get is very different. I might need to rethink these posts and perhaps start posting something different on the weekends. I didn’t want to go another whole weekend without doing a Weekend Wandering post, so I thought I would do a repost and start working on something new for the weekends. Today I have some photos that I took 2 years ago. I hope you enjoy either seeing them again, or seeing them for the first time.
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