The other night I was able to spend the evening in the city of Melbourne meeting new friends and taking photos. It was a great evening and I really enjoyed myself. I love it when that happens.
For you today I have photos that have been up on Instagram this week, I also have a new page for you to look at.
The Six Seasons of My Backyard
Most of you, i hope, know by now that my book has been published, but some have expressed a wish to see inside the book. Unfortunately I don’t know how to do that where you can purchase it, so I have put together a page where you can see a random selection of about 5 double pages from the book. It should give you an idea of what the book is like.
It is separated into the six season, with a description at the start of each one so you know how the Wurundjeri saw the seasons. Then throughout the pages are lines of poems written by Courtney Colclough a local girl who grew up in the area. Where we could, we have tried to match the images to go with the words. The poems are so beautiful.
There are also instructions on how you can order your copy. To see the page click here.
Five photos for you today from this last week on Instagram.
Sometimes you really are in the right place at the right time. It doesn’t happen to me very often, but last night, well, I was so happy to see the light that was shining onto and reflecting onto Flinders Street Station. It was soft, almost diffused light.
We had been down to Docklands to take photos, but the late afternoon sun was hot and too bright. We decided after awhile that we should head down to Federation Square and maybe do some sunset and early evening shots down there.
We jumped on a tram down Flinders Street from Spencer Street. I love it that trams are now free in the CBD. Still, it was incredibly busy and not a lot of them. We were jammed on one with lots of other people.
When we got off at Flinders Street Station I could see the late afternoon sun coming from the direction we had just come from. It was shining on the side of the station, but the front, which should have been in shade, also had light on it. It was being reflected off something else and gave the front a beautiful soft diffused light. It was stunning.
There were no trams coming so I could stand on the tracks and take photos before the lights changed. I was also very happy that I had my 14-24mm lens on.
Once the image was opened in Adobe Photoshop CC I had to do a bit of work to get rid of the distortions that the lens creates, but I think this works. The front part was full of people, so I tried to darken that area, so while they are still there, they don’t stand out. I also did a little more work to make the front of the station station stand out more, but not a lot.
For me this was incredible. I had never seen the light on the station like this before. I love the effect of it.
After my last post a couple of people said they would like to see a tutorial on how to do light trails, or rather how to add to them. So I did this photo today.
The image was done with about 12 images. I thought it would be a good image to do a tutorial on.
I didn’t write the tutorial, but have done a video one instead. I hope you don’t mind, but finding time to write one right now is impossible. I also think it is easier to see it.
It is short and only goes for five minutes, but hopefully it helps you to work out how I did it. The tutorial is with Adobe Photoshop CC.
Yesterday on social media I put up a photo which I think is quite an iconic image of San Francisco. I have seen many many similar images. It is one of the Bay Bridge at night.
There is no doubt that many people have taken this image. Even when I was getting this there were lots of other photographers as well. Who wouldn’t want to get a shot like this?
It is going to be like this in any city where you have places that will give the photographer a beautiful image. These are the iconic images of photography, and whether we want to admit it or not, most of us want them in our collections.
I couldn’t help myself when I was away I had to get many photos of these iconic places. There is no point, I think, not wanting to, but I also knew that I would have accept that my images may not be original.
Even in my home town there are images that everyone, or most, have that I knew I wanted as well.
The light trails around Flinders Street Station is very iconic image. Most Melbourne based photographers are going to have an image like this.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting these images. I wouldn’t put them into competitions or anything like that, but I like that I have them. It can still be a challenge trying to get something different, but in the end, you end up with what others have. I think that is fine.
I hope you try and take photos of iconic places, as well as ones that aren’t so well known. One of the problems with travelling is that you often only know, or are aware of, the places that everyone else takes images of. Whereas, one of the benefits of getting to know where you live is that you can take photos of places that people visiting won’t be aware of. I like that part.