There is nothing like watching the sun gone down on a city and then all the lights coming on. Melbourne is no different in that respect. One of the best places to watch it happening is along the river.
Today reminds me that it has been twelve months to the day, pretty much that I met some amazing people in New York and had an incredible day looking around some of the sites. I wanted to remember that day, and thought I could do it with you.
I’m going to give you links to two previous posts and give you a collection of some of the photos.
I have a busy day ahead, so that is all I have for you, sorry, but I am sure you will love looking back on my trip as well.
The other night I spent the evening in the city walking around the lanes taking some night shots. It was nice to be back in the city talking photos.
The lanes are so different at night and they give you a much different look. Though all the people around the city gets a bit annoying. The city is such a busier place these days than it was a few years ago. We managed to get some shots. Oh yes, I was with a friend.
I’m just going to leave you with the images. I hope you are having a good weekend.
Just recently I’ve been asked to do a few One on One Photography Sessions around Melbourne. It has been great to get people who want to learn how to photograph Melbourne like I do. It is also challenging. I met a lovely man from Sydney the other day and we spent a couple of days exploring Melbourne. On the second day I tried to show him some places that perhaps the average tourist wouldn’t really know about.
We met at Federation Square and went to Birrarung Mar, a local park near the city. You can get some great views of the city from there.
The sun was going down and we really were at the wrong end of the city to be making the most of the sunset. It always seems to be the way with me, unfortunately.
I love the images you can get from this bridge, I’ve been there a view times, but these are the first ones that I can say that I really liked.
We also took photos of the trains going in and out of the city, I took lots so I could stack them. Two in the gallery are stacked, this is one and the other is just one image.
To finish off the night we ended up Hosier Lane. A place that is usually photographed during the day. I’d seen some great shots of it at night and thought I would like to try, so I got this.
It was a fun evening and I think my client enjoyed what I showed him and what he got to photograph. We finished off the night with a drink and a bowl of chips with aioli at Young & Jackson, another Melbourne institution. I think he enjoyed his time and got some great shots too. I love showing my city to other people.
I have a gallery of a few more images, plus those above, I hope you enjoy them. Weekend here, and the weather is looking nice. Enjoy.
The other night I had a One on One Photography Session with a lovely woman. She already knew how to take photos, but she wanted to spend some time learning about long exposures and seeing how I take photos. I am finding more and more people want me to teach them this type of photography. I am, as always, happy to oblige.
We spent some time doing the long exposures, working out times and such. Then the sun started to go down. We found ourselves down in the Docklands at the Webb Bridge. I love it there, you can get some amazing images if it isn’t too windy and the water is calm enough.
It was overcast and I love the way the city lights bounce off the clouds. Most of the images are around one minute. No filters were used, just long exposures. I think my student had a good time and hopefully will feel more confident doing long exposures from now on. I hope you enjoy the photos.
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.
Trying to put up fresh photos every day, or rather at least one is a challenge. I’m lucky I have lots of photos that I can go back and use, but still, sometimes when looking for one you see something in another that you hadn’t noticed before. Then again sometimes there is a series of images that you hadn’t considered making one of, like this one of the New York night lights.
This image is done with four images to give more light trails from the boats going past. It is a process I have done before. It is also something that I had thought of doing a tutorial on. So if you are interested in learning how to do this, let me know and I will prepare one.
There is no doubting that I have come to Instagram much later than many others, but I am doing my best to catch up. I decided a while ago that I would post a photo everyday and see how I went. Luckily I’ve been doing photography for years, so I have years of photos to go back to. It is nice that many photos done previously can now get another outing.
While I was looking for a photo for today I went back to some I had taken at night of the Royal Exhibition Building here in Melbourne.
I processed this one at the time when I took it. I was thinking of putting it up, but when I looked I didn’t like how blown out the dome at the top was. I went back to the original photos to see if there was another one I could use as well.
The problem I found was that the originals that had the dome in nice light meant the rest was too dark. Then I thought, what if I did a HDR image, this is the perfect example of when it is useful. Images with lots of contrast between light and dark really do benefit from being transformed into a HDR image.
This (above) was the HDR with 5 images processed in Photomatix. It give the lighting a much more balanced look. Of course, if you know me, you know I couldn’t leave it at that.
I know before I start an image like this that I want to do it in Adobe Photoshop. I will want to work in layers and I want to do things to it that aren’t possible in Lightroom. I always do my “arty” images in PS.
I did some more work on it, mainly on the lower buildings to try and draw them out a little more. While they are fairly dark in the image and the dome is the star of the image, that didn’t mean the bottom part couldn’t stand out a little more. I also cropped it a little tighter.
It is endless what you can do on these kinds of images. When you decide that you are going to make it a manipulated image then it is up to you where you stop. In the end the only person that has to like it is you. I don’t think there is anything wrong with manipulation, but be upfront about it. Don’t claim the image is natural when you know you have done heaps of work to it.
I am reasonably happy with the final result. I might look at it tomorrow and wonder what I was thinking. I know there are definitely things I enjoy doing to images and since my trip to New York it has been wonderful to rediscover them.
I am so glad I found architecture again.
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.
Yesterday I went to Sorrento with a friend to take some photos, we started in the afternoon, had dinner and then headed back out in the dark. I wanted to try getting some photos of the stars. and my friend wanted to try it for the first time. I set my camera to take a series of photos. I was taking 30 second exposures continuously for just over an hour. While my camera was going I helped my friend take her photos and showed her how to do the photos.
It didn’t work too well. My camera moved somehow and it put the stars off. If I do this again, I will need to do it for longer and will have to make sure my camera doesn’t move.
I am not totally disappointed with what I got, it is a good start, and I would like to try doing this again. I do like that I was pointing in the right direction. Good to know that I did see the southern cross and that I followed it correctly.
I would like to do a lot more of this and I know that my friend will be more than happy to keep me company while my camera just goes off. When I go to Woomelang I am definitely going to do more of this. Though if I do them up there, I might do them for a couple of hours, and see how they turn out.
I do have to say that my laptop doesn’t cope well dealing with all the images together and with the stacking, it takes forever to do. It slows my computer down so much, I really will have to get a new computer if I want to do this sort of thing for real.
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