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Weekend Wandering: The Royal Melbourne Show

It happens every year at this time, and for a long time there was even a public holiday so people could go. We lost that holiday years ago. We were told we had too many public holidays, then last year or the year before they decided perhaps we didn’t so they gave us a new one for the football grand final parade. Ridiculous really, as much as they, meaning the television, footfall teams and government, might not think there are a lot of us who really don’t like the football. OOh, I’m so unAustralian, Oh well.

So getting back to the show, rant over, the show was good fun and a great place to take photos. It was also fun to play around with some different lenses and see what I could get with them. I have been twice in the last week, and the first time I went I took the Lensbaby Velvet 56 with me.

One of the things that is good about the show is the ability to shoot heaps of close ups and I do think the Velvet 56 is fantastic for that.

Here is a gallery of the photos I took with that, then I will show other photos in a separate gallery.

I did take some shots with my phone, but I think I lost them. I wanted to do some night shots, but I needed a wider angle so I put my 24-70mm back on.

Without a doubt night shots at somewhere like the show or carnival are so much fun to do. The patterns that you just don’t see with your eyes are incredible. I was having so much fun, but then the rain started. That put a stop to it really. I was getting too much water on my lens and the last 10 or so images are really unusable.  It was time to leave.

I will have more photos from my second trip tomorrow. If you are in Melbourne the Royal Melbourne Show is on until Tuesday, so you still have time to get there.

26 Responses

  1. Love Carnivals, thanks for the look!

  2. Hey Leanne I remember when show day was a holiday. And I used to enjoy going too! Shows and cameras … perfect 😃 glad you had fun

  3. This looks so much fun! I like how you captured the patterns and movement.

  4. That looks like SO much fun! I love that stuff … especially roller coasters!

  5. Glad to see the rain didn’t spoil everything Leanne .. I do love those Lensbaby pictures .Those longer exposures with Big Wheels and other rides really captures the frenzied atmosphere of the fair as opposed to ‘calming’ the ocean waters 🙂 Great fun !

  6. Amy

    I so enjoy the fun and beautiful images you captured. Thank you for the post, Leanne! 🙂

  7. Beautifully done, Leanne. My favourites are the night shots and you are right that your lens created some unique patterns. From your shots, to me it seems that light and fun are bursting from the carnival – everything a carnival should be. Pity to hear about the rain, but I’m guessing you had been there awhile already and you had a lot of fun earlier in the day with the Lensbaby 😀 You do make the prizes like the minions nad Pikachu look more attractive than they already are, lol. Looks like I won’t be able to go to the show this year, maybe next year.

    Agree with you about the Grand Final parade day being a public holiday. No offense to any footy fans but I think it’s ludicrous. It’s not a holiday that everyone can enjoy. Though it is nice to have another day off from work, I must say.

    • Thank you Mabel. It is a fun lens. Shame you couldn’t go, I think it is something we should all do once. Though I have never been to a football game here, haha.
      Yeah, I suppose a day off, can’t be all bad.

  8. Leanne do you use autofocus with the lensbaby?

  9. Love the close up of the cupie doll, it brought back childhood memories!

  10. Thanks for the share Regards Bear

  11. You really know how to work that Velvet. Those are my favorite shots. And LOL on the football and the holidays. Same here.

  12. Some really interesting images to make our reader colourful 🙂

    Thank you for sharing, Leanne 🙂

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