Back in lockdown

Back in lockdown

So it would seem. Melbourne has had yet another outbreak of Coronavirus and because it is a very virulent strain, apparently, they have put us back into lockdown.

The latest lockdown

It is pretty much what they have done before. We are to stay home as much as possible and can’t go more than 5 kilometres from our home. We can leave the house but only for a few reasons.

They say 7 days, but who knows. We all have our fingers crossed that it will only be for that long.

The masks are coming out again.

There is a lot of anger out there at the moment. Most of it seems to be aimed at our Federal Government and, I have to say, with good reason. They are the government that takes no responsibility for anything and has done little for the country during the whole pandemic.

There is a partisan war going on between the Federal level of government because our state has a leader from a different party. So instead of our Prime Minister treating all Australians equally, he treats those in states that are the same party better. Unfortunately for Victoria, we have missed out a lot. We have been made to feel as though we don’t belong to the same country.

There was an opportunity for the Federal Government to have come out of this pandemic as heroes or legends. Instead, all we are seeing is a party that takes no responsibility, passes the tough decisions to the states, being petty, and not doing anything to help anyone. They continue to make themselves out as blameless. It is really sad.

Okay my rant is over.

Getting out to take photos

It could be very disappointing knowing that I can’t go out in the near future, but I am grateful that I have been out a bit lately.

Last weekend I managed to get into the city to take some photos around South Wharf and Docklands. I even managed to take some photos of some things I haven’t taken before, but have wanted to.

I was out with a friend which was nice. We both love doing long exposures, but it really wasn’t the right conditions for it. In the end we just wandered around taking photos.

It can be so good doing that from time to time. When you aren’t tied to a tripod you can try lots of different angles and be creative with your angles. It can give you ideas for when the conditions are right.

There will be some more creative images in a video soon, but I thought today I would show a few that I have quickly processed with Lightroom.

I hope you enjoy them.

42 Responses

  1. Wat? So bad though the pandemic has to be controlled

  2. Sorry to hear you guys are still struggling. We are currently emerging from lockdown 3 or something. Starting to lose count!
    All sorts of accusations flying round here too about government incompetence.
    Some may be true.
    But things are improving.
    Love the photos though!

    • We shouldn’t complain too much, it has been great here and it was like pre-pandemic until a few days ago. Still it is a bit of a shock being in lockdown again after so long. Hopefully after the 7 days everything will be fine again. Fingers crossed. I just can’t believe how the Federal gov is acting like Victoria is part of their responsibilities as well. It is so sad.
      Thank you.

  3. I am always fascinated with your work, Leanne, and I appreciate these still shots that can be studied and perused as long as I want. I love big city work. I love Melbourne Harbor because my vivid imagination takes me there for my maternal grandfather’s original sailing point long ago, carrying some of my genes to the US. He ran away from home when he was sixteen, on a sailing ship, and crossed the ocean to debark on the opposite side of the world. And here I am…. I get a lot out of a photo! 🙂

    • What a wonderful story, I will have to continue showing you photos then. This week my video is about that area. I haven’t posted it yet, but you might like seeing it. Do you know what year he left, that might give me a better idea of exactly where he left. Thank you, I don’t know your name, but thanks again. 😀

    • My name is Pat. Grandpa was born in 1883 in Maclean, sailed away to America in 1899 from Melbourne.

    • I can’t find a Maclean in Victoria Pat, there is a suburb of Melbourne called Macleod, so I am wondering if that was it. Macleod is just up the road,from me, part of the area I live in. Though I can’t find much history on the town. Of course, there is the possibility that there may have been a town called that and it no longer exists, but there is usually some record.
      If your grandpa left in 1899 chances are he left from Station Pier. It is where we now catch the ship called the Spirit of Tasmania when we want to go to Tasmania. All the cruise ships that dock in Melbourne also dock there. If you looks at this video of mine, and go to around 5.55 minutes you will see some footage of Station Pier. I have been on that pier and I have other photos if you are interested.

    • Maclean is on the Eastern Coast, near or a suburb of Grafton. It might be New South Wales. The remnants of the family Schwonberg docks and slip were recently made a national park I think. My GreatGrandDad was the Mayor there back in the day. A cousin, Greg Towner published some books on the family. I have some photos that Greg sent, he sends new stuff frequently. His Dad and my Mom were 1st Cousins I believe. Greg is an Aussie, lives around Melbourne someplace.

    • Yeah I saw one on the upper coast or near it in NSW, but it is so far from Melbourne, so I wondered why he would come to Melbourne and leave instead of leaving from Sydney which is closer. He would have had to pass by Sydney. It is over 1500kms from me, that is almost a thousand miles. It is shame it was so far away, if it was closer I might have been able to go and take a look. That is incredible that you still have contact, or rather really nice. Thank you for sharing that Pat.

    • I watched the utube video, its so interesting hearing you chat about your techniques and procedures. You do such excellent work.

      Two of my great uncles joined the army as soon as they were of age, and both of them shipped off to France, where at least one of them was killed. (WWI) He kept super diaries which he sent to his Mom in Australia, and she kept them.

    • Thank you Pat, I am really enjoying the videos.

      The diaries would be so interesting. Many Australian soldiers were treated like cannon fodder in the first world war. There was this attitude that they came from here so they wouldn’t be very good soldiers. They were over sent in first, but they showed the British just how good they were and got some respect eventually, but not until many has died. Do you know if he died in a particular battle? The day Australians memorialise is ANZAC day which is done to remember Gallipoli, one of the worse fights and where many many Australians died in that war.

  4. Fair dinkum Aussies. It appears strange to us to complain about a week of lockdown. In this pandemic you are doing very well except that your politicians, headed by an empty headed PM, lacks knowledge about Asia, and especially China.I think it is fear and arrogance of shifting perspective in a pandemic world.

    Dr. Liim, MBBS (NSW), MA

    • It is strange, but I think it’s more a political problem this whole thing and, as you said, our empty headed, and may I add, raciest, PM is no help at all. Everything you have said about him is true. He really has no idea, is not fit for the job, but so many people still think he is good. Seriously, I can’t believe it.

  5. As John said above, the US is having the same political infighting. It was much worse under Trump with California always getting the short end. I’m so sorry you’re under lockdown again. But, your current pictures are just beautiful. I’m so glad you’re getting out with your camera again, and hope you’ll be able to continue to do so.

    • The infighting to me is so pointless, who does it benefit, not us that’s for sure. How it was under Trump is pretty much how it is here under our current government.
      Hopefully, the lockdown will be short, but yeah, it has been great getting out and taking photos again. I’m really enjoying it again. Nice to just have fun with it. Thank you so much Anne.

  6. Sorry to hear you are in lockdown again. I am supposed to travel to Iceland in July. Hope there will be no problems up here.

    • Thank you Sherry hopefully it will be short and things will be back to normal again soon. I hope you don’t have any problems with your trip, that would be amazing.

  7. It’s weird here in Florida. Everything is opened–no masks. When the CDC said if you have completed your vaccinations, you don’t need to wear a mask outdoors, things got confusing. Then it was no masks at all, anywhere. But there are so many unvaccinated, that who knows who you are standing next to. But, as I said, we are wide open. It’s almost scary now. Again. Take care, Leanne.

    • That is how it was here last week, and bang, we have another outbreak. Though the vaccine rollout has been very slow here. We also got dumped with the one that causes blood clots and people don’t want to get it. Who wants to run that risk really. I am glad that things are going well where you are. You will get used to it, it was great when it was like that here. Thank you Lois.

  8. Good you got out for some photography before lockdown. I really like the reflections on the still water. 🙂
    Here in SA we’re heading into a 3rd wave and lockdown is the norm. We always wear masks, keep 2 metres apart, hand sanitise etc but the lack of social contact is beginning to wear thin!
    Hang in there and I hope yours is a short lockdown. 🙂

  9. Sorry to see you’re in lock down again. We have the same partisan politics going on in this country that you describe between the states and federal government. The new administration has changed that to a large degree, but it seems the world over that the art of compromise is now a lost art.

    • It is disappointing to see it happening again. The partisan politics are so selfish. It often shows that the politicians really only care about themselves and not the wider communities interests. I think many of them have forgotten they are meant to be there to represent us and not to make themselves rich. It is so sad to see.

    • This sounds so familiar. Seems it’s a worldwide problem. Stay safe, my friend.

    • I think it is. I’ve been saying that I think we are seeing the end of democracy, well, how it is meant to be. We vote here, but it is almost pointless. Thank you John, you stay safe too.

  10. The UK has similar political stupidities where the national government has played politics with Local government of a different persuasion. At the moment those local areas are now infection hot spots…. belatedly actions at a national level are being provided. So much for all being in this together. Sad reflection on National Government motivation.

  11. Hope your lockdown doesn’t go for too long. Our last one in the UK seemed forever. Stay safe.

  12. Lovely images Leanne! 🙂

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