Silent Sunday – Early morning in Melbourne

Silent Sunday - Early morning in Melbourne

For Silent Sunday I thought I would show you some new photos taking early morning in the City of Melbourne. I was also using my new lens.

This morning started at 4am with the alarm going off. I had been planning to go into the city this morning all week. There was a particular image I wanted to get, or try to get, but I needed a morning when there wouldn’t be a lot happening in the city. Sunday morning was the best option I decided.

Another reason for wanting to go in was to use my new Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Lens. I made the decision not to buy a lot of lenses, but I couldn’t stop wanting this one. There is a cashback deal on at the moment and that made my mind up to get it.

Early morning

So with reluctance I got up, I only had to switch off the alarm 3 times. Straight into the shower and then get ready to go. At just after 5 I left the house for the train station to catch the 5.30am to Flinders Street Station.

Once there I headed for the underground tunnel to the river. I had hoped I would get a sunrise, but there was absolutely no colour at all. It was disappointing especially after getting up so early. When you get up that early you do want to get something like that.

The sky was full of clouds, so I decided to try some long exposures. That is one of the big reasons I bought the lens.

My first attempt

This next image was basically my second one for the morning. I went to one of my favourite spots to see what I could get. This is the result.

Silent Sunday - Early morning in Melbourne

It seems so clear. It is amazing how amazingly clear the images can be when you spend a bit of money on lenses. There is no doubt that a 2.8 lens will give you an incredible image. I love how this has come out.

From the bridge

The second image I have for you was taken from Princes Bridge. I have taken many images from that bridge over the years, but they have nearly all been sunset, or night images and perhaps a quick snap. As I was taking the image I was trying to remember if I had ever taken any long exposures there. Well, I can’t remember doing any.

So I set up Billy, my 3 Legged Thing tripod on the bridge and tried just one image. I knew I had to get to the other place soon so I had to hurry.

Silent Sunday - Early morning in Melbourne

It is okay, but I like the first image more. Though this view of Melbourne is also quite popular and you do see a lot of people getting their phones out to capture it.

The images were taken with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Lens. I was using the Fomatt Hitech Firecreat Ultra 10 stop and they were both taken with 2 minute exposures. As I said, I was using Billy and I had my new MindShift backpack as well.

I was home by 8am and feeling like I had woken up very early. Though after a coffee I felt so much better. So proud of myself for going in there on my own. It is something I’ve been wanting to do more of.

I hope you are having a pleasant Sunday.

Silent Sunday – Early morning in Melbourne

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    1. Thank you Reinhold, I’m sure you would have stood there if you came to Melbourne, it is one of the most used pedestrian bridges. We have a lot here.

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