Weekend Wandering: Another day at the Royal Melbourne Show


One of the big plans for the Royal Melbourne Show was to photograph the fireworks in the evening. We needed to go back on a night where rain wasn’t expected. Thursday was that night.

In the meantime I had a meeting with a rep from Benro Australia, they make tripods, among other things and I was loaned a carbon fibre tripod to use and try. I was also loaned the Samyang 12mm Fisheye lens and what better place to try it out than the show with all the side shows and rides, plus the fireworks.

I am going to do what I did yesterday. First I will put a gallery with all the photos taken with the fisheye.  Look out for the Masterchef kitchen and the scones from the Country Women’s Association, incredible.

I should add that all the night photos were taken using the Benro Carbon Fibre tripod, it was such a joy to use, I think I am going to have to see about getting one.  Great size and has so many options, it is brilliant.  If you are in Melbourne Vanbar stock them.

When the sun started setting I put on my 24-70mm lens again. I wanted to try some things with that lens and I was finding that for some things I couldn’t get close enough. I do like the rides with the dark stormy clouds, though I probably should have used a filter with them to help get a longer exposure.

It was good fun going to the show, it is a shame the weather wasn’t a little better. We have been having a lot of rain and there has been flooding in many parts of the state.

It is the end of the show for me now. It was great going and taking photos, I hope you have enjoyed them.

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  1. Looks like the carnival rides in Australia are not much different from Texas. Love shooting these rides myself.

  2. The Fireworks are beautiful! The Fish-Eye adds a bit of character to them that helps generate that over arching presence.

  3. Hi Leanne I have been thinking about buying a fisheye lens Now I am thinking harder about it, thankyou for showing what can be done. Regards Ron

  4. What fun images with the fish-eye lens, Leanne. As always, all beautiful!
    Sorry to hear about the flooding. It’s finally cooled off in NYC and we are welcoming a much-needed respite from the unrelenting heat and humidity. Yay! 😉 xoM

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