Sometimes you just know when you’ve got the one you came for – you’ve been there for (insert here however long you have spent at a location trying to get ‘the shot’ you’d envisioned) trying out different angles, heights, shutter speeds, etc and then suddenly everything just falls into place.
Flinders Station, Melbourne = photographed a ridiculous number of times each day.
Like every other photographer I wanted to capture an image that was different to all the rest. There are countless ways one can try and achieve this – but what I saw when I looked at the scene was a kind of antique look. I can’t count how many frames I went through before the crowds and cars were willing to cooperate. Eventually I was able to get some clean space in the bottom frame while still having people and some cars present in the photo without looking too messy. For what I wanted this was perfect. At post processing I ended up blending a couple of exposures together to get the line of ‘car trail’ I felt the photo needed for some interest. Knowing what look I was after it took me a while to process the black and white levels and sepia tint to exactly the antique look I’d envisioned. The final touch was a little vignetting and once that was applied I got that feeling – you know, the one in your gut when you know the photo is exactly what you’d envisioned. For me that is one of the best parts of photography, that transient happiness you feel when you realise you were able to create something you think is lovely.
So, here is my ‘Flinders Antique Creation’ – it is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I’m glad I decided to add it into my printed portfolio recently.
I’m a few months behind on my photo posts. Thanks to one lovely girl who reminded me why I post my photography :) I decided to get my act into gear and actually make time to do something I love. So, to today’s picture. I have actually shown this panorama here before but felt the need […]
Recently, I started using Lightroom instead of just plain Photoshop – ‘plain Photoshop’ might not be the correct terminology here but you get what I mean - I still take my images into Photoshop after the initial edit in Lightroom. I love the preset option available in Lightroom and have made great use of it in recent […]
This has to be one of the more unusual photos I have shared (and taken for that matter).
The shot was taken in the Otway National Park. As you can see, we came across a number of cows on the road while driving. It was actually quite funny because they just kept coming and would randomly cross the road in front of us. Some crossed the road so close to our car we thought they were going to walk right in to us. Leaning out the window of the car to take this photo felt almost risky they were coming so close.
I wouldn’t normally take a photo of cows being herded along the road but with this lot I just couldn’t help myself. The looks they gave us were so nonchalant it was almost comical.
What I really like about this shot, and why I decided to share it on the blog, is the fact it is almost structured when it can so easily be messy. The cows are forming a line that corresponds with the road and its lines, but there are a few stray cows in the middle of the road in the background giving the photo some interest as well.
Melbourne’s street art is something that a lot of photographers have on their ‘shoot list’ when they visit the city.
This somewhat controversial form of art has a pretty large presence in this city. Whether you are a lover or hater of this form of art it is hard to ignore the fact that a lot of what makes it onto these laneway walls is amazing art in its own right.
When we visited Melbourne earlier this year I knew I wanted to try and capture the decorated laneways. When trying to shoot something that has been captured by so many people in so many different ways trying to find a fresh and alternative angle on the scene can be difficult. I knew I wanted to capture the graffiti but not necessarily make it the main feature in all my shots. The laneways themselves, the people and businesses that occupy them, were equally as important to the pictures for me as the graffiti was.
These photos are some of my favourites from the laneway shots.
Naming a particular shot for filing is always hard. Anything I come up with is either boring and standard or something I think people would giggle at given the chance to look through my (brilliant ) filing system. I know what I call the photos so I guess that is all that matters. My brilliant name for today’s photo – ‘swirling sunset’ clever I thought
Shot down at the Noosa National Park, sunset as you can see (and of course my brilliant naming system gives this away!!), this was one of the photos I took while waiting between panorama shots. The panoramas didn’t work out the way I wanted but this one kind of grew on me. The tide was high and the waves were rushing over the rock pools with great speed. I liked the flow of water and thought I would try and make it the main feature in this shot. There was a storm brewing on the horizon but it never amounted to anything. There was some lightning but it must have moved on pretty quickly because we didn’t really get a show in Noosa.
While it can be a little tiresome taking similar kinds of shots in the same sort of areas it is always fun to experiment with different main features.
Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. ~ Eberhard Arnold
This little cutie was standing with his face almost planted against the tank glass absolutely mesmerised by the sea creatures swimming around in front of him. I remember thinking how sweet and innocent he looked staring at everything that swam past. His gaze was of absolute wonder.
The shot was taken at Melbourne Aquarium. I would say he stood in place with his mother crouched behind him, the biggest smile on her face, for at least 10 minutes straight.