Weekend Wanderings – Sometimes a Massive Fail
The idea of doing these weekend posts of place to go and photograph Melbourne, or Victoria, have been really well received, and you seem to be enjoying them. One of the problems I am having with them, is what if I can’t get out and take photos, or what if when I do, the weather is bad, or the images aren’t very good? So today, I get to find out what you think about that.
I haven’t been able to get out and take photos. I am starting to realise that I will have to make more of an effort, though, it just isn’t always possible. So I have been through all my archives and I found some photos that I have never shown before, well except for one photo. This one.
This image was taken in an old pump shed at Dwight Falls. The falls is part of the Yarra River, which is the main river travelling through Melbourne. It is near Abbotsford and the Eastern Freeway, in fact you can see the freeway in one of the photos. I don’t really know why there is a falls there, though, it is not a huge one, it is very small. Not really a water fall at all.
I have seen some beautiful photos of this area, but I had never photographed it before. Last year when a friend from Sydney came down, we went there to take some photos of it. It was overcast and a really horrible day, so I never showed the photos because they weren’t great. They still aren’t great, but I guess it shows how sometimes, things don’t always go right for us photographers.
One of the first things we realised when we got there, was how big the river was. It isn’t normally this big, and doesn’t normally flow this fast. We had had a lot of rain and the river was so full, I had never seen it this full before. Dwight Falls, you might be able to see in there, is very small and the usual sort of photo you would get here wasn’t possible.
This was taken further up river, and you can see how wide it is. Believe me, it isn’t normally that big. We spoke to some people who lived in the area and they were saying that it isn’t normally up that high.
This is an offshoot of the river. I don’t know where it goes, and I don’t know if there is normally this much water in it. There was a lot of work going on in the area as well, I don’t know what they were doing. The overpasses you can see are for the Eastern Freeway.
The Pump Shed again. You can see, and tell, that it is no longer used, and it now covered in graffiti, though not the street art type. You have to climb up a structure to get in here, it isn’t really obvious how to get down there.
The view out of the pump shed, a lot of mud. In the distance you can see part of the work that was going on. I hope that normally there is a lot more water in there. The water that is in there would have been from all the rain.
They aren’t great photos, and I wish every time I went out to take photos they were great, but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you can fix them up on the computer, and sometimes, well, you just have to look at them and say, nothing is going to help. Put it down to experience and plan another trip.
If you want to go somewhere like Dwight Falls, probably best to go on a good day, or a nice day. Perhaps sun out, or perhaps sunset. It would have been better to go on a day when the river wasn’t full to almost overflowing. Dwight Falls is a quiet place, in my mind, and good for times when the river is also quiet.
I suppose the reason behind this post is to show that it doesn’t always work and no matter how much planning you do, you can’t always get what you want. I don’t really like these photos at all. It was disappointing and I haven’t been back since, though I should find a day with nice weather and visit it again.