Weekend Wanderings – Taking a Look Back
I have been so busy my portraits that I haven’t had a chance to get out and do some photos for my weekend wanderings, so I thought today I might re-post an older post.
I did this post almost exactly 2 years ago. I hope you enjoy the look back.
So the photos from the other morning were a disaster, well not totally, but they weren’t great. Sometimes you just have to go out and see what you get so you can work out what you would do differently if you went again. So I took notice. What was the time of day that I went? What were the conditions when I got there? What was missing? What would I do differently next time? I think you have to ask yourself those questions, so the next time you might get better photos.
The other morning the city photos didn’t look great, the light didn’t quite work the way I had hoped. I thought the sun would come over and bath the city in light, which it probably did, eventually, but, at the time I was there the light was still behind the hill I was standing on, and perhaps the light in winter is not the best idea. I may have to wait until the spring or summer to try this again. I know the sun shining onto the buildings could be blinding.
I decided that perhaps I should try and do the photos again, but this time at night. Well at sunset, I had this vision of the sun setting behind the city. Well, I was wrong again.
So, there is no sunset behind the city. I can’t win. The sun sets to the right of the city, I needed to be somewhere else to get that shot. Then again, maybe it will be different in the spring and summer. It is so disappointing because it would have been a lovely sunset.
I went further down the hill and came back once the light had almost left the sky and all the buildings had their lights on.
It is very dark all around the lights, but it does fill those third requirements and it is a nice photo. I did try and get some more detail into the sky, but it didn’t quite work as I hoped.
I have probably put the city too far down to the bottom of the image, bit I quite like that there is nothing above it, lots of space, because, really, that is what Melbourne is like.
The next image I’ve played with a little.
It is a little further back, but with all the black sky, I decided to make it a panorama.
I don’t mind this one.
I am fairly sure there will be more attempts, so it is going to be interesting to see what I end up with.
When I went out last night, I didn’t really think about doing the freeway again, but when the city didn’t pan out, I thought, what the hell it is just down the hill, and I could take photos of it while I waited for the light to change.
The first time I went, I realised that the main problem was that by the time I got there I had lost most of the best light. It was basically day light. Also, being early on Sunday morning, no traffic, not enough to get the light trails I was looking for.
The light trails are so much better, well coming out of the city. Going in, not so good. The sky looks fairly good, but again, it is a winter sunset, and not as spectacular as they are in summer.
I quite like this composition. One of things we are taught in photography is following the lines. How do the lines lead you into the image? Do they take you straight out? I knew the light trails on the freeway would lead into the city, but I also knew they would disappear and you would have to make the connection yourself. Once I was out there I realised that the lights that light up the freeway actually do it for you.
The sun was going down and the sky was getting darker. I have taken photos before when it has been almost dark and you can get some amazing colours coming out. Even in the dark you can sometimes get some amazing light coming out. You should never dismiss the opportunity to take a photo just because it is dark.
I don’t know if the above photo is really a good shot, but I liked the contrast between the setting sun and the darkening sky.
The sun has almost set and I love the sky in this image. I love the deep deep blues. For me this is almost perfect, though I am sure it can be improved on, but will only know that if I keep going back to take the images. I might also concede that the horizon is a little too central, but couldn’t do anything else with the freeway lights.
Then the light seemed to almost disappear.
That was the last of the good light. The sky was just black after this. Not that it mattered, it just meant that it was time to move on.