Weekend Wanderings – From One End to the Other
Last weekend I went into the city to do some night photography shots, most of you know this already, as I took my class in for a night photography class. It was the final class in the course and it was a great way to finish it off. There were 10 of us with our tripods and camera gear going along the Yarra River for our night shots. Each week we approached something new to help them learn how to use their cameras. My classes are very practical, I always think you “Learn by Doing”, so taking photos is an important aspect of what I teach. I haven’t seen what they got when they went out, but I have been working on the images that I took.
You have seen a few of them already, and there aren’t that many more of them. I am happy with what I got. One thing I did with my class was to let them know they should do more on their own. I would set up my image and then do 5 exposures for HDR and if they needed help my camera would be fine taking its photos while I helped them. It worked really well. I felt more like the person who was keeping them together and moving them along when the time was right than the teacher. It was a lovely relaxed class.
We started down at Docklands and ended up near Flinders Street Station, not quite to it. We ran out of time and then had to rush to get the train. I don’t think anyone minded.
Then yesterday morning I went into the city very early in the morning. The sun was coming up, but thought I would take some photos along the Yarra River again, only daylight ones.
We have had so much rain, and I was hoping that if it had stopped raining that maybe, fingers crossed maybe, the Yarra River would be still, and look at that, it was. I have seen it much calmer, but this wasn’t bad. Unfortunately the rowers started coming up and down, with their coaches in motor boats and that stillness disappeared. It was lovely while it lasted. I love seeing all the buildings reflected in the water.
Nearly all the night photography images are HDR images. They were all done using the Nik Collection HDR Efex. It seemed to work much better for the night shots than Photomatix. Most of the morning shots are straight images, except for two, the above one and one of the bridge. I used Photomatix for these two, as it seemed to be better for the day ones, softer. All images were taken with the 14-24mm wide angle lens.
The gallery will have all the night images I have processed, the image I used for the MMC is here too, but the colour version. I will also put the morning images. Some of the morning images that I have done were taken at the same spots I did the night shots. I should have done that more, it would have been interesting comparing them. If you are interested in my classes then please go to my website, www.leannecole.com.au. Enjoy your Sunday.