Weekend Wanderings – Snapping the City in the Dark
Last Sunday I went into the city for another Social Snappers Photography Excursion for a night photography session. We met at the MCG at 6pm, ended up at Flinders Street Station, and finished around 9.30. The idea was that we would start on the bridge that goes over the train lines, photograph the city from there, then slowly make our way along Birrarung Marr and end up at Flinders Street Station, or near there, to photograph car trails. I knew the area from riding a bike a few years ago, but I had never tried to photograph it, so it was new for me too.
The plan had been to try and get the sunset, but by the time we got there it was pretty much over, I think it was because there were no clouds. One day, I will get it. It was a beautiful clear night so we couldn’t complain about that. Being a Sunday night also meant that there weren’t many trains.
So from there we started walking to the city. There are paths and they are quite well lit, so it wasn’t hard to find our way. I think the most curious thing was that so many people wanted to know what we were shooting, or why we were taking photos. I think seeing a group of women out taking photos is not something people see every day, it is something that I hope to change.
This is the Birrarung Marr bridge. It helps link the city with the MCG. The MCG is one of our major sports arenas, possibly Melbourne’s oldest. If you know about Melbourne, you would know how sports mad this city is. The photos we got from here were wonderful, but it was an area that drove us insane. They have speakers on this bridge that play music, like folk ditties and stuff, and they have more than one going at a time. It is horrible. You can’t hear anything, and, well, you just want to enjoy the sounds of the area, but no, you have to listen to a whole bunch of songs and music playing at the same time. Please Melbourne, turn off the music.
This is a massive sculptural piece that is by the river. It used to be in front of the National Gallery of Victoria, but was moved a few years ago. Not an easy piece to photograph. There are too many things in the way, rubbish bins, bright lights.
Finally, we went back into the city, where we all had fun taking photos of the car trails. This is an iconic image and most people want to get it. Every time I go and take photos here there are always lots of other photographers there as well. It wasn’t as busy as it normally is. Sunday night probably had a lot to do with it, but it was nice to get more photos. The above photo is another stacked image, I can’t remember how many, I think around 20.
It was a very good evening. One of the women that came along has said that she was feeling a bit shy, and was worried about doing this sort of thing, but she said that I gave her lots of information and that she learned a lot. Her tripod broke and we had to share mine, which was fine. She started using a lunch box to support her camera which, surprisingly, worked rather well. I had so much fun, and I can’t wait to do more of these excursions. I really think Social Snappers is such a great idea, it is good to go out with a group of women and just enjoy taking photos.
I’m running behind today, I was out all afternoon photographing Lake Albacutya, and then last night doing the milky way at Jonesy’s Bush Retreat. Today, I’m off to Nyah West for my workshop on landscape and night photography, that should also be really good. So for now, I have a gallery of images from last Sunday. I hope your weekend is good and you get lots of chances to take photos.