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Weekend Wanderings – Getting Dark in the City

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Yesterday I was in the city doing some photos with someone.  We started in the late afternoon and took photos until just after 9pm, it was really getting dark in the city then, so I thought I would do some of those photos as my Weekend Wandering post today.

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Melbourne Town Hall, it is looking rather ordinary at the moment, but in a month or two I’m sure it will be decorated for Christmas.  I like photographing the same buildings over, they are always different, whether it is the light, or what they have on them.  I would like do a great fine art architectural shot of this building.  I realised yesterday that I will need to use my wide angle, otherwise I can’t fit in the tower.

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Stopping at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade is almost something I can’t stop doing.  I didn’t get many photos as by the time we got there they were clearing the window.  I might have to try getting a shot of that one day.  I did ask some questions about the window, so will try some more photos soon.

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Can you see the bright lights in the water, something reflecting off the bridge.  It was really strange, but we had fund trying to get photos of it.

These two photos look the same, well they are really. except one has a blue sky and the other one is browner.  Maxwell International Australia has let me keep the filters a little longer so I could experiment a little more.  The sunset we got in the city was terrible, really, not much colour, so I thought it would be interesting to try the tobacco graduated filter.  It really warms the image up.  I have been playing around more and on Tuesday will show more photos and talk about the kit a little more.

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We saw the gas going off outside the Casino.  We got there hoping it would happen at 8pm, but then some other people who were there looked it up and said that it wouldn’t be on until 9.  We thought, oh well, and just kept taking photos of other things, and then all of a sudden, on they came.  I hope the people who thought it came on later still saw them.  Unfortunately for us, we didn’t think it was going to happen, and so weren’t really prepared, still we got some shots, I just wish I had got a little more of the reflection.

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Then it was time to do some night photos of the city.  I love photographing the city at night.  I love seeing how it looks.  So I love it when people say they want to do it. I especially love doing One on One Photography Lessons for people who want to learn night photography. I don’t know that I will ever tire of it, there are always different places along the river to go.

I am going to leave you with a gallery now, I need to start planning a driving trip today for my daughter to get in some more driving hours, but also so I can go somewhere to try out the filters again.  Have a couple of ideas, but you will have to wait and see.  I hope you have somethings planned for the weekend.  I am back into the city tomorrow for Social Snappers, we are doing architecture along Collins Street, should be great.

 

53 Comments
  1. Love the fire and the reflections, Leanne. You are so lucky, your home has an incredible amount of photo ops! So much art and beautiful city scenes.

    October 18, 2014
    • I am very lucky John, Melbourne is a beautiful city and we have so much here, not a great big city in terms of the world, but with just over 4 million people, not small either. I think the identity crisis we went through the first few years helped. Thanks John.

      October 18, 2014
      • Wow, 4 million. Las Vegas is around 2 million. Have a good weekend. 🙂

        October 18, 2014
      • Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, though it is expected it will be the biggest in the future. Is that good or bad, who knows. 😀

        October 18, 2014
  2. Awesome photos. I almost thought that this was London, near Tower Bridge! Nice one 🙂
    Best
    R

    October 18, 2014
    • Not hard to understand, I’ve heard Melbourne being compared to London and is said to be the most London like city. Of course early settlers did try and create a London here. Thanks

      October 18, 2014
  3. for some reason I thought of “jumpin jack flash it’s a gas gas gas gas gas gas” great photo!!! The city alight is wonderful too- I love the reflections.

    October 18, 2014
    • Just brilliant Cybele, now that song is going to be in my head every time I see that photo, LOL. Thank you.

      October 18, 2014
  4. Pat #

    Wonderful photo gallery. I especially like those gorgeous night shots.

    October 18, 2014
    • That you Pat, there is something cleansing about night shots.

      October 18, 2014
  5. Nice selection Leanne. I really like the skyline shots 🙂

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you Susan, I like those ones too, they always come out well. 😀

      October 18, 2014
  6. Your night time shots are beautiful Leanne. And I want to see more of the tea room:)

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you Colline, will have to see what I can do about that, it is a lovely tearoom, but very small. 😀

      October 18, 2014
  7. I enjoyed your reflective night pictures a great deal.

    October 18, 2014
    • That is wonderful to hear, thank you.

      October 18, 2014
  8. Amy #

    Wow, the night light shots are stunningly beautiful! Incredible clarity!

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you, I so glad you like them, I think I really like doing night shots, especially of Melbourne.

      October 18, 2014
  9. Stunning photographs as always. Your night cityscapes are among the best I’ve ever seen.

    October 18, 2014
    • Wow, what a wonderful compliment, thank you so much Papict.

      October 18, 2014
  10. I think the night shot is my absolute favorite. It’s so still. I love the tea shop. You’ve reminded me I wanted to do a post of all the sweets I photographed while traveling!

    The fire ones were what caught my eye first in your post. That’s interesting looking!

    October 18, 2014
    • I think they are mine too, Melbourne is beautiful by the river at night. I am glad my post help you Nia, looking forward to it.
      Oh yes, they are great, I love watching them, shame they last a such a short time, then you have to wait another hour to see them again.

      October 18, 2014
  11. Another series of wonderful shots of your beautiful town! Thank you, Leanne! You and the family have a terrific weekend! Take care. 🙂 Fabio

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you Fabio, love showing off my town. You have a great weekend too Fabio. 😀

      October 18, 2014
  12. Wow. Lovely photos and amazing reflection in Yarra river. Crown casino is a wonderful place in Melbourne. Its a beautiful city. I was there a couple of years back. Do check my photo blogs on the night view of Melbourne and photos of Twelve Apostles.

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you, It is a beautiful city, I love living here.

      October 18, 2014
  13. Love them all. 😍

    October 18, 2014
  14. These are all gorgeous photos but my favourite has to be the macarons…Justin Beaver is influencing me.

    October 18, 2014
    • Haha, well you tell Justin they were all put away just after that. Thanks Carol.

      October 18, 2014
  15. I love the night time shots, very atmospheric.

    October 18, 2014
    • Thank you, night shots are great to do.

      October 18, 2014
      • It is definitely something I have never been able to master as I’ve never been able to get a decent light to the shot. That said, I live in north west England, so the cloud has something to do with that……

        October 19, 2014
      • Oh no, don’t think like that, cloud cover can make it even better, the light bounces of the clouds and can give you great skies, check out these, the night was overcast,
        http://leannecolephotography.com/2014/06/07/weekend-wanderings-melbourne-at-night/
        Though if you are around where there aren’t many lights, it could be hard, but sometimes, on single light could be very atmospheric, oh I might try some like that the next time I am in Woomelang, thanks for the ideas.

        October 19, 2014
      • Thanks for that Leanne, much appreciated .

        October 19, 2014
      • You’re welcome.

        October 19, 2014
      • Cut myself off before I had finished (the joys of a windows phone!). I am using the annoyingly cloudy sky we have up here as a challenge rather than a beating, do any handy hints are welcome. Glad my predicament sparked an answer for you!!! Take it easy.

        October 19, 2014
      • That is good to hear, I much prefer cloudy skies for night photography, I love the effect the clouds give you, in fact I like cloudy skies for most photography, but not rain. I would say look at the way lights hit things and try some long exposures see what you get. I don’t know where you are, so I don’t know what sort of night lights you get. You can email me if you like and we can talk about it.

        October 19, 2014
  16. Lovely as always, but I especially love the macaroons….beautiful light and colour, makes me want to bite one! Also the reflected gas flames….that’s such a beautiful and dynamic shot.

    October 18, 2014
    • I think you might have to find some others for those macarons Seonaid, there could be a lot of competition. Thank you.

      October 19, 2014
  17. Reblogged this on Andrew Dodds Photography and commented:
    Some great photos of the city of Melbourne.

    October 19, 2014
  18. LB #

    That third shot down is divine!!

    October 19, 2014
  19. Wonderful, wonderful pics Leanne. My fav city! Thank you for sharing .. love the shot in the arcade too! 🙂

    October 19, 2014
    • My favourite city too, thank you Julie, the arcade is always great to take photos of.

      October 19, 2014
  20. Awesome night shots!!! Love them to bits. And the ones of the gas flares outside the casino are wonderful.

    October 20, 2014
    • Thank you Suz, we will have to try some when you come down, oh and the flames.

      October 20, 2014
  21. These aee so lovely and atmospheric, Leanne.

    October 23, 2014
    • Thank you Richard, I do love photographing the city at night.

      October 23, 2014
  22. It’s my favorite time of the day, the moments before it gets dark… Thank you for sharing your great art, Leanne!

    November 10, 2014
    • You’re welcome, you can get some great images at that time of the day. Thank you.

      November 11, 2014

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