Weekend Wanderings: Photos Along the Bay
Melbourne was settled inside Port Phillip Bay, and many suburbs are on beaches, but because they are in the bay there aren’t big waves. The other afternoon I went to Seaford and then Mordialloc, two suburbs on the bay, to take photos. It is an area I am not familiar with and when a friend suggested going down there I thought why not. We were met by another friend as well. Always nice going out with friends to take photos.
We started at Seaford pier. It was a lovely afternoon, not a cloud in the sky, a little windy, a bit chilly, but perfect for autumn. The water was a gorgeous aqua colour and so clear you could see through it, though I did a long exposure here and got that flat/smooth look on the water.
There were a couple of fisherman out on the pier and they were very chatty and we were having great fun talking to them. It was pretty funny. They kindly let us take photos of them.
Once we were done there we headed down to the Mordialloc marina and looked around at the boats. The sun was starting to set, but with almost no clouds we knew we wouldn’t get a brilliant sunset. Still there was a golden glow.
The sun set, as you can see lots of orange, not much of anything else. It was nice, but it could have been a lot better. I don’t know why I never seem to get all the clouds.
So with not much colour in the sky it was all about the foreground and what we could do with it. The above image was processed in Photomatix Pro and is a HDR and then I have done a lot more processing to it. It wasn’t a long exposure, as in I didn’t use a filter, but it was a 5 image bracketed shot and those were all used in the HDR.
For those that don’t know bracketed shots are where you take a series of images at different exposure levels. With 5, one image is the correct exposure, two are under exposed, one more than the other and the last two are over exposed, one at one stop over and the other one at two stops over.
It was a lovely evening for taking photos anyway. Though one of us, not me, didn’t come prepared for how cold it got and she was regretting not bringing a coat. Not pointing the finger at any one.
I am going to leave with a gallery now. I hope your Saturday is good and you have lots of things planned. I will be off to meet a new person for a one on one photography session in the city today.