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Weekend Wanderings – The Details of Melbourne

On Friday I spent a very intensive day teaching a client how to use her camera and how to take photos.  We had a great day, and at the end of it I came home with over 500 images.  It was fantastic.  The part that was really fantastic, though, was that my client was very interested in photographing food.  You wouldn’t believe how many places there are to take food photos.  Not that that was all we did.  Many of the photos are from similar places to the post I did last weekend on the arcades, but there are differences, mainly because there are a lot more detailed images.

Block ArcadeWe spent a lot of time in front of shop windows like the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade photographing the window of cakes.  Then zooming in on individual cakes.  It was interesting for me to do, because it is not something I normally do, but no one seemed to mind.  It was great to actually take in the details.

Royal ArcadeI know if I had been by myself I would have probably just walked straight past this wonderful display of macaroons in the middle of the Royal Arcade.  They were so colourful and the display, well, it was stunning.

GPOThen there were the surprise finds, like this funny display in the GPO building.  We noticed after we had taken photos that there was a sign saying no photos, but it was too late, we already had them.  I explored the GPO building a lot more and saw some fantastic things.  It is an amazing place.

It is great to be able to just wander and take photos without having people telling you to stop.

Queen Victoria MarketWe ended up at the Queen Victoria Market, where we took more photos of, you guessed it, food.  Though I found the market a lot harder to photograph, I felt like I should have been buying stuff as well, which I couldn’t do because I couldn’t carry anything.  Perhaps next time I will go to shop as well.

As I said, we took so many photos, there are some fantastic places to take photo in Melbourne around the city.  I have prepared a heap more and shall put them into a gallery for you.

If you are in Melbourne for the day, there are many things to photograph and see.  I could spend days in there and still not see it all.  It was wonderful to see the city through someone else’s eyes.  I need to thank Karen for the recommendation, I really appreciate it.  Hopefully more people will like me to teach them photography.

I have so many more photos, but they are going to have to wait for another time.  We photographed some buskers, and we photographed the city, so may be next weekend. I had hoped I would do the lady singing, but I hope she doesn’t mind if I do her image another day when I can spend more time on it.  It is so exciting to be working on different sorts of images.

Boating in Days Gone By

With my new project in mind, and trying to decide what direction this blog should go in, I went to the Fairfield Boathouse this morning.  It is a very nice spot on the Yarra River and I have been there quite a few times for coffee.  I have never eaten there, or rather had a meal.  I did have Devonshire Tea there once and was disappointed because the only jam you could have with it was strawberry.  I don’t know why they think everyone loves strawberry jam, I don’t, in fact I really dislike it.  With that in mind you know I didn’t enjoy the Devonshire Tea.  So if you are like me, don’t order the scones.

It is peaceful place, though Heidelberg Road isn’t that far away and you hear the distant hum of the road, though it would be hard to go anywhere in the city and not hear that.  The river is wide and people boat in it, kayak, and the ducks swim in it.  It looked so refreshing today.  It was a gorgeous autumn morning today.

I zoomed into the boats and took 7 images to use as a HDR.  I then did some things to some of the images before putting them together for the HDR.  I quite like the end result and think this is something I should try more of.  The contrast between the boats, the water and the river bank is also interesting.

I have never been out in one of the boats.  Usually when I go I am on my bike, or meeting someone there for a particular reason.  Maybe I should go back one day and try taking a boat out.

This image was taken just outside the fence, and was also a HDR image, though I didn’t do anything to any of the images beforehand.  I think this one gives you a good idea of how it is situated.  The boathouse sits up on the side of the bank and looks out onto the river.  Apparently it is much higher than when it was first built because of flooding, which the Yarra River does do from time to time.

The history of the boathouse is quite interesting.  When I look at the above image I can imagine ladies in their long dresses, wearing large hats and using Parasols to keep the sun off them.  Of course the gentlemen with them would be smartly dressed in their suits.  They would enjoy tea by the river and go for rides in the boats with the gentlemen rowing and the ladies flirting back.  Very romantic, I know, but that is what I think of when I see scenes like the one above.  I am so happy it wasn’t left to go to ruin and was restored.

Whether these boats are the same as the original boats, or are the original boats, I don’t know.  So, I just looked at the website for the Boathouse and the boats are replicas, so that is good.  It is nice when details like that are taken into consideration.

It is very popular and even at the time I went, early, it was busy with people running, walking, cycling or having early morning coffee.  I was surprised.  I thought I would be the only one there.  Don’t really know why I thought that.

This is where you place your order.  This is probably one area I don’t like, I mean I like the nostalgic aspect of the counter, but I don’t like that they don’t do table service or bring food out to you.  You order, and then you have to wait for it.  If you order a meal, you have to wait around for it to be cooked.  It has put me off going to get food from there.  I like table service.  Or least, if you order at a counter, get a number and they bring the food to you when it is ready.  I just think that it is all done for their convenience and if they don’t consider mine, then why should I put myself out to eat there.   I know, I know, it sounds petty, but when I go out, it is usually with a friend or family and I don’t want to waste time going backwards and forwards to the counter to see if my food is ready, I want to spend time with the people I went there with.

Another thing, that I think they miss out on as well is the indoor area.  They have this lovely room that if they did up a little they could offer table service and high tea to patrons.  I think people would be prepared to spend more money on it if it was available.  I know I would.  It would be a lovely experience to go and sit near the river and drink tea and eat high tea.  Maybe that is just me.  Maybe the people serving could be dressed in period costumes.

If you are in Melbourne it is worth the trip to go and take a look, it is also a great place to take photos.  Though, if I were going again, I think I would go later in the day.  Most of the photos are HDRs which I used my tripod to take, the only one that wasn’t is the last one.  I didn’t think I would be able to set up the tripod, so I quickly took a couple of images.  This is one of them.

Perhaps this should be one of the field trips that I do.  We could have tea, take photos and then have more tea.  Maybe not more tea.  Coffee instead.

Pears are only Perfect for Ten Minutes

I know I did a still life photo yesterday, but while I was out having coffee with a friend this morning I saw some pears and thought I would like to try using them.  I remember seeing an image years ago of 3 pears, I can’t remember if it was a photography or a painting, but the image has always stayed with me.  So I have tried my own.

I did play with the composition here.  I like the way they look like Echidnas talking to one another or trying to kiss each other.

This one is obviously a HDR and I’ve gone too far again.  Though the pears were quite weird, not at all sure what type they were.

This is another HDR image, but I think it looks less surreal.  I also did extra editing as well.

Can you tell this is a straight image.  No HDR, just as it was taken, well with some editing.  This is something I would really like to play around with more.  It was fun setting it up, but I do think I need to think about these things a little more.

Photography Field Trips

I’ve been doing a lot more work on my field trips and setting up the pages for them.  I would really appreciate if some of you could take a look and tell me what you think. 

I am going to have my first field trip on the 10th of March, the Sunday of the long weekend.  We will be meeting in the city along the Yarra Rive and then do some photos of the lights along the river, and on both sides.

I really want to get everything right.  I really want the trips to be really enjoyable for everyone.

Cup Cakes with Green Icing for Tea

Going back to my still life set ups today.  I like the idea of doing them on Wednesdays, perhaps this will be still life Wednesday.

You might remember this from a few weeks ago, a similar scene, but I wasn’t happy with the set up, so I have been thinking about it for quite some time now and decided to redo it.  My youngest daughter made the cup cakes, the older one made the icing and I decorated them.

I used the green crockery again, l love it.  Like the shapes and the colour and the imperfections in it.  I should try doing more still lifes with all the crockery or tea sets that I have.

It is good trying to do still life,  I really enjoy trying to make a story and setting it up.  I think HDR works well with them, but still feel I am going to far with it.  I must try to make them more realistic.  Though I also like the way the colour just pops out.

Happy New Year

I don’t know what to put up today, I don’t have anything that really says Happy New Year.

I have shown a similar photo to this before, but I didn’t really like the composition of the other one, but I don’t mind this and am wondering why I didn’t choose it in the first place.  I have also tried not to make it too surreal during the HDR process.  I hope you like it.

I can’t believe 2012 is already here and a new year begins.  As with all new years plans have been made and new things have to be done.  I’m looking forward to this year and I hope that in 12 months time I will be very proud of what I have achieved.

Chocolate Cake With Tea

Chocolate cake, yum.  My daughter isn’t here right now so I had to make the cake myself today. It turned out OK.  I tried to set up another photo.  Another set of cups and saucers.

I tried to do the HDR on my computer, but Windows screwed up and now won’t boot up.  So worried that I have lost all my photos.  I am going to be so angry if I have.  I had to do the photo on another computer and it didn’t turn out as well.  It is very orange.  Please be forgiving.

Everyone please cross your fingers that I haven’t lost a few months worth of photos.

Afternoon Tea

It has been a long day.  I have been photographing watches all day for someone.  No reflections, interesting concept when every surface is reflective.  No idea if I did what he wanted, guess will find out tonight.  I quite like some of the photos, so I hope he likes them too.

While I had everything set up for the watches, I took the opportunity to get my daughter to bake some cakes and have a go at doing a HDR image.  Not sure about the image myself, it was a bit rushed.  But there are things I do like and will be spending more time trying to perfect it.  I want to try doing more still life images.  Perhaps Wednesday might become foodie Wednesday.  Who knows.

The next three days are big days for track cycling in Australia, the Australian Omnium Championships are on tomorrow and the next day.  Everyone wanting to impress, hoping they will get selected for the Olympics next year.  I have accreditation to photograph it, so it should be fun.  The Para Cycling National Track Championships are also on at the same time, so will get photos of that as well.  Then on Saturday is Melbourne Cup on Wheels followed by the Australian Madison Championships.  I have accreditation for that as well.  I love watching Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer (current World Madison Champions) doing their thing in the Madison.

The point being I’m going to be very busy over the next 3 days, so you might have to settle for cycling photos.  I might try and get something different each day for you.