It’s easy to believe that far away and exotic locations must be better in every way, to me photography is more about what comes from within, I’ve learned to appreciate Melbourne as I’ve returned home from more ‘exotic’ locations! So I aim to create a new photograph every week within an hour of Melbourne during 2016.
Photographically I think that making the most of Melbourne means exploration, Melbourne won’t jump out at you, it needs to be discovered.
Together these images represent a year around Melbourne and a journey.
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Finishing off the year with two rural scenes west of Melbourne.
Down to the Gorge again in November, and past a few sheep in the farming district west of Melbourne.
The third image was taken a few days before the ‘supermoon’ which was supposed to be the biggest and brightest moon in 68 years, but it looked pretty much the same if you ask me.
I hit the west side of Melbourne this month, the ‘mountain-scapes’ below were taken on several trips to Werribee Gorge (the 10km circuit walk provides some great views). There was a Koala at the gorge but he climbed to the top of the nearest tree as soon as he spotted me and wasn’t being very photogenic, the fellow in this picture was hanging out in the Brisbane Ranges, a little further south. There’s been plenty of water around this month with the recent rain, the last image was captured across a farmers paddock near the gorge.
Sometimes you set out in search of one thing, and end up with another, the three images below were taken in the Yarra Valley as I passed through in search of a new road to explore, but I soon found out the road has long been closed, good thing I stopped to capture some light along the way. As I was stopped, a little flame robin dropped by to provide a another kind of image, he has realised that car mirrors come with identical flame robins, which he chases off to keep the competition away.
The waterways all full at the moment, providing this opportunity along Parwan Creek as the suns last rays climbed the rock wall.
Last light in the Yarra Valley
A sea of yellow canola fills the farmland south west of Melbourne. I love seeing ancient trees spread throughout the fields, they are reminders of our past, when these scenes would have looked very different. I wonder how long they will remain into the future, and if they will ever be replaced.
The back blocks of Balliang lit up beautifully the other day, providing great backdrop for this old windmill.
La La falls near Warburton.
Taken shortly before the storm broke. These aggressive looking clouds only lasted only a short while until they couldn’t hold any more, as the rain broke out the appearance softened considerably.
These three scenics were created in three different directions around the Maroondah catchment area. The combination of shifting morning light and the surrounding mountains provided the right conditions for these three different scenes.
More early morning mist around Murrindindi provided a variety of lighting conditions as the fog rolled and swirled. The first image here was taken just as the farmer arrived with the feed, and boy were those sheep excited! I travelled with another photographer which raised a direct comparison of our shooting styles, it occurred that our approaches to light, shape form and subject followed a different approach and priorities, so even though we saw the same things, we didn’t actually see the same thing, our order of priority with these elements (among others) largely determined what we discovered in the landscape.
A forecast for heavy fog had me up early for another visit out towards Yea, a sea of fog stretched for kilometer’s in every direction. It’s a beautiful feeling to watch it roll by
Sun breaking through an overcast sky near Yea provided beautiful light on the rolling hills. These two images were taken ten minutes apart from exactly the same location, the shifting light guided each composition.
This series of four abstracts represents how I felt this week after being down with a flu, and they’re an effort to try something different. Here I am working more with form, colour and concepts, as opposed to light and subject. The camera was operated partially out of focus and moved dynamically during the exposures in a way that responded to the patterns and lines in the scene. I have balanced two positive titles with two negative ones, although you could interpret these in different ways.
Two from Melbourne, the Southbank scene below was taken while I showed an overseas visitor around Melbourne.
A trip down to the Yarra Valley and the Black Spur presented some nice opportunities in the mist.
The combination of light, water, and interesting structures means there’s always something to be found around Campbells cove.
The right elements came together this evening near Balliang, the harverster was running back and forward to make the most of the available light, and creating this golden glow.