One hour project 2016

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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December

Finishing off the year with two rural scenes west of Melbourne.

Impressions tree
Impressions with tree
Impressions fence
Impressions with fence

November

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.

Cutting through
Mob of sheep
Moon on blue
Fence patterns
Fence patterns

October

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.

Criss cross slopes
Criss cross slopes
Ridge line
Ridge line
Sky Fall
Sky Fall
Koala
Koala
Fire finish
Fire finish

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.

Long clouds
Long clouds
Flame Robin
Flame Robin
At the windmill
At the windmill

 

The waterways all full at the moment, providing this opportunity along Parwan Creek as the suns last rays climbed the rock wall.

Parwan Creek
Parwan Creek

 

September

Last light in the Yarra Valley

Last rays
Last rays
Close of day
Close of day
The young one
The young one

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.

Gold and old
Gold and old
Rock wall windmill
Rock wall windmill
Break in the clouds
Break in the clouds

August 2016

The back blocks of Balliang lit up beautifully the other day, providing great backdrop for this old windmill.

Dust pastels
Dusk pastels
Weathered windmill
Weathered windmill

La La falls near Warburton.

La La Falls
La La Falls diagonal

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.

Breaking storm - vertical. Storm clouds behind tree.
Storm tension – vertical
Breaking storm - horizontal. Storm clouds behind tree.
Storm tension – Horizontal

July 2016

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.

Maroondah Dam - looking east
Maroondah Dam – looking east
Maroondah Dam - looking north east
Maroondah Dam – looking north east
Maroondah Dam - looking north west
Maroondah Dam – looking north west

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.

Breakfast line
Breakfast line
Golden touch
Golden touch
Ridge line walk
Ridge line walk
Shapes and shades
Shapes and shades

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

Fog shadows

Tracks
Which path to follow?
Under the tree
Under the tree
A foggy valley below
A foggy valley below

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.

Rolling hills of Yea
Rolling hills of Yea
God Rays Yea
Breaking through

June 2016

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.

Struggle
Struggle
Renew
Renew
Dominance
Dominance
Hope
Hope

Two from Melbourne, the Southbank scene below was taken while I showed an overseas visitor around Melbourne.

Yarra River Melbourne - Night
Yarra River Melbourne on an overcast night
MCG
Not much says ‘Melbourne’ more than a game at the MCG

A trip down to the Yarra Valley and the Black Spur presented some nice opportunities in the mist.

Rays from above
Rays from above – Black Spur
Windmill and trees - Yarra Valley
Windmill and trees – Yarra Valley
Rolling hills
Rolling hills –  Yarra Valley
Surrounded by fog
Surrounded by fog – Yarra Valley

The combination of light, water, and interesting structures means there’s always something to be found around Campbells cove.

Pier at Campbells Cove
Pier at Campbells Cove
Locked up
Locked up –  Campbells Cove
Fishing in the mist
Fishing in the mist

May 2016

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.

Golden dust - Sunset over Balliang fields
Golden dust – Sunset over Balliang fields