I plan to return to more macro based photography but until I hit “publish”on this post the madness continues unabated.
All full-sized uploads of these photos have been downsampled about 30-60 percent for sanity but if you would like higher res copies of any just ask in the comments and provide an email address.
Ponyfish Island Part 1
First up is my favorite taken from from Ponyfish Island which is a cute bar that sits right in the middle of the Yarra slighty under Southbank Footbridge;
I was very happy with the effect of “dueling horizons”. Also the yellow of Flinders St Station while being slightly off to the side helps balance the image as the horizon off to the left is quite eye-catching. Also if you look closely there is a seagull to the bottom left.
Ponyfish Island Part 2
Again on the Yarra at Ponyfish Island this time looking away from Melbourne City and towards to Rialto and my old home Freshwater Place.
I like the red tingle to the horizon and I am happy with the slightly less “compressed” perspective which allows the greater detail to be more apparent on initial viewing. I have found some panoramic shots can look like they have far less detail when viewed, “fit to screen” despite the opposite being true. And yes more birds.
Intersection of Bourke and Collins Street.
With this photo I wanted another challenge. Low lighting and lots of people moving across the entire shot. I wanted to capture the “noise” of a Melbourne intersection at night. I spent a decent amount of time calibrating the camera so I could get as much detail as possible but at the same time avoid blurring on pedestrians, bikes and cars.
As I mentioned up top with the second photo this one also made it clear; I need to get to the bottom of some detail issues I have run into when finally converting these photos from .PSD files.
Apologies but there is no better way to put it. Given the perspective twists and the amount of extra detail you can get in a panoramic shot I very “smartly” (see: stupidly) decided to apply that to an extremely complicated composition; overhead wires, intricate geometry and a busy day in the middle of Melbourne. The building in question here is the GPO located on the intersection of Bourke and Elizabeth Street.
In total this is made up of six separate shots and I feel it ultimately turned out quite well with a lot of detail available on close inspection. I like the slight “fish eye” effect, but this meant a lot of adjustments had to be made on perspectives and masking so this image sat together well. This photo alone took up more time than all other shots here combined.
The Runners up.
I decided this bridge and the railing could make for a good, “shear” like perspective.
The camera crew shooting in the middle works well in re-balancing the shot as well as the horizon off to the left being duller. The railing also helps guide your view towards them.
Flinders Street Station, Elizabeth and Flinders Street Intersection
Melbourne can be a very gloomy place. Unhappy people trudging home from work, overfilled bins, cold cold weather. I feel this photo captures a fair bit of that.
Surprisingly the photos for this one were harder to take well than some of my night photography. The lighting at this intersection is not very friendly and it took a lot of time, timing and thought to get shots that were not blurry which would mix together well. Ultimately I am not overly happy with this one, but I feel it turned out well enough to post.
I still have a lot to learn but it is rewarding maxing out my still growing skills with a camera before putting in thought and effort to further refining and adding to them.
Commentary and suggestions are welcome.