Summer 2021-2022

For the second year running the skies in Melbourne have been far more photographic and overcast than I remember in summer.

I really exploited this in the quiet period from when I started my holidays to the new year. Many construction sites are closed at this time of year. This makes it even easier to photograph these places. I have shot more than 3 rolls of 120 film and about 20 sheets of 5×4 film. The results at this point seem pleasing.

This year I didn’t borrow a digital DSLR from work so the only digital files I’m making are using my iPhone.

These are the images I’m adding to this post. I also used the quiet time to scout a few possible locations moving forward. I’m very interested in the infrastructure projects going on right now all around Melbourne. In particular I’m interested in the ones that are close to me ie the inner west.

These are going to change the fabric of these suburbs. For better or worse I don’t know. But change they will and I’m trying to capture as much as I can, while I can.

Melbourne Docklands, 2022-01-04
Melbourne Docklands, 2022-01-04 12:33:53
Melbourne's Infrastructure is booming
Docklands Melbourne 2022:01:04 11:52:0
Melbourne Docklands 2022:01:04 11:38:27
Melbourne Docklands 2022:01:04 11:38:27, looking east over the former wholesale fruit market
Footscray Road and construction 2022:01:04 11:31:35
Footscray Road and construction 2022:01:04 11:31:35
Footscray Road facing east, 2022:01:05 16:33:31
Footscray Road facing east, 2022:01:05 16:33:31
West Melbourne Facing east 2022:01:08 16:37:43
West Melbourne Facing east 2022:01:08 16:37:43
West Melbourne, near Dynon road facing east, 2022:01:08 16:28:47
West Melbourne, near Dynon road facing east, 2022:01:08 16:28:47
West Melbourne train yards facing east, 2022:01:08 16:37:31
West Melbourne train yards facing east, 2022:01:08 16:37:31

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iPhones?

A view of my library made using my iPhone 12 Pro.
A view of my library made using my iPhone 12 Pro.

Over on Light Paths, Gary has a good article about iPhones and photography as a cultural activity. He compares the Kodak Box Brownie to todays iPhone.

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Meanwhile on Flickr…

Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 2020-10-31 08:55:52

I’m testing my new iPhone 12, here’s a result posted on flickr.


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Wordless Wednesday, the iPhone 12 Pro Edition

photograph of clouds, test shot using iPhone 12 Pro


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iPhone 12

On Friday I took delivery of my new iPhone 12. I have yet to put it through its paces. Having 3 lenses is a bit of game changer though. Not being able to move around very far, combined with the weather this weekend means limited picture making opportunities.

Test shot from an iPhone 12 Pro, 2020-10-24
A rainy Saturday Morning photographed using an iPhone 12 Pro
A test shot photographed on an iPhone 12 Pro 2020-10-23
A test shot photographed on an iPhone 12 Pro 2020-10-23, at the local shopping centre in Braybrook

Here are two examples made so far. The new wide angle lens is indeed wide. So much so I need to watch where my fingers are in the frame.

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TBT [2019-06-13]

3 empty shuttle bus seats LAX
Three empty shuttle bus seats on the way LAX, our second day of travel home to Melbourne in 2019

Throwback Thursday, this time 12 months ago we were returning from a trip to NYC, via Los Angeles. At this point we had been in transit for 24 hours.

We had already lost a day by being forced to stay overnight in Los Angeles. A delayed flight was blamed.

Surprisingly we weren’t able to choose our seats at the ticket counter. Yet the aircraft had a large number of empty seats when we finally boarded.

At least we got two aisle seats which makes getting up and down on long haul flights a tad more comfortable. By the time we hit the tarmac in Melbourne we had been in transit for 3 days!

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Quotes in the time of the pandemic

The sunrises over my backyard 2020-04-21 07:34:00
The sunrises over my backyard 2020-04-21 07:34:00

“when I was younger, I wanted to make images that made people go wow. As I developed as a photographer, I realised I wanted to make images that make people go hmm.”
Teju Cole

True words those! Indeed!

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