I finally get to have a breather after an intense few weeks getting the latest paper ready for submission. A walk around Kyneton yesterday morning produced some images I’m pretty happy with. I took a different route through town and was rewarded. The peeling paint was found off the main street behind an old hall. The “building” theme for this month can be ticked off now.
I also took a different approach in that I packed light and limited myself to prime lenses a 40mm macro and my old 90mm macro. It got me moving rather than zooming, and my back was very grateful for the reprieve as I used an old Lowepro bumbag instead of a heavier backpack. That 90mm lens has been with me for 20 years. It gives me a good working distance for macro and doubles as a portrait lens. Unfortunately it needs replacing as the focusing has problems, so it is at the top of the wish list.
While I’m on the topic of upgrades, I mentioned some issues in a previous post that meant I have been looking at a new way to work with RAW files. I was going to upgrade to Lightroom 5 but I have too many reservations and so I am looking at alternatives, including Capture One Express which was used for these images. It does look and feel a lot like Lightroom but the range of presets and export options is limited. I’m not sure that is a bad thing and it had no problem with RAW images from my camera. Based on this and what happened with my lens selection yesterday I am starting to think less is more…
I have to start by thanking Leanne Cole for her post about this location. I like old bridges and a number of them are still standing long after their working life has ended. They often stand over to one side of the bigger impersonal concrete replacements that made them redundant. The old bridge is just off the Kyneton Metcalfe road heading to Malmsbury about a ten minute drive from Kyneton (Directions from Melbourne). I managed to get to this one yesterday afternoon and made some images.
The old timber and stone bridge is slowly being reclaimed by nature and as tempting as it would be I don’t recommend walking on it to get a better angle. My only other advice is to be mindful of snakes in the warmer months as this would be an ideal place for them. You could find something to photograph at the bridge at most times of the day or year and in most weather conditions as Leanne’s images demonstrate. I would like to try later in the afternoon to get some deeper shadows and mood. I only worked from the western side of the bridge but I intend to return and look at the east side next month. Hopefully I will have more time on the next visit.
On the way there we passed through an industrial area on the outskirts of town and I saw a line of chairs beside the road. I would have liked to spend some more time with these but we were on a mission and a time limit, so hopefully they are there the next time we are in the area. There is also a site full of old abandoned portable classrooms nearby that I would really like to get permission from the owners to explore one day.
I also got to tick of one of the themes for this month thanks to the sheep in the paddock opposite the bridge. I actually did plan to attend the royal Melbourne show or one of the smaller country shows to get an image but the timing has not been in my favour. It’s not the greatest awe-inspiring shot but it’s been a while since I actually produced an image based on the monthly draw of themes and I was feeling a little guilty…