The lane

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An image taken after the recent boot camp session that I kind of forgot about. It’s all about timing as these lanes can be in complete shadow except in the middle of the day.  It is really odd that this looks black and white but is pretty much straight out of the camera. I did think about cropping it to get the line coming in from the bottom right corner but I actually like it the way it is.

Afternoon light

Afternoon light

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A lot of the photographic literature suggests the best times of day are the golden hours around sunrise and sunset and while there is certainly some truth in that, life happens 24 hours a day, regardless of how good the light is and limiting yourself to just a few of those hours seems wasteful. Making hard overhead light work requires some different thinking but there is a lot of open shade available so you have options.

With that in mind. I set out yesterday afternoon to explore some of the lanes on Melbourne’s edges. Primarily, a section between Chinatown and Little Bourke Street to Latrobe Street, Between Swanston and Spring Streets. These tend to be less crowded but no less interesting than the more popular, graffiti adorned ones closer in to the city centre like Hosier or AC/DC lanes.  Here are some of the results , a mix of details like old signage and small artworks and scenes.

Oh, to make make things more interesting, these are all done with one 40mm lens