Afternoon light

Afternoon light

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

Revisiting the black stump

Revisiting the black stump

One off the joys of revisiting subjects is that I keep seeing different things.

I was back at Gisborne today and the burnt out tree I found a few months back. I still couldn’t get the side lighting I wanted to bring out the textures of these different surfaces more. There was also a slight fog that diffused the light. I now have several compositions that I can keep exploring in the hope that one day the lighting grazes the side and gives me the contrast I’m seeking.

My concern in getting this shot is that what remains of the tree could be pulled down at any time, so waiting several months for the sun position to change may not be an option.

I will keep returning for as long as I can to unpack as much I can.