Fitzroy Gardens in Winter – Shooting in the rain

Melbourne was really quite wet on Monday night. For me, this would – and has – meant a night inside, with taking photos being very low on the priority list. However, I felt like doing something different.

Taking Photos in the rain

First, you need to have the right weather sealed gear. That includes personal clothing and quality camera hardware. For these shots, most were taken with my 70-200L lens, L generally meaning high quality and weather sealed. And on my 5D2, which is able to cop a shower. The other important element was a big lens hood to protect from sideways rain. I do have wider lenses, but they would have copped too much water on the glass, which is something I wasn’t really wanting.

Melbourne at Night in Wet at 28mm

One thing that i have gotten considerable use from is Google+ with regards to photographers. Having liked the work of Trey Ratcliff, Martin Ollman, Christian Krieglsteiner, Ingo Meckmann, and more, it’s become quite obvious to me I really like their sense of photographic style, but also the technology they use in post processing.

I have seen HDR for some time and never really ‘got it’, because there is so much crap around. Obviously a matter of opinion, but this being creativity work, it’s all about opinions. When it’s over the top and super stylized, I don’t dig it. But the good stuff is really, really good. What these guys do has made me look into the tools of the trade and give it a go myself.

These images are all taken in 3 exposure bracketed raw files and merged in Photomatix, with some additional treatments in Aperture. The files are huge, my Mac struggles, but the end results are interesting.

All taken March 1, between 2030 and 2130 Melbourne. It was raining, and pretty shitty to be honest. But I’m happy to be on the streets with a camera. Shot with a 28mm 1.8 at around f.8.

—apologies for the incorrect title of 22mm; it is 28mm—

My Local Laundromat – Photos

Laundromats have a certain charm about them.

Stepping in one is like stepping back in time, and they never seem to change. There are some modern ones, but they are just plain bullshit. You don’t ever meet anyone interesting at them ones, you need to slum it in the cheapest looking dives you can find. So, having to dry a load cause the weather was bad, I ended up at one tonight.

So, I present… photos at the laundromat…

Organ Pipes National Park, Victoria, Australia

Seeing as I had a day off, I decided to head a little out of Melbourne to the Organ Pipes National Park. It has some really interesting rock features, as well as some nice natural bush and wildlife. We saw plenty of birds and wallabys, but there are also snakes, echidnas and wombats – which we didn’t see.

As I am no scientist / geologist, more information is available from the Parks Victoria Website: “The Organ Pipes, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava”.

Hardware Lane to Degraves Street, Melbourne, at Night

Having A Camera All The Time…

I needed to head to Melbourne to get some more memory and iTunes cards – I have video shoot, and I can’t run out of memory, and there’s a special on iTunes cards, which I can use to buy Aperture 3 at a lower price. In any-case, I took my new best friend, old X100. Yes, my Friday night best friend is a camera. So, no flash, no tripod, and very little light and these are a couple snaps I got.

As for the colour treatments, they are razzed up with the new Aperture 3 preset called Toy Camera. Some of the shots are pretty dark, but i prefer more blacks than too much noise. Many of these shots were at 3200 ISO; any higher and they really fall apart.

Tuesday walk from Richmond to Melbourne

Had a couple ours to kill, so I took the Fuji X100 out to see how it performs at night. Most of these shots were taken with a tripod, with ISO ranging from 800 – 3200. 3200 with enough light performs alright, but when there are dark blacks, the noise jumps out a little more than I’d like.

Shooting Raw Files

These images started as RAW images, but the real pain is not being able to use Aperture 2 with them – I need to upgrade to v3, which is $120 more than I’d care to spend… So, for now, I have settled with the dodgy RAW File convertor provided with the camera. As for the colour treatments, this was using a preset within the app called ‘Nostalgic Toy Camera’.