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—

Wanaka to Tekapo – South Island New Zealand Part 3

Here is the last instalment of photos (scenic ones, anyway) from my NZ South Island trip. It was way too short, and I must go back in winter. The lakes are an amazing blue, every corner presents new breathtaking sights, the roads are great to drive on, there are so few people and the sky just opens up. All in all, I really loved the South Island drive, and I can’t wait to see more.

Queenstown to Wanaka – South Island New Zealand Part 2

The second part of the drive was from Queenstown to Wanaka, where the wedding of secrecy was to be held. All we knew was to be at place x by certain time, but the photos here aren’t about the wedding.

As for the drive, the weather was wonderful for this middle part, and the drives were spectacularly awesome. Crown Range Road is one epic drive that makes giants look like hobbits – everything was massive. Not much traffic, great quality road and scenery that was jaw dropping at every corner. I will be back. The car – a Toyota Camera – was really nice to drive, and compared to my last road trip where everything went wrong, this was a dream.

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…