Location scouting

location scouting

On Saturday, I did another location scouting. A couple of new spots have been added to the shoot I’m doing in the near future, and I wanted to cover that off. Where I have access prior to a shoot, I try to check out the places beforehand. It is also a process of location scouting in that I may find a place nearby that looks good. The main thing for me is to look for frames that can be used. Would it look good from up there? Rather than doing that on the day, with my subjects waiting down there, only to find something blocking my view in the frame and wasting energy and time going up and down the stairs, I can check that out. Even those places that I’ve been to many times before and familiar with, when I see it with a specific image-making in mind, I sometimes find things that are in the way. Maybe there is a white or reflective material building in the background that limits my choice of framing at that time of the morning, in this time of the year, etc. There was a poster for Romeo & Juliet show at Arts Centre. But can’t do… it was the last day so the same poster won’t be there if I came back with a couple for a romantic mood shot.

laneway laneway

laneway

For the next shoot we’ll be using classic, iconic bits of Melbourne. I guess it is not a bad idea when they show the photos to family and friends in their home country, and say ‘this is what Melbourne look like, and this is where we got married’.

For this round of location scouting I was a bit later in the day than the time I am actually shooting there, so I kept readjusting the position of the sun from the north to lower towards horizon in the east. Hopefully I won’t have to worry so much about building in dark shadow as the sun will be on the side rather than back. I am not a fan of HDR and its artificially reproduced sense of tonality. Ideally I like to make image with the natural light that is there.

Carlton Gardens and Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens

Walking back to CBD, I came across this at City Square. Yes, the Melbourne Fringe Festival is now on. At this time of the year, when it is neither too hot nor too cold, the streets of Melbourne are full of art installation and live demonstrations. Grab your latte or gelate from the take away and sit in the sun looking at so-called art with that knowing look on your face. Not a bad way to spend your weekend.

Fringe Festival

Locations and frames are pretty much all set. The rest is a bit of story, drama, that stuff. I do not normally produce it or stylise my subjects for shoot. I go along with their natural emotion and what they are doing and make the best of it. But this time, I may add a few shots here and there, with specific ideas in mind. How about him waiting behind that big tree or around the corner, with a bunch of flower and a ring in that small box behind him? I’m turning to the TV commercials JR put together on its bullet trains – Cinderella Express – they dubbed it. A couple in a long distance relationship. He gets off work on Friday and rushes to the last train across the country to see her. She puts on her best smile and comes to the terminal waiting for him. I think my subjects have seen this. They might have even loved it just like everyone did back then. Maybe we can share that vision, that sense of romance and longing. Once it’s in their head, they will do the rest for me. They relate to their own experience, and the natural expression will come to their faces. That’s what I am betting on. A few more screenshos from YouTube will be stored in my iPhone on the day.

Another Friday in the city

NGV

It was a long day at work. But I managed to get more out of a day after that. While waiting for my coffee at cafe this morning, I was flipping through a paper and saw an article about the gallery cutting down on some services, at the back of a disappointing below-expectation response to this event. Apparently. Today was a member free viewing day for the current Winter Master Piece series, ‘Vienna: Art and Design’, so I wrapped up my day relatively early and headed down to the NGV. It was pretty good. I almost bought the catalogue at the gallery shop. … but I didn’t! Why are these gallery books so expensive? 40-50 bucks for an exhibition catalogue? Are they made of gold?

NGV

Arts Centre

To be honest, I didn’t see the man inside the door – I only saw the painting. Is he real? Was he coming to the door as I put camera in front of my face and looking for focus in the magnified view? A bit creepy I’d say.

Sat down in Chinatown for a bowl of Malaysian noodle soup, had a haircut, and that was more than enough for one day. But just before hopping on train, I decided to walk around to Fed Square.

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Well, good night CBD. I’m off. So looking forward to falling into my bed… Good night, everyone. Have a great weekend!

Docklands sunset

Docklands after sunset

After a day in the concrete jungle, I walked against the flow of poeple walking towards the station, towards the bay. Magical hour, they say. It is, indeed. Every minute, it is a different light.

Docklands after sunset

Then the last of sun was gone, pretty much. It was all shade around me…

Southern Cross after dark

Southern Cross after dark

Sunday coffee in Thornbury

Thornbury
I drove down to Thornbury for a coffee with a friend. It was a slow sunday, and after having a good meal and coffee, I was not in the mood for a serious photo shoot. But the sun was out, and the camera was in my hand, so I made a few clicks in our post-lunch walk.
Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury

Thornbury

It was a chilly afternoon, and it’s been a bit chilly this week. But you know what, I prefer the cool to hot. I don’t particularly love the freezing wind, but I would welcome it more than the hot summer sun… I could use a bit warmer, but not too hot. Now, is it asking for too much?

Warburton

Warburton Pantry
I left home early in the morning to drive east, before getting into Tom’s car to Warburton and its Rainforest Gallery. By the time we parked the car in the town of Warburton, I was starving. But seeing the light is still nice and soft in the morning hour, we decided to have a coffee rather than a full breakfast. And we found this little place… Continue reading “Warburton”