Instagram: short trip back to Melbourne (part I)

For the first time in 2 years since I left Melbourne, my ‘home away from home’, I was back for a quality time with my friends. But first, I had a stop-over in Sydney. Just a day in the office with colleagues there, then a night in a room with a view.

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Instagram: Happy New Year – 2016

Happy New Year. I trust that you had good holidays, catching up with family and friends, filling up with a feast with lots to drink… It is a time of renewed resolution, and I think it is appropriate for me to start by posting an article on this long-neglected blog of mine. If you have been following my Facebook page, you know I have not stopped photographing at all. I have yet to resume my service as photographer for families, couples and businesses, but when the time is right, that will come back as well. For this blog, for now, changing the style a bit, let me pull together some of my favourite instagram posts from the last half year, to look back what’s been happening with my photography life. Continue reading “Instagram: Happy New Year – 2016”

Instagram photos

As I shared in some blog posts before, I do use instagram. It is easy. I like the square format. And some of the filters, though way too strong for most use, are in the direction I would process some of the dull lighting in the street scene. Just like any photography we come across on the internet, there are always ‘nice ones’ and ‘not so nice ones’. I would like to be careful in choosing only the images worth sharing (or at least worth keeping in my album for later review), and continue to let go of the images that just missed the moment or clicked in rush when the image was actually not there.

Sometimes beginner photographers ask me for tips. You know the kind of questions – which camera should I buy? Which lens? Which brand? I would say, get yourself a mobile phone, and use only that for a long time, taking every photo you want only with it. Before mobile phone photography became popular, I used to say – if you have a camera with a kit zoom lens, tape it to the wide end so you cannot zoom; use only a wide angle lens, pay attention to the background and what’s around the subject in your frame. Keep it clean. That way you can go very far already. With the technology available in mobile phone, what more would you need, really. The only difference is the ergonomics, in my opinion.

Anyhow! Let’s look at pretty pictures from my instagram moments.

Oh by the way, all the photos on this blog, Flickr, Facebook and elsewhere are results of the photographer’s hard work, and often published with kind permission of people and places I photograph. Please do not reproduce them without express consent of the photographer (myself).

Now, enough talks… Don’t forget to drop a comment or message to me afterwards!

Queue
“Queue”

Towards the sun
“Towards the Sun”

Ivy, the Street Artist
“Ivy, the Street Artist”

Flinders
“Flinders”

First coffee
“First coffee” (of the day, which I got to enjoy finally in the late afternoon)

The balloon guy
“The balloon guy”

Cow up a tree
“Cow Up a Tree”

Bee's work
“Bee’s work” (at a show of local fashion designer)

Bee's work with a model
“Bee’s work with a model” (who is actually wearing the dress she painted for the designer)

Secret Concert
“Secret Concert”

Do you take photos with mobile phones as well as your ‘serious’ camera? Do you only take with mobiles? Do you share socially? Do you print, maybe? I am seriously considering printing some of them. Ikea used to sell this pretty small square frame…

Four Seasons in One Day

It was after I moved to Melbourne that I learned Crowded House was a band that came out of Melbourne. They may be singing about the changes of heart, but that is the term that is used to describe the changing nature of weather in Melbourne. It is particularly the case in this time of the year when the winter is ending and warmer air is beginning to come in, activating the weather system.

You could almost call it spring. I swapped my black down-filled jacket for the lighter wind jacket as I drove from home to station for an early train. By 8am I was in the city. The sun was shining down on only one side of the street as the other still in the shadow of tall building. I enjoyed the contrast I could see through my polarised sunglasses. When was the last time I enjoyed looking at the sunshine in the morning? Winter is almost over, for sure.

In the late afternoon, I was down at the bottom of William Street, waiting at the red light on Flinders Street when I saw the strong storm cloud in the sky ahead to the east of the city.

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Within seconds it started to rain, and we shared umbrella and walked on.

Next moment, we were running for a cover as the hail started to come down like white pebbles from the sky. In another few minutes the hail stopped coming down, so we walked on, hearing the pieces of ice break under our feet.

Up in the terrace on the roof top above Federation Square, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining down again. Straight out of window to the south to south east hang a half circle of rainbow.

Coming home before sunset, I saw another strong storm cloud passing. Shafts of rain are visible in the distance. Up above, bright glow in the cloud, hinting there is more light of the day.

The brown leather shoes, socks and bottom third of my chino’s were drenched.

While still deciding on the new street camera, and for once I left my SLR (which is in my Crumpler bag every day) at home, all I had was the 2-year-old iPhone with Instagram app. The effects are a little too strong to be truly useful, but it is a toy and it does make some images with impact and let you quickly share on social network. Here is my Instagram album on Facebook. Yes, I take photos of my lunch and coffee.