Profile shoot

mobile lighting for portraiture2 days of profile photo shoot have been completed successfully. 85 people stood in front of my camera, and took on 2 different poses, with and without jacket. It was the tightest shooting schedule I have ever worked with, especially in the morning on both days, I had people literally queuing up every 5 minutes, just to make sure my hands will not stop, and we can churn through the list before noon. We managed that thanks to the help of the office secretary and other people in those organisations. Continue reading “Profile shoot”

Spring rain

rain

It started to rain at lunch time on Friday. When I hit the street as usual a little after 5pm, it had not not been raining for a while but it was just a matter of time before it came back. If you are new to my blog, you may not know this, but I love shooting in the rain. It just makes such a wonderful environment for photography. Here are a few of the shots I made today.

rain

rain

When the rain became harder, it seems everyone was moving to the rhythm of the rain. People stepping to the same beat, as fast as the rain coming down hard on them.

bike in rain

Cyclists are also passing fast, overtaking a slow-moving pedestrian at tram stop.

bike in rain

Another bike commuter, not quite dressed for the weather.

The Other

And here’s one, too, on the other side…

The Other

A man crosses the street on the other side.

The Other

Blue umbrella

The Other

The light shines through from the other side.

rain

And when the sun shines while the rain is still coming down hard, that is the most beautiful sight.

Rain down

rain on the street

Starting off beautiful, the weather turned dark and wet towards the end of the day on Friday. Why is the wild weather so much more interesting than… say, sunny and fine?

rain on the street

rain on the street

rain on the street

rain on the street

rain on the street

rain on the street

rain on the street

downpour

sudden downpour
sudden downpour

Melbourne is known for its changing weathers. It is on a very dry continent, but because of the difference in climate between the inland desert and the antarctic cold, people here go through quite a bit of changes through the year. Although we are still under strict water restriction, which means we cannot even justify washing our cars (and REALLY shame on you driving a shiny polished vehicles on the road!), we do get storms from time to time. Yesterday was one of those days.

I chilled out sunny morning making a quick trip to supermarket to top up some grocery and waited for someone to pick up the harddisk I did the data recovery work on. By the time I finished my coffee, brushed my teeth, finally put down Murakami’s ‘Dance Dance Dance’ into the bag and got off the couch, it was early afternoon. I opted for walking to the bus stop and riding into the city, rather than driving to the station for a train. Knowing what the weather change can throw at you here in Melbourne, I had a quick look at the weather website. It has the forecast in 3-hour block for the rest of the day. Next 3 hours show ‘possible storm’. It can happen, or it may not happen – it is all in the possibility. Right… I saw the postman at the mailbox and exchanged hello’s and said to him, ‘You think the rain will come down?’. He said, ‘Nah, not today.’ Was he sure of it, or was he hoping for it? He was cheerful and happy. It is Friday afternoon, after all.

I walked down under the sun to the bus stop. I know I’d miss one bus by a minute, but rather than rushing, I took a slow walk, and when I got to the bus stop and saw no bus in sight, I stood in a shade under a large tree and picked up the Murakami from the bag. I could see the dark cloud in the corner of my limit sight to the sky. My friend just posted a storm front picture on the facebook. And before I put the phone back in my pocket, it started to come down, lightly. The tree had large wide leaves so I was well covered. 5 minutes passed and the rain was large drops, smell of rain in the air. The couple who just took the dogs out for a walk came back to their unit right next to the bus stop. Cars have their wiper waving. By the time the bus got there, the rain was hard enough I waited under the tree until the last minute to avoid getting drenched while walking to the opened door.

I watched the town passing by outside my window. There are people without umbrella (for a city that has as much rainy days as Melbourne, many people somehow choose to walk without umbrella, even when they are in dress or a suit!), running from one shop roof to another, getting drenched in process. When I got to Swanston Street and walked across to the roof of the old Royal Children’s Hospital, the street had river running through it. I grabbed my camera and spread the small umbrella, which might just cover my camera but leaving the rest of me pretty much exposed. I made a few clicks and started to cross the street while looking for an image, when my left foot stepped into a couple of inches of ‘river’ when instantly my leather chakka boot, sock and foot got soaked. Nice…

caught unprepared
caught unprepared
connecting
connecting

And a few minutes later, it was all over…

suddenly sunny
suddenly sunny
cross walker
cross walker

As soon as I saw this large pool of water at intersection right across the pedestrian crossing, I saw that famous image by Henri Cartier-Blesson. His ingenuity is obviously the couple of ring-shaped objects before the man caught in the ‘jump’ moment, but I could see what he saw in this. Trying not to copy or make what he did, yet I could not deny that the only moment that works is when a man makes a jump. An old man came to the other side of the intersection later, but he was too cautious to risk getting his feet wet and made a boring walk-around. On the street, things don’t always happen as you predict.

The last of winter rains

It seemed the spring had come, but the weather brought in one more twist. The temperature dropped and rain storm covered the city. The sight that surprised me when I arrived in this country for the first time is now a common place – people walking in the rain without umbrella, even in their suit. Melbourne street hides anything unclear and shows its beauty on the rainy days and at night. I stood on my familiar street corners and snapped away without taking it too seriously.

 

unexpected rain
unexpected rain

 

 

coming down
coming down

 

 

waiting
waiting

 

 

moving through the rain
moving through the rain

 

 

those on the other side
those on the other side

 

 

cross road in rain
cross road in rain

 

 

rain walkers
rain walkers

 

 

rain walker - casual
rain walker - casual

 

 

city shoppers in the rain
city shoppers in the rain

 

 

flowers on the street
flowers on the street

 

 

rainy day in the mall
rainy day in the mall

 

 

blown away
blown away