Photography 2021 – Street/Documentary: “Queen Victoria Market, West Melbourne, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another short photography adventure visiting the outskirts of Queen Victoria Market on Victoria Street, West Melbourne, Victoria – Australia.  And again concentrating on Street/Documentary Photography.  Surprisingly there were not many people out-and-about and must be due to COVID-19 pandemic taking its effect on the economy.  At the time of this photo taking we were free to be out-and-about but within the week, Melbourne, Victoria has gone into a 5-day lockdown once again.  We are still most fortunate here in Australia, as the virus has been well controlled thankfully.

While on-site at this location, I decided to try and capture images of people as best as possible.  On my return home, most of the people shots I decided to develop as black and white images in order to help focus on the subjects better eg the people.  I also felt the black and white shots looked better than in colour. One other image of the City Skyscrapers, Queen Victoria Market shops and a Tram running through the image worked well in colour.  The extremes of colour variations, shapes/designs through the image offered an abstract feel to the image as a whole.

We enjoyed our time on location and being not too far from home, made for an easy photography adventure while offering me an opportunity to practice this particular genre of photography.

Above Photography:  The above street/documentary photography image taken of a local man and woman off to do some shopping at Queen Victoria Market.

 

 

Above Photography:  The above street/documentary photography image of a man in a long winter style coat with hood – an odd combination for this time of the year, it’s summer!

 

 

Above Photography:  The above street/documentary photography image was taken just as the Tram came into view.  Great colour and shape contrast made for an interesting photograph and printed up well.

 

 

Above Photograph:  The street/documentary photography image of me on the corner working out the best angles and waiting for people to emerge.

 

CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative. Being out-and-about experiencing the wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul.

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – February 2021


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Photography 2021 – Street/Documentary: “Melbourne Chinatown, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We decided to venture into the City of Melbourne, Australia, Chinatown on Little Bourke Street to do some street/documentary style photography.  I felt a need to mix it up a bit so as not to lose my enthusiasm for photography, and to also extend my portfolio.  The city of Melbourne is not far from home and makes for a short trip, not so exhausting as our landscape photography adventures.  Must be getting old! We started near the top of Little Bourke Street and worked our way towards the city centre, towards Chinatown’s arches.  This style of photography is very different from say landscape.  Requires an ability to not be self-conscious, to blend in with the environment, and not to make people feel uncomfortable.  Also requires some different photo-taking methods which I am still refining.  A good challenge, another learning curve and an enjoyable moment of time out-and-about!

 

Above Photography:  The above street photography image was taken at Chinatown’s arches where a woman walked cross in front of a red car.  A colourful view of Chinatown.

 

 

Above Photography:  The above street photography image was taken at Chinatown’s arches of two men on motorcycles.

 

 

Above Photography:  The above street photography image is taken from the same location, Chinatown’s arches just as a horse-drawn carriage and coachman came into view.

 

 

Above Photograph:  The street photography image was taken on Little Bourke Street of three women wearing glasses – they look like perhaps sisters.

 

 

Above Photograph:  These street photography images above taken on Little Bourke Street Chinatown and unusually quiet!

 

 

Above Photograph:  The street photography image above of a motorbike parked beside reflective columns.  I loved the mirrored effects of the buildings and person walking by.

 

 

Above Photograph:  The street photography image above is just about colour and on the left-hand side a mirror image can be seen.

 

 

Above Photographs:  The street photography image of two bikes parked in front of a shop window displaying floating red hearts – caught my eye!

 

CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative. Being out-and-about experiencing the wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul.

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – February 2021


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Photography 2021 – Street/Documentary: “Melbourne City, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It was time for me to revisit the genre of street photography .  While I truly enjoy undertaking Landscape, Seascape and other genres of photography, I just needed to look for more!  In Melbourne, Victoria – Australia we are currently able to go out-and-about our daily business with only having to wear masks while inside public venues. We are definitely fortunate for sure when compared with most other parts of the world.  But due to some COVID-19 business restrictions, the city of Melbourne was relatively quiet when compared to a year or so ago.  This did allow for me to perhaps be able to take photographs that show off the surroundings more fully without the streets and lanes being overcrowded.  An outcome I wasn’t expecting.  The photographs below were taken on two separate occasions.  Street Photography is very different from some other genres of photography because as a photographer, you need to be more spontaneous. I had to rethink my camera settings to ensure I didn’t miss any shots, and also accept the fact that my ISO would be much higher.  Thus perhaps introducing more ‘noise’ in the images.  What I understand about Street Photography is that it is not about perfection, it’s about story telling!  So hopefully over time I will be able to fine tune my approach. Overall I was pleased with these images and found the whole process enjoyable and will continue to include this genre in my photography adventures.

 

Above Photography:  The above street photography image was taken in one of Melbourne’s iconic lanes – Degraves Street.  The summer morning was beautiful and the temperature just right for walking around casually through this area of the city. On the left of the image above, a family are enjoying a breakfast together.  The younger female is placing their order with the waiter, the young child sitting on the chair with her legs folded up is looking down towards two small birds pecking at crumbs on the ground.  In the back ground, Flinders Street Station can be seen, and to the left – two women are going about their business.

 

Above Photography:  This above street photography image taken again on Degraves Street features this beautiful young woman.  She is busy listening to music on her iPod.  I just love a number of things about this image.  It’s the one shoulder bare, the shirt hanging off one arm, the shoe laces on the boots undone and tangled, the beautiful brown tones of her skin and clothing, and how the lighting rests on her face.

 

Above Photograph:  This street photography image above again taken in Degraves Street.  What attracted me to this scene was the hearts on the window at first.  Then I saw the woman in the window, gazing out with her hands arched under her chin.  The hearts even appeared to be emerging from perhaps her daydreaming as she stopped here at this cafe ‘Little Cupcakes’ to have a coffee.  The young man position just outside in a pinkish T-shirt, busily reading a newspaper while enjoying a coffee seemed to complete this story.  The pink, white, cream and coffee colour tones also attached me to stop and take this image.

 

Above Photograph:  This street photography image above was taken in Centre Place which follows on from Degraves Street. After reviewing this image back at home, I decided to make it a black and white image.  This I feel helped to simplify the focus of the image being the young man sitting at a cafe. Once again the lane was unusually quiet due to COVID-19 business trading restrictions.  The young man was fully engaged in reading some documents. I also liked the fact he was surrounded by words. I felt it seemed that is was his special quiet place. The light and shadows on the street and angular lines draws the viewer down into the image to a waiter busily going about his duties.

 

Above Photograph:  These street photography images above are at the busy end of Degraves Street where all the cafes are located.  It’s a favourite spot for couples to come and have wedding photographs taken.  After getting back home and viewing the images more closely, I decided to do one showing the whole street story which includes other people and waiters and also the makeup artist standing on the right near the bride.  And one where it was much more intimate with just the bride and groom drinking their coffee.  The lighting was soft and beautiful the way it fell onto the bride’s face and gown. I love how the groom is looking towards her – young love.

 

Above Photograph:  This street photography image above was taken from Centre Place.  There is a new area (new to me) where people can stop and have a cigarette.  It’s lined with Street Art and one metal seat and a cigarette bin.  You wouldn’t notice it at all unless you were especially looking for it.  So it was no surprise that I didn’t notice the woman on the seat at first, just noticed the travel bag resting on the ground.  Then I spotted her, quietly gazing down the lane, smoking her cigarette and resting. Taking a person moment it felt like to me.

 

Above Photographs:  These street photography images here where taken on the weekend before the others here within this collection.  It was a rainy morning and everything was wet which was a bonus as it helped saturate the colours in the images.  One was taken at the top of Hosier Lane. The warm yellow/orange window light beaming out into the street seemed to give life to the image.  The other image was taken at the top of Higson Lane.  The wet cobble stones and street with the greenish walls and street art, the bins with colourful lids, and the solo city walker with mask seemed to create a moody morning lane image.

 

Above Photograph:  This street photography image above was taken on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane. In front of the pedestrians, a small silver car be seen.  Behind that is one of Melbourne’s iconic trams brightly painted.  Another appears to the right just coming into focus.  A shop window reflection to the right helps create further interest.  The lighting works well with the top and bottom in darkness and the street in full sunlight.  Each of the pedestrians have a different stance.  The man looking straight ahead with his hands in his pockets, the middle woman standing with her weight on one leg and bag over her shoulder, and the woman on far right has long blond hair, legs together, dress and hair gently blowing in the breeze.

 

CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative. Being out-and-about experiencing the wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul.

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2021


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Photography 2021 – Seascape: “Sunrise at Williamstown, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Another wonderful photography adventure opportunity to set about photographing a glorious sunrise at Williamstown, Victoria – Australia.  It’s New Year’s Day 2021 and as we wondered along the Bay Trail Walk, looking across Port Phillip Bay towards anchored yachts and boats, and the Melbourne City Skyline – couldn’t help feeling good!  And at this time in the morning, only keen walkers and photographers could be seen, so peaceful!

Above Photography:  The above seascape photograph was taken during the blue hour and at high tide which meant I was able to capture beautiful sunrise reflections in at the shoreline.  The sky rapidly changed in colouration as the sunrise developed.  A truly magical early morning experience, the temperature was mild and with little to no wind it made for a pleasant seaside environment indeed.

Below Photograph:  The seascape photograph below was taken just upon the sun rising over the landscape to the right of the photograph.  Now the warm tones emerged across the lower clouds, and across the still Port Phillip Bay waters.  Once more, beautiful reflections in the foreground help create this magnificent shoreline image.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative. Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul.

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2021


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Photography 2021 – Seascape: “Brighton, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

INTRODUCTION

It’s summertime now in Melbourne – Australia and time to capture some beautiful sunrise shots at Brighton Beach. We arrived at the beach early morning to find a couple of people undertaking their daily exercise routine and a number of keen photographers seeking to capture a beach sunrise.

Above Photography:  After taking the photograph below, I turned around and sighted this above beach view.  It was just beautiful and the warm early morning sunrise poured orange into the clouds above and across the wide-open sandy beach.  Way in the distance the Melbourne City skyline was in sight and looking out over Port Phillip Bay.  Not a person in sight except for the occasional seagull.

Below Photograph:  While thinking about my approach for the morning I sighted this scene below.  As the ‘blue hour’ started to drift into the sunrise, the street lights lit up the sandy beach and one of the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.  The view took in clouds hanging lowly in the sky with the Port Phillip Bay shoreline gently meeting the sandy beach. The lighting was gorgeous and something different for a beach photograph for me!

 

 

CONCLUSION

Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative. Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul.

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2021


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Photography 2019 – Street/Documentary: “Melbourne City” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

“Man re-arranging hats…”

 

INTRODUCTION

This wasn’t a planned photography adventure but a welcome change from my usual creative endeavours!  On my way to meeting up with a friend for lunch within the heart of Melbourne CBD, Victoria – Australia, I had a little bit of time on my hands before meeting up and I decided to take some street photography style shots.  I only had my iPhone with me on this day but it was for me a better choice of photography equipment.  Most people these days use mobile phones for photography and don’t become distracted by another in a crowd using one.  So it meant people just went about their daily business unconcerned about me taking photographs.  I found it very interesting and provided me with a new photography challenge trying to work out what worked and what didn’t…

 

“Mother and daughter making a big decision…”

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure – I only used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

“Man with a suitcase…”

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

“Shadow city walkers…”

 

“Lunchtime in a big city…”

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about doing Street Photography in a big city is challenging but very interesting and a wonderful way to be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – September 2019

 

 


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Photography 2019 – Street/Documentary: “Docklands from Marvel Stadium to Southern Cross Railway Station” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This was an unexpected, unplanned photography adventure.  We had just finished watching the Australian Boomers playing the USA Basketball team at Marvel Stadium when on our way from the Stadium to the Southern Cross Railway Station, I decided to take some photographs on my iPhone.  Only had my iPhone as no cameras were allowed in the Stadium with the exception of our mobile phone cameras.  Some of the 52,000 people who attended the game were now heading along a pathway to the station to catch a train back home.  I have to admit, I do love street photography but it can be a little intimidating for both me as the photographer and for some of those who find themselves within the shot.  What I liked most about this experience was the ease of being able to take a photograph on my iPhone, even though the quality of said isn’t the same as my Sony Camera and lens, it just makes the whole process much easier to do.  Featured within these photographs are people from all walks of life who came together to watch a game of basketball; and the wonderful architecture that can be found within this region of the city of Melbourne, Victoria – Australia.  Its got me thinking and wanting to do more street photography in the future for sure!

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this photography adventure –  I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone handheld for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing then I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find above only, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the wonders of the world and the creatures (that being us humans) it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – August 2019

 

 


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Photography 2018 – Cityscape: “Melbourne Docklands by Night” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure back in May this year involved visiting the Docklands Waterfront, city of Melbourne, Victoria – Australia with the Craigieburn Camera Club. Our goal was to gain a better understanding and experience of night photography.  It was a lovely evening, not too cold and a sprinkle of rain had wet the pavement surfaces just enough to help reflect colourful neon lighting which shone from surrounding city buildings.  Strolling through the city’s water’s edge during the night in a group felt most safe, and such a pleasure to be able to take night photographs without worrying about our safety…

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this cityscape photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens. For these photographs I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote and my camera settings involved using a low ISO with a slow shutter speed. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – August 2018

 


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I Do Art Discussion No. 9 – “My Melbourne”

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Painting No. 44 – Title “My Melbourne” Story:   This Painting was inspired by a series of photos I had taken in June 2009 consisting of different buildings/locations within the city of Melbourne (Australia). I was so inspired by the colour and architectural contrasts Melbourne shows off! After living in Melbourne now for over 40 years, the development of Melbourne has been amazing. Melbourne – Australia has so much to offer and very easy to get around to see. Each time I go into the city of Melbourne I find it has something new to share!

Below is a photo showing how I used blue tape to assist with my arts practise.  It takes many months to complete one abstract painting such as this painting.  Each colour I leave to dry thoroughly before commencing on with the next.  I apply three layers of acrylic paint to give the colour a rich look!

Use of Scotch-Blue Painters tape to define lines within Painting No. 44 Titled "My Melbourne" by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Use of Scotch-Blue Painters tape to define lines within Painting No. 44 Titled “My Melbourne” by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Below are the set of photos I had taken and used as a source of inspiration for this particular painting.  NB: Please hover over the photo to view details of the image!

 

I guess this painting really was/is about the love I have for Melbourne – my home, where I fell in love with a dear and great human being, married that person and now my husband for over 30 plus years; had two children, one daughter whom we cherish and my son, who so sadly was killed in a single vehicle crash in 2009.  His loss broke our hearts.  Melbourne holds many, many memories that are dear to me and this painting is a tribute to the joys I have experienced whilst living here…

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