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


Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

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


Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

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


Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2019 – “My Favourite Photographs for the Year!” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

There have been many photography adventures in 2019 and all in the state of Victoria, Australia, and within car travelling distance from where we live in Melbourne. Most of my photography adventures have been with my hubby, but on some occasions with my daughter and granddaughter, and at other times, with the Craigieburn Camera Club.  Throughout each season during 2019 – I experimented and experienced photographing across numerous genres that being:- Landscape, Seascape, Animals, Birds, Butterflies, Garden, Street and People photography.

 

 

With each photography adventure, I have learned more about photography, about how to use light and contrast to enhance the images, how to improve my composition through really looking, how to use my equipment better, and also how to improve my skills while developing the raw images using Lightroom.

But overall, the most important part of this ongoing journey has been and hopefully will still be – time spent with loved ones while enjoying the great outdoors!  It has truly helped improve our sense of well being. It has deepened our appreciation for how fortunate we are, and about how important it is to value and care for this beautiful and wonderful blue planet we share with all living creatures…

 

 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED AND ADOBE LIGHTROOM FOR DEVELOPING

During my photography adventures – I use a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens. During 2019 I purchased a Right Angle L Plate Bracket for my camera so that I could turn it to do portraits or landscape photographs more easily which worked a treat.  I also purchased a BH-40 Ballhead for my tripod and once more, it made taking my photographs not just easier but much more enjoyable. I also use my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

On my return home after each photography adventure, I download all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic.  I develop just those photographs which I feel will best either tell the story and/or will develop well. The progress allows me to assess my photography process and work out what I need to work on in the near future.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures 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 – December 2019

 

 


Please click here to visit my ‘Photography – About’ page where you will be able to find blog links and photographs about other photographic adventures…

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography, blogging and motivational speaking – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!

Photography 2019 – Street/Documentary: “Stairwells – Light and Shade Abstraction” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

“Stairwell: The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery Ballarat “

 

INTRODUCTION

This photography adventure was not going to be about taking photographs, so I thought beforehand, it was going to be about visiting and exploring the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.  A short drive to Ballarat, Victoria – Australia with hubby lead to walking from one location to another viewing many artists photography works.  During this outing, it required us to walk up many flights of stairs, all historical and interesting.  I was inspired to take a set of photographs of them as the lighting within these stairwells was just so beautiful. In taking these photographs I found the light and shade helping to create forms of abstraction. Once again – it was with my iPhone but so enjoyable and easy – an on the go creative endeavour…

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Town Hall”

 

 

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.

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Regent Cinemas”

 

 

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!

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Regent Cinemas”

 

“Stairwell: Ballarat Town Hall”

 

“Stairwell: The Art Gallery of Ballarat”