Monday, November 16, 2009


There was a Polish Festival at Fed Square today.After 3pm, there was nothing much going on, so I decided to head home and retrieve my tripod for some evening shots.

I was hoping that my timing for the fire ball display at Crown Casino would be more or less by the hour (eg. 8pm). Unfortunately nothing happened except some gas hissing sounds for 10 whole minutes, so I did my own stuff after that.

Tried to recreate a night shot scene of this scene which I am quite familiar with during the day. Hmm.. perhaps I should try harder to realise my vision.

Perhaps some folks will label my shots as boring because they have seen the same thing all the time. I don't blame them. But for me, I see it as as opportunity to hone my eye and make myself extremely aware of the city's surroundings.

It does seem kind of odd that at a time where you could be enjoying a nice dinner or a drink at a bar with some friends, I'm by myself on the streets looking for opportunities to shoot.

Doing such is second nature for me, because not many of my friends (who're also into cameras) are keen to explore the nightlife of Melbourne through a viewfinder.

Its perfectly alright. Some photographers only feel like shooting when they're with friends, while some prefer to work alone on their own projects. I guess I'm more of the latter. But when  I reach home and load the files on my PC, I can definitely say the results are worth the effort.

Gambling, as dirty as it sounds is generating heaps of revenue for Melbourne and is beneficial for the development of Southbank as a whole and its surrounding precincts. New shopping malls with gorgeous restaurants are being developed around this area all the time to draw more tourists to part with their hard earned money.

Sandridge Bridge, featured in this photo is a historic former railway bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which has been redeveloped in 2006 as a new pedestrian and cycle path featuring public art.

I must say I like this bridge very much. Heaps of people use it to get to the Southbank precinct from Flinders St Station everyday.

Its interesting to note that 2 years ago, an irresponsible person used a sledgehammer to smash many glass panels that form part of the exhibit along the bridge. The repair jobs supposedly cost the city council $200 - 300 k. Now thats a 'useful' way to utilise the cash collected from our rates, isn't it? :s

Melbourne in general is a very peaceful and beautiful metropolitan city in the evenings. However, it is recommended to maintain full alertness when you're taking your shots just in case the occasional drunkard comes along and tries to ruin your game.

I so love twilights in Melbourne during summer.




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