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Camera Straps

If you wear the standard “branded” strap that came with your camera please click out of this website and never come back, unless you are wearing it “ironically” – But you better look like one of these guys if you are using that escape clause… Apart from the clear crime against humanity, branded straps are […]

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Don’t Just Make a Carbon Copy

Architectural Photography is a passion for some. Taking a shot of a building’s interior or exterior, with the perfect lens, on a perfectly still tripod, with the perfect light, and at the perfect angle is challenging pursuit that requires patience. The same applies to Landscape photography. The result can often transcend the technique. But mostly […]

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City Square Water Feature

The City Square has a few different locations worth checking out which were covered off in this post. On the Collins St side there is a water feature that is a great background for the right subjects. I haven’t really got an image I am 100% happy with yet, but hope these location roughs do […]

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Richmond Station

Behold my most favourited picture of all time! Richmond Rail Station provides many opportunities. This particular image was captured looking down the exit ramp from the platform, waiting for the light to stream down from the skylights. The colours of the tiles combine with the dirty whites to deliver great contrast. Here it is from […]

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360 Collins St – High Persepective

After spending some time studying Fan Ho, I realised that too many of my images were captured from a consistent perspective of about 5ft 8inches – head height… Images become more interesting when they show something from a new perspective. You can read more about this and Fan Ho’s work here. Finding high or low […]

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111 Bourke Street – Aussie Post HO

There is a great spot on Bourke Street – between Russell and Exhibition Streets for a quick bit of people spotting. The building is the Head Office for Australia Post, and no expense appears to be have been spared. My favourite location here is the building street number sign itself. Stacks of lines and solid […]

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Inconspicuosity Tip #2 : Angles

How little people notice can be quite amazing. Photo ninja skillz do not involve things like stealthy camera bags with lens holes or 90 degree angle mirror attachments. Actively “hiding” when out with your camera is a tad on the childish side. The less you are noticed, the less you will contaminate or interfere with […]

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More GPO

I covered the GPO in this post some time ago. Here are some more reasons to explore potential opportunities there. The GPO has a beautiful outdoor undercover area around the perimeter of the building, featuring repeating arches. There are a couple of cafes located here, giving plenty of subject options from amongst the diners. If it […]

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Footscray Rail Yards

I have quite the passion for photographing big mechanical things – trains, ships, jet fighters to name a few. Can’t quite explain it, but there it is. If you are heading out to Footscray Station, and you are a bit adventurous, maybe give the Footscray Rail Yards a try. There are plenty of abandoned carriages […]

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Busy Places – Buildling Your Skills

Busy Places Busy places are full of busy people all moving in different directions with different purposes. Their minds are wholly engaged with their own affairs and missions. Whether in a group or by themselves, their main priority is whatever it is that they are doing. Their default is to not even notice you, unless […]

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Getting Used to Photographing People – Ruckenfigur

The next theme to explore is Ruckenfigur, a German word which translates to “back figure”. The “back figure” is a recurring theme in romantic landscape paintings, typified by Caspar David Friedrich, a 19th century German Romantic landscape painter. Ruckenfigur style compositions are generally seen from behind the main subject, who guides the viewer with their own […]

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Old GPO – Cnr Bourke and Elizabeth Sts

There is an oddly specific spot on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets in the City. It offers opportunities to shoot some interesting lines contrasting with pedestrian traffic. Here is the spot : By getting up on the ledge, the perspective shifts massively and becomes much more interesting. There are plenty of other locations […]

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Tips for Selecting Exhibition Images

I recently participated in a Photography Exhibition. I was very surprised by the number of prints that sold. I can only offer the following hypotheses: Themes and consistency For the first time, my images were visually quite consistent. Usually I just pick out a bunch of images I like, and slap them up, willy nilly […]

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City Square

The City Square is a failed municipal experiment on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets in Melbourne’s CBD. It has had many different faces over the years. The current one has some great opportunities. There is a textured wall on the Collins Street side running right along the footpath. This is akin to shooting […]

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Nauru House Courtyard 80 Collins Street

This one is best with a model. The courtyard offers some of the best backgrounds in Melbourne. It is situated at 80 Collins Street – there is a sign out the front. It offers an entrance to Nauru House from Collins Street, but it is not completely obvious from Collins Street. Here is what the […]

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Footscray Station

Footscray Station has an architecturally curious pedestrian overpass which is a great spot. I have not quite nailed an image here yet, even after two visits. The locals can be “variable” but are generally pretty well conditioned to photographers in the overpass. Tripods seem to be just part of the landscape here, and the train […]

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Manchester Lane

Manchester Lane has a plethora of very swish independent and startup fashion stores at the Collins Street end. It doesn’t get super busy, so you can often get individuals and small groups traversing the length. There are some great opportunities for repetition and framing in the lane. There are some great spots to “park” and […]

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Tips on Managing an Exhibition

To start with, I make no representations that I am any good at managing exhibitions… These are just my learnings from struggling through a few.. Don’t make it a Democracy Opinions are like backsides – everybody has one. Get 7 or 8 arty types together and aligning on a decision is harder than herding cats. […]

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