I have to admit I’ve got a thing for Buskers. Singers and Musicians, that is – not so much for dancers and jugglers.
I like taking the opportunity to practice my portrait photography (if I can get close enough to a busker in the swirling throng of the crowd).
The singer/musician in this post was a superb musician and had a great voice and ……I managed to get a pretty good close-up.
So Thank You (whoever you are).
I must admit I’ve never really explored Melbourne’s seedier side – I assume it has one.
I guess I’ll never know now, as I never go into the city centre after the shops close (except for the rare occasion of my God-daughter’s photo exhibition opening night).
Strange to remember that shops were open 9am – 5.00pm weekdays and 9.00-12.00 on Saturdays when I was young(er). Definitely shut all day Sunday all those years ago. Now I’m really feeling old as I remember when TV came in and computers started in to my office working life.
I remember when (shop) late night closing started on Friday nights at 9.00pm, and then……………..over time, most shops and department stores opened 7 days a week………….mostly 10.00am – 6.00pm now. (Although the few weeks before Christmas, the shops are open most weeknights up to 9.00pm in Melbourne these days).
This photo looked boring in colour, too dark in B & W and not enough contrast in Sepia, but the ‘Antique‘ edit in iPhoto was just right. While I rarely do much photo editing except to fix the contrast & light these days, and a tiny bit of cropping to improve a composition, I sometimes convert city images to B & W or some of these monotone, (or low tone), colours.
I was going to do more Black & White this year, but 2013 has nearly gone and I haven’t had much chance with Health Issues taking up a bit chunk of my time.
Anyway, here’s a rather ‘tame’ glimpse of Melbourne’s night life.
You may have noticed that, in general, I prefer most of my city images to be a wee bit under-exposed. Part of the reason is that I’m super sensitive to light (and sound). But mainly, because I like the moody atmosphere it creates, especially in the darker narrow alleyways of Melbourne’s CBD.
Union Lane, which is located next to one of Melbourne’s largest department stores only actually receives a lot of light at certain times of the day when the sun is directly overhead. It’s a long gallery of Melbourne’s street art, sometimes artists and occasionally, meetings (of old friends).
Somehow it always looks better under-exposed.
Melbourne hosts some 2000 festivals annually (both indoors & outdoors).
I happened to be in the city yesterday and stopped off at Federation Square to stroll around the Fair Trade and Ethical Festival for an hour or so. While the stalls were interesting, they didn’t attract an enormous crowd (at the time I was there), so I wasn’t jostling for a space to take some photos……… i.e. until I started to leave and head for the city centre to do some shopping.
On the fringe of Federation Square, a group of The Colour People had gathered to gossip, dance and generally have a fun time together. I must admit I’d never heard of this group of like-minded young people who just LOVE colour (in every shape & form). But they did attract a lot of attention and people jostled around the group to take some photos. This is one of those situations when you haven’t time to decide on camera settings – you just aim and shoot (and hope for some ‘keepers‘).
And……..as usual when I take a lot of similar photos, I couldn’t decide which ones I liked best (to share), so here’s a selection.
So ‘eat your heart out’ Batman & Robin, Spiderman, Superman & Wonderwoman! (your costumes of brilliant colour have been outdone).