The Illusionist – Street Photography in Melbourne’s CBD

While sorting and reviewing some Street Photography yesterday, I came across a series of images of an Illusionist I had photographed twice 12-15 months ago (in the city CBD).

The images were made with the camera on continuous shooting as he was moving too fast for my usual slow thinking and response. Whilst none had really sharp focus, the two images below show how he created his illusions. It must have taken a lot of practice with his hands (and maybe a mirror ? to study how onlookers would view his act).

In the first image, you can clearly see that his right 4th finger and his left thumb are holding the seemingly ‘floating’ ball and it’s not floating in mid-air at all.  In the second image he is clearly holding each ball with the muscles around the palm of his hands.  With the speed of his movements, these illusions were actually very cleverly performed.

In other illusions he was moving one leg high to one side not unlike a karate or martial arts kick.  Unfortunately my photo is too blurred, but no doubt the onlookers would be focused on the high kick and less on watching the balls, so his sleight of hand would go unnoticed.  One couldn’t help but admire his skill.


A review of some of my Street Photography – Old & New

While I’m labouring away on my Photo Library, thought you might like to review some old street photography images.

Most have been posted before on my Blog, but some are new(ish).

Enjoy……I’m sure you all know the drill. Click on the first image and go from there.

Life on the Water Surface (and Lake Edge) – Nymphaea Lake, Royal Botanic Gardens

Posts will be sporadic (at best) while I finish my Image Library (including identifying all my flower images).

In the meantime, some old images will have to suffice.



Life in the Undergrowth – Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens

The Waterlilies and the Light – Nymphaea Lake

Yesterday, I was amazed by the difference in the Light (of the Water Lilies in the Shade) and then 15 feet away, the Water Lilies in the sunlight.  They were so pretty but as it was getting late and my stomach was grumbling about the lack of food, I took only a few shots and then headed for home.

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Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) – Nymphaea Lake

I have to admit I’m not very experienced at making images of moving birds (or anything else moving for that matter).

Sometimes I press the shutter button at just the right time………………


………………………and sometimes not!



Yesterday, the swamp hen’s feathers were lit like a bright royal blue beacon by the sun low in the sky – normally they’re more a dull blue-purple colour.

For the Tree Lovers out There – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

I take lots of photos of trees, but rarely share them as I’m never really sure that I’ve captured their lovely shapes, height and foliage.

The photo of the Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta) below, is one of those trees which makes you think it climbs up into the clouds (when looking straight up from its base).


Many of the trees in the Royal Botanic Gardens would have been planted some time since the early days of the Gardens creation in 1846, but others look like they have been there forever.  It’s only when you see them collectively in the one folder that you get a sense of the variety.  I now have a folder specially for tree photos (and another for tree bark) which is by no means complete since I haven’t finished sorting all my images yet.  In this slideshow, you’ll notice one small weeping variety is shown during various seasons of the year.

The first image in the mosaic below was shot a week after I bought my first little Canon Powershot A3000 IS camera in May 2010, so you can see I was attracted to trees as a photo subject right from the beginning of my photography hobby.

You’ll notice in the 14th image down, a hole has been cut in the trailing vines that cover the Gardens perimeter fence so that in the early evening, you can see the rays of sunlight catch the sprawl of it’s root system above the ground.  When I first saw this hole walking home one day, I thought the gap was accidental, but over the years, I have realised that it is deliberately made and kept clear so that walkers can have a prime view.