Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dappled Reflections


I was skimming through my photos trying to find a half decent selfie (not easy, I do not photograph well) and I came across this pretty reflection from Melbourne and wondered why I had never posted it. I have found that with 'memory' photos sometimes the image is not as evocative to others as your own recollections of walking the river foreshore in the early dawn with camera feeling happy as a bug, but unless I share it I will never know.



The last glimmer of fairy lights.

Have a good end-of-week everyone
Val.

Friday, 7 July 2017

More Architectural Reflections


My previous post was of modern Sydney architecture. Here are some shots of tow fine historical Sydney buildings. There's something lovely about the way sandstone absorbs then reflects light.
The building is the Department of Lands building link built in 1878 and the church reflected in the glass doors is St Mary's Cathedral. Shot with my iPhone because that's what I had with me, then edited in photoshop. By the way I often wondered how professional iPhone photographers came up with print-worthy resolution shots, you now the ones on billboards because if you blew up normal phone photos to that size they would look grainy and pixellated. They do it with special lenses attached to their iPhone cameras. Mystery solved!
link to the story about 'shot with an iPhone' advertisements





Have a good weekend everyone.
Val.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Architectural Reflections


I love the shapes and lines of architecture. It doesn't matter if it's old or new, they all have their charm as long as there's good design. These shots are from Sydney's Barangaroo, an upwardly expanding suburb that sprang from a site where shipyards and merchant docks used to be. It's now something of a tourist precinct. People are keen to live, work or just eat by the water. It's a pleasant area to walk, eat, look around and take photos!










Have a good weekend,
Val.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sydney in the Rain



Two weeks ago I was in the city on a rainy day. Rain spells never last here long as our rain tends to dump'n'go. It's not the genteel drizzle that lasts for hours that I experienced in England but it's always welcome. Of course it makes for good reflections and a different take on a well photographed area of my city as the day faded into evening.









Have a good weekend,
Val.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Colours of Vivid



After my previous post about the Sydney Vivid Festival, I went back on the last evening with the
Canon and the tripod, mainly to shoot some of the smaller installations. Here are some favourites.









What is it about pretty coloured lights that makes us go ooh! ahhh! I don't know but the atmosphere was great.

I just have to say, in the wake of the terrible things that have happened in London and Paris and Brussels recently that streets near the waterfront were blocked off completely to traffic. Police presence was considerable and increases each year. It shouldn't be that way but that's the world we live in. My heart goes out, especially to all Londoners who've had such a bad run. 

My usual reflection-themed post will go up later in the week.
Val.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Harbour Lights and Vivid



Hi everyone,
It's winter in Sydney and a few years ago someone had the bright idea of lighting up Sydney on cool winter nights to draw people into the city. Well, it worked and it has turned into a carnival atmosphere with markets, food stalls, people busking, special exhibitions at the Zoo..the list goes on..  vivid Festival Sydney 2017.
I was in the city to see some photography exhibits but then night fell. Ah, who needs an excuse? Here's my little tour.



Darling Harbour at dusk.




Night markets and a bite to eat in Chinatown.


A brief walk back towards Circular Quay, past Sydney Town Hall. Those steps seem to be a place to sit for a little rest for many a tourist bottom!


I was intrigued by this lady in an alleyway.

Down at the Quay, behind Customs House I knew there was an art installation a alley and sure enough the sight seers were equalled by photographers with various grades of equipment. I did the best I could with my little hand held. The projection was made onto a gauze like tarpaulin hung between the buildings and it was stunning.


Then at the Quay side I had the not-so-bright idea of going into one of the ferry wharves to get a shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art building lit up. Moving pier makes for not so steady photographs  ;)


At Circular Quay railway station I took the shot below leaning against a perspex barrier. I was not risking my life in mid air but it looks like it!



Vivid finishes tonight.

Have a good weekend,
Val.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Flinders Street Station



Hi all,
Here are some more reflections from my recent trip to Melbourne, two of Flinders Street station, a rail/bus interchange where we caught the express bus to the airport for the flight home.  the last photo is of one of the fabulous little laneways that branch off Flinders street, where we enjoyed cake and coffee and of course people watching.









Happy memories!
Have a good weekend,
Val.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Melbourne Reflections



Last weekend my DD and I went to Melbourne for a weekend of culture, sightseeing and shopping. Neither of us had explored Melbourne before and it did not disappoint. Sydney and Melbourne have an age old rivalry for the best capital city in Australia. Sydney is stunning and showy and sunny and brash. Melbourne has a quieter more genteel beauty but is beautiful nonetheless. The climate is cooler, the ambience more cultured, the people - dare I say it - better dressed. The National Gallery of Victoria is stunning with a complex on each side of the river.  There are other art galleries galore. I was in art exhibition heaven. The main reason I went to Melbourne was to see the Van Gogh 'seasons' exhibition and it was fabulous. But we also had some great meals, rode the free city tram, explored alleys and decided we liked Melbourne, especially for shopping! My daughter eclipsed me in that department. Good times. I did not manage to photograph the city at night, due to rain and tiredness, but I did get the big camera out for some early morning shots on the last day walking along the trendy Docklands down to the Webb Bridge. I enjoyed it immensely. Here are some reflections.












The Webb Bridge (last two shots) is apparently stunning at night and lit to showcase the structure as a work of art as well as a footbridge. I'll definitely be there at dusk next time I'm in Melbourne. Because there will be a next time..

Have a good weekend!
Val.


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Saturday, 20 May 2017

The city commute


Hi all,
I am currently without the use of my car and am doing the rail and bus commute to my various workplaces and it has taken me a while to get used to the timetables and routes and cope with the sheer energy and time it takes. But it's great for people watching and train carriages have windows with interesting evening reflections.

My favourite..


Boarding the moving sardine can..


Myself, after the train had pretty much emptied before it gets to my suburb



The first and last are reflections, the second shot gives you an idea of the multicultural crush that is peak hour Sydney.

Have a good weekend,
Val.

Friday, 28 April 2017

The lure of the second hand



These photos were taken in a wonderful antiques and bric-a-brac shop on the way to Lithgow last weekend. I love this stuff but whenever I try to make it fit into my decidedly casual interior they just don't work so I admire them then go my way. I spent my formative adult years with hippie decor I could throw into a van and I guess that's sort of where I stayed :))









Have a good weekend everybody.  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

People of Ironfest 2017


Last weekend I went to a very interesting event in Lithgow, a city several hours drive from here, over the mountains. The festival of Ironfest is an alternative grunge/medieval/steampunk event with all sorts of wonderful characters setting up tents and giving  displays at the show ground. Must admit I wasn't fond of bayonet battles and canon fire (loud!) but I loved talking to various people about their interests and what brought them there. Here are some of my photos, untouched, as is. It was a cool cloudy day, perfect for roaming around having a good time!























Have a good weekend.
Val.






Sunday, 16 April 2017

Reflected in water



I was down the coast and after church I went for a walk and took a few photos. I've been experimenting with a circular polarising filter. I've been told that Australian skies are blue enough and not to use them in situations such as this but I found that it cuts down on mid morning glare - like sunglasses for your camera!




Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Hydro Majestic


In the Blue Mountains that form a natural boundary to the west of Sydney, there is a historic hotel called the Hydro Majestic. It's beautiful and has been revamped. There's glass walled cafe and gourmet goodies and trinket shop in the new section to one side where you can stop for overpriced nibbles and see the view. The original building way down the other end that looks like a little castle is now hidden from the road by giant hedges. Go figure!


The original building way down the end.


The new glassed in extension holds a bar and a gourmet food and gift shop.



It is quite a view though, isn't it? Anyway we went inside to have a look at how it's all been revamped. The big dining area that was cafeteria style in the past is now off limits unless you are guests or are there for a full meal. I have good memories of drinking amazing hot chocolate on the freezing cold balcony before driving back to Sydney in days gone by when it was casual and truly shabby chic. Now it's all historic glamour and I guess they don't want to let the riff raff in. I understand that but I sort of miss just being able to walk in for a while to reacquaint myself with the mountains. There are tea rooms and even a tea house but it isn't the same!


We explored what we could and ended up in 'Cat Alley' a corridor full of gorgeous 20's style furnishings and the scent of all sorts of exotic tea, which you can order and have there.


I couldn't resist a shiny table reflection.


I also couldn't resist taking a shot showing the view from the windows.


Have a good weekend,
Val.

A note: I've put up then taken down a few posts lately, having a existential crisis in regard to whether my photography is any good or not, technical enough, creative enough. I was feeling a lack of confidence after having good shots heavily criticized by experts at photo club. I know that's what they are there to do but sometimes it was done in a very non constructive way and felt horrid, hence the moment of 'what do I have to offer?' But I do have something to share, what I see with my eyes, so from now on I'll just post my work and own it because documenting it gave me joy and because I hope it's of interest to you.