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    Bobcock in Australia

    Been a while since I have done a photo thread, got loads lined up, but I'll start with the most recent, a trip to Australia that my 14y-o and I took to go ans watch Wales on their recent tour. This will probably go about 150 photos, processed 90 so far.....

    School commitments meant we had to miss the first test, so we flew into Melbourne on the morning of the second.

    This thread will have quite a mix of pics, as well as my proper camera I took along a small Olympus point and push we just bought, which has some fun modes in it such as High Dynamic Range and panoramas. Due to some of the poor weather which spoils the views, I also took a lot of these shots with the idea to develp them as HDR's myself.

    So we will start with a quick PnP shot of the Etihad Stadium before the start of the Second Test. Obviously I don't take my decent camera to games where a fair bit of drinking is known to take place.



    Next day we went to see the Australian Rules between Hawthorn and Brisbane at the MCG.

    I haven't set foot in there since early 1989 and what a change. It is without a doubt the fiest stadium I have ever set foot in.







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    Outside the stadium they have a statue of the great Dennis Lillee, the man who I based my own bowling action on.



    Trains going past the MCG


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    Melbourne Docklands, we stayed near this area as it was convenient for the Etihad Stadium.





    Melbourne transport, the tram




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    There will be a lot of seagull pics in this thread, I like photographing seagulls.



    So next day we headed up to Skydeck 88 in Eureka Tower. We were able to buy tickets that allowed 2 entries in the same day, one during daylight and one from dusk onwards. Three world class sporting venues together, the MCG, the Rod Laver Arena and the AAMI Stadium.






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    The magnificent MCG from Eureka Sky Deck



    The AAMI Stadium, home to the Rebels and the Storm



    Interesting artwork at the bottom of Eureka Tower.




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    Some stunning pics thanks

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    Nice pics. I thought it would be sunnier.

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    ^ It is the middle of winter.

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    My home town, some excellent pubs (though declining in number) and good food choices. Are you still there now?

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    No, I got back a couple of weeks ago..... you right, hardly a proper city centre pub to be found, unlike Sydney where they are still common.

    Anyway the next pics.....

    The front of the parliament building they have these magnificent lamposts.



    This is the base of them,some lovely ironwork.



    The City Circle trams, runs around the city centre and is free of charge.


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    Stopped off in a park and there were lots of these little things flying around.



    Some lovely old houses in Melbourne as I remembered from my days of living in Sydney.



    In Fitzroy Gardens there is a memorial to John F Kennedy.


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    From there we walked back to Eureka Tower for the night view via Flinders street Station





    Crossing the river I took this HDR of the MCG from the opposite side of the road.....



    The view of Eureka Tower from the bridge.....


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    Another gratuatous seagull shot, plenty more to come.....



    Some Melbourne artwork.....


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    So, it was back up Eureka Tower for the night shots.

    I cannot explain just how bloody difficult these were shooting through glass. There is so much unecessary light on the viewing gallery, red strip lights, photo booths, low level lighting, high level lighting that decent shots were the result of having to hold my jacket up around the camera to blck anything out and yet still it'd find a way onto the glass. Having my son was helpful as the ended up with 2 jackets, but the number of times the camera was rocked during a 10/15 second exposure was frsutrating.

    Anyway, here's the shots








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    Great photos, good commentary. I do love travel threads.

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    Great shots Bob, as always. I'll always be a wallabies supporter, but must admit the taffies didn't deserve a whitewash.

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    Some great photos Bob, you have a talent with that camera. I've never seen Australia look so bleak though

    Even the seagull agrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    I've never seen Australia look so bleak though
    Maybe that's why the Welsh came so close to a win?
    anyway,it's Melbourne innit. Nice to see a rainbow lorikeet though, to add some color.

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    Once again Bob, superb shots. Thanks for taking the time.

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    So, the next stop was Cape Schanck on the souithern tip of the Mornington Peninsula.

    I particularly wanted to get south to see some rugged coastline but time was short. I went with a friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in a few years. He is a very good professional photographer who I met in India in 1989 and since then we have met up in Bangkok or London if he's been on assignment. He used to shoot a lot for Lonely Planet so there are a fair few pics of me in Bangkok markets acting as an interested customer in LP's stock library, one even published in an LP book.

    It turned out to be an eventful day......

    This was the first view of the rugged Southern Ocean. The weather was very good sadly, I was hoping for something a bit more dramatic.



    This is a HDR of the lighthouse at Cape Schanck.









    The last picture is a long exposure using filters to try and achieve a milky look to the sea..... f22 @ 10s
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    The next pics will be a bit boring to you lot, but here they are anyway.

    On the beach the waves came onto these large pebbles and the noise as it receded dragging them and rattling them against each other was just spectacular. Well, I don't do video, so I decided to try some long exposures to get the cotton wool like effect of the water moving over the rocks.....








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    Just offshore from the end of the cape is Pulpit Rock, but we gave it another name that I've noe forgotten, so Pulpit Rock it is....

    First one is a HDR



    the second is a slow exposure wiith a filter f22 @ 1.6sec








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    First of - stellar pictures, as can always be expected from you.

    I get the feeling that you were playing around a lot with HDR on the majority of them - in those cases, the final result (purely IMO) doesn't do them justice, giving a lot of them a plastic, 'fake' look, that such good photography does not deserve -- in fact, I found the effect distracting from the photography.

    The night pictures are astounding and fantastic!

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    the majority????

    You cheeky c***

    how many HDR's in this thread you reckon? considering I've pointed out several of them....

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