Sunrise over new home developments at Clyde North

The image below shows the sun rising over new home developments on Newbridge Boulevard, Clyde North.  It’s a scene duplicated all over regional Victoria and Melbourne’s outskirts.

Our landscapes are changing, farm paddocks are turning into modern housing developments featuring the latest architectural trends. Parklands have manicured gardens, extensive pathways and fancy playgrounds.  Some, like Newbridge Boulevard, even feature artistic sculptures.

Dawn at Clyde North, see more images in this gallery
gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Clyde-North/Newbridge-Boulevard

Sheep Hills Silo Mural

Yesterday I wrote about re-visiting the original grain silo art work in the western Victorian town of Brim, and how the murals had brought tourists into the area.  Sheep Hills is another community to embrace silo art, with this stunning mural on their silos by the artist Adnate.

Just like in Brim, travellers are making the small detour and stopping to admire the Sheep Hills silo art.  However, unlike Brim, there is nothing for the tourists to do once they’re in Sheep Hills.  The only pub in town has been closed for some time and is now a private residence. There’s a Mechanics Institute hall, a CFA station and some private houses, there is nothing for the public to spend their tourist dollar on.  When I visited Sheep Hills, the temperature was pushing 40 degrees Celsius, so I would have gladly become a customer to anyone selling cold drinks and ice-cream!

The silo murals, Mechanics Institute and CFA fire station – almost the entire town.

The former hotel at Sheep Hills, now a private residence.

Peninsula star trails from Arthurs Seat

Yes, we’ve shown a few star trail photos recently on Vic Pics, but at this time of year the skies are often clear and the nights are warm.  Along with little wind, these are the ideal conditions for any form of astro photography.   Although it did get a little chilly on Arthurs Seat early this morning, I didn’t have to worry about the camera lens fogging up, like I would during winter.

I’m very happy with today’s long exposure shot.  Due to the lookout facing South West, rather than directly South, the stars didn’t form a spiral circle, but we did get some nice star trails across the sky.

Arthurs Seat rises 305 metres above sea level and provides views across the Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay.  The main shipping channel to Melbourne hugs the coast as it passes Arthurs Seat, giving a great perspective of passing passenger and cargo ships.

This long exposure is a composite, taken from Chapmans Point (274 metres) was taken over 78 minutes.  During that time there were three large ships travelling up the bay, which left a nice trail of light along the shipping channel.  Light trails can also been seen from smaller fishing or recreation boats close to shore.

I hope to head back to Arthurs Seat for some daylight and sunset photography, so keep an eye on the Vic Pics Gallery for more photos coming soon.  gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Arthurs-Seat 

World Turning Star Trails

Happy New Year!

As the world turns, another year rolls around.  Before you know it, 2017 is here.  Who knows what the new year has in store for us, hopefully it’s a good one for everybody and the world we live on.

Star trails

As the Earth turns, for those of us looking to the skies, the universe appears to move.  To the naked eye the movement of the stars is hardly noticable, but a long exposure photograph can bring the sky to life.  This image was taken on a clear November night, from the same spot in Pakenham as the storm cloud photos of the previous post, composed over the space of an hour.

A single hour long exposure, even at night, would be over exposed.  This image is actually a composite of 60 one minute exposures.  Until recently speciality software was required to create the composite image of the multiple exposures, but modern cameras (such as my Olympus OM-D) make it easy with in-camera options.  Hopefully I will be able to bring you more images like this from around the state in 2017.

2016 White Night Melbourne Pics

I’ve shown you a few pictures from White Night Melbourne in the last three blog posts, with the promise of more when I’d finished reviewing and processing over 1000 photos taken over 8 hours of wondering around Melbourne on what was a beautiful night.

A trip to Sydney last week delayed my processing of those White Night photos, but they’re done now.  Whittled down to 159 photos, you can see them all in our White Night Gallery, or scroll down to see some of my favourite pics from the night.

 

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, showed off a huge White Night display.

Royal Exhibition Building showed off a huge White Night display.

Crowds watching White Night in the Carlton Gardens

Crowds watching White Night in the Carlton Gardens

There were many food stalls throughout White Night, including Chololate frozen Bananas watched over by the inflatable ape on the Melbourne Town Hall

There were many food stalls throughout White Night, including Chololate frozen Bananas watched over by the inflatable ape on the Town Hall

The State Library of Victoria was another huge light projection site for White Night Melbourne.

The State Library of Victoria was another huge light projection site for White Night.

One of many live street performances during White Night Melbourne 2016.

One of many live street performances during White Night Melbourne 2016.

A White Night concert on Lonsdale Street

A White Night concert on Lonsdale Street

Street Performers during White Night Melbourne 2016

Street Performers

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Federation Square buildings, as seen from Flinders Street during White Night Melbourne 2016.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Federation Square buildings, as seen from Flinders Street during White Night Melbourne 2016.

White Night at Federation Square, Melbourne

White Night at Federation Square

Live music and dance at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Live music and dance at Birrarung Marr

A clear warm Summer

A clear warm Summer “White Night” in Melbourne

White Night under Princes Bridge, Melbourne

White Night under Princes Bridge

Melbourne city skyline and the Yarra River, looking across to the White Night festivities at Birrarung Marr.

Melbourne city skyline and the Yarra River, looking across to the White Night festivities at Birrarung Marr.

White Night projections on the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

White Night projections on the National Gallery of Victoria

Crowds at the National Gallery of Victoria during White Night Melbourne 2016

Crowds at the National Gallery of Victoria during White Night

Crowds outside Flinders Street Station during White Night Melbourne 2016

Crowds outside Flinders Street Station during White Night

See this link for our complete White Night Melbourne 2016 gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Melbourne/White-Night/2016-White-Night-Melbourne

Pioneers Memorial, Maryborough

Pioneers Memorial, Bristol Hill Reserve, Maryborough

Pioneers Memorial, Bristol Hill, Maryborough

Bristol Hill overlooks the central Victorian town of Maryborough and is the site of the town’s Pioneers’ Memorial.  Built during the early 1930’s as a tribute to the area’s founders, and to provide much needed work for the unemployed during the depression.  These days it serves mostly as a lookout over Maryborough for visitors to the town, or a great vantage point to watch the sunset.

Overlooking Maryborough from the Pioneers Memorial on Bristol Hillat dusk

Overlooking Maryborough from the Pioneers Memorial at dusk

Watching the sunset from Pioneers Memorial lookout tower, Maryborough.

Watching the sunset from Pioneers Memorial, Maryborough.

Looking west, just after sunset, from Pioneers Memorial on Bristol Hill, Maryborough.

Looking west just after sunset, Maryborough.

Check out the Gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Maryborough/Pioneers-Memorial-Lookout – for more photos from the Pioneers’ Memorial, Maryborough.

For more history on the Pioneers’ Memorial, the 1933 Opening Souvenir Booklet is available from the State Library – handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/119767