2016 -Coming to an End

2016 is fast coming to an end. I thought it might be interesting to share with you some photographs I snapped over the course of the year.

There is no rhyme or reason to these images, they are more a pictorial diary of my year.

City Skyline

No1 – The city skyline of Melbourne.

During the school holidays I was called upon to look after two of my grandchildren. I snapped this shot from the waterfront at Williamstown, looking across Hobson”s Bay, while we were talking an evening walk.

Murray Street Bridge

No2 – Barongarook Creek Bridge.

I had seen a 19th century postcard taken from almost the same spot I stood to take this photograph. It was my intention to attempt emulating his work.

The postcard photographer would have been standing in the middle of what is now the Princes Highway. There were two reasons I chose to stand on the footpath to take my shot. The first is the busyness of the highway (the main carriageway in and out of Colac) and the tree to the left of the bridge would have blocked out the old Post Office and the old Shire Hall.

Lake Bullen Merri

No3 – Lake Bullen Merri.

This lake is near Camperdown, a small town near where I live. Though reasonably close to my home, I had not visited the area for sometime.

Sunrise Memorial Square

No4 – Memorial Square.

This Memorial is situated on the main street of Colac, near where I live.

Otway Range

No5 – Otway Ranges

The seaside town of Apollo Bay sits at the foot of the range of mountains simply known as the Otways. Here the houses seemed to be dwarfed by the mountains behind them.

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

No6,7,8,9 – Lake Colac.

By the autumn of 2016 the lake had almost dried up. No decent rain had fallen for a couple of years and it seemed that Lake Colac would dry up completely for only the second or third time since European occupation.

Lake Colac

No10 – Lake Colac.

However winter and spring gave us some of our wettest months for a long time. And, though far from being full, it, at least, looks like a lake again.

Prince of Wales Hotel

No11 – The old Prince of Wales Inn.

The bridge in the foreground of this photograph was washed away by rushing water after a deluge that lasted all one night and most of the next day.

Storm Front

No12 – Storm Front.

I took this photograph from my front verandah. Just minutes after I clicked the shutter, the heavens opened up and I watched nature at her most fierce. I spent the next few hours in darkness as the electricity failed.

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Sunrise at the Erskine River

The following three photographs were taken at sunrise at one of my favourite locations – the Erskine River. Despite the rain (and my fear that a colourful sunrise would not occur) I believe these images tell the story of a winter sunrise.

 

Dawn - Erskine River

Dawn – Erskine River

For the second image I changed location. Taking up a position on the Old Swing Bridge the picture I had in my mind was a colourful sunrise with the colours reflecting on the water as the river flowed into the sea. I took several images, but as I snapped this one, I knew it would be the one I would publish. This photograph has the colours of the sunrise at its most vibrant.

The vibrant colours of sunrise - Erskine River.

The vibrant colours of sunrise – Erskine River.

The third image was taken when the sun was higher and the vibrant colours of the sunrise had been replaced by a subtle golden glow.

Erskine River - Golden Glow

Erskine River – Golden Glow

TIP: I was once given a very good piece of advice: “Remember – under exposure is your friend.” To obtain the best results in the second and third photograph I set the EV in the camera to -0.7. This little trick works very well for sunrise and sunset images by intensifying the colours.

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Morning

The images below were made earlier this year but were left unprocessed on the hard drive of my computer. I had a very early start at the nearby coastal town of Lorne, which is on the Great Ocean Road.

The New Pier at Lorne

The New Pier at Lorne

Ocean View, Lorne on the Great Ocean Road

The New Pier, Lorne

In 2007 the new pier at Lorne was opened, and I have heard it is a big hit with fishermen who gather at the end of it with their rods. The end has been designed with platforms where fisherman can dangle their lines and are clear of the pedestrians and sightseers. It is built of concrete and steel, and, in my opinion lacks soul.

The old one, which was over a hundred years old, was built from large timber poles and planks. It had character; like a wizened weather beaten old man with a face full of creases who keeps you enthralled with stories from times past. As I walked over the large planks with cracks that allowed me to see through to the waves below, I could feel the history this ancient structure exuded.

The New Pier at Lorne

The New Pier at Lorne

Where the River Meets the Sea…

The tourist information blurb will tell you that near the old swing bridge is where the river meets the sea. It is indeed where the Erskine River runs into Bass Strait near the town of Lorne.

Erskine River

Near the Old Swing Bridge, Lorne, the rising sun highlights the vegetation on the bank of the Erskine River.

Erskine River

Erskine River – Morning reflections on the still water of the river.

Erskine River

Erskine River – Where the river meets the sea!