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  1. Another one of the Old Melbourne Series. This is the original from the State Library collection, dated around 1858. You can just make out the water fall that was the reason for Melbourne's location - fresh water above the falls and access to the bay and onto the ocean below the fall. A little time later some one had the cleaver idea of dynamiting the falls so they could get boats further up river, but so could the salt water from the bay. By 1890, the construction of Queens Bridge restricted the height of vessels travelling any further upriver. http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/208198 The new shot... New Yarra Probably a little too far to the left from the original, but there is now a flower bed, flagpole and railway viaduct that make creating a good copy difficult.
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    My guess is a beer can with the top cut of used as a vase, or perhaps just a vase decorated like a beer can. if it is the first, I wouldn’t mind helping making a few more.😁
  3. The rain is not hard to find there, but the little bursts of sunshine make it special. I did visit there over 25 years ago, but can’t remember taking many photos. I suspect it was too overcast most of the time - I think it was around Easter that I was there.
  4. in the UK, they usually stunk of something worse🤢 as late night drinkers would wait inside for the taxi they had used it to call.
  5. I read this the same as Anthony, if the estate agent paid you to take the photos, they own them outright and you have no future recourse to them. In fact you may be in breach of copyright if you subsequently post them here. on the other hand the pictures you took for the NYT article, you could resell them to a real estate guy, but not to another newspaper. I’m not sure how you would work around this to retain copyright in a commissioned work. Perhaps you would have to sell “marketing services” and then subcontract yourself to provide photographs as part of the services. It is a bit of a legal minefield really and doesn’t look too fair to your position. You will need some local legal advise to work this out, perhaps subscribing to a local professional photographers association might be a way to avoid paying too much to a lawyer.
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    Don't make me mad

    Perhaps if the highlights were tinted to match the colour of the flame. My preference is for fire related pictures to look like they were using the fire as the light source, even if you did need extra light sources to get acceptable light levels.
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    New Year Fire Works

    They do have the midnight fireworks too, but a lot of places in Australia will also do an early family friendly display.
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    New Year Fire Works

    No post on these other than a crop on some of them. It was that light - sun had set around 8:55 and fireworks kicked off at 9:30. As mentioned I was shooting towards where the sun had set, so the last bit of sky to get dark.
  9. New Years fireworks at Warrnambool in the southwest of Victoria. Shot from a similar location as some of the seaside sunset series. In fact sunset #4 was while waiting for them to start. FW#1 FW#2. With the sun having only just set about 30 minutes beforehand, the sky was still quite light. (Don't worry, these were the early 'family' fireworks, not the midnight ones). Perhaps watching from the other end of town might have given a darker sky. The lighter sky makes you realise how much smoke is produced by fireworks - something that is perhaps not so obvious in darker conditions. FW#3 FW#4 All shot with X-E3 and 55-200. I was quite impressed with the IS of the 55-200 as these are all handheld with shutter speeds between 1/8 and 1/30 of a second.
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    Truely Black

    I've tried something similar before with a frame that looks black - pull the shadows, exposure and brightness sliders as far to the right as I can and the result is this strange banding pattern in the dark areas. The banding will disappear from areas that eventually lighten up, however, this time the banding is in the lighter part of the frame, so the bottom half must be truely black! Truely Black I think it makes an interesting image. As for what the scene really was, it was a bit supposed to be a bit like this, but a slightly lower position and later in the evening. Waiting for fireworks.
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    Seaside sunset

    A few more.... Sunset #4 - same location, different night. Sunset #5 - a little further west, with birds heading west. Sunset #6 same night and not far from #5. Normally, I'd be happy with a silhouette, but I know lots of you ask for more detail in the shadows, so I've lifted the shadows a bit and revealed..... Shadows! And I like it. Sunset #7 Similar to #6 with a bit of lifting of shadows. All Fuji X-E3 with 55-200. Processed from RAW with Capture 1.
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    Fire ideas?

    How big is the fire? A big enough fire to be the primary light source would be interesting without the need for props.
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    Seaside sunset

    A few recent sunset pictures all Fuji x-e3 with 55-200 and Velvia film simulation.
  14. Fascinating landscape! A couple of the shots, I’m not sure whether the foreground or background is the subject, however the last one nails it - nicely balanced.
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    Amazing Sunrise

    Nice colours! I’m glad I’m not seeing too much sunrise at the moment- I guess I need to tidy up my evenings a bit as sunrise can by nice.
  16. interesting juxtaposition . Did you try something from low down next to the bike?
  17. It is a shame that the Fuji hasn't satisfied you. I would disagree with you on the comment about 'recreating film camera' - I like the fact that it goes back to a traditional camera feel and find it is a benefit to me. If I really need to, I can set the dials to make it behave like the electronic digital and late film era cameras or I can stick with the traditional SLR/rangefinder behaviour. That look and feel lasted for around 50yrs before the addition of autofocus and other electronics bulked cameras up and made the larger grip a necessity (both for ergonomics and a place to hide a the bigger batteries). But then everyone has different needs and desires....
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    City at night

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions - hopefully I'll find some time to upload revised versions. I find myself looking mostly at the cathedral and not noticing it much, but now you mention it, given the poles and structures at the edge of the frame, it is obvious. They poles and the steel frame on the opposite side should form suitable lines to base the corrections on. I might have to take a bit off the sides as well. I think just cropping the bottom will result in a more panoramic format and I think that will take away from the narrowness of the lane (not that it was a particularly narrow lane, but it is part of what I feel the image should portray).
  19. I've found myself a little loop to walk on a Saturday morning whilst my son is at sport. I usually take my camera along too. Bird Lizard Tower The first week I concentrated on exploring the route and how long it would take; the second time I focused on just part of the route and taking photos, but it rained; and this week I managed a few photos, but also completed the 10km loop in a reasonable time. All X-E3 with 55-200.
  20. Looks good - like the bokeh! Strangely, I was watching a show on TV where they shot with some really heavy bokeh and I actually thought it didn't look right. I guess we just have different expectations in how TV and photos look.
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    City at night

    How far do you think? Perhaps take the bottom of the wall down to the corner? this is certainly a theme I would like to revisit, I just don't get out in the city much. Probably also need to be a bit earlier in the evening - I was a bit tired but also a little uncomfortable about the possibility of running into a drunk who wasn't happy with people taking photographs. However I do think that the Fuji X-E3 and 27 f/2.8 are quite a good combo for such a trip, I could manage some slow shutter speeds even without IS or resorting to electronic shutter.
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    City at night

    Rather than look at the night-time city scape from a distance, this time I'm right in it... Laneway Cathedral - this was the one mentioned in the early cityscape thread, but much closer. Fuji X-E3, 27 f/2.8
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    A long wait

    I'm not sure if you mean during or after sunset? I do enjoy the night scenes myself too. I think the cathedral provides an interesting contrast to the taller, newer buildings around it. Hopefully it doesn't get blocked out of this view. I think I need to find a new viewpoint to work from for a while. Perhaps a return visit in mid-winter when the sun has set well to the right of this scene might give a cleaner, bluer night sky. Thanks to to everyone who has stopped by, even if just to look.
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    A long wait

    and the final couple.... sunset 2 ...a zoom right into the sunset. sunset 6 and a wider night scene. All shot on Fuji X-E3 with either 18-55 or 55-200 and, something I don't do often enough, tripod mounted.
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    A long wait

    I did also wait for it to get dark. sunset 5 And one of the few shots from a different angle when a flock of bats flew past.... or is it a swarm of bats? sunset 4 Unfortunately the bats didn't fly across the more balanced parts of the scene, so the composition isn't quite so good.☹️
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